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Closed Beta for Sea of Thieves begins today

Ahoy, matey! Earlier today, Microsoft and Rare raised the Jolly Roger and launched the Closed Beta for Sea of Thieves.

The pirate simulation will be available for Windows 10 and Xbox One on March 20, but fans who joined the “Sea of Thieves Insider Programme” before December 1 and anyone who pre-ordered the game can take part in this week’s Closed Beta. The pre-release test kicked off at 7:00 AM (Eastern Time) this morning and players will be able to plunder and pillage all they want until January 29 at 3:00 PM (Eastern Time).

A short trailer promoting the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta has been embedded above.

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Microsoft Studios will add all new releases to Xbox Game Pass on launch day

Microsoft already established the Xbox Game Pass as a pretty great deal when it offered Xbox One owners the ability to play more than 100 games for just $10 a month. But now they’re upgrading the service from a “pretty great deal” to an “absolutely amazing deal.”

Today, the consolemaker confirmed (via Xbox Wire) that all future Microsoft-published titles will be available to download through the Xbox Game Pass on their launch date. That includes Sea of Thieves on March 20, and State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 late this year, as well as unannounced new entries in the Halo, Gears of War, and Forza franchises.

Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when Sea of Thieves launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.

This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3 but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as Halo, Forza, and Gears of War, on the same day they launch.

If you haven’t signed up for Xbox Game Pass yet, Microsoft also plans to team up with GameStop to offer a Six-Month Xbox Game Pass Subscription Card for $59.99.

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God of War 4, Insomniac’s Spider-Man, new Assassin’s Creed, multiple unannounced titles, more to be unveiled during E3 Coliseum

The full lineup of panels for Geoff Keighley’s inaugural E3 Coliseum has been announced, and it looks like the series will give fans a closer look at God of War 4, Assassin’s Creed 2017, Insomniac’s Spider-Man, and several other upcoming titles. Keighley will also offer a showcase to a few games yet-to-be-announced from Bethesda Softworks, Square Enix, and Epic Games.

If you won’t be attending this year’s E3 Expo, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to tune in as most E3 Coliseum panels will be broadcast through Facebook Live, Twitch, Mixer, and YouTube.

You can find the complete E3 Coliseum schedule after the break. (more…)

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Microsoft’s “Epic 2017” includes Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, Tacoma, Cuphead, and more

We’re nearly to the end of February, but Microsoft thought today was a great day to launch their first major game of 2017, Halo Wars 2. To celebrate, the consolemaker turned the spotlight on their “Epic 2017” in a special episode of This Week on Xbox.

Besides delving deeper into the latest addition to the Halo franchise, Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb and friends explore Crackdown 3, Phantom Dust, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and several indie games (including Ron Gilbert’s Thimbleweed Park and Studio MDHR’s Cuphead) set to launch this year through the ID@Xbox program.

Microsoft’s Chris Charla also confirmed that ID@Xbox developers will have a major presence at GDC 2017, and Microsoft’s Showcase will include more than 20 titles. GDC attendees will get a chance to play Fullbright’s Tacoma (and many others) when the conference kicks off in San Francisco next week.

Finally, Phil “Head of Xbox” Spencer had a few more words to say about Microsoft’s “Epic 2017” on the Xbox Wire, and he also confirmed that a remake of Voodoo Vince will be available for the PC and Xbox One this Spring.

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Battlefield 1 blows away the competition with five nominations from Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2016

e3expologoThe Game Critics Awards has announced their annual Best of E3 nominations, and DICE’s Battlefield 1 has asserted its greatness with five nominations, including one for “Best of Show.” Battlefield 1’s other nominations include “Best Console Game,” “Best PC Game,” “Best Action Game,” and “Best Online Multiplayer.”

Five other games will compete with the historical shooter for top honors including Dishonored 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Sea of Thieves, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Titanfall 2. With four nominations apiece, Dishonored 2 and Horizon: Zero Dawn will surely provide some stiff competition for Battlefield 1.

The Game Critics Awards will announce the winners for Best of E3 2016 next Tuesday, July 5. A complete list of this year nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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Rare returns with the pirate adventure Sea of Thieves for PC and Xbox One

Rare isn’t just going back to the past, they’re also looking to the future with Sea of Thieves, their first non-Kinect game in seven years. Arrrr you ready to learn more?

Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer pirate adventure in development for Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One. The E3 trailer embedded above gives us a small taste of what the game world has to offer, depicting players finding buried treasure, fighting living skeletons, walking the plank, and engaging in ship-to-ship battles on the high seas.

During Micrsoft’s E3 Press Conference on Moday, Rare’s Studio Head, Craig Duncan, told attendees that Sea of Thieves is “by far, the most ambitious game Rare has ever created.” He also touted the game’s “limitless possibilities,” so would-be buccaneers will likely be able to engage in even more pirate shenanigans.

Sea of Thieves will be released in Fall 2016.

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