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Christine has been a gamer for many years starting on the ZX Spectrum. Based in Scotland she is an IT professional but is excited to be working for XBLAFans and hopes to make the jump into Journalism. Follow Christine on Twitter @Miss_AllSunday

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Xbox Entertainment Studios announce new sci-fi drama Humans

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Xbox Entertainment Studios have announced that they are teaming up with UK broadcaster Channel 4 in a co-production deal for a new drama series Humans. The show is being produced by Kudos and is set to share a premiere broadcast window on both the Xbox platform in North America and Channel 4 in the UK as an hour-long, eight-episode series. The series is based on the Swedish sci-fi series Real Humans (pictured) and is being written by Brits Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, the writing team behind popular spy drama Spooks.

Head of Drama for Channel 4, Pier Wenger, said of the show, “In Humans, Sam and Jon have not only crafted an ingenious and imaginative thriller, they’re also asking big, thought-provoking questions about how we live”.

Humans will join a number of new original productions for Xbox including a new football reality show Every Street United, a sketch comedy series from Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera, and a stop-motion animated show from Seth Green and the team responsible for Robot Chicken. Casting for Humans will begin in May 2014 and production will commence later this summer. Humans is expected to hit screens in 2015.

Source: Xbox Wire and Games Industry International

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Free-to-play AirMech Arena heading to Xbox 360

Popular browser-based, real-time strategy game AirMech is coming to Xbox 360 this summer in the form of AirMech Arena. Indie developers Carbon Games teamed up with publishers Ubisoft to bring the free-to-play game to console gamers. “As an indie developer, AirMech has been our passion for the past several years, and we are thrilled to partner with Ubisoft to bring the game to console,” said James Green of Carbon Games. “AirMech Arena was created from the ground up to be the ultimate RTS experience with a gamepad. The fast-paced action and depth of strategy brings console gamers a new experience we are confident they will enjoy.”

The game will include single-player, along with both multiplayer cooperative and multiplayer competitive gameplay for teams of two to three players, with teamwork being a particular focus. Carbon Games have promised that AirMech Arena will continue to receive regular updates post launch with content drops that include new AirMechs, units, maps and events.

Source: Eurogamer

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Officer Ray disaproves of this new Trials Fusion trailer

The much-anticipated Trials Fusion is set to launch in less than two weeks and as such Ubisoft have released a brand new promotional trailer featuring a disapproving Officer Ray played by Erik Estrada. The follow up to the hugely successful Trials and Trials: Evolution will release on April 16 on both Xbox One and XBLA. It’s the first of the series to reach next-gen platforms, but Trials Fusion promises to build on and enhance the vital features from the best-selling games with new tricks in a brand new Trials world with unique new social features.

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Warface beta now open to all gold subscribers

Crytek’s free-to-play military shooter Warface is now available to download for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers as the game entered open beta earlier this week. The beta will carry over three versus modes from the closed beta and two new co-op settings with multiple mission types and difficulties. Crytek also promise a constant flow of new content, settings and modes along daily new missions built for beginners and experts. Given that Warface is built on the players’ feedback, the developers are keen for beta players to send any feedback or constructive thoughts to feedbackwf360@crytek.com or over at the new forums on warfacexbox.com.

Source: Major Nelson

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams reaches 1 million downloads

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Indie developers Black Forest Games have revealed that Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams has now sold over one million copies. The game was released on XBLA one year ago today at the 1200 MSP price point following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. Twisted Dreams was said to be the spiritual successor to The Great Giana Sisters, a hit ’80s platformer famed for its similarities to Super Mario Bros.

It’s not clear whether the figure includes the free download made available to PS+ subscribers in Europe or the copies sold as part of the Humble Indie Bundle 11 on PC.  Either way it’s always good to hear an indie game success story. Check out our review for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams here.

Source: CVG

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Undead Labs sign multi-year, multi-title agreement with Microsoft Studios

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Undead Labs, the Seattle based development studio behind last year’s XBLA hit State of Decay, have announced that they’ve just signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement with Microsoft Studios. Founder Jeff Strain was light on the specifics but hinted, “suffice to say there are big things going on with State of Decay.” More details are expected to be shared later in the year but gamers who have been following the developer may like to take a guess that this involves the MMO followup to State of Decay codenamed Class4.

Last year proved to be a huge success for the indie studio with State of Decay becoming the fastest-selling original XBLA game in history and not only that, but State of Decay was also just awarded XBLA Fans’ coveted Game of the Year for 2013. Check out our full review here.

Source: Undead Labs

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Happy Wars: Season 2 announced

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Happy Wars, XBLA’s first free-to-play title, celebrated its first birthday this month and Microsoft have revealed that the number of players has now reached six million. Toylogic, the game’s developers, are keen to push towards an even happier future for the Happy Wars franchise, announcing Happy Wars: Season 2 for 2014. Details are slim on what this means other than a new name for a new year, but XBLAFans will be sure to keep our ears to the ground for any new information. The Happy Wars “Wartober” birthday event kicked off earlier this month and lasts through to October 31 with new content, special sales, exclusive items and even a new character class for the 15 v 15 online brawler.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Games with Gold promotion now extended

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Microsoft have announced that they will be extending the duration of their Games with Gold promotion. The scheme, which provides Xbox Live Gold members with two free games to keep each month, was due to end with the release of the Xbox One console; however, Microsoft have revealed the exciting news on their Xbox Wire blog,

“Today, as a part of the ‘Week of Xbox Live,’ we’re excited to announce that we are making Games with Gold an ongoing benefit for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360.”

No word as yet on whether the promotion will ever extend to the Xbox One console, but the announcement shows Microsoft is certainly keen to compete with Sony’s highly respected PS Plus program. Gamers are also reminded that currently the epic Halo 3 is on offer to download for free, so make sure you add this to your download queue by the end of the month.

Source: Xbox Wire

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State of Decay tops one million downloads

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Undead Labs have announced that State of Decay has now reached one million players. The figure includes both Xbox Live Arcade downloads and the Steam Early Access release on PC. Originally launched on XBLA back in June of this year for 1600 MSP, State of Decay became the fastest-selling original XBLA title of all time, selling around 500,000 copies in its first week of release alone. However, the Seattle, Washington-based team have promised not to rest on their laurels just yet and are busy preparing to release some news on the game’s first DLC pack. For those yet to be bitten by the infectious open world adventure, why not check out our official review here.

Source: Undead Labs

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Crimson Dragon’s flight to Xbox One was not developer decision

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Grounding’s Yukio Futatsugi has revealed that it was Microsoft’s decision to move Crimson Dragon from Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Futatsugi told Eurogamer at the Tokyo Game Show that Microsoft made the decision to make the switch at E3 last year. “We were talking about these things in a hotel room and was [sic] told this news. I was shocked, but you know ultimately I think it’s worked out well – though I won’t forget that episode,” Futatsugi told Eurogamer.

Despite the initial shock, the change should largely please fans of the series. Since its move to the Xbox One the game has been significantly lengthened, with its RPG elements having been expanded upon to accommodate play sessions associated with a traditional gamepad. Futatsugi spoke of the addition of controller support: “When we announced the 360 version we had a lot of people saying why can’t we use the controller – so we could not ignore those fans.”

Kinect still remains a feature, however. In the Xbox One version of Crimson Dragon, players can guide a partner dragon by leaning their body, while elsewhere free roaming sections have been introduced for boss battles. Crimson Dragon will be a download-only launch title and is expected to cost $19.99.

Source: Eurogamer

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