So, here's the best of this week's Xbox One news! And if you guys like the format or have any suggestions, do let us know in the comments. Have a great weekend!
Titanfall 2 confirmed, sheds exclusivity
Perhaps the biggest news of the week was Titanfall 2's formal confirmation via comments made by Respawn Entertainment boss Vince Zampella. Speaking with IGN, Zampella noted that Titanfall wouldn't have happened without the financial backing exclusivity bought, and looked forward to improving Titanfall's campaign mode. Hit the link here for further quotes.
Octodad slithers onto Xbox One
QWOP meets cephalopod in this quirky indie game, previously released on Steam and PS4. Developer Young Horses announced via twitter that the game is now headed to Xbox One, and kindly requested for people to stop asking about it. Octodad is another example that criticism of ID@Xbox's "parity clause" is overblown, as the game launched on PS4 almost a year ago.
Mortal Kombat X receives character trailer for the Cage family, Jason Vorhees announced, past-gen versions delayed
NetherRealm Studios recently showed off character trailers for the Cage family, including Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage and their newcomer daughter, Cassie Cage. Mortal Kombat X features an ambitious story mode and we get a glimpse of that in the above. To commemorate Friday the 13th, NetherRealm Studios also posted a teaser revealing that slasher flick staple Jason Vorhees will arrive as part of MKX's "Kombat Pack" season pass.
Publisher Warner Bros. also announced that Mortal Kombat X's PS3 and Xbox 360 versions would be delayed to the summer, far beyond the planned April 14th release date for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. This comes as another sign that developers are shifting focus to the new generation.
Halo 3: ODST for the Master Chief Collection pictured
343i executive producer Dan Ayoub took to HaloWaypoint to give fans an update on the progress of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Pictured below is their progress on bringing Halo 3: ODST into the fold, and will be included for free to those who purchased and played the game before December 19th. Ayoub also reminded fans that 343i are working hard to bring further updates to the Collection in April, as well as tweaking things server-side to improve the frequently patched match making capabilities of the game. Halo 2 map "Relic" will also be receiving the Xbox One treatment, and is slated to arrive soon.
Goat Simulator dated for April
Goat Simulator - perhaps the most peculiar video game success in recent memory - now has a release window for Xbox One. The deranged and chaotic take on life as a goat can be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of your sofa by the end of April. Confused? Developer Coffee Stain Studios describes the game thusly on their website: "Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff."
Although for the safety of people reading this, I'll also submit their disclaimer: "Goat Simulator is a completely stupid game and, to be honest, you should probably spend your money on something else, such as a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe pool your money together with your friends and buy a real goat."
If their disclaimer is an exercise in reverse psychology, it worked on me.
Free maps coming to Evolve
4v1 sci-fi monster wranglin' FPS Evolve is set to pick up two new maps this month courtesy of Turtle Rock Studios' plan to keep the game fresh without fragmenting the community. Evolve's focus on DLC has been widely criticised, but by providing map packs for free TRS ensures that the community won't be split apart in terms of who owns what maps and who doesn't. I think a large part of Titanfall's deflation came after the first map pack shipped, and the community became split in half between owners of the new maps and owners of the base maps. Titanfall boss Vince Zampella recently praised the free map model, saying they'd look to incorporate something similar in the planned Titanfall sequel.
Broken Hill Mine and Broken Hill Foundry have been detailed on Evolve's official blog here.
Project Cars delayed, again!
Ambitious racing sim Project Cars has been delayed once again, slipping from April to mid-May. The game was originally slated for November 2014, but developer Slightly Mad Studios said the delayed were to finish the final 0.01%.
Despite therefore the game being 99.9 percent complete, the remaining 0.1 percent attending to small issues and bugs has been tricky to anticipate. We're absolutely dedicated to delivering a ground-breaking experience and by targeting mid-May fans can be assured that's what they'll receive.
Speaking with Gamespot, Slightly Mad Studios head Ian Bell said that extra content will be arriving to compensate fans for their patience.
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Everything we know about Resident Evil Village (so far)
Capcom's next survival-horror title may be Resident Evil 8. Related rumors indicate a first-person setting, some returning characters and more.
Office.com is getting a pretty snazzy new look
Microsoft has started rolling out a new look for its Office web portal for commercial customers. Presumably, the new look will head out to regular Microsoft 365 subscribers at some point, but Microsoft hasn't formally announced the redesign yet.
Microsoft is reportedly considering buying the WB Games division
Microsoft is reportedly considering a bid on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Previously, Take-Two Interactive, Electronic Arts and Activision were all reportedly interested as well.
These are the best Xbox One media remotes you can get
If you use the Xbox One to control most of the media in your home, you are well aware of how clunky the standard gaming controller can be when trying to command other systems. Looking for a better solution? We have you covered.