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Worms W.M.D Drops Onto the Battlefield Today

August 23, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

I’m so excited to tell you that Worms W.M.D is now available to download on Xbox One!

And due to the overwhelming reaction we’ve received for the All-Stars Pack, we’re extending it to the launch period too. So if you pick up Worms W.M.D right now you’ll get the All-Stars Pack, which features an army of guest stars from some of the hottest games around!

The All-Stars Pack features weapons, maps, hats and more from some pretty awesome games including Rocket League, Yooka-Laylee, Payday 2, Saints Row IV and more! Exclusive to Xbox One players is the Rare All-Stars content with some of the most famous characters from the legendary developer joining the carnage!

In Worms W.M.D you and up to five of your friends (either online or on the couch) will wage war in stunning 2D hand drawn maps. Worms W.M.D introduces new elements to the classic formula, including vehicles such as helicopters, tanks and mechs, and a brand new crafting system. You’ll be able to craft deadly variations of your favorite weapons to gain a new tactical advantage on the battlefield.

When you’re not destroying your friends (or being wiped out yourself) there’s 30 campaign missions, and a bunch of training and challenge missions. It’s the perfect way to get some practice and hone your tactics before heading online!

I can’t wait to see what you all think of the game when you get your hands on it and I look forward to seeing you guys out on the battlefield!

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Tips Straight from the Dev Team

August 23, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is now available on Xbox One! We are extremely excited for you all to play our game. It has been a labor of love and passion, and we look forward to seeing the choices you’ll make and the play styles you’ll adopt. We’d like to say that Deus Ex is all in the details, and with that in mind, here are a few tips from key members of the team to get you started!

Jean-François Dugas, Executive Game Director
“In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided we worked on the show don’t tell and sometimes things are out in the open. The grenade launcher is hidden in plain sight in Prague – can you find it without setting the city on fire?”

Mary DeMarle, Executive Narrative Director
“Don’t forget to confront an ex-boss and keep in touch with him. You might discover something interesting.”

Patrick Fortier, Gameplay Director
“The Mankind Divided controls allow for optimal use of ALL of the game’s features without moving your thumbs from the sticks, but we also support a more “standard” FPS one.”

René-Martin Pauzé, Executive Gameplay Director
“The best tip I can share is about keeping your eyes open and always observe your surroundings. Each area has plenty to offer for scavengers, especially with the new crafting system. You can find parts in the environment, which are essential to upgrade weapons and create useful items. One of them is the Multitool, which lets you unlock highly secured keypads and computers instead of hacking.”

Stéphane Roy, Executive Producer
“I have two tips for you: first of all… Remember. Don’t leave the penguin behind. We’ve also put a ton of time and effort into dialogues and translations, so we definitely recommend you take the time to listen to some of them.”

Olivier Proulx, Producer
“We worked hard to make Mankind Divided a dense, rewarding game with many hidden gems. Make sure you thoroughly explore all of the environments throughout the game, giving yourself the opportunity to discover loot, side missions and narrative bits – and remember: think vertical!”

Fleur Marty, Producer – Live Team
“In the server Cortex of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach, our new game mode, instead of backtracking to the exit once it’s open, try jumping into the bottomless pit. You might shave a few precious seconds off of your time. Also, once you have unlocked new augmentations, be sure to go back to previous Breach server nodes and experiment with different aug combos. You may find new ways to finish the level or gather more data.”

And most of all, have fun with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided! We hope you enjoy it.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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Xbox unveils its latest design… and it’s not what you might think

August 23, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Set to delight fashionistas and entertainment fans alike, the Xbox Australia team this week announced a limited edition ‘Xbox Onesie’ to celebrate the launch of the Xbox One S console 500 GB and 1TB SKUs in their market.

The ‘Xbox Onesie’ has been designed in collaboration with some of the country’s biggest film, TV, gaming and sports fans. The result… what can only be described as the perfect loungewear attire for true entertainment fans!

With custom features including enlarged pockets to fit controllers, forearm grips for those edge of your seat moments and an XL hood to accommodate headsets, the ‘Xbox Onesie’ comes with everything an entertainment enthusiast could need when streaming a favorite TV show or film, watching sports or embarking on the ultimate gaming session.

