This Week in Xbox - Aaron Greenberg on Quantum Break, Rocket League, Watch Dogs 2
This week, we're looking at Aaron Greenberg's Quantum Break comments, Psyonix's interview on Rocket League for Xbox One, and interesting snippets from Ubisoft's quarterly financials.
We're also giving away a copy of Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition to one lucky commenter! Simply leave a reply and join the discussion for a chance to win.
Every week, I collect some of the biggest Xbox news, rumors and talking points into one handy post every weekend. You can also rely on this weekly column to catch up with all the latest game releases.
Welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg discusses Quantum Break heading to Windows 10
This past week, Microsoft announced that Quantum Break would be heading to Windows 10, bundled free with every Xbox One pre-order. The Windows 10 version of Quantum Break will be delivered via the Windows 10 Store, and come complete with Xbox Live achievements, game clip and screenshot sharing and cloud saves — enabling you to transfer your progression from Xbox to PC and vice versa.
Quite notably, some Xbox One fans were upset about the news. Some felt that bringing the previously announced Xbox One-exclusive to PC would diminish the value of the console, and hurt its chances against the PS4. Others felt that Microsoft should've been more transparent about Quantum Break's PC version, which was previously advertised as Xbox One exclusive. Some extended their concerns into the future, envisioning a world where every Xbox One exclusive would hit PC with cross-play, worrying about the possibility of Microsoft forcing Xbox One users to go head to head against keyboard and mouse wielding PC gamers in competitive games (which, by the way, won't happen).
Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg discussed some of the concerns on a podcast with Major Nelson (via GameSpot), stating that the announcement's timing was due to uncertainty about when the Windows 10 version would be ready:
Aaron Greenberg also discussed some of the reasons why Quantum Break is coming to PC, noting that shipping the game to PC gives it a greater potential for success:
Even though Microsoft are taking PC gaming more seriously, Aaron Greenberg said that Xbox fans shouldn't allow the news to cause anxiety about the future of Xbox as a console:
How do you feel about Quantum Break hitting Windows 10? Let us know in the comments.
Quantum Break will arrive on Xbox One and Windows 10 on April 5th, 2016.
See Quantum Break on Amazon (opens in new tab)
Psyonix discusses Rocket League for Xbox One with Major Nelson
For those who don't know, Rocket League is a hit indie sports game popularized on Windows and PS4. The game combines competitive arcade racing with soccer, where your vehicles can be used to smash a gigantic ball into a net. Since the game's PS4 launch, Xbox One owners were wondering whether or not it would arrive on Xbox One, and late last year, Psyonix gave us the answer. Rocket League will hit Xbox One on February 17th, and Psyonix's Jeremy Dunham joined Major Nelson's podcast to discuss Rocket League for Xbox One.
Psyonix stated that the only reason Rocket League hadn't hit Xbox One sooner was a matter of dev hours, rather than exclusivity:
Rocket League for Xbox One will come with some unique car customization, including vehicles inspired by Gears of War, Halo and Sunset Overdrive. Some of those vehicles will play into the game's Xbox One achievements, which have been streamlined following feedback on the game's PS4 and PC versions:
You can pre-order Rocket League right here on the Xbox One Store (opens in new tab), ahead of its February 17th launch.
Ubisoft expects The Division to be one of the biggest new franchise launches in history, Watch Dogs 2 confirmed
Ubisoft is projecting big sales success for The Division. In a call to investors (opens in new tab), Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot discussed their strategy for the year, the future of Assassin's Creed and some big expectations for their upcoming connected shooter-RPG, The Division.
Ubisoft also hailed Rainbow Six Siege for achieving "record engagement levels", spearheading the studio's effort to keep players hooked to Ubisoft services (and revenue streams).
Echoing the news that Assassin's Creed would ditch its efforts to be an annual series, Guillemot stated that the studio was now in a position to re-examine the franchise and give it a "new dimension". If the previous Kotaku leak pans out, Ubisoft will be taking the stealth franchise to ancient Egypt. That same leak also claimed we'd be getting Watch Dogs 2 this year, which has now been confirmed by the same investor's call report.
Ubisoft is in a good position for 2016 and beyond, even without Assassin's Creed. The Division, Far Cry Primal, on-going updates to Rainbow Six Siege, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Watch Dogs 2, Ghost Recon Wildlands and new IP like For Honor should help the studio delight investors and gamers in equal measure. Only time will tell.
