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[sticky post]Sticky: introduce yourself, main double monthly posts, reviews, Retro Blast and other things!

Hello! Welcome to the Xbox blog where your thoughts and opinions matter!


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  1. Introductions and gamertags - Introduce yourself don't be shy! Also, Gamertag exchange!

  2. Latest news and info! - JANUARY 2018 - the place where daily exciting things happen!

  3. Quickie reviews latest entry January 8th - all my quickie opinions in one place!

  4. Backwards Compatibility - Updated constantly with any Xbox 360 game added to be playable on the Xbox One!

  5. Tech and Hardware stuff - you know, like, inside stuff and such.

  6. Retro Blast new article February 4 - a little blast from the past. A trip to golden gems of gaming.

Press contact or if you'd like to see your game reviewed by me:

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Masters of Anima - Gameplay Trailer



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Official Sea of Thieves Developer Update: The World of Sea of Thieves




Sink into Sea of Thieves' world with Art Director Ryan Stevenson to get a real feel for its art and atmosphere, its different regions and hidden stories.

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Quickie Review - Hand of Fate 2 by @DefiantDev

Sequels are sometimes better than the original, right?

So, here we are again to yet another Quickie for your reading pleasure! For today's menu I bring you an interesting take on the digital trading card genre. A sequel to a game that came out on Xbox Games with Gold some time ago. And while it was a very nice surprise among gamers it did have some flaws that hopefully were sorted in this sequel. I never hid my desire in playing a possible sequel and when Defiant Development gave me this opportunity it is needless to say I was more than a little excited for it. So what caused me to decide on awarding my final score? Read on, dear friends!

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Deals with Gold and Spotlight Sales for this Week (Jan 16th – Jan 22nd)


Xbox One


Game

Price (USD)