We will have more details on the availability of the limited edition Xbox Onesies soon. In the meantime, the new Xbox One S, available in select markets at most local retailers, is the most advanced Xbox yet and the ultimate games and entertainment system. The Xbox One S comes with 500GB, 1TB or 2TB of storage, is 40 percent smaller than the original Xbox One and comes complete with High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming, one of the top 4K Ultra HD players on the market, 4K Ultra HD streaming support for movies or TV shows from partners like Netflix and the new Xbox Wireless Controller.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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Rainbow Six Siege 4.1 Update Rebalances Pulse and Semi-Auto Shotguns

August 23, 2016 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

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A new patch for Rainbow Six Siege will be available for all platforms on August 25, and it’s bringing a couple of big rebalancing tweaks based on feedback from the community and Pro League players, as well as a broad assortment of smaller fixes. This time, it’s Pulse’s turn in the spotlight. His heartbeat sensor now has reduced range – down to nine meters from 13 – and he can no longer quick-swap the sensor for his previously equipped weapon, which creates a slightly longer delay between putting it away and being able to shoot.

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Semi-auto shotguns are also being rebalanced, a change that affects firearms carried by Caveira, Valkyrie, Frost, Pulse, Thermite, and Castle. To make them less powerful at medium and long range, their close- and medium-range damage will drop about 25-30%, and their cones of dispertion will widen by 1.5 degrees.

These changes come alongside dozens of smaller tweaks and fixes, including a HUD update that makes dead Operator icons more visible. For a complete rundown of what to expect on August 25, take a look at the full patch notes. And for more on Rainbow Six Siege, check out our previous coverage:

Rainbow Six Siege – Raising the Stakes With Caveira and Capitao

Rainbow Six Siege Takes Aim at Cheaters with BattlEye

Rainbow Six Siege – Close Up With Operation Dust Line’s Blackbeard and Valkyrie

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The Witness Coming to Xbox One on September 13

August 23, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

The Witness is a game about exploring and solving puzzles. It took us a long time to make — about 7 years! We spent a great deal of time and effort arranging every detail of the island you explore, so that everything matters, often in ways that will surprise you.

We’ve gotten lots of requests to bring The Witness to Xbox One. People tweet at me about this all the time! So we are happy to say that this is happening soon: The Witness will be downloadable on Xbox One starting September 13, 2016.

The Witness is a pretty unconventional game. You wander through an open world, so you can explore whatever catches your eye. Throughout the island you’ll find many puzzles, all with different themes. But these puzzles aren’t just arbitrary and meaningless; they communicate ideas. As you play the game, you’ll find yourself absorbing a nonverbal language, and you’ll know what to do even if you can’t quite explain what you know.

In the process of releasing The Witness, we’ve learned a lot about the way people play it. Some people blaze through puzzles and finish the game in 25-30 hours; some people take their time really investigating details, and spend over 100 hours exploring, finding new things the whole time. To my surprise, The Witness is a really good game to play with a friend, even though I didn’t design it that way; we’ve received a lot of notes from people who had a great time playing with their wives/husbands/girlfriends/boyfriends.

This is a game containing a lot of surprises. I recommend going into it without spoilers. If you get stuck, or something seems difficult, you can turn around and go somewhere else, and come back to the hard problem later. Elsewhere on the island you might find clues to the thing you’re stuck on, and you may have a very enjoyable experience when you make the right connections. On the other hand, if you look for answers in online videos and online forums, you’re likely to have an empty experience — you’ll know the answer, but you will have skipped over the good part of the experience. The most enjoyable part of this game is what happens in your mind when connections come together.

With that small bit of advice, I’ll say goodbye for now, as we go do the last couple weeks’ worth of fine-tuning the game. See you on September 13th!

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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The Humble Capcom PlayStation Bundle is here with great games for great causes!

August 23, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

We’re back with a brand new Humble Bundle – but this time, we’re bringing something completely new to the table. We’re teaming up with PlayStation to bring you the Humble Capcom PlayStation Bundle (in NA PSN regions)! The bundle runs from now through September 6th at 11am PT, so head over to the Humble Bundle page, or read on for more details about what you’ll find in the bundle!

