As announced at E3, the Xbox One will be getting a Preview Program later this year. One that will act very much like Steam Early Access. This builds on-top of their existing ID@Xbox program, which curates and brings indie titles to the Xbox platform. At their Gamescom showing last night Microsoft highlighted some indie titles we can expect to see on both Xbox One and Windows 10. Including, word that the popular Cities: Skylines is console-bound.
Gamescom kicked off last night with the Microsoft conference, and following in the footsteps of their recent E3 showing was book-ended with the tagline "the greatest games lineup in Xbox history." And with a focus on the upcoming backwards capability with Xbox 360 titles for the Xbox One and games like Halo, Tomb Raider, and Forza, this time we did get to see games not present at the E3 show. Games like Crackdown 3, Scalebound, and Quantum Break.
Like one of those grim jobs you'd see in a dystopian sci-fi movie. One where you're working for a large multi-national corporation that pretty much owns your entire existence and isn't afraid to punish you for displaying human emotion. In a damning new report from Japanese publication Nikkei, details have emerged about the current working conditions at Konami. Which, if true, are pretty despicable.
Okay, so you have a gaming PC and you're excited to play Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The only issue you have is that you're not sure if your PC will cut it, or is powerful enough to run the game when it gets released for PC on September 1. Well, worry no longer as the minimum and recommended specs for the highly anticipated game have been revealed. Plus, word on the Metal Gear Online delay.
In the latest character reveal for Street Fighter V (which is Roman for Street Gladiators 5) has been, err, revealed and its the Spanish puffy-shirt aficionado Vega. As in the dude with claws on his hands that used to love climbing chain-link fences for some reason. The new Vega Reveal video gives us another look at the colourful and fantastic Street Fighter V, which is headed to PlayStation 4 and PC next year.
Two big games, one that we've seen a big chunk of already and another that we've seen very little of have been given the teaser trailer treatment ahead of their Gamescom showings. On the Star Wars Battlefront, err, front a short video gives us a glimpse of 'Fighter Squadron' which looks pretty amazing. Plus, the first direct-feed gameplay footage of Mirror's Edge Catalyst. Prepare to be teased.
And nothing but the Gears, so help you Fenix. Ahem, so it looks like if you buy the new Gears of War remaster for Xbox One, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, expect to get a copy of all the other Gears of War games too. In a new announcement by Microsoft comes word that anyone who plays the game between the 25th of August and the end of the year will also get Backwards Capability Xbox 360 versions of Gears 2, Gears 3, and Gears: Judgement. When the Backwards Capability stuff launches of course.
For those that have played Grandia II, which was originally released for the Dreamcast in 2000, you'll no doubt be excited to hear that the game will soon be getting a digital re-release on Steam and GOG.com. In addition to an increase in resolution, Grandia II will also be released with the original Japanese audio, full game-pad support, and new difficulty levels.