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Xbox Ambassadors Program Sweetens the Deal with New Features and Rewards for Season Four

The Xbox Ambassadors Program kept its community busy from July to September and is hoping to see even more Xbox users take on the title of “Ambassador” during Season Four, which launches Oct. 1. With over 5,000 Ambassadors having actively participated in the Program since July 1, the Xbox Ambassadors Team is gearing up for a few new additions to keep things exciting this Season. Over the next several months, they’ll be introducing new spaces for connecting and engaging with Xbox users, a more interactive website experience and, as those familiar with the Program might have guessed, even better Rewards! With everything that’s on the horizon, it’s truly a great time to sign up... Read more

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Axiom Verge Now Available for Xbox One

Hi. My name is Tom Happ, and I made a game called Axiom Verge. It all started about seven years ago as a hobby. I would get home from work (where I was a programmer at Petroglyph on an RTS game) and there was nothing on TV I was interested in watching. Actually, not so much as that there was nothing on TV; I didn't have cable. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to recreate the best parts of my favorite games from my childhood and see if I could combine them into the ultimate game. Could the grapple hook from Bionic Commando work in a Blaster Master environment? How about the Yo-Yo from Rygar in a Shatterhand world? All with the exploration of Metroid? And, oh yeah, I used to love... Read more

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Never Fight Alone with New Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundles

Back in July, we announced the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition (2TB) Bundle, and today, we are excited to add two more console bundles to experience a new chapter in one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle will arrive in stores worldwide starting Oct. 11, and customers in the US and Australia will also have the option to get an Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle starting Nov. 1. Both bundles are available for pre-order starting today and read on for more bundle specifics. Xbox One S is the only console available today with built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming plus High Dynamic Range for video... Read more

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Microsoft Stores Now Offering Minecraft VR Demos on Oculus Rift

Calling all Minecraft players! Explore the world of Minecraft through virtual reality in a fully immersive demo experience exclusively at select Microsoft Stores. Team Minecraft at Mojang and Microsoft have been working with their partners at Oculus to develop Minecraft for VR, and now they’re ready to have everyone experience Minecraft in a whole new way through virtual reality on Oculus Rift, powered by Windows 10. Fans of the game can now demo for free with no appointment needed at their local Microsoft Store where they can discover the phenomenal world building game all over again. The demo also features PC Gaming chairs by NEEDforSEAT, styled like those found in race cars and... Read more

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Building Single Player for Titanfall 2

We knew from the beginning of development on Titanfall 2 that we wanted to do a single player campaign. Our team has a rich history of creating great single player campaigns and as we reflected on what we wanted to do with it, there was a desire to bring back feelings we had playing games in the past that had a strong sense of mystery, discovery, and wonder.  We knew that doing a typical shooter with the gameplay mechanics we built in Titanfall just wouldn’t work. In fact, we tried a prototype of that and it wasn’t fun at all. We wanted to do something new. We started by letting our designers go off and explore new ideas and create ‘action blocks’. These were focused prototypes... Read more

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Microsoft and ASUS Partner for Forza Horizon 3 Bundle

This week we launched Forza Horizon 3 and today we are sharing that we have partnered with ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) to offer Forza Horizon 3 on its next generation of gaming notebooks and desktops. The Windows 10 PC version of the game features support for 4K and 21:9 Ultrawide resolutions, and a multitude of options that enable PC gamers to customize the experience to their liking. Among the ASUS ROG systems that come with the game are: G752VS, G752VM, GL502VS, GL502VM, G701VI, GL702VM, GT51CA, G11CD, G20CB and more. Check your local and online retailers for participation. Forza Horizon 3 brings the Horizon Festival to Australia – the most beautiful and diverse setting yet... Read more

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Xbox at TwitchCon 2016 – Live Stream and Schedule Details

This weekend at TwitchCon, Xbox is partnering with EA to broadcast hours of action packed Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay right from the expo floor, and we’ll be joined on stream by some of your favorite Twitch and YouTube personalities. Watch as they squad up against TwitchCon attendees, and keep glued to the screen as you never know when we’ll be giving away Xbox Live Gold, EA Access membership, and Design Lab controller codes live on air. In addition, make sure to tune in on Saturday at 1pm PDT to get an exclusive look at Battlefield 1’s Single Player gameplay. Eric Holmes, Design Director at DICE, will be on stream to expand on the exciting new content found... Read more

