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Microsoft Exclude’s Minecraft Creator from 10th Anniversary Event

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Microsoft is hosting a ten year celebration event on May 17 for seminal game Minecraft. A spokesperson from Microsoft told Variety that Markus “Notch” Persson, the original creator of Minecraft and founder of game studio Mojang, has been purposefully excluded from the event due to his past comments. “His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft,” the spokesperson told Variety.

Persson famously sold Mojang and Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. He has not been actively involved in the game’s development since.

In the past several years, Persson, who currently has 3.7 million twitter followers, has broadcasted several controversial and frankly abhorrent opinions and views regarding politics, race, gender, and sexuality, and even full-blown conspiracy theories.

The most recent Minecraft update quietly removed any mention of Notch in the loading screens, though his name is still present in the credits as the original creator. Many fans of Minecraft, upset with Notch’s behavior, have elevated digitally-created vocal artist Hatsune Miku as the creator of Minecraft, thanks to a viral tweet.

Minecraft was originally released in 2011. To this day it’s one of the most popular games of all time, especially for younger kids and teens. It’s the second best-selling video game of all time, behind Tetris. As of last year Minecraft boasted over 90 million active players.

Minecraft is available on every console and platform, and is even used as a teaching tool in schools.

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The Holidays Bring Gilded Gifts to Sea of Thieves

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Microsoft’s multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves is celebrating the holidays with a seasonal event called Gilded Gifts. The event adds new Gilded Voyages, which can be claimed as a free gift from the Pirate Lord. The Gilded Gifts event runs through the the first week of January 2019.

Four advanced voyages are presented, each tied to a different Trading Company, but players can only choose one. Your options are: Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, Merchant Alliance, and Athena’s Fortune. You can only select the last one if you’ve reached Pirate Legend status.

Gilded Voyages are much more challenging and must be completed in a single session, so be prepared when you decided to tackle it. Completing a Gilded Voyage gives substantial rewards to gold and reputation.

Sea of Thieves is currently in the middle of its fourth content update, Shrouded Spoils. A fog now blankets much of the ocean, providing ambush opportunities. Enemies are more ferquent and more dangerous, including more skeleton forts and ships, and rampaging sea monsters like the Kraken and Megalodon. Loot has also become more juicy, whether by defeating sea monsters or shattering Mermaid Statues, and ship customization has been expanded.

Sea of Thieves is available for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. It’s rated T for Teen for Crude Humor, Alcohol, and Violence.

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Pixelkin’s E3 2018 Complete Coverage

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EA Play 2018: Command & Conquer: Rivals is an RTS Mobile Game

How the mighty have fallen. Command & Conquer, once one of the biggest names in PC strategy games, has been rebooted as a mobile PvP game. Command & Conquer: Rivals…Read More

 

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EA Play 2018: Sea of Solitude is the Latest EA Originals Indie

During EA Play 2018, we were introduced to German indie studio Jo-Mei, who is working with EA under their EA Originals label. Jo-Mei’s Creative Director, Cornelia Geppert, introduced her studio’s…Read More

 

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EA Play 2018: BioWare Action-RPG Anthem Arriving Early Next Year

During the EA Play 2018 Press Conference, Electronic Arts and BioWare announced an official release date for their upcoming Destiny-like cooperative action game Anthem. Unfortunately it’s not coming this year….Read More

 

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EA Play 2018: Get Double the Yarny in Unravel Two, Out Today

It’s become tradition in every E3 for one company to announce a new game, only to immediately follow up with the game’s release. This year the honor goes to Unravel…Read More

 

Xbox

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Xbox E3 2018: Capcom Reveals Devil May Cry 5

Over-the-top action series Devil May Cry hasn’t had a main entry in a decade. Series director Hideaka Itsuno proudly took the stage during the Xbox E3 2018 conference to announce…Read More

 

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Xbox E3 2018: Microsoft Acquires Five Big-Name Studios

It’s always fun to see new game trailers, but perhaps one of the biggest pieces of news to come out of Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2018 press conference was the acquisition…Read More

 

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Xbox E3 2018: Microsoft Announces Gears 5, Gears Pop!, and Gears Tactics

Rod Fergusson, head of The Coalition, took the stage during the Xbox E3 2018 press conference to reveal three new games in the Gears of War franchise. All three games…Read More

 

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Xbox E3 2018: Watch the World Premiere Trailer for Halo Infinite

Kicking off the Xbox E3 2018 press conference was the big reveal of Halo Infinite, the latest game in one of Microsoft’s most popular franchises, developed by in-house studio 343…Read More

 

Bethesda

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Bethesda E3 2018: Teases for Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI

Bethesda Game Studios isn’t normally a company to tease out games early. They enjoy waiting until a game is out that year before they even announce it, as evidenced recently…Read More

 

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Bethesda E3 2018: Elder Scrolls: Blades is a Free Mobile Game

The next game in The Elder Scrolls series is probably not the one you were hoping for, but it does look nice. During the Bethesda E3 2018 press conference they…Read More

 

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Bethesda E3 2018: Fallout 76 has Online Multiplayer, Coming Nov.

