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Next Week on Xbox: Upcoming Games, March 27 – April 2

Editor's Note: We have updated the release date for Thimbleweed Park to March 30. The previously listed date was incorrect. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the best games coming soon to Xbox One. Every week, the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console, and Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play every new release hitting Xbox One. Whether you’re a fan of shooting, racing, or adventuring, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s preview the new games coming soon with Next Week on Xbox! Vikings: Wolves... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: March 24

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! ID@Xbox Game Fest: Unique Voices and Different Stories For the fourth and final week of this year’s ID@Xbox Game Fest we decided to focus on games that highlight different stories and different voices (and all of these... Read more

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ID@Xbox Game Fest: Unique Voices and Different Stories

For the fourth and final week of this year’s ID@Xbox Game Fest we decided to focus on games that highlight different stories and different voices (and all of these are on sale right now). Each of these games was chosen because they push the limit of traditional gaming in all kinds of different ways. Take Wheels of Aurelia, from MixedBag, for example. It’s a road trip game set in the roaring Italian 70s that uses interactive fiction to explore a variety of topics you’re not likely to run into in any other game. While the gameplay is quite simple and the game itself is very short – only about 15 minutes – you can play through again and again to discover 16 different – and... Read more

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Xbox Ambassadors Program Encourages You to Get Involved With Your Community on and off the Console

Looking for more ways to get involved with the Xbox community? The Xbox Ambassadors Program has you covered! As an Xbox Ambassador, you'll be able to interact with a growing community, help out fellow gamers and unlock cool Rewards. You may even find yourself spotlighted on This Week on Xbox and the Community Blog or actively participating in Xbox Ambassadors streams and YouTube videos. You can find a quick menu of activities central to the Xbox Ambassador Program here, but opportunities for getting active continue to grow. Last October, the Program launched Project Watchtower, a tool that enables Ambassadors to reach out to other gamers Tweeting about Xbox. The current Ambassador... Read more

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Tune-in Today to the Halo World Championship 2017

Get ready for the biggest Halo esports tournament of the year! Today marks the beginning of the Halo World Championship 2017 finals, where 12 worthy contending teams from around the world have come to ESL Studios in Burbank, CA to compete for $1,000,000 in prizing and the title of Halo World Champion. The competition kicks off at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT, where Team EnVyUs and Splyce will face off in the first match of the day. We’ll be streaming live on Beam.pro/Halo, Twitch.tv/Halo, Twitter and Facebook, as well as side streams on Beam.pro/HaloWC2, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo and Facebook.com/ESLHalo. If you haven’t been following the tournament so far, don’t worry – check out... Read more

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Deliver Pizza and Pay Off Student Loans in Blue-Collar Astronaut, Available Now on Xbox One

Hi, I'm Scott, a recovering solo indie dev who made a game about the American Space Dream: Blue-Collar Astronaut. It’s a game that shows how anyone with enough moxie and a little bit of training can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and excel in Space-America’s future economy! A mind-blowing economy that includes truckin’ and pizza delivery to different planets! And the perfect mothership for a game like that is the ID@Xbox program! The gameplay follows the “Easy to play, hard to master” adage. Which is to say, you can open a menu, activate your thrusters, and rotate your ship both left and right. You read that correctly: bidirectional rotation! Thus, the challenge comes... Read more

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Assassins, Zombies, and War are Coming to April’s Games with Gold

After three months of some excellent offers through Games with Gold, featuring Layers of Fear, Evolve, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, we're keeping the proverbial train moving into April with four critically-acclaimed games -- two Xbox One and two Xbox 360 games that can be played through Backward Compatibility -- to add to your Xbox library. The immersive action-adventure game Ryse: Son of Rome will be available April 1 - 30, followed by The Walking Dead: Season 2 from April 16 - May 15 that continues the tragic story of the young Clementine in the zombie apocalypse. Then on Xbox 360, and on Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, take on the role of War, one of the Four... Read more

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Goat Simulator: Waste of Space Available Now for Xbox One

