Former EA, Assassin's Creed Boss Joins Google Ahead Of Big Gaming Reveal

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Video game industry veteran Jade Raymond, who produced the original Assassin's Creed before joining EA where she worked on Star Wars, has landed a new job at Google.

Raymond announced on Twitter today that she's working at Google as a vice president. That's all she had to say on the matter, so it's unclear exactly what she's doing at Google.

Google operates a gaming business with its Project Stream technology that is set to be formally unveiled next during the Game Developers Conference. Raymond would be at least Google's second high-profile gaming hire, following former PlayStation and Xbox boss Phil Harrison who joined Google as a VP in January 2018.

Bringing Halo: MCC To PC Is A "Monumental Undertaking," So Microsoft Is Getting Help

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC, and Microsoft is getting help from a pair of external studios to bring the collection to Steam and the Microsoft Store. In a blog post, developer 343 Industries said bringing Halo: MCC to PC is a "monumental undertaking," and to get help, it's hired Ruffian Games and Splash Damage.

Another factor at play here is that the "bulk" of 343 developers are now working on Halo Infinite, so the team is turning to outside studios to spread the development load.

"Bringing all these classic games together and integrating the huge matrix of features and experiences PC gamers and Halo fans deserve and expect is a monumental undertaking," 343 said. "It's no secret that the bulk of the team of 343 Industries is hard at work realizing the future of the franchise with Halo Infinite so the same amazing Publishing Team who diligently brought all the recent improvements and updates to MCC over the last year has invited a few friends to help us achieve victory. The experienced and passionate folks at Splash Damage and Ruffian are partnering with us to help make this dream a reality."

How Halo: Reach Will Be Added To Halo: MCC And What It Costs

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Halo: Reach is finally coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and now Microsoft has clarified how you'll get access to it on Xbox One and PC.

On Xbox One, the game's multiplayer content--include Forge and Theatre--will be free for everyone who owns the game. The game's campaign and Firefight mode, however, are getting bundled together in a "premium digital add-on" that you'll have to buy. Pricing was not disclosed, however.

Xbox Game Pass subscribers have the easiest path to getting all of Halo: Reach's components. Members will receive "the entirety of Halo: Reach," according to Microsoft. The word "entirety" suggests there will not be an extra cost for Game Pass members.

Xbox Shows Project xCloud In Action, Playing Forza Horizon 4 On A Phone

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During the latest Inside Xbox livestream, Microsoft's Project xCloud tech was shown off in action. Project xCloud allows games to be streamed directly to devices via hardware in remote data centers, letting you play games through a sufficiently high-speed internet connection. Specifically, Forza Horizon 4 was shown running on an Android-based phone connected wirelessly to an Xbox One controller.

Xbox's head of gaming cloud Kareem Choudhry said that public trials for Project xCloud will begin this year, though a specific timing window was not given. Not much else was said in terms of details, but Microsoft dug into the tech a bit last year with a video discussing how the tech works. At E3 2018, head of Xbox Phil Spencer made mention of game streaming during the company's keynote presentation, and stressed that the tech will deliver "console-quality gaming on any device."

Cloud-based gaming is a fairly new and complex technology, and it's a good thing we have you covered; be sure to check out our detailed explainer on everything you need to know about cloud gaming.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Early Review Impressions

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Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Early Review Impressions

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is currently available to play for those who purchased the Gold and Ultimate editions of the game. Because of the online nature of the game, GameSpot's access privileges to The Division 2 are the same as those who have those editions, so we're playing and experiencing concurrently to those players.

Below you'll find some day-one impressions from me, who'll be writing the final review. I plan to have a scored review-in-progress once I've completed the campaign and a final review once I've seen a substantial amount of what The Division 2 has to offer with its endgame content, including specializations, invaded missions, PvP, and the Dark Zones. We appreciate your patience as we dig deep into this huge game.

I've only been to Washington DC once in my life, and it was a short visit. I spent the better part of the day wandering the National Mall before calling it a night and moving on the next day. I've now spent about the same amount of time in Massive Entertainment's version of Washington DC, spending most of the first full day of The Division 2's life getting my bearings on the world and steadily plugging away at the game's campaign and side activities. But in both cases, my feelings about the place is the same: I really want to spend more time there.

Microsoft Bringing Halo To Steam, And That's A Big Deal

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Back in 2016, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said Microsoft was committed to bringing more of its games to Steam--and with releases like Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break, Ori and the Blind Forest, and others, the company has indeed ramped up.

Microsoft is going even bigger now with the news today that it's launching Halo on Steam. The Master Chief Collection, a huge package that includes Halo 1-4, along with ODST and Halo: Reach, will be available on Steam beginning later this year.

Microsoft has never released a Halo FPS game on Steam, so this is a big deal (Halo Wars: Definitive Edition is on Steam). Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 were released on PC through Microsoft's own store, while Halo 5: Forge also made its way to PC, but not through Steam.

Borderlands Dev Teases Game With A "3" In The Title, And Yeah, You Know Where This Is Going

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It looks like Borderlands developer Gearbox might announce its next game very soon. The studio posted a teaser image on Twitter today that many are taking to be a sign that Borderlands 3 will be announced at PAX East later this month.

The teaser image shows a highway sign for Boston, Mass. and date March 28, while the background looks visually similar to the style of the Borderlands series. The top right of the highway sign shows the bottom half of the number three. PAX East takes place in Boston, and the "3" might be a signal that this is all in reference to Borderlands 3.

Fortnite's New 8.10 Patch Changes Some Older Skins

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Fortnite's New 8.10 Patch Changes Some Older Skins

Fortnite's 8.10 patch is now available across PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Headlining this week's update is the new Baller vehicle, but the patch also makes numerous other changes to the game, including to a handful of outfits.

With the 8.10 update, developer Epic has given a makeover to a few of the game's older skins. "We've seen you being vocal about wanting to see the face behind the masks of some of our helmeted outfits, so we've done a pass on previous outfits," the developer explained in its latest blog post.

Specifically, six skins have been updated with this week's patch: Scarlet Defender, Elite Agent, Renegade Raider, Waypoint, Overtaker, and Whiteout. Epic says that it'll be "working on more outfit styles and other broad stroke improvements" to Fortnite's art in the future.

New Xbox One Controller Color Revealed, Blends "Luxury And Sci-Fi"

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New Xbox One Controller Color Revealed, Blends

Microsoft has revealed a new Xbox One controller colour, and it's definitely unique. The Phantom White Special Edition is described as "the optimal blend of luxury and sci-fi, embodying a new slant on technical beauty," and the description goes on from there.

"This controller reflects a sense of mystery with rich, neutral colors that fade away to reveal the technology inside," reads another line from one of the best product descriptions I have read in a long time. Here's what all of those words mean:

The new pad launches at retailers around the world starting on April 2, priced at $70 USD. This is the second in Microsoft's Phantom Series following the Phantom Black controller.