I shot an advertisement with the Lumia marketing team last week. The experience was incredible, and I gained invaluable insights into how professional marketing works. I still think Microsoft (at least in the general sense) has a ways to go before they can match the likes of Apple and Samsung when it comes to marketing, but fan engagement spearheaded by the higher ups at Xbox represent the grass roots of a PR renaissance for the company.

A friendly chap from Lumia named John expressed interest in the demographics of our readership here at ICXM/XboxMAD, as I told him we intend to cater for fans of Microsoft as much as Xbox. As a result, I dug around in our analytics platform and ended up thinking that they might make for some interesting viewing!
I'm following this story intently as a big fan of the classic Final Fantasy games. Midgar Studio are currently running a campaign on Kickstarter to fund 'Edge of Eternity' - an RPG inspired by classic JRPGs of legend.

Breath of Fire, Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Lost Odyssey, Legend of Dragoon, Persona, Shadow Hearts, Vagrant Story... the JRPG pantheon is gargantuan, but arguably, thus far, it doesn't look like we're going to get anything of this classic calibre on Xbox One from any of the "Triple A" publishers any time soon.

Luckily, Midgar Studio's Edge of Eternity looks to be shaping up nicely in this latest vid!
VLC is a free media player used by many people due to its ability to play almost any type of music and video file. Thomas Nigro, one of the programmers, tweeted about possibly bringing VLC to the Xbox One. This might mean that the media player will make its way onto the console very soon.

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The developers of Hydro Thunder Hurricane and Riptide GP2 just announced that they will bring Beach Buggy Racing to the Xbox One. Vector Unit followed up this announcement with some tweets defining what differences there will be between the mobile and console versions of the game. The studio also stated that they would revamp of the game by adjusting the economy, unlock all power-ups, and deliver a significant graphical upgrade.

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Lionhead Studios just released a multitude of new high-resolution screenshots for Fable Legends. The images look absolutely stunning! Fable Legends is an upcoming free-to-play cooperative game which will utilize DirectX 12 and Unreal Engine 4. It was recently revealed that you can complete the entire game without spending any money whatsoever. The title will adopt a free-to-play model like Killer Instinct where characters are rotated in and out so everyone can experience everything. After looking at these pictures, we are even more excited to experience this beautiful and innovative title.

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Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis will come to Xbox One and Windows on March 10, 2015. The add-on takes Ajay Ghale to a dangerous new corner of Kyrat. In this latest expansion, Ajay’s helicopter crashes on a frozen ridge and he must establish a camp and hold it until rescue arrives. A dangerous cult called the Awakened Ones also live in the area and Ajay must battle them too.

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The latest Destiny patch has arrived and brings with it some well-needed changes. Most importantly, the heavy ammo bug has been fixed! That's right, no more will ammo disappear from your Heavy stash. Remember to stock up on those ammo synths! This latest patch also adjusts the weapon balancing and brings changes to the interface allowing you to check your Guardian's reputation easily.

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Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is an award winning game heading to Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program. The chaps at TiC Podcast recently caught up with Asteroid Base, a Canadian team tasked with the development of this neon action shooter co-op spectacle.

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A few images from House of Wolves have leaked which reveal more details about the upcoming expansion. House of Wolves is scheduled to arrive between April and June of this year. The main addition to the game will be a new social space in the Reef. It appears to be an alternative area to the Tower where players can interact with one another. Currently the Reef is an asteroid belt that players only visit in a few scripted sequences.

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The second episode of Dontnod Entertainment's interactive drama, Life is Strange, has been delayed. Square Enix confirmed the delay today saying that "development is on track and we’re looking to release it before the end of March". Episode 2: Out of Time was scheduled to release on March 13, 2015. The studio had a six-week release cycle planned for the game. No specific reason was given for the delay but it is probably taking more time to iron out the bugs. Dontnod Entertainment also stated that Life is Strange Episode 2 is "on track" and should be released before the end of March.

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Square Enix recently showed footage of Final Fantasy XV running on the Xbox One to the press. The game looks absolutely stunning and appears to be quite vast. While the video only features walking and running, you can still get a good sense of the aesthetics. The release date for the game is still unknown but the company stated that a demo version of Final Fantasy XV will be available on March 20, 2015 for Xbox One. Be sure to check it out because it looks incredible.

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Halfbrick, the developers behind the popular Fruit Ninja franchise, just announced that Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The title will be available for download on March 18, 2015 and will cost $15 in the United States. Fruit Ninja was originally a touch-based mobile game but it later made the jump to consoles. The title released on the Xbox 360 and was downloaded more than a million times in the first year.

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There is a special place in our hearts here at ICXM for indie developers Deco Digital and their new title; Pneuma: Breath of Life.

Back when we were starting out (as XboxMAD) Joe (Brammer) and his team were kicking into gear with the development of Pneuma, and they were one of the first teams to interview with us and help us get on the road. As a result we’ve kept close track of the game’s development, as well as the team themselves.

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m excited to say that Pneuma: breath of life has proved to be the great esoteric, theological, story-driven puzzle game that Deco have been striving so hard to create.

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Microsoft are always thinking ahead, and this latest video from Microsoft for Work is no different. Bendable displays, touch enabled doors, holographic computing and more feature in this new featurette from the chaps at Redmond.

Microsoft recently debuted HoloLens, an augmented reality headset that - when described - seems more science fiction than science fact, were it not for the fact Microsoft offered a live demonstration of it. If any company can bring these concepts into reality, right now it seems to be firmly Microsoft.

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Turtle Rock Studios have announced Patch 1.1 for their latest, massive hit game Evolve. Available as of now, this patch is said to repair saves and game data loss. It also fixes a number of other bugs.

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VooFoo Studios, the developers behind the excellent Pure Pool, announced that their new game, Pure Hold’em, is making its way to the Xbox One. As the name suggests, Pure Hold’em is based on Texas Hold’em. The game brings the excitement of the casino to your television and features four different skill tables of varying difficulty.

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Rock Pocket's newest game, Shiftlings, is now available for pre-order on Xbox One. Shiftlings is a magnificent and vibrantly-colored puzzle title that allows the player to control two alien "space janitors" on their journey to repair the galaxy. It contains both single-player and co-op missions.

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