Sale Type
Aer - Memories Of Old $ 10.04 Spotlight
Another World - 20Th Anniversary Edition $ 1.60 Spotlight
Aritana And The Harpy's Feather $ 5.00 Spotlight
Azkend 2: The World Beneath $ 3.20 Spotlight
Badland: GOTY Edition $ 4.80 Spotlight
Broken Age $ 6.00 Spotlight
Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent's Curse $ 6.25 Spotlight
Chaos On Deponia $ 13.39 Spotlight
D/generation HD $ 6.50 Spotlight
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition $ 4.00 Spotlight
Decay - The Mare $ 5.00 Spotlight
Defunct $ 10.49 Gold
Demetrios - The Big Cynical Adventure $ 5.00 Spotlight
Dex $ 8.00 Spotlight
Dreambreak $ 3.30 Spotlight
Echoes Of The Fey: The Fox's Trail $ 5.35 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 $ 16.00 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 - Hurk Deluxe Pack $ 3.00 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 + Far Cry Primal Bundle $ 28.00 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 Escape From Durgesh Prison $ 4.00 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 Gold Edition $ 24.00 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 Season Pass $ 9.00 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 Valley Of The Yetis $ 6.00 Spotlight
Far Cry Primal $ 15.00 Spotlight
Far Cry Primal - Apex Edition $ 16.50 Spotlight
Far Cry Primal - Wenja Pack $ 2.80 Spotlight
Farming Simulator 15 $ 7.50 Gold
Farming Simulator 15 - Official Expansion (Gold) $ 10.04 Gold
Farming Simulator 15: Complete Edition $ 13.20 Gold
Feral Fury $ 2.50 Gold
Firewatch Xbox One X Enhanced $ 10.00 Spotlight
Grand Theft Auto V $ 30.00 Gold
Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash Card $ 51.99 Gold
Grand Theft Auto V And Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack Bundle $ 59.99 Gold
Grand Theft Auto V, Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack And Great White Shark Card Bundle $ 71.99 Gold
Grand Theft Auto V, Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack And Megalodon Shark Card Bundle $ 100.00 Gold
Grand Theft Auto V, Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack And Whale Shark Card Bundle $ 82.49 Gold
GTA V - Megalodon Shark Cash Card $ 84.99 Gold
Halo 5: Guardians - 10 Gold Req Packs + 3 Free $ 22.49 Gold
Halo 5: Guardians - 15 Gold Req Packs + 5 Free $ 30.14 Gold
Halo 5: Guardians - 34 Gold Req Packs + 13 Free $ 54.99 Gold
Halo 5: Guardians - 7 Gold Req Packs + 2 Free $ 15.99 Gold
Halo 5: Guardians - Digital Deluxe Edition $ 29.99 Gold
Her Majesty's Spiffing $ 5.55 Spotlight
I, Zombie $ 2.00 Gold
Inside $ 10.00 Spotlight
Jettomero: Hero Of The Universe $ 8.70 Spotlight
Ken Follett's The Pillars Of The Earth $ 26.79 Spotlight
Kholat $ 8.00 Spotlight
Knee Deep $ 4.50 Spotlight
Knock-Knock $ 2.80 Spotlight
L.a. Noire HDR 4K Xbox One X Enhanced $ 29.99 Gold
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition $ 10.00 Spotlight
Limbo $ 2.00 Spotlight
Mages Of Mystralia $ 11.99 Spotlight
Masquerada: Songs And Shadows $ 11.99 Spotlight
Metrico+ $ 7.00 Spotlight
Monochroma $ 5.00 Spotlight
Morphite 4K Xbox One X Enhanced $ 7.50 Spotlight
N.e.r.o.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure $ 2.50 Spotlight
Nevermind $ 5.00 Spotlight
Oceanhorn - Monster Of Uncharted Seas $ 7.50 Spotlight
Octodad: Dadliest Catch $ 3.75 Spotlight
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty - Deluxe Edition $ 5.25 Spotlight
Pillars Of Eternity: Complete Edition $ 29.99 Spotlight
Planet Of The Eyes $ 6.49 Spotlight
Poi $ 10.00 Spotlight
Rememoried $ 10.04 Spotlight
Rime Xbox One X Enhanced $ 17.99 Spotlight
Slender: The Arrival $ 2.00 Gold
Soda Drinker Pro $ 2.50 Spotlight
Soul Axiom $ 3.75 Spotlight
Spartan $ 8.00 Gold
Steven Universe: Save The Light $ 16.74 Spotlight
Stories Of Bethem: Full Moon $ 4.00 Spotlight
Submerged $ 10.00 Spotlight
Superhot Xbox One X Enhanced $ 14.99 Spotlight
Swapquest $ 6.99 Gold
Tacoma Xbox One X Enhanced $ 9.99 Spotlight
Teslagrad $ 4.50 Spotlight
The Deer God $ 7.50 Spotlight
The Fall $ 2.00 Spotlight
The Final Station $ 7.50 Spotlight
The Little Acre $ 6.50 Spotlight
The Long Dark Xbox One X Enhanced $ 20.99 Spotlight
The Sexy Brutale $ 10.00 Spotlight
The Town Of Light $ 10.00 Spotlight
Thimbleweed Park $ 12.99 Spotlight
Trulon: The Shadow Engine $ 10.00 Spotlight
Typoman $ 5.20 Spotlight
Uncanny Valley $ 3.90 Spotlight
What Remains Of Edith Finch $ 13.39 Spotlight
Worlds Of Magic: Planar Conquest $ 20.29 Gold

Xbox 360


Game

Price (USD)

Sale Type
Far Cry 2 $ 5.99 Spotlight
Far Cry 3 Backwards Compatible $ 7.99 Spotlight
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Backwards Compatible $ 5.99 Spotlight
Far Cry 3: Deluxe Bundle DLC $ 4.99 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 $ 11.99 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 - Valley Of The Yetis $ 5.99 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 Escape From Durgesh Prison $ 3.99 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 Hurk Deluxe Pack $ 2.99 Spotlight
Far Cry 4 Season Pass $ 8.99 Spotlight
Far Cry Classic $ 2.99 Spotlight
Farming Simulator 15 $ 4.99 Gold
Farming Simulator 15 - Jcb $ 6.69 Gold
Farming Simulator 15 - Lamborghini Nitro 120 $ 0.66 Gold
Farming Simulator 15 - New Holland $ 4.68 Gold
Farming Simulator 15 - Niva $ 1.33 Gold
Farming Simulator 15 - Official Expansion (Silver) $ 6.69 Gold
Fc Instincts Predator $ 5.99 Spotlight
Itrunner - DLC $ 6.69 Gold
Red Dead Redemption Backwards Compatible $ 8.99 Gold
Red Dead Redemption - Undead Nightmare Pack $ 4.99 Gold

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Forza Horizon 3 is now native 4K enhanced!


