Daily Xbox News Roundup – April 3rd

With it being Easter week, it’s to be expected that there isn’t much news to post, but that’s not to say that it’s completely quiet in the gaming world today. What’s fit to post?

Contents

– Ubisoft Unveils Year 2 Plans for Ghost Recon Wildlands
– Open-World RPG Winterfall Announced
– TERA Available Now on Xbox One and PS4
– Slash Adventure City of Brass Launches This May
– Third-Person Psychological Horror Adventure The InnerFriend Announced
– Owlboy Comes to Xbox One Next Week
– Dark Devotion Announced, Set to Bring Devout Suffering to PC and Consoles
– Above Gets a Teaser Trailer
– New Trilogy of World of Tanks Console’s War Stories Revealed
– Shadow of War to Remove Microtransactions in a Series of Updates
– Dungeon RPG Infinite Adventures Coming Soon to PC and Console
– Action Puzzler Subaeria Release Date Announced with New Trailer
– Space Hulk: Deathwing Not Coming to Xbox One
– No Man’s Sky Will Seemingly Release on Xbox One for $49.99
– Big News for Original Xbox Backward Compatibility Coming Next Week
– Catastronauts Blasts On To Consoles and PC Later This Year
– This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale Plus Spring Sale
– Two More Games are Now Backward Compatible on Xbox One

Ubisoft Unveils Year 2 Plans for Ghost Recon Wildlands

Today, Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will get a second year of post-launch support, offering players new free content, both in the campaign and the Ghost War PvP experience. The first major update, entitled Special Operation 1, will be released on April 10th, 2018, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands’ Year 2 will continue to deliver substantial post-launch support with four free major updates titled “Special Operations”, each of which will feature a unique theme, updates for the PvE campaign, with special free missions and special challenges with exclusive rewards, updates for the Ghost War 4×4 PvP experience, and features highly requested by the community.

The first update, called “Special Operations 1” launching on April 10th will contain:

Teammate Customisation: The most requested feature by the community, Team Customisation will allow players to customise teammate outfits with all items they have unlocked for their own character

PvP Update: A new game mode called “Sabotage” with five exclusive maps, the first of six new PvP classes for Year 2 and new perk and explosive device

PvE Update: A free, themed PvE mission and special challenge with exclusive rewards.

Special Operation I includes the content planned for Updates 5 & 6 from the original Ghost War roadmap. Ubisoft announced that the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands’ Year 2 Pass offers seven-day early access to the six new Year 2 Ghost War classes, an exclusive customisation pack, and eight Battle Crates (four Special Ops crates and four Ghost War crates), to further customise players characters in the main game as well as in the Ghost War.

Open-World RPG Winterfall Announced

What legacy would you choose to build if given the chance? That’s the question Winterfall will ask its players. An open-world third-person RPG set in a dark age where your House must thrive as the end of time comes near, Winterfall will get players to explore the wilderness, in order to find artifacts and rebuild their Sanctuary, uncovering lost knowledge in the process.

Inspired by the wilds of Corsica where the developer grew up, the wilderness environments, each with their own gameplay systems and atmosphere, will resonate differently with each character the player creates for their House. The project lead, Fab Mariani, feels this focus on gameplay systems which would let players’ choices have a larger impact, is the right direction for Winterfall.

Winterfall is planned for release in Q1 2019 on PC (other platforms TBC.) You can check out the new reveal trailer below to catch a glimpse of what to expect.

TERA Available Now on Xbox One and PS4

En Masse Entertainment announced today that TERA, the true action MMO, has released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Now available for free on the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store, TERA features a massive world alive with fantastic characters, Big Ass Monsters (BAMs) and precision-based, combo-driven combat.

“Coming off a highly successful head start, TERA is ready for the masses to dive in and experience a true console MMORPG,” said Matt Denomme, Sr. Product Manager at En Masse Entertainment. “The development team at Bluehole has taken great care to ensure that TERA on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One retains all the depth of an MMO, along with visceral action combat and an intuitive user interface.”

TERA is said to deliver tremendous MMO gameplay depth combined with intuitive and precise controls perfect for gamepads.

Slash Adventure City of Brass Launches This May

City of Brass, an Arabian Nights-inspired first-person rogue-lite adventure from the BioShock veterans at Uppercut Games, launches into action May 4, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Set in a mythological metropolis undone by its love of gold, City of Brassfollows a cunning thief on a heist to obtain fabled treasure hidden in the heart of the opulent ruins. Armed with a bullwhip and blade, players will lash-and-slash their way through the legions of damned souls that haunt this legendary labyrinth while pilfering relics and other riches contained within its walls.

