DayZ coming to Xbox One on Aug. 29

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DayZ coming to Xbox One on Aug. 29

Xbox One owners will get a chance to play DayZ, Bohemia Interactive’s survival game set in a zombie-infested world, later this month. Bohemia will release an early access version of DayZ through Microsoft’s Xbox Game Preview program on Aug. 29, the developer announced at Gamescom today.

The stand-alone version of DayZ has been in early access on Steam since 2013. Earlier this month, Bohemia let Xbox One players into its closed preview testing program, giving a small number of players access to the game.

PUBG for Xbox One leaves early access on Sept. 4

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PUBG for Xbox One leaves early access on Sept. 4

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One is finally exiting early access, developer PUBG Corp. announced during the Gamescom episode of Inside Xbox. The game will enter its full release on Sept. 4.

The game’s official release will also come with the addition of a few new features, previously only available to PUBG players on PC. The first of these is the addition of Sanhok to the Xbox One version of the game. While it’s unclear if the 1.0 update of PUBG on Xbox will fully release the map, or simply allow players to test it, this will be the first time Sanhok is available to Xbox players.

Hunt: Showdown coming to Xbox One

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Hunt: Showdown coming to Xbox One

Crytek’s competitive monster-hunting shooter, Hunt: Showdown, is coming to Xbox One, the developer announced at Gamescom on Tuesday. Hunt: Showdown will be available in early access initially as part of the Xbox Game Preview program, which is home to in-development games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Gwent and Vigor.

In Hunt: Showdown, players take on the role of a bounty hunter in search of monsters hidden in the swamps of Louisiana. Crytek’s game offers a high-tension, high-risk and high-reward experience, as players must not only battle against terrifying monsters in teams of two, but must also contend with other players fighting to steal their bounty. As we said in our preview of the PC version of Hunt, the game blends cooperative and competitive elements of titles like Evolve, Escape from Tarkov and Tom Clancy’s The Division into something new and compelling.

Soulcalibur 6 will have a custom character creator and Tira as DLC

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Soulcalibur 6 will have a custom character creator and Tira as DLC

Soulcalibur 6 will once again let players create their own custom fighter, which can be used in the game’s single-player story campaign, according to a new video released by publisher Bandai Namco. Players will be able to take their unique character into battle to fight against and alongside the game’s roster in a mode called Libra of Soul.

Libra of Soul is one of two single-player story modes in Soulcalibur 6. The other, Chronicle of Souls, explores the timeline of the Soulcalibur series in a series of battles, conversations and 2D art. In Libra of Soul, players create their own custom fighter and roam the world “in a quest to stop a new evil mastermind at work to gather Soul Edge shards.” On their journey, players will bump into the cast of Soulcalibur 6 as well as custom fighters created by other players.

Saints Row: The Third is coming to the Nintendo Switch

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Saints Row: The Third is coming to the Nintendo Switch

Saints Row: The Third is getting ported to the Nintendo Switch, publisher Deep Silver announced Tuesday, and I’m currently experiencing happiness mixed with a healthy dash of confusion.

Saints Row: The Third is a great game, but it was released in 2011 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox 360. The latest game in the series is 2013’s Saints Row 4, which was another great game, so why not release that instead of digging back into the history of the franchise?

Watch 7 minutes of Rage 2 gameplay

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Watch 7 minutes of Rage 2 gameplay

At QuakeCon earlier this month, we got to play a brief demo of Rage 2, the surprise sequel to id Software’s 2010 first-person shooter. Rage 2 is in the hands of Just Cause and Mad Max developer Avalanche Studios, who are delivering an action-heavy shooter that trades the original Rage’s earth tones for a cotton candy-colored post-apocalypse filled with super powers.

In the gameplay footage above, you’ll get a taste for Rage 2’s over-the-top violence, thanks to the game’s decapitating boomerang, the Wingstick, and Walker’s special abilities, like Shatter and Slam, that turn wasteland survivors into red mist on contact. Chaining kills and destruction using Walker’s abilities builds up the Overdrive meter, which makes him (and his guns) faster and more powerful.

Watch Xbox’s Gamescom livestream here

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Watch Xbox’s Gamescom livestream here

Microsoft will livestream a “very special episode” of its Inside Xbox show today from Gamescom 2018, the annual gaming expo held in Cologne, Germany. The Inside Xbox Gamescom presentation kicks off at 10:30 a.m. EDT/4:30 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

You can watch today’s episode of Inside Xbox on a variety of Microsoft’s channels, including xbox.com, Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The stream is embedded above.

King K. Rool looks like a hilarious powerhouse in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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King K. Rool looks like a hilarious powerhouse in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

After Nintendo revealed a handful of new characters all at once during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct earlier this month, we weren’t sure if we’d have to wait until December to actually see them in action. Nintendo’s Japanese YouTube account now has footage of several of these fighters, however — most notably King K. Rool, the fan-favorite Donkey Kong Country villain.

Two different gameplay videos are up on the channel, and we recommend at least watching the match between K. Rool and Snake. Solid Snake returns after a decade-long absence, having last appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl; but for all intents and purposes, the Metal Gear Solid veteran feels like a new character, now that he’s been rebalanced and given some gameplay tweaks. But he’s not the one to root for in the fight against K. Rool, as long as you want to see how bizarre and varied K. Rool’s moveset is.

Until Dawn team’s next project is The Dark Pictures, a horror game anthology

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Until Dawn team’s next project is The Dark Pictures, a horror game anthology

Bandai Namco has picked up the next project from Supermassive Games, best known for the PlayStation 4 horror-adventure game Until Dawn. Called The Dark Pictures Anthology, the series will include a number of individual games, each with a shared goal in mind: scare the hell out of players.

First up from The Dark Pictures, which is out in 2019 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, is a story called Man of Medan. Players switch between a cast of four American tourists in what sounds like a Gilligan’s Island But Fatal-esque experience: Their summer cruise turns into a anxious fight for survival aboard a haunted, World War II-era ship.