Since its release in 2016, millions of players have been exploring the world of Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, the highest-rated Xbox One exclusive. We are pleased to announce that, today, Xbox One X enhancements arrive for Forza Horizon 3, as a free download for players with an Xbox One X.

Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One X is powered by the same state-of-the art ForzaTech engine at the heart of the Forza franchise, also used to develop Forza Motorsport 7 for Xbox One X which brought native 4K resolution racing to the new platform. Forza Horizon 3 enhancements let players experience the game in native 4K along with a host of additional visual updates, including improved car reflections and shadow resolutions, improved texture detail for road and terrain surfaces, and more. In addition, 4K resolution enhancements will be fully compatible with both Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels expansions for Forza Horizon 3. Whether you’re careening across the dunes of the Outback in your favorite off-roader or building up a legion of fans with death-defying stunt driving in the rainforest, the 4K-enhanced version of Forza Horizon 3 is a thrilling blend of fantastic gameplay and cutting-edge visuals.



As part of Xbox’s ongoing Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, I chatted with Playground Games’ creative director Ralph Fulton for insight into the studio’s work on the enhancements. Enjoy!

What specifically has your team done to enhance Forza Horizon 3 for Xbox One X?

First and foremost, this update enables Forza Horizon 3 to run in native 4K (3840×2160) on a console for the very first time. Forza Horizon 3 has always been a fantastic-looking game but the clarity and detail of native 4K resolution really brings the vast playground of Australia to life like never before. In addition, we’ve made a number of graphical improvements to the game, such as increased shadow resolution, improved visual effects and increased LOD and draw distances, which take advantage of the power of the Xbox One X.

How do these enhancements impact the gaming experience?

These enhancements are all about the visuals.  We know that our fans really value great image quality, so we’ve taken this opportunity to deliver that to them with this update on Xbox One X. On top of the obvious enhancement to native 4K, there are a number of other improvements we’ve made which really take advantage of the added definition 4K brings. Reflections are sharper and clearer, environment shadows are crisper and better defined, the quality of motion blur has been increased to make the driving experience significantly smoother, and better anisotropic filtering improves the detail visible in environment textures, particularly on the roads themselves. For me, the biggest improvement is in the combination of 4K and HDR though, especially in Forza Horizon 3‘s dynamic time-lapse skies. The sky is such a huge part of nearly every scene in the game that it affects the feel of the game a great deal, and the improvements we’ve made to reflections and shadows really complement it.

Why did your development team choose to focus on these enhancement areas?

We’ve been positively overwhelmed by the positive feedback we’ve had from the community over the last year about the quality of the gameplay in Forza Horizon 3 and the amount of fun they have with it, and we feel really proud that we’ve been able to keep that going with the high-quality Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels expansions, car packs and weekly Forzathon events. This was our opportunity to bring the game to native 4K on console for the first time and make a great-looking game look even better.

How do you expect Forza Horizon 3 fans will respond to seeing and playing it on Xbox One X with these enhancements?

I feel like we’re at the crest of a wave in the transition to 4K – more and more people are trading up to 4K TVs and want native 4K experiences to show what their new TV can do. That was exactly my experience when I upgraded recently and I’ve really enjoyed getting back into some of my favourite games, like the The Witcher 3 for example, as they’ve released their enhanced versions. I hope that will be the case for Forza Horizon 3 fans as well. When I’ve been playing with the update in the studio, I’ve been really blown away by the beauty of the world, like I’m seeing it for the first time and I hope Horizon fans feel the same way too. One of my favourite things about Forza is the incredible photography which comes out of the community. I follow a bunch of Forza photography accounts on Twitter, where the creativity of Forza fans always blows me away, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the community photographs which come out of the enhanced version.

How has the process been to get the game up and running on Xbox One X?

It’s been incredibly straightforward. It took us less than a day from receiving our first Xbox One X kit to get Forza Horizon 3 up and running in 4K, and when we did we still had a lot of spare headroom on both the CPU and the GPU. The Xbox One Development Kit for the Xbox One X is by far the most developer-friendly and powerful dev kit we’ve ever worked with, which makes it a pleasure to develop for.

What enhancement were you most excited about to explore leveraging for Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One X?

