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Rust comes to PS4 and Xbox One next year

Rust, the popular multiplayer survival video game that began life six years ago as the clone of an Arma 2 mod, will finally make its way to consoles in 2020, developer Facepunch Studios announced during the livestream kicking off Microsoft’s X019 today.

The announcement raises a ton of questions that aren’t yet answered — what will it run like on a console given how challenging Rust has been for PCs? Will it support cross-platform play? And what the heck is Player Review and why are they giving so many testimonials for Rust? A news release from Facepunch and publisher Double Eleven said Rust on consoles will support worlds of up to 100 players.

Rust launched in Steam Early Access in 2013 and Facepunch boasts some 8 million players of the unforgiving survival game, based on DayZ, since then. Rust is billed as a game with no rules, where players must battle the elements of a post-apocalyptic landscape as well as the human nature in all the other players. We’ll see how that goes when it lands on consoles.

Source: Polygon.com

Wasteland 3 slated for May 2020 release date

Wasteland 3 has a release date: May 19, 2020. inXile Entertainment head Brian Fargo announced the date on Thursday at Microsoft’s X019 presentation in London.

Fargo debuted a new Wasteland 3 trailer, showcasing new gameplay in the “‘80s-inspired post-apocalyptic world.” We got a peek at the role-playing game’s new story, which takes the game to “the frozen wastes of Colorado,” moving on from Arizona and Los Angeles. It’s the biggest Wasteland game in the franchise, with a budget three times larger than Wasteland 2, according to inXile.

The new trailer detailed the snowy Colorado world — “a society built on violence.” inXile showed off what appeared to be a huge scorpion mech, as well as some of Wasteland 3’s “strategic combat.”

Polygon played a Wasteland 3 demo in August and called it a “snowier, sleeker, and more substantial version of its five-year-old predecessor, Wasteland 2.” Wasteland 3 is expected to have multiplayer and an XCOM-style cinematic camera.

At X018 last year in Mexico City, Microsoft announced it acquired inXile, but noted the team would continue to work “autonomously.” In 2016, Wasteland 3 met its $2.75 million Fig crowdfunding goal, reaching an end total of $3.1 million before it was acquired years later by Microsoft.

More information about Wasteland 3 will be announced during X019 on Nov. 15 at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Source: Polygon.com

Xbox Game Pass now $1 for three months, with a ton of new games coming

Microsoft is pushing hard for new Xbox Game Pass subscribers, sweetening its offer to first timers with three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1, plus free time in other subscription services for all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

Starting today, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers — this is the combination of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold — will get one month of EA Access, three months of Discord Nitro, and six months of Spotify Premium.

Xbox Game Pass is $9.99 a month. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which started in June, is $14.99 a month and includes access to the PC library as well as Xbox Live Gold.

Microsoft also announced a slew of current and brand-new games joining Xbox Game Pass’ curated library of more than 200 titles, beginning today with Rage 2 for Xbox One and Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition for PC.

Additionally, Halo: Reach on Dec. 3 will start bringing Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC, and an update to the collection for Xbox One subscribers will deliver Reach plus Halo 3: ODST. Players may begin pre-installing the titles now, Microsoft added.

Later in 2020, these first-party games will launch on Xbox Game Pass as well:

  • Bleeding Edge (Xbox One and PC)
  • Grounded (Xbox One and PC)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC)
  • Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox One and PC)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox One and PC)
  • Tell Me Why (Xbox One and PC)
  • Wasteland 3 (Xbox One and PC)

Other games available on Xbox Game Pass beginning today are:

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Xbox One, coming soon to PC)
  • Lego: The Ninjago Movie (Xbox One)
  • Remnant: From the Ashes (Xbox One)
  • The Talos Principle (Xbox One and PC)
  • Tracks: The Train Set Game (Xbox One and PC)

And still others will come to Xbox Game Pass “beginning this holiday and throughout 2020,” according to Xbox:

  • Cris Tales (Xbox One and PC)
  • Cyber Shadow (Xbox One and PC)
  • Darksiders 3 (Xbox One and PC)
  • Double Kick Heroes (Xbox One and PC)
  • Edge of Eternity (Xbox One and PC)
  • Most of the Final Fantasy franchise, for Xbox One and PC, comprising of Final Fantasy 7, 8 Remastered, 9, 10: HD Remastered, 10-2: HD Remastered, 12: The Zodiac Age, 13, 13-2 Lightning Returns, 13 and 15.
  • Forager (Xbox One and PC)
  • Haven (Xbox One and PC)
  • It Lurks Below (Xbox One and PC)
  • Levelhead (Xbox One and PC)
  • Life Is Strange 2: Episodes 4 and 5 (Xbox One)
  • My Friend Pedro (Xbox One/PC)
  • PHOGS (Xbox One and PC)
  • She Dreams Elsewhere (Xbox One and PC)
  • SkateBIRD (Xbox One and PC)
  • Streets of Rage 4 (Xbox One and PC)
  • Scourge Bringer (Xbox One and PC)
  • Supraland (Xbox One)
  • Tekken 7 (Xbox One)
  • Touhou Luna Nights (Xbox One and PC)
  • The Escapists 2 (Xbox One)
  • The Red Lantern (Xbox One)
  • The Red Strings Club (PC)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One)
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul (Xbox One and PC)
  • West of Dead (Xbox One and PC)

