Daily Xbox News Roundup – April 11th

Miramar

Wondering what new announcements have been set loose today? Worry not, we’ve compiled a neat and compact list, featuring the latest news and reveals from today. What’s fit for the post?

Contents

– Sea of Thieves Gets an Update to Address Weapon Balancing and More
– Overkill’s The Walking Dead Trailer Features Another Playable Character
– Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption Arrives on Console and PC This Year
– Overwatch Retribution Event is Now Live
– Drop in to PUBG During Free Play Days Weekend, April 19-22
– Coffee Crisis is Due for Xbox One Sometime this Month
– DragoDino Comes to Xbox One This Month
– Robocraft Infinity Available Now – Straight Into Game Pass
– Ritual From iFun4All Studio Announced
– Fortnite’s 50v50 is Back, Port-a-Fort and Replay Mode is Live in Update 3.5
– 19 New OG BC Xbox Games and Six Xbox 360 Games with Xbox One X Enhancements Revealed
– Miramar (and other improvements) Hitting Xbox Test Servers in April
– Super Hyperactive Ninja is Coming Soon to Console and PC
– Bombslinger Blows Away On Console and PC Today
– Rival Megagun Announced for Console and PC

Sea of Thieves Gets an Update to Address Weapon Balancing and More

Sea of Thieves received a new patch today that fixed some known issues along with fine tuning weapon balance. The Blunderbuss damage has been decreased, whereas a damage increase has been given to the Eye of Reach. On top of this, a message from the Ferryman has been nailed to the door post on the Ferry of the Damned instructing players on how to scuttle their ship.

Furthermore, Rare has revealed that Server Shutdown notices will now come with a minimum 30 minute warning, which is far more suitable than the previous 5 minute warning. The issue in which players couldn’t pull a secondary weapon has also been resolved, along with a few other minor issues and PC specific issues, outlined right here.

Rare revealed last week that they are aiming to reveal post launch content plans for the game this week, and as soon as we find out what that entails, we’ll let you know.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead Trailer Features Another Playable Character

Starbreeze, Skybound Entertainment and 505 Games have released the next cinematic character trailer for OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead, from developer OVERKILL – A Starbreeze Studio. This new video reveals Maya, the second of the game’s four playable heroes. Like Aidan, the first character announced last December, Maya has been changed by the end of the world, where only those willing to fight by any means necessary have a hope to survive against the constant threat of the living and the dead.

Set in a post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C., OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a mission-based, four-player co-op multiplayer FPS inspired by the danger, action and terror of Robert Kirkman’s original graphic novels. Players must band together using a combination of stealth tactics and brute force on a variety of raids and missions, securing supplies and survivors to defend their home and stay alive.

Each playable character has their own special abilities, skill trees, squad roles, play styles and background stories – smash through hordes of walkers with the heavy-hitting Aidan, or keep your friends alive with Maya, a former surgeon.

OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is expected to launch this fall on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. Check out the trailer below.

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption Arrives on Console and PC This Year

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption, the boss battler from publisher Another Indie and developer Dark Star Game Studios, will launch on Nintendo Switch alongside the previously announced PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows and Mac versions. All platforms will receive a simultaneous launch in Q3 2018.

Dark Star Game Studios is composed of AAA veterans including a former Ubisoft art director, Konami senior programmer and a Blizzard technical artist.

To atone for his wicked crimes, Adam, a soldier with a dark past, must set out on a quest for redemption and face off against monstrous enemies based on the seven deadly sins. His vile deeds and history with these beasts will unfold as he draws closer to absolution.

Sacrifice a part of Adam before each duel and receive a permanent debuff, resulting in reduced health, strength or equipment for the entirety of the journey. Each battle will become tougher than the last as debuffs stack, but new gear can be obtained by successfully conquering trials.

If all hope is lost, revive a defeated enemy to regain a sacrificed attribute and revisit the battle later. Experiment to find the optimal path to redemption or take on all debuffs simultaneously from the start for a challenging and rewarding journey.

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption will be available for $18.99 in English, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian.

Overwatch Retribution Event is Now Live

Experience pivotal moments from history in Overwatch Archives. Join a team of four heroes and participate in cooperative, story-driven missions that give you a new perspective on the era before the fall of Overwatch.

This year, you can take command of the agents of Blackwatch and face off against Talon in an exciting new mission, Retribution. You’ll also get a second chance to stop an omnic insurrection as last year’s Uprising mission returns for a rematch.

You’ll earn Archives Loot Boxes as you play, packed to the brim with over 60 new cosmetics including legendary skins like Blackwatch Moira, Scion Hanzo, Talon Doomfist, Specimen 28 Winston, and more. Here’s a sneak peek.