Our goal with this update was to bring Forza Horizon 3 in 4K to console for the first time, and that’s what we’ve delivered. As I mentioned earlier, as one of the first titles which featured HDR on the Xbox One S, we’ve been really excited by the visual combination of native and HDR technology – it is a real, evolutionary leap in graphics.

What does 4K and HDR mean for your game, games in the future and development at your studio?

We know our players value incredible visuals, effects and image quality, and we put a huge amount of effort into delivering them with every title. Native 4K resolution, especially when combined with HDR, is a huge step forward in visual fidelity and as mass adoption of 4K displays continues it will become the standard by which game visuals are judged. For us, as a studio, the power of the Xbox One X, as well as its ease of development and straightforward compatibility across the Xbox One family of devices, has made it the lead development platform for the new title we’re currently working on. This means a couple of things. First, it means we’re developing from the ground up to take advantage of the Xbox One X’s enormous graphical horsepower, an approach which will continue to yield massive advances in visual quality. Secondly, though, it also means you’ll see improvements on Xbox One and Xbox One S as a result – we find that there’s a trickle-down effect when you develop for the most powerful hardware which brings improvements even on the less powerful machines.

Make sure to join us on the official Forza Motorsport channel on Mixer to watch as we show off the Xbox One X version of the game, starting on January 16 at 1 p.m. PST. Stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for updates.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Quickie Review - SOMA by @frictionalgames

Nope. That's not creepy at all! *Runs*

Hey kids! I guess it's time for another "needs no introduction" wonderful, quick and easy Quickie Review! This time I bring you a game that actually has been on my radar since it launched on Playstation 4 and PC some time ago. At a given time I had lost hope it would launch on the Xbox One but lo and behold, it finally did! And with some nice enhancements too, which is nice. So what am I talking about? Yeah, this is a game made by Frictional Games, mostly known by their excellent "survival horror" games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which was the very first game I actually had to stop playing for a while, and one that made my adrenaline pump like crazy. So yeah, you can tell I was more than a little excited when I was given the chance to try this "new" game out. So let's get on it!

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Passes 3 Million Players on Xbox One!


Since PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) launched on Xbox One through the Xbox Game Preview program, it’s been awesome to see the excitement and passion on display from the Xbox community. Whether you’re streaming in the HypeZone on Mixer or battling for a chicken dinner with your squad, players on Xbox are helping build and improve the game on console. Today, PUBG Corp. and Xbox are excited to share that through the end of 2017 the PUBG community on Xbox One has already grown to over three million players. Thank you for your incredible support!

The team at PUBG Corp. is determined to continue to improve the in-game experience for PUBG’s growing and active community and have already released four updates since the game’s launch in Xbox Game Preview on December 12. You’ll continue to see regular updates roll out for PUBG on Xbox One such as this week’s addition of first-person support for solo, duo, and squads gameplay and the team is just getting started, with more updates planned that include additional game optimization and the new Miramar map – keep up-to-date by visiting PUBG Corp’s official forums.

For players just getting started, there will be a Tips and Tricks segment on Mixer at 3 p.m. PST on January 16 to share tips on inventory management and showcase UX shortcuts and features on the Xbox One controller. This is part of an ongoing series to help new and existing players jump in and start earning their chicken dinner. Be sure to stay tuned to Xbox Wire and Major Nelson for all the latest news on PUBG for Xbox One – see you on the battleground!

Source: Xbox Wire

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Dark Souls Remastered Announcement Trailer





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How did I miss this? The amazing looking Full Metal Furies coming soon! @cellardoorgames


Full Metal Furies, from the creators of Rogue Legacy, Cellar Door Games, is launching very soon on Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Play Anywhere!

Look at all these awesome features the game has:


  • Up to 4 players can join in on the adventure, both ONLINE and OFFLINE.

  • Want to play alone? The Pick 2 system lets you choose two party members to enter the battlefield.

  • True coordination is needed to take down your foes. Enemies enter the battlefield with coloured barriers, and only allies of a similar colour can shatter them.

  • You must revive your fallen teammates. Barriers won't break themselves! Revive bars naturally raise over time, but a helping hand never hurts.

  • Cooperation, not competition. No more fighting for last hits, battling for gold, or trolling for health drops. Everything is shared, so you can focus on working together.

  • Four classes, four different styles of play.

  • Every class has their own unique skill tree. How many skills? So many skills!

  • Don't change equipment, change abilities. Give the Tank a FREEZING SHOUT. Turn the Fighter's Leap into a POWER DIVE. Or just give the Engineer a machine gun.

