Tagged: microsoft

HAWX Demo on February 11

A listing on Xbox’s official website reveals that a playable demo for Ubi’s upcoming flight-action game Tom Clancy’s HAWX is set to hit Xbox Live Marketplace on February 11.

The Xbox 360-exclusive demo will offer two missions and include co-op support for up to four players. The full game is due out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 next month.

Epic Apologizes for Gears of War Mess

Epic has finally given us an explanation and apology for the digital certificate that expired last week, borking the original Gears of War for PC gamers.

Company VP Mark Rein said online cheat detection features in the game are based on digital signatures.

"We made an embarrassing mistake," said Rein. "We signed the executable with a certificate that expired in a way that broke the game."

"We know how much this situation sucks, and we apologize for the inconvenience," he added.

The company is currently working with Microsoft to fix the issue. Meanwhile, it is suggested that players backdate their computer clock to a date before January 28, 2009 in order to play the game.

More Avatar Parts Coming Your Way

Having put the New Xbox Experience up, Microsoft has promised that it will soon increase the “fashion selection” choices for the new customizable avatars.

"Come back every two weeks to check out new items. We’ll be doubling our fashion selection over the next few months," reads an advertisement found by Xbox 360 Fanboy. It is not known if the new content will be free or not, but Microsoft has confirmed that they will come out in “theme packs”.

Microsoft is also currently planning unlockable avatar items based on in-game achievements. More on this as it develops.

Microsoft VP: Xbox 360 to be Made Until One Day After PS3 Dies

The bitchfight between Sony and Microsoft continues with fighting words from Microsoft game division VP Shane Kim who has confidently claimed that the company will continue producing the Xbox 360 until one day after the PS3 dies.

Not content with bashing Sony, the VP also took a jab at Nintendo.

"I can tell you how that conversation goes at Microsoft,” he said. “They say, ‘I don’t think that’s a game,’. But the guy at Nintendo says, ‘I don’t care. I’m selling a whole bunch of that stuff.’"

It is unlikely that Kim’s word will be taken to objectively refer to Microsoft, but the man sure has a lot to say.

No Halo Wars on Windows… Maybe

Speaking at a Microsoft press event last week, Ensemble designer Graeme Devine stated definitely that there won’t be a Halo Wars for Windows despite rampant speculation that the Halo-themed RTS would end up on PC.

While he does state it, Devine also noted that the final decision rests on Microsoft: "Zero. Never. I’m going to go on the record and say never ever! Microsoft may go and announce it, but I’ll say never."

As for Ensemble’s successor, Devine commented that an announcement is coming soon and that a “new studio [is] forming that will rise from Ensemble.”

Super Street Fighter 2 Gets Branded Xbox Live Destination, Release Trailer

Capcom has announced that the highly anticipated Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for Xbox Live Arcade will be one of the first games to be featured in the New Xbox Experience with a branded destination experinece.

The game, which launches today, will see a single destination for itself go live on Xbox Live that will let you learn about new content, view the latest trailers and access downloadable content easily. A premium theme will go live for the NXE, offering a fully dynamic experience for those aching for Street Fighter action.

To celebrate the game’s release, a new trailer has been released. Check it out below.

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Fallout 3 DLC on Games for Windows Live

Microsoft has announced that Fallout 3 will be the first title to offer downloadable content through the newly announced Games for Windows Live Marketplace.

Said Pete Hines, VP of public relations and marketing for Bethesda: "Games for Windows LIVE helps us expand the Fallout 3 universe and bring the full experience directly to gamers. Through the Marketplace we now have a no-nonsense way to deliver updates and great downloadable content. It’s really a complete package, and a great fit for Fallout 3."

It was previously announced that the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game would receive exclusive downloadable content. No release date for said DLC was given.

Halo 3 Recon to be “Three to Five-hour” Romp, Include Rare Armor

Can’t wait for Halo 3 Recon, the upcoming expansion to the popular shooter? Well, some information on it has surfaced, and the length isn’t something to exactly look forward to.

Bungie is downplaying the length of the game, noting that it’s not a “$60 title” and that it is going to be more like a “three to five-hour expansion pack.”

There’s more! Those who buy the expansion will be able to get the ultra-rare “Recon Armor” which has previously been reserved for Bungie employees and their community-based friends. Now, you can just purchase the expansion when it comes out next year and be proud of the not-so-rare-anymore armor!

Something Big is Coming to Fable 2

A “big” announcement is coming for Fable 2, according to this post on the game’s blog.

“Normally, we don’t like to tease too much,” reads the post. “You know, all this hype being generated by teasing the announcement that there will be an announcement in X-number of days. Who cares? But in this day and age where a gazillion titles are asking for your attention, I felt it might be the right thing to do on the blog.

“We’ve got some good news for all Fable II fans next week, dare I even say it’s quite a big announcement? Yes of course I dare say it’s a big announcement regarding Fable II, next week!”

That will be one hell of a “big” announcement. I hope it’s a downloadable expansion or chapters of some sort.