Daily Xbox News Roundup – March 23rd

It’s the end of the week, but that’s not to say that the news cogs have stopped turning. On the contrary, there’s a few interesting tidbits unleashed today. So, what’s fit to post?


Fortnite Battle Royale Was Developed in Just Two Months
Far Cry 5 – What’s the Fascination with Secretive Religious Organisations?
Ubisoft on Far Cry 5 – “It Was a Challenge to Make Such a Big World”
MX vs ATV All Out is Now Available – New Trailer Released
Earthlock – Extended Edition Gets a New Trailer
Monster Hunter World’s Event Quest Schedule Updated to April 12th
ELEX is Now Xbox One X Enhanced
Neverwinter’s Lost City of Omu Comes to Console Next Month
Sea of Thieves Scheduled Maintenance Planned for This Weekend
Sea of Thieves to Charge a Death Fee in a Future Update
The Adventure Pals Arrives April 3rd
Dead by Daylight Year 3 Roadmap for Content Revealed

Fortnite Battle Royale Was Developed in Just Two Months

Hard to believe, right? Well, it’s true. Fortnite Battle Royale was crafted in just two months, according to Epic Games’ Ed Zobrist. According to Zobrist, the bulk of work on Battle Royale took place on July 25th, merely four days after the launch of Fortnite Save the World.

Battle Royale launched on September 26th, which means the overall development length rests at just two months. Not groundbreaking news by any means, but certainly interesting to say the least.

It was also revealed that Battle Royale wasn’t planned as a free-to-play mode, and was actually going to be a paid-for mode, until the team made the decision to go with a free-to-play model, just two weeks before its arrival. There’s no doubt whatsoever that this decision has certainly paid off, pardon the pun…

Far Cry 5 – What’s the fascination with secretive religious organisations?

What’s the fascination with secretive religious organisations? They’re an eternal engine of pop culture content, depicted in movies, TV shows, and video games. People are intrigued by them, even if they don’t know much about them.

This month the latest game in Far Cry 5 franchise launches and with it comes a brand-new religious cult. All started by one bad seed. Or more specifically, a whole family of them.

The game depicts a small town, Hope County, in Montana USA, under siege as it attempts to fight back against the Seed family and regain control. Although quite obviously fictional, Hope County is like any other town. It looks to be pretty idyllic, packed with sights of natural beauty and surrounded by fields of green. In fact, it’s a lot like a little town not too far away. A small town of around 26,000 people, an hour from Central London and the home of Winnie the Pooh – East Grinstead.

As well as Pooh and Piglet, East Grinstead is home to some other famous residents; an unusually high concentration of some of the most notorious, misunderstood and intriguing religious organisations on the planet.

Ubisoft sent comedian Danny Wallace to uncover the truth and asks members of religious groups, why East Grinstead? He’s not always greeted with a warm welcome but meets a lot of interesting characters along the way as he spends a day in “the town that doesn’t stare”…

Ubisoft on Far Cry 5 – “It Was a Challenge to Make Such a Big World”

Ubisoft artist Étienne Carrier has taken to the official PlayStation Blog to relay some of the challenges Ubisoft faced, when making the massively anticipated Far Cry 5. One chief challenge, was that of crafting such a large world. Carrier states:

In Far Cry 5, the team used state-of-the-art technology to recreate the magnificence of our fictitious universe of Hope County, Montana. What was a great challenge for us was the great size of this world, we had to find solutions to fill those large open spaces in a beautiful, fast way and with the necessary flexibility so that they could be visited numerous times.

At the same time, it was also necessary to allow some small areas to be improved in order to have satisfactory gaming experiences, filling empty space is easy, but filling it up and appearing natural is an even greater challenge.

Far Cry 5 is set to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, on March 27th. Everything we’ve seen so far points to a very promising experience, and it Carrier is to be believed, we’ll have quite a bulky world to explore.

MX vs ATV All Out is Now Available – New Trailer Released

THQ Nordic and Rainbow Studios have fired the starting shot for all pre-order racers today. Everyone who has pre-ordered MX vs ATV All Out can start their career now. MX vs ATV All Out will officially launch worldwide on March 27, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

In MX vs ATV All Out, players start out on their own, private compound where they earn valuable upgrades while honing their racing skills – upgrades include gear, parts, MX bikes, ATVs and UTVs! Players can choose to explore massive open-world environments or compete in Supercross, Nationals, Opencross, Waypoint, and Tag events on all the biggest tracks with many top pro riders from around the world. All of this plus an insane stunt system in freestyle mode, two-player split-screen, and 16 players competing online.

Players who pre-order MX vs ATV All Out at participating retailers will receive the Champion’s Pass – instant access to gear, parts, vehicles and vehicle upgrades valued at 100,000 Moto Coins. That’s like earning enough in-game cash to fully upgrade two, brand new bikes – the equivalent of eight hours of top, in-game performance – before you even twist the throttle! Check out the new trailer at the head of this page.

Earthlock – Extended Edition Gets a New Trailer

Earthlock, the extended edition, was due to arrive on Xbox One earlier this month, but ended up running into a last minute delay. Thankfully, the game is set to arrive next week, March 26th, and to get you ready for the refined adventure at hand, a new trailer has been set loose.