  • The Furies are tough, but the enemies are tougher. Encounter over 70 different enemies, each with their own unique tells and counters. No more cannon fodder!

  • Enemies come at you at a furious pace, and there's no rest for the weary. New threats are introduced in every single stage you play.

  • Battle massive Titans in multi-phasic matches that will keep you on your toes.

  • An adventure full of intrigue, twists, and one liners.

  • Travel through the ruined snow-capped town of Thessaly, brave your way through the Foloi Forest, enter the tombs of the Stygian Well, and more.

  • But keep an eye out; there's more to the world than what is on the surface. Secrets, clues, and hidden dimensions are scattered throughout!

  • Play online with your friends between the Xbox One and Windows 10.



The awesome looking brawler is launching January 17!

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Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Coming January 24-29!


Happy New Year, everyone! We’re back working hard on Sea of Thieves after the holidays and a December chock-full of announcements. We revealed March 20 as our launch date and made a star of an unsuspecting chicken with a swashbuckling trailer, kicked off pre-orders, revealed how you progress through the world of Sea of Thieves, and showed off our haunting Limited Edition controller. All that and we hosted our biggest ever Technical Alpha play session last month.

All hands are now back on deck here at Rare as we sail toward launch. We’ll have plenty to share, show off and celebrate before then, but we’re beginning 2018 with the announcement of our upcoming Closed Beta dates.

The Sea of Thieves Closed Beta will run from 12 p.m. GMT on January 24 to 8 a.m. GMT on January 29 (4 a.m. PST on January 24 to 12 a.m. PST on January 29), which gives pirates a full five days of sailing, shanties and shenanigans. We’ve crafted a bespoke experience for Closed Beta players that offers a true taste of the pirate life and a great chance to get your sea legs ahead of March 20! We won’t be testing the full game during this Closed Beta phase: we want to keep a good selection of things up our sleeves for players to discover at launch. So get your calendars out and get those dates pencilled in!

The Sea of Thieves Closed Beta will be accessible to anyone who joined the Sea of Thieves Insider Programme before December 1, 2017, and anyone who pre-orders the game. If you’ve already pre-ordered the game and want to find out how to download the Closed Beta client, visit our website.

One final thing: the Closed Beta will not be covered by an NDA, so players can stream, create videos, share clips, take screenshots or do anything else that their wonderful minds can come up with. Some of our favourites will no doubt be shared on Sea of Thieves’ social channels and website. I know a lot of players will be excited by this announcement – I am too! If you missed out on the Insider Programme, pre-order now to ensure access to the Closed Beta!

Source: Xbox Wire

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Fun looking party game Marroners gets a launch date and Xbox pre-order - @M2Hgames @MaroonersGame


Crazy looking multiplayer party game Marooners finally gets a launch date for consoles. Also, the game is available NOW for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One.

Play a wild mix of fun party games as the action regularly switches back and forth between games. Can you handle the switcheroo chaos? Join your friends both on the couch and online while sadistically laughing at their misfortune, or come back to haunt them if you die. Run, jump and slap your way to victory!


Marooners releases for Xbox One and PS4 on February 6!

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The Raven Remastered coming soon to PC and consoles - @deadgoodmedia @thqnordic


The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief, the classic whodunit adventure by KING Art, is being remastered and will be released on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4™ and Xbox® One on March 13, 2018.

The game will go by the name of The Raven Remastered and will not only feature fully remastered animations, lighting and hair in full HD resolution but also subtitles in French, Spanish and Simplified Chinese for the first time (already available in German, Russian, Polish and Italian).



London, 1964. An ancient ruby is stolen from the British Museum. At the crime scene: a raven feather. Is somebody trying to follow in the footsteps of The Raven, the legendary master thief who disappeared years before?

Constable Anton Jakob Zellner finds himself in the middle of the kind of murder mystery he so far only knew from reading his favourite crime novels. Nothing is what it seems. Everyone has something to hide. And the Raven is always one step ahead...

