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Microsoft Studios is the video game production wing for Microsoft, responsible for the development and publishing of games for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Games for Windows, Steam, Windows Store, and Windows Phone platforms. They were established in 2002 as Microsoft Game Studios to coincide with the already released Xbox, before being re-branded in 2011. The subsidiary had also been known as Microsoft Game Division and simply Microsoft Games before 2002. Microsoft Studios develops and publishes games in conjunction with first and third party development studios under their publishing label.”


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Posted in an update to the Forza Motorsport blog on September 23rd, Turn 10’s Brian Ekberg confirmed that the original Forza Horizon on Xbox 360 would be delisted on October 20th.

“On October 20, the original Forza Horizon for Xbox 360 will reach “End of Life” status. That means that the game and its associated DLC will no longer be available for purchase. Players who own Forza Horizon before that date will still be able to download and play the game and its associated content as normal. After that date, however, Forza Horizon and its associated DLC will no longer be for sale.”

The game was included in the Games with Gold program and was available to all Xbox Live Gold members from September 1st through the 15th. Anyone who grabbed the game through mid-September or purchased it previously can still re-download it through their Purchase History page.

If you’re interested in the founding entry in the Horizon series you still have about 2 weeks to download it on Xbox 360 or Xbox One. Of course, you can always pick the game up on disc after October 20th if you miss this small remaining window of availability.

As for why the 4-year-old game is being delisted it is most certainly due to licensing. Nearly 60 different manufacturers are featured in the game and 62 artists appear on the soundtrack. Renegotiating new terms with two sequels ahead of it probably isn’t a priority investment for Turn 10 or Microsoft. With that in mind, don’t be surprised to hear a similar announcement regarding Forza Horizon 2 in another two years when it nears the four year mark.

 

news-joust

For reasons as yet unknown Midway’s Xbox Live Arcade classic, Joust, has returned! Available for $4.99, Joust is even backward compatible on Xbox One so go grab it before it disappears again. The renewed license looks to span the globe as the game has also returned to Europe, Australia and Japan.

Doing a quick search of Xbox.com doesn’t turn up any other delisted Midway titles but if Joust can return so too could the other titles delisted alongside it back in 2010.

Sources: TrueAchievements, Major Nelson

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When Microsoft announced the termination of Xbox Fitness for Xbox One at the end of June they were met with legitimate outcry by its users. According to the announcement even previously purchased workouts would be inaccessible when the service is shut down on July 1st, 2017. Commentors were directed to contact Xbox Support to inquire about a refund but Microsoft has since decided to automate the process.

The blog post was updated on July 5th with the following hastily written details:

  1. Every user that purchased Xbox Fitness content will be eligible to receive a credit in his or her Microsoft account for the value of the content purchased. Credits can be used to make purchases in the Xbox and Windows Stores.
  2. Credits will be deposited automatically into the accounts of Xbox Fitness users. An Xbox System Message will be sent at the time of deposit, viewable on Xbox One, Xbox.com or the Xbox on Windows application.
  3. Xbox Fitness users will receive their credit within 90 days and the credit will be available for use for one year from the day of deposit.
  4. The majority of Xbox Fitness users will receive the account credit directly in their Microsoft account. A small number of users, who including those who are not able to receive a deposit, will receive an Xbox system message with a code or some other form of equivalent value.
  5. As announced, beginning June 27, 2016 users will no longer be able to purchase programs and/or workouts. Xbox Fitness users who purchased workouts in the past will be able to play them until June 10, 2017

That last bullet point mentions June 10th as the cutoff but this is likely a typo and the original date of June 30th still stands. Microsoft seems very adamant about terminating Xbox Fitness but they’re finally doing right by its users who invested their money in paid workouts.