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Xbox Acquires Fallout: New Vegas Developer Obsidian Entertainment

Microsoft officially announced that it will be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment  This is the developer behind some major RPGs like Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Alpha Protocol. The company made the announcement during X018, an Xbox focused fan event that took place in Mexico City.

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"As one of the industry's premiere RPG developers, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to add their expertise to Microsoft Studios, while enabling the studio to preserve its unique culture and build on its talent and vision to fully realize their creative ambitions," Microsoft said in their statement.

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According to Microsoft, this is only one of two major acquisitions the company will be making, the second being inXile Entertainment, the studio responsible for Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep. Microsoft pointed out that both of these developers make relatively similar games and they will continue to utilize their talents to make games for Xbox consoles.

Big Moves for Microsoft Game Development

The company also mentioned that with the acquisition of both Obsidian and inXile Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is now made of 13 development teams that differ in development expertise. During this year's E3 press conference, Microsoft confirmed that they were acquiring Santa Monica-based, The Initiative, a new studio led by Darrell Gallagher, former Head of Studio for Tomb Raider developer, Crystal Dynamics.

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Microsoft recently purchased State of Decay developer Undead Labs, Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, We Happy Few developer Compulsion Games, and the developer behind Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Heavenly Blade, Ninja Theory.

Obviously, Microsoft needs to make up for their lack of unique console exclusives that has consistently kept Xbox behind Playstation. We'll keep a close watch on this story to see what Microsoft has planned for the future for these companies. Be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest updates.

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Halo Infinite Adds Co-Developer Skybox Labs

Halo Infinite Adds Co-Developer Skybox Labs

Halo Infinite will be a joint development project from 343 Industries and Skybox Labs. The Vancouver based game studio has a long history of working with 343 Industries. They were the development team behind Halo 5 Forge Mode on Windows 10 and added the Xbox One X enhancements to the title. Although, this time around it sounds like their work on Halo Infinite will be much more substantial.

Skybox and 343 Going All In

In a press release, Skybox said that it will work together with 343 on "features across the game including AI, gameplay, networking, and cutting-edge graphics features." (https://bit.ly/2LpycWh)

Halo FPS studio head, Chris Lee, mentioned in a statement that he believed Skybox is already doing great work on Halo Infinite. Meanwhile, Skybox's co-founder Steven Silvester said that their studio is energized by Halo's new art direction and engine which is being called, SlipSpace.

Skybox also clarified in their statement that most of their 100-plus developers are currently working on Halo Infinite's development. The studio has been growing over the past couple of years and that hasn't stopped the team looking for talented game developers with experience in a number of different disciplines.

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"Jim, You Said You Remembered Where We Parked"

Halo Infinite was announced at E3 2018 during Microsoft's press conference with a flashy trailer intended to show off the SlipsSpace Engine, but 343 has yet to reveal actual gameplay or story details. Although, the world does know for sure that the game's new direction is meant to be a nod to the original Halo. Microsoft has said that Halo Infinite is bringing the franchise back to its roots with an entry that is bigger and bolder than any previous game in the series.

For more news on the upcoming Halo title be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Devil May Cry 5 Launches in 2019

Devil May Cry 5 Launches in 2019

Devil May Cry 4 came out a decade ago and fans are finally getting a true sequel after 10 long years. Microsoft revealed during their E3 2018 press conference that Devil May Cry 5 will hit consoles and PC in spring of 2019. Along with the big reveal and release date announcement, the company offered fans a look into what the latest iteration of the series is all about.

As shown in the trailer above, Devil May Cry 5 plans on featuring more of the slick and stylish combat system rather than the hack and slash style that comes to mind when thinking about Devil May Cry. The director of the game, Hideaki Itsuno, walked on stage to speak about Capcom's efforts to improve both the combat and controls of the beloved series. All of the game's development is being handled internally at Capcom and as the trailer showed, Nero will be making his way back into the game with his trusty sword, Red Queen from Devil May Cry 4.

Get Ready To Be Impressed 

Capcom also stated that the studio is working around the clock to create world-class visuals that are sure to impress both long-time fans and newcomers alike. Itsuno also pointed out that Devil May Cry 5 is a true sequel to the last numbered game in the series and is the best action experience Capcom has developed yet.

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In a press release that came out after the press conference, Capcom revealed more details on the upcoming action game. "A brand-new entry in the legendary over-the-top action series comes to Xbox One in spring 2019, complete with its signature blend of high-octane stylized action and otherworldly and original characters the series is known for. Years have passed since the legions of hell have set foot in this world, but now a new demonic invasion has begun, and humanity’s last hope will rest in the hands of three lone demon hunters, each offering a radically different play style. United by fate and a thirst for vengeance, these demon hunters will have to face their demons if they hope to survive. The devil you know returns in the most over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this generation." (https://bit.ly/2sYj72R)

Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com to stay up to date with all the biggest announcements from E3 2018. There was so much gaming news to break during this massive conference. What games are you most excited to play? Let the Gigamax crew know in the comments below!

