Daily Xbox News Roundup – March 17th

It’s the beginning of the weekend, but that doesn’t mean that we’re free of new and excitement announcements. Here’s all of today’s reveals, in one easy-to-access place.


SEGA Officially Teases a New Sonic Racing Game
Sonic Mania Plus Announced
Warriors Orochi 4 Announced For Release In 2018
Fresh Sea of Thieves Info Emerges
World War Z Details Released
Call of Duty: WWII – Shipment 1944 Trailer Released
Super Bomberman R Trailer Released
The Pillars of the Earth: Book Three Dated With Trailer
Xbox Games Releasing Between March 19th and March 25th

SEGA Officially Teases a New Sonic Racing Game

Despite titling the above video as “Top Secret”, I think it’s safe to assume that we can expect a new Sonic Racing game in the near future. The teaser not only showcases the noise of engines and some vehicle animation, but the final few moments highlight the game’s logo, which is clearly inline with expectations.

One thing that we do know about the game is that it’s not going to be a “sequel”, which means we could well be getting a Sonic-specific racing game, rather than an all-starts game. Either way, until SEGA unleash more info, we’ll have to sit patiently and wait.

Sonic Mania Plus Announced

It’s been announced that Sonic Mania is getting an updated version titled Sonic Mania Plus, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC.

This version will include an Encore Mode which changes up some of the levels, and two new playable characters, Mighty and Ray, as well as a four-player competitive mode. Sonic Mania Plus will be available this Summer.

Warriors Orochi 4 Announced For Release In 2018

Warriors Orochi 4 has been announced today by Koei Tecmo. We’re not sure on which platforms this game will be releasing on, or if indeed it will be coming to the west, but we assume it will grace us with a global release across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

You can check out the teaser below, but be sure to disregard that the title is Warriors Orochi 3. The numbering works a little bit differently in Japan, much like how Dynasty Warriors is numbered. We’ll be sure to keep a close eye on this one and will keep you in the loop every step of the way.

Fresh Sea of Thieves Info Emerges

Sea of Thieves is almost finally upon us, launching March 20th for Xbox One and Windows 10. With how much intel has been let loose so far, grouped with all of the betas and play-tests, you would think that by now we would know everything about it.

Apparently not. Rare recently hosted an Ask-Me-Anything thread on Reddit, where a nice healthy dollop of information was set free. Here’s some of the highlighted subjects, taken from the thread:

First In-Game Event Teased

New visitors soon there may be, travelling far across the sea, depth of night with eyes aglow, crawling the earth cast in shadow

This is the tease that was unleashed when Rare was asked about the first in-game event, and although it doesn’t nail anything specific, it does make one curious as to what these glowing-eyed (presumably) monsters will look like. It certainly has us intrigued.


One of the most requested features for Sea of Thieves is to have fishing included in the game. Rare seem very keen on the idea, but argue that it’s not really part of the pirate experience. They haven’t flat out stated that it wont come to the game at some point, but it’s clear that Rare are not yet decided on how it will fit in, if at all.


Early concept art showcased rowboats, but these have not yet been added to the game. Rare state that they had prototyped rowboats in the past, which they point out was a very fun experience, and then go on to say that they may make an appearance in the game further down the line.

Deeper Pirate Customization

Rare are currently working to bring hair color to the vanity chest, meaning that players will be able to tweak the appearance of the hair color, post-pirate selection. They have also revealed that they’re working to bring tattoo selection/unlocks to the game.


It’s been revealed that Rare played around with the idea of including Dice in Sea of Thieves, and when asked about this during the AMA, they stated that “all of our mechanics in Sea of Thieves are to provide players simple tools that let players’ creativity define how they use them”, and that they will “look to continue players’ immersion and not take them out of the world into a minigame or separate modes”.


Rare has announced that Pets “may” be earned through in-game actions, but will not be purchasable with in-game currency. You will of course be able to own multiple pets at the same time, but will only be able to take one single pet with you on a voyage. Note: Pets will not be ready for launch and will appear as post-launch content via microtransactions.

That’s the bulk of the most interesting reveals, and with the game merely days from launch, we can only imagine how much has been hidden from the public eye until then. In other Sea of Thieves news, a brand new deep dive on the controls for the game has been set loose, right here.

World War Z Details Released

Some new details for the upcoming World War Z game have been released, thanks to a recent interview between OPM and Saber Interactive’s CEO Matthew Karch. One standout detail is that the game will be played in third person, over the shoulder perspective. We also learn that the game will support procedural behavior for the zombies, ensuring that each playthrough feels unique and engaging.

Locations available at launch will include New York City, Moscow, Jerusalem and the movie’s Korean airfield, with more locations coming post-launch. Despite knowing very little about the game, we now know that some objectives will include protecting characters and assets, as well as saving survivors in need of help. Here’s a snippet of the interview in question, to give you an idea as to what to expect.

The idea is to give players the flexible option to play alone or with friends at any time. To me, the real fun with swarms is the online co-op experience – World War Z is the only game to offer an online experience with such massive quantities of fastmoving enemies.

The sheer quantity of swarming enemies on the screen and the way they interact by climbing over one another to reach areas that would be safe in other games is unique to World War Z. I would say it truly defines the game. Fighting the swarms that can be either one massive enemy or 1,000 individual ones is exhilarating and addicting.

