This Week on Xbox: March 3

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We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show below. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Introducing Xbox Game Pass: Unlimited Access to More Than 100 Games
At Xbox, we put gamers at the center of everything we do and remain committed to giving you the freedom to play the games you want, with the friends you want, on the devices you want. This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for gamers. As we prepare to launch Project Scorpio this holiday, bringing the most powerful console ever made to the Xbox One family of devices… Read more

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Coming to Project Scorpio, Xbox One, and Windows 10 This Year
Talion and Celebrimbor return in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, sequel to the smash-hit Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Xbox One and Windows 10 beginning August 22, 2017. The title will also be available for Project Scorpio following the console’s launch this holiday season… Read more

ID@Xbox Games Descend on GDC 2017
It’s an exciting time for the ID@Xbox self-publishing program for independent developers and this week, we’re on the ground in San Francisco for our fourth Game Developers Conference. Since ID@Xbox’s inception, we’ve seen more than 450 titles launch through the program, with incredible engagement from fans… Read more

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New Investments for Xbox Developers and Gamers Kick Off GDC 2017
I love the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I just love it; the games, the people, the energy – GDC is one of the things that just makes you feel great about being in the game industry. It means so much to me personally, and also professionally as a proud member of Team Xbox. For the Xbox team, GDC is among the best times… Read more

Announcing the 2017 ID@Xbox Gaming For Everyone Award Winners
Last night, at the Independent Games Festival in San Francisco, independent game developers from around the world came together to celebrate the talent, beauty, and creativity that exists within the industry. Gamers are as unique and diverse as the world around us and Independent Games play a critical role in expanding the worlds… Read more

Command All Units in the Halo Wars 2 Demo
In case you’ve been in cryosleep, Halo Wars 2 recently launched on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC! Fans have been eagerly diving into the battlefield, fielding armies of Scorpions, Warthogs and more. However, if you haven’t had chance to put your strategy hat on yet – surprise, the Halo Wars 2 demo is now live on Xbox One and coming soon to Windows 10 PC… Read more

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Play Battlefield 1 Free This Weekend Only With Xbox Live Gold
Prepare for the dawn of all-out war. All Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One can enjoy Battlefield 1 for free this weekend thanks to Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days. You’ll be able to deploy at 9:00am PST Friday, March 3 and play until 11:59pm PST Sunday, March 5. During this time, you’ll get to experience the full Battlefield 1 with its intense multiplayer matches… Read more

Explore Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Free This Weekend With Xbox Live Gold
Welcome Time Patrollers to Conton City! Feel free to explore, train, and converse with the locals this weekend in the world of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for free thanks to Xbox Live Gold. But be warned that we do get the occasional invasion from time to time. Starting at 9:00 AM PST on Friday, March 3 and running to 11:59 PM PST Sunday, March 5… Read more

Time to Escape (Again) in The Escapists 2 on Xbox One This Year
The Escapists is back and better than ever in The Escapists 2, sequel to the smash-hit indie game. We’re bringing fans some amazing new features; at the top of the list is multiplayer, with a wealth of options for playing with friends and strangers alike. There’s also a cool new art style, a revamped combat system, new gadgets to craft, and most importantly… Read more

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Trove, the Free-to-Play Voxel Adventure MMO, Launches March 14 on Xbox One
The driving force for makers of online RPGs is the promise of endless new worlds. When we recognized the vast possibilities of voxels in that pursuit, Trove was born. Trove is a free-to-play action RPG and MMO with a big dose of creativity and exploration. Adventure in procedurally generated worlds with friends, delve through dungeons for epic loot… Read more

From the Creators of Starbound, Wargroove is Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2017
Hello! We’re super excited to announce that our new game Wargroove is coming this year to Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Play Anywhere support. Wargroove is a modern take on the simple-but-complex turn-based tactical gameplay popularized in the 2000s by handheld games such as Advance Wars… Read more

Fallout Battle Maps Available Now on Minecraft: Console Editions
Kaboom! In a flash of light, brighter than a thousand suns, Fallout engulfs Console Edition’s Battle mini game. Our friends at 4J have meddled with the very fabric of the Minecraft universe itself, tearing apart its matter and fusing it into three new Battle maps, each inspired by the blasted future depicted in the Fallout RPG series… Read more

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Celebrating Award Winning ID@Xbox Games From 2016

This past year we have experienced an embarrassment of riches with the quantity of incredibly high-quality games that have shipped through ID@Xbox — everything from deep, immersive narrative experiences to amazingly addictive party games. This week we wanted to highlight just a few of the award winning and nominated ID@Xbox titles that came out in 2016… Read more

Chess Ultra is Coming to Xbox One This Spring
Hi everyone! You might recognize us as the publisher of some awesome indie titles on Xbox One, including Pure Pool, Pure Chess, and Stick It to The Man. I’m here today to reveal that Chess Ultra, a brand-new game from Ripstone, is coming to Xbox One this spring! Chess Ultra is a sequel to our original hit chess game Pure Chess, and has been built completely from the ground up… Read more