Inside Xbox’s X018 special was a bizarre affair. The chanting crowds seemingly souped on a concoction of particularly powerful amphetamines were seen in the throes of adulation for every single word coming out of Major Nelson’s mouth. The breakneck speed of the announcements was enough to trigger an epileptic fit. It was all a bit nuts, a little scripted, and bolstered with a good dose of cringe. Behind the theatrics, Xbox’s conference produced quite a few nuggets and we’ve compiled them all here for easy digestion. You’re welcome.
Crackdown 3 Wrecking Zone
Destructive shooter Crackdown 3 has received the multiplayer treatment with brand new mode Wrecking Zone. Two teams of five players vie against one another for supremacy in a specially created arena where pretty much everything is destructible. Wrecking Zone is live now.
Void Bastards is as irreverent as it is stunning. The art style is comic book-inspired, while the game play is decidedly explosive. We also spotted narration from the excellent voice-actor from The Stanley Parable. What a mix. It’s also part of Xbox Game Pass. We’ll have to wait until 2019 for release though.
Xbox Game Pass $1 First Month Deal
To further entice potential subscribers, Microsoft is going on a big old marketing push and flogging the first month of Xbox Game Pass membership for measly $1.00, or equivalent in local currency. Check out the new games being added below. There’s really no excuse not to sign up.
New Just Cause 4 Trailer
Yet another Just Cause 4 trailer, but you won’t catch us complaining. Only a few short weeks until release. Bring it on.
Boatload of New Xbox Game Pass Additions
Xbox Game Pass is slowly but surely catching up with PlayStation Now and Saturday’s announcement of an extra 16 games measures up nicely. The following games have been added, or are coming very soon, to Xbox Game Pass: PUBG, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Ori & The Blind Forest, Ori & The Will of The Wisps, Supermarket Shriek, Secret Neighbor, The Good Life, Pathologic 2, Agents of Mayhem, MXGP3, Thief of Thieves, Mutant Year Zero, Kingdom: Two Crowns, Thomas Was Alone, Aftercharge, and Void Bastards.
Sea of Thieves – Arena Mode
Arena is a new mode hitting Sea of Thieves, an intense condensed competitive treasure hunting mode with all the best bits from Rare’s pirate seafaring multiplayer title. Fast-paced, Arena doesn’t have a firm release date as Rare are still testing things behind the scenes.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider – The Forge
X018 unveiled the first DLC for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, The Forge, which is a dungeon type challenge area playable solo or in co-op with the expected helping of secrets, mystic lore, and a bunch of new gear for Lara to sport.
Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailer
Everyone’s favourite amalgamation of Disney and Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts, received a further trailer for the next entry in the franchise, Kingdom Hearts 3. It’s the usual fare of Disney-esque self discovery and sentimentality with a snippet of game play.
Microsoft Acquires Obsidian and InXile
Continuing the spending spree, Microsoft has confirmed acquisition of both Obsidian and InXile studios. Obsidian are known for RPG stalwarts like Pillars of Eternity, while InXile is responsible for the Bard’s Tale series and Wasteland 2. These two bring the Microsoft owned studio total to thirteen.