Giveaway – Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition for Xbox One
Join the discussion in the comments for a chance to win Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition for Xbox One. Dying Light launched last year and became a hit for its blend of parkour, Diablo-like looting mechanics and detailed zombie-apocalyptic world. To celebrate the launch of its hefty expansion, The Following, we're giving away a digital key for the Xbox One version. The Following adds an entirely new area to the game, complete with new weapons, quests and even drivable vehicles. The Enhanced Edition also includes all of the game's previous season pass DLC content in addition to the free updates that Techland have issued over the course of the year.
The winner was kenzibit!
ICYMI - Some of Windows Central's biggest Xbox articles of the week
- Xbox One Preview Program still 'TBD' on accepting more testers
- Halo 5 will get hit with a 'Hammer Storm' with its next free content update
- ARK: Survival Evolved for Xbox One adds split-screen support with latest update
- Ubisoft sees higher revenue from Xbox One players over PlayStation 4
- Xbox is following Nintendo, not PlayStation, into the future
- You can now pre-order Rocket League for the Xbox One
- Quantum Break recommended PC requirements updated, slightly less crazy
- Xbox One owners spent over 1 billion hours gaming in January, PlayStation 4 still on top for sales
- Quantum Break will sync your progress between Xbox One and Windows 10
- Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 're-examination' means no new games in the series in 2016
New Xbox One game releases for the week ending February 14th, 2016
In Space We Brawl: Full Arsenal Edition (opens in new tab) - Shooter - Forge Reply SRL
"In Space We Brawl is a frantic couch twin-stick shooter in which you challenge friends in fast-paced space battles for up to 4 players."
D/Generation HD (opens in new tab) - Classics & Social - West Coast Software Limited
"D/Generation was an immensely popular isometric puzzle game written in 1991 by Robert Cook for PC/DOS and ported by John Jones-Steele to Windows and Amiga/CD32. D/Generation HD has been recreated from the original source code and contains all the original features and puzzles but in glorious HD graphics."
Factotum 90 (opens in new tab) - Action & Adventure, Puzzle & Trivia - TACS Games
"You're in deep space and something's collided with the ship. Main power is offline and you're trapped. It's lucky you have access to this terminal. It's a little old but with these two robots and some clever thinking you might be able to get power back online and save the day."
Unravel (opens in new tab) - Platformer - EA
"Unravel introduces Yarny, a new, lovable and endearing character made from a single thread of yarn, which slowly unravels as you move. Inspired by the unique and breath-taking environments of Northern Scandinavia, Unravel is a visually stunning, physics-based puzzle platformer."
ARSLAN: THE WARRIORS OF LEGEND (opens in new tab) - Action & Adventure - Koei Tecmo
"An exciting collaboration between The Heroic Legend of Arslan anime and the action-infused Warriors series! Experience the grand historical fantasy with ARSLAN: THE WARRIORS OF LEGEND!"
Assassin's Creed Chronicles – Trilogy (opens in new tab) - Action & Adventure - Ubisoft
"Expand your Assassin's Creed experience and discover the forgotten stories of three remarkable Assassins in brand-new settings with fresh 2.5D stealth gameplay. Play the adventures of three cult Assassins: Each chapter comes with a unique hero and a new setting all interconnected through a common plot that will only be revealed at the very end."
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 (opens in new tab) - Action & Adventure - BANDAI NAMCO
"The latest opus in the acclaimed STORM series is taking you on a colorful and breathtaking ride. Take advantage of the totally revamped battle system and prepare to dive into the most epic fights you've ever seen in the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM series!"
Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition (opens in new tab) - Action & Adventure - Techland
"Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition takes parkour-fueled zombie survival to a whole new level. Enjoy the definitive Dying Light experience with the brand-new Legend system, improved visuals, major gameplay enhancements, and more."
And that's a wrap!
This week I've mostly been enamored with an upcoming ID@Xbox title named The Flame in the Flood, launching on February 24th, 2016 for Xbox One. The Flame in the Flood's developer, The Molasses Flood is comprised of ex-Halo and Bioshock devs, and they gave me permission to discuss some of my experiences on this week's OneCast which should go live tomorrow right over here.
What have you guys been playing this week? Join this week's Xbox news discussion for a chance to win a digital code for Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition for Xbox One!
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Jez Corden a Managing Editor at Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
Anyone can reuse a windows license be it a OEI or not using sysprep (7 and above). But you may have to reactivate over the phone if the motherboard is changed.
Thanks for the sharing a game.
About Dying Light, I kinda NEED that game cause I'm hesitant to buy it and can't decide if I really should spend that money! As a gift, on the other hand... :)
I'm curious about The Division and Rocket League. I'm not sold yet, but I'm watching.
It's an exciting future that changes the playing field for gaming.
P.S. Hope Im not too late to be entered for a chance to win Dying Light?