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This Week on Xbox: August 25, 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 below above featuring the one and only Major Nelson. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Big Stories from gamescom 2017 gamescom 2017: World’s Most Powerful Console Makes European Debut and Kickstarts Global Pre-orders Today, during Xbox @ gamescom Live, we announced global pre-orders... Read more: This Week on Xbox: August 25, 2017

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gamescom 2017: Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare Launches on September 26

Halo nation, a collective embrace please. On stage at gamescom 2017, we announced Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is launching on September 26 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC! In case you missed the news from E3, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is a completely new expansion for Halo Wars 2, bringing a new Banished campaign, crisp Blur cinematics, new maps, new leaders and a new game mode called Terminus Firefight together in one exciting package. The expansion takes place just a few months after the end of the events in Halo Wars 2, where the war for control of the Ark continues to rage on. The Banished, in their efforts to do anything to regain the upper hand against Captain... Read more: gamescom 2017: Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare Launches on September 26

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gamescom 2017: ReCore Definitive Edition Brings Players HDR, New Adventures and T8-NK Corebot!

Hello Far Eden Explorers! We are excited to announce the ReCore Definitive Edition which lets players experience the game’s mysterious and dynamic world with enhanced visuals (increased resolution and HDR), a brand-new adventure, “Eye of Obsidian”, and the long-awaited T8-NK Corebot (“Tank”) who joins Joule, Mack, Seth, Duncan, and Violet as they explore new environments and dungeons while battling the deadly “Obsidian Cult”. In addition to driving the T8-NK over quicksand and traveling across Far Eden with new power and speed, players will enjoy new weapon modes for Joule, new gear for all Corebots, more enemy types and many other gameplay and performance enhancements.... Read more: gamescom 2017: ReCore Definitive Edition Brings Players HDR, New Adventures and T8-NK Corebot!

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Thanks to our Fans, Xbox One X is Fastest-Selling Xbox Pre-Order Ever

Sunday night in Germany we unveiled the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, a special edition console designed for our biggest fans. That night we launched pre-orders worldwide and we have been overwhelmed by your response. Within just a few days, we saw record-setting sell-out times and are currently sold out in many countries around the world. You, our biggest fans, have pre-ordered more Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles in the first five days than any Xbox ever. “Microsoft has done it again! The innovation and power behind the new Xbox One X console is driving excitement and demand among our customers worldwide,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of Merchandising... Read more: Thanks to our Fans, Xbox One X is Fastest-Selling Xbox Pre-Order Ever

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gamescom 2017: World’s Most Powerful Console Makes European Debut and Kickstarts Global Pre-orders

Today, during Xbox @ gamescom Live, we announced global pre-orders for Xbox One X starting today, with a limited edition, fan-inspired design of the world’s most powerful console that features a custom color and vertical stand and the words “Project Scorpio” printed on the console and Xbox Wireless Controller. Pre-orders are now open and available here. November 7 can’t come soon enough! We also revealed more details about the most diverse line-up of games coming to the Xbox family of devices, highlighted by the news that over 100 new and existing Xbox One titles will be enhanced for Xbox One X to take advantage of the world’s most powerful console including Halo 5, NBA 2K18,... Read more: gamescom 2017: World’s Most Powerful Console Makes European Debut and Kickstarts Global Pre-orders

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gamescom 2017: Xbox Game Pass Launches in 8 New Countries and Adds More Great Games this September

On June 1, we launched Xbox Game Pass, a new digital gaming membership giving you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games for just $9.99 USD per month, to 31 markets around the world. Since launch, we have been excited by the amazing fan reaction and engagement with Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass is part of our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games and to discover new experiences. We believe more is better, and each month with Xbox Game Pass, we add a new set of games to the catalog so you’ve always got something new to play. Now, it’s time to say Hola, Olá, שלום, Marhaba, Ahoj and Howzit to our... Read more: gamescom 2017: Xbox Game Pass Launches in 8 New Countries and Adds More Great Games this September

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Xbox at gamescom 2017

Here at Xbox, we’re still buzzing from our fans’ reaction to our news at E3 – from the unveiling of the Xbox One X to the 42 games shown on our stage. But we’re only just getting started. Today, we’re happy to announce that in August we’re coming to Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2017. This will be the first time Xbox One X will be on the ground in Europe and we’ll have a huge line up of 27 playable games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC from developers around the world, including Forza Motorsport 7, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves. Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to throughout the week: Xbox @ gamescom Live Tune in on... Read more: Xbox at gamescom 2017

