Warner Bros. Interactive and Monolith Productions today revealed the Season Pass for upcoming action game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, showcasing exclusive content that will be available at participating retailers.
In Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, players take on the role of Talion, a valiant ranger whose family is slain in front of him the night Sauron and his army return to Mordor, moments before his own life is taken. Resurrected by a Spirit of vengeance and empowered with Wraith abilities, Talion ventures into Mordor and vows to destroy those who have wronged him.
The Season Pass includes:
Exclusive ‘Guardians of the Flaming Eye’ Orc Warband mission
Players will face Sauron’s elite Defenders before the Black Gate and earn the Rising Flame rune
Early access to the ‘Trials of War’ challenge series
Players will test their skills against select legions of Sauron’s forces in this series of challenge modes and build their legend as gamers post their best score on the Challenge Leaderboard
All new story missions with hours of gameplay
Lord of the Hunt – Hunt the wild beasts of Mordor as player’s discover hidden lairs, earn unique runes and face off against powerful monsters
The Bright Lord – Play as Celebrimbor, the great Elven smith of the Second Age, and battle against Sauron and the might of his forces
Access to future content
Including runes, skins and additional future add-on content.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.
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Microsoft has just announced that the August 2014 Xbox One System Update is now rolling out to Xbox One systems worldwide. Check out the final list of features and improvements as Major Nelson walks through all the updates for August, including Mobile Purchase, the new Activity Feed, 3D Blu-Ray support and more.
Here’s the final list of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting today and over the next few days:
Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home – if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase.
Activity feed updates: We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).
Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low.
Disable notifications during video: Adding the ability to turn off notifications based feedback we heard from you.
Enabling 3D Blu-ray: An update to the Blu-ray player app will enable 3D Blu-ray functionality on Xbox One.
Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback, the friends list will now show how long it’s been since a friend has been online. For example, “Last seen 20m ago: Forza Motorsport 5.”
Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson has revealed that a new DLNA compatible Media Player app that supports USB and network streaming will be rolling out to all Xbox One owners later this year.
Today we’re rolling out several of the new social and entertainment features we shared earlier this week, with the addition of a few unannounced features, to the members previewing new system updates. Your input on feedback.xbox.com plays a big role in shaping these updates, which will roll out to all Xbox One owners in the coming months.
Some of the new features rolling out to our preview members include:
Parties – The Party App has been re-organized, so you can now see what activities everyone in your party is doing and tell more clearly who is playing in the same game with you. You can also more quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites. Also, Parties now have a Party Leader. This person can change whether the party requires invitations, and she/he can remove others from the party.
New Friends Section – The new Friends section has been available for a few early access preview members and we’re expanding it to additional participants enrolled in the preview program. The new Friends section enables you to see at a glance what’s going on with your friends. You can stay up-to-date with your current activities, the most popular games your friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore the most over the last 30 days.We’ll continue to roll this feature out to all participants in the coming updates.
Media Player – A new app will be available soon that enables you to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.
Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – Announced last week, this new hardware accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.
Stream TV to SmartGlass – Launching first in markets receiving the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you will be able to stream your TV across your home network to your smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. You can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on Xbox One.
Boot to TV – Now you will be able to set your console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
Live TV Miniguide – For markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. You can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.
SmartGlass Updates – You can now post status messages from the Activity Feed as well as add comments and share items from both your Activity Feed and from Game Clips. Along with the new comment and share features, a personalized Activity Feed has been added to your profile. Messages have been updated to a new layout supporting a full conversation view. Additionally, we are adding the ability to record game clips directly from the Now Playing bar. Finally, if you upgrade the app directly we have introduced a What’s New page highlighting the features of each release.
“Xbox On” in New Markets – Adding support for additional markets to use the “Xbox On” Kinect voice command to power on consoles: Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil – a top used feature.
Country Expansion – We’re doing a lot of work on the back end to prepare for Xbox One to launch in 29 new markets in the coming weeks.
Multiple GameDVR Deletes – You will be able to choose multiple GameDVR clips to delete at once in the Upload app.
