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Phil Spencer Says Xbox One Will Focus on First Party Games Over Third Party

During an interview at the China Joy event this week, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that fans should expect fewer third-party deals for exclusive content going forward, as the company wants to focus on first-party titles.

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“My strategy is more around our own first-party franchises, and investing in franchises that we own, and probably fewer exclusive deals for third-party content,” Spencer told Gamecore. “I want to have strong third-party relations, but paying for many third-party exclusives isn’t our long-term strategy.”

Rise of the Tomb Raider, one of Microsoft’s major third-party content deals, is coming first to the Xbox One and Xbox 360, before coming to PlayStation 4 and PC in 2016. Phil Spencer says that having this game in the lineup is “great” but that Microsoft will be putting their focus more on first-party content in the future.

During their E3 press conference, Sony announced that the Call of Duty exclusivity deal is shifting to the PlayStation, after being with Xbox for the past few years. The Call of Duty series has been one of Xbox’s most popular titles, but Microsoft has decided to focus more on third-party.

“This year, the fact that we’re shipping Halo 5, Gears of War, Forza 6, Fable, we can only do that and build that best lineup we’ve ever seen really on the back of franchises that we own,” he said. “It’s great to have Tomb Raider as part of our lineup, but investing in first-party, you’ll see more of that at Gamescom next week, is really core to our strategy.”

PlayStation executive Andrew House said that third-party content deals are “integral” to their company’s business plan, but that they are “not without partnerships in the area of third-party titles.”

Source: DualShockers

OpTic Gold Character Gear Set Coming to Advanced Warfare on August 10

During Gfinity’s Summer Championship, Sledgehammer Games announced that the OpTic Gold Character Gear Set is coming to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox on August 10.

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Introducing the OpTic Gold Character Gear set for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. From everyone at Sledgehammer Games, congratulations again to OpTic Gaming for taking home the Gold Medal last month in Austin. To celebrate OpTic’s victory, we’re rolling out an exclusive set of OpTic Gold Elite Character Gear, including a Helmet, Loadout and Exoskeleton available only in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This special character gear set was inspired by the same 2015 Green Wall Jerseys the team wore when they won the gold medal in Austin.

The OpTic Gold Character Gear will be available via Supply Drops and Advanced Supply Drops on Xbox first beginning August 10th, and to PlayStation and PC at a later date.  Read more »

Double XP Activated in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Until August 3

Double XP has been activated for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare across all platforms in celebration of “Hammer Week,” developer Sledgehammer Games announced.

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Beginning today, Friday, July 31st to Monday, August 3rd, players can earn Double XP on all platforms in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Furthermore, “Reckoning,” the final expansion pack of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is coming to Xbox on Tuesday, August 4th, following the Double XP weekend. Reckoning brings four new maps and the conclusion to the Exo Zombies saga.

Advanced Warfare Reckoning DLC Achievement List Revealed

Earlier this week, Activision and Sledgehammer Games announced that “Reckoning,” the fourth and final Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare expansion pack, is coming to Xbox on Tuesday, August 4th.

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DLC 4, “Reckoning,” brings four brand-new multiplayer maps (Overload, Swarm, Quarantine, and Fracture) and the finale to the Exo Zombies saga with “Descent.” Furthermore, the expansion pack also comes with 10 more achievements (or trophies) for fans to earn.

Earlier today, Xbox Achievements posted the entire list of achievements part of the final Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC pack. See them after the break and beware, they contain SPOILERS. For more details on the upcoming Reckoning DLC, see hereRead more »

Legendary Ronin Gear Set Available in Advanced Warfare on All Platforms

For “Hammer Week” today, Sledgehammer Games offered players who played Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the Legendary “Ronin” mask as a token of thanks for supporting the studio. The full Ronin gear set can be obtained via Regular and Advanced Supply Drops, starting today, on all platforms.

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Fans that played Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare today were awarded with the Legendary Ronin mask. The rest of the Ronin Gear Set, however, can only be obtained via Supply Drops and Advanced Supply Drops, starting today on all platforms.

“We’re so excited to be able to grant the Ronin Mask to all the fans of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare today. As you may have noticed, the Ronin Mask is the Legendary Variant of the Sentinel Recon Mask, and is visually related to the challenge-based Marksman Mask. This particular mask is near and dear to everyone that works at the studio, being featured on the cover of one of our first in depth game features in July 2015’s Edge Magazine cover – essential reading material for eager fans last year to find out more about AW prior to its release.