Drop in to PUBG During Free Play Days Weekend, April 19-22

Get ready for a free trial of PlayerUnknown’s Battlgrounds (PUBG) during Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days, beginning Thursday, April 19 at 12:01 a.m. PDT to Sunday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Once the event begins, download the game by clicking on the Gold Member feature area on the Xbox Live home dashboard, or search for the game on the Microsoft Store via the Xbox Dashboard.

During Free Play Days players will be able to download and play the full Xbox Game Preview version of PUBG including all multiplayer modes (solo, duos, squads). Any Battle Points (BP) you earn during the Free Play Days period will carry over to the game should you purchase it when the Free Play Days period has ended.

On top of that, new all-new DLC has been announced for PUBG. Available for $6.99 USD, the PUBG5 Pack includes an exclusive cap, long sleeved shirt, cuffed jeans and hi-top sneakers to customize your character in style. This pack coordinates with the Varsity PUBG5 jacket awarded to players in March and is available for a limited time only beginning April 19 through May 19, so pick it up while you can.

Coffee Crisis is Due for Xbox One Sometime this Month

Coffee Crisis was originally Kickstarted circa early 2016-2017 by a bunch of retro-renaissance idolizing backers who now have their hands on a boxed Sega Genesis/ Mega Drive build of the game.

Since then, the team has been working to port the side-scrolling brawler to PC and Xbox One with features exclusive to these. Penned in collaboration with Pittsburgh based Black Forge Coffee House baristas Nick/Ashley, Coffee Crisis follows the duo in 2D arcade fashion as they attempt to quell an alien invasion that wants a little more than earth’s wi-fi. Exclusive features include:

– Death Metal Combat, where the lights turn ‘disco’, the enemies spawn erratically, cheat codes don’t work, and random modifiers unexpectedly hurt/help/distort the player for increased difficulty level maximum. Play through the single player campaign once to unlock.

– Twitch/Mixer Integration. Silent coffee-house type? Call the shots on your favorite streamers by deciding which modifiers are applied to their publicly-broadcast sessions.

– Coffee Beans. Mash those buttons with enough dexterity per level and you just might earn yourself a discount on a Coffee Crisis cartridge.

We’re not sure when the game will arrive, but we’re assured that it will launch sometime this month. Check out the trailer to see the game firsthand.

DragoDino Comes to Xbox One This Month

A few months after its release on Steam, DragoDino comes out on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One the 27th April 2018 and will be in pre-order from the 13th April 2018.

DragoDino is a roguelike with an original gameplay based on a simple goal: climb up. The player plays an intelligent reptile with super powers to jump higher and higher, create platforms and shoot powerful energy balls. He must learn to master those abilities to successfully reach the top of every levels and beat the hostile creatures who will try to stop it.

Through the levels, Power Ups are allocated so that the player improves its abilities and gets new powers. They can be stored or used immediately so the player can chose its strategy depending on its game style and hope to beat the merciless bosses. Take a peek.

Robocraft Infinity Available Now – Straight Into Game Pass

Independent games studio Freejam announce that their first console release Robocraft Infinity has launched exclusively for Xbox One and is currently available via the official Xbox Games Store for $19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99.

Robocraft Infinity is the first independently developed title to launch straight into Xbox Game Pass and empowers players to build awesome robots block-by-block, share their creations online and take them into fast-paced 5 vs 5 battles with their friends.

Jet cars, tanks, flying warships, helicopters, drones, dinosaurs, scorpions – anything is possible to build and no two battles are ever the same, as you never know what foe you will face next.

Additionally all those that play Robocraft Infinity during launch month (April) will also receive an exclusive Retro Pilot Seat cosmetic. This is a way of Freejam thanking all early adopters for their support, regardless of whether they have purchased Robocraft Infinity outright or played the game via Xbox Game Pass.

Ritual From iFun4All Studio Announced

Ritual is a new project by iFun4All, the developer behind such titles as ‘Serial Cleaner’, ‘Green Game: TimeSwapper’ and ‘Red Game Without a Great Name.’ The game is being developed for PCs and consoles in mind.

Ritual is a 3D dark action game in a top-down perspective set in a dangerous world inspired by Weird West genre. The story focuses on the young bounty hunter who receives the task of escorting an eccentric girl to her family home. A simple mission turns into an endless journey over increasingly grotesque places, besieged every night by unearthly monsters. The hero must defend the girl from hordes of enemies, not knowing if she is the way to escape from this hellish situation, or the reason for it.

In addition to various weapons an arsenal of traps, supporting potions, building materials to create barricades and ammunition will be at the player’s disposal. Almost all of those need to be crafted using the environment and objects found on the map. However, the ability to quickly pull the trigger is not enough to survive, it will be necessary to make tactical decisions and strategically manage available resources. The game will use real-world data technology (RWD), which will influence the game in a unique way.

Fortnite’s 50v50 is Back, Port-a-Fort and Replay Mode is Live in Update 3.5

Epic Games has introduced a brand new feature for Battle Royale, Replay. With a suite of cinematic settings you can now capture your most memorable moments, highlights and cinematics. There’s also the chance to win “phenomenal prizes” with the Replay system, with more details coming at a later date.