  • A classic whodunit adventure from KING Art, the creators of the Book of Unwritten Tales-series

  • Experience a thrilling crime story through the eyes of multiple characters

  • Classic murder mystery locations, from a train in the Swiss Alps, to a majestic cruise ship and the Cairo Museum

  • High-quality voice acting from a compelling cast of quirky characters

  • Fully remastered animations, lighting, and hair in full HD resolution

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Microsoft is working on a new Xbox 'Career' system with levels and Avatar loot crates


A few months ago Xbox platform chief Mike Ybarra teased that Microsoft was looking into ways to extend the Xbox achievement system beyond Gamerscore, and this just might be it.

We've seen some features that Microsoft is currently testing that refer to a new "Career" system for Xbox Live, and while it seems to be in a very early phase, Microsoft is actively committing code and other systems to support its functionality.

The new Career system could be the extended Gamerscore system Ybarra teased to us in a previous interview, where he noted that Gamerscore doesn't fairly represent the accomplishments of esports players or other gamers who might spend the majority of their time in a single game. This new Xbox Career feature might alleviate that.



It appears that players using this new Career system will be able to obtain levels, and even prestige ranks, obtaining rewards such as loot crates which come with cosmetic items for the new Avatars system.

The Career system also comes with Quests to complete specific objectives, such as playing certain games, which will also come with crate and experience points as rewards. At this time, it doesn't look as though loot crates will be purchasable with real money, but it's probably too early to say whether that will be the case later on.

The documentation we received refers to a new subdomain on Xbox Live, "Career.XboxLive.com," which isn't yet available for public access. It also seems that these systems will incorporate achievements in some way, rewarding experience points that contribute toward levels in your overarching career. The systems track your progress and play time in your existing game library, and it looks as though it will all work alongside existing Gamerscore systems rather than replace them.

While we continue to dig for information on whether this feature is in active development or simply a test run for something, take it with a pinch of salt. But it certainly looks as though this could be the accomplishment system Microsoft talked about previously.

Source: Windows Central

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“Spectacular Announcements and New Experiences” incoming to FORZA for 2018!


Bill Giese, the Creative Director of Forza Motorsport 7, has teased that 2018 will be “a huge year” for the Forza franchise and community, with some “spectacular announcements and new experiences” touted for fans to look forward to.

Speaking to GamesRadar in an end-of-year article that highlights the last 12 months of Xbox, Giese recapped on his personal highlights of the Xbox One X launch, whilst giving fans a tease of what’s to come.

“My 2017 highlight would be launching Forza Motorsport 7 on Xbox One and PC in October, and then shipping the game again on Xbox One X in November,” he said. “This game is a labour of love for the team and seeing the feedback from the community has been incredible.”


“I’ll never forget when we announced the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS on stage at E3 in June,” Giese continued. “For the first time in history, a car was revealed alongside a game announce. Working with Porsche has been a dream come true, and they were integral to helping us deliver a once-in-a-lifetime moment.”

When asked what he was looking forward to most in 2018, Giese teased that fans have a lot to be excited about over the next 12 months. He also shared that Red Dead Redemption 2 is the game he’s most looking forward to, which Rockstar Games has said will launch in Spring 2018.

“I cannot wait for fans to see what we have in store – 2018 is going to be a huge year for the Forza community. We have some spectacular announcements and new experiences coming up. I’m excited for those announcements and Red Dead Redemption 2; everyone should be looking forward to that game.”

In his time at Microsoft, Giese has worked on numerous critically-acclaimed and iconic games, including Project Gotham Racing 2 and Rallisport Challenge 2. He is part of the original Turn 10 team that founded the Forza Motorsport franchise and developed all the Forza Motorsport titles. Before working at Microsoft, Giese acted as a gameplay counselor for Nintendo before moving his way up from testing to eventually working on game design.

He worked on popular titles such as Golden Eye, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Star Fox 64, testing game quality and design. He also worked with acclaimed video game design and producer Shigeru Miyamoto on titles like Pokémon Puzzle League, Bionic Commando: Elite Forces, and Wave Race Blue Storm. His biggest accomplishment came from launching the Pokemon franchise in the United States.

Overall, Giese is a video game industry veteran, having helped with so many popular games and franchises, and it sounds like fans have a lot to look forward to from his team and the Forza franchise in 2018. With the return of the Forza Racing Championship in the next few months with the eSports update for Forza Motorsport 7 imminent, as well as post-launch expansions and the launch of the next flagship entry in the series – most likely the inevitable Forza Horizon 4 from British developer Playground Games, there’s a lot for Forza fans to keep on their radar over the year ahead.

Source: fullthrottlemedia

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