Daily Xbox News Roundup – April 7th

Weekends don’t tend to bring in much news, but we’ve managed to pull in a few interesting pieces of intel nevertheless. So, what’s worth talking about?

Contents

– Final Fantasy XV is Set to Get Four New DLCs, a New Ending and More
– New Gameplay Video Released for Below
– Rare to Discuss Sea of Thieves Content Plans Next Week
– Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition to Get Xbox One X Enhancements
– Collapsus Coming to Console This Year
– Xbox Games Releasing Between April 9th and April 15th

Final Fantasy XV is Set to Get Four New DLCs, a New Ending and More

Square Enix’s support for Final Fantasy XV is certainly not slowing down anytime soon. On the contrary, it appears to be the polar opposite. It’s been announced that the game is set to receive a new ending, as well as four new DLCs. The lineup of DLC is titled “Dawn of the Future” and brings in an alternate “grand finale”. This wont overwrite the current ending, but will be an option for those that want to “challenge fate”. DLC includes:

– Episode I: Ardyn “The Conflict of the Sage”
– Episode Side Story: Aranea “The Beginning of the End”
– Episode II: Lunafreya “The Choice of Freedom”
– Episode III: Noctis “The Final Strike”

We also learn that fans will be able to play the game using a custom avatar, replacing Noctis as the main man. Oddly enough, when this happens, players will see other player’s avatars roaming the world too, as “ghosts”.

The Comrades DLC will also launch as a standalone offering, and will receive some new additions, such as new bosses, raid bosses, and battle challenges. On top of all of this, we’ve learnt that there’s a Shadow of the Tomb Raider collaboration planned, though more details will be shared later in the year.

New Gameplay Video Released for Below

Below, the game that never seems to freakin’ arrive, has received some new gameplay footage today, courtesy of IGN. Below is an action-adventure game viewed from a top-down perspective. The player-character is a tiny warrior exploring the depths of a remote island.

Below is about exploration, though that goal is contingent upon the character’s survival. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer described the game at E3 2013 as a “creative take on roguelike gameplay” in a “mysterious world”. Although we have yet to learn of a solid release date, the developer states that the game may well finally launch this year. You can check out the new gameplay at the head of this page.

Rare to Discuss Sea of Thieves Content Plans Next Week

There’s no denying that Rare have done a solid job with Sea of Thieves. They’ve created a gorgeous world, decent gameplay mechanics and heaps of potential. Sadly, the latter is where the game is receiving the most criticism due to lack of content and structure.

Rare fully acknowledge that this is the case, and have stated on their official website that they plan to discuss content plans sometime next week. Executive Produce Joe Neate says:

We hear and understand that people are keen to understand what our plans are for updating Sea of Thieves, beyond the top experience fixes. We are currently in the midst of adjusting our roadmap based on feedback we have received since launch, with a ton of planning meetings continuing through this week. We plan to release a video next week updating everyone on how we plan to evolve Sea of Thieves moving forward. We totally understand that people want to see this ASAP, but the critical thing here is to have the right plan that allows Sea of Thieves to grow in the right way.

It’s a guess for anyone as to what this will entail, but as soon as we have the specifics, we’ll be sure to keep all of you in the proverbial loop.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition to Get Xbox One X Enhancements

It’s been revealed by Microsoft that Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is set to get Xbox One X Enhancements. We’re not sure when these will arrive, or what enhancements this will include, but it’s nice to know that it’s on the cards nevertheless.

The listing simply states that the enhancements are “in development”, which is standard before inevitably being listed as “coming soon”, as soon as that happens, we’ll let you know.

Collapsus Coming to Console This Year

It’s been officially confirmed that Collapsus is coming to console later this year. The game is an award-winning, block crunching, puzzle game centered around a unique risk-reward, resource management mechanic and rotation mechanic! In Collapsus you can, tilt, turn, flip, and crunch your way through:

– 3 Standard difficulties and 2 unlockable difficulties
– Timed and Untimed options
– 20 Challenge modes
– 20 “Plus” modes
– 200 built-in single screen Puzzles
– An online Puzzle creation and sharing tool
– Unique daily puzzles
– Online Leaderboards for each mode
– Tons of interesting, challenging Achievements
– Full colorblindness accessibility modes

It certainly seems like an interesting mashup of ideas. We’ve included the trailer below for you to check out to get some firsthand insight.

Xbox Games Releasing Between April 9th and April 15th

Wondering what games are releasing this week for Xbox One? Worry not, we’ve got your back. Here’s every announced game coming to Xbox One between April 9th and April 15th.

Masters of Anima – April 9th
Play as Otto as you aspire to the rank of Master to marry your betrothed Ana – who is captive of the evil Zahr and his fearsome golems. Masters of Anima will take you deep into the magical world of Spark where you will battle against the forces of evil in strategic, action-packed battles.

Extinction – April 10th
Battle gigantic, bloodthirsty monsters known as the Ravenii as one of the world’s last soldiers with the skills to defeat these challenging creatures. Use tactical skills to disarm and dismember your foes as you get in close for the kill while defending cities and rescuing refugees from the Ravenii. You’re the last, best hope for the survival of humanity.

Owlboy – April 10th
Owlboy is a story-driven platformer where you can fly and discover a world in the clouds. Pick up your friends and bring them with you as you explore the open skies, overcome obstacles (like sky pirates!) and greater enemies in one of the most detailed adventures of this console era.

Robocraft Infinity – April 10th
Build, drive, fight! Create fully customizable robots block-by-block that can drive, hover, walk, and fly in the multiplayer combat game, Robocraft Infinity. Combine blocks in an easy-to-use editor to create whatever robot you desire, equip weapons from the future, and jump into the driver’s seat as you battle for supremacy in 5 vs 5 game modes against players from across the world.

Bombslinger – April 11th
Bomb your way through hordes of enemies and master the classic art of bomb-slinging in a solo adventure with procedurally generated levels, character progression with skill upgrades, and a variety of offensive and defensive items. And when you want a break from the solo adventure of a ruthless bandit on a quest for revenge, take the fight to your friends in hectic 4-player deathmatch battles.

YS Origin – April 11th
An arcade platformer RPG with Metroidvania elements mixed with an engrossing story, Ys Origin is a great mix of action, exploration, and narrative. Tremendous boss battles will fill your screen, challenging platforming elements will test your reflexes, and unique puzzles will test your resolve as you battle your way through the Devil’s Tower.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – April 11th
From the talented game designers behind Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, comes a brutal journey into myth and madness. As a broken Celtic warrior who embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will pull you deep into your character’s mind on a journey you’ll never forget.

Earthlock – April 11th
Join the scavenger Amon and other heroes in this turn-based fantasy RPG on an unforgettable journey across the world of Umbra; a mysterious, harsh planet that stopped spinning thousands of years ago. With unique customizable characters, explore and fight your way from the everlasting day-side and into the darkness of perpetual night.

Deep Ones – April 11th
The Deep Ones is a retro arcade-platformer inspired by the ZX Spectrum and the works of H. P. Lovecraft. After surviving a crash in your submarine you’ll scour the bottom of the ocean for survival, exploring its darkest corners, and fight creatures as you work to get your submarine up and running to escape the great red octopus.

Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs – Royal Edition – April 12th
A tactical RPG about the restoration of a fallen kingdom to its former glory, Regalia: Of Men and Monarchs will send you on a JRPG-inspired adventure where you will assemble a party of valiant individuals, forge alliances, and vanquish your foes in challenging turn-based combat. The Royal Edition includes additional in-game content and The Unending Grimoire DLC.

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