The rhythmic interplay between these tools gives the experience a fluid feeling as melee bleeds into movement. The versatile whip is used not only to disarm, trip, and stun enemies but allows players to swing to safety or obtain objects that otherwise would be out of reach. The whip also has the ability to turn City of Brass’ dangerous environment against itself. Players can wield it to manipulate hazards from a safe distance and spring deadly traps on unsuspecting enemies.

With shifting streets that ensure no two playthroughs are ever the same, players will need to be tenacious and make good use of their knowledge from past runs to press further into the stronghold if they want to claim the city’s ultimate prize and perhaps even reverse the curse.

To ensure the challenge is tailored to all players, City of Brass features a Blessings & Burdens system, which can make the experience much easier or do quite the opposite. These optional modifiers can tweak everything from player health and damage output to item costs, ensuring City of Brass is tuned everyone’s needs and desires. This system also extends to Mixer, Microsoft’s next generation streaming service, where viewers can interact with live-streamers by griefing them with additional enemy spawns or helping out with extra gold or healing items.

Third-Person Psychological Horror Adventure The InnerFriend Announced

Today, The InnerFriend, a third-person psychological horror adventure that plays on childhood fears within a heavily stylized and abstract world, has been announced. The InnerFriend — releasing on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this September — invites you to dive into your subconscious and face your worst childhood nightmares come to life!

Montreal-based independent developer and interactive digital media studio PLAYMIND has created numerous award-winning and highly regarded live transmedia experiences, always with a strong narrative and deeply immersive experience at their core. The InnerFriend represents the studio’s first video game designed to be enjoyed “at home” for Windows PC and console.

The InnerFriend is a surrealist representation of memories and fears inspired by the works of psychologist Carl Jung, the concept of katabasis — the descent into one’s own self, 80s horror pop culture staples such as Poltergeist and the filmography of Stanley Kubrick. The game explores complex emotional themes and the childhood psychology surrounding coping mechanisms to overcome traumatic experiences. The InnerFriend’s lead designer and writer Sabrina Calvo is an award-winning author and child educator. Catch a sneak peek via the new trailer at the head of this post.

Owlboy Comes to Xbox One Next Week

It’s been announced that Owlboy will be coming to Xbox One next week, April 10th t be exact. Explore a vibrantly crafted pixel world in this flying adventure platformer.

Being a mute, Otus struggles living up to the expectations of owl-hood. Things spiral from bad to worse with the sudden appearance of sky pirates.

What follows is a journey through monster infested ruins, with unexpected encounters, and burdens no-one should have to bear.

Dark Devotion Announced, Set to Bring Devout Suffering to PC and Consoles

Publisher The Arcade Crew has teamed up with developer Hibernian Workshop to bring the spectacularly ethereal Action-RPG hybrid Dark Devotion to PC and consoles later this year.

The eternal suffering of The Templars is both a blessing and a curse – salvation is born through sacrifice, and no sacrifice is too great to praise your God. A mystical temple teeming with a strange life-like energy of its own awaits you on your sacred crusade of suffering and redemption that will take you to the depths of traditions spanning centuries – and leave you questioning your faith and your own existence.

Dark Devotion features a rich, detailed and immersive narrative that unfolds a sombre tale of your religion’s undeniable calling where every encounter is a challenge of suffering, piety and conviction – but most importantly, it’s a fight to the death.

Spanning across four unique worlds, each with their own variety of environments bursting with detail, players will choose from dozens of weapons and learn from them the secret of the Temple as they fight superbly crafted bosses with one mission: to destroy your soul and damn you forever.

Dark Devotion features several distinctive gameplay mechanics for greatly expanded replayability – the prayers, blessings and curses system allows for flexibility and a variety of approaches to each foe, while its myriad of weaponry allow for combining skillsets to alter your approach with each play through.

Above Gets a Teaser Trailer

Above has received a new teaser trailer today, with confirmation that the game is coming to PC and console, including Xbox One, in 2019.

Play as a heroic young pilot on a perilous journey across a vast flooded world, where lives revolve around the ancient evil beneath the waves. This action adventure takes you from humble beginnings in a fishing village to daring capers with sky pirates, murderous cultists and cosmic scale mystery. Take a peek.

