Posts by: Sam Sharp

How do you compose a dynamic soundtrack? How do you decide what instruments to use? How do you work with themes created by legendary composers? These questions and more we put to composers Brian Lee White & Brian Trifon of Finishing Move and Gordy Haab, the trio behind the soundtrack of Halo Wars 2! Xbox One UK: What was the first action you all took in beginning to compose Halo Wars 2's score, and how did the process continue from there? Brian Trifon: The first thing we did was identify the aesthetic that collectively we wanted to create for the score. That process involved ... Read More »
With its iconic art style and exciting gameplay, Cuphead is a highly anticipated game. The debut title from StudioMDHR, we recently had the opportunity to ask Chad Moldenhauer - co-founder of the studio with his brother Jared - about Cuphead's creation, story, and art. https://youtu.be/UJszILRT_D4 Xbox One UK: Cuphead is already famous for its 1930's cartoon-style visuals. Were you surprised it would prove so popular? Chad Moldenhauer: We knew that if we wanted to stand out, we would have to have a different and under served visual style, so in that respect, we were pretty sure there was a niche to fill. But we ... Read More »
Ripstone is a developer and published based in Liverpool, founded in 2011 and known for their support of independent developers. On TIGA Awards' shortlist for 2016 Publisher of the Year, titles they've published include the Pure series, - Pure Pool, Pure Hold 'Em, and Pure Chess - Stick It To The Man, and Ironcast. Michelle Turner is Ripstone's Head of PR & Marketing, and one of MCV's 30 Under 30 and Top 100 Women in Games. She was kind enough to take time out for an email interview covering things Disney, publishing, upcoming trends, and competition! XboxOneUK: According to MCV you were the first employee of Ripstone. Prior ... Read More »
AntabStudio is an Italian outfit comprised of only three members: Andrea Tabacco, Lara Gianotti, and Andrea Riccardi. What they lack in numbers they make up for in experience, their shared histories covering 11 years in the games industry, roles as an art director and designer, and as a student at a prestigious university. Gridd: Retroenhanced is the third arcade shooter in the Gridd series, begun by Andrea Tabacco, yet the first to appear on console. We recently caught up with the team via email to find out more about the game and themselves. Xbox One UK: Gridd: Retroenhanced is the third game in the ... Read More »
Today is the final day of the Sea of Thieves gamescom livestreams. If you've watched them all so far you should certainly qualify for an authentic pirate hat. There are to be three streams, the first at 10am UK time, 11am CEST, and 2am PDT. The second will start at 3.30pm UK, 4.30pm CEST, and 7.30am PDT. The third will commence at 8pm UK, 9pm CEST, and 12pm PDT. For more news, reviews, competitions and interviews, join Xbox One UK’s Facebook Group, Like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter. Plus, if videos are your thing, check out our YouTube ... Read More »
Rare are taking to Twitch once more to showcase Sea of Thieves at gamescom. There will be two streams today, the first commencing at 10am UK time, 11am CEST, and 2.am PDT. The second will start at 3.30pm UK, 4.30pm CEST, and 7.30am PDT. If you're enjoying it, brace yourself for three streams tomorrow. For more news, reviews, competitions and interviews, join Xbox One UK’s Facebook Group, Like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter. Plus, if videos are your thing, check out our YouTube and Twitch channels!
Respawn Entertainment are showing off multiplayer gameplay of Titanfall 2 in, why, approximately 15 minutes, as part of this year's gamescom. The Factions demo will see Titanfall community stars, pro gamers, and YouTubers fight tooth and giant mech fist for the chance to shout "I'm better than you!" at each other across the stage. Or something like that. 8pm UK/CET and 11am PST are your start times. For more news, reviews, competitions and interviews, join Xbox One UK’s Facebook Group, Like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter. Plus, if videos are your thing, check out our YouTube and Twitch ... Read More »
Live in Germany, Bungie are going to uncover what's next for Destiny. They've promised a ViDoc, what to expect from Rise of Iron, and a gander at the new Crucible gameplay, as well as the ever vague but enticing hint of surprises. The stream goes live at 6pm UK time, 7pm if you're watching in Europe, or 10am if you're living under Pacific Daylight Time in North America. For more news, reviews, competitions and interviews, join Xbox One UK’s Facebook Group, Like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter. Plus, if videos are your thing, check out our YouTube and Twitch channels!
Rare are taking to Twitch to show off more of brand new piratical adventure, Sea of Thieves. There's barely a scurvy seadog's plunder worth of information available about the game currently, save some multiplayer pickings and a gameplay structure that sounds reminiscent of Destiny and The Division, so more facts and shots of the game in action are welcome. The stream is set to kick off at 3.30pm UK time, 4.30pm CEST, and 7.30am PDT. Keep a look out over the next two days for more Sea of Thieves livestreams. For E3's multiplayer gameplay of Sea of Thieves, sail over ... Read More »

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