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Unleashing Update 6.66 and a Free Weekend for Doom on Xbox One

Editor's Note: We've updated the post to reflect that the free weekend for Doom is available to all players on Xbox One -- both Gold and Silvers alike. Did you miss out on playing Doom, one of the biggest shooters of last year? It’s okay, now's your chance. This weekend, we’re unleashing the ultimate Doom experience, dropping a jam-packed game update that makes all the DLC available to everyone, and inviting you to try all of it as part of a free weekend for all players. Starting at 9:00 a.m. PDT on Thursday, July 20, you can experience the thrill of blasting away hordes of demons in the first two levels of Doom’s critically-acclaimed campaign -- totally free! If that’s not... Read more

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Rutger Hauer to Star in >observer_ Launching August 15 on Xbox One

Greetings from Krakow! If you know Bloober Team at all, you know we are big cyberpunk fans. We love evil megalithic corporations, technology run amok, black pleather pants, and neon. Lots of neon. When we started the search for our voice actor who would portray our lead character in >observer_, we had our eyes set squarely on one of our European brethren, a card-carrying member of the Cyberpunk Hall of Fame. Today, we're proud to announce that the Observer, Detective Dan Lazarski, mind-hacker extraordinaire, will be voiced by none other than Rutger Hauer, the replicant-in-chief of our favorite cyberpunk movie, "Blade Runner." More good news! >observer_ is launching on Xbox One... Read more

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Xbox is Now the Official Console Partner of Real Madrid

Today, we are excited to announce that Xbox is the official console partner of five-time world champion football team, Real Madrid. With many of their players in the global spotlight, it’s easy to see why Real Madrid is one of the most widely supported teams in the world. And to kick off Real Madrid’s US Summer Tour here in the United States, we are partnering up to invite fans to join in a variety of events across the states, and even win the chance to see them play live in a US match. Hour of Code As the Real Madrid Summer Tour begins, the Microsoft Century City store will engage local youth groups in Minecraft coding alongside Real Madrid Players. Empowering youth through... Read more

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Boom! Terry Crews Joins Crackdown 3 Panel at San Diego Comic-Con This Saturday

Calling all Agents heading to Comic-Con this weekend -- are you ready to step up your boom!? We are excited to announce that the one and only Terry Crews ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") will be joining the Crackdown 3 panel in room 7AB on Saturday, July 22 starting at 11am PDT. We’ll be talking with Terry about his role as Commanding Agent Isaiah Jaxon and sharing some first looks of his character from the game, which will release November 7 on the Xbox family of devices, including Xbox One X. Hosted by Xbox’s Major Nelson, Terry will be joined by members of Team Crackdown to chat about new exclusive details about the story and characters you’ll meet in Crackdown 3. Join us to talk about... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for July 17 – 23

Welcome to another edition of Next Week on Xbox, our weekly feature that covers all the new and exciting games coming soon to Xbox One. With the likes of Fortnite (early access), Gigantic, and What Remains of Edith Finch dropping in the coming days, we're shaping up to have no shortage of quality gaming goodness on our favorite console! Like every week, we'll be here to let you know when you can play these new games on Xbox One. So, without further delay, let’s look at what’s coming soon with Next Week on Xbox! What Remains of Edith Finch - July 19 As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: July 14, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all 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 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 below. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Custom Gamerpics, Console Co-streaming, Arena Updates and More Roll Out to Xbox Fans Today Fan feedback is an important part of how we’ve built Xbox over the years, and this month’s update, which we expect to roll out later today, is all... Read more

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Deathstorm Comes to an End in Sniper Elite 4 on July 18

In his hunt to uncover the secret Nazi nuclear project Deathstorm, agent Karl Fairburne must neutralize a Kriegsmarine facility and infiltrate a fascist stronghold in Deathstorm Part 3: Obliteration, the conclusion of our three-part Sniper Elite 4 adventure that takes place after the main campaign. In this chapter, we’re bringing Karl back to Germany for the first time since Sniper Elite V2. In the sleepy Bavarian town of Steigerloch, intelligence suggests a heavily guarded underground complex lies hidden from sight -- the nuclear project Deathstorm is being researched at that facility. The war and society as we know it rests on this mission; Karl must bring down Deathstorm, once and... Read more

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Discover What Remains of Edith Finch on Xbox One July 19

What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of playable short stories about a cursed family in Washington State. You play as Edith, who tries to figure out why she is the last one in her family alive upon coming back to the house she grew up in. As you explore the house, you'll find stories about each family member with its own unique gameplay and each ending with the death of that family member. It's a game that touches on a lot of subjects: death, family, stories and what we leave behind, but more than anything it's a game about the unknown, about exploring something with no idea of what you're going to find. This makes the game a little hard to describe because the more I tell you... Read more

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Pre-order Star Wars Battlefront II and Play the Beta Starting October 4

Dust off your blaster rifle and polish your clone trooper armor for the Star Wars Battlefront II beta starting October 4 on Xbox One. Earlier this week, EA announced specific details about the upcoming beta and when players who have pre-ordered the highly anticipated Star Wars game will have an exclusive opportunity to jump into the fray. For this beta, the royal palace in the city of Theed -- located on the planet of Naboo for the keen Star Wars observer -- will be your battleground in the Galactic Assault mode as either the Republic clone troopers or Separatist droid army. You can also take the stars in the new Starfighter Assault game mode as you strap in and fly some of the most... Read more

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Start Your Summer with Deals from Xbox

