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Be the Playmaker and Play Madden NFL 16 Free This Weekend only on Xbox One

Now that NFL Draft Season is well underway, it’s the perfect time to play some pigskin! We are excited to announce that all Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy the critically acclaimed Madden NFL 16 for free this entire upcoming weekend with Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days. Running from 12:01 PM PT on April 28, 2016 to 11:59 PM PT on May 2, 2016, this allows Gold members in Xbox One markets to experience the excitement, drama and skills on display in Madden NFL 16, that includes dominating in the battle for air supremacy with all-new controls and quarterback mechanics.  In addition to Free Play Days, the game is also available in the EA Access Vault and on-sale for a special promotional... Read more

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Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition Available for Pre-Order and Season Pass Contents Detailed

Today, we’re excited to announce that both Standard and Ultimate Editions of Gears of War 4 are now available for pre-order from the Xbox Store and participating retailers, including the Microsoft Store. Fans who pre-order either edition of Gears of War 4 will receive the pre-order exclusive Vintage Del Gear Pack featuring a Vintage Del character model, emblem, two Vintage weapon skins and a special Vintage Del bounty as an added bonus. Available both digitally and at retail, Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition ($99.99 USD ERP) is the best way for Gears fans to get the complete Swarm-crushing Gears of War 4 experience, and the only way to join the action early when the game launches in... Read more

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Halo 5 Kicks Off Weekend with Super Fiesta and HCS Pro League Qualifier

It was a busy time for many Halo players last weekend, who got their first chance to try out Warzone Firefight beta – the ambitious new multiplayer mode coming to Halo 5: Guardians this summer. For many, the Warzone Firefight Beta provided a chance to call-in rare and powerful REQS and work cooperatively with teammates to take down powerful Forerunner and Covenant forces. This week the competition heats up once more with the arrival of the frenetic “Super Fiesta” Arena playlist and first HCS Pro League qualifier taking place at PAX East! What is Super Fiesta? Since its release earlier this year, Fiesta has been a strong fan-favorite, with Spartans equipping random primary and... Read more

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Quantum Break Becomes the Biggest-Selling New Microsoft Studios IP for Xbox One

When Remedy Entertainment – the legendary creators behind critically acclaimed hits like Max Payne and Alan Wake – approached Microsoft Studios with their vision for Quantum Break, we knew we had something special on our hands. Quantum Break would be a hybrid entertainment experience - one-part hard-hitting video game, one part thrilling live-action show – and embody all the characteristics of a classic Remedy Entertainment game: action-packed gameplay, vivid storytelling, rich characters and dramatic twists. Quantum Break was bold. It was ambitious. It was unprecedented. And we loved it. Last week, on April 5, 2016, we were proud to announce that Quantum Break had launched... Read more

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Ride in Pre-Apocalyptic Style with Fallout 4’s Chryslus Rocket 69, Coming to Forza Motorsport 6

Ever since we announced the partnership between Turn 10 Studios and Bethesda Game Studios back in November 2015, Forza and Fallout fans have been talking about the impending arrival of the Chryslus Rocket ’69, and now we have an exciting update. Built for cruising the highways and byways of the pre-apocalypse, the micro fusion-powered Chryslus Rocket ‘69 will soon be turning laps on the world-famous circuits of Forza Motorsport 6. Beginning today, codes for the Chryslus Rocket '69 will be sent via Xbox Live messages to gamers who have played either Forza Motorsport 6 or Fallout 4 on Xbox One while connected to their Xbox Live profile (one code per Xbox Live account). Due to the... Read more

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Introducing the Halo Championship Series Pro League

During the Halo World Championship, we announced the imminent launch of the Halo Championship Series: Pro League – the next evolution of Halo esports. The HCS Pro League will celebrate the world’s top players and teams as they compete on weekly scheduled match days, and will also be accompanied by a robust open series that fosters the best up-and-coming talent as they fight to battle their way into HCS Pro League at the end of each season. Throughout the season, we’ll look forward to watching key matchups as top amateur teams rise to the top, and prepare for an epic season finals where both new talent and new champions will emerge. Today, we’re sharing new details about the HCS... Read more

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The Halo Championship Series Pro League Kicks Off at PAX East

Just a few weeks ago, Team Allegiance and Counter Logic Gaming met in Hollywood, California to determine which team would stand atop the rest as the 2016 Halo World Champion. While only one team came away with the $1 million prize, both teams were to be invited directly into the HCS Pro League as a commendation for their incredible performance throughout the Halo World Championship season and final tournament. CLG’s dominant roster currently remains intact, but the members of Team Allegiance have completely disbanded leaving their spot in the league unfilled. Today, we’re excited to announce the HCS Pro League Invitational at PAX East 2016 by ESL, which will determine the second team... Read more