Source: Polygon.com

Yakuza is coming to Xbox for the first time

For years now, Sega’s beat-em-up/virtual tourism series, Yakuza, has been known as a PlayStation-exclusive. Well, today, Microsoft and Sega announced that Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and follow-up Yakuza Kiwami 2 are all headed to Xbox One and Game Pass sometime in early 2020.

The games, which were developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, follow the early days of Kazuma Kiryu as he makes his way through Tokyo. Famed for being eccentric and for having extensive side activities that imbue the world with flavor, the series has become somewhat of a cult classic among fans.

In our original reviews of the games, Polygon gave props to Yakuza 0 for having plenty of “heart,” while Yakuza Kiwami is hailed as a “great update to an old game.” The sequel, Yakuza Kiwami 2, meanwhile, includes many of the series’ “greatest hits” in terms of gameplay.

If you thought this day would never come, you’re not alone. One of the top-voted replies to the YouTube trailer for this announcement exclaims, “Pinch me I must be dreaming!”

Source: Polygon.com

Microsoft Flight Simulator includes the Boeing 747 and a tiny aerobatics plane

Toady at its annual X019 presentation, Microsoft previewed a handful of additional aircraft coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator. They include Boeing’s massive 747 commercial jetliner, the fan-favorite Citation twin-engine jet, and a tiny aerobatics airplane. You can see them all in action in the new trailer above.

Flight Simulator is the oldest franchise in the Microsoft catalog, older than Office and older than Windows itself. The last version of the game was released in 2006. This new version, in development by a French team at Asobo Studio, relies on Bing satellite imagery. It draws on more than two petabytes of information, including high-resolution scans of landmarks like the pyramids at Giza and the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, to create lifelike images for virtual pilots.

Flight Simulator is expected to enter a closed alpha soon. The game is coming to Xbox One and Windows PC in 2020, and will be included in the Xbox Game Pass program.

Source: Polygon.com

Age of Empires 4 trailer shows Relic’s work on updating a classic

Microsoft showed an Age of Empires 4 trailer at X019, but has still not announced a release date. Age of Empires 4 was first announced at Gamescom in 2017, but Microsoft has been quiet about the game since then. It’s being developed by Relic Entertainment, a Sega-owned company best known for the well-respected Company of Heroes games.

Microsoft is also planning to release an updated version of Age of Empires 2, which was first released in 1999. This follows the release of the original Age of Empires’ Definitive Edition last year.

In Age of Empires games, players control citizens, soldiers and buildings from one of various historical eras, including samurai Japan, the Roman empire and British redcoats. Resources are collected to create buildings which churn out fighting units. These buildings are upgraded via an elongated tech-tree, which creates more advanced fighters including melee, range and artillery. Each civilization’s units have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Age of Empires 4 continues this tradition, but today’s trailer shows how much detail Relic is aiming for, both in terms of static items like buildings, and via the number of combat units on screen at any one time. We’ll have more on Age of Empires 4 in the months ahead.

Source: Polygon.com

Halo: Reach coming to Master Chief Collection in December

Halo: Reach, Bungie’s 2010 prequel to the original Halo: Combat Evolved, is coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Dec. 3. Microsoft and 343 Industries announced the release date for Halo: Reach during today’s Inside Xbox livestream from X019 in London.

Halo: Reach will be available on the Xbox One version of The Master Chief Collection, and will come to Windows PC the same day. PC gamers can purchase the entire Master Chief Collection, which will include six games, for $39.99, or they can purchase Halo: Reach separately for $9.99. On Xbox One, The Master Chief Collection also costs $39.99. The collection is also playable through Xbox Game Pass.

Microsoft announced The Master Chief Collection for Windows PC — and Halo: Reach for The Master Chief Collection — earlier this year. On PC, the Halo games featured in The Master Chief Collection will be rolled out over time, with Reach bowing first.

Source: Polygon.com

We talked with Obsidian about Grounded, mixing Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and a survival game

Obsidian Entertainment, known for its immersive role-playing games, is trying something a little bit different. It’s next game is called Grounded, a cooperative survival game that shrinks players down and sets them loose in their own backyard. It will be released in an early access state as part of both the Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access programs. Grounded will also be available on day one through Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service, both for Xbox One and Windows PC.