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Introducing New Packaging Icons for Xbox

This is an incredibly exciting time for us on Team Xbox. With great games coming to the Xbox family of devices and Windows 10 this Fall, in addition to the launch of Xbox One X, we can't think of a better time to be an Xbox gamer. And as we grow our catalog of new and exciting games, we want to ensure we're being as clear as possible explaining to you how our family of Xbox consoles play with games and your equipment. Starting this Fall, we'll be introducing new packaging that specifically calls out what your soon-to-be favorite games support and how they support it. Displayed clearly in the upper right corner will be icons that call out what a game supports on Xbox One, Xbox One S,... Read more: Introducing New Packaging Icons for Xbox

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Customize Your Combat in the New Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer

If you’re a fan of playing games cooperatively on Xbox One, there’s a good chance that Ghost Recon Wildlands is probably on your radar. The upcoming Ubisoft third-person shooter is meant to be played with friends, allowing you to plan advanced strategies and maneuvers in order to complete your missions. After all, who doesn’t love coordinated sniping or a perfectly timed explosive diversion? In fact, Ghost Recon Wildlands can be played from start to finish in four-player cooperative mode, which is sure to be a blast given that it’s a massive open-world game. In the gamescom 2016 trailer for Ghost Recon Wildlands, you’ll get a chance to see how you can customize your... Read more: Customize Your Combat in the New Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer

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Customize and Collaborate with Your Dragon in Scalebound

Since introducing Scalebound to the world, we’ve focused on showing Drew and Thuban together. At gamescom this year, we wanted to dive deeper into dragons. Specifically, how you’ll be able to customize Thuban and what it means to work together with him in combat. Creative Director Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) and I have had a great time explaining it to people here in Germany. Dragon Evolution is the system that covers all of the customization you can do in Scalebound: It is comprised of two different tools – Shape Evolutions and Elemental Evolutions – that alter the physical attributes of your dragon. Add armor for your dragon to the equation, and each player can build a truly... Read more: Customize and Collaborate with Your Dragon in Scalebound

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Dead Rising 4 Pre-Order Bonuses Detailed

Dead Rising 4 was one of our most popular titles at E3 in June, proving once again that nothing brings together new fans and old like some good old fashioned zombie slaying. Today, we’re excited to announce that the Standard Edition of Dead Rising 4 is now available for digital pre-order from the Microsoft Store  as well as participating retailers worldwide. The game will launch on December 6, 2016. Fans who pre-order the Dead Rising 4 Standard Edition from the Microsoft Store will receive the exclusive X-Fists DLC, which allow you to smash and bash your way through the zombie mayhem while equipped in an EXO Suit. US Retailer exclusive pre-order incentive offers include: The... Read more: Dead Rising 4 Pre-Order Bonuses Detailed

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Gears of War 4 Showcased in Glorious 4K at gamescom

Starting today on the gamescom show floor, we’re excited to give fans their first opportunity to play Gears of War 4 on Windows 10 PC. Gears of War 4 is powered by a completely new rendering engine, with the Windows 10 version supporting comprehensive video settings, increased texture resolutions, dynamic resolution support up to 4K and more. In this short gameplay demo through the "Rescue" chapter of Gears of War 4, our heroes JD, Kait and Del are chasing a large unknown enemy through an old COG fort. Along the way, they encounter two fierce Swarm enemies – Drones and Pouncers – for the first time, and have to battle their way through them before it's too late. You can watch the... Read more: Gears of War 4 Showcased in Glorious 4K at gamescom

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Expanding the Xbox Wireless Ecosystem with New PCs and Accessories

At Xbox, we’re continuously exploring new ways for you to get the most out of your gaming experiences by providing you with the choice to play how you want, where you want. Since the launch of the Xbox One, gamers have had the choice to use their accessories wired or wirelessly with their console, and we’ve expanded those options to Windows PCs with the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, and more recently, the new Xbox Wireless Controller with built-in Bluetooth. Today, we’re continuing to expand the way gamers can connect their Xbox One accessories to their PC by announcing the first PC with integrated Xbox Wireless -- the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube. With built-in Xbox Wireless,... Read more: Expanding the Xbox Wireless Ecosystem with New PCs and Accessories

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Halo Wars 2 Comes to Europe: Thoughts from Creative Assembly