The highlight of Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference was Fallout 76. Thanks to a big leak leading up to E3, the game had already been announced. But now we know…Read More

 

Square Enix

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Kingdom Hearts III launching January 29, New Frozen Trailer

A bit ahead of E3 2018 at the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour, Square Enix revealed the official release date for Kingdom Hearts III: January 29, 2019. It’s coming to…Read More

 

Ubisoft

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Ubisoft E3 2018: Incredible New Trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 2

One of Ubisoft’s biggest trailers during last year’s E3 show was the first cinematic trailer for action-adventure-RPG Beyond Good & Evil 2. The highly anticipated prequel made another big splash…Read More

 

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Ubisoft E3 2018: Play as Alexios or Kassandra in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

For the first time in the series, players will be able to choose to play as either a male or female character right from the start of Assassins’s Creed Odyssey….Read More

 

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Ubisoft E3 2018: Fox McCloud Joins Starlink: Battle for Atlas

During the Ubisoft E3 2018 press conference, Ubisoft showed off more footage of their unique spaceship-based toys-to-life game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas. But the biggest announcement was the inclusion of…Read More

 

PlayStation

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PlayStation E3 2018: Death Stranding Is Still Super Weird

Hideo Kojima’s post-Konami, post-Metal Gear Solid project Death Stranding remains as enigmatic as ever, despite seeing a bit of gameplay during the PlayStation E3 2018 press conference. This new fourth…Read More

 

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PlayStation E3 2018: The Pirates of the Caribbean Join Kingdom Hearts III

We went years without so much as a peep about Kingdom Hearts III. Now that the release date is in sight (January 29), Square Enix is unleashing a barrage of…Read More

 

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PlayStation E3 2018: Don’t Miss The Kiss from The Last of Us Part II

We already knew about The Last of Us Part II thanks to last E3’s trailer and the PlayStation Experience announcement from 2016. At this year’s PlayStation E3 2018 conference, we…Read More

 

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PlayStation E3 2018: Marvel’s Spider-Man Reveals All the Villains

During the PlayStation E3 2018 conference a lengthy gameplay demo was shown for Marvel’s Spider-Man, developed by Insomniac Games. The demo centered around an explosive prison breakout, featuring many of…Read More

 

Nintendo

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Nintendo Direct E3 2018: All the News and Trailers

As always, Nintendo eschewed a live press conference in favor of their pre-recorded Nintendo Direct videos. Obviously the Nintendo Switch remains the primary focus. As expected, Super Smash Bros. was…Read More

 

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Xbox E3 2018: Microsoft Acquires Five Big-Name Studios

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It’s always fun to see new game trailers, but perhaps one of the biggest pieces of news to come out of Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2018 press conference was the acquisition of five new studios. Microsoft has lagged behind the console exclusive department compared to Sony (and Nintendo) this generation, and this move could do wonders to improve their first-party output.

Undead Labs

Undead Labs is easily identified since they’ve made only two games, State of Decay and State of Decay 2. Undead Labs was already in a special partnership with Microsoft, as both games were released as console exclusives, at least at first. Now the partnership is official.

“This acquisition signals Microsoft’s and Undead Labs’ commitment to growing the State of Decay franchise and continuing to deliver the ultimate zombie survival experiences for fans, both those new to the franchise and those already dedicated to the community,” said Jeff Strain, owner, Undead Labs. “On behalf of Undead Labs and Microsoft, I’d like to thank the fans of the game for giving us the opportunity to continue building the world of State of Decay.”

Compulsion Games

Compulsion Games are the developers of We Happy Few, a game whose darkly humorous trailer had everyone talking during E3 2016. We Happy Few has been chuggling along via Early Access in the months and years since, and is now gearing up for a release on August 10.

“Microsoft Studios wants to bring new experiences to players and we’re thrilled to join the team and gain more resources and freedom to fuel bigger creative ideas and more ambitious worlds,” says Guillaume Provost, Creative Director, Compulsion Games. “More importantly, we’re eager to prove that there truly is a place for a small studio and a different flavor of creativity in the big world of Xbox. It’s our dream to make an Xbox game that’s just as formative for players as the classics we’ve played and loved in the past.”

Ninja Theory

The team behind Ninja Theory are best known for last year’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, which has won awards for its motion capture performance and mature look at psychological horror.

“We are super excited to announce that we at Ninja Theory have agreed to become a part of Microsoft Studios! What does this mean for you, the Xbox fans? It means that we’ll be super-charged to bring you more games that, like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, will each be unique experiences that are rich in creativity, quality and ambition,” said Dom Matthews, Commercial Director, Ninja Theory.

Playground Games

Since the Forza Horizon series has been such a mainstay for Xbox consoles, I was a bit surprised that Playground Games wasn’t already a Microsoft-owned studio. Microsoft has finally put a ring on it, along with the announcement of Forza Horizon 4, coming October 2 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.

“Playground Games’ unique, creative vision and passion, together with the power and resources of Microsoft, will see this innovative team take their talents to an all-new level,” said Alan Hartman, studio head at Playground Games. “Playground Games will continue to work on Forza Horizon and they are bringing their open world expertise to an entirely new project we’ll have more to share about later.”

The Initiative

Technically the Initiative isn’t an acquisition at all, nor is it a big name studio. It’s an entirely new first-party game studio formed by Microsoft, lead by Darrell Gallagher. No games have yet been announced.

“I’m thrilled to join the Microsoft Studios family as it is clear to me that the gaming team at Microsoft shares my passion for storytelling, world-building and creative exploration,” said Gallgaher. “There are big plans in store for fans and we are already hard at work.”