Xbox One Adds Hard Corps: Uprising, Bullet Soul, Band Of Bugs, And More To Backward Compatibility Library

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Xbox One Adds Hard Corps: Uprising, Bullet Soul, Band Of Bugs, And More To Backward Compatibility Library

The library of Xbox 360 games that are playable on Xbox One continues to grow, and while today's addition isn't of the magnitude of past announcements, players do have five new Xbox 360 games that are now playable on Xbox One.

Beginning today, players can revisit the following Xbox 360 games on their Xbox One:

The most recent addition to the Xbox One backward compatibility list came earlier this week with a pair of Geometry Wars games. For the full list of Xbox 360 games that are playable on Xbox One through the backward compatibility program, head to Xbox's official list.

Oculus Announces Closure Of Oculus Story Studio

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Oculus Announces Closure Of Oculus Story Studio

Virtual reality company Oculus has announced the closure of Oculus Story Studio, the film studio founded by former Pixar employees to create immersive movies using the VR technology. The move comes as a part of Oculus' shift in focus away from producing content internally in favor of support external content creation.

Oculus Story Studio released three films: Lost, Henry, and Dear Angelica. Henry is narrated by Elijah Wood and took home an Emmy award for Outstanding Original Interactive Programming. Dear Angelica stars Geena Davis and Mae Whitman and followed in the footsteps of Story Studio's 2015 film, Lost, by debuting this past January at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 

According to a blog post by Oculus VP of content Jason Rubin, the company is still committed to helping fund VR film projects (including a pledged $50 million investment in future non-gaming VR projects), but all ongoing projects at Oculus Story Studio have been canceled. The three films that Oculus Story Studio did release will not be delisted from the store.

Rhythm Action Game Thumper Coming To Switch This Month

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Rhythm Action Game Thumper Coming To Switch This Month

As the Switch's early success becomes more apparent and the system's library continues to steadily build, more developers are announcing support for the system. The latest is Drool with its rhythm action game Thumper, which is now set to hit Switch on May 18.

Though you obviously won't be able to experience Thumper in VR on the Switch version, the game runs in 1080p in TV mode and 720p in handheld mode at 60 frames per second for both modes. In addition, the version supports HD rumble with the Switch's Joy-Cons.

Thumper originally released on PlayStation VR, Rift, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2016. The Switch version hits May 18 and costs $19.99. Thumper is also confirmed to come to Xbox One at a later date, but the developer has yet to reveal a date on that version. 

Activision Blizzard Reports Record First-Quarter Financial Results

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Activision Blizzard Reports Record First-Quarter Financial Results

During today's Activision Blizzard first-quarter financial call, the publisher announced record results that exceeded expectations.

Activision Blizzard reached over $1.7 billion net revenues compared to $1.46 billion in first-quarter 2016. Activision achieved 48 million monthly active users with games like Destiny and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Blizzard had 41 million monthly active users thanks to games like Overwatch and World of Warcraft, and King mobile had 342 million monthly active users due to games like Candy Crush Saga and Candy Crush Soda Saga. Activision Blizzar games also achieved approximately 40 billion hours logged over the last 12 months. 

Blizzard's Overwatch has become Activision's eighth billion-dollar franchise, and is Blizzard's fastest-growing IP. Unsurprisingly, the game has seen massive spikes in engagement during its seasonal events like Uprising and Year of the Rooster. In addition, Blizzard touted that Heroes of the Storm 2.0 has brought players back into the title, while Hearthstone set a new record for daily active users in April with the release of the Journey to Un'Goro expansion. Blizzard has seen a nearly 30 percent year-over-year increase in-game purchases driven primarily by Overwatch and World of Warcraft. 

Overwatch Is Blizzard's Fastest-Growing Franchise

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Overwatch Is Blizzard's Fastest-Growing Franchise

During today's Activision Blizzard first-quarter 2017 earnings call, the company announced that Overwatch has become the fastest-growing franchise at Blizzard. With over 30 million players accumulated over the course its first year and over $1 billion in revenue, Activision Blizzard is pleased with how Blizzard's newest IP is performing. This makes Overwatch Activision Blizzard's eighth billion-dollar franchise in its portfolio.

