Minecraft to Join Microsoft

By Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox

Today is an incredibly exciting day for our team as Mojang and the Minecraft franchise join MicrosoftMinecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world.

Our relationship with Mojang began when we initially talked to the team about bringing Minecraft to the console. Minecraft quickly became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years. That working relationship set the ground work for other opportunities. We’ve long seen the incredible potential of Minecraft.

At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms. Gaming is the top activity across devices and we see great potential to continue to grow the Minecraft community and nurture the franchise. That is why we plan to continue to make Minecraft available across platforms – including iOS, Android and PlayStation, in addition to Xbox and PC.

The Minecraft community is passionate and diverse, ranging across all ages and demographics. We respect the brand and independent spirit that has made Minecraft great, and we’ll carry on the tradition of innovation to move the franchise forward. Our investments in cloud, Xbox Live and mobile technology will enable players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect with the Minecraft community.

We’re excited to confirm that MINECON will continue next year. We’ll look to create even more ways for the vibrant community of YouTuber’s, innovators, bloggers and players to connect with each other – both in person and online. We will have much more to share in the coming months.

The Minecraft team’s unique vision, creative energy and innovative mindset make them a perfect fit alongside our other global studios. Microsoft Studios includes 343 Industries, Turn 10 Studios, and Lionhead Studios just to name a few. These industry-leading game studios within Microsoft that have had great success with beloved games and massively popular franchises like Halo, Forza, and Fable. We’re excited to welcome Mojang to the Microsoft family and we are thrilled to support the success and longevity of Minecraft for years to come.


DLC Season Pass for LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Announced.

The first Season Pass for a LEGO videogame. The Season Pass will include 6 DLC packs each with a unique themed mission level with story and free play modes.  Players will be able to unlock a total of over 40 characters, vehicles, achievements and more.  The first three of the DLC packs will be available on November 11 and 3 more will be announced at a later date.  The Season Pass will be available for the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC for a great price of $14.99.  Each pack can be purchased separately at $2.99/pack.  

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The Season Pass includes:

  • The Dark Knight Pack (available 11/11/14)
    • Experience the heart-pounding chase scene from the iconic film complete with cool vehicles and explosive action. Play as the legendary Dark Knight and Commissioner Gordon, as well as the Joker and his goons as they chase down Harvey Dent’s police escort.  Bane and Catwoman from the third film are also playable.
  • Man of Steel Pack (available 11/11/14)
    • Help Jor-El, his wife Lara and their robot Kelex send the infant Superman “Kal-el” into space towards the safety of Earth as Krypton falls into chaos. Find a way inside Jor-El’s home, fight General Zod’s invading forces and battle against Zod himself to save Superman.
  • Batman 75th Pack (available 11/11/14)
    • Play as Joker and Harley, setting up a variety of celebration set pieces. Be the Batman and play as some of the most iconic faces of Batman through the years, including his first appearance in Detective Comics #27.
  • Access to Future DLC Content
    • Gain access to three additional game packs, featuring new playable characters, vehicles and levels. Details about the additional content will be revealed at a later date.

In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the ultimate super hero game for the entire family, launches November 11th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC.


Batman™:Arkham Knight Set for June 2, 2015 Release With Two Collector’s Editions

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman™: Arkham Knight is scheduled to release worldwide beginning June 2, 2015.  Also revealed, are two collector’s editions – Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition and Batman: Arkham KnightBatmobile Edition.  Both will be available in limited quantities at launch in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.  Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will also be available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for PC.


Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will include:


  • Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
  • Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc
  • Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
  • Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
  • Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham’s Protector, the Dark Knight
  • SRP:

o   Console – $99.99 / 119.99 € / 89.99£

o   PC – 99.99€ / 74.99£ 


Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition will include:


  • Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
  • Limited Edition SteelBook™ – Unique SteelBook™ case and game disc
  • Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
  • Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
  • Transforming Batmobile  Statue – Fully transformable Batmobile statue realised in exquisite detail by TriForce
  • SRP: $199.99 / 199.99€ / 169.99£ (Console only)


Images for the Collector’s Edition packages and contents can be found at the following link: Download Here.


Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. 


Batman: Arkham Knight brings the award-winning Batman: Arkham trilogy from Rocksteady Studios to its epic conclusion. Developed exclusively for the New Generation of consoles and PCs, Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile. The highly anticipated addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman: Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City. In this explosive finale, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city that he is sworn to protect, as Scarecrow returns to unite the super criminals of Gotham and destroy the Batman forever.

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Available Friday Sept 5

By Xbox Wire Staff

Minecraft enters the next generation with the release of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition(ESRB rating E10+), available Friday, Sept. 5 for download in the Xbox Store. Owners ofMinecraft: Xbox 360 Edition can upgrade for just $4.99* USD, or new players can download the full game for $19.99 USD. All downloadable content players have purchased for the Xbox 360 Edition is available free for re-download on Xbox One.

