Microsoft Studios News


D4 Kinect controls detailed, controller optional

By Steve Watts, Jul 01, 2013 9:00am PDT

D4 creator Hidetaka 'Swery65' Suehiro goes into more detail about the game's Kinect controls, and the episodic structure built around reliving memories.


State of Decay update 2 out today

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 28, 2013 6:00am PDT

It started in Australia but didn't stay there for long. Within hours it was rolling across borders and drifting across seas, a wave of undead crashing against shores. The second State of Decay title update is rolling out today, I'm saying. The patch notes list a grand 56 cha...


State of Decay declared 'fastest selling original game ever' on XBLA

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 18, 2013 7:05am PDT

The open-world zombie 'em up passed 500,000 sales within its first week, publisher Microsoft Studios has announced, declaring it "the fastest selling original game ever on Xbox Live Arcade." What now? Undead Labs is still working on patches, apparently doesn't have too much ...


"That quote makes it sound like the issue was that they didn't have a distribution platform for ..."

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Zoo Tycoon coming to Xbox One and 360 from Kinectimals dev

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 11, 2013 8:40am PDT

Microsoft is drawing Zoo Tycoon back from extinction, revealing during E3 that it's brought the zoo management series back for Xbox One and Xbox 360. As one might expect from Kinectimals creator Frontier Developments, the new game also named simply Zoo Tycoon plays up the 's...


Below coming to Xbox One from Superbrothers co-creator

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 10, 2013 2:51pm PDT

Fewer indie developers were featured in Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference than one might hope for, but one of the few present certainly piqued our interest. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP co-creator Capybara Games revealed Below, a mysterious rouguelike-like exclusive ...


"This looks very interesting... I hope it comes to PS4 eventually."

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New Halo announced for Xbox One, coming 2014

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 10, 2013 11:53am PDT

You'll never guess what, right: Microsoft's making a new Halo game for the Xbox One. I know! The as-yet-unnamed game is due in 2014 and all we can safely say for certain is that it features some manner of colossal robot-space-angel. Sure, that'll do nicely.


"The hell does he need a cloak for, he's in a suit of armour. As far as Halo announcement ..."

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Crimson Dragon coming to Xbox One

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 10, 2013 10:48am PDT

Even after a demo leaked onto Xbox Live Arcade in January, we've heard little from Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi's dragon-y Kinect shooter. No release date, no further details. Nothing. Oh. That's probably because developer Grounding Inc has been working on bringing...


Deadly Premonition creator's D4 announced for Xbox One

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 10, 2013 10:27am PDT

Oh sure, the new consoles will have various ways to shoot men in the face, some exclusive to one system or another, but what about the interesting stuff? Microsoft announced some proper news during its pre-E3 press conference: Deadly Premonition creator Hidetaka 'Swery65' Su...


"YES. This. I will listen to this all week to help me keep it together. Thank you."

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Insomniac announces Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 10, 2013 10:13am PDT

Resistance and Ratchet & Clank creator Insomniac Games only recently released its first non-Sony-exclusive game, Fuse, but oh my it's really going wild with ditching that exclusivity. During Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference today, the studio announced Sunset Overdrive, an...


"So this is what they did with their original Overstrike design art assets... Looks good."

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Fable Anniversary revamps first Fable for Xbox 360

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 04, 2013 6:54am PDT

Following an awfully obvious teaser trailer, Lionhead has announced that yes, it's jazzing up the original Fable for re-release on Xbox 360 this holiday season. Fable Anniversary, as it's called, boasts updated models and textures and lighting and 1080p support, along with m...


"That's awesome. I really hope they added some more content though. "

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CastleStorm assaulting XBLA next week

By Alice O'Connor, May 20, 2013 3:00pm PDT

Building forts is cool and smashing them is perhaps even better, so CastleStorm is certainly interesting in concept. It'll be storming Xbox Live Arcade next Wednesday, developer Zen Studios--of Pinball FX2 fame--announced today, for you to build and defend the fort of your d...


State of Decay shambling out in June

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 15, 2013 6:00am PDT

Open-world zombie apocalypse survive 'em up State of Decay will launch in June, developer Undead Labs has announced. A PC release will follow later. The studio established by ArenaNet co-founder Jeff Strain also lurched forward with a new trailer clutched in its outstretched...


"Very excited for this release. I'm not expecting Skyrim, and I think that's important. I've ..."

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Age of Empires 2 HD coming to Steam April 9

By John Keefer, Mar 07, 2013 1:45pm PST

An updated version of the classic strategy game Age of Empires 2 is coming to Steam on March 9, and it will include the Conquerors expansion pack. Steam is already offering the game at a 10 percent discount until launch.


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World Series of Poker: Full House Pro announced for XBLA, Windows 8

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 16, 2013 6:45am PST

"Gotta win 'em all, poker man!" That's how I'd market a poker game, anyway. But Microsoft, for whatever reason, has instead chosen to buddy up with the World Series of Poker to slap its name on an official poke 'em up for Xbox Live Arcade and Windows 8. Coming this Spring, W...


Microsoft opens Black Tusk Studios for Halo-scale franchise

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 29, 2012 12:30pm PST

Microsoft has opened a shiny new studio in the Canadian city of Vancouver (or Washington D.C. as it's known in The X-Files) to work on its "next big entertainment franchise." What that'll be, well, that's a mystery for now, but Black Tusk Studios has declared its existence t...


"Black Tusk is rock formation in the mountains between Vancouver and Whistler. Not sure about the ..."

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