Download The Witcher 2 for free on Xbox right now

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If you own either an Xbox 360 or an Xbox One, you should go ahead and download The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for free right now, assuming you haven’t played the game already.

Microsoft is promoting the fact that The Witcher 2 is now available through backwards compatibility on Xbox One, and part of that promotion involves the company giving away the five-year-old title for free between now and February 5th. You’ll have to be a resident of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France or Germany to grab the free game, and it’s available on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Alongside the launch of The Witcher 2 through Xbox One backwards compatibility, Microsoft have announced the availability of nine other titles, including Counter-Strike: GO, Skullgirls, Soulcalibur, and Age of Booty. The Witcher 2 is clearly the biggest inclusion on the list, and one of the most technically complex to emulate efficiently.

Microsoft also announced that future backwards compatibility titles will be released when they become ready, as opposed to at a set monthly launch date. This will bring the best Xbox 360 titles to Xbox One faster than before, and you can continue to vote for which titles should be included through the Xbox Feedback program.

With the inclusion of The Witcher 2, the Xbox One backwards compatibility library now includes a decent number of the best Xbox 360 titles, including Assassin’s Creed II, Borderlands, Fallout 3, the entire Gears of War series, Halo Reach, Dirt 3, Portal, Mass Effect, Just Cause 2, and more.

Here’s how to get ‘Quantum Break’ a week early

Quantum Break, a game that we first got a glimpse of when Microsoft revealed the Xbox One nearly three years ago, finally has a release date. Best yet, those who pre-order the game will receive a nice bonus.

The third-person shooter action game puts players in control of protagonist Jack Joyce, a man capable of manipulating time. Interestingly enough, there’s also a live-action digital series that plays out alongside the main game which tells the story of the antagonists. Remedy has said that how you play the game impacts the show which subsequently informs players on how to play the game.

Originally an Xbox One exclusive, Microsoft on Thursday revealed that Quantum Break will also be coming to the PC. What’s more, every copy of Quantum Break for Xbox One will come with a full-game download for Alan Wake for Xbox 360 plus its two expansion packs – The Signal and The Writer – which can be played on the Xbox One via backward compatibility.

It doesn’t stop there, however, as anyone that pre-orders the game for Xbox One (at participating retailers or through the Xbox Store) will receive a full-game download of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare for the 360.

But wait, there’s more! Anyone that pre-orders the digital version of the game, purchases an Xbox One digital token or pre-orders a Quantum Break Xbox One bundle ($349) will receive the Windows 10 version of the game free of charge.

If you’re at all interested in Quantum Break, I’d highly recommend pre-ordering to take advantage of these extras (especially if you haven’t yet played Alan Wake).

Quantum Break goes on sale April 5 but if you pre-order the bundle, you’ll get it a full week early on March 29.

Here’s how you can play Rocket League in Halo 5

Rocket League was one of the surprise hits of 2015. The highly addictive soccer-style game is heading to Xbox One later this month, but what if you can’t wait that long? If you happen to have Halo 5, you can get your fix right now with this Rocket League-inspired multiplayer map from map maker TurbTastic.

In the Halo 5 version of Rocket League, players ride on the game’s Ghost vehicles and attempt to push a ball into the opponent’s goal. Unlike an earlier version, this version actually keeps score through the clever use of scripting and teleporters. There’s a small version for 2-6 players with one ball and a larger version for 8-16 players with three balls.

If you’d rather wait for the real thing, it’ll be landing on Xbox One on February 17.

Rumor suggests more Xbox One exclusives are headed to PC

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Following the announcement that Quantum Break, previously an Xbox One exclusive, will be heading to PC on its April 5th launch date, a rumor has appeared that suggests more Xbox-exclusive titles will be transitioning to PC in the near future.

The report, which comes from WPDang via Windows Central, claims that Microsoft will soon be putting a greater emphasis on gaming through Windows 10 and the Windows Store. To improve the experience on PC, the company will allegedly be bringing Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War 4, and Scalebound to the platform.

On top of this, the yet-to-be-announced Forza Horizon 3 will also make its way to both Xbox One and Windows 10. All four titles, as well as Quantum Break, will be exclusive to the Windows Store.

The move to bring these Xbox exclusives to PC is a significant one for Microsoft, as series such as Forza have never previously been available on PC, while Gears of War has been missing since the very first title. However, they won’t be the first Xbox exclusives to appear on PC: Microsoft has already brought titles such as Killer Instinct and Gears of War Ultimate Edition to the platform.

