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Microsoft Announces Xbox All Access

Microsoft has announced a new, subscription-based service for both the Xbox One and Xbox One X. Xbox All Access will give players access to an Xbox console and 2 years of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Games Pass for a monthly fee.

For $34.99 a month, players can grab an Xbox One X with the bundle, while $21.99 a month will get them an Xbox One S. Xbox All Access will be available in-store only at Microsoft stores. Click here for full details from Microsoft.

PG’s Take:

This is yet another solid consumer move by Microsoft. All Access bundles some of Xbox’s best features into one package, with monthly payments giving players a way to pay for it without some of the upfront costs of purchasing a new console. Being an in-store only feature is a bit of a bummer, but I don’t see any reason this service won’t be anything but a success.

 

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Microsoft’s E3 – A Potentially Promising Future for Xbox players!

Whether you’re an Xbox player or not, there is no doubt that Microsoft really outdid itself at E3 this year. Not only was it the largest show in their history, but they unveiled some really juicy details that should have any Xbox owner excited. I’m not referring to the 18 console launch exclusives, 15 world premiers, or any of that. I’m talking about their clear focus on creating original content in the future.

The creation of The Initiative, Microsoft’s brand new studio dedicated to creating first party titles, is big news. Based in Santa Monica and headed by Darrell Gallagher, The Initiative’s sole purpose is to make Xbox exclusives, which should be exciting to anyone who owns an Xbox as our lineup of first party games is basically a barren wasteland at the moment. The most exciting thing about this announcement is that while they are directly a Microsoft studio, they have been given the creative freedom to operate like an Indie studio. Which could mean getting some fresh and unique titles exclusively for Xbox.

As well as this new first party studio they have also acquired Playground Games, longtime development partner and team behind the Forza series, who are not only working on Forza Horizon’s 4, but have been confirmed to already be working on a brand new project. In addition, Microsoft will also be acquiring Ninja Theory, makers of Hellblade and Kung Fu Chaos. This will give them the resources and ability to make even more ambitious games on the Xbox platform. State of Decay 2 has seen over 2 million people playing, and more to come especially since it was available at launch on the Xbox Game Pass, and it sounds like Microsoft is planning on shelling out the resources to make sure that game continues to grow. Last, but surely not least, Compulsion Games. The brilliant minds behind We Happy Few, could truly benefit from Microsoft’s support and deep pockets. They have definitely shown they can make a unique and refreshing game, now imagine what they can do with the freedom to dream bigger and take risks. All of these teams developing for Microsoft is a HUGE boon for future releases, and I can’t wait to see what comes of it.

Also, one of the better announcements of Microsoft’s E3 presentation is the upgraded Game Pass, which will now see many big titles added such as Elder Scrolls Online, The Division, Fallout 4. As well as giving subscribers Xbox exclusives on their launch day, including games like Horizons 4 and Gears 5.

Definitely sounds like some exciting games will be coming to Xbox in the near future. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Microsoft Announces Four New Xbox One S Bundles

In a post to the Xbox Wire, Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing four new Xbox One S Bundles this fall.

Each bundle comes with a 500 GB Xbox One S, one controller, a timed trial of Xbox Live Gold and a timed trial of Xbox Games Pass. Depending on the bundle, the length of the trials will vary. Additionally, three of the bundles will also come a set of games, with the fourth bundle just including the above content. The three software options for the bundles can be seen below:

  •  Minecraft, Minecraft Explorers Pack add-on, Minecraft Story Mode Season 1.
  • Rocket League(bundle not available in U.S. or Canada).
  • Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection(available only in U.S. through Walmart).

The bundles will sell for $279. Check out the full posting from Microsoft by clicking here.

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Microsoft Announces Assassin’s Creed Origins Bundle

Microsoft has announced two Xbox One S bundles that will come with digital copies of Assassin’s Creed Origins.

