Yesterday saw the March edition of Inside Xbox. As always there was an abundance of announcements and (as always) we’re here to give you the highlights in an easy to digest form! Let’s kick off in the same way that Inside Xbox did, with Game Pass news.
This was a bit of a no-brainer really. Xbox had said that all first-party titles would be on Game Pass. With Microsoft owning Mojang, we had been scratching our heads about why Minecraft wasn’t on the service. Well, we need not worry our heads about it anymore as Minecraft is joining Game Pass on 4th April. If you’re unfamiliar with Mojang’s cultural phenomenon (what rock have you been hiding under), you can check out a trailer for the game down below –
Halo – The Master Chief Collection
The first big news is that The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC. If you were a PC gamer then the only Halo titles you could play were Halo: Combat Evolved (the first game) and Halo 2. Well, thanks to the release of The Master Chief Collection on PC you will very soon be able to play all of the Halo games on your desktop or laptop. The various games will be gradually released on to this new platform as they get refined for mouse & keyboard control as well as the different hardware. If you are a fan of PC you’ll also be interested to know that you will also be able to purchase The Master Chief Collection on Steam.
Xbox One owners were also shown some Halo love with the news that Halo Reach will be joining The Master Chief Collection. This will finally mean that all of the games in the Halo franchise (except for the arcade game, Fireteam Raven, and the mobile game, Spartan Strike) will be available on Xbox One. The release of Halo Reach will be segmented affair with the PVP multiplayer side being a free add-on for anyone who already owns The Master Chief Collection. The campaign and firefight mode, though, will be offered as a digital add-on. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will have access to all of the game as part of their subscription.
You can check out the announcement trailer as well as the Inside Xbox segment video down below –
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
We are merely a couple of days away from the release of the The Division 2 (unless you bought the Gold Edition, in which case you can play it right now). While Inside Xbox didn’t really share any new details for the online looter-shooter, they did have a new trailer for the game that highlights the Xbox One X enhancements. You can check out the trailer down below –
ONE PIECE World Seeker
The Division 2 wasn’t the only game to offer a trailer for Inside Xbox. Bandai Namco’s upcoming action adventure game based on the ONE PIECE franchise makes it look like you playing an actual anime. They also confirmed that there will be DLC coming for the game with the first piece arriving in early summer 2019. You can check out the trailer below –
Gaming for everyone & Women in Gaming
Also as part of this month’s Inside Xbox, there was a segment on Microsoft’s Gaming for Everyone and Women in Gaming programmes. The main body of this segment was an interview with Tracy Fullerton which you can check out below –
Phantom White Controller
The latest controller to be offered by Xbox is the next in their phantom series. These controllers have a semi-translucent that allow you to some of the inner workings of the controller. Whereas last year saw the introduction of the phantom black controller, we now have the phantom white special edition. This new controller will be available from 11th April 2019 and here’s a picture of the controller –
State of Decay 2
Dacey Willoughby from Undead Labs was on hand at Inside Xbox to talk about the latest addition to State of Decay 2. The ‘Choose your own apocalypse’ update will launch on 26th March and will include 2 new levels of difficulty, dread zone and nightmare zone. These new difficulties are challenging and will push even the most accomplished of players. If you want to know more check out the official stream from Undead Labs that introduces a lot of the new update down below –
Kareem Choudhry turned up on Inside Xbox to talk about Project xCloud, Microsoft’s game streaming system. The basic premise is to allow you to play Xbox games anywhere and on any screen. The example shown on the Inside Xbox stream was playing Forza Horizon 4 on a mobile phone. All of the processing was being down by cloud servers with the phone just displaying the action and the controller sending your inputs to the cloud. Trials for the service will begin later this year. If you interested in Project xCloud check out the segment that introduced the service down below –
The Final Fantasy franchise has a rich history and a wealth of titles. A lot of these have never been available on the Xbox ecosystem. Well, Square Enix announced, via a trailer on Inside Xbox, a slew of Final Fantasy titles either coming to, or available now on, Xbox One. You can check out the trailer with the full list of games down below –
Martin ?ulák of Bohemia Interactive introduced a video about their open-world survival game, DayZ. He talked about how the development team appreciated all the feedback they’ve been getting since the game launched in the Game Preview program. He particularly pointed out how they tweaked the control scheme after feedback from players. The game will be leaving Game Preview on 27th March and they announced that they already have a full year’s worth of updates planned for the title. He also introduced their new cinematic trailer for the game which you can check out below –
Well, that’s it this month’s edition of Inside Xbox. The next episode will be in April where we should be getting more details of what we can expect at this year’s E3.