New Trilogy of World of Tanks Console’s War Stories Revealed

What if a single moment could change the course of history? A trilogy of new War Stories are coming to World of Tanks on Consoles, bringing even more adventure and heroics to the exciting, story-driven mode. Players will be able to fight and rewrite history from three different fronts in three brand new episodes, playable for free in single-player and co-operative online multiplayer on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

The new War Stories are known collectively as the Spoils of War trilogy, with all three new stories set against the backdrop of an alternate history where World War II never ended. The year is 1948, and the world grows desperate and weary after years of endless fighting. In these new War Stories, players will be thrust into action on three different fronts to fight as American, Soviet, and German heroes. Contrary to previous adventures, Spoils of War sees the playable characters acting on their conscience and moral obligations, even if this goes against their orders.

In Sieben Ritter, a small town on the German-Polish border hopes to survive in the crossfire for long enough to surrender to the Allies, but an incoming Soviet force may extinguish any hope they had left. Will Captain Karl Staupe and his Sieben Ritter refuse to answer the call to a final stand in Berlin, and instead stay and fight to save the doomed town? This chapter takes inspiration from the legendary 1952 Japanese film Seven Samurai, which sees a band of rōnin – samurai without a lord or master – fighting off a gang of bandits from a farming town.

The second chapter, The Connoisseur, stars Sergeant Frank Martinez, who is tasked by the Allies with destroying a cache of stolen art and priceless treasures. However, a band of German soldiers have also set their sights on the treasure and taken it for themselves. Sergeant Martinez gives chase, but can he succeed in recovering some of the world’s most sought-after treasures before they’re lost to the pages of history? ‘Kunstschutz’ was the German practice of preserving art during times of conflict. The Allies saw this as looting, and it was a major point of contention during and after the war.

The thrilling third and final chapter of the Spoils of War trilogy is set in a town on the German frontlines, where a Soviet artillery commander has been selling food on the black market to keep its people from starvation. Soviet high command has discovered the dealings, and scrambled an armoured NKVD unit to restore order and bring justice. Captain Anatoly Petrov, risking capture and punishment for defying his superiors, decides to rebel against Soviet high command and fight back. Potemkin takes its name from the 1925 silent film Battleship Potemkin, which tells the story of the rebellious crew of a Russian battleship.

The three new Spoils of War chapters join five other adventures in the War Stories universe, with the story mode being exclusive to World of Tanks on home consoles. Each War Stories campaign explores a different concept or setting, ranging from alternate history operations to fantasy stories and is available free of charge. Operation Sealion presented an all-out invasion of London by Axis forces, and Kennedy’s War saw a Cold War turn hot and the ensuing struggle to prevent a nuclear holocaust. The latest chapter, Runaway Tiger, starred War Stories’ first female protagonist, who infiltrated a German stronghold in Egypt to steal one of their newest and most terrifying weapons.

The single-player and co-operative online missions act as an immersive and intuitive introduction to the beating heart of World of Tanks: an exhilarating, massively-multiplayer online battle mode. Since its first release back in 2014, the game has expanded from 100 tanks from three nations and only 12 available maps to include over 660 tanks from nine different nations, battling it out on over 90 unique maps in 2018. To date, over 14 million players have joined the game, firing over 10 billion shells, destroying over 570 million tanks, and waging war across over 34 million epic battles. Not too shabby, right?

Shadow of War to Remove Microtransactions in a Series of Updates

It only took six months, but better late than never, right? Monolith has announced that they plan to remove microstransactions from their hit title, Shadow of War. Here’s what was said:

In order to fully restore the core promise of the Nemesis System, we’ll be permanently removing Gold, War Chests and the Market from Shadow of War. This means the option to purchase Gold with real-world money and the ability to gain Orc Followers from War Chests will be removed. There will be a specific amount of time given for players to utilize their unused Gold. If players have unused Gold by the end of the time allotted to spend it, any remaining Gold will be converted to in-game items.

You heard ’em, if you have any gold, be sure to cash in on the stuff that you want before the May 8th deadline. On top of this, some more refinements are coming to the core game, including new player skins, skill tree additions, gear system upgrades and progression updates. Monolith says that:

Additionally, we’ll be updating the Shadow Wars section of the campaign, where players defend their fortresses against Sauron’s repeated counter-attacks. This portion of the game will be improved with new narrative elements and streamlined for a more cohesive experience. For players who choose to continue with these on-going fortress defense missions, the Endless Siege update released last November will still be available.

Please note that the above updates are free for all Shadow of War owners. The ability to purchase Gold will permanently cease on May 8, 2018. The permanent removal of Gold, War Chests and the Market will take place on July 17, 2018, at the same time as all other updates discussed above. Stay tuned for more.

Dungeon RPG Infinite Adventures Coming Soon to PC and Console

Stormseeker Games announce their debut game, Infinite Adventures, will be coming soon to Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Infinite Adventures is a dungeon crawling RPG inspired by classic dungeon CRPGs; with fresh new mechanics for exploration, combat and progression. You are the Traveler, a hero with a forgotten memory. Assemble your party and explore the Infinite Labyrinth to discover the truths of your past.

