Defiance 2050 was announced quite recently and now it has been revealed that a closed beta for the game will be held in April. This should allow some players to get an early glimpse of what the game is going to be like.
Defiance 2050 is a recreation of the original Defiance game for the current generation of consoles. Apart from graphical upgrades, the game will also feature improved mechanics so as to suit modern sensibilities. The closed beta will be held from April 20 to April 22 and players will be able to try out the Assault class for themselves. If any of you were fans of the TV series that accompanied the original Defiance, then you may be disappointed to learn that the TV series will not be making a return. However, Defiance 2050 will be of a much larger scale than the original game so players will get to spend more time with the game.
Defiance 2050 is set to release for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in the summer.
ID@Xbox brings new games to Game developers conference; Black Desert, Starbound & more
Microsoft’s Xbox indie program, ID@Xbox, is bringing new games to the platform and showcasing them at GDC this year, including Black Desert and Starbound.
It’s not that Microsoft’s ID@Xbox program hasn’t been getting games released in recent years, but rather that they just seem so quiet about it. The Xbox One isn’t known as a huge platform for indie games, even though those partnerships do exist and one was even shown during the mostly dull Inside Xbox show last week. But at major industry events, ID@Xbox rolls out the red carpet for its upcoming titles, and that’s what they’re doing at GDC this year with 17 titles announced for the platform. Some of these are new announcements, some will be available for Xbox One Play Anywhere, and some are getting the Xbox One X “enhanced” treatment. I’ve marked the games that were newly announced for Xbox One in bold:
That’s a dang line-up right there. Even if the new announcements are mostly titles I haven’t heard much about, it’s still great to see so many indies making their way onto major consoles and getting attention at a major event. It’s also nice to see other games we’ve known were coming to Xbox One highlighted. I’m especially happy to see Starbound up there, which has been in the works for ID@Xbox for awhile and its appearance at GDC may herald a release date sometime soon. Other titles, like Super Meat Boy Forever, Black Desert, and My TIme at Portia have been celebrated at different points in the last year and have more than earned their spot.
I want to see more indies on consoles, even if the Xbox One would rather pride itself on power and visuals than on what developers can do on a smaller scale. I don’t think this is any kind of major turnaround; I’m just happy for the games in ID@Xbox.
Video game industry representatives will meet with Trump administration officials this Thursday.
The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) — which represents video game giants like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft — confirmed the meeting in an email to Business Insider on Monday afternoon.
"The upcoming meeting at the White House, which ESA will attend, will provide the opportunity to have a fact-based conversation about video game ratings, our industry's commitment to parents, and the tools we provide to make informed entertainment choices," the statement says.
The meeting is a response to President Donald Trump's concern over violent video games, a debate that's resurfaced in the wake of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
"The level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts," Trump said recently. "And then you go the further step, and that's the movies."
The statements were made during a meeting on school safety — the implication being that violent games and films are part of a culture that enables violent acts like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 students and staff members with a legally purchased AR-15 rifle.
Though plenty of evidence rebuts this logic, the ESA intends to make the case for the video game industry directly to the White House.
"Like all Americans, we are deeply concerned about the level of gun violence in the United States. Video games are plainly not the issue: entertainment is distributed and consumed globally, but the US has an exponentially higher level of gun violence than any other nation," the ESA statement says.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the Thursday meeting during a Q&A with the White House press corps last week. President Trump will meet directly with the ESA, but it's unclear who else will be involved.
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En Masse Entertainment has announced that free-to-play MMO title TERA will be available to sample this weekend, with the game's Open Beta going live from Friday 9th March at 6am PST. The console version promises optimized controls, streamlined interfaces, intelligent button mapping and new gameplay systems.
These are showcased in the new trailer below, in which you can take a look at TERA's fast-paced combos, dodging and targeting mechanics. TERA on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 also includes a new all-new lock-on system, class-specific control schemes, a fully-customizable Radial Menu, and features for streaming via Twitch and Mixer.
"The hallmark of TERA has always been true action combat, and the thrill of heroically taking out one of the game’s BAMS (Big Ass Monsters) will be coming to consoles fully intact," the latest press release reads. "All of the skills, tactics, and high-octane combos that make TERA’s combat so deep and satisfying are now in your hands."
TERA will be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in spring 2018, with the Open Beta touching down on 9th March until 11th March.