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Gears of War 4 Trailer Offers Glimpse of a New Hero and a Nightmare Reborn

*Post updated on 4/11/16 at 10 a.m. PT to clarify the beta timeline.  On Oct. 11, a new generation of heroes will rise and confront an ominous new threat in Gears of War 4, the first chapter of a brand-new saga developed by The Coalition. Today, we’re excited to debut our first story trailer, “Tomorrow,” which connects the legacy of the Fenix family from father to son and features a foreboding glimpse of the new menace that awaits. At the conclusion of Gears of War 3, Marcus Fenix wondered what tomorrow would bring. What a world without war would look like. This is the story of two tomorrows – the one Marcus envisioned, and the one 25 years later, where all hope is... Read more

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Halo 5 Content, Ghosts of Meridian, Available Today

It’s time for Halo Nation to suit up, as the latest free content release for Halo 5: Guardians launches today. Ghosts of Meridian brings two new maps for Warzone and Arena – Skirmish at Darkstar and Tyrant respectively – new weapons and vehicles, new visual customizations, and more. Highlights include Tartarus’ Gavel, a Legendary gravity hammer that unleashes kinetic explosions with each swing, as well as Hannibal customizations for the Mantis and Scorpion. In addition to the added content, Ghosts of Meridian will include a variety of game improvements based on fan feedback, including multiplayer updates and fixes, sandbox, weapon, and vehicle adjustments, improvements to REQ... Read more

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Minecraft: Story Mode Skins Out Now for All Console Editions, Pocket Edition and Windows 10

Hello everybody! Following last week’s release of Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 5, today we’re bringing you a brand new set of skins to enjoy, across more Minecraft platforms than ever before! The latest skin pack, Minecraft: Story Mode Skin Pack, allows you to make your own adventures as one of the characters from the beloved Telltale Games series! Play as one of the various Jesse options, the TNT juggling Magnus, the scheming Ivor, or one of the many other Minecraft: Story Mode characters. This highly requested pack will help you recreate your favorite moments in Minecraft: Story Mode or craft a new story and world of your own. This is an extra special skin pack for us,... Read more

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Experience Top Gear’s Favorite Rides with the New Forza Motorsport 6 Car Pack

Releasing today, the Top Gear Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 6 builds on the tradition of amazing Top Gear content in the Forza Motorsport franchise, bringing seven brand new cars exclusively to the game. As the BBC prepares the next season of the legendary television series debuting in May, we’re giving fans a taste of what to expect in the form of seven awesome new rides, all hand-picked by the editors at Top Gear. Whether it’s a limited production car, the latest top-of-the-line series, or simply preposterous horsepower numbers, the cars of the Top Gear Car Pack all offer something special. In addition to the cars themselves, we’re also announcing a new series of Top Gear Rivals... Read more

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Ghosts of Meridian Release Coming Next Week to Halo 5: Guardians

Ghosts of Meridian – the latest, free content release for Halo 5: Guardians – arrives next week. The release includes two new maps, new weapons and vehicles, new visual customizations, and more. 343 Industries will be showcasing all the new Ghosts of Meridian content during a livestream on Tuesday, April 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT at twitch.tv/halo and on the Halo Channel. Highlights of the Ghosts of Meridian content include: New Warzone map – Skirmish at Darkstar. Though Liang-Dortmund’s local headquarters at Meridian Station was devastated, the remote polar outpost of Darkstar Station survived. But anomalies abound beneath the battered surface as ancient machinery buried... Read more

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Land a Cross-Platform Combo! Killer Instinct Season 3 Launches on Xbox One and Windows 10 on March 29

Microsoft Studios and Iron Galaxy are excited to announce the global launch of Killer Instinct: Season 3 on Tuesday, March 29 on Xbox One and through the Windows Store on Windows 10. Season 3 delivers a slew of new features, most notably cross-device play between Xbox One and Windows 10 players (across all three Seasons of Killer Instinct), as well as new characters, customizations, and content for frenetic fighting action. Cross-Device Play Means More Challengers to Jump into the Fray Take on all challengers from Seasons 1, 2, and 3 and unleash your inner fighting spirit on your opponents. All previous content and characters are now available for the first-time to players on... Read more

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Celebrate the Launch of Quantum Break at Microsoft Stores