It could be a while until we hear about the aforementioned games coming to PC. Gears of War 4 is slated for a late 2016 launch, while action role-playing game Scalebound isn’t coming until 2017. The only title that could potentially be ported soon is Forza 6, which launched on Xbox One in September last year to widespread praise.

Activision confirms a “new, innovative” Call of Duty from Infinity Ward will arrive in 2016

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Activision Blizzard released its quarterly financial report last week, and it didn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that Infinity Ward will launch a new Call of Duty game this holiday season. Activision did say, however, that this will be a new “ innovative” entry into the long-running franchise – not a word usually associated with Call of Duty.

There’s been a Call of Duty game released every year since Call of Duty 2 in 2005. The development of the titles was split between Infinity Ward and Treyarch on an alternating yearly basis but the franchise moved from a two-year to a three-year development cycle in 2014, with Sledgehammer Games joining the other two studios as a lead developer.

It will be Infinity Ward’s first Call of Duty game since 2013’s CoD: Ghosts, which was the first game in the series to appear on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The developer knows it has a lot to live up to – last year’s entry, Black Ops 3 from Treyarch, was thebest selling game of 2015.

We don’t know what the upcoming game will be about; it could be a new Ghosts or Modern Warfare, but Infinity Ward did post a tweet mentioning “reaching new heights” last month that included a picture of an astronaut. Could this hint that the game will be set in space (like the brief section that appeared in Ghosts)? It could explain why Activision is using the term “innovative.”

Activision reported that its quarterly and yearly sales were down last year. The company’s adjusted revenue for the quarter was $2.12 billion, down from $2.21 billion from the same period a year earlier and below its forecast of $2.15 billion. Total revenue for the year was $4.62 billion, compared to the $4.81 billion it made across all of 2014.

The company said that two of its expected big-earners, Skylanders Superchargers and Guitar Hero Live, performed weaker than it anticipated. Activision blamed this on greater competition in the toys-to-life genre and the “casual audience’s shift to mobile devices.”

Quantum Break on PC requires Windows 10, DirectX 12

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Previously an Xbox One exclusive, the hotly anticipated Quantum Break will also be coming to PC, with both versions set to be released on April 5th. As a nice bonus for people with both systems, Microsoft revealed that anyone who pre-orders the Xbox One version will get the Windows 10 version for free.

Quantum Break, which was announced alongside the Xbox One nearly three years ago, is a third-person action-adventure shooter from Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft Studios, who previously worked on Alan Wake. In the game, players take control of Jack Joyce, who has time manipulation powers that can be used (along with guns) to defeat enemies.

The game has been developed using a new engine called Northlight, which uses DirectX 12’s new capabilities. As such, DirectX 12 is a requirement to play the game on PC, which makes it only compatible with Windows 10; gamers still using Windows 7 will not be able to run the title.

Remedy has revealed the system requirements for Quantum Break, and it’s going to take a fairly beefy system to run the game at its maximum settings.

Recommended Minimum
CPU Intel Core i7 4790 4.0 GHz
AMD “equivalent”
Intel Core i5-4460 2.7 GHz
AMD FX-6300
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
6 GB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon R7 260X
2 GB of VRAM
RAM 16 GB 8 GB
OS Windows 10 64-bit. Requires DirectX 12 support.
Storage 55 GB

Quantum Break is a single-player game, so you’ll be able to share saves between the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions, but there is no cross-play support.

Capcom: Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6 are heading to next-gen consoles this year

Fans of the Resident Evil franchise have something to cheer about today as Capcomannounced that three popular Resident Evil games are heading to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

Resident Evil arrived on the original PlayStation in 1996 and is considered by many to be the defining game in the survival horror genre. There have been numerous sequels, prequels, remakes, comics and full-length movies over the years. As of September 2013, the franchise had sold over 60 million units worldwide.

Last year, we learned that Capcom approved a remake of Resident Evil 2. This, of course, came after the release of the HD remake of the original earlier in the year. And in September, Capcom announced a new physical disc bundle for fans called theOrigins Collection that includes remastered versions of the original game and the Resident Evil 0 prequel.

The fun gets started on March 29 with the arrival of Resident Evil 6 followed by Resident Evil 5 this summer. That leaves Resident Evil 4 to launch in the fall. Interestingly enough, Capcom elected not to release the titles in chronological order but I digress.

Capcom says all three games will be offered digitally for $19.99 each. Those in the Americas will also have the option to buy physical disc versions (people still do that, right?).