PRESS PLAY’S KALIMBA STACKS UP THE CHALLENGE WITH XBOX ONE LAUNCH

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – December 17, 2014 – Today Press Play, the critically praised Danish development company, and Microsoft Studios launched their latest video game – Kalimba – as a digital release on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Introduced to press and the public as ‘Project Totem,’ this playfully challenging platformer features a dedicated single-player campaign and separate adventure for local cooperative action.

“The whole idea for the game came about as a way to blow off steam while my brother, Bo, and I were putting the final touches on our last title, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood,” said Press Play’s Creative Director, Asger Strandby. “Both as a premise and a product, Kalimba is a story of two individuals coming together to achieve something far greater than either of them combined.”

Players command pairs of animated totems in Kalimba, using these elements in clever ways to overcome environmental hazards and topple a dark shaman to reclaim the island of Kalimba. Discovering how to use the varying powers and attributes of these totems in conjunction with one another is crucial to surviving each obstacle with a high score intact.

The island of Kalimba spans three worlds, each encompassing multiple levels and brought to life with a special trixelated graphical style in which everything is built from triangles. This original art design provides each character and setting a distinctive look and identity to balance their unique twists. As they progress, players will scale a totem pole that evolves in an increasingly ornate manner based on players’ scores for each stage, creating a living embodiment of a leaderboard.

Kalimba’s old-school two-person couch co-op mode, in which each player controls two totems of their own, has been described by the team as a friendship tester, forcing both partners to work together as a cohesive unit. “The goal is to slap each other on the back – and hopefully nowhere else,” added Strandby. “So either play it with someone you like, or someone you really, really don’t.”

Kalimba is now available on Xbox One for $9.99 through the Xbox Games Store, with a PC release expected in January 2015. This game is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. For more information on current and future projects from Press Play, please visit http://pressplay.dk, or follow Press Play onTwitter and Facebook, and be sure to visit the Kalimba YouTube channel for helpful hints.

Many Thanks for One Year with Xbox One

By Major Nelson

Saturday, November 22, marks the official one year anniversary of Xbox One. It’s been an unbelievable year, but we never would have gotten to this point without our incredible fans. We want to thank you for being a part of an amazing 12 months by celebrating with you all weekend long.

First, if you’re in one of our original 13 markets and have opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails*, you’ll receive a personalized email detailing what you’ve accomplished since Xbox One launched last November. Here’s a look at some of the community achievements made on Xbox One this past year:

  • Overall, the total community Gamerscore earned on Xbox One is more than 11 billion
  • Fans spent more than 2 billion hours playing games on Xbox One
  • The top four most popular achievements unlocked include:
    • Forza Motorsport 5: Welcome to Forza Motorsport
    • Titanfall: Build Yourself
    • Destiny: Ship Rite
    • Call of Duty: Ghosts: Spatial Awareness

But that’s not all! To show our appreciation for your loyal and continued support for Xbox One, we’ll have several gifts available for our fans, celebrating one year on Xbox One. Beginning Friday, everyone** will get:

  • A Year One Gamer Picture
  • New Xbox One backgrounds: A special Year One background as well as an exclusive Day One background for those who unlocked the Day One achievement
  • A Year One background image for use on Twitter, your desktop, etc.
  • A free rental of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” (for a limited time)
  • A free rental of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods” movie and a sampler pack of “Dragon Ball Z” TV episodes (for a limited time, available in the U.S. and Canada only)

And in addition, fans will be selected at random to receive a special gift from us. The full list of possible gifts include:

  • Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle (U.S. only)
  • Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle (U.S. only)
  • One month membership for Xbox One-exclusive EA Access service
  • Tiger Shark cash card for Grand Theft Auto V, worth $200,000 in-game GTA Onlinedollars
  • Forza gift pack with Forza RallyCross hat, Lamborghini Huracán 1/24 scale replica, and Xbox One Controller (launch team edition) signed by Tanner Foust, host of Top Gear America, Global RallyCross champion and professional stunt driver (U.S. only)
  • Forza Horizon 2 Limited Edition Casio G-Shock Men’s Black Multi-Function Digital Sports Watch (U.S. only)
  • Grand Theft Auto V gift pack with the Los Santos Sheriff Trucker cap, Michael, Franklin and Trevor Posters, and a Grand Theft Auto V sticker pack (U.S. only)
  • Xbox Live Gold 12-month membership digital code
  • Killer Instinct Season 1 Combo Breaker Pack, the retail version of Killer Instinct Xbox One’s first season and includes all eight season one characters: Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius, Thunder, Sadira, Orchid, and Spinal. Also includes Fulgore DLC character.
  • Special limited edition Nissan 370Z, featuring a custom Casio livery for Forza Horizon 2
  • Air Vehicle shortcut for Battlefield 4 for immediate access to all available unlocks for helicopters and jets available in the main Battlefield 4 game
  • Arno’s French Rapier for Assassin’s Creed Unity to improve your combat skills
  • 75 Platinum in Warframe
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Costume Pack for Peggle 2
  • Epic Quest Table in Pinball FX2
  • Dance Central Spotlight (full game token)
  • Project Spark Premium – 15 days: Grants 2x gain of Spark XP, credits, and champion XP, as well as the ability to purchase new token-only content for earned in-game credits

While we’re just getting started in some markets, we remain committed to all of our incredible fans worldwide and we’re so grateful for your support over the last year. Thank you for helping us celebrate this incredible milestone.

*The achievements celebration email will be sent to Xbox One customers who purchased prior to October 1, 2014, in our 13 launch markets who opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails prior to Nov 11, 2014, are 17 years or older and have 10+ hours of usage on Xbox One. You can see which email address (if any) you have opted in, by signing in to your Xbox Live account on Xbox.com, clicking your Gamertag in the upper right, then Profile > Privacy Settings > Contact Preferences.
**The Year One Celebration gift box email will be sent to Xbox One customers who purchased the console between 11/22/13 – 11/11/14, in our 13 launch markets, are 17 years or older and have 10+ hours of usage on Xbox One. 

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WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES, DC ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LEGO GROUP BLAST OFF TO UNCHARTED TERRITORY WITH LAUNCH OF LEGO® BATMAN™ 3: BEYOND GOTHAM

Best-Selling LEGO Batman Videogame Franchise Goes to Space and Beyond for the First Time with New Worlds, More Than 150 Characters, Season Pass and Stellar Voice Cast

Burbank, Calif. – Nov. 11, 2014 – LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham launches in North America today for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system (also playable on PlayStation® TV), Xbox® One all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and Windows PC.

“LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is without a doubt this year’s ultimate Super Hero game for all ages,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “From free-roam gameplay, to flying LEGO big figures and exploring Lantern Worlds with DC Comics’ most amazing characters, the fun and possibilities in LEGO Batman 3 are endless.”

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 and the greatest Super Heroes and most cunning Super Villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to stop him.

Players will unlock and play as more than 150 characters, including members of the Justice League and the Legion of Doom, as well as LEGO big figures such as Arkillo, Atrocitus and many more, each with their own gadgets and abilities. In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham players will explore iconic locations such as the Hall of Justice, the Batcave and the Justice League Watchtower, as well as visit and freely explore various Lantern planets like Odym, Zamaron and Okaara.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham also features an incredible line-up of voice actors, many of whom are reprising their roles in the LEGO Batman videogame franchise, including:  Troy Baker (Batman); Travis Willingham (Superman); Christopher Cory Smith (The Joker); Laura Bailey (Wonder Woman and Catwoman); Dee Bradley Baker (Brainiac); Josh Keaton (Green Lantern); Scott Porter (Aquaman), and none other than 1960s Batman himself, Adam West! The game also features star-studded appearances by Conan O’Brien and Kevin Smith as themselves and Stephen Amell, star of the hit TV series Arrow, as Green Arrow.

In addition to the wealth of new environments, characters and features in the game, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham also marks another first for the LEGO videogame franchise – a Season Pass. The Season Pass will include six downloadable packs, each with a uniquely themed mission level with story and free play modes. Players will be able to unlock more than 40 characters, vehicles, achievements and more.  Three add-on content packs will be available at launch: The Dark Knight, Man of Steel and Batman 75th (a great chance for kids and parents to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary). Players who can’t get enough of the game can also look forward to more add-on content, including the Arrow pack and two others, to be released at a later date.