With worlds up to 36 times larger than on Xbox 360, now there’s an even bigger canvas to create on. Transfer your favorite Xbox 360 worlds and content to the Xbox One Edition so you won’t lose your creations. Join a community of 13-million-plus Minecraft fans on Xbox Live that are continually laying down imaginative creations. And, with the widest range of downloadable content on console, you’ll never run out of new worlds to explore with four player split-screen on one console or up to eight players over Xbox Live.**

Xbox is about giving players a choice – even in how you buy your game. Starting Friday, players can purchase and download the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition upgrade or full game from the Xbox Store with either a credit card or an Xbox Gift Card purchased at retail. Later this month, select retailers will sell the full game Digital Download Code and the full game packaged disc will be on retail store shelves globally this holiday, just in time for gift giving.

Whether you’re a veteran Minecraft player continuing your journey or a new member of the community, you’ll be able to kick off your weekend with Minecraft: Xbox One Edition.

*To qualify for the $4.99 USD upgrade offer, players must own the retail disc or digital version ofMinecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and connect to Xbox Live with their account. For more information, visitxbox.com/en-US/games/minecraft-xbox-one-edition

**Xbox Live Gold membership required, sold separately.


Latest installment of award-winning dance franchise hits Xbox One with a huge music library to get the party started
Cambridge, MA – September 2nd , 2014 – Harmonix is excited to announce thatDance Central™ Spotlight is available now as a digital download for Xbox One™, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft®.
Dancers can step onto the dance floor and start their party by downloading Dance Central Spotlight, featuring a core soundtrack of 10 hot tracks, from Xbox Live® for $9.99. The core Dance Central Spotlight experience includes: 
  • Avicii – “Wake Me Up”
  • Cher Lloyd – “I Wish”
  • David Guetta ft. Sia – “Titanium”
  • Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
  • Kid Ink ft. Chris Brown – “Show Me”
  • Lorde – “Royals”
  • OneRepublic – “Counting Stars”
  • Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
  • Rihanna – “Diamonds”
  • will.i.am ft. Justin Bieber – “#thatPOWER”

Additionally, players can customize their soundtrack by choosing from over 50 additional songs, available for download on day one for $1.99 per track. Note that add-on content already purchased for previous versions of Dance Central on Xbox 360® are available for download at no extra charge. The following tracks are now available for download from the Dance Central Spotlight Music Store, with more to come on a regular basis: 

  • A-Ha – “Take On Me”
  • Amerie – “Heard ‘Em All”
  • Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
  • B.o.B. ft. Hayley Williams of Paramore – “Airplanes”
  • Bastille – “Pompeii”
  • Blur – “Girls & Boys”
  • Busta Rhymes – “Don’t Touch Me (Throw Da Water On ‘Em)
  • Calvin Harris – “Summer”
  • Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”
  • Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”
  • Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”
  • Demi Lovato – “La La Land”
  • Diddy-Dirty Money ft. T.I. – “Hello Good Morning”
  • DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down For What”
  • Emeli Sandé – “Next To Me”
  • Enrique Iglesias ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente de Zona– “Bailando”
  • Erasure – “A Little Respect”
  • Fatboy Slim – “Weapon of Choice”
  • Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX – I Love It
  • Ini Kamoze – “Here Comes The Hotstepper”
  • James Brown – “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine, Pt. 1”
  • John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiësto’s Birthday Treatment Remix [Radio Edit])”
  • Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”
  • Kelly Rowland ft. David Guetta – “Commander”
  • Keri Hilson – “Turnin Me On”
  • Lady Gaga – “Alejandro”
  • Lady Gaga – “Applause”
  • Lady Gaga – “Marry the Night”
  • Lady Gaga – “Paparazzi”
  • Lady Gaga – “The Edge of Glory”
  • Lady Sovereign – “I Got You Dancing”
  • Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix)
  • Lloyd – “Get It Shawty”
  • Maroon 5 – “Maps”
  • Maroon 5 – “One More Night
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead – “Say Hey (I Love You)”
  • N.E.R.D. ft. Lee Harvey and Vita – “Lapdance”
  • Ne-Yo – “Because of You”
  • Ne-Yo – “Closer”
  • Ne-Yo – “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)”
  • Nicki Minaj – “Whip It”
  • Nico & Vinz – “Am I Wrong”
  • Of Monsters And Men – “Little Talks”
  • Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
  • Sean Paul – “Get Busy”
  • Sean Paul – “Temperature”
  • Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”
  • Selena Gomez & The Scene – “Round & Round”
  • The B-52’s – “Love Shack”
  • TLC – “Creep”
  • will.i.am ft. Britney Spears – “Scream & Shout” 

(Note: Songs that appear in bold are tracks completely new to the Dance Centralfranchise. Italics indicate “legacy” tracks previously made available as downloadable content on Xbox 360, now available on Xbox One.)

Dance Central Spotlight brings authentic dance routines, accurate body tracking using Kinect® One, and chart-topping music, with even more variety and player choice than ever before. Now with eight different dance routines per song to choose from, Dance Central Spotlight is the most accessible, customizable Dance Central yet. Dance Central Spotlight also features an expanded Fitness Mode, with special dance routines authored to focus on Strength and Cardio.
Follow Dance Central on Twitter (http://twitter.com/dance_central) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/dancecentral). 
About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and has pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com.
© 2014 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Dance Central, Dance Central Spotlight, Harmonix and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. Dance Central and Dance Central Spotlight developed by Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Microsoft, Kinect, Xbox and Xbox LIVE are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
1 Add-on songs sold separately. Xbox LIVE® required for in-game Music Store.