A 1 TB bundle will release for $ 349 and also include a copy of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. The smaller 500 GB bundle will release for $279. Both bundles will also come with a 14-day trial for Xbox Live Gold.

Both of the bundles will launch the same day as Assassin’s Creed Origin’s on October 27. Check out the latest trailer for the game below:

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Bungie Releases Trailer Detailing Destiny 2’s EDZ

Today Bungie dropped a trailer for the European Dead Zone, Earth’s new playable area in Destiny 2.  According to Bungie, the new EDZ is also boasted as the “biggest playable area ever created by Bungie.”

The trailer gives the first look at Adventures and Lost Sectors, which look to take the place of those repetitive, boring patrol missions (of the original).  Adventures are fully voiced side quests that dig into the lore of the Destiny universe and Lost Sectors look to be small dungeons with some kind of mini-boss at the end. With the additions of Adventures and Lost Sectors, as well as new Public events and new sub-classes to try out, it sure looks like Bungie understand what players want from the sequel.  Thankfully, with it’s release right around the corner, we won’t have to wait long to find out.

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Hellboy Highlights Injustice 2’s New Fighter Pack

NetherRealm Studios has revealed the new characters that will be coming to Injustice 2 in the second fighter pack. The pack will contain Raiden from Mortal Kombat, Black Manta, and Hellboy.

This is the second of the three fighter packs that were announced at the launch of the game. Check out the trailer for the second pack below:

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Star Wars Battlefront II Open Beta Launches October 6

EA has announced that the open beta for Star Wars Battlefront II will start on October 6 and finish on October 9. The beta will give players access to the Naboo Galatic Assault Map which was first seen at EA Play back at E3. Additionally, space combat will be available in Starfighter Assault Mode. At this time, no additional information on this mode has been given other than it will take place during the original trilogy. More details will be released at Gamescom. Progress made in the beta will not transfer into the full game when it launches in November.

Players who want to get into the beta sooner have that opportunity by pre-ordering the game. Doing this will give them access to the beta two days earlier on October 4. Yoda’s Epic Lightsaber Mastery star card will also be included with a pre-order of the game. The beta will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Check out the gameplay trailer for the game that was released last month:

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Modern Warfare Remastered Getting Separate Release

Today, Activision confirmed the news that came out earlier this week about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be getting a standalone release. The game will launch next week on PlayStation 4. When the remaster was first announced the only way to access it was by purchasing one of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s deluxe editions.

Modern Warfare Remastered will release on PlayStation 4 on June 27 for $39.99. Along with digital downloads, there will be a physical version of the game available for purchase. At this time, the Xbox One and PC versions of the game do not have a release date. Check out the launch trailer for the game below:

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Rise of the Necromancer DLC Coming to Diablo III June 27th

Blizzard has announced that the Rise of the Necromancer pack, which will bring the necromancer class into Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will release on June 27. The new content will be available through the Blizzard Shop, PlayStation Store, and Xbox One Store for $15.

The Necromancer class allows players to take control of enemies that they have killed, as well as control undead creatures. Along with the class, the following content will be included in the DLC:

  • The twisted and misshapen Half-formed Golem in-game pet
  • Cosmetic Wings of the Crypt Guardian
  • Two additional character slots
  • Two stash tabs (PC only)
  • Necromancer portrait, banner, sigil, and accent, and Blood Master pennant

Check out the trailer for the DLC pack below:

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Friday The 13th Giving Players Free DLC

As a response to the shaky launch of Friday the 13th, Gun Media is giving players a package of free DLC as a way of apologizing to fans. On June 20, the following additions and updates will be put into the game:

  • Two new outfits will be added for each counselor.
  • 13,000 Customization Points will be added to players accounts.
  • A double XP event will run from June 23 to June 25.
  •  A new “Retro” costume for Jason. The costume will put Jason in the purple and turquoise outfit from the NES game and will also include the music from the game as well.

Check out the update video for the DLC below: