Microsoft Studios News


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 ..."

- Staticbroom see all 15 comments

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.


"This and Sim City 2000 were like the staple of school-approved computer games back in the day, ..."

- node see all 19 comments

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 ..."

- djdisco see all 5 comments

Halo 4 trailer shows off Spartan Ops Season 1

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 30, 2012 10:00am PDT

With Halo 4 arriving next week, Microsoft is cramming trailers and titbits into the gaping maws of hungry fans awaiting the most expensive game it's ever made. Someone's been sneaking snacks, though, as a trailer for the co-op Spartan Ops mode has appeared on the Internet, s...


"wtf happened to this site, TJ? It used to show artistic videos that betrayed a fierce vision ..."

- Dave-A see all 5 comments

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn introduces Master Chief

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 26, 2012 6:45am PDT

Halo 4 is the most expensive game Microsoft's ever made, which isn't really surprising considering the surrounding marketing includes a feature-length live-action webseries with special effects up the wazoo. You can see more of the fruits of that big spending today, as fourt...


"Nice job. Great video. Thanks for that. Now where can i find a suit like that for Halloween ?"

- squeakychimp see all 10 comments

Halo 4 live-action series first episode released

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 05, 2012 8:15am PDT

Oh, you may enjoy playing those Halo video games, running around and shooting people over the Internet, but you don't truly appreciate Halo unless you've read the novels and comics, bought the dolls, and watched the anime and, now, live-action series. Microsoft released the ...


"that was pretty crappy.... moar mc fucking shit up less whiny tweens "

- godm0de see all 11 comments

State of Decay trailer shows zombie sandbox

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 22, 2012 7:00am PDT

"The world doesn't need more dragons," Undead Labs boldly declared it announced a multiplayer zombie sandbox game codenamed 'Class3' back in 2009. Oh, how little they knew! Now, one zombie craze later, the studio founded by Blizzard veteran and ArenaNet co-founder Jeff Strai...


"Well, here comes the glut of DayZ like games, works for me I guess!"

- scatterblack see all 9 comments

Mark of the Ninja shanking XBLA September 7

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 14, 2012 6:45am PDT

Shank developer Klei Entertainment's love of side-scrolling stabbing surfaces again in its new game, but with a little more subtlety. Ninja sneaking and stabbing sim Mark of the Ninja, will be released via Xbox Live Arcade on September 7, the developer has confirmed.


Hybrid trailer explains persistent world war

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 30, 2012 11:30am PDT

It's not all fun and games bouncing around Scribblenauts creator 5th Cell's Hybrid, as each round of the 3v3 multiplayer shooter affects a persistent over-arching world war between the two factions. Come learn a little about it in a new trailer.


"Also the fact that at the time of release less than 48% of Steam users was on Windows XP, ..."

- dookiebot see all 5 comments

NASA Mars rover lands on Kinect in free game

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 17, 2012 9:00am PDT

Hey, kids! Science is fun, and space is cool! So come up, fire up your Xbox 360 and play Mars Rover Landing, a free Kinect Fun Labs game which lets you land NASA's wicked sick Curiosity Mars rover on that gnarly red planet. Parents, please, try to foster scientific interest ...


"It takes 4 months to make a lap on a 1/4 mile course. Strap in kids!"

- BeowolfSchaefer see all 7 comments

Forza Horizon pre-order bonus includes car for Forza 4

By John Keefer, Jul 11, 2012 12:30pm PDT

Forza Horizon is coming out in October, but pre-orders will get exclusive vehicle downloads, and the Collector's Edition will offer VIP membership for the game.


Microsoft acquires Magic Marker dev Press Play

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 06, 2012 5:00pm PDT

Microsoft has picked up Press Play, maker of Max and the Magic Marker and Tentacles, it was announced amidst all the E3 hubub on Monday. It's probably mostly for the Danish studio's mobile mastery, as neither game came to Xbox 360 but both hit Windows Phone.


Gears of War: Judgement formally announced with E3 trailer

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 04, 2012 12:46pm PDT

Epic has whispered and muttered about a new Gears of War over the past few days, but Gears of War: Judgement was only formally unveiled during Microsoft's presentation at E3 today. The trailer confirmed that yes, Baird and Cole Train will be shooting guns a lot.


"Ick, would rather see Bulletstorm 2! That game was a gem of 2011."

- wretchedradio see all 2 comments