The handheld version of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham includes more than 100 characters from the DC Comics universe and 45 missions spanning an original storyline focused on dynamic, fast-paced gameplay.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is rated “E10+” for everyone 10 and older by the ESRB and is now available for Xbox One and PS4™ for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and for Xbox 360, PS3™ and Wii U for the suggested retail price of $49.99. The game is also available now for PS®Vita, PS® TV and Nintendo 3DS for the suggested retail price of $29.99. The LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Season Pass will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC for the suggested retail price of $14.99. Add-on content packs can also be purchased individually for the suggested retail price of $2.99.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  For more information, please visit:

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Now Available for Pre-order and Pre-download

By Xbox Wire Staff

Thirteen years ago, Xbox made gaming history with the release of Halo: Combat Evolved. Then, ten years ago, Halo 2 changed the face of gaming forever. To date, more than 60 million copies of Halo games have been sold worldwide, driving over 6 billion hours of gameplay by fans connected to Xbox Live.

Now, on November 11, the seminal first-person shooter saga gets the deluxe Xbox One treatment with the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Celebrating three generations of the franchise and giving both new and longtime Halo fans the chance to experience all of the action on one consoles, this will kick off a new era in the Halo universe.

Starting today, you can pre-order and pre-download The Master Chief Collection on Xbox Live. Let’s take a closer look at what this $59.99 package gets you.

The Entire Master Chief SagaHalo: The Master Chief Collection includes all of the critically acclaimed adventures of the Master Chief, from the original Halo: Combat Evolved: Anniversary, to Halo 2: Anniversary, and on to Halo 3 and Halo 4. You can even play a selection of the most treasured campaign levels across all four games using curated playlists – and once you’ve finished the fight, you can dive into the online fray on over 100 multiplayer maps, including six completely remastered favorites from Halo 2.

Halo 2: Anniversary – In commemoration of Halo 2’s 10th anniversary, it’s received the special edition treatment in the form of dazzling HD graphics, all-new audio, smooth 60 fps gameplay, and nearly a full hour of brand-new cinematics. In addition to being able to find new terminals and flip on new skulls for some added challenge, you can instantly switch between the remastered Halo 2: Anniversary visuals and sound and the classic Halo 2graphics and audio.

Halo: Nightfall – The inaugural installment of the episodic series from Executive Producer Ridley Scott and Scott Free Production will debut day-and-date with The Master Chief Collection – and you’ll be one of the first to see it. Giving players a look into the backstory of Agent Locke, who plays a key role in the events of Halo 5: Guardians, the five episodes of “Halo: Nightfall” will help to usher in a new era in the Halo universe.

Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta – Jump into the long-awaited Halo 5 multiplayer maps before anyone else, during an exclusive three-week beta period that runs from December 29, 2014 through January 18, 2015. By taking part in the event, you’ll get the chance to help shape the face of Halo’s multiplayer future!

As one of the most innovative and beloved names in multiplayer gaming, Halo is enjoyed by millions of players around the globe. Since its launch in 2001, it has been synonymous with the Xbox brand. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a grand love letter to all those fans – a nostalgic look back at the series’ storied past, as well as a bridge to the future, to Halo 5: Guardians and beyond. Whether you’re a card-carrying Halo super-fan or a brand-new Xbox One gamer, there has never been a better way to play Halo than The Master Chief Collection. Pre-order your copy today, and experience the adventures of Master Chief on November 11, and through the holiday season with the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.

Here’s how pre-order and pre-download 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 Halo: The Master Chief Collection” 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.

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.

Now that you’ve got all the intel you need, you can head over to the Xbox Store to grab Halo: The Master Chief Collection and begin downloading one of the year’s biggest Xbox One games. We’ll see you on the battlefield!

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The Voices of Destiny

As you dig into the world of Destiny, you’re going to discover that there’s a lot of story going on. And that means there’s a lot of talking going on. Fortunately, Bungie hasn’t skimped on the talent in this regard, drafting some top-tier stars to voice the characters you’ll meet as you play the game. Here are eight of the most recognizable actors lending their voices to Destiny.

Peter Dinklage: Ghost Peter

Your Ghost – the artificially intelligent construct that serves as Guardians’ support and companion – is the voice you’re going to hear most often in the game. It comes courtesy of Peter Dinklage, who has been wowing audiences as Tyrion Lannister inGame of Thrones. He also recently appeared as Dr. Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Also, he was Miles Finch in Elf. Destiny isn’t his first video game role, but it’s the first not adapted from a film he starred in (specifically, Ice Age: Continental Drift andThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian).