Save your Avatar Gamerpic – A new option is now available to save Avatar GamerPics to your OneDrive.
Settings Updates – New options help you manage your controllers and accessories. Also, Instant Sign-In is being moved to Settings, to the Sign-in, security & Passkey area.
Bandwidth Usage Display – Located in Network Settings under the Troubleshooting column, Bandwidth Usage will show you how much bandwidth your Xbox One is consuming over a period of time. This is useful if you want to track against bandwidth caps set by ISPs in certain markets.
Check out a complete list of supported file types for the new Xbox One Media Player app below.
The Xbox One version of Zen Studios’ pinball franchise "Pinball FX2" is now available for download, with new features, achievements, and table imports for Xbox 360 owners.
Zen Studios is pleased to announce that the anticipated Pinball FX2 pinball platform which allows players to import their tables from Xbox 360 to Xbox One at no charge is now available on Xbox One.
Pinball FX2 is a free to play pinball platform download on Xbox One, offering most of the Pinball FX2 library on day one, including the Star Wars Pinball table packs, a great selection of Marvel Pinball tables including the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool tables, and Zen’s original roster of tables available for purchase. Pinball FX2 will receive regular content updates, including The Walking Dead pinball table releasing on August 28, 2014.
Check out the official Pinball FX2 Xbox One Launch trailer:
Prices range between $2.49 and $2.99 for single tables and $9.99 for table packs, and are available from the Xbox Games Store.
Any available tables originally purchased on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft will transfer over to the Xbox One version of the game at no additional cost.
For more information on Pinball FX2 for Xbox One, check out all of XBOXONE-HQ's coverage via our Xbox One Games database.
Ubisoft announced today that "The Crew", a revolutionary action-driving MMO that takes gamers on a wild ride throughout a massive open world recreation of the United States, will be available on Xbox 360 on November 11th. Closed beta for Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 starting in late September.
Named “Best Racing Game” of E3 2014 by the Game Critics, The Crew is a revolutionary action-driving MMO that takes gamers on a wild ride throughout a massive open world recreation of the United States, full with exciting challenges and populated by other real players.
“It’s Ubisoft’s objective to continue to meet the needs of consumers who have not yet made the move to the new console generation,” said Geoffroy Sardin, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Ubisoft. “The Crew was originally built for the new generation of consoles, but we have always had a desire to make it accessible to as many people as possible. We’re excited to bring The Crew’s same core features, massive scope, mission variety, and overall driving experience to Xbox 360 players.”
Asobo Studio is leading development of The Crew for Xbox 360 with support from the teams at Ivory Tower, Ubisoft Reflections and Ubisoft Shanghai.
Ubisoft announced that after the closed beta on PC that took place in July and will resume again on August 25th, a limited number of players will be invited to participate in a closed beta for Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 starting in late September. Exact dates and further details on this closed beta period will be communicated at a later time.
Konami Digital Entertainment announced today that "PES 2015", the next game in the Pro Evolution Soccer series, will be launched globally for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC on November 13th. A free playable demo offering an tantalising taste of PES 2015’s on-field superiority will be available from September 17th.
KONAMI goes into the new season, with PES 2015 centered on the mantra of ‘the pitch is ours’. This focus sees the game faithfully recreating the heart-in-mouth tension of top-flight football through all-new control elements, including the most authentic close control system ever, new shooting and goal keeper routines, plus enhanced PES ID systems to recreate the playing styles of both individual players and their teams.
The free demo on PlayStation Network will also have a direct link to pre-order the title, which includes items to be used in the new myClub game mode.
PES 2015 will be released globally on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC on November 13th, so the demo is the perfect opportunity for a pre-season session with the new control and content elements. The new game heralds the first appearance of the seminal series on the new wave of console hardware.
Canadian video game developer, HB Studios announced today that "The Golf Club", a next generation golf game for Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC, will launch on Xbox One via Xbox Live on August 19, 2014 and will also leave early access for a full retail release on Windows PC and Steam on the same day. PlayStation 4 version to launch later this month.
