Inside Xbox Returns Next Month at Gamescom

After wrapping up E3 last month, Microsoft and the team at Xbox have today announced what it has in store for next month at Europe’s Gamescom convention.

Likely the biggest event that will be taking place for Xbox at Gamescom will be that of Inside Xbox, the company’s frequent live show that provides new information about upcoming games and services associated with Xbox. Inside Xbox will be the first thing that happens for Microsoft at Gamescom and will take place on Monday, August 19 at 8:00am PST/11:00am EST. If you’re actually at Gamescom, you might be able to attend the show in-person at the Gloria Theatre. Otherwise, it’ll be streamed live on the web.

If you’re attending Gamescom, Xbox will have plenty else to do for you as well. In addition to the company’s booth on the Gamescom show floor that will boast games like Borderlands 3, Gears 5, and Bleeding Edge, additional events called “Xbox Open Doors” will be occurring at the Gloria Theatre from August 21 through the 23rd. Here, you’ll also be able to play games and attend various panels.

There will be a lot of other activities going on throughout the show as well from Microsoft. If you want to see everything that’s set to transpire, you can head over to Xbox’s official website and read all of the details.

As we do every year, we at DualShockers will be actively covering Gamescom as it takes place next month. If you want to stay up to date on all the latest news from the convention, be sure to check out our coverage during that time.

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Microsoft Explains Why They Are Creating Spinoffs Like Minecraft: Dungeons Instead of a Sequel

Last weekend at Minecon Earth, Microsoft and Mojang announced Minecraft: Dungeons, a dungeon crawling spin-off to one of the most successful games of all time. Minecraft enjoys around 91 million active monthly users right now and doesn’t show any signs of stopping. That being said, Business Insider still asked Microsoft’s Head of Minecraft Helen Chiang how they plan to build upon such a successful property.

They initially ask about an official sequel, a Minecraft 2 of sorts. Helen Chiang quickly shot that down though, saying that it would just fracture the community, which is the lifeblood of Minecraft:

“I really don’t think that makes sense for Minecraft, given the community. It’s something that always fractures the community…That’s why our updates our free. We don’t want to ask [players] to move from Minecraft 1 to Minecraft 2. We want them to just enjoy Minecraft.”

The topic then shifted over to the recently revealed Minecraft: Dungeons, and it was made fairly clear that spin-offs like these are where the future of the Minecraft franchise lies. The small development team at Mojang is really working to flesh out the dungeon-crawling aspect of the game, creating an experience more focused on adventuring and story than mining and crafting. This was reflected upon by Mojan Creative Lead Jens Bergentsen:

“I would say that it’s a distilled version of Minecraft in the sense that we wanted to focus on making sure that we made the dungeon crawler part as good as possible. Building in the game is something that we’ve talked about a lot, but we were concerned that it would distract from what the game was about. So in Minecraft: Dungeons, it’s strictly an adventure game with a story attached to it.”

Helen Chiang also thinks expanding like this will keep the community together and allow them to not just be iterative in the Minecraft titles they create:

“The way that we’ve decided to expand — and I think Dungeons is the first example of that — is a way that we’re trying to keep our community together…And there’s other ways that we can expand that are more meaningful and authentic to what we want to be, rather than just releasing another iteration in the way that most other franchises do.”

At this point, Minecraft is on pretty much every platform out there, while Minecraft: Dungeons will arrive on PC sometime in 2019.

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Minecraft: Dungeons Announced for PC; Coming in 2019

Did you know that new game announcements aren’t done in the weekend? That was almost a rule until a few years ago, but in the news-saturated scenario of today, the gloves are off, especially if your name is Mojang and you have a Minecraft game to reveal.

Today the Microsoft-owned Swedish developer unveiled Minecraft: Dungeons, a full-fledged game inspired by the classic dungeon-crawlers of old, and crafted by a small internal team as a passion project.

This interesting action-adventure game set in the Minecraft universe lets you brave canyons, swamps, and mines while finding loot and killing nasty monsters. You can play solo or in co-op with three others.

Interestingly, the game is slated to release only on PC, and it’ll come in 2019. At the moment no console platforms have been announced, likely due to the small size of the development team. It’ll be interesting to see if more will come down the line considering the popularity of the franchise.

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