Lockout Unveiled as the Fifth Re-Imagined Multiplayer Map for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

By Xbox Wire Staff

Lockout is the fifth of six classic Halo 2 multiplayer maps being re-imagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, joining the previously announced  Ascension, Coagulation,Zanzibar and Sanctuary.

Set in an old Forerunner research laboratory in the frigid mountains of Delta Halo, Lockout features fast-paced, close quarters combat with its narrow corridors and vertical level design. With three levels to navigate, adept players can deftly traverse around the map by mastering specific jumping points, enabling them to secure power weapons faster and set up ambushes for unsuspecting opponents.

The re-imagined version of Lockout also includes a few new features that will surprise even the most hardened Halo 2 veterans.

“Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in Halo 2,” said Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity and one of the original lead designers of Halo 2.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing this fan-favorite back, and are paying close attention to the details and subtleties that made the original great while also making a couple of very careful, very calculated enhancements. Most prominent among these are a bit of cover added to the ‘Elbow,’ the long walkway connecting the grav lift to the sniper tower, and a dynamic element that should help counter an entrenched group of enemies. Of course this can be disabled in Forge for players who want a near-match of the original experience.”

If you’re visiting PAX Prime in Seattle, WA (Aug. 29 – Sept. 1), Lockout will be playable at the Xbox Booth (#412, #422, #432), where 16 stations will be available for attendees to try outHalo: The Master Chief Collection’s multiplayer.  

Throughout the weekend, 343 Industries will be hosting a number of activities for the Halocommunity, including a Halo: The Master Chief Collection panel, a developer signing, and theHalo PAX Prime Showdown – a weekend long tournament where fans can qualify and compete for $10,000 in prizes.  The tournament will be broadcast live on the Halo Twitch channel.

Below is the PAX Prime schedule – for additional details, please visit Halo Waypoint.

Friday, August 29

Halo PAX Prime Showdown Qualifiers
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
ASTRO Gaming Booth #842
Skullcandy Gaming Booth #3117

Saturday, August 30

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Panel
Halo and the Journey of The Master Chief
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Benaroya Hall

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Panel Signing
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Paramount Theater 

Halo PAX Prime Showdown Tournament
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 31

Halo PAX Prime Showdown Tournament Finals
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grand finals: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Destiny Available for Pre-Order and Pre-Download on Xbox One

By Xbox Wire Staff

To say that we’re excited for Destiny would be a bit of an understatement. From the moment developer Bungie’s open world first-person shooter hit Xbox One as a beta, we were hooked. In recent weeks, we’ve broken down the different Destiny character classes, took a closer look at the game’s weapons, and went to the moon for some multiplayer action. Destiny just can’t come soon enough, and we’ve ensured you can hit the ground running on September 9.

We are pleased to announce that Destiny is available for pre-order and pre-download. To celebrate the launch of the game, the following two Destiny game bundles are available for pre-order globally, starting today, through the Xbox Store on the console or online atstore.xbox.com

  • Xbox One Destiny Pre-Order Edition, available starting today for $59.99, including the standard game, plus access to the Vanguard Armory and Emblem pre-order bonus
  • Xbox One Destiny Digital Guardian Edition, available starting today for $89.99, including the standard game, plus access to the Vanguard Armory and Emblem pre-order bonus, an exclusive Ghost Shell, Player Ship, and Player Emblem, and the Destiny Expansion Pass – an online pass for two upcoming Destiny Expansions featuring all new storylines, new cooperative and competitive activities, and new weapons, armor, and gear to earn

Here’s how it works. When a title becomes available for digital pre-order in the Xbox Store, select “Pre-purchase” to buy and download the game. You will be charged the full amount upon transaction and may use any supported payment method, including an existing Microsoft account balance or credit card. The game will download, along with any updates issued before the release date, so the game is up-to-date and ready to play. Then, when the game is officially released to the Xbox Store, timed with local launch availability, simply go to the game in My Games & Apps, go to your pre-pinned tile, or say “Xbox, go to Destiny” to start playing. Titles will be available after midnight local time on the release date in your corresponding country, though some countries with multiple time zones will align to one release time. For example, in the United States, Destiny will be available for play at 12:01 AM PT on its release day.

Similar to other digital downloads, you will need a consistent Internet connection to download a pre-ordered game and your Xbox One will need to be turned on or in connected standby (Instant On) mode. Of course, you can check the download progress at any time in your download queue, My Games & Apps, or on the game details page. And if you have multiple games loading simultaneously, you can prioritize titles, pause, and resume downloads in your queue.

More titles will follow with pre-order and pre-download support in the coming months, so stay tuned. We’ll incorporate fan feedback as we continue to grow our digital offerings with our publishing partners and from our own Microsoft Studios.

To offer fans even more digital content, we also recently shared that digital download codes for select game add-ons and games are now available for purchase at local retailers.


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