You might remember Earthlock – Festival of Magic, back when it was available as a Games with Gold title. This is essentially the same game as that, but with several improvements, such as an expanded story, deeper questing and crafting, better animation, reworked cutscenes, and more. Take a peek.

Monster Hunter World’s Event Quest Schedule Updated to April 12th

Capcom has updated the event quest schedule for their critically acclaimed Monster Hunter: World. There’s certainly no shortage of things to do, including a heap of new quests, and the arrival of Deviljho.

You can check out the event quest schedule right here, available to download or view in a wide range of different languages.

ELEX is Now Xbox One X Enhanced

A new Patch for ELEX is live today, that pushes the resolution on the Xbox One X to 3200×1800. PlayStation 4 players can look forward to 4k rendering on the PS4 Pro.

Also, the patch adds a ton of other improvements for the game, like new, more detailed difficulty settings. You can check out the notes right here.

Neverwinter’s Lost City of Omu Comes to Console Next Month

The Lost City of Omu update arrives in Neverwinter for console April 24th. The latest expansion to the free-to-play MMORPG set in the Forgotten Realms, continues the Tomb of Annihilation storyline, where adventurers must face off against the wicked lich, Acererak. This free expansion features new adventure zones, a new endgame trial, an expanded Tomb of Annihilation campaign, gameplay adjustments and much more. The description reads:

There is more to the Tomb of Annihilation and the death curse gripping Faerûn, and adventurers must seek answers in the Lost City of Omu. A mysterious new zone filled with crumbling temple ruins and a labyrinth of underground tunnels offers new monsters to hunt, treasures to uncover, repeatable adventures and Heroic Encounters featuring the dreaded Tyrant, an undead T-Rex with unique attacks. Continuing their campaign against the evil lich, adventurers will delve into a lair infested with yuan-ti, where they must beat the odds and unearth secrets of the Trickster Gods to overcome Acererak and the death curse.

We’ve included the initial reveal trailer below, and will of course keep you in the loop as and when we learn more in the coming weeks.

Sea of Thieves Scheduled Maintenance Planned for This Weekend

Looking to get in on some pirate action this weekend? Well, you better plan accordingly. Rare has announced that the game is going to be subject to some scheduled maintenance.

On Saturday March 24th, between 9am 2pm GMT, the servers will be offline. The game will also be offline, for the same amount of time, at the same time, on Tuesday, March 27th. The downtime is to allow Rare to fix some of the launch issues. You can head on over to the official Sea of Thieves website to see what’s what.

Sea of Thieves to Charge a Death Fee in a Future Update

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have taken a visit to the Ferry of the Damned many a times in the recently released Sea of Thieves. Right now, it costs nothing but a few seconds of your time to leave this area of the game, but that’s all about to change.

According to Rare, it will soon cost players a few gold coins to leave the Ferry of the Damned and respawn back into the world. Rates are said to be dependent on the cause of death, the more avoidable the death, the less patience the captain will have.

We’re not sure how the specifics will work, but one thing is for sure, the community certainly are not too happy about it. We’ll have to see how this one plays out.

The Adventure Pals Arrives April 3rd

Today Armor Games Studios and developer Massive Monster announced that their action packed co-op platformer The Adventure Pals is launching very soon – April 3, in fact, on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC and Mac. The game will also arrive on Nintendo Switch soon after in April.

The Adventure Pals is a side-scrolling action-adventure platformer about friendship and exploration, featuring RPG elements and two-player local drop-in/drop-out co-op. Hop on the back of your giraffe, Sparkles, and discover 105 levels across five whimsical worlds filled with unique quests and characters, including zombie pirate cats, post-apocalyptic dinosaurs and hot dogs that poop explosive mines.

Help a whale regain confidence, take a side in the battle between toast and dinosaur, travel to a legendary sunken city, decide the fate of a pirate election and more, all while leveling up to gain new and more powerful abilities!

Dead by Daylight Year 3 Roadmap for Content Revealed

Since launch, Dead by Daylight has come a very long way. The devs have added tons of new content. They’ve brought in 8 new survivors, 8 new killers, 11 new maps set in 8 new locations. They also added a bunch of features that fans have been asking for like “survive with friends” modes, seasonal events, the shrine of secrets and a lot of new languages.

The team has grown as well. Starting out with 30 developers, the team is now up to about 75 creative minds finding new ways to hunt you down and hang you from a hook! In June 2018 they will begin the third year of service for Dead by Daylight, which includes;

– 4 new survivors.

– 4 new killers.

– 4 new maps.

– A new progression system allowing players to unlock non-licensed survivors and killers by playing actively.

– New paid cosmetic items that won’t impact the gameplay with most of them unlockable by playing too, whether you play a lot or more casually.

– A new ranking system for a more meaningful, more inclusive and more rewarding progress.

– A new deployment process to trial new features and content on PC first, and then on console.

– An anti-cheat reinforcement to help make Dead by Daylight a better place for all players.

– A tutorial mode to improve new players’ onboarding and allow anyone to brush up their skills before going into ranked games.

– Better tools to handle toxicity.

– Dedicated mid-chapter patches to make sure the content is as clean as possible, to look at some of the balancing element, but also to add quality of life improvements and polish when needed.

– More seasonal events.

Naturally, we’ll be sure to deliver you the news as soon as this content begins to seep through. Who could the new killers be? We’ll find out soon enough.

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