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



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


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!


Xbox One update revamps social features and more

X1 update August 2014

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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Killer Instinct Season 2 coming October 15

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Beginning October 15th, the second season of Killer Instinct will begin. Season two will feature new fighters, enhanced game modes, and brand new interface. There will be three ways that fans can get theirs on this new season of goodness, the first way is to buy Killer Instinct: Season 2 – Ultra Edition for $39.99 and this edition will add eight new fighters, starting with TJ Combo and Maya, and then a new fighter each subsequent month. This edition also gets the buyer come costumes, Killer Instinct 2 Classic, and early access to new fighters customization items. The second way is to buy Killer Instinct: Season 2 – Combo Breaker for $19.99, which will grant buyers eight new fighters in the same order as the Ultra Edition. The third way would be to buy new fighters individually which is $4.99 a fighter.

If fans are interested in getting their hands on TJ Combo early they can purchase the Ultra Edition between September 23rd and October 14th, which immediately unlocks TJ Combo and gives buyers early access to Killer Instinct 2 Classic. The composer from Season One, Mick Gordon will be returning and so will the original art director, Kevin Bayliss, to design eight new costumes. If you are looking to get your hands on Season One then you can buy it digitally or a special retail edition will be available starting September 23rd. We look forward to getting our hands on some brand new Killer Instinct content.

Source: Killer Instinct Forums


Space Engineers is coming to Xbox One exclusively for 12 months

Space Engineers is a modern space sandbox game in which players can build space stations, ships, and other gadgets using the environment and resources it provides. The PC version has been available for nearly a year and has had a solid following. Space Engineers like many sandbox games is consistently being added to and updated, it will be interesting to see how this ID@Xbox exclusive pans out. The Xbox One’s integrated twitch app should also allow for some excellent streaming opportunities when paired with this space aged sandbox game. The exclusive period will be a full year, meaning Xbox One owners will be the only console spacemen suited up for nearly all of 2015.

Source: Gamescom


Halo Channel coming to Xbox One

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The Halo Channel is on its way to Xbox One. Releasing on November 11, 2014 alongside Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the updated Halo Channel will feature Halo-themed programming, eSports, and a Halo Encyclopedia. You’ll also be able to unlock rewards in both The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians by watching content, taking polls, and answering trivia questions. Halo-mania is about to kick off again big time, and the Halo Channel is the first step on Xbox One. Check out the full details over on Xbox Wire.


Pinball FX2 out now on Xbox One

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The Xbox One version of fan favorite Pinball FX2 is now available to download, and it includes the Sorcerer’s Lair table for free (read our “Buy It” review of the table here). Although it was up for debate for a while, any tables that you’ve purchased for the Xbox 360 version will also be available as a free download for the Xbox One version, provided they have been released. Zen Studios has the details of how to download your existing tables over at their blog. Not sure if you’re interested in a virtual pinball game? Check out the launch trailer after the break!

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White Xbox One bundle coming this holiday season


At Gamescom, Microsoft announced three new bundles for the Xbox One to be released this holiday season. One of these bundles has been teased previously — it celebrates the upcoming Sunset Overdrive, and we now know it includes a snazzy snow-white Xbox One with a white wireless controller in addition to a digital Day One Edition copy of Sunset Overdrive. We now have a date and price — the bundle will cost $399 and will launch alongside the game on October 28.

Two other bundles were also announced — one for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare which includes a chat headset and 1TB hard drive in addition to a digital Day Zero edition of the game (which includes custom sound-effects among other things) for $499, and a European exclusive bundle including FIFA 15 for £349.99/€399.99, which mirrors the already-announced Madden 15 bundle for players in the United States.  Those bundles will launch November 3rd and September 25, respectively.


Source: Xbox Wire


Pre-order and pre-download capabilities come to Xbox One for limited titles at launch


Long a staple on Steam and more recently appearing on the PlayStation 4, pre-ordering digital games has given gamers on these platforms the ability to instantly jump into each highly anticipated release even before midnight shoppers can unwrap the plastic on theirs.  The Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, revealed during Microsoft’s presentation at Gamescon 2014 that pre-ordering and pre-downloading will come to the Xbox One for select titles.  Two titles mentioned were Forza Horizon 2 and FIFA 15, with more assuredly on their way.  If this initiative proves a success, the prospect for program expansions appears likely.

Source: Joystiq


This week’s Deals with Gold games (August 12 – August 18)


There is a Square Enix theme this week, with most of the deals belonging to Games on Demand. However, there are a couple XBLA games in the mix, which you’ll find below. All of the following specials run through Monday, August 18th.

And here’s another reminder that Games with Gold title Motocross Madness is free on Xbox 360 for another couple days, and Dishonored will be taking it’s place later this week. Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut HD are both free for all of August on Xbox One.

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