Microsoft is going to make both Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers very happy.The publisher just announced its Xbox Play Anywhere initiative during a press conference, a lead-in to this week s giant Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow.Xbox One games that have the Play Anywhere icon on the box means that you get both the console and the PC version from buying that one copy.The first game that will take advantage of this feature is Gears of War 4.Rod Fergusson, studio head of Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition, said onstage that achievements will be shared across both platforms.Additionally, players from Xbox One and PC will be able to play together cooperatively in the game s story mode.Forza Horizon 3, Halo Wars 2, Sea of Thieves, Scalebound, Recore, Cuphead, The Culling, Slime Rancher, Ark: Survival Evolved, and Everspace will also have Play Anywhere support.Developing as more games receive Play Anywhere support.
If there were any lingering questions of what a 1930s Steamboat Willie-style video game would look like, it s Cuphead.Studio MDHR has revealed the first platforming gameplay for its new game, and it looks like a Depression-era Mega Man.Seeing actual Mega Man-style run-and-gun gameplay should put many worries to rest.Much like in Mega Man, enemies will follow patterns, and players must memorize those patterns and adapt accordingly.That means that for every enemy you see bouncing around, each one of those frames was hand made.This, of course, has led to a prolonged development schedule.
This new service means that, by purchasing a digital game on either Windows 10 or Xbox One, you'll receive a free copy of the game on the other platform.All games on Xbox Play Anywhere will support cloud saves, cross-play and achievements via Xbox Live.In a nutshell, you are essentially getting two games for the price of one.Some of the games currently announced for the service include:Ark: Survival EvolvedCrackdownCupheadForza Horizon 3Gears of War 4Halo Wars 2RecoreScaleboundSea of ThievesState of Decay 2The CullingMicrosoft is clearly dedicated to Xbox Play Anywhere, so we imagine a number of titles will be announced in the near future.You must have purchased the game digitally in order to have access to the Play Anywhere perk, though, based on what was said during the press conference.We can also expect it to be supported for Project Scorpio when it launches in 2017.
The trailer for the game keeps things simple, focusing on atmosphere rather than plot or action.The player must feed on human blood in order to survive, and players have numerous options for how to go about this.It is possible to feed on people without killing them, but doing so will prevent the player from leveling up and unlocking new abilities.Obsidian Entertainment is an old name in the industry, having produced some well-liked RPGs over the last decade.Rather than reinventing the wheel, Inside seems to refine Limbo s gameplay, with deeper challenges and more diverse settings.The most distinctive aspect of Cuphead is its aesthetic; the game is hand drawn in the style of 1930s cartoons.
We caught up with him on Tuesday, a day after Microsoft s press event at E3.He told us why Microsoft announced its Project Scorpio game console so early ahead of its holiday 2017 launch, the convergence of PC and Xbox gaming, and the battle of the press conferences.Here s an edited transcript of our conversation.GamesBeat: What sort of strategy would you say was behind your different announcements – what to say when, whether to focus on hardware or not?David McCarthy: The decision specifically on Project Scorpio was predicated on giving our developers enough time to be able to react to things overall.GamesBeat: Sometimes people just get that going secretly.Those considerations, making sure we have a price point that customers can enter on, that s important for us.GamesBeat: What other decisions come into play here?Kinect does work on Xbox One S. It does require an adapter on the back to do that, but if you re an existing Kinect owner, we ll supply with one of those.GamesBeat: Do you think there s an upgrade market as well as a new purchaser market?Xbox Play Anywhere is such a great opportunity for us to say, Why don t we have shared progress and achievements and saves across all these things?I will say, regardless of what gets out there, our excitement around being able to tell that story end to end—to tell the story of playing without boundaries, you have to have all the component pieces together.That goes across our content lineup in terms of features we re delivering, and features like Xbox Play Anywhere.
00:00 02:18 M3 plays super charming Cuphead Loading Advertising .. E3 Have you ever been tempted to play a classic Disney-roll? Then do not miss Cuphead - Microsoft's upcoming and swine our platform adventure. The small Canadian developer Studio MDHR behind Cuphead, one of the most Darling platform adventures in good time. Anyone who has dreamed of lira a classic Disney roller just have to check out this. The challenge is high and the graphics are really quite stunning.
For those who don t know, Cuphead is a highly-anticipated upcoming platformer that s designed to look like a cartoon from the 1930s and 40s; think Steamboat Willie, only in color.It was due to be released before the end of the year, but it s now been delayed until mid-2017.In a blog post on its website, developer Studio MDHR wrote: we wanted to finish our game 80 years after 1936 but it will now be 81.Throughout this year we discussed reducing the scope to make a 2016 release, but we made the difficult decision to delay the launch in order to ship with our vision intact.The news marks the fourth time that Cuphead s release date has been changed.After it was first unveiled back in January 2014, the developers said they had a late 2014 launch in mind.