In addition to the performance of the game, Activision Blizzard sees a lot of value in both the franchise's reach in other mediums such as comics and shorts, as well as the upcoming Overwatch League, an esports league that Activision Blizzard hopes to launch later this year.

Overwatch launched last May to widespread critical acclaim. In the time since launch, Overwatch has added more content and various seasonal events to drive engagement and revenue.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie Chronicles Remasters Eight Classic Zombies Maps

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops III – Zombie Chronicles Remasters Eight Classic Zombies Maps

Jason Blundell, co-studio head of Treyarch (the developer behind the Black Ops trilogy), has announced the newest zombie-related DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The announcement comes via a guest appearance on YouTuber JCbackfire's channel. The pack features eight maps from games as early as World at War, when the beloved Zombies mode originally debuted in the series.

"A lot of our fans have come in later... have come in at, like, Black Ops II or even Black Ops III," Blundell told JCbackfire on his video. "So those early storyline kind of concepts and those early maps that really set down the foundation for Zombies... a lot of people hadn't experienced them, or they kind of experienced them in little bits and bobs in different places."

The pack features the following classic maps recreated in Black Ops III:

President Of 2K Games Christoph Hartmann Leaves Company

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President Of 2K Games Christoph Hartmann Leaves Company

Longtime Take-Two executive Christoph Hartmann has left his post as President of 2K Games. Hartmann has worked for Take-Two for two decades and was instrumental in founding the 2K Games label in 2005.

A representative at Take-Two Interactive Software provided us with the following statement:

“We can confirm that there has been a management change at the leadership level of 2K.  For more than a decade, Christoph Hartmann has helped 2K to become an industry leader and we are grateful for his contributions and wish him well on his future endeavors. This change in leadership will have no impact on 2K’s current pipeline of titles in development, and we look forward to this new chapter in the history of our label.”

Next Mafia III DLC Stones Unturned Hits May 30

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Next Mafia III DLC Stones Unturned Hits May 30

Mafia III's next piece of downloadable content hits later this month and features Lincoln Clay helping his old friend John Donovan out with a revenge plot of his own.

Stone Unturned features a new story where Clay joins up with Donovan to track down the traitorous Connor Aldridge who once left Donovan to die. Aldridge has resurfaced with a mercenary army in tow, and now Clay and Donovan must fight together to take him down. 

The DLC features new heavy weapons, turreted vehicles, sniper support, and unique rewards. You can watch the "Inside Look" video below to learn more about the Stones Unturned DLC.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Eventually Coming To Consoles

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Eventually Coming To Consoles

One of the biggest hits on Steam lately has been PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The intense 100-player online multiplayer survival arena has sold over two million copies – quite a feat for a title exclusive to PC and still in Steam's Early Access program. However, that part about it being PC exclusive won't last forever according to a recent interview the game's creative director Brendan Greene gave Business Insider.

"We have a team working already on looking to port it to at least the Xbox [One]," Greene said in the interview. "We're looking at both consoles of course, but we have no time frame for both."

According to Business Insider, Greene's team at Bluehole Studios is looking at PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds exiting Early Access within the next several months, meaning the console versions could be out in the months following. Greene tells Business Insider that since the game is built using Unreal Engine, porting it to consoles won't be a massive undertaking, and the team has enough resources that they can finish the PC version while looking into other platforms at the same time.

Halo, Pokémon, Donkey Kong, And Street Fighter II Inducted Into World Video Game Hall Of Fame

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Halo, Pokémon, Donkey Kong, And Street Fighter II Inducted Into World Video Game Hall Of Fame

Following its announcement of its 12 finalists for the 2017 induction class in March, the World Video Game Hall of Fame at The Strong Museum of Play has announced the four titles to be inducted this year. This year's class features a diverse group of games that includes Bungie's Halo: Combat Evolved, Nintendo's Donkey Kong, Game Freak's Pokémon Red/Green, and Capcom's Street Fighter II.

Each year, 12 titles are nominated before being whittled down to four inductees. This year's finalists that did not make the cut include Final Fantasy VII, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Portal, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, and Wii Sports. 

Prior to this induction class, the World Video Game Hall of Fame included Doom, Grand Theft Auto III, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.