About: Ashley Bates

Full time bearded man of Xbox One UK, and also a Senior Editor. Self-appointed Fighting Game Hype Man, because no one else on site appreciates the art of fisticuffs. Catch me on Twitter @donovan_ryder.

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Twin stick arcade-style shooter Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops will be exploding onto the Xbox One come February 26th. Originally created for Mobile devices, it has been developed for Xbox One by Australian-based Epiphany Games. The Xbox One version of Tiny Troopers Joint Ops includes four brand new Zombie Wave maps, a brand-new soundtrack, and an Ultra Hard Mode, just make the game feel like a true arcade coin muncher. Tiny Troopers Joint Ops includes features such as: Over 60 action-packed mini-maps of mayhem including Zombie Survival Mode with online leaderboards Recruit specialist mercenaries such as Medics, Machine Gunners and the Elite … Read More »

Friendly public service announcement regarding Destiny’s servers: you might have noticed they not operating right now, as they’re down for a scheduled maintenance. Bungie have said that they expect everything to be back up and running by 10pm GMT tonight, and we’ll keep you updated if anything changes. No word on whether or not this maintenance is to lay the groundwork for future updates, such as the Crimson Doubles planned for Valentine’s, but I imagine Bungie will let us know in due time. Don’t worry Guardian, you’ll be back in the Tower soon enough. Source: Bungie

Xbox’s Game Preview library will soon be bolstered by the arrival of The Solus Project, a single player sci-fi survival game. Arriving on the 26th February from Teoti Studios and GRIP Digital, The Solus Project tasks players with finding a way to survive on a hostile alien world, searching for a way to bring humanity back from the brink of extinction. You’ll have to adapt to the changing weather conditions, harsh terrain and the possibility of not being alone… Following on from the Preview release, the game will be updated episodically with new content, such as new areas to explore and new … Read More »

In news that would address another one of my many backwards compatibility wishes, a remastering of cult horror title Alan Wake might be on the cards. According to reddit user DrGreenThumb_NZ, Microsoft are conducting a survey relating to upcoming Remedy Entertainment exclusive Quantum Break, the latest game from the Alan Wake developers: “Microsoft sent an Xbox Live survey to gamers, asking if they would be interested in playing a remastered version of Alan Wake on the Xbox One. Specifically, the survey asks players if they would be willing to purchase the rerelease for Xbox One, and if they would recommend … Read More »

Those of you looking the pre-order the new Hitman game, you’re back in luck, as Square Enix and Io-Interactive have announced they’re allowing pre-orders once again for the latest of Agent 47’s adventures. The game will be released on March 11th, with only a handful of episodes. New missions and locations will then be added over the rest of 2016. Regarding the pre-orders, Square Enix are offering two packages; the “Full Experience”, which gives you everything as and when it comes out for £44.99, or the “Intro Pack”, which offers the prologue and Paris episode only for £11.99. If you … Read More »

Anyone here still play Neverwinter? Your experience is about to get expanded, as Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Games have announced that The Maze Engine, another piece of DLC which follows on from The Underdark, will be coming to the Xbox One. This latest offering promises to bring all the major players of the Dungeons and Dragons mythos together, including Drizzt Do’Urden, Minsc, Bruenor Battlehammer and Regis, to fight the villains of Baphomet and Orcus, ensuring fans of the franchise will be interested. Concerning the gameplay itself, you can expect a new campaign questline, new gameplay features and customisation for your mounts, … Read More »

It’s always nice to get things for free, wouldn’t you agree? Ubisoft certainly would, as the new free Black Ice update has dropped for Rainbow Six: Siege, giving us 2 new Operators, a new map and some new weapon skins. The map included takes place on a luxury yacht, and the two new operators, Frost and Buck, represent the elite Canadian special operations JTF 2 force. There is a catch, however. Whilst the map is completely free, the new operators are only available for Season Pass holders, at least for this week. From February 9th, regular players will be able to … Read More »

Manchester-based development studio Pixelbomb Games have unveiled a new gameplay trailer for their upcoming mech shooter, Beyond: Flesh and Blood. This trailer also came with the announcement that Pixelbomb have signed a publishing deal with Sold Out, meaning the ID@Xbox title will receive a physical release priced at £29.99, scheduled for Q2 of this year. Pixelbomb’s Managing Director, John Kavanagh said, “We have a standout hit with Beyond Flesh and Blood. Our upcoming marketing campaigns clearly demonstrate our ambitions for the game, and the studio.  This means that in order to maximise all revenues and plough funds into building the brand; … Read More »

According to a report coming from Retail Merchandiser, we can look forward to a new Ghostbusters game haunting shops in July. The report is linked to an interview with Mark Caplan, senior vice president for Sony Pictures Consumer Products, who said that a new “full-fledged” Ghostbusters game was expected to be released around the same time as the new film, which hits on July 15th. It’s unclear at the moment whether or not this new game will be a tie-in to the upcoming film, starring Melissa McCarthey, Kirsten Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, or a sequel to the standalone … Read More »

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