This was later verified by Capcom after IGN reached out for clarification.Announced at E3 in June, Play Anywhere encompasses recent Xbox One exclusives Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and ReCore, as well as future releases like Sea of Thieves, Cuphead and We Happy Few and allows players to transition their saves from the Xbox One copy to the Windows 10 copy as many times as they wish.For all the latest video game news follow us on Twitter @IBTGamesUKGears of War flourished in the Xbox 360 era of muted, grimy colours, but on Xbox One it's often stunning.Who can forget Marcus Fenix yelling: "THEY'RE SINKING CITIES WITH A GIANT WORM" or the way over-the-top use of Mad World in Gears 3?No caveats, no criticisms, this is Gears of War as you know and love to play it, and active reload is still an absolute dream.
The Unity game engine is a versatile tool that developers use to build video games.This year alone it provided a slew of games like Firewatch, Oxenfree, I Am Setsuna, Pokémon Go, ReCore, and the upcoming Cuphead.The engine s latest update, 5.5, includes a collection of new enhancements and also now comes with integration for Microsoft s HoloLens augmented reality headset.Unity s 5.5 update is all about new platforms, better tools for artists, and the usual performance enhancements.Developers and artists get updated particle effects with a noise module being most prevalent.With that tool, you can add different types of behavior to the different particles.It also has animation workflow and line rendering enhancements, easier ways to add logos and watermarks, and a new lighting tool called Look Dev that double-checks your lighting work across various conditions.With the new integration with Hololens, creators can now prototype, debug, and design for Windows Holographic without having to output to a HoloLens-compatible device.
2016 has been an exceptional year for indie games: Stardew Valley, Darkest Dungeon, Hyper Light Drifter, Gonner, Broforce, Firewatch, Abzu… we could go on, but that s not what we re here to do.Think Life is Strange crossed with Oxenfree and Wind in the Willows and… well, no, that s not really what Night in the Woods is, but it ll give you a good idea of what it might be.You play a little blob-guy who can kick people, which sounds simple - but the simple interaction leads to the best stories.GNOG is a puzzle game about exploring huge heads that are full of secrets to discover, like an interactive children's toy.A combination of brilliant thoughts that no one else might have ever come up with, Cuphead is an action game that focuses on what might be called boss battles , but with everything done in a memorable art style that s heavily inspired by 1930s animation.It s bloody difficult, too, with the developers focusing on a Dark Souls level of combat where the player can fully engage with frame-perfect attacks and hitbox exploits, if they want to.
The device, which will cost $499, will be released November 7.Microsoft is also planning to make some games from its original Xbox games available to play on the Xbox One, though the company didn't say when.Microsoft also announced a slate of more than a dozen games, including crowd favorites like the upcoming Assassin's Creed game from Ubisoft --which is coming out later this year -- and the hotly anticipated cartoony game Cuphead, which is planned for this September.The company didn't make any announcements regarding its key sci-fi military action and shooting franchises Halo or Gears of War, but it did show dozens of other titles.It doesn't yet have a release date.PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds got some time on stage as well, to highlight Microsoft's game streaming service Mixer.
Cuphead has been one of the most eye-catching games at E3 for the last several years.Studio MDHR’s platformer, meticulously hand-drawn to look like a 1930s cartoon, will finally arrive on September 29 for Xbox One and Windows PC.PlayStation owners will be out of luck, however, as the developers recently confirmed that Cuphead will remain a lifelong Microsoft exclusive.Responding to a fan question on NeoGAF following a recent Games Radar post (via Polygon) about the development process, the developer confirmed that Cuphead will remain an Xbox/PC exclusive, coming first to Steam and the Windows Store, with a GOG version to follow later.They added that there will likely be Mac and Linux versions down the road, but the game will never come to PlayStation 4 or any other consoles.Although Microsoft does retain publishing rights, having prominently supported Cuphead‘s development for several years now, Studio MDHR does still own the IP, which they clarified at the end of the above comment.
'Cuphead' is only a few months away, and after an appearance on Clueless Gamer, its creators are morally obligated to release it.Retro-style run-and-gun game Cuphead was originally announced more than three years ago but has undergone several delays and feature changes that have kept it out of the hands of eager players.That’s about to change, and to celebrate, human peanut butter-covered marshmallow Conan O’Brien tried it out on his Clueless Gamer show.Joined by supermodel Kate Upton, Conan begins his time with the game by, naturally, sitting down for a fancy dinner, complete with champagne, candles, and a violinist.Conan and Kate then jump into cooperative play, blasting away at a giant potato that continuously spits dirt in their direction.Kate is able to avoid getting hit longer than Conan, and they then switch to a segment taking place on a roller coaster track.
