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Microsoft will definitely include splitscreen multiplayer in Halo 6

Many fans were disappointed in Halo 5: Guardians‘s lack of splitscreen multiplayer, and it looks like Microsoft will remedy that in future installments of the franchise.

Bonnie Ross, the Head of Halo developer 343 Industries, spoke at the 2017 DICE Summit this week as part of a session highlighting the “Stewards of a Sci-Fi Universe.” According to GameSpot, Ross confirmed during her talk that all future entries in the Halo franchise, including the upcoming Halo 6, will include splitscreen multiplayer:

“For any FPS going out forward, we will always have splitscreen in,” she said.

Halo 5: Guardians was released in October 2015, and Halo 6 has yet to be officially announced by Microsoft, so it might be a while before we don the Master Chief’s armor for a sixth time.

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The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time #16: Halo: Combat Evolved

Did you miss The Scientifically Proven Best Video Games of All Time’s Introduction? Catch up on how we decided to sort the games and the rest of the Top 100.

Microsoft is usually portrayed as the stodgy suit in contrast to Apple’s hip turtleneck, but would you believe that the first Xbox prototype was built on a whim by a quartet of guys from the company’s engineering department?

Kevin Bachus, Otto Berkes, Seamus Blackley, and Ted Hase first took their “DirectX Box” to Ed Fries, the head of Microsoft’s video game division, in 1998. Even though everyone in the world had played a dozen hands (or more) of Windows Solitaire, Microsoft wasn’t a big player in the game development arena at the time. Similar to today’s line of console-like PCs, the original “DirectX Box” was an off-the-shelf Windows PC with a video card and a hard drive that hid the Windows-ness of the system from the player.

Before the “DirectX Box” could move forward, Fries and his team had to fight off a challenge from a separate team within Microsoft that had worked with Sega to produce some of the system software for the Dreamcast. They were pushing for the company to create a more traditional console (no Windows, no hard drive), and Bill Gates himself ultimately stepped in to give his blessing to Fries and his “DirectX Box.” (more…)

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Graveyard Keeper brings medieval cemetery management to PC, Xbox One in 2017

Have you ever wanted to play a game about graveyards and capitalism with a medieval twist? Yeah, neither did I, but then I learned about Graveyard Keeper a strange new game in production at Lazy Bear.

Graveyard Keeper is a unique take on the simulation genre, challenging players to take control of a medieval graveyard and transform it into a booming business. In doing so, players will be faced with making tough, ethically compromising decisions, all in the name of capitalism.

You, the caretaker, will have the option to explore beyond the graveyard, venturing into mysterious dungeons and the surrounding area, in search of resources that will help to make your business better. You will also be faced with choices, both dark and comedic, such as whether to team up with the local vampire and provide him with the blood of those buried in your graveyard. Players can even go the extra mile by crafting poisons with the resources they’ve found, in order to murder villagers and fill up those empty plots.

To expand your graveyard business, players can even host a Witch Burning Festival and feed the villagers the recycled meat of their dead loved ones, in order to cut operation costs. Or you can take the opposite path and scare the locals into attending church.

Graveyard Keeper will be available on the Xbox One and PC sometime in 2017. It’ll also be playable within the TinyBuild booth at the 2017 PAX East convention, which begins on March 10.

In the meantime, check out the first trailer above, as well as a handful of screenshots and a GIF of some rather unsanitary body dumping, after the break. (more…)

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Overwatch wins “Game of the Year” (and three other awards) at 2017 DICE Awards

Blizzard made their mark on last night’s DICE Awards presentation when Overwatch took home the trophy in four categories, including “Game of the Year.” The shooter was also honored as “Action Game of the Year,” as well as for “Outstanding Achievement in Game Design” and “Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay.”

It was also a good night for Naughty Dog, as the developer claimed four victories for their work on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End including “Adventure Game of the Year,” “Outstanding Achievement in Story,” “Outstanding Technical Achievement,” and “Outstanding Achievement in Animation.”

The full list of winners at the 2017 DICE Awards (including Pokemon Go for “Mobile Game of the Year,” Pokemon Sun and Moon for “Handheld Game of the Year,” and three awards for Inside ) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Xbox Store Today: Forma.8, Riptide GP Renegade, World Heroes, more

A big batch of new Xbox One games were added to the Xbox Games Store today…

Xbox One owners now have the opportunity to download Forma.8, a “MetroidVania” that stars a small exploration probe known as Forma.8. This little guy is stranded on an alien planet, and it has to search through ancient alien civilizations for a powerful energy source that will save the world.

Also available to download this week for the Xbox One is Riptide GP: Renegade, a futuristic racing game that features “illicit hydrojet racing.”

And lastly this week, SNK is has begun to bring games from the NeoGeo back catalog to the Xbox One, and they’ve decided to start with World Heroes, one-on-one fighting game, and Neo Turf Masters, a classic golf game.

More details about all of these games (and more than a half dozen other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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More than 80 games will be on display in the Indie Megabooth at PAX East 2017

PAX East 2017 will open its doors in exactly 336 hours, and the Indie Megabooth has finally announced which games it’ll have on display at the Boston-based convention this year.

Dozens upon dozens of indie titles will get a chance to shine in a couple of weeks, including some of our favorites from years past. We selected Vertex Pop’s Graceful Explosion Machine, Hypersect’s Inversus, and Pocketwatch’s Tooth & Tail for our Best of PAX East 2016 roundup and all of them will be on display in the Indie Megabooth this year. Refactor, an alumnus of our Best of PAX East 2014 roundup (when it was known as Tetropolis) has also earned a spot in the PAX East 2017 edition of the Indie Megabooth.

The Indie Megabooth continues to grow and change, and this year, in addition to the Minibooth area and the Tabletop area, it’ll also have a “Visual Novel Reading Room” within its carpeted confines for PAX East attendees.

You can find the full list of games set to be included in the Indie Megabooth at PAX East 2017 after the break. (more…)

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New Injustice 2 trailer shows how Superman turned to the dark side and introduces Cyborg

Batman and his allies will have their hands full with Brainiac and Darkseid in Injustice 2, but they’ll also have to deal with Superman and the remnants of his evil Regime. In “Shattered Alliances Part 1,” the latest trailer for the one-on-one fighting game, fans will get a glimpse into the reasons for Superman’s turn to the dark side.

In addition to a mad dash through the majority of Injustice 2’s characters, “Shattered Alliances Part 1” also gives fans their first look at Cyborg. Originally introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us, Cyborg is still fighting against Batman in support of Superman’s Regime.

Injustice 2 will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on May 16.

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Old Time Hockey will be released for PC, PS4 on March 28; Xbox One and Switch launch will come later

V7 Entertainment has announced that Old Time Hockey will be released for the PC and PS4 on March 28. The retro-styled hockey sim is also in development for the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, but players on those platforms will have to wait a bit longer. The game will launch for Microsoft’s console this Summer and on the Switch sometime after that.

In addition to announcing a release date (and uploading a brand new Release Date Trailer), the developer also unveiled the ten teams that make up Old Time Hockey’s fictional Bush Hockey League. You can read all about them after the break. (more…)

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