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3 Games We Want If Microsoft Buys Valve

3 Games We Want If Microsoft Buys Valve

Microsoft is struggling to keep up with their exclusive game list. The Xbox One was not a failure by any means but with a lackluster selection of exclusives, they are far from winning the console war. The easiest way to go about acquiring exclusives is by purchasing studios with a long list of hits under their belt. With rumors and reports of Microsoft in talks to purchase the long-beloved Valve, it could be the push Microsoft needs to make a larger impact on the gaming world. Imagine all the amazing games and opportunity that could become a reality if Microsoft buys Valve!

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The profits they could rake in from PC gaming alone could make this move worth the investment. However, the exclusives Microsoft could secure as well as the future games that could be created with all of Valves franchisees are enough to cause excitement.

Let’s take a look at the top 3 games we want to see if Microsoft buys Valve.

Half-Life 3

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A long-running joke throughout the video game industry, it would almost be unimaginable for gamers to finally get their hand on Half-Life 3. One of the most renowned franchises that was long thought to be a dead-end could have another chance at life. Since Valves purchase is still up in the air, Microsoft hasn’t made any comments about if they’re humoring the idea of making Half-Life 3 a reality. However out of all the Valve games the gaming community would love to see return, Half-Life 3 is at the top of the list.

Left 4 Dead 3

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There are few games that held gamers attention like Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Killing hordes of zombies with a bunch of friends on a mission is an absolutely addicting concept. In classic Valve fashion, after the second Left 4 Dead, they dropped the franchise to work on new projects. Gamers held on hope for a revisit to the Left 4 Dead series but Valve never fails when it comes to moving on after the second release of a beloved game.

Portal 3

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Now, this third spot was a toss-up between Portal 3 and Team Fortress 3. The reason Portal 3 was the winner is the simple fact that linear and incredible single-player experiences are relatively rare when compared to the recent trend of hero-based shooters. Portal was one of those games that continues to be brought up in conversations about modern gaming, renowned for its creativity and amazing story.

With no official word from Valve or Microsoft, these three titles will have to remain a blissful dream. However, the fact that word continues to circulate about a potential purchase and Microsoft struggling with their exclusives, a purchase could happen. There might be a brand new joke floating around the internet about Valve and their fear of counting to three if Microsoft decides to breathe new life into titles like Half-Life 3. Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com for any breaking news about Microsoft and Valve.

What game did we leave off this list that you want to see if Microsoft buys Valve? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below! 
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EA Plans to Launch New Game Streaming Service

EA Plans to Launch New Game Streaming Service

Seeing the success of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu inspired some of the leading game companies to emulate the idea. Sony used their own game streaming service, PS Now to some extent to show that it is possible, but more work needs to be done to make it a viable application. While speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference this week, EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen said you can expect the company to launch its unannounced streaming service within the next 2-3 years. According to Jorgensen, the company doesn't plan on doing this alone and is working with an undisclosed partner.

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The Time Is Now To Do It Right

Jorgensen also said one of the variables holding back streaming in recent years was the lack of widespread data centers. If your home is located relatively far from one of these facilities, then your streaming quality immediately goes down. He credited the work of companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple, saying that thanks to these companies and the data centers they've created, EA now has the confidence to build their own game streaming service.

The CFO also noted a host of other issues that needed to be addressed while they develop their platform. He added that internet speeds were going up in a lot of places, but not everywhere. This fact is one of the biggest downfalls of streaming services. Jorgensen also made it very clear that he doesn't see game streaming replacing console gaming anytime soon if not ever.

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The Idea Is Building Steam

Interestingly enough head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has been openly discussing Microsoft's own plans to release a game streaming service. Maybe not so coincidentally, the company stated that their service will launch around 2020 as well. This would match up with EA's timeframe also indicating that these two gaming powerhouses could be working on perfecting the medium.

With streaming becoming the norm for most peoples TV and movie watching, it is no surprise that gaming companies would want to get in on the action. Ultimately, this work could pay off big time if the service hammers out the issues that currently plague services like PS Now. An incredible amount of effort is needed, but we're confident EA has the resources to put together a decent game streaming service (whether or not you agree with their sometimes shady business practices). We'll be keeping a close eye on their work so be sure to check back with GigamaxGames.com for all the latest in gaming news and industry updates!

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Clear Your Weekend Plans: 10/27 Game Releases

Video Game Releases: Friday, October 27th, 2017

This Friday has a lot in store for gamers. A host of new games will be hitting the market all at once! This may be a problem for wallets around the world, but for those eager to start a new adventure, it's truly a treat. With such an incredible week of gaming, let's take a look at the highly anticipated titles releasing just in time for the weekend.