In less than two weeks on April 5, Quantum Break – a revolutionary new gaming and entertainment experience developed by Remedy Entertainment – launches worldwide on Xbox One and Windows 10. To celebrate the launch of Quantum Break, 11 participating Microsoft store locations in the U.S. and Canada will be hosting launch events on April 4, where fans will be able to get hands-on with early gameplay and enjoy food and music. In addition, the first 200 fans to purchase Quantum Break at each location will receive a limited-edition Quantum Break poster as a gift. Quantum Break launch events will be hosted at the following locations on April 4. Please visit the Microsoft stores... Read more

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Xbox Talks UWP, Gaming on Windows 10, and Xbox Dev Mode at Build 2016

Microsoft’s 2016 Build Developer Conference is unfolding at San Francisco’s Moscone Center this week – and the Xbox team was in attendance to share its vision and goals for gaming, both on Xbox One and Windows 10, and the future of game development across devices. At Build 2016’s day one keynote earlier today, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer discussed Universal Windows Platform (UWP), the development platform we’re embracing for gaming and apps across multiple Windows 10 devices, and what it means for game developers going forward. The brand-new Xbox Dev Mode was also highlighted, allowing developers of all shapes and sizes to unlock their retail Xbox Ones to more efficiently build,... Read more

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Minecraft: Story Mode Returns for Episode 5 on March 29, Plus Three More Adventures in 2016!

The adventures of Jesse and the NEW Order of the Stone are set to continue this month! In the first episode since the Wither Storm finale, Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 5 - Order Up! will be available starting March 29 on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. And that's not the only exciting news for Minecraft: Story Mode players today. We can also reveal that Order Up! won't be the last you see of Jesse, as Episode 5 will bridge the gap between the Wither Storm story arc, and three all-new adventures that will continue as post-season episodes are set to release in the coming months of 2016! These continuing adventures of the New Order of the Stone will follow the additional escapades of Jesse and... Read more

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Cold Darkness Awakened DLC Coming To Rise of the Tomb Raider Next Week

Throughout Rise of the Tomb Raider we’ve seen Lara Croft rise to a world fiercely protecting its secrets while overcoming a ruthless organization known as Trinity, prevail over the brutal conditions of Siberia in the ultimate woman-versus-wild tests of stamina in Endurance Mode, and most recently navigate through myth and reality in conquering the curse of Baba Yaga. The next and final piece of downloadable content in Rise of the Tomb Raider will have Lara encounter an army of nightmarish predators in Cold Darkness Awakened on March 29 in the Xbox Store and Windows Store. A decommissioned Cold War research base has been breached, unleashing a deadly affliction from its Siberian... Read more

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Halo World Championship 2016 Reaches a Stunning Conclusion

Over the weekend, fans were treated to some of the greatest competitive Halo ever at the Halo World Championship 2016 in Hollywood, CA. With a $2.5 million prize pool and the title of Halo World Champions on the line, it was a tournament filled with incredible plays, epic comebacks and heartbreaking losses. In the end, it was Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) who proved to be the best Halo team in the world and was crowned Champion, taking home $1 million – the biggest individual prize pool in console esports history! Let’s take a look at how they got there. Group Play – Day One In day one of the Halo World Championship 2016, teams took to the stage and began a group play series... Read more

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First Look at Warzone Firefight in Halo 5: Guardians

Since it was first announced last month that Player vs. Environment (PvE) combat would return to the Halo franchise in the form of Warzone Firefight, fans have been eagerly waiting to get a glimpse of how the all-new experience would look in Halo 5: Guardians. The wait is finally over as the world premiere of Warzone Firefight gameplay made its debut during the Halo World Championship 2016 Finals! Warzone Firefight is an ambitious new multiplayer experience that takes the initial promise of Halo 5’s Warzone multiplayer – the epic battles, incredible scale and huge maps – and applies that to create the biggest Halo cooperative experience ever in franchise history. In Warzone... Read more

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New Forza Motorsport 6 eSports Tournaments Pave the Way for Competitive Online Racing

Forza Motorsport 6 has redefined racing on Xbox One with its powerful mix of stellar graphics, stunning realism, and the world’s best cars and tracks. Over the years, the Forza franchise has also established itself as an innovator in competitive racing, with programs such as ForzaFuel for Forza Motorsport 6 and Forza Horizon 2, the Mazda MX-5 Challenge, the Audi AXF-24 Challenge and most recently, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series, as well as other live events at the Gfinity Arena in London, San Diego Comic-Con, E3 and BMW Welt in Munich. Now, fans will have another chance to test their skills against fellow Forza Motorsport 6 players around the world with two brand new eSports... Read more

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