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NeocoreGames bringing tower defense to Xbox One with Deathtrap

The next project from NeocoreGames, the studio responsible for The Amazing Adventures of Van Helsing, is a tower-defense game called Deathtrap. The developer announced that Deathtrap will offer gamers a mix of action-RPGs and tower-defense game elements when it releases this fall for Xbox One for $19.99.

A trailer released alongside the announcement showcases what Neocore has described as a hodgepodge of blood, guts and cuteness. Deathtrap is set in a chain of islands filled with strongholds that were constructed to protect members of the “everyday world” from the otherworldly beasts of “the void.” Players must take control of a hero of their choosing and have him defend the forts from the encroaching monsters by rebuilding and upgrading archaic, deteriorating traps and machines like those seen in the video above.

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Amazon officially acquires Twitch

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Online retailer Amazon has acquired Twitch for a cool $970 million in cash. After being courted by Google for a couple of months, this deal came somewhat as a surprise.

In a public letter to the Twitch community, CEO Emmett Shear wrote, “We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster.”

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XBLAFans Twitch Schedule: Week of 8-25

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XBLA Fans will continue streaming weekly sessions of game play by our reporters, writers, and editors. There is a weekly feature currently and more impromptu streams that will be scheduled each week. Be sure to tune in to the XBLA Fans twitch channel each week for new streams.

This week’s schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, August 26th @ 7:30 pm (CST) – Recurring Tuesday Stream with Scott / Marshall.
This week: Halo: Spartan Assault

If there is a game you would like to see streamed or previewed, let us know and we will do our best to get to it quickly. Enjoy this week’s stream!

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Ascend: Hand of Kul removed from marketplace

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Ascend: Hand of Kul was released on XBLA just under a year ago, and last week the plug was suddenly pulled on the free-to-play RPG. Microsoft removed the game from the marketplace without any warning, much to the surprise of developer Signal Studios. “We are deeply saddened by this decision and the impact it has on our community,” their official site reads. Microsoft has yet to comment on their decision.

All is not lost, however, as the game is still alive and well on Steam. While the PC version is still in beta, many improvements have been made over the XBLA version. Signal Studios is encouraging fans to take the plunge, offering new players 25,000 souls (in-game currency) to make the transition easier.

Source: Joystiq

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Xbox Twitch hacked

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Xbox’s Twitch profile was hacked alongside those belonging to Playstation and the eSports League (ESL). The third party posted unauthorised messages and offensive language to the channels.

Highlights from their previous broadcasts were altered and given different titles and descriptions. The messages included false game announcements for Fallout and Gears of War. There were also references to Square Enix’s Rise of the Tomb Raider and its timed exclusivity on the Xbox One. The third party wrote “Sorry guys but they rose the money bags,” and “sorry bout tomb raider bb”. Homophobic and racist slurs were also included in the messages.

Talking to Polygon, a Twitch representative said that the company thinks that the accounts were compromised at Gamescom, by someone who managed to get access to already logged-in computers there.

A Twitch representative said in an email that, “We’re deleting the offensive VODs as soon as we find them and are alerting individual teams at the venue.” They also said that, “As a precautionary measure, we temporarily removed highlights and past broadcasts for those channels since it’s in the early hours of the morning in Cologne.”

Source: Polygon

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Behemoth reveals first Game 4 trailer

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The Behemoth has revealed the first trailer for their fourth game, temporarily titled Game 4. The studio’s previous works inclue Castle Crashers and BattleBlock TheaterYou can see the trailer for Game 4 embedded below.

The Behemoth’s announcing blog post reads: “Shortly before the release of BattleBlock Theater we started working on something new. We schemed up a bunch of concepts and picked our strongest one. From there we fleshed out the lone survivor prototype!!! As it grew stronger and stronger, we polished it, furnished it with delights, and added (gluten free?) sprinkles. Yes, as the chicken dictates, this game is of a genre we haven’t covered before and seek to breathe a new flavor into. Maybe you can find a hint in the video below about which genre it is??”

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Trials Fusion: Empire of the Sky DLC releases today

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Today marks the launch of Empire of the Sky, the second of six DLC packs for Trials Fusion. This DLC pack is free for players that own the season pass but for those that don’t the season pass the pack can be bought for $4.99. Empire of the Sky brings with it nine new tracks, 18 new challenges, secret features, new track editor objects, and five new achievements. The nine new tracks feature six classic tracks, one skill game, one FMX, and one Supercross track. The new track editor objects keep with the theme of a city in the sky with new objects like floating platforms and anti-gravity technology. With how different the two DLC packs have been so far we look forward to seeing what RedLynx has in store for us with the remaining four packs.

Source: Here is the City

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Phil Spencer doesn’t want the Rare brand to mean Kinect Sports

 

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Phil Spencer revealed while talking to CVG that Rare was in fact working on a new title. In recent years Rare had been seen as the “Kinect team” working on Kinect Sports for years and before that the Avatar project. But fans remember them from back in the Nintendo 64 days for games like Conker’s Bad Fur Day and GoldeneyePhil Spencer says, “Right now with Rare we’re at a point where I don’t want the Rare brand to mean Kinect Sports. The Rare brand can be more valuable to them, to us and to gamers than that.”

He even went on to provide a little more hope for Rare fans, “I think it’s about them thinking about the next game that’s going to be the next ‘Rare game’ and really stand for what they are. I know they’ve got some great ideas. I’ve not been up to Twycross for maybe six months, but I’m planning on getting up there this fall and seeing bits for the new game. But I know they’re hard at work and Phil Harrison has been up talking to them. So they’ve got some new ideas, they’re excited about them and I think Rare should, can and will be an important part of our game future.”

We can’t wait to finally see a new Rare project and hope that it returns to them to their glory days as a developer. It’s nice to see Rare is still valued by Microsoft and is actively working to make them a bigger member of their ecosystem.

Source: CVG

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XBLAFans Twitch Schedule: Week of 8-18

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XBLA Fans will be streaming weekly sessions of game play by our reporters, writers, and editors. There is a weekly feature currently and more impromptu streams that will be scheduled each week. Be sure to tune in to the XBLA Fans twitch channel each week for new streams.

This week’s schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, August 19th @ 7:30 pm (CST) – Recurring Tuesday Stream with Scott / Marshall.
This week: Trials Fusion map building & publishing.

If there is a game you would like to see streamed or previewed, let us know and we will do our best to get to it quickly. Enjoy this week’s stream!

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Xbox One update revamps social features and more

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Get ready for another update—starting today, your Xbox has a few new features to make things easier and more fun.

The social features are being adjusted into one continuous stream of more interesting content where you can share videos and comments with your friends, much like other social media. You can even post simple text updates, such as, “I’m playing Titanfall tonight if anyone wants to join me.” You can also check these activity feeds anytime from SmartGlass.

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