The team at Creative Assembly is incredibly excited to be bringing Halo Wars 2 for the first time to Europe at gamescom 2016! As game developers, having fans get hands–on with in-progress versions of the game are always awesome moments. We get to hear your feedback from playing the game, helping us to build and tune an even better game experience, together. Fans in Europe will get the first look and first hands-on with our brand new Halo Wars 2 multiplayer map, Rift, on the Strongholds multiplayer mode. At the heart of this exciting new map sits a monolithic Forerunner structure that harnesses the power from the subterranean networks beneath the Ark’s surface. Whilst one half of the... Read more: Halo Wars 2 Comes to Europe: Thoughts from Creative Assembly

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Thoughts from the Sea of Thieves PC Design Lead

I’ve been a lifelong Rare fan, so I felt very privileged to recently come aboard (don’t worry, we’re not short on pirate puns!) to work as the PC Design Lead for Sea of Thieves. Being a First Person Adventure game, Sea of Thieves immediately feels right at home on the PC. When you combine this with a fantastical world full of 24/7 player-driven stories, it gives us a great opportunity to take full advantage of what a platform like Xbox Live offers to us as world builders and game developers, and allows us to create an experience catered for the needs of each platform. Sure, I could sit here and recount to you stories like that time I fell from the crow’s nest into the sea and... Read more: Thoughts from the Sea of Thieves PC Design Lead

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Celebrating Three Years of ID@Xbox

Gamescom marks three years since we announced the ID@Xbox program which  enables independent developers to self-publish games on Xbox One, and later Windows 10 with Xbox Live. (Spoiler alert: It’s been a rad three years.) The program started with a simple goal: make sure Xbox players have access to the broadest, most diverse array of games in the world. Independent developers are making some of the most innovative and exciting games out there, so if we make it as easy as possible for developers to ship their games on Xbox, good things are going to happen! We also wanted to give developers a sustainable, rational marketplace so they can make a good living and keep working on their... Read more: Celebrating Three Years of ID@Xbox

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Pick Up a New Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle and Play FIFA 17 First on Xbox One

Today, in partnership with EA Sports, we’re excited to announce the ultimate way to experience EA Sports FIFA 17, the next installment of the most popular sports franchise in the world, with the Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundles. Coming to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. beginning September 22 and packed with everything a soccer enthusiast needs to get ready for the season, the Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle comes with a full-game download of FIFA 17, three Ultimate Team Loan Legends, one month of EA Access and either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive (1TB version also includes an Ultimate Team Rare Player Pack) to play all the biggest blockbusters in Xbox history, at $299 USD... Read more: Pick Up a New Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle and Play FIFA 17 First on Xbox One

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Details on Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016

Xbox will give 200 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind experience at gamescom, the world’s largest video game consumer show. The Xbox gamescom FanFest Ticket will include: An exclusive “Xbox FanFest Showcase” on Thursday Night, August 18, from 20:00 – 23:00 CEST at the Xbox Booth, Hall 8.  Experience all the games and cool surprises in the Xbox booth after the crowds have gone for the night. Special Xbox day-time activity on Wednesday August 17. Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers. Swag bag full of Xbox-gaming content How can I get my Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016 ticket? The majority of tickets will be first-come, first-serve,... Read more: Details on Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016

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Looking Back and Looking Forward at gamescom 2016

This week we’re at the largest consumer gaming event in Europe – gamescom 2016 in Köln, Germany. Earlier today, I had the honor of kicking off our presence at the show by speaking with members of the press, key influencers and some of our biggest fans from the Xbox booth ahead of the official show open tomorrow. I shared what’s been a memorable year thus far for Xbox – as well as giving everyone a glimpse into of some of the exciting things to come. A Quick Look Back At E3 in June, we talked about our commitment to let gamers play without boundaries giving more choice in how and where they can play. We showcased Xbox Play Anywhere, a program that lets you buy a digital game... Read more: Looking Back and Looking Forward at gamescom 2016

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gamescom 2015: Crackdown 3’s Use of Technology is Jaw-dropping

The Crackdown series has always been a fan-favorite, offering a very memorable brand of over-the-top crime-fighting action. We were pretty psyched to hear about its return with Crackdown 3, and we walked away from our recent gamescom 2015 demo totally blown away, Not only did we get the kind of awesome single-player Crackdown experience that we know and love; we got the coolest tech demo that has ever graced the Xbox One. We are not exaggerating when we say that Crackdown 3’s multiplayer building destruction demo was pretty much the coolest thing at gamescom. Like, holy crap levels of amazing. Games have promised this level of building destruction in the past, but no game has ever... Read more: gamescom 2015: Crackdown 3’s Use of Technology is Jaw-dropping

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