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Xbox Celebrates Player’s Unique Achievements with Xbox Year in Review

Another year coming to an end means another year's worth of achievements to celebrate. That’s why we made the Xbox Year in Review, a personalized view of how you spent 2017 with Xbox. Now every Xbox gamer can celebrate the achievements and adventures that make their individual story so unique. Xbox players who log in to xbox.com/YearinReview can see how this unique experience highlights individual achievements, top games played, hours spent playing, and much more -- all pulled from billions of data points to deliver a unique dashboard experience for each and every gamer in our Xbox community. To help ensure everyone knows about Xbox Year in Review and gets a chance to see their... Read more: Xbox Celebrates Player’s Unique Achievements with Xbox Year in Review

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Beholder is Coming to Xbox One in Early 2018

Hi, Xbox Wire readers! I'm here to tell you all about our new title Beholder Complete Edition, which lands on the Microsoft Store on January 19, 2018! Beholder Complete Edition is a tactical strategy game set in a dystopian future, where you’ll play as a landlord in a totalitarian state. There are rules for everything, and any violation can see you put into prison, or beaten up by the police. For instance, are you wearing jeans right now? Well, in this state, wearing or owning jeans is against state rules, so a beating for you, or even worse, state prison! To do your job, you’ll need to spy on your tenants, watch their every move, eavesdrop on their conversations, talk to... Read more: Beholder is Coming to Xbox One in Early 2018

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343 Industries and Major League Gaming Announce New Partnership for Halo Esports

Following one of the biggest years in Halo esports history with record viewership and participation, we’re excited to announce a new partnership between 343 Industries and Major League Gaming (MLG) to take the Halo Championship Series (HCS) to the next level. The HCS league and brand were born out of the desire to create a platform for the best Halo players in the world - to tell their stories and provide a stage for their incredible talent. It’s an investment back into the Halo community, honoring Halo’s rich esports legacy while laying the groundwork for Halo titles and Halo esports as a whole. For most of 2017, the HCS team at 343 Industries have been hard at work on some... Read more: 343 Industries and Major League Gaming Announce New Partnership for Halo Esports

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Sky Force Reloaded Lifts off on Xbox One

To all Sky Force units. Military alert by Infinite Dreams Studio! Pilots! Soldiers! Our land is in danger, and it's time for the legendary Sky Force to defeat enemies again! We've been called to battle against hordes of invaders, fight powerful bosses, dodge bullets, and missiles. Join us to face the evil, save civilians and explore an adventure with the old-school feeling where the visually stunning experience mixes with everything all shoot 'em up fans love: equipment upgrades, ultimate destruction, and co-op! Our Infinite Dreams Team prepared for you 15 stages of the main campaign, each with four difficulty levels, and additional five endless mode stages to compete with friends,... Read more: Sky Force Reloaded Lifts off on Xbox One

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Night In The Woods: Frequently Asked Questions

Hey! I’m Scott, part of the Night In The Woods team! I’ve been asked to give you some information on our game. We’re gonna hit some frequently asked questions! Let me pull up a few and see what we have. Hold on... Here we go. What is Night In The Woods? Night In The Woods is an adventure game where you explore a world and a story and a bunch of characters and people seem to like it. We hope you do too. It takes place in a town called Possum Springs, an Appalachian rust belt town full of secrets, citizens, and no shortage of closed storefronts. It concerns a woman named Mae who has just dropped out of college for reasons unknown and returned home. All she wants to do is rekindle... Read more: Night In The Woods: Frequently Asked Questions

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Free Play Days: Play Injustice 2 Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

Get ready for the free trial of Injustice 2 as part of Xbox Live Gold's Free Play Days. Starting Thursday, December 14 at 12:01 a.m. PT to Sunday, December 18 at 11:59 p.m. PT, you can play the first three story chapters for one of the best fighting games of the year. Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC heroes and villains, letting players build and power-up the ultimate version of their favorite characters. In addition to the three story chapters, all multiplayer and online modes will be active for players to battle it out online with their friends. All characters will be available to play online except for those available... Read more: Free Play Days: Play Injustice 2 Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

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Pinball FX Celebrates 10 Years with Free Pinball Pack

Zen Studios is happy to say that Pinball FX has turned 10 years old, and it feels like the party is just getting started. We invite everyone on Xbox Live, both on Xbox One and Windows 10, to download the brand-new Carnivals & Legends pack for free from December 12 to 19. This is our way of saying thank you to the millions of Pinball FX players who have supported the game over the years. Zen would also like to send sincere thanks to the many Microsoft team members who have lent a hand in the development and ultimate success of Pinball FX over the last decade. There are so many who went above and beyond and helped us develop an amazing platform that could continue to evolve and find... Read more: Pinball FX Celebrates 10 Years with Free Pinball Pack

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Dungeon Defenders II: Power of the Ancients Expansion Available Now for Free on Xbox One

Dungeon Defenders II: Power of the Ancients is finally here! We’ve cranked the hype up to 11 and we’re ready to release this long-awaited expansion today on Xbox One. We added a ton of gameplay content in this expansion with a new mid to end-game mode, a dynamically shifting map, and an endless way to continue progressing your account. In addition to the new gameplay content, there's also a ton of new cosmetic content for you to customize your heroic look. I’d like to give you an insider look at what inspired our choices for the new gameplay, and some pro tips for conquering our new game mode! Onslaught, the new mode, is the result of our continuing focus on incorporating player... Read more: Dungeon Defenders II: Power of the Ancients Expansion Available Now for Free on Xbox One

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Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: theHunter: Call of the Wild

Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Viktor Blomberg, Senior Graphics Programmer at Avalanche Studios about enhancing the open-world hunting simulator theHunter: Call of the Wild for Xbox One X. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance theHunter: Call of the Wild for Xbox One... Read more: Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: theHunter: Call of the Wild

