Sea Of Thieves Invites You To Temporarily Recruit Your Friends For Free

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Sea Of Thieves Invites You To Temporarily Recruit Your Friends For Free

Rare's latest title, Sea of Thieves, lets you live out your pirate fantasy by captaining your own ship, sailing across the sea, and hunting down treasure. However, being a swashbuckler isn't nearly as exciting if you have to do it alone. Today, Microsoft and Rare announced a new "Friends Play Free" event that allows anyone who owns Sea of Thieves or subscribes to Xbox Game Pass to invite up to three friends to try the pirate game for a limited time.

You can get codes for your friends from February 6 to February 13. To make this event more exciting, Rare is running a limited-time quest to find the treasure of Rum Runner. Those who complete the quest will get special rewards. To get your friends' codes, head here.

If your friends play the game with you and decide to become permanent members of your crew, Sea of Thieves will be available at a 35 percent discount until February 27. In addition, the team teased that big Sea of Thieves news will hit on the one-year anniversary of its launch, March 20.

Sea Of Thieves Invites You To Temporarily Recruit Your Friends For Free

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Sea Of Thieves Invites You To Temporarily Recruit Your Friends For Free

Rare's latest title, Sea of Thieves, lets you live out your pirate fantasy by captaining your own ship, sailing across the sea, and hunting down treasure. However, being a swashbuckler isn't nearly as exciting if you have to do it alone. Today, Microsoft and Rare announced a new "Friends Play Free" event that allows anyone who owns Sea of Thieves or subscribes to Xbox Game Pass to invite up to three friends to try the pirate game for a limited time.

You can get codes for your friends from February 6 to February 13. To make this event more exciting, Rare is running a limited-time quest to find the treasure of Rum Runner. Those who complete the quest will get special rewards. To get your friends' codes, head here.

If your friends play the game with you and decide to become permanent members of your crew, Sea of Thieves will be available at a 35 percent discount until February 27. In addition, the team teased that big Sea of Thieves news will hit on the one-year anniversary of its launch, March 20.

EA: Battlefield V Did Not Meet Sales Expectations

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EA: Battlefield V Did Not Meet Sales Expectations

During EA’s fiscal earnings call today, CEO Andrew Wilson announced that Battlefield V missed its sales expectations for the holiday quarter.

Wilson attributed Battlefield V’s underperformance to several factors. First was the game’s month-long delay from October 19 to November 20, which pushed the title into a busier holiday season. Wilson also pointed to prioritizing single-player content over Battlefield V’s still unreleased battle-royale mode as a contributing factor to the poor sales. Later in the call, CFO Blake Jorgensen offered specific numbers: Battlefield V has sold 7.3 million copies, putting it 1 million units below the company's expectations.

That said, EA touted that 27 million players have played Battlefield games over the past year, and that they are committed to “long-term live service” for their players. Battlefield V’s battle royale mode is set to launch in March.

EA: Battlefield V Did Not Meet Sales Expectations

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EA: Battlefield V Did Not Meet Sales Expectations

During EA’s fiscal earnings call today, CEO Andrew Wilson announced that Battlefield V missed its sales expectations for the holiday quarter.

Wilson attributed Battlefield V’s underperformance to several factors. First was the game’s month-long delay from October 19 to November 20, which pushed the title into a busier holiday season. Wilson also pointed to prioritizing single-player content over Battlefield V’s still unreleased battle-royale mode as a contributing factor to the poor sales. Later in the call, CFO Blake Jorgensen offered specific numbers: Battlefield V has sold 7.3 million copies, putting it 1 million units below the company's expectations.

That said, EA touted that 27 million players have played Battlefield games over the past year, and that they are committed to “long-term live service” for their players. Battlefield V’s battle royale mode is set to launch in March.

Microsoft Announces Halo: Outpost Discovery Fan Experience Tour

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Microsoft Announces Halo: Outpost Discovery Fan Experience Tour

Though it's been a few years since Halo 5: Guardians released, Master Chief and the Halo franchise remain Microsoft's most recognizable property. We're likely still a ways from Halo: Infinite, which was announced at E3 2018, but Microsoft is hoping to keep fans engaged through the new Halo: Outpost Discovery tour. 

The tour is set to come to five American cities this summer, bringing more than 300,000 square feet of activities for aspiring Spartans. Attendees can expect to explore a Halo Ring, see a real-life Warthog, experience some laser tag TDM, and engage in in-universe encounters via an innovative VR attraction. Halo: Outpost Discovery also features themed panels, creator and special guest meet-and-greets, and various community events built around subjects like livestreaming and cosplay. In addition, hundreds of game stations will allow fans to enjoy the latest Xbox game releases.

