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New Xbox On Windows 10 Features Coming To Preview Members Soon

If you are participating in the Windows 10 preview program, you’ll have even more Xbox features arriving soon. The update will bring more of what Xbox One users see on their consoles to the PC desktop.

In order to access these features, you’ll need Windows 10 Build 10158 installed on your PC. Once that’s complete, the Xbox on Windows 10 app will update to the new version (after that happens, your app should be version 6.6.27004.00000 or higher).

Included in the update are My Games, which automatically updates from Windows Store purchases. It can also be bolstered manually.

Game Hubs functions similarly to Xbox One. The added bonus is that you can now launch Xbox One game streaming right from a game hub.

You’ll also be able to share content with your friends. This includes achievements, game clips, and screenshots.

This update also comes with support for Xbox Avatars. You can also access your Xbox account from the app, or make a new one.

There are no additional updates for Xbox One yet. Though with the addition of Game Preview and Backward Compatibility at E3, it’s been a busy month for the console.

[Source: Major Nelson]

 

Our Take
Here’s hoping that the next Xbox One update increases the selection of backward compatible titles. That feature works extremely well, and while it would have been great earlier in the life cycle, it’s certainly not too late to the party.

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Ronin Feels Like The Kill Bill Game We Never Got And It’s Coming Soon

One of my favorite games from PAX East this year was Tomasz Waclawek's Ronin. At first glance, the Devolver Digital published title looks like it riffs off Klei's Mark of the Ninja. Ronin's revenge tale takes a different path that blends platorming with turn-based combat.

You play as a woman systematically wiping out five members of a corporation. Her motives are unclear, and her face disguised under a motorcycle helmet. 

As you'll see in the trailer below, you'll need to carefully plan out your moves to avoid enemy fire and get the drop on foes. You're able to throw your sword and snatch enemies from the floor while hanging on the ceiling. But get into a firefight, and you could find yourself with nowhere to go.

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Ronin is in early access right now, but is largely complete. Waclawek planns to use the period for balance and difficulty tweaking. Release is planned for June.

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The Witcher 3 Patched On PC, Console Patches Coming Soon

The Witcher 3 has received a substantial patch on PC that fixes and cleans up a number of issues.

It offers overall stability improvements, better hair and foliage, blood particles will now appear properly when killing enemies in the water, and you can no longer shoot bolts at friendly NPCs. There are a whole lot of other improvements, as well. You can find the whole list here. Regarding the console versions of the game, CD Projekt RED writes, "The console version of the patch is coming and will be available very soon."

Unfortunately, this particular patch does not appear to address the issue Andrew Reiner has been having with his saves, but the patch notes for the console versions (when it becomes available) will probably be different.

For more on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, head here for our review.

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343 Details Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s April Update, Promises ODST Details Soon

The upcoming Master Chief Collection update focuses on ranking, title-specific improvements, as well as systems that address quitting, betrayals, reputation, and more.

You can find the full details of the upcoming update here, which also talks about Halo 5's somewhat mysterious Hunt the Truth initiative. There's no new information, but if you haven't been following it closely, it offers a nic refresher.

Finally, the update says, "Over the next few weeks, we’ll start talking a bit more about Relic, ODST, and future updates. We’re excited, and we hope you are too." Hopefully we'll have an ODST release date soon.

[Source: Halo Waypoint]

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Soon you’ll be able to sign up for Valve’s Vive VR dev kit

Company spokesman Doug Lombardi says that Valve plans to launch a sign-up site for free (and likely extremely limited) dev kits next as early as week. …


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Telltale’s Third Game Of Thrones Episode Is Heating Up Soon

There be dragons in the next episode of Game of Thrones. And if that’s not enough for you, you’re going to get your first look in just a few days.

Telltale has shared some new screenshots of the upcoming third episode (of six), The Sword in the Darkness. The first trailer is due on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern.

That also means that we’ll be playing it quite soon, given the usual pacing of Telltale’s episodic content. For more on Game of Thrones, you can check out our reviews of episodes one and two.

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Former Rare Developers’ Playtonic Games Show More Of Project Ukelele, Kickstarter Coming Soon

Playtonic Games, a recently formed team of former Rare developers, is still being vague about its Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor, but there are new images, and a Kickstarter is planned.