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Grand Theft Auto Online: The Doomsday Heist Out Now on Xbox One

When the stakes are this high, who else can you trust to save the day but the craziest criminals ever to grace the Los Santos underworld? The risks are colossal, the enemies all but unstoppable… but the rewards are mouth-watering and a massive adrenaline spike is absolutely guaranteed. Assemble your crew for the biggest online adventure yet, across three sprawling acts, The Doomsday Heist is now available to play in GTA Online on Xbox One. The Doomsday Scenario Billionaire entrepreneur Avon Hertz and his pet neural network Cliffford have stumbled upon evidence that nefarious outside forces are working on a plan so diabolical it could end life as we know it. Somehow, Lester Crest is... Read more: Grand Theft Auto Online: The Doomsday Heist Out Now on Xbox One

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Introducing Forza Motorsport 7’s December Bounty Hunter: Phil Spencer

Since the launch of Forza Motorsport 7, we’ve had a number of great people volunteer to be the “Bounty” in our ongoing Bounty Hunter Rivals series. 2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden kicked things off in October, and Forza creative director Dan Greenawalt gave the community a great challenge in November. Here we are in December, and we have a brand-new racer ready to take on the world. We’re extremely pleased to announce that Xbox’s own Phil Spencer (Gamertag: P3) will be the player to beat in our December Bounty Hunter event, which begins today, on Monday, December 11. Not only are we over the moon to have Phil as our Bounty target this month, we have a fantastic car and... Read more: Introducing Forza Motorsport 7’s December Bounty Hunter: Phil Spencer

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Details on the Innovative Xbox Control Scheme for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Veteran players of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PC are no doubt aware of the in-game inventory management and upgrades mixed with high-stakes gunplay that has made the game great. Translating these mechanics down to the Xbox One controller has been a challenge, but the team at PUBG Corp. -- with support from the Xbox Advanced Technology Group and The Coalition, developers of the Gears of War franchise -- believe they've found the right balance between giving players enough flexibility to survive in the hostile battleground and to effectively manage in-game equipment on the fly. The first key thing to remember is that to see these controls, change look sensitivity, or invert the look... Read more: Details on the Innovative Xbox Control Scheme for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

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Taking Ark into Hard Sci-Fi with Aberration

Everyone at Studio Wildcard is super stoked to finally get Ark’s second massive expansion pack, Ark: Aberration, into player’s hands tomorrow December 12. This new world puts players on a malfunctioning Ark drifting in space, with a harsh sun-baked radioactive surface, and a massive internal underground network encompassing varied biomes and fantastical creatures. A large stockpile of new items gives players powerful new options for traversing environments, such as wingsuits, zip lines, and climbing picks. And across Aberration, fantastical new creatures such as Rock Drakes and Basilisks make their home among the ruins of damaged Ark technology. While unique environmental... Read more: Taking Ark into Hard Sci-Fi with Aberration

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 11 – 17

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox where we bring you the latest details on upcoming games coming soon to Xbox One! This coming week we have the console launch exclusive PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds coming to Xbox Game Preview, the return of an iconic gaming character in Okami HD, and several ID@Xbox titles like It's Quiz Time, Night in the Woods, and Hammerwatch. Read on below for more details on these games and... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 11 – 17

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This Week on Xbox: December 8, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all 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 past 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 above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Xbox Takes Home Honors at The Game Awards The Game Awards is designed to recognize the creative and technical excellence in the video game industry, bringing together a diverse group of players, developers, and culture to celebrate gaming as the most... Read more: This Week on Xbox: December 8, 2017

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Xbox Takes Home Honors at The Game Awards

The Game Awards is designed to recognize the creative and technical excellence in the video game industry, bringing together a diverse group of players, developers, and culture to celebrate gaming as the most immersive and inspiring form of entertainment. Tonight's show was full of new reveals, awards, and recognition. We got our first look at the next game from Campo Santo, creators of Firewatch, revealing the exploration adventure In the Valley of Gods, as well as the debut footage of Soul Calibur VI. Finally, legendary game developer Carol Saw was given the Industry Icon Award for her contributions to the history of games. A number of great games that you can play on Xbox One also... Read more: Xbox Takes Home Honors at The Game Awards

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Console Launch Exclusive and Xbox Play Anywhere Title Hello Neighbor Available Now

What an incredible journey this has been! Ever since we announced Hello Neighbor just over a year ago, we've seen thousands of YouTube videos, lots of fanart, cosplayers, and whole families checking the game out at conventions. It's very rare that a game can appeal to both kids and their parents. Watching the hype was both terrifying and energizing. Initially, our plan was to create a single large sandbox and fill it with these set-piece linear moments in the form of fear rooms. Upon playtesting it was clear though that the strength of Hello Neighbor lies in the actual neighbor, in playing against the AI in a more open environment. So, we took up an impossible task of expanding the game... Read more: Console Launch Exclusive and Xbox Play Anywhere Title Hello Neighbor Available Now

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All Aboard the Post-Apocalyptic Train in the New Metro Exodus Trailer

Inspired by the best-selling novel "Metro 2035" by Dmitry Glukhovsky, the world of Metro Exodus takes place in the wake of a nuclear apocalypse, where survivors try to eke out a daily existence in the metro system of Moscow, Russia. With its blend of RPG elements and tense shooter gameplay, the series has come to be known as one of the most atmospheric experiences in gaming. This evening we got our latest look at the next explosive chapter of the series during The Game Awards, showcasing more of that atmospheric world we've grown to love thanks to its predecessors Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light. In Metro Exodus, you must flee the metro and lead a band of rangers on an incredible,... Read more: All Aboard the Post-Apocalyptic Train in the New Metro Exodus Trailer