Assassin's Creed: Origins - PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Assassin's Creed franchise is known for its inconsistency. One game will come out and blow audiences away and then the next game will be a complete blunder. Assassins Creed 2 and 3 come to mind or Black Flag and Unity. However, this time around, it looks like Ubisoft is heading in the right direction, finally allowing players to experience ancient Egypt. Players will be leaders of the Assassin’s Brotherhood, tasked with uncovering lost tombs and exploring the pyramids. Ubisoft took a different direction with this title, embracing a new RPG style which fits perfectly with the expansive open world.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - PS4, Xbox One, PC

This franchise has been around for decades and gamers are ecstatic the eleventh installment is nearing release. It will be a sequel to the 2014 game, Wolfenstein: The New Order. Taking a lot of the gameplay style from The New Order but of course, the developers have a lot more to work with in terms of gaming technology. The environments and some elements of the core game will be entirely different. This will truly be a treat for any Wolfenstein fan but has also appealed to newcomers of the series as well. It'll be interesting to see how this classic franchise fairs in this interesting new gaming market the world currently embracing.

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Super Mario Odyssey  - Nintendo Switch

Hardcore Nintendo fans probably don't need to read this brief description of Super Mario Odyssey. People have been shaking from anticipation to get their hands on this completely unique Mario game. Exploring 3D kingdoms with incredibly diverse environments, this will undoubtedly be unlike any Mario game Nintendo has ever released. Sure there have been 3D worlds with Mario before but nothing to this magnitude and fans cannot wait for a chance to play. 

Take A Look At 7 Minutes of Super Mario Odyssey Gameplay From IGN

Don't fret, if you won't be picking all of them up, the Gigamax crew has you covered. This upcoming week Gigamax will be taking a look and offering a preview into each of the new titles. Friday is going to be a busy day for gamers across the country and that’s not a bad thing.

What game are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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Cuphead – Indie Spotlight on YouTube

Cuphead – Indie Spotlight on YouTube

The independent developers, Studio MDHR have brought the world, Cuphead. This indie game offers a host of unique features that made it truly stand out. Hand-drawn, it looks like something straight out of the 1930’s and this is not the only aspect of the game that caught people’s attention. Cuphead is one of the most challenging platformers the Gigamax crew has had the chance to play.

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Even though it’s incredibly difficult, the unique art style and exciting gameplay makes it easy to keep on playing. In the beginning, it opens with the player walking through a tutorial to get them comfortable with the controls. After this brief introduction to the game, it sends the gamers off on an adventure. Cuphead is tasked with fending off the sentient vegetables and other whacky creatures around the world. Navigating the overworld allows the player to freely choose missions and bonus levels. Shops and other locations are scattered around this overworld and it adds another level of adventure to Cupheads’ quest.

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Overall, the game delivers an incredible experience through and through. From the amazing art and graphics to the challenging platforming along with the difficult 2D shooting mechanics, Cuphead earns its spot as one of the best Indie Spotlights this year.

Cuphead: Indie Spotlight on YouTube

Thank you so much for taking the time to watch! More Cuphead episodes will be coming soon. This game is unlike anything else out right now and it absolutely deserves a playthrough. Because of how challenging this indie game actually is, it will take some time to make it to the end. Come offer some support with a Like or Comment!

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Xbox One X Enhanced Game List

Xbox One X Enhanced Game List

When the Xbox One X releases in November it will be the most powerful console on the market and to show that their support for the console, Microsoft detailed a full list of titles that will receive enhancements for the new system. Microsoft's Head of Marketing, Aaron Greenberg, had hinted toward the list during an Xbox livestream at the recent Gamescom event and mentioned that two big games receiving enhancements were Quantum Break as well as Halo 5.

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PlayStation 4 Pro & Xbox One X: One Big Happy Family 

Much like the PlayStation 4 Pro every game that receives optimizations on the Xbox One X will do so for free. Some of these enhancements include 4K resolution (Checkerboard or Native), anisotropic filtering, HDR, and high resolution textures. Although all of these updates are a possibility, it is still up to the developers on how they choose to upgrade their game.

Pre Orders for the Xbox One X are already available for the Scorpio Edition, which is a special edition of the system that will only be available in limited quantities.

Currently, the list of games being enhanced is more than 100 games strong and it will only grow as gamers embrace the new system. Make sure you're ready for the consoles release by checking out the list below! This list will be updated as more games are announced so be sure to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for more information on the Xbox One X.

