Thanks to a partnership between the BBC and Microsoft, Minecraft on the Xbox 360 will be receiving some Doctor Who themed DLC packs, the first of which has been announced to release this September. The first pack will include the Twelfth Doctor (that’s the new one played by Peter Capaldi, for readers who aren’t up on the show), Clara Oswald, and five other doctor/companion combinations in addition to some of the “most well-known adversaries” of the Doctor — thus far the Daleks have been revealed in a screenshot, but no other specifics have yet been announced. There is no word on whether this DLC pack will be coming to other editions of Minecraft — hopefully this content makes its way to Xbox One as well. Readers looking to have some wibbly wobbly timey wimey pixely blocky fun might just have to plug in their old consoles for now.
There is a ton of stuff on sale this week, with both Deals with Gold and the Xbox Binge Watch and Play Sale happening together. While there is a major focus on Games on Demand, a ton of Arcade content is available as well, which you can see below!
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - 67% off
- Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (360 only) – 50% off
- Guardians of Middle Earth - 67% off
- Killer Instinct – Sabrewolf Character (Xbox One) – 60% off
- NFL Blitz – 67% off
- Plants vs. Zombies – 67% off
- Shadow Complex – 67% off
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – 67% off
- Twisted Pixel Games Bundle (includes Splosion Man, Ms. Splosion Man, Comic Jumper, and The Maw) - 67% off
- The Walking Dead Season 2 Season Pass (includes Episodes 2-5) – 33% off
- The Wolf Among Us Season Pass (includes Episodes 2-5) – 33% off
- State of Decay Lifeline Add-On – 50% off
- State of Decay Breakdown Add-On – 50% off
Also, don’t forget that Games with Gold title Dishonored is still free for a couple more days on Xbox 360. Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut HD will remain free until the end of August on Xbox One.
ReddX is the new app available on Xbox one that allows users to browse Reddit, comment, up vote, down vote, and view images or videos. The Achievements that are available with the app are extremely indicative of what the Reddit culture is all about. The humor driven, statistically hilarious, and too honest nature of the achievements will really grab the funny bone of anyone who has spent time on the site. The integration of this app allows players to snap it in and communicate with other Redditors while playing a game. There is plenty of potential for this beyond just browsing the many dark halls of Reddit, ideally a game guide could be pulled up in a pinch, or a screenshot of a confusing area. This is yet another interesting use of the Xbox One’s snap feature, and may see regular use.
Source: Xbox Wire
Defense Grid 2, the follow-up to the 2009 original, finally has a release date — that of September 23, 2014. The original Defense Grid: The Awakening is well-liked, combining the already addictive genre of tower defense with striking, colorful sci-fi visuals, along with a fun A.I. companion who has a unquenchable desire for raspberries. Defense Grid 2 carries on this tradition whilst adding new towers, including the Boost Tower, which acts as a cheap way to route enemies early on and then can be used as a build pad for normal towers. The build pad even offers exclusive upgrades to the towers built upon it. Another feature also emphasized this time around will be statistics, which will be displayed in easier-to-understand ways over the course of the mission. Defense Grid 2 will be released digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.”
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 Theater. You 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??”