Three new demos have recently become available in the Xbox Marketplace that many gamers might be interested. The demos are for Diablo III, FIFA 14, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and all are very popular titles in the industry. The Diablo III demo includes a variety of features including all five Hero Classes, local and online gameplay, and allows players to reach the Skeleton King with demo saves capable of carrying over to the full version of the game. The full version of Diablo III was launched a little bit earlier this month. The FIFA 14 demo introduces the players to the new shooting style called Pure Shot which uses upgraded ball physics allowing the game to feel much more realistic. FIFA 14 is expected to launch for the current generation of consoles on September 24 and the next generation consoles in November. The final demo for Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 includes an entirely rebuilt physics system, and updates to team and player AI capabilities. This demo also features advanced graphics and an improved “atmosphere.” The Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 full game is scheduled to launch for the current consoles on September 24.
It has become known via Twitter announcement earlier today that the lead project director from Halo 4 Scott Warner is leaving 343 Industries to continue his career with EA Visceral. This is good news for EA Visceral because Warner has quite a resume working with previous game development companies such as Pandemic Studios and Black Isle Studios. The most well known recent product released from EA Visceral was Dead Space 3 which was released earlier in the year with good reviews despite failing to meet projected sales by EA. The big upcoming project from Visceral is a new Star Wars game that is in no way connected to the DICE studios revival of the Star Wars Battlefront series that is under development for the new generation of consoles running on the Frostbite 3 engine. Hopefully Mr. Warner finds his move to EA Visceral to be easy and that he continues his illustrious career in producing excellent games that we can enjoy in the coming months and years.
For all the gamers out there like myself itching to get their hands on the upcoming games from Respawn Entertainment Titanfall beware the online scams claiming to give players the opportunity to play in a game beta. Respawn has come out and said that all such offers are scams and should be avoided at all costs in order to protect your personal information. This message was released by the company on Twitter and hopefully it reaches most gamers before they fall victim. The game will be released in the upcoming year for PC, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One and I am definitely excited!
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For all the Xbox 360 gamers out there that were dreading the release of the new generation of consoles because their pocketbooks were a bit on the light side and were not going to be able to make the transition shortly after the launches this holiday season there is good news. Microsoft has come out to confirm that they will continue to provide support for the 360 console for three more years in addition to handling the new Xbox One. This news was released by Yusuf Mehdi during Citi Global Technology Conference which took place on September 3rd. In addition to receiving continued support Mehdi also mentioned that there are 100 additional games planned to be released for the aging console while the company slowly moves to phase the console out by 2016 unlike the abrupt abandonment which the original console saw with the release of the 360. I know that I personally don’t have the cash to shell out to pick up one of the new generation consoles at release so I was quite pleased to learn that my 360 would still continue to be usable for quite a bit of time to come. Hope that this news is as exciting for some of you as it was for me and keeping up the gaming and have some fun!
In case you didn’t know Xbox Live has recently rescinded their Xbox Live Points currency system and released an update removing the point system which had been in place since the launch of Xbox Live. This change came about as a result of customer polling which revealed the fact that users wanted to be able to spend real money on their purchases rather than “points.” This is a major change in the way that Xbox Live handles its purchases which had previously had used Microsoft points which were purchased through the system in variables of 400. 400 Microsoft points was the equivalent of $5 and the system of exchange had often come under fire by consumers who were left with extra points after making purchases of their desired content. The currency added to accounts during the time period of the conversion will expire on June 1st 2015 however currency purchased after the transition will not expire.
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