On Thursday evening, a special edition of Inside Xbox was streamed live from X019 in London, giving us a look at the titles we'll be playing over the course of the next year.
In Grounded, up to four players are scaled down to the size of an ant and tasked with surviving the "unique micro-world of a suburban backyard" where they must gather everyday materials to craft and build bases, search for life saving resources and fight off the massive hostile inhabitants that threaten them and the peaceful insects.
The announcement trailer for Rare's EVERWILD didn't give much away but the cartoon-y visuals and soft pastel colours are unmistakably Rare. The team is said to be focused on "building an experience that allows for new ways to play in a natural and magical world" providing memorable and engaging experiences for players to share.
Microsoft are pushing Xbox Game Pass further than ever before
With all Xbox Game Studios titles being made available to Game Pass subscribers from day one, there's a slew of new content coming our way. 19 games from developers in the ID@Xbox program will be sitting in the Game Pass library at launch.
Eight games were introduced to the service on Thursday and we were promised that a total of 42 more will be releasing throughout the holidays and 2020, including a trio of Yakuza games (Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza Kiwami 2) and these 10 Final Fantasy epics:
Xbox Game Pass for PC (included with Game Pass Ultimate) is starting to gain traction, with Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition added to the PC library, a very brief reveal trailer for Age of Empires 4 debuting and the confirmation that Halo Reach will be arriving on PC via The Master Chief Collection on 3 December.
You can currently pick up a 3-month trial of Game Pass Ultimate for a single pound, euro or dollar and, for a limited time, every member can claim 1 month of EA Access, 3 months of Discord Nitro and 6 months of Spotify Premium.
Project xCloud is expanding following a successful trial
Microsoft's streaming service, Project xCloud, has been in preview for a month and over 50 titles can now be played on mobile devices, with even more on the way. Check out the full list and register your interest in the program here.
Next year, Project xCloud will be brought to Windows PCs and the team are "collaborating with a broad set of partners to make game streaming available on other devices."
In addition, support for more Bluetooth controllers is planned for 2020, including the DualShock 4 and Razer game pads.
No extra effort from developers is needed for games to function via xCloud and all of your progress (saves, achievements, friends lists, etc.) will be ready and waiting, whichever devices you use.
Get a head start on Black Friday deals
Once again, there's a lot of money to be saved in the Black Friday bargains and those with Xbox Live Gold get early access from 21 November. There's up to 75% off select games (find the full list courtesy of Major Nelson), as well as massive discounts on console bundles. Accessories are included in the sale, with a handful of controllers sporting a reduced price and Xbox Design Labs giving you a few quid off a custom job.
Keep your eye on the Microsoft Store for details.
You can catch all the news and announcements from X019 in full below.
Steam curators Valve have officially announced Half-Life: Alyx, a “flagship VR title” that will be fully revealed this Thursday, 10am Pacific Time (18:00 GMT).
Given the reverence the series is held in, and the fact that this is the first major title Valve have worked on in a number of years, there is understandably a fair amount of hype surrounding the announcement.
What do you think of the news? Looking forward to a VR Half-Life? Disappointed it’s not Half-Life 3? Let us know below.
There are two different versions of VR rhythm game Synth Riders up for grabs in our giveaway(s) this week!
Synth Riders Steam key giveaway
Compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE and Windows Mixed Reality
Synth Riders Oculus Quest Store code giveaway
Compatible with Oculus Quest
Ubisoft shared new details of the upcoming final season from the game’s Year 4 content, called Operation Shifting Tides, at yesterday’s Rainbow Six Siege Pro League Finals in Tokoname.
As you can see in the video above, Kali’s rifle can also be used to break through wooden barricades or hatches with just one shot (as long as they’re not reinforced) and comes with an underslung explosive launcher for blasting chunks out of sturdier structures.
To counteract the weapon’s lethality, players that are downed by it will automatically face the direction the shot came from, allowing them to better locate Kali’s position.
The reworked Theme Park map contains the following changes:
“The Rail Platform has been removed and the East and West sections have been brought closer together. Inside the building, the East section has largely evolved, primarily the downstairs area. Gargoyle and Haunting Dining bomb sites are replaced with the Throne Room and Armory pair. The new Gong Room in this area also becomes the main entrance, while the Arcade Entrance is now blocked.”
Both Kali and Wamai will be instantly available at launch to those who purchased the Year 4 Pass or have a Uplay+ subscription, with everyone else able to purchase them a week later using Renown or R6 Credits.
Ahead of its public roll out, PC players can test out the new content from today via the game’s Test Server, with the option to report any bugs or glitches to the developers through the R6 Fix platform.
What do you think of the new operators? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Berk Ozgur is our BlazBlue giveaway winner!
Tri-Heart Interactive, a Manchester-based independent studio, have released a trailer for their upcoming shooter/party game hybrid, The Otterman Empire.
Alongside competitive multiplayer, there are also "intense and immersive" single player and co-op campaigns, where players must stop Tiko - a deranged scientist - from destroying the empire by completing a variety of challenges across an entire galaxy.
"Working with the community hands-on has been a big eye-opener for us as developers," said Kieran Rogers, Managing Director at Tri-Heart Interactive.
"Coming out the gate as a ‘community-driven game developer’ has impacted the choices we’ve made every step of the way. Having a tight-knit community that is as invested in the game as much as we are, gives us a broader perspective on a project that we are so close to and it has helped us to create a party game we’re really proud of."
The Otterman Empire is due to launch on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC early next year. You can keep up to date via the official website.
What do you think of the trailer? Let us know below or over in the forums.
Congratulations to this week’s giveaway winner - Peter Thomsen!
Crystal Dynamics have released a new game overview video for Marvel's Avengers, the perfect accompaniment to a recent interview with Studio Creative Director, Noah Hughes, over on the PlayStation Blog.
There are two types of missions in Marvel's Avengers, Heroic and Warzone. Heroic Missions are single player outings, designed to showcase each hero as you reassemble the team through the campaign, whilst Warzone are online missions that can be played solo or with a group of up to four. After completing the introductory A-Day mission, players are free to jump straight into multiplayer, though you will be exposed to spoilers.
Progression is persistent between modes and difficulty scales depending on the size and makeup of your team.
As you level up, you'll be able to unlock new abilities, some will simply increase your attack power and others will allow you change up your playstyle and build your very own roster of heroes with unique ability sets. New suits for your chosen Avengers can be purchased or unlocked but these are cosmetic only, separate from Gear and the Perks they offer.
Any post-launch characters will be added free of charge to those who own the base game, though Crystal Dynamics aren't ready to go into detail just yet, with Hughes stating, "We treat each of these Heroes as wanting to be able to star in their own game…. The truth is the hardest thing is deciding which Heroes to not make.”
Marvel's Avengers launches 15 May on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Stadia.
What do you think of the new video? Share your thoughts on Marvel's Avengers below or over in the forums.
EA and DICE have released a new digital edition of their WW2-set first-person-shooter, Battlefield V, to coincide with the start of the game’s second year of free post-launch content.
Here’s a list of everything included in Battlefield V Year 2 Edition:
You can read more about all the free content arriving as part of the game’s latest chapter, such as the M1 Garand and Sherman tank, in the official blog post.
Are you looking forward to the new theatre of war? Let us know below or over in the forums.