A long time agoat, in a galaxy far far away, a colony was in turmoil. It is a period of sci-fi oversaturation. Terrifying enemies, striking from a hidden base, stalk a brave goat to new horizons. After the epic chase, the human settlers of a nearby colony managed to secure access to the Empire's ultimate weapon, Pilgor, a fearless space-goat with enough raw headbutt power to destroy an entire planet. Or save an entire colony. The time is now, young padawan. Without your help the colony falls into chaos. We’re not the high-tech space power we used to be. Just take a walk around and you’ll see derelict, half-completed buildings. Who want to learn astro-physics in a Test Lab... Read more

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The World’s Best Halo Teams Compete this Weekend at Halo World Championship 2017

The wait is over. The twists and turns of the road to the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals have all lead to this moment, where 12 of the world’s greatest Halo teams will vie for greatness, glory and a million-dollar payout. Will OpTic Gaming continue their dominance and give each of their squad members a second-straight championship? Will an international team shock the world with a top finish? The answers to these questions, and many, many more, lie in the midst of the incredible action that will unfold this weekend in sunny California. We’ve got everything you need to wrap your head around all the madness right here, so let’s get started! Who is competing at Halo World... Read more

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Butcher Is Coming Soon to Xbox One

I always wanted to make a fast-paced, skill-based retro shooter with no easy mode -- an equivalent of Doom in 2D. For me, Doom is one of the most-important franchises of all-time: it forged the first-person shooter genre into what it is today, helped to mold me as a player, and inspired me to become a game developer. Butcher is the result of this ambition and sentiment. Butcher retains the spirit of those 90s hits we all loved. It's hardcore, letting you release your inner artist to paint the walls with blood -- up to 4 million pixels are available to be painted per level. You can use the envoirnment (saws, hooks, lava pits, animals, and others) to dispose of your enemies, and choose... Read more

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Introducing the Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series

At Xbox, we’re committed to giving fans choices when it comes to games, services, and devices. Coming in holiday 2017, we’re bringing fans the most powerful console ever: Project Scorpio. Featuring 6 teraflops of graphical processing power, true 4K gaming, and compatibility with Xbox One games and accessories. Plus, later this spring, Xbox Game Pass will launch unlocking over 100 great games with endless play. Today, we’re excited to unveil the new Tech Series of Xbox Wireless Controllers. The first in the series is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Recon Tech Special Edition. This controller will be available for $69.99 USD and will start shipping to retailers worldwide starting April... Read more

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Kinsano Brings the Heat to Halo Wars 2 on Xbox One and Windows 10 Today

All Units – a fierce and fiery new ally joins the fray in the UNSC’s battle against Atriox and The Banished. Lt. Colonel Morgan Kinsano, the first of many new add-on leaders, is available today on Xbox Play Anywhere title Halo Wars 2 for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Kinsano is included with the Season Pass or purchased individually for $5.99, and can be used for all multiplayer modes, bringing an exciting array of new, incendiary units and game-changing abilities to the battlefield. Check out Halo Waypoint for full details, including Kinsano’s background, descriptions of the units exclusive to her and some of the battlefield changing abilities she wields. Looking ahead, players... Read more

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Spring Forward Into All-New Dead Rising 4 Content

Spring has begun, and with it comes warmer weather, longer days and all-new downloadable content for Dead Rising 4. In Dead Rising 4: Frank Rising, Frank West has become the newest member of Willamette’s horde in an all-new single-player story, releasing April 4 for Xbox One and Windows 10. Frank Rising explores what happens to Frank after an all-new outbreak in Willamette. Frank is infected and wanders the city beaten, bloody and driven only by a need to feast. When a former ally discovers him, he is written off as incurable. Luckily, he’ll find help from an unlikely resource. As Frank begins to recover he’ll need to race to find a permanent cure while developing all-new... Read more

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Get a Bonus Game When You Purchase a New Xbox Console

There’s no better way to kick-off spring than with a new Xbox console and a free game! From Sunday, March 19 through Saturday, March 25, when you buy any new Xbox One or Xbox One S console bundle, you can get the game of your choice for no additional cost. Then starting on March 21, with the purchase of any Xbox One S bundle, you can explore far beyond the boundaries of the Milky Way into the depths of the Andromeda Galaxy with Mass Effect: Andromeda. Become the Pathfinder and lead humanity's search for a new home in this uncharted region of space. Discover the secrets of a vast galaxy, battle hostile alien threats, build your crew and tap into deep progression and customization... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: Upcoming Games, March 20 – 26