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Gears of War 4 Prologue Debuts with Twenty Minutes of New Gameplay Footage

Gears of War has a history of iconic campaign openings, from the prison break in the first Gears of War to Marcus’ nightmare flashback in Gears of War 3, and Gears of War 4 is no different. Today, we’re excited to share the first gameplay of the epic opening to Gears 4’s campaign known as Prologue. Dropping players straight into the action at the opening of the game, Prologue immerses you in a series of pivotal moments from the Gears of War universe never before seen in a Gears videogame – including Emergence Day and a key battle from the Pendulum Wars. After a brief introduction by The Coalition’s Studio Head Rod Fergusson and Lead Campaign Designer Matt Searcy, our uncut... Read more

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Gears of War 4: Live Broadcast on October 5 Kicks off all-new Gears Saga

On Oct. 11, a new saga for one of gaming’s most celebrated franchises will kick off with the worldwide launch of Gears of War 4. To commemorate this special event, we’re inviting fans around the world to join the festivities by tuning into Gears of War 4: Live, a live broadcast that begins at 3 PM PT (10 PM UTC) on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Ninety digital copies of the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition will be given away during the 90-minute broadcast, allowing winners to play four days before the game's worldwide launch on October 11. Hosted by Paul Scheer (The League, Children’s Hospital), Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson), Scott Robison (Mr.... Read more

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Forza Horizon 3 Available Worldwide on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

A new Australian automotive adventure has begun with the worldwide release of Forza Horizon 3. Playable on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, the game is now available in all Xbox regions across the globe (except Japan, where it will be available on Sept. 29). Since the launch of the Ultimate Edition of the game last week, it’s been amazing to see the excitement and acclaim the game has created with early adopters, and I can’t wait to see how crazy things get now that fans everywhere will be joining in on the fun. Looking to get in on the Forza action? Here’s a snapshot of all things Forza Horizon 3 during launch week. Your Game, Your Festival Forza Horizon 3 brings the Horizon... Read more

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Buy Any Xbox One S Bundle, Get An Additional Game

Kick off the fall season with a new console and a free game! For one week only, when you buy any new Xbox One or Xbox One S console bundle, get a new game of your choice for free. That’s right- you could get a new Xbox One S, a copy of Minecraft that includes thirteen fabulous, community-favorite content Packs, and NBA 2K17 for $299 at participating retailers. Or, if you’re a fan of all things football, get the new Xbox One S Madden bundle and add in FIFA for free. Do you prefer shooters? Get the Xbox One S Halo Collection bundle and add Destiny: Rise of Iron for free. Want family friendly? Get the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites bundle and add in Forza Horizon 3 (sensing a... Read more

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Explore an Ancient World on October 4 in the Minecraft Chinese Mythology Mash-Up Pack

Come explore ancient temples hidden among the cherry blossoms and survive the night at the Great Wall in the new Minecraft: Console Edition Chinese Mythology Mash-Up. In this new mash-up, you will be able to visit an exquisitely-created, pre-made world. Wander through the streets of an ancient great city, marvel at the dragons that dwell around the high mountains, contemplate on your crafting within a mythical monastery and just enjoy the view as you walk through fields and discover how mobs would look in ancient China. This mash-up also brings you 41 new skins to choose from and 13 themed music tracks for your worlds. On top of all that, the Chinese Mythology Mash-Up also includes a... Read more

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The Boss Update & Add-Ons are Coming to Minecraft on October 18

MINECON is here and we’re excited to bring you more details about the next big update for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Gear VR Edition, releasing on Oct. 18. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the Boss Update is bringing boss battles to these versions of Minecraft for the first time. We’ve tweaked the Wither boss battle, added the Elder Guardian and its Ocean Monument filled with goodies for building and adventuring, and even introduced slash commands so you can tweak the game itself by summoning, teleporting and more. Also arriving in the Boss Update will be the first iteration of Add-Ons. With Add-Ons, you’ll be able to experiment... Read more

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Everspace Now Available via Xbox Game Preview on Xbox One

