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Halo Infinite Brings Back Couch Co-Op

The developers behind the Halo series, 343 Studios recently announced a few more details for Halo Infinite. This will be the sixth entry in the long-running series and based on what was said over the course of the stream, the title is still quite a ways off. 

Halo Infinite Brings New Game Engine

Halo Infinite is utilizing a new engine 343 created specifically for the game and it could push back the release date into 2020. Fans can expect a return to four-player split-screen co-op as the developer announced that it was working on the system for the new engine right now. 343 also mentioned that the armor customization feature in Infinite will resemble the one used in Halo Reach. Additionally, players that have reached level 152 in Halo 5: Guardians will receive an additional reward in Halo Infinite when the game is released. 

Halo 5 - New Details

Some details about Halo 5 were also revealed during the stream. It was said that 343 did not have many things left to add to the shooter when it comes to armor and emblem customization. It was also implied that post launch development of the title has slowed down as members of the Halo 5 team are moved to the Halo Infinite team. 

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343 previously mentioned that Infinite will feature Master Chief's coolest design yet. Although, not much else has been revealed as the studio remains tight-lipped on details regarding the game's development. The studio hasn't even decided whether they're reaching for a Mature rating like the previous generation's Halo titles or Teen like Halo 5. 

Halo Infinite is currently being developed for the Xbox One and PC and we here at Gigamax can't wait to see what 343 has in store. Be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details on the title!

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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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Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date Finally Set

Kingdom Hearts 3 Release Date Announced 

After over a decade of anticipation, Square Enix finally set a release date for the long-awaited game, Kingdom Hearts 3. This title will mark the conclusion to the main trilogy that follows the adventures of Sora, Donald, and Goofy through Disney themed worlds with a splash of Final Fantasy thrown in for good measure.

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The third game has big plans to expand the scope of the universe and prove that they still have what it takes to blend eastern and western characters. Kingdom Hearts 3 will release on both the Xbox One and PS4 on January 29th, 2019. Immediately following the announcement, Square Enix revealed a new trailer for the game during Microsoft's E3 press conference.

The World is Stunned

Many were shocked at the sudden nature of this announcement, with the official Kingdom Hearts Twitter account revealing the release date with no build up or celebration on the first day of E3 2018. While fans of the series are aware that Kingdom Hearts 3 has been in development for years, series creator Tetsuya Nomura said at last year's D23 event that the game's release date was planned for 2018. During a fan event for the game in May, he had announced that a final release date for the game would be made public very soon.

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Fans can still expect to visit Disney themed worlds throughout their journey to save the universe from being consumed by darkness. Although, this time around Pixar is making their debut in the beloved series. As of now, Square Enix confirmed that Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero Six, Hercules, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc. levels are all present in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Keep Those Fingers Crossed

Hopefully, this will actually be the final release date for the game. With the amount of gameplay and details the developer has revealed, people have high hopes it will happy. Everyone at Gigamax Games is big fans of the Kingdom Hearts series and plenty of coverage for the game is on its way as the release date draws closer. So be sure to keep checking back at GigamaxGames.com!

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State of Decay 2 Posts Impressive Player Count in Only Two Days

State of Decay 2 Hits 1,000,000 Players

When the zombie outbreak finally starts, it will take a large group of people working together to fight off the undead horde. Luckily for State of Decay 2 players, this new Xbox exclusive title hit 1 million players in two days after it launched worldwide last Tuesday (5/22/18).

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Although, like Sea of Thieves, it is hard to gauge the number of sales State of Decay 2 received due to the game currently being available with the Xbox Games Pass, Microsoft's relatively new game streaming service. Those that belong to the service pay a monthly fee to play games while they are available on the service.

Microsoft and Undead Labs also noted a couple of other impressive facts about the recent release. According to the companies, from May 18th to May 22nd players have played a collective 6 million hours and streamed 3.5 million hours on Mixer, Twitch, and Youtube with 41,000 broadcasts.

Survive The Chaos

Gamers surviving the apocalypse have murdered over 675 million undead monsters, distracted the beasts with 6 million firecrackers and fireworks, satiated their hunger on 6 million bags of snacks, gained knowledge from 2 million textbooks, and the average survival rate is three in game days.

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Despite the impressive numbers, State of Decay 2 had a bit of a tough launch. Many reviewers scored the game on the low side due to the amount of bugs they encountered while trying to take on the zombie menace. Critics also spoke poorly about the game's lack of depth and the amount of systems that go unrealized throughout the experience.

Gigamax Games is currently playing State of Decay 2, but are too early in the game to give a proper impression. Hopefully, Undead Labs can address fans concerns surrounding the number of bugs because too many poor reviews on an exclusive for a system that has very few could really hurt Microsofts sales and the console as a whole.

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Sea of Thieves: Unprecedented Demand According to Rare

Sea of Thieves: Unprecedented Demand According to Rare

Sea of Thieves has seen a huge amount of players join its open world pirate adventure since it launched. This has largely been the reason the game has had an extensive amount of technical issues that are frustrating those sailing the oceans. Despite the glitches, developer Rare issued an update from the studio head, Craig Duncan, and executive producer, Joe Neate, stating that the game reached 1 million players across the PC and Xbox One in just 48 hours. The blog post also detailed what the company is doing to address the bugs players are encountering.