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Ace Attorney Character Profiles: Apollo Justice and Nahyuta Sahdmadhi

August 23, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Today marks the third in our series of character profiles of the cast of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice! First up is the lawyer left in charge of the Wright Anything Agency while Phoenix is away, Apollo Justice. Right after that, we’ll have information on series newcomer, Nahyuta Sahdmadhi, the globetrotting international prosecutor and devout Khura’inist monk. Watch out, here comes Justice!

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Take Your Team All the Way in EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17

August 23, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Take Your Team All the Way in EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17

Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Custom Console Sweepstakes

August 23, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

To celebrate today’s launch of Madden NFL 17 and the upcoming start of the NFL regular season on Sept. 8, and teaming up with EA Sports and the NFL, we’re excited to announce the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Custom Console Sweepstakes.

We’ve designed 32 unique custom Xbox One S (1TB) consoles – one for each NFL team – and are giving fans a chance to show off their team pride like never before and win one. So whether you’re a Cheesehead, a 12, a member of Steeler Nation or have your NFL allegiances sworn elsewhere, you’ll have three ways to enter the sweepstakes and claim a custom NFL Xbox One S as a trophy all of your own:

  • Head to www.xboxpromotions.com/MaddenNFL17 and vote for your favorite console
  • Click to enter through your Xbox 360 or Xbox One dashboard
  • Follow @Xbox and RT the Madden NFL 17 #XboxSweepstakes Tweets

Each of the 32 NFL custom Xbox One S (1TB) consoles will come with a copy of Madden NFL 17 for Xbox One, letting you jump into a football frenzy right away. In addition to the 32 grand prize winners of a custom NFL team Xbox One S console, we’ll be giving away ten (10) runner-up prizes consisting of an Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle (1TB).

The Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle (1TB), features 4K Ultra HD video playback, High Dynamic Range, a full game download of Madden NFL 17, seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs, and one month of EA Access. Take your team all the way in Madden NFL 17, with new ways to play in Franchise mode, more balanced gameplay, and deeper commentary. Then with the NFL on Xbox One app, get fantasy football on your TV, watch your own personalized highlight reel, and dive deeper into plays than ever before.

The Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Custom Console Sweepstakes runs from today, August 23rd, and will close on September 6th, 2016. No purchase necessary to participate. Please visit http://rules.xboxpromotions.com/MaddenNFL17 for full contest details and eligibility requirements.

To take a closer look at each NFL team’s custom console, click or tap the links below.

Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Rams
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
New York Jets
Oakland Raiders
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Diego Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins

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Halo Championship Series Pro League Fall Season Schedule Revealed

August 22, 2016 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

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Coming off an incredible Summer 2016 Season, the Halo Championship Series: Pro League by ESL is poised to be back bigger and better than before. On both sides of the pond, the HCS Pro League Summer 2016 Season delivered incredible matches and excitement, while providing valuable learnings for us on the HCS team. Heading into the Fall 2016 Season – as well as the 2017 Halo World Championship – 343 Industries and ESL are excited about incorporating excellent feedback provided by teams, players, and fans all over the world.

Today, we’re excited to talk more about the upcoming Fall season, including format, full season roadmap, and new open events.

The Summer Finals for 2016 saw the crowning of two incredibly dominant and deserving champions in Counter Logic Gaming in North America, and FAB Esports in Europe. For the Fall 2016 Season, both squads will have to fend off a fierce and revitalized effort from each and every team in their respective leagues if they hope to head into the 2017 Halo World Championship with a second season title under their belts. The stakes are great, with $225,000 up for grabs in North America, and $100,000 in Europe for the season!

With the roster lock rapidly approaching on August 25 in North America, and having just passed on August 21 for Europe, fans across the globe are eager to see where their favorite players land. The opportunity to see old faces thrive in new places, as well as how these new rosters will shake out, makes the wait for the September 14 start date of the Fall 2016 Season all the more difficult.

While HCS Pro League season format will stay the same in the Fall 2016 Season, there have been a few changes to the broadcast timeslots to improve spectator accessibility and experience.

HCS Pro League Fall 2016 Season regular match days will begin on September 14, and take place each Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 11:30am PT / 7:30pm BST for Europe, and 4:30pm PT for North America. As always, you will be able to catch all the action on twitch.tv/Halo and Halo.gg.