Bill Nighy: The Speaker Bill

Not to be confused with Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bill Nighy is a celebrated character actor who’s made appearances in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Shaun of the Dead, to name but a few. He was also the face behind Davy Jones’ tentacles in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Aside from games based on movies he’s been in, Nighy has also contributed his voice to the eventually-coming-to-consoles Elder Scrolls Online. In Destiny, he plays the Speaker, the voice of (and advocate for) the Traveler.

Lauren Cohan: The Stranger Lauren

You know her face as Maggie in The Walking Dead, you know her voice as Juliana inArcher, and Lauren Cohan can be seen in a variety of other well-known TV series – including The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. Destiny is her first video game role; she plays the mysterious Stranger, who follows your character around… mysteriously.

Nathan Fillion: Cayde-6, Hunter Vanguard Nathan

Ol’ Captain Tightpants can’t seem to keep himself out of space. Known among discerning viewers as Malcolm Reynolds in the criminally short-lived Firefly, Nathan Fillion currently stars in ABC’s police comedy-drama Castle. In Destiny, he takes on the role of the Vanguard of the Hunter class, a sort of guild leader. This isn’t the first time he’s been heard in a Bungie game: Fillion also appeared in Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, andHalo Reach.

Gina Torres: Ikora Rey, Warlock Vanguard Gina

Fillion isn’t the only Firefly alum to appear in the game: His first mate makes an appearance too, also as a Vanguard. Gina Torres played Zoe Washburne in Firefly, and appeared more recently as Bella Crawford in Hannibal and Jessica Pearson in Suits. Though she’s lent her voice to a handful of games in the past, her portrayal of the Warlock Vanguard here is arguably her biggest in-game role.

Lance Reddick: Commander Zavala, Titan Vanguard Lance

Rounding out the Vanguard contingent is Lance Reddick, marking his first video game role as the Titans’ big cheese. Though we haven’t heard him in games before, we’ve seen him in some pretty serious TV roles. He was Cedric Daniels in the legendary dramaThe Wire, Matthew Abaddon in Lost, and Phillip Broyles in Fringe.

Peter Stormare: Arach Jalaal, Dead Orbit Merchant Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare is a character actor who chewed up the scenery as Satan in the very underrated Constantine. He’s played small roles in films like Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Armageddon, and has lent his voice to a handful of video games – including theMercenaries series and The Elder Scrolls Online. In Destiny, he takes on the role of a merchant for one of the game’s factions.

Claudia Black: Tess Everis, Special Orders Claudia

Claudia Black has played a number of significant roles, both in-person and in games. You’ve seen her face in sci-fi series like Farscape and Stargate SG-1, and heard her voice in games like Crysis, Mass Effect 3, and Gears of War 3 – but her biggest role may be as Morrigan in the Dragon Age series. Here, she plays a merchant who deals in unique items not found anywhere else.

Want to see if you recognize any other voices? Be our guest; Destiny is currently available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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World of Tanks to Get Race Mode

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Tank Rally mode with custom map and free tank to enter the game on September 29

September 18, 2014 — Wargaming today announced the addition of Tank Rally mode to its free-to-play online action game World of Tanks. The new mode, which pits players against each other on a racing track full of destruction and explosive action, will be available for a limited time in-game fromSeptember 29th through October 12th. Video Here.

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Tank Rally mode pits teams of 3 against each other on a completely revamped version of the Port game map where players must not only race to the finish line and capture a solitary control point, but also try their best to destroy the competition on the way. The track, filled with ramps, explosives and other interactive objects, will provide ample opportunity to tip the odds of victory with every shot fired. The only tank available in the new mode will be the custom built M24 Chaffee Sport tank that will be given to all registered players for free.

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Tank Rally mode will also come complete with a special in-game medal, “Racer 2014,” awarded for being on a winning team, as well as a set of combat missions enabling tankers to earn experience points and credits.

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For more information about World of Tanks and to download the award-winning, free-to-play action MMO, visit:

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About World of Tanks

World of Tanks is the first and only team-based, massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes over 300 armoured vehicles from United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain and China, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

About Wargaming

Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles. Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the armored World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes, and the naval World of Warships. The three intertwined titles will form a common gaming universe integrated within the portal www.wargaming.net.

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Minecraft to Join Microsoft

By Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox

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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.

Phil
@XboxP3

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