We tried very hard to replicate the feel of the film in this respect. The major difference is that in the film you would normally flee the enemy, but in the game, you will be forced to fight. You can blow up cars to kill hordes of zombies and destroy certain structures to alter their path. You can also build fences, plant mines and barbed wire, and place turrets in anticipation of incoming horde.

World War Z is currently without a release date, but it is indeed expected to launch later this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Call of Duty: WWII – Shipment 1944 Trailer Released

Send nothing but your best. Shipment 1944 has been added as a playable map in Call of Duty: WWII, available free to all players on PlayStation 4, Xbox, and PC.

Want a closeup look at the map in action? You can check out the new trailer below. Much to be expected, seeing as this is a new version of the Shipment map from Modern Warfare, you can expect plenty of chocked action within. Good luck building a killstreak folks!

Super Bomberman R Trailer Released

Konami has released a new trailer for the recently announced Super Bomberman R, which is set to arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, on June 12th. Pre-order bonuses include; Golden Vic Viper and 8 Shiny Bomberman Brothers. The game description reads:

Play alone or with a friend in a Story Mode jam-packed with different levels. Re-experience classic Battle Mode, or discover the brand new Grand Prix Mode in which team play is just as important as individual skills! New characters are joining the fight. Play locally or online with friends and players from around the world!

The Pillars of the Earth: Book Three Dated With Trailer

The Pillars of the Earth – Eye of the Storm, Book 3 of Daedalic’s interactive novel will be out on 29 March 2018 for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Will Aliena and Jack be reunited? Will Kingsbridge be restored to its former glory? Will Shiring be freed from the tyranny of William Hamleigh? And will Philip survive Bishops Waleran’s final attempt to wipe him and his friends off the face of the earth?

Play the epic conclusion of “Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth”! A story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last chapter. Check out the new trailer below.

Xbox Games Releasing Between March 19th and March 25th

Wondering what games are set to release on Xbox One between March 19th and March 25th? Worry not, we’ve got your back. Here’s every announced game that’s coming this week.

Sea of Thieves – March 20th
Set in a glorious world of exotic islands, hidden treasures, and dangers both natural and supernatural, Sea of Thieves immerses you in a new type of multiplayer game for you to live the pirate life you’ve always dreamed of. It’s an adventure that will grow and evolve over time, with new content arriving regularly to ensure a fresh, exciting experience whenever – and wherever – you choose to set sail.

Attack on Titan 2 – March 20th
Inspired by the hit anime series, Attack on Titan 2 lets you experience the anime first-hand alongside Eren and his companions as they fight to save humanity from the threat of the deadly human devouring Titans. Take control of the mobility gear, maneuvering and flying through the sky to counter the Titans, and feel the thrill and satisfaction of battling giant opponents.

R.B.I. Baseball 18 – March 20th
A new Franchise mode, enhanced ballparks, in-season roster updates, and redesigned player models R.B.I. Baseball 18 takes a big leap this year for you to play as your favorite team. And once you’re done beating up the CPU, take your game online to jump into online ranked or friendly games.

Titan Quest – March 20th
The Titans have escaped their eternal prison, wreaking havoc upon the Earth. The gods seek a hero who can turn the tide in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of both men and gods. Are you ready for the quest? Battle mythical beasts in a story-driven campaign that will determine the fate of all existence in this epic ARPG.

The Count Lucanor – March 21st
Prepare to get hooked on an immersive tale, where every decision counts and every clue is a piece to solve the puzzle and get the treasure. Join Hans as he unravels the sordid secrets of the castle, meet colorful characters, and remember: horror always lurks beneath the surface in this unique fantasy adventure game full of surprises and challenges.

Where Are My Friends? – March 21st
A game that mixes four genres in one game — runner, metroidvania, point-n-click, and puzzle-platformer — you will take control of Wheye who is in search of his friends on this strange planet that’s about to blow. Face each of these unique trials to survive full of original visual styles and an atmospheric soundtrack.

A Way Out – March 23rd
In this co-op adventure game, you will take the role of one of two prisoners who are making a daring escape from prison that will lead them down an emotional adventure. A Way Out is an experience that must be played with two players, controlling one of the main characters, Leo and Vincent, in a reluctant alliance to break out of prison and gain their freedom.

MX vs ATV All Out – March 23rd
Choose between bikes, ATVs, UTVs, and refine your rider style at your private compound and blast across massive open worlds to compete head-to-head in various game modes. The all-new Freestyle mode allows you to win with style and crazy stunts, or go all out and show your riding skills in 16-player online multiplayer. Also features local split-screen support.

Western Press – March 23rd
Test your controller layout knowledge and hitch a ride to Western Press. In this unique dueling game, players compete in a button-pressing tournament of 1v1 battles where the winner is whoever can press a random string of buttons the fastest across a variety of modes.

PixARK (Game Preview) – March 23rd
Enter a world of mystery, danger, ancient dinosaurs, mythical beasts, and cubes! Work by yourself or with a tribe of others to gather materials, craft useful items, tame wild creatures, and build huge bases to survive in PixARK.

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