Credited with making some of the most critically acclaimed sport franchises on the EA SPORTS label, HB Studios has developed the first golf title to bring procedurally generated courses to next gen console. The Golf Club is a highly realistic game that allows players to fully customize their golfing experience by creating and playing the course of their dreams with the built-in Greg Norman Course Designer.
“We are incredibly excited to give golf fans the game they’ve always wanted,” said Anthony Kyne, Producer at HB Studios. “No other golf game provides players with this level of customization and sophistication in course design on PC and next generation consoles. We’ve worked extremely hard to get The Golf Club ready for launch, so it’s really rewarding to officially announce the launch date and share that with our fans.”
Square Enix has just announced that their brand new, episodic, digitally delivered, narrative driven adventure game entitled "LIFE IS STRANGE" is coming to the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.
Developed by DONTNOD Entertainment, the Paris-based studio who released their debut game "Remember Me" last year the game takes place in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, where senior student Max Caulfield returns after a 5 year absence. Reunited with her former friend Chloe, the pair will attempt to uncover the uncomfortable truth behind the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber.
With high quality production values and a unique hand-drawn art style, LIFE IS STRANGE is a compelling, story-driven experience where choice and consequence play a key role in how the narrative unfolds. But there is a twist. At the beginning of the game Max discovers she has a remarkable power… the ability to rewind time. In LIFE IS STRANGE the player has the power to affect the game’s narrative and also change the course of history itself.
Kalypso Digital and Haemimont Games announced today that "Tropico 5", the next title in the Tropico series, will be available worldwide on Xbox 360 in November.
Citizens of Tropico rejoice! El Presidente has declared that November 2014 to be the global release month of Tropico 5 on Xbox 360! That’s right, the wait is almost over and fans of the highly acclaimed dictator sim Tropico 5 will be able to finally get their hands on the latest installment for their Xbox 360. What’s more, as an added bonus and thank you from El Presidente, the console version will include the first DLC pack, ‘The Big Cheese’ for free! Don’t forget that the Limited Special Edition version is available to pre order now and includes your very own Tropico Passport, a postcard from the beautiful island, the ‘Bayo del Olfato’ DLC (which includes a new costume and map) and the bonus DLC ‘The Big Cheese’.
Electronic Arts’ Xbox One exclusive EA Access program, a subscription-based service that gives members unlimited access to EA’s cutting-edge gaming library, discounts on all digital content and early access to a variety of EA’s upcoming titles for just $4.99 a month, is now available for everyone on Xbox One.
Today, EA Access launches for all Xbox One owners, with Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Peggle 2 debuting in The Vault. EA Access members also receive 10% off digital purchases including full games like the upcoming Madden NFL 15 or Dragon Age Inquisition as well as purchases in FIFA Ultimate Team or on new map packs for Battlefield. Plus, EA Access members have the opportunity to try new EA titles five days ahead of retail launch – only on Xbox One.
EA Access Member Benefits:
THE VAULT - EA Access lets you play more games for less. Binge on EA's best Xbox One games, starting with Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2, with more to come in the future. That's more than $100 worth of games for just $4.99 a month. Play as much as you want, you’ll never run out of fun.
PLAY FIRST - If you’re an EA Access member, you can download upcoming EA games five days before the release date to play for a limited time. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition are all included, with more to come. If you love it, buy it, and you can pick up right where you left off.
PLAY FOR LESS - As an additional perk, EA Access members get an exclusive 10% discount on EA digital purchases on Xbox One. Use your 10% discount on Madden NFL 15, Madden Ultimate Team, Battlefield 4, Battlefield 4 Premium, FIFA 15, FIFA Ultimate Team, EA SPORTS UFC, Need for Speed Rivals, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Peggle 2 and NBA LIVE 14, with more titles coming soon.
EA Access is now available! Sign up for a membership on the Xbox One Game Store. For more information on any of the games mentioned, head on over to the XBOXONE-HQ.COM Xbox One Games database for the latest screenshots, trailers, news and discussions.
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