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What Comes Next?

"We have seen unprecedented numbers coming into Sea of Thieves and playing Sea of Thieves. The interest has been insane; the amount of people playing has been mind-blowing," Neate said. (https://bit.ly/2IYTRzV)

Currently, Sea of Thieves is free for subscribers of Xbox Games Pass. Although, Microsoft has yet to share the details on how many people have purchased the game as opposed to the free download their subscription service offers. Another factor to consider is that Xbox Games Pass offers a free trial for the service and many players may have taken advantage of that to try the massively marketed game. Despite those factors, 1 million players in only two days is a huge feat.

Rare Explains...

In the video, Rare explains that at one point after the game came out on March 20th, the player count was rising at a rate of 5,000 people per minute. Even though Rare held multiple stress tests before release, they were not prepared for the massive influx of pirates that were ready to set sail. Now, most of the game's problems are scale related and the team is reportedly working 24/7 to make sure the issues are resolved.

Sea of Thieves just got a huge new patch that fixed many of the issues with the game's online infrastructure but many are still experiencing problems that will hopefully be solved soon.

What do you think about Sea of Thieves? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook!

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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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Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Begins

Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Begins

Today (1/24/18) marks the start of Microsoft's closed beta for the upcoming pirate simulator, Sea of Thieves. Eligible players for the trial can download the game now so the minute it's available, they can start playing.

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Much like the technical alpha held back in December, the closed beta is restricted to those that entered the Sea of Thieves Insider Program before December 1st or have pre-ordered the title. Xbox One players that already bought the game digitally can find the beta waiting in the 'My Games and Apps' section while those who pre-ordered on PC will find it waiting in their library. If you reserved a physical copy at your local retailer, you will need the redeem the code for the Black Dog cosmetic pack on the Microsoft or Xbox store before installing the beta. Xbox One owners should expect a file size of 7.45 GB. If you'd like to read more about the installation process, check out their official website.

When You Can Play

The Sea of Thieves closed beta will begin at 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET / 12 PM GMT on January 24 and runs until 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM GMT on January 29. While the developer, Rare, hasn't specified what exactly players can expect from the beta, they did say it would not be a portion of the full game. Rare did assure that it would offer a taste of the pirate life.

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Sea of Thieves is set to release for both Xbox One and PC on March 20th and will be one of the few games to offer cross-play between the two platforms. It will also be the first game on the Xbox One's Games Pass program that is available on the service the same day it comes out.

Gigamax Games will be taking part in the closed beta so please don't forget to check on Youtube or below for an inside look into what Sea of Thieves has to offer!

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What to Expect: January Game Releases

While the January game releases for the start of 2018 may not be an extensive lineup, most will agree that the first month of this year has some impressive titles. We're spending most of our time going back and finishing up the long backlog of big releases that came out at the end of 2017, that is until the some of our most anticipated games of the year are released over the next couple weeks. Look below to find the full list of games kicking off 2018 so you know what to spend that hard earned money on!

January's Biggest Game Releases

Dragon Ball Fighter Z (January 26th)

The Z-Fighters are back with a new fighting game experience that looks like it will finally pull the long-running series out of its video game slump. Players will take control of many iconic characters from throughout Dragon Ball's history and pummel their friends in a fighting system that seems very similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom. Whether you're playing as Super Saiyan God Goku or were unlucky enough to get stuck with Krillin, this game is sure to be a blast!

Monster Hunter: World (January 26th)

Killing monsters, gathering materials, and forging new armor, these are a few of our favorite things. Plenty of Monster Hunter fans certainly share our sentiment and on this month players will be able to hop into the iconic world again, but this time in 4K. The series is making its debut on current-gen consoles and based on the beta gameplay, Monster Hunter: World will be eating up a lot of our time in the first quarter. Both longtime fans of the series, as well as newcomers, will find something to love in this incredible hunting game so be sure to check it out!

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (January 26th)

Are you a fan of the Final Fantasy series? Then Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a game you can't miss. This fighting game is an ode to the long-running compendium of games. Players take control of leading heroes including Cloud, Titus, and the most recent protagonist Noctis. The gameplay trailers certainly haven't disappointed and the cinematic trailers are as beautiful as ever. If you've ever had the pleasure of playing a Final Fantasy title this is the game for you!

Full List of January Game Releases

  • The Escapists 2 - (Nintendo Switch) - Jan 11
  • Street Fighter V Arcade Edition - (PC, PS4) - Jan 16
  • Gintama Rumble - (PS4) - Jan 18
  • World to the West - (Nintendo Switch) - Jan 18
  • Death Mark - (Switch, PS4) - Jan 19
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory (PS4, Vita) - Jan 19
  • Kirby Battle Royale - (3DS) - Jan 19
  • Lost Sphear - (PC, Switch, PS4) - Jan 23
  • The Inpatient - (PSVR) - Jan 23
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ - (PC, PS4, Xbox One) - Jan 26
  • Monster Hunter: World - (PS4, Xbox One) - Jan 26
  • Railway Empire - (PC) - Jan 26
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy NT - (PS4) - Jan 30

Will you be purchasing any of the January game releases? Let us know in the comments below and don't forget to stop by next month for a full list of February's release dates!

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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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