The Port-a-Fort item will also be live, as seen in the video below. This item allows you to fortify yourself in seconds, all with the flick of a wrist. It’s a lot bigger than I would have guessed it to be. Furthermore, the fan favorite 50v50 limited time mode is back in action. Those that favor Save the World will be happy to know that Survive the Storm is back.

There’s a slew of small fixes too, for both Save the World and Battle Royale. You can check out the patch notes over on the official website, right here.

19 New OG BC Xbox Games and Six Xbox 360 Games with Xbox One X Enhancements Revealed

Microsoft has announced even more additions coming to the Xbox One Backward Compatibility catalog this month, including 19 new Original Xbox games and six Xbox 360 games with Xbox One X Enhancements.

Starting today, fans can play Sonic Generations for the first time on the Xbox One family of devices alongside other Xbox 360 favorites that will receive Xbox One X Enhanced updates such as Darksiders, Gears of War 2, Portal 2, Red Dead Redemption, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Later this month, Microsoft will release two batches of Original Xbox games – the first on April 17 and the second on April 26. All of these Original Xbox games will take advantage of the power of Xbox One with up to 4X the pixel count on Xbox One and Xbox One S, and up to 16X the pixel count on Xbox One X.

Original Xbox games releasing on April 17:

– Blinx: The Time Sweeper
– Breakdown
– Conker: Live & Reloaded
– The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
– Hunter: The Reckoning
– Jade Empire
– Panzer Dragoon Orta
– SSX 3

Original Xbox games releasing on April 26:

– Destroy All Humans!
– Full Spectrum Warrior
– Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
– MX Unleashed
– Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
– Star Wars Battlefront
– Star Wars Battlefront II
– Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
– Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
– Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
– Star Wars Republic Commando

You’ll be able to play all of these games on Xbox One through the disc you already own, or you can purchase them digitally in the Microsoft Store.

Miramar (and other improvements) Hitting Xbox Test Servers in April

PUBG Corp. has announced that the long awaited Miramar map, alongside some improvements, will arrive in the Xbox Test Servers for PUBG in April. The devs state that:

After extensive efforts, we’ve been able to get Miramar ready for Xbox. Miramar will be coming to test servers before the end of April, and we expect it’ll hit live servers sometime in May.

Expect to also see new and improved designs for out-of-game menus and screens. The update is necessary to prepare our servers for when event matches and custom matches are introduced later on.

Finally, improving crashes is our highest priority. Simply put, stability is the most basic element that determines gameplay quality, so we’re taking it seriously and focusing on it with every patch. All of these changes will hit the test server first so we can make sure the above-mentioned optimizations run well before pushing them to live.

It’s great to see that the devs are so committed to improving the core experience, as well as adding in new content. Hopefully the process is smooth and fluid, but if there’s any hiccups, we’ll keep you informed. Standby for more.

Super Hyperactive Ninja is Coming Soon to Console and PC

Super Hyperactive Ninja by Grimorio of Games and JanduSoft S.L. is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Get ready to tune up your coffee-ninja skills, you will need them in this hardcore platformer.

Super Hyperactive Ninja is a fast-paced hyper-caffeinated action-platformer in 2D, designed with those who want a real tough challenge and speedrunners in mind.

Recover the stolen coffee before you fall asleep! Use the power of caffeine to enter Hyperactive Mode, to run faster and kill enemies, but use it wisely! Your energy is limited, and must be recharged with the coffees you find in the levels. If you run out of caffeine, its GAME OVER.

Bombslinger Blows Away On Console and PC Today

Bombslinger, the action-maze game from Mode4 filled with more explosives than a whiskey-fueled Fourth of July, launches on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC today.

Take part in a tale of revenge right at home in the Wild West. Lead the Bombslinger, a former ruthless bandit, on a journey to avenge his missus. Blast away the Bombslinger’s merciless brother, the Gunslinger, and the rest of his heartless posse to make them pay for their betrayal.

Blow enemies to dust while clearing procedurally generated levels and upgrading the Bombslinger’s abilities. Purchase new items from the general store and go hog wild with a deadly arsenal of explosives in boss battles.

Hold your horses, though! There’s more to look forward to than a replayable tale of brotherly love gone up in flames. Take charge in an arcadey free-for-all game mode and face off against four fellow cowboys and cowgirls in high-stake bomb battles or blow AI bots to smithereens.

Rival Megagun Announced for Console and PC

Rival Megagun is a competitive split-screen vertical shooting game (or shoot ’em up, shmup, STG). Transform into your Mega Gunship boss form to blast your rival head-on in this retro-future arcade shooter with a unique competitive twist.

Developer Spacewave Software has today released a new video showcasing the game in its alpha form, alongside announcing that the game will arrive in Q4 2018.

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