Fans of the Worms franchise that have moved onto next generation systems will be happy to know that one of their favorite titles will be arriving on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.
Team17 is very excited to make its debut on next gen consoles with Worms Battlegrounds, which will be one of the first titles to be published under the new self-publishing program for the Xbox One called ID@Xbox. Battlegrounds is expected to release later this year on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As of this time, no more information is known about the game.
During the month of February, Xbox LIVE Gold members can download Dead Island and Toy Soldiers: Cold War for free. From now until February 15th you can download Dead Island for free.
Then on February 16th through the 28th you can grab Toy Soldiers: Cold War for free as well.
Irrational Games has released a new trailer showing off some footage from the second part of the Burial at Sea DLC for last years Bioshock Infinite.
Burial at Sea: Episode Two will place the player in the role of Elizabeth as you continue to unravel the mysteries that Rapture holds. Episode Two will be included in the season pass for free, or available as a standalone piece of DLC. At this time we do not have a release date or price for it individually.
Today Microsoft Studios has purchased the Gears of War franchise from previous developer and publisher, Epic Games. In addition to announcing the purchase of the franchise, Microsoft also announced that Black Tusk Studios will now take over development for the future of the series. Rod Fergusson, the former Director of Production at Epic Games on the Gears franchise, will also be joining Black Tusk to oversee the development of the series going forward.
Head of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer had this to say as to why Black Tusk was chosen to take over development of the series.
Black Tusk has assembled a world-class team with deep experience and passion for the shooter space, and specifically the “Gears of War” franchise. I am extremely confident that under the leadership of Hanno Lemke, Rod Fergusson and our other leaders in the studio, Black Tusk is well equipped to take on the future development of the “Gears of War” franchise.
And finally, here is the statement from Epic Games on this acquisition:
“Epic Games has reached an agreement to sell the ‘Gears of War’ intellectual property rights to Microsoft. We’re very proud of the franchise we built in close partnership with Microsoft over the past decade and are happy that this agreement enables Microsoft to forge ahead with the ‘Gears’ universe on their industry-leading platforms as Epic concentrates its efforts on new projects,” said Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “Epic remains totally dedicated to supporting Xbox One and is licensing the Unreal Engine 4 technology to Microsoft in support of their future projects.”
If you are an Xbox LIVE Gold subscriber, you have probably been waiting to see what two free games you will receive for the month of January. Starting on Wednesday, January 1st you will be able to download Sleeping Dogs for free until January 15th.
Then on January 16th you will be able to download Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for free.
As part of the continuing Games with Gold program you can now pick up Shoot Many Robots for free if you have an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription. You can take advantage of this offer from now through December 31st.
Grab Shoot Many Robots off the Xbox LIVE Marketplace here.
As of yesterday you can now pick up the Blackbeard’s Wrath multiplayer DLC for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. This pack adds three new characters for you to choose from in the multiplayer portion of the game.
The first character up shares the name of “The Jaguar”.
Cuali (a name which means “good” in Nahuatl) is an Aztec warrior from Mexico, who took to the sea, joining any mission that would allow him to combat the Spanish conquest of central America. A fighter, he survived the destruction of his community and went on to join forces with a growing contingency of native Templars who sought renewed peace and order.