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Resident Evil Revelations 2 will release episodically on Xbox in 2015

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Capcom has announced that it will release Resident Evil Revelations 2 on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in early 2015.

At least, that’s when it will begin releasing the game. Breaking from franchise tradition, the sequel will adopt an episodic release format and will be split up into four digital episodes available for $5.99 each. It’s a release format perhaps best known to gamers thanks to another game franchise that pits humans against zombies: The Walking Dead. For its part, Capcom claims that this format is an evolution of the original Revelations‘ chapters format, though those chapters were sold together as a single release.

The publisher will release Resident Evil Revelations 2‘s episodes one week at a time before making the entire game available as a single digital release that will include some sort of additional content for $24.99. A retail version is also planned for a later date, and it will feature even more exclusive content at an MSRP of $39.99. Capcom promises that each episode “will feature hours of terrifying gameplay ending with dramatic cliff-hangers.”

Revelations 2 will put players in control of series mainstay Claire Redfield and task them with confronting the horrors of Redfield’s past. Joining her in the sequel is Moira Burton, who, along with Redfield, has been captured and must find out who took them and why.

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Microsoft to finalize acquisition of Mojang today for $2.5 billion

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Microsoft has been rumored over the past week to be in talks with Mojang about a $2.5 Billion buyout of the small indie studio responsible for Minecraft. The purchase is expected to be finalized today and is accompanied by this blog post by Minecraft creator Notch announcing he is leaving the company. The acquisition may be a way for Microsoft to boost it’s mobile presence considering the windows phone holds less than 2.5% of the market. What this means for Minecraft’s future is not entirely apparent at this point. The Mojang release says they will continue to support and update Minecraft as they always have. This is one of the largest game company acquisitions in history, however the purchase price is a small portion of Microsoft’s reported 86 billion real-time spendable dollars.

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Revamped guide button menu and mkv support coming to Xbox One with October update

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Xbox’s October update has been announced, bringing with it a slew of highly desirable features. First and foremost is some new functionality wherein double-tapping the guide button snaps a 360 guide menu-esque screen next to whatever you’re playing. This screen gives you easy access to a bunch of options: Friends, Messages, Game DVR, a clock, and a battery indicator. There are also improved options for opening and closing snapped apps.

They’ve also introduced enhancements to the Achievements app, the Friends section, and SmartGlass. The media player has been updated to include DNLA and MKV support for you AV-inclined folks out there, and there is also now the ability to assign devices to individual users and hide games from the library if desired. It’s a pretty massive list, which you can check out here or take a look at the video below the break.

One of the biggest criticisms with the Xbox One is that it undid a lot of the things that the Xbox 360 did right. The biggest issue many people had was that it was harder than ever to access social features like friends lists and messaging. While it has been getting better over the past year, the October update should finally put the nail in the antisocial coffin.

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Telltale Games bringing The Wolf Among Us to Xbox One

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Telltale Games recently announced via Twitter that this fall they will be releasing their acclaimed adventure games, The Walking Dead (both seasons) and The Wolf Among Us on Xbox One. The Walking Dead will release in October next month, with The Wolf Among Us following in November.  Players who have played the Xbox 360 or PC editions of these games likely won’t find a compelling reason to upgrade, but for players who missed out on these games in the previous generation of consoles, this revival of the adventure genre will come as a welcome addition to the ever-growing library of titles available on Xbox One.

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Warframe is available and free to play on Xbox One

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Warframe, the free to play third person shooter, is now available  to play on the Xbox One. The game focuses on friends teaming up in player vs enemy raids in an attempt to gain control of the Warframes. One of the more unique aspects of Warframe is the Smartglass portion of the game. It allows players to access stats and real-time information, and even the Codex, which essentially contains all the information you could want about the universe. Everyone looking for a new game to play with friends this coming weekend should check out Warframe, after all, it is free and that means free achievements.

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Rumor: Microsoft negotiating to buy Mojang for $2 billion

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Microsoft is negotiating to purchase Mojang, the developers of Minecraft, for over $2 billion, reports The Wall Street Journal. Nothing is confirmed yet, but Microsoft’s interest is not surprising. The mega-hit franchise tops retail sales charts each week and shows no signs of stopping.

What is surprising is Bloomberg’s report that Marcus “Notch” Persson initiated the deal himself a few months ago. Sources say that pricing and framework have already been drawn up, so we could hear the official word in the next week or two.

As for Notch, sources also suggest that he will assist with the transition, but eventually part ways. Notch is known to dislike large corporations, as demonstrated by his public dismay over Facebook acquiring virtual reality platform Oculus Rift.

Sources: Wall Street Journal via CNET, Bloomberg

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Buy a new Xbox One, get a free game of your choice

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Microsoft just announced a special deal for players looking to upgrade to the next console generation. Until September 13th, anyone purchasing a new Xbox One can get a game of their choice. This includes any game released on disc, even the just-released Destiny, Microsoft has specified that the deal is good for bundles including Forza Motorsport 5 and Madden NFL 15, so those consoles will come with the bundled game plus a game of your choice.

This is surely timed to utilize the release of Destiny to its full potential — Microsoft did something similar for the Titanfall release, enticing people to buy the new console on the promise of getting the latest and greatest game. Don’t be surprised if this deal returns in the future when other high-visibility titles launch — using the momentum of good software to sell hardware is a smart move, and a good deal for players yet to upgrade.

Source: Xbox Wire

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XBLAFans Twitch Schedule: Week of 9-8

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This week’s schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, September 9th @ 8:30 pm (CST) – Recurring Tuesday Stream with Scott / Marshall.
This week: Pinball FX2 featuring the new Walking Dead table and more.

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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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell standalone DLC coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360

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Yes, Saint’s Row can get even more insane. Deep Silver has announced Saint’s Row: Gat Out of Hell, a standalone expansion to Saint’s Row IV that will follow Johnny Gat into the fiery depths. The expansion will be available digitally for $19.99 on January 27, 2015 in North America, and it will release on January 30th in other territories. It will be available on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and coincides with the release of Saint’s Row IV: Re-elected on Xbox One. See the announcement trailer below:

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Minecraft: Xbox One edition comes out this Friday

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Minecraft, the super star of the sandbox game world is finally going to be available for the Xbox One starting this Friday, September 5th. The move to the next-gen console includes some pretty cool features including larger worlds and world transfers from the Xbox 360. Players who own the Xbox 360 version will be able to purchase the One version for $4.99, the price for new owners is $19.99. The world sizes claim to be up to 36 times larger, so look forward to bigger and more impressive creations in the near future.

Source: Xbox Wire

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