As part of its presentation at EGX Rezzed, Playtonic showcased its design philosophy for what the still codenamed Project Ukelele will be, and shared a few images of the game, which you can see above and below. Playtonic also announced the game will be supported with a Kickstarter, which launches in May.

Some other confirmed details about the game include that it will be a 3D platformer and it will appeal to fans of Banjo-Kazooie in terms of humor and target audience – don't expect mature content like that of Conker's Bad Fur Day. The game is being built with Unity and during a Q&A session, Playtonic said it considers Banjo-Kazooie and Tooie to be proof of protoypes for its new game. The studio says it is building the game for PC, but would love to bring it to whatever platforms the fans want, but that will be dictated by the Kickstarter.

They purposefully did not show off the protagonist characters (you can see their eyeballs here) because showing them would reveal gameplay mechanics, which they are not ready to share yet. Apparently the characters may have been hidden somewhere in the presentation, however, because this tweet does offer an ambiguous hint.

The team expressed interest in Skylanders and Amiibo-like toy compatibility, but it was far from an announcement or a hint – just an appreciation for the figures and their gameplay implications. Finally, Playtonic confirmed that Grant Kirkhope, composer on both Banjoe-Kazooie games, is involved with Project Ukelele, something Kirkhope reconfirmed with a tweet himself.

Finally, it didn't have anything to do with Project Ukelele, but the team discussed the importance of collectibles and commiserated about the the over-abundance of them in Donkey Kong 64 – a game many of the team members worked on and shared how difficult it was to test. They finished out their presentation saying that collectibles need to mean something.

The presentation was live streamed through Twitch and you can find an archive of it here. For more on Playtonic, head here and here.

[Source: @PlaytonicGames]

 

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3D, collectible-driven platformers are few and far between. Can't wait to learn more about the game in May.

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Destiny’s Weekly Heroic Strikes Will Soon Feature Mandatory Matchmaking

Each week, Destiny features a more difficult version of one of the game’s strikes. Why would you subject yourself to that? For one of the most important currencies in the game of course: strange coins.

On Fridays, we post a list of what the wandering merchant Xur has to offer. For most items, he only accepts the coins. 

Things are changing in the weekly heroic strikes when Bungie drops the next patch (still planned for some time in February). Loading one up will kick you into matchmaking, so you’ll have a team of three, even if your friends aren’t online.

Bungie says that the Nightfall strikes (which make your party restart if everyone dies) and raids won’t be getting matchmaking. The former won’t be happening, and the latter is still under consideration.

The upcoming patch will also fix the long-standing heavy ammo bug that robs players of the valuable ammunition upon death, cutscenes, or returning to orbit. When it drops, Xur will also have exotic engrams each week (giving your motes of light purpose once more) and there will be improvements to Iron Banner, strike and crucible playlists, and grimoire card drops.

For the entire weekly update, check out Bungie’s website. For the most tragic piece of it, a story about a young man who had his data maliciously wiped, visit our previous coverage

[Source: Bungie]

 

Our Take
I’m glad that Bungie is planning for ways to reverse accidental and malicious data deletion, but that seems like something that should have been onboard from the start. This is an online, account-based game, and Bungie should have some measure of backing things up in case of failure (or naiveté).

I’m also still surprised how long the heavy ammo bug, playlist problems, and Xur issues have persisted. I’m a fan of Destiny, but some of this stuff has been hanging around for far too long.

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Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Soundtrack Offer Expiring Soon

If you own the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. you can get a free soundtrack CDs, but you need to act fast.

Right now, you can get a two SSM soundtrack CDs at Club Nintendo by registering both versions of the game on the site. There are two CDs featuring dozens of tracks from the game. The offer is valid through January 13th (this coming Tuesday). This will also register you to receive the previously announced Mewtwo character DLC (that offer is open through March 31).

For more details on how to register, go to Nintendo's official site.

 

Our Take
The soundtrack CDs are a nice offer, but I do think it's odd how many hoops Nintendo is making people jump through just to get one free DLC characters – especially considering that you have to spend $ 100 on both versions of the game just to receive it.

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Marvel vs. Capcom Origins leaving online storefronts soon

Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is retiring from online storefronts later this year, in the hopes of living a normal life free from superpowers, arch-villains and all that fun stuff.

Capcom announced the crossover compilation goes off sale from PSN on Dec…
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