Hope everyone is having a good and entertaining Saturday night! Some might be entertaining themselves with Halo 5: Guardians. The good news is that the free Ghosts of Meridian content will soon arrive on Xbox One next week for Halo 5: Guardians. If you would like to get a peak at the content before the release, 343 Industries will be showing off all of the new Ghosts of Meridian content live on Tuesday, April 5 from 3 PM to 5 PM, Pacific Standard Time at twitch.tv/halo as well as on the Halo Channel.
According to Xbox Wire, the content includes the following:
New Warzone map – Skirmish at Darkstar. Though Liang-Dortmund’s local headquarters at Meridian Station was devastated, the remote polar outpost of Darkstar Station survived. But anomalies abound beneath the battered surface as ancient machinery buried deep in the planet’s mantle stir to life, including an all-new boss.
New Arena map – Tyrant. The facility known as Site C by human explorers is one of a handful of intact Forerunner structures remaining in the Zeta Hydronis Secundus system, a grim reminder that even godlike artifice can be undone by the minds and hands of mad tyrants. The small-scale symmetrical map is built for Capture the Flag and Assault game modes.
New REQs items. A slew of brand new REQs are arriving with Ghosts of Meridian, including Tartarus’ Gavel, a Legendary gravity hammer that unleashes kinetic explosions with each swing, and boosts movement speed, shield strength, and jump height.
The new warzone map Skirmish at Darkstar looks incredibly fun with a lot of areas to check out and learn. I like the layout of the map because it is so diverse. I can imagine all of the great battles that will soon begin and all of the advantage points that will have to be learned.
Tyrant, the new arena map, also looks to be a fun map offering Capture the Flag and Assault game modes. The environment is very massive and detailed offering a eerie feeling. Those willing to go in for the enemy flag should have a hard time coming out with it!
With the awesome screenshots and details released, I for one am looking forward to getting my hands on the Ghosts of Meridian content! Plus, who does not like free content?
Microsoft’s 2016 Build Development Conference is taking place in San Francisco this week and shedding light on key plans for Xbox One and Windows 10. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer discussed the two main topics including Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Xbox Dev Mode.
Spencer discussed that Windows 10 UWP is a completely open platform for developers to work their magic on. UWP allows multiple methods for developers to deliver their Win32 games as well as their UWP titles. The Windows Store is just the beginning of what is available to developers when it comes to distribution. Microsoft is calling it open distribution allowing distribution in any store and from any deployment mechanism.
The benefit of UWP for consumers is the advantage that more games and apps are available on more devices and screens. This is the first step in something most consumers have been asking for because it allows a broader access to games.
Ashley Speicher, a Software Engineering Lead for Xbox then took the stage with Spencer and introduced Xbox Dev Mode. Developers will now have the help of Xbox Dev Mode to create games or apps for Xbox One. Developers can now preview Xbox Dev Mode if they are curious but it is recommended that only experienced developers attempt to preview it. The Xbox Dev Mode app could be found in the Xbox Store and will officially be released with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer.
The other big news is that along with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows Store and the Xbox Store will be combined into a single store to allow more efficiency. Cortana will also be appearing on Xbox One after the Anniversary Update along with Background Music.
With the new additions announced at the Build 2016, things are looking up for Microsoft with its Windows 10 and Xbox One.