FALL FINALS 2016

The EU HCS Pro League Fall Finals 2016 will be held on December 3-4 at the ESL Studio One in Leicester, UK, and one week later the top North American teams will clash in the NA HCS Pro League Fall Finals 2016 on December 10-11 at ESL Studios in Burbank, California. Event and ticketing information will be coming shortly.

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For teams looking to make their own mark in Halo esports, and forge their own path into the HCS Pro League, there are some changes coming to the HCS Open Circuit for the Fall 2016 Season.

In Europe, our partners at ESL will once again be organizing the HCS Open Circuit tournaments for players and teams across the pond fighting to make a name for themselves. In North America, Pro Gaming League (PGL) will be organizing the NA HCS Open Circuit.

For the Fall 2016 Season, HCS Open Circuit online matches in North America will also be broadcasted in addition to HCS Pro League matches. Alongside the standard online tournaments, we’re also extremely excited to announce that two new live open events have been added to the Fall 2016 Season calendar. Joining us for the ride will be our longtime partners and Halo headset heroes at ASTRO Gaming. Read more to get the scoop!

OPEN EVENTS

HCS Orange County by Esports Arena

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In conjunction with our friends at Esports Arena, the HCS Orange County open event will be held on Oct 7-9 in Santa Ana, California, with the top four HCS Open Circuit teams earning a spot in the HCS Open Circuit Finals, and a chance to take down the Pro League juggernauts, who will be waiting in the Championship bracket. Featuring a prize pool of $20,000, there’s a lot on the line for Open Circuit and Pro League teams alike. In addition to the Open and Championship brackets, HCS Orange County will feature the Halo 5 FFA powered by ASTRO Gaming for players looking to make a splash onto the scene. The Free-For-All will be open to all players in attendance, including HCS Pro League players. Whether you’ve got a full four-player squad or call yourself a lone wolf, you won’t want to miss your chance at a share of $5,000 in the Free-For-All tournament. Head to esportsarena.com to learn more!

HCS Orange County by Esports Arena recap:

  • October 7-9 – Santa Ana, California
  • Top 4 Open Circuit teams qualify for Open Circuit Finals in Las Vegas.
  • HCS Pro League teams invited to Championship bracket
  • $20,000 4v4 tournament
  • $5,000 Halo 5 FFA powered by Astro Gaming for both Open Circuit and Pro League players

HCS Las Vegas by PGL

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Wrapping up the HCS Open Circuit for the Fall 2016 Season will be HCS Las Vegas, Nov 18-20 – hosted by Pro Gaming League. Last year’s HCS Indianapolis by PGL was quite the spectacle, and this year’s edition has us very excited for the opportunity to team up with PGL once again.

HCS Las Vegas will be the site of the HCS Open Circuit Finals, where the top two teams will be propelled into the Relegation tournament during the Fall Finals 2016 hosted by ESL. HCS Las Vegas will feature its own Open Bracket, where top HCS Open Circuit teams will move on to face off against HCS Pro League teams for a $25,000 prize pool. Just like HCS Orange County, we’ll also be hosting another Halo 5 FFA powered by ASTRO Gaming with a total of $5,000 on the line! Information on format, team and FFA passes, and more will be available in the coming weeks. To see the full HCS Open Circuit schedule, head to progamingleague.com!

HCS Las Vegas by PGL recap:

  • November 18-20 – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Top 2 Open Circuit teams qualify for Relegation tournament in December
  • HCS Pro League teams invited to Championship bracket
  • $25,000 4v4 tournament
  • $5,000 Halo 5 FFA powered by Astro Gaming for both Open Circuit and Pro League players

Here’s a look at the full season road map for the Halo Championship Series:

We’re absolutely thrilled to get the Fall 2016 Season underway for both the HCS Pro League and the HCS Open Circuits – both in North America and in Europe. We can’t wait for the matches to start, along with the first First Strike medal, the first flag cap, the first upset, and countless more epic moments. We hope you’ll all join us for every match and moment along the way!

As always, for all updates on the Halo Championship Series, follow @HCS and @ESLHalo on Twitter, keep it locked to Halo.gg and ProLeague.com/Halo.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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