Halo 5's latest map, Colosseum, was revealed during Microsoft's Gamescom 2015 press conference, and was demoed alongside the shooter's new eSports feature set.
Casters Simms and Bravo guided a match between two pro teams, switching between Epsilon and Optic players along the way. An instant replay feature allows broadcasters to show what happened from different angles, and arrow markers conveniently display where each player is destined for in that recap, like American football replay routes. Players were shown juggling the flag across platforms in Colosseum, and player outlines showed where everyone was in the spectator mode at all times.
Following the demo, 343 Industries announced a $1 million Halo Championship Series coming this winter. Look for more on Colosseum, Halo 5: Guardians, and eSports on IGN soon.
At Gamescom today, Microsoft announced a new Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One bundle.
The Halo-themed console includes 1TB of internal storage and will launch on October 20th.
The bundle is available for pre-order starting today.
Halo 5: Guardians will come to Xbox One on October 27th.
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During its Gamescom 2015 press conference, Microsoft announced that ARK: Survival Evolved and We Happy Few will be coming to the Xbox Preview Program in the near future.
ARK: Survival Evolved will be available to members of the Xbox Preview Program this winter (or summer if you live in the southern hemisphere). The game drops players onto a tropical island and asks them to fend for themselves against a Jurassic Park's worth of dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts.
Meanwhile, We Happy Few will be available to Preview Program members this holiday season, before it's made available to all in 2016. We Happy Few is a Kickstarter funded game from Compulsion Games, the makers of Contrast and is dubbed as being "a game of paranoia and survival".
During the Xbox press conference at Gamescom 2015, a brand new character was revealed for upcoming adventure game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Revealed during a presentation from the game's whip-toting (!?) creator, Koji Igarishi, the new character appears to be a demon hunter who dual-wields two swords and uses spells.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a 2.5D sidescrolling adventure game being helmed by Igarishi-san (also known as IGA), a former member of the development team behind several Castlevania games including the critically acclaimed Symphony of the Night. The game is being developed independently, having raised over $5.5 million USD on Kickstarter to date.
The latest game from Minecraft developer Mojang has a release window at long last - Cobalt will be available on Xbox One and PC in October 2015.
Co-op, competitive, sidescrolling arcade shooter was first announced way back in 2011 before making an appearance at Microsoft's Gamescom press conference two years ago, where it was announced for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. From today's news, it sounds like the Xbox 360 version has been cancelled. We've reached out for clarification.
Additionally, for anyone who doesn't want to wait for their Mojang fix, lead developer Jens Bergensten revealed the Minecraft Windows 10 beta is available now for free for anyone with a Mojang account.
During the ID@Xbox segment of Xbox's Gamescom 2015 press conference, a raft of PC titles were confirmed as being on the way for Xbox One.
Town building game Cities: Skylines, will be making its console debut on the Xbox One. The Sim City-inspired game was released for PC earlier in 2015 and was received favourably by critics, awarded an 8.5 on IGN.
Thimbleweed Park is the new point and click adventure from Ron Gilbert, creator of Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island.
Meanwhile Train Simulator is pretty much what it says on the tin, an authentic simulation of a rail network developed by Dovetail Games.
Killer Instinct Season 3 will begin in March 2016, Microsoft has confirmed.
During today's Microsoft Press Conference, the company announced that while the next season may not be starting for some time, a new guest character would be joining the roster from today - Rash from Battletoads.
During the Xbox briefing at Gamescom today, Microsoft announced a new chatpad compatible with Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
The chatpad includes volume controls and a headset adapter, and allows users to send messages and search using a small keyboard.
The chatpad is available for pre-order today.
During its Gamescom 2015 press conference, Xbox announced that its backwards compatibility service will become free for all Xbox One owners in November.
Up until now, the service has only been available to Xbox One users participating in the Xbox Preview Program. From this November, over 100 Xbox 360 and XBLA games will become available to all Xbox One owners, for free.
Microsoft also announced that Xbox Games with Gold games will be made with backwards compatibility in mind. Lastly, the first party publisher revealed that to date Xbox One owners have played 83 days of Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.
For more updates from Gamescom, keep IGN's Gamescom Hub bookmarked.
During its Xbox briefing at Gamescom today, Microsoft announced that "full-featured DVR recording" is coming to Xbox One.
The functionality will allow users to record shows in the background, even when you aren’t home. All shows recorded on Xbox One can be streamed to any Windows 10 device, or downloaded to it directly.
You'll also be able to schedule recordings remotely.
DVR functionality will be subscription-free and is coming in 2016.
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Scalebound will launch exclusively on Xbox One in Holiday 2016.
The news was announced during today's Microsoft Press Conference at Gamescom 2015, along with the news the upcoming title will feature 4-player co-op gameplayer. It wasn't specified whether this would be online-only or if there would be any opportunity for split-screen gameplay.