If you're a hardcore Halo fan, check the dates of the tour below and begin planning your summer vacation.

Microsoft Announces Halo: Outpost Discovery Fan Experience Tour

about X hours ago from
Microsoft Announces Halo: Outpost Discovery Fan Experience Tour

Though it's been a few years since Halo 5: Guardians released, Master Chief and the Halo franchise remain Microsoft's most recognizable property. We're likely still a ways from Halo: Infinite, which was announced at E3 2018, but Microsoft is hoping to keep fans engaged through the new Halo: Outpost Discovery tour. 

The tour is set to come to five American cities this summer, bringing more than 300,000 square feet of activities for aspiring Spartans. Attendees can expect to explore a Halo Ring, see a real-life Warthog, experience some laser tag TDM, and engage in in-universe encounters via an innovative VR attraction. Halo: Outpost Discovery also features themed panels, creator and special guest meet-and-greets, and various community events built around subjects like livestreaming and cosplay. In addition, hundreds of game stations will allow fans to enjoy the latest Xbox game releases.

If you're a hardcore Halo fan, check the dates of the tour below and begin planning your summer vacation.

Microsoft Studios Rebrands As Xbox Game Studios

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Microsoft Studios Rebrands As Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft has announced that its game development organization is rebranding. Starting today, Microsoft Studios is rebranding as Xbox Game Studios. According to corporate vice president of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty, "Xbox" has become Microsoft's brand for gaming no matter the device.

This move seems to double down on Microsoft's recent efforts to bolster its first-party and exclusive games lineup, which has included the recent acquisitions of several third-party studios including Obsidian Entertainment, Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, and InXile Entertainment.

Xbox Game Studios is made up of the following studios and development groups:

Microsoft Studios Rebrands As Xbox Game Studios

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Microsoft Studios Rebrands As Xbox Game Studios

Microsoft has announced that its game development organization is rebranding. Starting today, Microsoft Studios is rebranding as Xbox Game Studios. According to corporate vice president of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty, "Xbox" has become Microsoft's brand for gaming no matter the device.

This move seems to double down on Microsoft's recent efforts to bolster its first-party and exclusive games lineup, which has included the recent acquisitions of several third-party studios including Obsidian Entertainment, Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, and InXile Entertainment.

Xbox Game Studios is made up of the following studios and development groups:

Kingdom Hearts III Has Shipped Five Million Copies

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Kingdom Hearts III Has Shipped Five Million Copies

It's been quite a few years in the making, but Kingdom Hearts III is out and fans across the world are more than a little excited to dive deep into their favorite Disney worlds and keyblade stories. That anticipation built over a decade of waiting has translated into real numbers for Square Enix, which reports that Kingdom Hearts III has shipped five million copies since its release late last month.

There is the shipped/sold distinction here, where this number is officially what Square Enix has sold to retailers, but it is unlikely there is a huge number of games sitting on the shelves forever. It also includes digital numbers, which specifically are numbers for sales to consumers. This makes Kingdom Hearts the fastest selling game in the series, which is impressive for a series whose games have broken records for Square Enix twice before.

Some part of this is also likely because this is the first multiplatform Kingdom Hearts game, not counting remakes or ports. The first two games released exclusively on PlayStation 2, 358/2 Days and Re:Coded on DS, Birth by Sleep on PlayStation Portable, and Dream Drop Distance on the 3DS. For whatever reason, the various remasters and teaser chapter A Fragmentary Passage were only available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Kingdom Hearts III Has Shipped Five Million Copies

about X hours ago from
Kingdom Hearts III Has Shipped Five Million Copies

It's been quite a few years in the making, but Kingdom Hearts III is out and fans across the world are more than a little excited to dive deep into their favorite Disney worlds and keyblade stories. That anticipation built over a decade of waiting has translated into real numbers for Square Enix, which reports that Kingdom Hearts III has shipped five million copies since its release late last month.

There is the shipped/sold distinction here, where this number is officially what Square Enix has sold to retailers, but it is unlikely there is a huge number of games sitting on the shelves forever. It also includes digital numbers, which specifically are numbers for sales to consumers. This makes Kingdom Hearts the fastest selling game in the series, which is impressive for a series whose games have broken records for Square Enix twice before.

Some part of this is also likely because this is the first multiplatform Kingdom Hearts game, not counting remakes or ports. The first two games released exclusively on PlayStation 2, 358/2 Days and Re:Coded on DS, Birth by Sleep on PlayStation Portable, and Dream Drop Distance on the 3DS. For whatever reason, the various remasters and teaser chapter A Fragmentary Passage were only available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.