Action Puzzler Subaeria Release Date Announced with New Trailer

Montreal independent developer iLLOGIKA today announced the upcoming release date of subaquatic 3D isometric action puzzler Subaeria to be April 24, 2018 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

In Subaeria, players follow Styx, a young girl who’s out for revenge after her family is murdered by the overlord of Subaeria. She must fight her way through droves of murderous robots by pitting them against one another. As she progresses towards her goal of revenge, she’ll explore the underwater city of Subaeria to uncover the mysteries that lie below the depths.

Combining platform and clever puzzle gameplay mechanics with roguelike elements, Subaeria’s single player campaign stimulates players to use their logical senses with the help of their drone to defeat swarm of adversary robots and lead them to destroy each other. Each level gradually increases the puzzle solving difficulty, enabling power-ups and challenging the strategic thinking needed to control the environment and character abilities to accomplish victory. Here’s a taste of what awaits.

Space Hulk: Deathwing Not Coming to Xbox One

Last week, all ties to Xbox One were cut from Space Hulk: Deathwing’s official website, trailers, and promotional campaigns, leading many to believe that the game was canned for the platform.

Sadly, we can now confirm that this is the case. When asked on Twitter if Xbox One versions were dropped, the official Twitter account replied by saying that the game was now only coming to PS4 and PC. Hopefully we get some reasoning and more clarity in the near future.

No Man’s Sky Will Seemingly Release on Xbox One for $49.99

It’s been revealed via an Amazon listing that Xbox One versions of No Man’s Sky will release at the cost of $49.99, despite having already been available on PlayStation 4 and PC for two years.

However, it’s also worth pointing out that No Man’s Sky is now a much deeper and bigger game than it was during its initial release, so the price is justified to some degree.

The Xbox One version will launch with all of the content from the PS4/PC version, as well as the upcoming “Next” update, which is the third major update the game will have received since 2016. Check out the listing right here.

Big News for Original Xbox Backward Compatibility Coming Next Week

Backward compatibility is a wonderful thing, is it not? Xbox’s Major Nelson treats us to new Xbox 360 BC additions almost each and every week, but what about Original Xbox BC? We’ve had just one drop since it was first announced, but is all of that about to change?

According to Microsoft, a big update regarding Original Xbox BC is set to be revealed on April 10th, via the Inside Xbox program.

One of our most common requests is for Original Xbox Backward Compatibility news, and we’ll be starting off the show with a big update on just that.

Inside Xbox Episode 2 will go live on April 10 at 3:30 p.m. PDT / 6:30 p.m EDT. You can watch the show via Twitch, Mixer, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. We’ll be sure to keep a close eye on this one. Could we be seeing more games made BC? Or possibly the implementation of achievements? Only time will tell. Standby.

Catastronauts Blasts On To Consoles and PC Later This Year

Inertia Game Studios announce Catastronauts – a colourful and chaotic interstellar party game – is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in late 2018. The debut trailer for the game has also been released, showing the game in all its frenzied glory.

Catastronauts is a fast-paced multiplayer action game in which players become a crew of intergalactic spacefarers who must work together to destroy an attacking enemy fleet, whilst frantically struggling to keep their own ship intact.

Co-ordination, co-operation and decisiveness are essential to victory, as multiple tasks need to be taken care of across the vessel. Who is going to fire the lasers, arm the torpedoes, repair a breach in the hull and extinguish that damned fire? Boldly go, or things will go badly!

In addition to the regular occupational hazards, each level offers unique challenges and dangers to deal with including solar flares and malfunctioning extraction doors. Meanwhile a whole host of unique mechanics will keep even the most experienced crew members on their toes.

This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale Plus Spring Sale

Xbox’s one and only Major Nelson has taken to Twitter today and revealed this week’s Deals With Gold and Spotlight Sale, as well as the Spring Sale.

Fans can get some huge discounts on some heavy hitting games, including the likes of Diablo 3, Wolfenstein II, Yesterday Origins, and many many more. Check here to see what’s up for grabs.

Two More Games are Now Backward Compatible on Xbox One

Xbox’s Major Nelson has taken to Twitter once again today and revealed two more games that are now backward compatible on Xbox One. The games in question are Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Divinity 2: The Dragon Knight Saga.

As with any BC game, if you own a hard copy, simply slot in the disc and off you go. If however you own a digital copy, you’ll need to head on over to the “Ready to Install” section of your console, queue it up for download, and you’re all set.

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