StudioMDHR has worked on the beautiful platformer Cuphead since 2010, and it has shown it off at multiple events between then and now.But it is still not out, which is why it’s time to get jealous of late-night host Conan O’Brien and model Kate Upton.On last night’s Conan, the pair played Cuphead as part of the show’s ongoing Clueless Gamer segment.They got to experience its 1930s-animation-inspired visuals and hardcore platforming and shooting.The good news is that Cuphead is due out September 29 for PC and Xbox One, so you can live like Conan and Upton yourself.I think that means that you can do Carls Jr. commercials and get screwed over by Jay Leno.
The months following E3 can be somewhat slow when it comes to gaming news, but Microsoft will have a few announcements to make at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany this afternoon.We don’t expect to hear much in the way of new games for the Xbox One, but we should learn more about upcoming Xbox One X console, including a rumored Project Scorpio Edition model.We’ll know soon enough what exactly the Project Scorpio Edition entails, but based on the listings that were discovered on the sites of German retailers, this version of will feature an all-black color scheme on the controller and the console, and will likely only be available for a limited time.Beyond the Xbox One X, Microsoft will also highlight some of the games that are set to launch in the coming months.In a video on YouTube, Microsoft previewed the show floor at the exhibition center, which will feature a wide variety of games, including Sea of Thieves, Forza Motorsport 7, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Halo Wars 2 and Cuphead.Crackdown 3 likely would have taken center stage, but this past week, Microsoft announced that the game had been delayed once again, this time to Spring 2018.
I watched that whole damn thing, and MS, if you ever read comments here... it was very very boring.That said I did preorder the X, and the new footage of Cuphead was very, very awesome.I had lost hope they could squeeze a good game out of it.Wonder if they will let me turn the old xbox in to a kind of game NAS...
Studio MDHR’s retro platformer became an instant indie darling the moment critics saw the game in 2013, thanks to its Cuphead perfectly pantomimed 1930s cartoon aesthetic.But that wait is finally coming to an end.True to the Contra codeAlthough Cuphead stands out most in people’s minds for its distinct visuals, the project really started with gameplay.Brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer wanted to make an SNES-era action platformer, “since that’s what they grew up with, so they’d always dreamed of making a game like Contra 2, the Mega Man series, games like that, and the design came afterwards”While the friendly cartoon visuals might lull you into expecting a kid-friendly platformer, the game is more like Contra than Super Mario Bros, jumping on mushrooms is a surefire way to get yourself killed very quickly.
The old-time cartoon style game comes out on September 29 on Windows and the Xbox One, and I got a good preview of the game at the Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany.It turns out that it’s harder than it looks, and that is part of its appeal.While my performance on the captured video below is quite shameful, as I never finished the level, I think it shows quite well why Cuphead is fun and why making hard games that depend on skill is like a lost art.Maja Moldenhauer, the sole inking artist at Studio MDHR, walked us through a tutorial for Cuphead before letting us loose.Moldenhauer said the proper term was “challenging,” not “difficult.” But I quickly put the lie to that terminology.Go ahead, laugh your heart out at my expense.
Cuphead (Studio MDHR; PC, Xbox One)This long-awaited platformer matches its astonishing 1930s cartoon art-style with manic gameplay inspired by classic console titles from the 1980s and 90s.Gets extra points for its soundtrack, composed by a 10-piece ragtime jazz band (including the occasional tap shoe sound effects).Add the drop-in co-op gameplay and it’s far from the watered down experience some fans feared.Published by Coffee Stain (developers of the absurdly popular Goat Simulator) this four player co-op shooter has space dwarves mining for precious minerals amid a huge underground cave system riddled with giant spiders and other monsters.The stylised visuals, procedurally generated environments and digging mechanic have drawn comparisons with Minecraft, but this is much more loot-and-shoot than click-and-create.
The collection of gamers that compose YouTube and Reddit have turned their suspicious gaze upon GamesBeat, and we swear we didn’t mean to offend.On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, hosts Dean Takahashi, Jeffrey Grubb, and Mike Minotti humble themselves before this great and terrible force.Together, we are holding hands and begging for one last chance to “git gud.”We awoke this legion with a 26-minute demo of Dean playing the upcoming Xbox One and PC platformer Cuphead.In the video, Dean struggles with the tutorial and fails to pass the first stage.To paraphrase one YouTube comment, it’s like watching an artificial intelligence slowly figure out how to run and jump at the same time.