Correction: Major Nelson tweeted that his earlier message regarding Shovel Knight releasing this week on Xbox One was incorrect and it'll hit the Xbox One Store next week.

Update: Major Nelson just revealed that Shovel Knight will release on Xbox One this week.

Phil Spencer just revealed through Twitter that Shovel Knight passed its certification process and should be available to consumers soon. The game is a highly-anticipated independent title that Xbox One owners have been looking forward to since its reveal a few months ago. Shovel Knight is a side-scrolling platformers in which players control the eponymous protagonist as he collects treasure and fights against the Order of No Quarter.

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Remedy Entertainment recently revealed why Alan Wake 2 was shelved despite the studio reaching the prototype stage of development. Sam Lake, the studio’s creative director, said, “For Alan Wake, from the get-go, we assumed there was going to be a sequel and we mapped things further out when it came to character, story, details and focus changes. We knew we would have to iterate and refine, but there was always a rough road map there. Near the end of Alan Wake we were sitting down and talking about the sequel and where we should be taking it, on a detailed level. More or less straight from getting Alan Wake shipped, we were working on a sequel and planning on a sequel.”

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Microsoft just announced that an Avatars application is coming to Windows 10. The program will let you change your Xbox avatar or create an entirely new one from your Windows 10 computer. The application also gives you access to the store where you can buy additional items to customize your avatar’s look. Larry Hryb revealed on Twitter that Windows 10 Preview users can get it through the update that released today.

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According to AMD, Windows 10 will launch in July. During AMD's latest earnings call last week, president Lisa Su said, "with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up." Microsoft previously revealed that it's planning to launch Windows 10 this summer in hundreds of countries and hundreds of languages. While AMD's statement could be inaccurate, the company works closely with Microsoft.

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China is out now on Xbox One. The title is free for those who bought the Assassin's Creed Unity season pass before it was discontinued due to the game's performance issues. The title is only a 3.25 gigabyte download and costs $9.99 in the United States. Exact Shao Jun's vengeance on the Chinese Emperor in stunning 16th century China with fresh 2.5D stealth gameplay. The title looks really unique and we can't wait to play it once the download finishes.

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Microsoft just released a new trailer for Halo 5: Guardians featuring Spartan Locke. The trailer is phenomenal to say the least and it gives us clues as to how Locke’s armor will be different than the Chief’s. He seems much more agile and can run even faster for a short period of time. Then again, the changes might also be due to the difference in age between the two characters. In the trailer, Spartan Locke takes out multiple Covenant troops and vehicles with ease.

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From The Hip Men are on a roll when it comes covering independent titles. Today Greg and Lee bring us a great preview of We Are Doomed. We Are Doomed is a twin-stick shooter where you zap polygon baddies with an absurdly overpowered laser beam. Dive head-first into the action with reckless ambition, charge the super-beam, and zap everything out of existence in an instant. Chase high scores or just enjoy the beautiful explosion of geometry, color and light. The game is pure arcade action. There are no cutscenes, storylines, or lengthy tutorials.

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From The Hip Men are on a roll when it comes covering independent titles. Today Greg and Lee bring us a great walkthrough of Goat Simulator. Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-generation goat simulation to you. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true.

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Mortal Kombat is a legendary fighting game franchise that has seen its fair share of highs and lows. I remember when I was little, I used to play the original game constantly with my sister who would always choose Scorpion due to his devastating spear attack. As the franchise evolved, superfluous elements were added that took away from the extreme nature of the game. Instead of refining combat further, ideas that detracted from that overall feel of the franchise kept making their way into future titles. However, all of that changed a few years ago with the reboot of the franchise. Mortal Kombat X enhances the foundations laid by that title. Mortal Kombat X is an excellent fighting game and the incredible amount of content makes this a title you should experience.

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Star Wars: Battlefront will release on Xbox One and Windows on November 17th 2015, the game's official website has confirmed. While the release date isn't actively shown on the site, the release date can be found in the site's source code. Expect DICE and EA to officially announce the release date during tomorrow's gameplay reveal.

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Back last month during GDC, rumours started spreading that Xbox Europe VP, Phil Harrison had reportedly already left or was planning to leave Microsoft. Today, Microsoft have confirmed that Phil Harrison is indeed leaving Microsoft to pursue “interests outside of Microsoft.”

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now available for pre-order and pre-load on Xbox One. The game can be bought at a significant discount on the Xbox One Store. The standard game costs $53.99 in the United States and the bundle with the expansion pass costs $76.49 only. This is the a great move by Microsoft because it offers an incentive for individuals to buy the game digitally because the downloads are significantly cheaper. I bought the bundle with the expansion pass and the download is only 25.15 gigabytes so it's almost done. I can't wait to play this next month.

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We Are Doomed is now available on Xbox One. The game is only 155.71 megabytes and costs $8.99 with an Xbox Live Gold membership. The title is a lot of fun so be sure to check this title out if you are a fan of games like Sixty Second Shooter Prime and Voice Commander. We Are Doomed is a twin-stick shooter where you zap polygon baddies with an absurdly overpowered laser beam. There are no cutscenes, storylines, or lengthy tutorials.

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A new Xbox One bundle for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is coming to Europe and other territories. The console will be priced at £310 in the United Kingdom and similarly elsewhere in Europe. The bundle will be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa. The package doesn’t include Kinect, but a second bundle which does will be available in some countries. Both editions of the bundle come with a download code for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, not a physical copy.

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Remember Halo Spartan Strike? It was meant to launch last November on Windows Phone, Windows 8.1/RT and Steam. However, due to Master Chief Collection issues, Microsoft decided to postpone the launch of the game. The thing is, Vanguard Games is the main developer of Halo Spartan Strike which leads me to believe Microsoft delayed the game in order port it to iOS.

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Update: The game is out early and can be downloaded for $10 in the United States.

Prepare for goat puns, because Goat Simulator is trotting on to Xbox One and Xbox 360 tomorrow, April 17th. You'll be able to goat creative (I'm sorry) starting tomorrow, where you'll fulfil your hopes and dreams by navigating a goat with your controller.

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Kalimba is getting a significant piece of downloadable content on April 22, 2015. The add-on will be free until May 6, 2015. A patch will also hit the game that will add new game modes and levels. Llama mode will be a local multiplayer speed run mode, which allows up to six players to compete for the highest score. Puma mode will pit players against offline shadows.

The Dark Void and Co-Optimistic add-on packs will be free at launch but will cost $3.99 and $5.99 in May. The Dark Void introduces ten new single-player levels. The Co-Optimistic pack adds new co-op levels.

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