Xbox One X Enhanced Games

A Plague Tale: Innocence
Anthem
ARK: Survival Evolved
Ashen
Assassin’s Creed Origins
Astroneer
Battlerite
Below
Black Desert
Brawlout
Chess Ultra
Code Vein
Conan Exiles
Crackdown 3
Danger Zone
Dark and Light
Darksiders III
Dead Rising 4
Deep Rock Galactic
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition
Dishonored 2
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Disneyland Adventures
Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Dynasty Warriors 9
FIFA 18
Elex THQ
Elite: Dangerous
EVERSPACE
F1 2017
Fable Fortune
Fallout 4
Farming Simulator 17
Final Fantasy XV
Firewatch
For Honor
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Motorsport 7
Gears of War 4
Gravel
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo Wars 2
Hand of Fate 2
Hello Neighbor
Hitman
Homefront: The Revolution
Injustice 2
Jurassic Park Frontier
Killer Instinct
Killing Floor 2
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Madden NFL 18
Mafia III
Mantis Burn Racing
Metal Gear Survive
Metro: Exodus
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Minion Masters
Monster Hunter: World
NBA 2K18
Need for Speed Payback
Ooblets
Ori and the Will of the Wisp
Outcast – Second Contact
Outlast 2
Paladins
Path of Exile
Pixar Rush
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Portal Knights
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
Project Cars 2
Quantum Break
Raiders of the Broken Planet
Railway Empire
Real Farm Simulator 2017
ReCore
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Rime
Roblox
Robocraft Infinity
Rocket League
Sea of Thieves
Slime Rancher
Smite
Sonic Forces
Star Wars Battlefront 2
State of Decay 2
Steep
Strange Brigade
Super Lucky’s Tale
Superhot
Surviving Mars
Tennis World Tour
The Artful Escape
The Crew 2
The Darwin Project
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
The Last Night
The Long Dark
The Surge
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Titanfall 2
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Train Sim World
TT Isle of Man
Warframe
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
We Happy Few
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
World of Tanks
WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship
Zoo Tycoon

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Xbox Boss Confirms Xbox One X Pre-Orders Open Soon

Xbox Boss Confirms Xbox One X Pre-Orders Open Soon

Looking forward to preordering Microsoft's latest gaming console, the Xbox One X? Then rest assured that you won't have to wait much longer. According to Xbox Head Phil Spencer, pre-orders will be going live very soon.

Replying to a fan on Twitter, Spencer confirmed that the company was simply waiting for approvals before opening up the pre orders.

Finally revealed at E3 2017, the Xbox One X was Microsoft's long disguised Project Scorpio. This powerful device is their response to the PS4 Pro and will allegedly be the most powerful gaming console on the market. When the pre-orders eventually open, the console will run buyers US $500, £ 449, and AU $649. The device will be hitting store shelves on November 7th globally and according to the company, it is the smallest console they have ever sold. Microsoft also revealed recently that the console will be able to stand vertically, a design choice that was featured on the Xbox 360 and ditched with the original Xbox One.

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Spencer also confirmed on Twitter that their upcoming exclusive Crackdown 3, also releasing on November 7th, will be featured at the upcoming conference Gamescom in August. This comes after Microsoft's big reveal of the character Terry Crews will play in the upcoming title. Gigamax Games will be covering the Xbox One X closely so be sure to keep checking back for more information on the upcoming console!

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Show Director Mode Announced for The Darwin Project

Show Director Mode Announced for The Darwin Project

During Microsoft's press briefing at E3 2017 yesterday, Scavenger Studio announced that The Darwin Project is coming to the Xbox One. This brutal title pits friends against each other in a Hunger Games style fight with a game show vibe. The team behind the game also shared some new information on the show's director and what the player controlling them can do.

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The Show Director - Sociopath In Charge

The show director is a unique role that lets one player oversee a match like the host of some sociopathic game show. This role is being added to create thrilling moment to moment action through uniquely asymmetrical gameplay. As the show director in The Darwin Project, the player will be able to observe the entirety of the arena via an invisible drone and learn how each of the seven contestants is planning their strategies. The director will be able to influence the outcome of the match utilizing a collection of tools unlocked through a progression system. If the show director wants to give a competitor an unforeseen edge they can do so by restricting zones, calling in airstrikes, or even triggering a manhunt which reveals a contestants location for 90 seconds.

The show director mode is being included by Scavenger Studio to revolutionize the battle royale sub genre. Another feature ready to be revealed at a later time will even allow for live stream viewers on Twitch or Mixer to get involved in the wacky gameplay.

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The Impending Ice Age

The Darwin Project takes place in post apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. Civilization is preparing for an impending ice age through a project that is half science experiment and half live entertainment. It challenges players to fight the cold and each other to survive in a snow covered arena. The Darwin Project offers a competitive multiplayer third person experience with an emphasis on survival. Players will have to withstand extreme environmental conditions, track opponents, set traps, craft tools and maybe even negotiate temporary alliances to be the last one standing when the sun rises.

If you're at E3 and would like to try out, The Darwin Project it is currently playable at the Microsoft booth. Check out some gameplay below and stay tuned with Gigamax for more information on this interesting game!

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