In practice, writing a “review” of a beta is not the wisest thing to do. With that said, try not to think of this as a “review” of the Destiny beta but merely my thoughts on it as a Guardian within The Last City. For those that are unsure what Destiny is, it is Bungie’s sort of shooter/MMO hybrid with the setting of various different planets in our solar system. Yes, you can actually go to the moon.
A new month brings a new round of games for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers to pick up for free. From now until May 15th you can download the Arcade title, Dust: An Elysian Tail for free.
From May 16th through the 31st you will be able to download Saints Row: The Third for free.
We are a few days into April, and if you are an Xbox LIVE Gold subscriber you can get two new games this month for free! The first title up for grabs is Hitman: Absolution from Io Interactive. You can download this game from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace here now until April 15th. If you’d like to, you may read our review of Absolution located here.
On April 16th through the 30th you can then get Deadlight by Tequila Works for free. Once the 16th approaches you may download it off the Xbox LIVE Marketplace here.
The Games with Gold program rolls on with the arrival of a new month. This time around we will see Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution starting on March 1st through the 15th.
You can pick up Civilization Revolution if you’d like to off the Xbox LIVE Marketplace here.
On the 16th of March you can grab Dungeon Defenders until the 31st.
You can download Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution for free starting on March 1st through March 15th. On March 16th through the 31st you will be able to download Dungeon Defenders for free if you are an Xbox LIVE Gold subscriber.
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.”