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the best games coming soon to Xbox One. Every week, the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console, and Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play every new release hitting Xbox One. Whether you’re a fan of shooting, racing, or adventuring, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s preview the new games coming soon with Next Week on Xbox! Mass Effect: Andromeda - March 21 Get ready, Pathfinder. The Ark Hyperion is entering the Andromeda Galaxy, marking the beginning of your journey in Mass Effect: Andromeda. Step into the... Read more

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Prepare to Binge: It’s Originals Week on Xbox One

Binge your way through some of the best original shows from your favorite entertainment apps on Xbox One, starting now through March 26 during Originals Week. With great new content from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, Crackle and more, now's the best time to visit the Xbox One Apps Store to start your free trials. And with the Xbox One S, the ultimate games and 4K entertainment system, you can experience sharper, more detailed picture quality in 4K Ultra HD from apps like Netflix and Hulu. Kick things off with the latest original series from Netflix: Marvel’s Iron Fist, a continuation of the Marvel Universe and available in stunning 4K Ultra HD with the Xbox One S. The... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: March 17

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! Battlefield 1 “They Shall Not Pass” Expansion Available Now for Premium Owners Tomorrow will be an exciting day for us at EA DICE (especially for our French team members who have been very smug recently). On March... Read more

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Save the Dwarfs in Vermintide’s Karak Azgaraz DLC, Available Now on Xbox One

In Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, our epic first-person co-op melee shooter set in the dark and dangerous Warhammer Fantasy world, five brave heroes have desperately been trying to drive out the dreaded rat-men known as Skaven from the overrun city of Ubersreik. While their efforts have started to pay off, the Skaven never cease to plot and their beady eyes have now been cast on the Dwarfen fortress of Karak Azgaraz! They must be warned, or the Dwarfs will certainly face a gruesome fate. The fight continues in Karak Azgaraz, a new downloadable content pack for Vermintide that includes new weapons, maps, quests, and more! New Maps Explore three stunning new maps in the Karak... Read more

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Meet the Cast of Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, Available Now on Xbox One

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight explores a land on the edge of oblivion. Evil spreads, the dead rise, and corruption reigns. One priestess named Kaho from the village of Lun is their last hope as she journeys to find a cure to the curse. An audience with her majesty, the queen, would surely save the land -- but time is short and each night darker than the last. In today’s blog post, I wanted to introduce the cast of characters which frames this tragic world (I recently spoke about my inspirations and the development of Momodora: RUtM over on the ID@Xbox blog, so make sure you head on over and check that out). Kaho Reinol Kaho is... Read more

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Play First Trial Now Available

Get ready, Pathfinder. The Ark Hyperion is about to enter the Andromeda Galaxy, marking the beginning of your journey in Mass Effect: Andromeda. On Tuesday, March 21 in North America and Thursday, March 23 in Europe, you’ll take the helm of the Tempest and lead the fight for humanity’s new home. You’ll have a chance to begin your journey even earlier today, when both EA Access and Origin Access members can play up to 10 hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda. Step into the boots of Ryder, meet your first squad members, take the helm of the Tempest, and explore the first planet in the Andromeda Galaxy. For an in-depth look at the combat of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the full... Read more

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XPA Title Everspace Introduces New Ships, Perks, and More in Update v0.4

Pilots! A massive double strike just hit the Xbox One and the Windows Store. With the all-new Everspace Update v0.4, we're adding not one but two major content updates at once with over 100 additions, improvements, and fixes! The Colonial Gunship The wait is over: Go to the hangar now and have a look at the beastly Colonial Gunship. You can immediately tell it's a flying fortress with a massive hull and lots of firepower. It comes equipped with a fusion blaster and flak cannon as primary weapons, heavy missiles, cluster mines, scanning probes, combat drones, and an automated Gatling turret which can be upgraded. And it's getting even better. With Update v0.4 you'll benefit from... Read more

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