The full set (pictured below) is a special variant set commemorating that memorable moment in our studio history. It features a digital camo and red accents for a totally badass Legendary Gear Set as part of this year’s celebration. Aside from the helmet, the full set is available today for all platforms in Advanced Supply Drops and Supply Drops,” Sledgehammer Games wrote in a Facebook post.

Xbox One Preview Members Get Early Access to Advanced Warfare Reckoning DLC

Earlier today, Activision Assist posted an article on the support page stating that fans who are part of the Xbox One Preview Program will get early access to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s “Reckoning” DLC.

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Essentially, Xbox One Preview Program Members will get early access to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare “Reckoning” DLC prior to its official release on Tuesday, August 4, but there will be some restrictions.

“No. Even though the Reckoning DLC Pack will be available to download from the Xbox Live store prior to its release, access to the entire DLC pack will be limited until it is officially released on Tuesday, August 4th.

The four new Reckoning DLC maps will not be accessible for online multiplayer. However, these new maps can be played in local multiplayer mode.  Read more »

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Global eSports Reveal on August 5 at Gamescom

During Gamescom on August 5th, Activision and Treyarch will host a special live broadcast to showcase Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s “new and improved” eSports features.

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“In 2012, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 became the catalyst for competitive Call of Duty as we know it today with features like league play, robust casting tools, integrated live streaming, and more. Now, with the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on November 6 fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at the next evolution in Call of Duty eSports. Join us next Wednesday, August 5, for a special live broadcast from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, where we’ll be talking to Treyarch about the new and improved eSports tools in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, showcasing competitive matches with pro players and more.”

ESL has announced that they are joining forces with Activision at Gamescom for the event, during which they will “showcase the multiplayer and eSports features.”

The show will be broadcast LIVE on the official Call of Duty Twitch channel on Wednesday, August 5, at 10am PST/ 1pm EST. For more information, check out the Activision blog post.

Sledgehammer Games Offering Players Legendary Ronin Helmet for Hammer Week

During this week, termed “Hammer Week,” Sledgehammer Games is celebrating the studio’s sixth anniversary. As part of the celebration, the developer is offering fans the Legendary Ronin Helmet for FREE just for playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tomorrow.

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Fans who get online on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from tomorrow, Thursday, July 30 at 9am PT to Friday, July 31st at 9am PT will receive the exclusive Legendary Ronin Helmet in celebration of Hammer Week.

“Hammer Week” will continue with more surprises from Sledgehammer Games, so stay tuned!

Black Ops 3 Will Be Playable at GameStop EXPO 2015 in Las Vegas

Earlier today, GameStop sent out an official press release announcing the exhibitors and exclusive events at this year’s GameStop Expo, and it appears that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be playable at the event on September 2nd.

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The press release confirms that attendees of the GameStop Expo will be able to get “hands-on” with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer. Fans can purchase tickets to the event on the official expo website. General admission tickets will cost $40 and VIP passes will come at $110.

Fans unable to attend the GameStop Expo can take advantage of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta coming to PlayStation 4 on August 19 and to Xbox One and PC on August 26.

Activision Teaming Up With Mountain Dew and Doritos For Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Publisher Activision is once again teaming up with Mountain Dew and Doritos for the “Fuel Up for Battle” program for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. For the first time, the “Fuel Up for Battle” promotion will offer fans exclusive Double XP for the game’s “Shadows of Evil” Zombies experience.

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Beginning in October, fans in the United States will be able to collect codes from specially marked packages of DEW® and Doritos products to redeem points and earn up to 30 minutes of exclusive Zombies Double XP per day, along with a chance to win other great prizes.

“DEW and Doritos are excited to take the ‘Fuel Up for Battle’ program to a new level by giving gamers for the first time Double XP in Zombies mode,” said Greg Lyons, vice president of marketing, Mountain Dew. “Gaming is in our brand’s DNA, and partnering with Doritos to bring one-of-a kind gaming promotions and exclusive opportunities to our fans is something we are very proud of.”

Following the launch on October 5, fans can visit http://www.dewanddoritos.com/for complete details and rules of the “Fuel Up For Battle” program.