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Gears 5 Developer Says It’s Riskier Than The Last One Gears 5 Developer Says It’s Riskier Than The Last One

Microsoft’s head of all things Gears of War, Rod Fergusson, says his team is playing it less safe with September’s Gears 5 after feedback that the series’ last installment didn’t go far enough.

We’ve updated our June 8 story about publisher Xseed’s game-crediting policy with a lengthy statement from company VP Ken Berry. He notes that the small but growing company’s policy has been for credits to provide a “snapshot” of who is at Xseed at the moment, but acknowledges room to revise the policy as the company…

Xbox Boss On Microsoft’s Struggles With Game Quality And Efforts To Improve It Xbox Boss On Microsoft’s Struggles With Game Quality And Efforts To Improve It

Whatever the strengths of the Xbox platform, it’s long lagged behind Nintendo and Sony in terms of homegrown, exclusive video games. There have been highlights in its history and even some stellar games of late, such as last year’s Forza Horizon 4, but the Xbox One era has been rough. There have been prominent …

'Xbox Live Is Not A Free Speech Platform': Xbox Boss Promises New Features To Make Online Gaming Less Hostile 'Xbox Live Is Not A Free Speech Platform': Xbox Boss Promises New Features To Make Online Gaming Less Hostile

You can learn a lot about a person by the values they express, and possibly something about an entire gaming platform by the blog posts the person running it writes. That’s why I was so eager at E3 last week to ask the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, why he recently wrote a 1200-word essay mostly about “building a safe…

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Developers Say Breaking Series Traditions Made For A Better Game Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Developers Say Breaking Series Traditions Made For A Better Game

When I sat down with the makers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey last week, I had to ask them about Alexios, Kassandra, and the state of the franchise’s playable modern-day sequences. I also had to ask them about the option to ride a flaming horse.

Phil Spencer On Xbox’s Unusual Strategy, Working With Sony, And More Phil Spencer On Xbox’s Unusual Strategy, Working With Sony, And More

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has heard from the skeptics. They think that what he’s doing with Xbox means that Microsoft is giving up on consoles, or even going third party. That’s all wrong, he told me during an extensive interview in Los Angeles last week, where we discussed his vision for Xbox, the recently announced…

The Division 2's Developers Have A Plan For Overcoming The Backlash The Division 2's Developers Have A Plan For Overcoming The Backlash

The people making The Division 2 always expected that their fans would start grumbling about the game.

Shark Role-Playing Game Maneater Is Like Grand Theft Auto, Of All Things Shark Role-Playing Game Maneater Is Like Grand Theft Auto, Of All Things

“Picture Grand Theft Auto, but as a shark,” game designer Bill Munk said near the end of a demonstration of Maneater at E3 in Los Angeles last week.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 Developers Promise Better Bosses And More Puzzles Luigi’s Mansion 3 Developers Promise Better Bosses And More Puzzles

Preventing one of the biggest shortcomings of the second Luigi’s Mansion from making it into the third is a high priority, the game’s top producers from Nintendo told Kotaku during an E3 interview in Los Angeles last week.

The New Lego Star Wars Is Impressive And Surprisingly Different The New Lego Star Wars Is Impressive And Surprisingly Different

If a hands-off theater demo of a new video game can over-deliver E3, then Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga sure did. The amount of changes I was shown to the 20-year-old Lego video game formula was startling.

Elite Wrestler Kenny Omega Loves Mother 3 And Talks Business Over Apex Legends Elite Wrestler Kenny Omega Loves Mother 3 And Talks Business Over Apex Legends

It’s not surprising these days to hear that pro wrestlers are into video games, but Kenny Omega, currently one of the world’s best performers in the ring, probably can claim that he’s into them even more than most. Not many others can hold court about Mother 3 or are in a position to recruit talent to his upstart WWE…

Hollow Knight: Silksong Is Drawing Crowds At E3 For Good Reason Hollow Knight: Silksong Is Drawing Crowds At E3 For Good Reason

There’s been a long line of people queuing up at Nintendo’s booth every day here at E3 to play the sequel to Hollow Knight on the Switch. These people have good taste. Hollow Knight was a great modern execution of classic Metroid-style 2D exploration and combat, set in gorgeous, mostly subterranean areas. Its sequel, …

When Crash Invaded The Fortnite E3 Booth When Crash Invaded The Fortnite E3 Booth

Here’s something silly. The people promoting the Crash Bandicoot racing remake, Crash Team Racing, were walking through E3's South Hall with a Crash mascot, having some fun as they went along. I caught sight of them in the Fortnite booth, where Crash posed in front of the battle bus.

Gears Tactics, One Of E3 2019's No-Shows, Is Still In Development Gears Tactics, One Of E3 2019's No-Shows, Is Still In Development

At E3 2018, longtime Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson showed off a new PC game called Gears Tactics and announced Gears 5 and Gears Pop as well. This year, Microsoft’s Xbox briefing only mentioned those last two.

Here at E3, where once sat the PlayStation booth now mostly sits a bar and lounge. Downside: no PlayStation games. Upside: couches.

Minecraft Dungeons has no Minecraft-style building. It’s a loot-filled dungeon crawler for up to four players with all sorts of Minecraft characters. Players can equip and enchant a wide array of outfits, armor, and gear. It’s pretty, and was fun to romp through here at E3 in that Lego game kind of way. Coming to Xbox…

A Killer, A Secret, And A Time Loop Make For A Harrowing 12 Minutes A Killer, A Secret, And A Time Loop Make For A Harrowing 12 Minutes

We last previewed time-loop game 12 Minutes back in 2015 after I saw it at PAX East in Boston and chatted with Luis Antonio, who was singlehandedly making the game for a desired 2016 release. Here we are in 2019. 12 Minutes is still looking good, but it’s not done.

10 Minutes Of The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening On Switch

The Switch remake of 1993's The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is here at E3, and we’ve capped as much footage of it as we can to show you. It’s beautiful, largely faithful to the source material and just a bit stumbly on the framerate, which they can hopefully smooth out by the game’s September 20 launch.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says Banjo In Smash Was An Easy Deal To Make Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says Banjo In Smash Was An Easy Deal To Make

Nintendo’s penultimate E3 announcement today involved the addition of a Microsoft-owned character to Smash Bros. This kind of company crossover between two platform holders might seem extraordinary, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that it was actually a pretty easy deal.

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