Hamburg-based indie studio Rockfish Games has announced that its debut title Everspace has launched through Xbox Game Preview on Xbox One. In the coming weeks, it will be the very first title coming to Xbox Game Preview Program on Windows 10 and will support Xbox Play Anywhere featuring cross-saves and buy once, play anywhere. “We were excited to be able to showcase Everspace at a variety of events over the past year – from E3 to Gamescom,” said Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox at Microsoft, “and it got great player response every time. We’re super excited that it’s coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One via game preview, and it’s awesome to have it as the debut Xbox Play... Read more

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Attend ‘Gears Art’ Exhibition; Win a Chance to Attend ‘Gears Live’

'Gears Art' is an art exhibition featuring dozens of works from the Gears of War universe including concept art from Gears of War 4 and original artwork inspired by the series. The opening night event will be held Saturday, October 1 from 7-10 PM at Nucleus Gallery in the Los Angeles area and will include door prizes, raffle prizes, and the opportunity to attend* the “Gears of War 4: Live” launch event. The exhibition will remain open for viewing through Sunday, October 2nd. The first 200 entrants to the 'Gears Art' opening night event will receive invitations* to attend the 'Gears of War 4: Live' launch event, a live-stream celebration on October 5th from Burbank, CA featuring... Read more

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Get Your Hands on Forza Horizon 3 Today with Ultimate Edition Early Access

We are just days from the global launch of Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on September 27 (September 29 in Japan); however if you absolutely cannot wait to be the boss of the Horizon Festival, the Ultimate Edition is available today, giving fans early access to the Australian adventure. In addition to early access to Forza Horizon 3, Ultimate Edition owners receive the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass, VIP membership and cars, and the Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack which gives fans the chance to take 10 of the hottest modern race cars off the track and out onto the open road. As Microsoft’s first Xbox One S game to feature High Dynamic Range (HDR), Forza Horizon 3 takes full... Read more

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Xbox Wireless Controller Support Comes to Samsung Gear VR, Powered by Oculus Starting with Minecraft: Gear VR Edition

As part of our ongoing commitment to enable gamers to play anywhere, on the devices they want, we announced last month the expansion of the Xbox Wireless ecosystem across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Today, we’re excited to announce that the new Xbox Wireless Controller, will soon be compatible with controller-enabled games on Samsung Gear VR starting with Minecraft: Gear VR Edition. In addition, broader support across all Gear VR controller-enabled titles like Herobound, Spirit Champion, Omega Agent, and End Space will be available in the coming months. Fans attending MINECON this weekend can get the first hands-on experience playing Minecraft: Gear VR Edition with the Xbox Wireless... Read more

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Play FIFA 17 First on Xbox One with EA Access

Today, Xbox One owners can kick off a brand new season with EA SPORTS FIFA 17 ahead of its official launch on September 27 (29 outside of North America) thanks to EA Access. That’s right EA Access members, get FIFA 17 up to seven days before anyone else! Powered for the first time by the Frostbite engine, see for yourself how the football has changed. Footy fans on Xbox One can also be among the first to experience The Journey, by living their story as the Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter, on and off the pitch in the most popular league in the world. Or get a head start building your Ultimate Team™, with exclusive Tournaments, Squad Building Challenges and rewards... Read more

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Astroneer Coming to Xbox Game Preview in December

We're incredibly excited to announce that Astroneer will be released via Xbox Game Preview for Xbox One and Windows 10 in December of this year! Astroneer is a game about wonder. Humanity has recently gained the ability to travel between the stars, prompting a gold rush of sorts in space. You play an Astroneer: a near-future prospector seeking fortune and adventure, deposited on far-flung worlds by your enigmatic outfitting company. Astroneers must use the tools available to them to build thriving bases, discover valuable resources, and uncover exotic and mysterious artifacts. Astroneer is a game about exploration and creativity. The worlds in Astroneer are diverse, each combining... Read more

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Begin Your Firewatch Today on Xbox One

With Firewatch arriving on Xbox One this week, we at Campo Santo wanted to share with you a little bit about the game and some of the never-before-seen features that are coming your way.  But let me briefly start with some of the before-seen-features. Mainly, the core feature set: what type of game is Firewatch? Firewatch is a first-person mystery set in the woods of Wyoming. If it were movie, you'd call it a psychological thriller. But it's not a movie; it's a video game. So we set out to make a game where you got to build a relationship with other characters, while continually being surprised by the story, but not bogged down by a bunch of cutscenes (because, it's a video game and... Read more