Spring is almost here, and another update to Xbox One is not far behind. In fact, if you’re in the Xbox Insider Alpha Ring, your first look at the Spring update for Xbox One arrives today! As always, we’re listening to fan feedback and developing a brand-new set of features to make your Xbox One experience better than ever. Corporate Vice President Mike Ybarra and Partner Group Program Manager Kevin Gammill have already teased some of these new features, but we’ve also snuck in a few surprises for you to enjoy.
Xbox One X and Xbox One S now support output at 1440p resolution for games and media; 1440p resolution, sometimes referred to as “2560x1440” and “QHD,” is a popular choice for PC users. With over a million and a half more pixels than 1080p, this resolution fills the gap between Full HD and 4K displays.
Introducing a new form of Mixer interactivity: Share controller. Soon, Mixer streamers on Xbox One will have the option of sharing their controller with a Mixer viewer who is watching through Mixer.com. Streamers can share their entire controller (except the Xbox button) in the Xbox game they are playing, and a viewer can take control through the on-screen gamepad or by plugging a controller into their PC. Viewer and streamer can work together in the game, or the viewer can cause trouble – resulting in hilarious chaos. It’s your choice!
Share controller isn’t the only new feature for Mixer in this release. Broadcasts no longer stop when you switch games. Your Mixer stream will now pause when you switch games or exit to the dashboard; your viewers will see a pause screen until you jump back into a game, and you’ll see an indicator on your broadcasting overlay to let you know that your stream has been paused automatically. Additionally, you can now start your Mixer broadcasts from anywhere on Xbox One, whether you are on the dashboard, a game’s splash screen or within a game itself.
The Microsoft Edge browser on Xbox One has been updated to a new look that’s modern but still feels familiar. We know how important a good web browsing experience is for you, so we’ve doubled down on making Microsoft Edge easy to navigate with a controller. Improvements to the Favorites and History experience make it simple for you to return to your favorite sites. We’re also very excited to announce that you can now download and upload pictures, music and videos from Microsoft Edge on the console; your downloaded content can then be browsed with the File Explorer app. Other new features to note are tab muting, read aloud and autofill. We’re always looking to improve the browsing experience on Xbox and look forward to your feedback.
If you’re the type of person that loves to rock out to a music playlist while playing your favorite games, we have good news for you! You now have an option to selectively balance game audio against background music within the Guide. Turn down the game volume, crank up the music volume and rock on. But that’s not all. The system sounds on Home and in the Guide have been completely revamped to support spatial audio, so the audio cues from your surround sound system will match the actions you see on-screen.
Club administrators can now filter invitation requests based on various criteria, including reputation, Gamerscore, and recommendations from existing club members. Are you setting up a club for hardcore PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players? Set a filter to only show invitees with over 200 hours of playtime. Maybe you’re looking for Gamerscore completionists in Forza Motorsport 7? Filter requests to only show invitees with over 900 Gamerscore. These filters will persist until the administrator changes them, so if you set or edit club filters, they’ll still be there the next time you sign-in. Club invitees will also now appear in a vertical list, with details such as their Gamertag, Gamerpic, Gamerscore, a line noting if the new invitees were recommended by an existing club member, and a reputation indicator.
You will soon be able to sort your club feeds to show you “what’s hot” and “top posts.” Use the “what’s hot” filter to see trending content in the club feed that’s popular right now. Filtering by “top posts” will show you the most popular posts of all time in that club.
You will also soon be able to disable comments on your feed posts across clubs, Game Hubs, and Community, so the only person in control of the narrative is you. Finally, we’re cleaning up your feeds by hiding posts for broadcasts once they’ve ended.
Tournaments are now available directly in Game Hubs, so you don’t have to be a member of a club to start or join a tournament.
In the February update, we told you about a few more features that a subset of users may find – we call these “experiments.” We’re adding even more experiments to the Spring update. These features are only enabled for a portion of the Xbox Insider audience to gauge interest and collect feedback. Last month, we previewed a brand-new collection experience for Xbox Game Pass in My Games and Apps. This month, we’re revamping the experience for Xbox Live Gold as well! You’ll now have a dedicated tab to quickly view and access all your redeemed Games with Gold that you can install. Quickly scroll through all your previously redeemed games and install them with just two button presses. All of this, and more, will be rolling out to Xbox Insiders over the coming weeks. Thank you, Xbox Insiders, for all your feedback. Your participation in the Xbox Insider Program helps us make the work-in-progress content and features coming to Xbox even better.
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