Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!
We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed, but I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumours and talking points into one handy post every weekend!
So without further ado, here's our latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
Remedy CEO calls it quits, sparking rumours of a buyout
On Wednesday Matias Myllyrinne announced his departure after 15 years at the helm of Remedy Entertainment. Remedy is best known for Max Payne, Alan Wake and the upcoming Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break.
In a statement on Remedy's website, Myllyrinne assured that Quantum Break was on track to be "amazing" and "worthy of the Remedy brand."
Matias Myllyrinne will move on to an executive position at Wargaming, the developers of World of Tanks. Speaking with GameIndustry.biz, Matias remarked that the move was due to a desire for a change in scenery. While he didn't blame the demands of Triple A development for his departure, he noted that Quantum Break has required 3x more work than Alan Wake.
The fact that Remedy haven't appointed a new CEO has led some to wonder if Microsoft have purchased the studio. While there's no real evidence to suggest that at the moment, the timing does beg the question. Matias has praised Remedy's independence before, and with Microsoft locking down Gears of War from Epic Games, they could be looking to do the same with Quantum Break and Alan Wake.
Fallout 4 trailer blows up the internet
In what is perhaps the biggest news of the week, Bethesda Softworks announced the long anticipated Fallout 4 with a nostalgic and colourful trailer.
The trailer has been viewed over 11 million times as of writing this, which is probably some game trailer world record. Stay tuned for Bethesda's E3 conference on June 14th for the game's full reveal.
Fallout 4 is set in Boston, Massachusetts and enjoys a slightly more diverse color palette than its predecessor. Very little is known about the game right now, but Bethesda game director Todd Howard describes Fallout 4 as their most "ambitious" game ever.
It should also be noted that Fallout 4 is new-gen only, meaning that PS3 and Xbox 360 console gamers will have to leap across to PC, PS4 or Xbox One to enjoy it. Stay tuned.
Xboss Phil Spencer will be on stage for the PC Gaming Show at E3
PC Gamer magazine is hosting the first ever PC Gaming Show at this year's E3 on June 16th. Phil Spencer will be on stage to discuss Windows 10, in what will likely be a charm offensive for PC gamers refusing to ditch Windows 7.
Windows 10 includes native video game capture, something that required cumbersome programs to do previously. This is in addition to DX12, which will allow game developers to program closer to the metal than ever before. Check out this demo of Final Fantasy XV running on DX12 for an example.
PC Gamer echoed fans scepticism of the inclusion of Xbox in Windows 10, asking Phil Spencer why he wanted to show up at the conference in the first place after the debacle of Games for Windows Live.
Microsoft have previously showed how the game DVR features could be used regardless of how you run the game, whether it's from Steam, Origin, or a DRM free service like GoG. It certainly seems as though Microsoft's platform agnosticism is extending beyond Android and iOS app and into gaming as well.
Are you a PC gamer? How do you feel about Microsoft's renewed focus on PC gaming? Do hit the comments!
FBI SWAT joins the Rainbow Six Siege line-up
Ubisoft is gearing up to show off fresh Rainbow Six Siege details at their E3 conference next week. The above trailer shows us another team in the line-up of playable counter-terrorists. This time it's the USA's FBI SWAT. Thermite wall explosives, heat signature trackers and portable obstacles make up just part of the FBI's arsenal. Rainbow Six Siege will be available on October 13th later this year.
ICYMI - Some of Windows Central's biggest Xbox articles of the week
- Xbox One with 1TB hard drive gets spotted on Amazon with June 15 launch date
- The Xbox One will get a small update today 'to prepare for the future'
- Fallout 4 goes up for pre-order from Gamestop for $60
- Microsoft's Gears of War team changes name from Black Tusk Studios to The Coalition
- Ubisoft @ E3 2015: The Division, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six Siege and "a few big surprises"
- Here's a first look at Halo 3: ODST on Xbox One
- Forza 6 Japanese website goes live early revealing night racing, wet weather, 450 cars and more
New Xbox One game releases for the week ending May 31st, 2015
SteamWorld Dig - Metroidvania - Image & Form International AB
"SteamWorld Dig is a platform mining adventure with strong Metroidvanian influences. Take the role of Rusty, a lone mining steambot, as he arrives at an old mining town in great need."
Sparkle Unleashed - Puzzle - 10tons Lt
"A secluded world of mystery has succumbed to an ominous darkness. You must travel through the fallen lands, light magical braziers and banish the darkness once and for all. Unlock amazing powerups and use the ones you like the most to overcome increasingly challenging levels, Chained Orbs, Rock Orbs and Survival challenges."
Massive Chalice - Strategy - Double Fine Productions, Inc.
"MASSIVE CHALICE is a tactical strategy game set on an epic timeline from Double Fine Productions. As the Immortal Ruler of the Nation, you'll take command of its heroes, forge marriages to strengthen your Bloodlines, and battle a mysterious enemy known as the Cadence in a war lasting hundreds of years."
And that's a wrap!
I feel as though I should've just named this article "This Week in Xbox One News: Fallout 4" and stuck the trailer up. All the details are just a week away. It's going to be a really long week.
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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!