The project is being led by Adam Brennecke, a 15-year veteran of the studio and previously the executive producer and lead programmer on both Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire.

“We got an opportunity to do something new here,” Brennecke told Polygon in an interview earlier this month. “It’s a cooperative survival game where you play as a teenager shrunk down the size of an ant. You have to survive in this world, where it’s a backyard environment, and where the mundane becomes the fantastical.”

A player-made structure, with a rough-hewn fence around it, illuminated by a small fire. Giant blades of grass grow all around. Obsidian Entertainment/Microsoft

A player holds up a primitive bow, aiming at a pair of bees drinking nectar from some roses. Obsidian Entertainment/Microsoft

Players will be able to choose from four different named characters when they begin their campaign: Max, described by Brennecke as “Bart Simpson meets the Fresh Prince;” Willow is “your typical teenager, grumpy but also sassy;” Pete is a nerdy Boy Scout; and Hoops is a natural-born leader and athlete. Together, they’ll need to work together to find a way out of the backyard alive.

Early assets show individual blades of grass that tower over the main characters like trees, and baseballs the size of single-family homes. Brennecke says that players will need to forage mushrooms for food, and drink water from dew drops that collect in the shade. There will be plenty of crafting, both of armor and weapons, and base-building as well. But what makes the game different from Ark: Survival Evolved and other similar games is that it will have a narrative structure. The ultimate goal will be to find a way to return to regular size, and escape the dangers hidden in the backyard.

A giant ladybug walks next to a baseball embedded in the mud of the backyard. Obsidian Entertainment/Microsoft

A party of players walks along a twisted root structure near sunset. Obsidian Entertainment/Microsoft

Grounded will include online gameplay for up to four players, and its infrastructure will rely on peer-to-peer connectivity. That means game worlds will not exist without the host player being online.

The game will include multiple biomes, Brennecke said, and each one will require different technological advancements to unlock. But, he insists that what makes Grounded truly unique are its elaborate ecosystems.

“There’s hundreds of insects living and doing their own thing in this world,” Brennecke explained. “For example, we have multiple ant colonies, and the ant colony behaves like an ant colony. They actually will send out worker ants to go hunt for food. They’ll communicate through a pheromone system. They’ll bring food back into their base. They’ll fight over territory.”

The kinds of insects in Grounded will also change depending on the time of day, and include things like ladybugs, fireflies, and hunting spiders. He wouldn’t comment, however, on if there were other kinds of creatures in the development pipeline.

What about loot and cosmetic items? Brennecke said there were no plans to monetize the game with any sort of post release paid content at this time. Grounded is expected in the spring of 2020.

Source: Polygon.com

Life is Strange devs’ next game is a mystery starring a trans character

Microsoft’s big Xbox event saw the reveal of Tell Me Why, a new project by Dontnod, the creators of Life is Strange. Like previous games by the French studio, Tell Me Why is a narrative-focused adventure game. Dontnod boasts that this game has “the first playable videogame hero from a major studio and publisher who is also transgender.”

The game stars a set of Alaskan twins, Tyler and Alyson Ronan, who have a troubled childhood. You’ll be able to explore memories from both characters, and ultimately get to choose which version of the story you want to believe. Tell Me Why is slated for a summer 2020 release on Xbox One, Windows, and Game Pass. Unlike prior Dontnod titles, Tell Me Why will have a set release schedule that fans will know ahead of time.

Dontnod says it worked closely with LGBT advocacy group GLAAD to help bring Tyler, the trans protagonist, to life.

“Tyler is a fully-realized, endearing character, whose story is not reduced to simplistic trans tropes,” says Nick Adams, director of transgender representation at GLAAD.

Source: Polygon.com

Bleeding Edge, Ninja Theory’s multiplayer battler, launches in March

Bleeding Edge, the multiplayer free-for-all announced at E3 2019, will launch March 24, 2020 on Xbox One and Windows PC, and will be available in Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, Microsoft announced today at X019.

Bleeding Edge is the newest game from Ninja Theory, which was one of six studios scooped up by Microsoft in 2018 to start making Xbox and Windows PC games for them. Ninja Theory is the studio behind Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and DmC: Devil May Cry.

If you need a refresher on what Bleeding Edge is all about, here’s the E3 2019 trailer:

Bleeding Edge is a multiplayer focused game involving teams of four players, with a heavy emphasis on melee combat. The stylish cast of fighters swaggering through its dystopic setting carry extravagant weapons to match the scene. The maps also provide environmental hazards to finish off the unwary.

Players who pre-order Bleeding Edge will get access to a private beta beginning Feb. 14, 2020, plus a set of bonus in-game cosmetics.

Source: Polygon.com