Other news announced including the main character's name - it's Drew - and that the world in which you're adventuring will be called Draconis, with an opening area taking place somewhere called the Grasslands. With all this in mind, it's hardly surprisingly Platinum is branding it its biggest game to date.
Don't forget we're set to have an extended version of the demo available straight after the conference on IGN, and we'll be covering Scalebound all this month as part of IGN First, so be sure to bookmark our hub for all the latest news as it's announced.
During its Gamescom 2015 press conference, Xbox confirmed that the third Crackdown will indeed be titled Crackdown 3, despite prior information to the contrary.
In a new trailer, Crackdown 3 was dubbed "the ultimate sandbox" and it was revealed that the game will feature transforming vehicles and a "100% destructible" game world. Utilising Microsoft's cloud computing feature, the game will also apparently leverage processing power 20 times more than the capacity of an independent Xbox One console.
Lastly, a multiplayer beta for the game was announced and said to be on the way in 2016.
Square Enix has released a brief teaser for Final Fantasy XV.
The full "Dawn" trailer will release tomorrow at 15.00 in Japan and 23.00 in North America on August 4, and 8.00 CEST on August 5 in Europe.
In other Final Fantasy news, conductor Arnie Roth issued a statement via the Distant Worlds Facebook page yesterday following intense speculation about a Final Fantasy XII HD remake caused by his remarks at a recent concert.
Quantum Break will be released on April 5, 2016, it has been announced.
During the Microsoft Press Conference at Gamescom 2015, creative director Sam Lake announced the date
Shawn Ashmore plays lead character Jack Joyce - the game is about the heroes, the show is about the villains. Other members of the cast include Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings' Merry) and Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones' Littlefinger).
Originally expected to be released in 2015, Microsoft announced in April it'd be moving Quantum Break to 2016 in order to extend its "incredible portfolio into next year with a monster new IP." Until now, all we knew was that the game would be arriving some time between March and May.
Last year was challenging for WWE 2K15, as console generation transitions often are for sports sims. On top of the challenges that come with re-building an established franchise to meet the expectations that come with new hardware, Visual Concepts and Yukes opted to radically change the gameplay direction of the long-running wrestling series. It was a lot to handle, and while our WWE 2K15 review gave it a lot of credit for improving the depth and overall pacing of matches, there was a lot of missing meat in terms of the roster and feature set. After sitting down with 2K and Visual Concepts, it's clear that bridging that content gap while continuing to make matches feel more like the real thing is the gameplan for WWE 2K16.
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Following The International, Valve's seasonal Dota 2 Major Championships will kick off in Europe later this year. Valve's Erik Johnson confirmed the Fall DMC location to IGN at The International 5. Johnson declined to provide a more specific venue or country, as "some things may change."
The first International took place in Cologne, Germany, which is where Gamescom 2015 is taking place this week.
"We’re excited about the Majors because it’ll be a really healthy thing for the competitive scene," Johnson said. That said, Valve "will not be as involved as we are in The International." Valve already announced it would rely on external partners to manage much of the Dota Major Championships, but details on who and how remain to be seen.
The International Dota 2 Championships opened as an orchestra, complete with a choir, welcomed Valve’s Gabe Newell to the stage. Thousands cheered at the mere utterance of their favorite team’s name. Short films explored the personal lives of players, each of whom have a hint of hubris in their inspiring determination — nobody seems willing to settle for anything less than first place.
After one day at The International 5, many have guaranteed they will not reach that goal.
The Main Event opened with boisterous enthusiasm from thousands of attendees live at Key Arena in Seattle, WA, because the stakes were high from moment one. Four teams were eliminated at the end of TI5’s first day, forcing them to settle for just $50,000 of the total $18 million. Others succeeded with such stellar performances that their Championship prize — first place and more than $6 million — seems all but certain.
Australians will fork up to 100 percent more for Rock Band 4 products compared to consumers in the U.S.
Australian distributor of Mad Catz equipment, Home Entertainment Services, confirmed the pricing with Kotaku Australia today. Retail pricing differences between U.S. and Australia follows:
Local U.S. pricing
Rock Band 4 game — $59.99
Rock Band 4 Guitar Bundle — $129.99
Rock Band 4 Band-A-Box Bundle (includes guitar, drums and microphone) — $249.99
CBS’ Supergirl has cast its Lucy Lane in the upcoming TV series.
Entertainment Weekly reports Jenna Dewan-Tatum (The Witches of East End, American Horror Story) will star in the recurring role, beginning with the third episode.
The character Lucy Lane first appeared way back in DC’s Silver Age Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen comic book series. She is the younger sister of Lois Lane, and had an on- and off-again romance with Jimmy Olsen.