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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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The Behemoth’s Game 4 is a turned-based strategy adventure

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XBLA veterans The Behemoth teased their fourth game last week, aptly dubbed Game 4 for now, which takes place during the apparent aftermath of a bear hitting a planet. A new playable demo at PAX Prime and the below gameplay trailer, has now revealed the game to be a turn-based co-op adventure featuring a faceless narrator similar to the one featured in last year’s hit Battleblock Theater. Players will find themselves exploring and looting with three unique customizable heroes through a world littered in bear blood and hex grids. Along with a single player campaign, the game will feature two player co-op and an up to four player 2 v 2 mode. Game 4 has no set release date as yet but will be arriving on both Xbox One and Steam.

 

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State of Decay coming to Xbox One

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Coming Spring 2015, Xbox One owners will be able to get their hands on State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition, developed by Undead Labs, and will find a brand new remastered version of the original game along with some extras. The Xbox One edition will feature State of Decay running in wonderful 1080p and will have all previous DLC, plus some new content to boot. While we don’t have that much information yet more will be revealed as we get closer to the Spring release window. Although, while we wait we can enjoy five new screenshots of the game, which can be seen below.

Source: Xbox

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September’s Games with Gold announced

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Earlier this week, Major Nelson revealed what we can expect from the Games with Gold program for September. On Xbox One we’ll be seeing Capybara Games Super Time Force, as well as a repeat of Crimson Dragon from last month. On Xbox 360, Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine will be free for the first half of September, with Halo: Reach closing out the month.

For those unfamiliar, Super Time Force is a Contra-style shooter that uses a rewinding feature that keeps ghosts from your previous plays on the screen to help beat levels. It sounds confusing, but is absolutely worth checking out and experiencing on your own. Crimson Dragon is an on-rails shooter, and spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon. Monaco is a heist game, which can be played either solo or co-op. You must hack, lockpick, steal, and make a getaway as you would expect, but that description doesn’t do it justice. Make sure to grab a couple friends and play it once available!

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Doctor Who coming to Minecraft this September

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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.

Source:  Polygon via BBC

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This week’s Deals with Gold games (August 26 – September 1)

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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!

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.

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