The summer’s heating up and Xbox is offering deals on games, accessories and consoles! For $249, you can explore the world of Minecraft with the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites bundle (500GB), featuring full game downloads of Minecraft for Xbox One and Windows 10, plus 13 fabulous, community-favorite content packs. Or for $279, experience the dawn of all-out war with the Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Bundle (500GB). Discover a world at war through an adventure-filled campaign, or join in epic multiplayer battles with up to 64 players on Xbox Live. If you’re buying a console, you can get two additional deals: $10 off an Xbox Live Gold 3-month membership, and $10 off select Xbox... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games July 10 to 16

Welcome to another edition of Next Week on Xbox, our weekly feature that covers all the new and upcoming games coming soon to Xbox One. This week has quite the variety of titles, like the return of Jesse and the gang in Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two, the stylish Serial Cleaner and the dystopian adventure Black The Fall -- you can see the full list of titles below. Like every week, Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play these exciting new games on Xbox One. So, without further delay, let’s look at what’s coming soon with Next Week on Xbox! Hunting Simulator - July 11 Explore varied environments, track your prey, and become the hunter in Hunting Simulator.... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: July 7, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all 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 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 below. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Halo Summer Celebration: 4K, Backward Compatibility, Epic Events & More Summer is officially upon us! As the temperature rises outside, there’s plenty of activity on the way to turn up the heat across the Halo franchise. In the weeks... Read more

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Creating a Community of Heroes in Next Up Hero, Coming to Xbox One in 2018

When I was growing up, arcade games were everywhere. Pizzerias, bowling alleys…  even convenience stores usually had a cabinet or two. Street Fighter II, TMNT, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and on and on. Every try mattered, and even if you died or lost, you always knew you’d have another chance, as long as you had one more quarter to spare. These games were designed to be hard (they had to make money somehow), but they were also accessible. You could take turns or play with or against friends and still have a great time. A lot of the time, I’d just stand there, watching friends play. When someone died, we would often continue each other’s games where the last person left off. I loved... Read more

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Destiny 2 Open Beta Early Access Begins July 19 on Xbox One

Guardians! The time is nigh to join the fight in Destiny 2. Today, Bungie announced that Open Beta Early Access for Destiny 2 on Xbox One will begin Wednesday, July 19, giving players admittance to the opening moments of the new cinematic story campaign, three-player cooperative multiplayer on the Inverted Spire, and two competitive multiplayer modes, as well as a chance to try out the new social space. To join the fun on July 19, pre-order your copy of Destiny 2 today to ensure your place in the Open Beta Early Access. Once in, here's an overview of the features you can expect to see and play: Experience the New Cinematic Campaign Play the opening mission and experience the... Read more

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Play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Free with Xbox Live Gold and Prepare for War

You’ve fought them, killed them, and dominated them. The Orcs in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor definitely leave an impression. Now the experience is even more personal -- the Nemesis Forge update for Shadow of Mordor will allow both new and existing players to bring their top Nemesis and Follower to Middle-earth: Shadow of War when the game releases later this year. And now's the best time yet to prepare for war. Thanks to Xbox Live Gold's Free Play Days, Xbox Live Gold members can play Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for free starting now from Thursday, July 6 at 12:01am PDT to Sunday, July 9 at 11:59pm PDT. You can also pick up the classic Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for 80% off... Read more

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Pre-order 1970s Stealth Game Serial Cleaner Today on Xbox One

We’ve been blown away by the positive support you’ve given us so far and are happy to announce that Serial Cleaner will be launching July 14 on Xbox One. We also have a special offer just for Xbox One players: pre-order Serial Cleaner and receive a free copy of The Swindle! It won't be long before you can jump into the Cleaner's shoes to test your ability to deal with the fast-paced and unique challenges of cleaning up murder scenes as you deftly avoid The Heat. To celebrate the forthcoming launch, we’ve made a new live action trailer that you can see above. Serial Cleaner is jam-packed with features including a full story mode and 10 bonus levels inspired by movies like... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: June 30, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all 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 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 below. This week is a special look back at E3 2017! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Save Big During the Ultimate Game Sale Starting June 30, gamers can take advantage of great deals on Xbox games and accessories during the Ultimate Game Sale. This year, Ultimate Game Sale is four... Read more

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Crafting an Experience Focused on Player Skill in Unto The End

Unto The End is a single-player 2D combat adventure coming to Xbox One in 2018. It charts a journey of loss and vengeance – players take the role of a father as he sets out to hunt the creature that has slaughtered his family. We’re excited to talk about some of the creative thinking behind the game, and how we’re putting player skill front and center. One thing we're really excited about with Unto The End is applying our real-world experiences to its design. Often those experiences manifest as a landscape or structure, but we also apply them when pacing a level, planning encounters, and crafting hidden pathways to explore. When we dial down the noise, out on a hike for... Read more

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Fairy Tale ARPG Ghost of a Tale Enters Xbox Game Preview

A couple of years ago I decided to start working on Ghost of a Tale full-time. I had never even worked on a game before and had to learn everything from the ground up -- how to use a real-time engine, how to code, etc. Thankfully, I met fantastic people over time who are now helping me to make the game what it is: an action RPG about rekindling the sense of passion and wonder we all felt as kids when discovering video games. The emphasis of Ghost of a Tale is on stealth and exploration. The goal is to make you feel as if you stepped into a coherent world that could be right out of a movie or a fairy tale. In the game you play as Tilo, a mouse and minstrel caught up in a perilous... Read more

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