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This Week on Xbox: August 18, 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! Register Now for the Fourth Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House Hi everyone! We’d like to welcome you to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus on August 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our annual Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open... Read more

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Take a Lap on Some of Your Favorite Tracks, Reimagined in Forza Motorsport 7

Earlier this week, the folks at ComputerBild published a feature on tracks in Forza Motorsport 7. Featuring a discussion with Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt, the article pointed out the many cutting-edge systems that Turn 10 uses to bring the tracks to life with new weather scenarios and alternate times of day that literally cast the tracks of Forza Motorsport 7 in a brand-new light. If you haven’t already done so, check out the article now. Suzuka Circuit, Completely Rebuilt It’s one thing to read about the changes coming to tracks in Forza Motorsport 7 but it’s a very different thing to see them for yourself. Suzuka is a prime example; like all of the... Read more

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Join DJ Khaled on Xbox Live Sessions a New Interactive Show Premiering August 25 on Mixer

Next week, Xbox will unveil Xbox Live Sessions, a brand new, livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel that will feature some of the world’s most celebrated pop-culture icons as they play highly anticipated new titles on Xbox One. Beginning on Friday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. PDT, DJ Khaled will join Xbox for its first-ever Xbox Live Session, as DJ Khaled plays Madden NFL 18 on Xbox One S, all while discussing his projects, answering fan questions and giving away prizes throughout the livestream. Popular radio personality and founder of Dash Radio, DJ Skee will join DJ Khaled in-studio as one of the first hosts of Xbox Live Sessions. "I am pumped to bring my A-game to Xbox Live... Read more

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Yapyap THE DESTROYER Graces Halo Wars 2 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC Today

Until now, we’ve seen the Halo Wars 2 Leader lineup grow in awesome ways – from classic heroes and elemental ferocity, to enhanced alien armies and iconic adversaries. With all this potent firepower on deadly display, it seems like the evolutionary vectors have been leading to an epic eventuality – an all-powerful legion-leading lord of the battlefield, bent on nothing short of total dominance and opponent annihilation. Instead, we get Yapyap. Before you overlook this unheralded Unggoy however, take note – this is no garden-variety Grunt. This is Yapyap THE DESTROYER. Claimer of crowns. Giver of gas. Founding fodder of an unstoppable Unggoy army. GALAXY’S. GREATEST. GRUNT.... Read more

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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition Comes to Windows Store with Cross-network Play on Sept. 14

Multiplayer gaming is all about quality time with your friends. But, it wasn’t always as easy as it is today—long-time gamers like me can remember having to save IP addresses, DNS names or even use third-party tools to search for multiplayer games to join. Since then, the gaming industry has evolved, and services like Xbox Live have simplified and solved for much of this; however, choices for gamers still exist today that can determine who you play with. Ultimately, it’s up to game and platform developers to continue to simplify and solve these questions for gamers. At Xbox, we support creating moments that connect gamers with their friends in new and innovative ways. In support of... Read more

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Watch Marvel’s The Defenders on Xbox One Today

The ragtag team of misfits: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist come together to save New York City in "Marvel's The Defenders" premiering today on Netflix. Watch the individual series to get to know each of these characters before they do whatever it takes to defend their home. Exclusively on Xbox One, check out the immersive experience on your console that walks you through the world of "The Defenders" including epic trailers, an exclusive, never-before seen fight scene and a short video from Stan Lee himself. 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 with... Read more

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Play Madden NFL 18 Today with the EA Access Play First Trial

The excitement around the approaching release of Madden NFL 18 on August 25 is at an all-time high. Fans who can’t wait to get their hands on the latest edition of the storied franchise can experience Madden NFL like they’ve never seen before anyone else with the Play First trial through EA Access -- live today. That’s right! Fans dying to dive deeper into Act 1 of Madden’s first-ever story mode Longshot, friends who’ve been anxious to team up and play MUT Squads online, and players who want to see the photo-realistic visuals powered by the Frostbite engine can get a taste of Madden NFL 18 through the EA Access Play First trial. EA Access membership lets gamers play a... Read more

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Conan Exiles Available Now in Xbox Game Preview

We’re excited to finally open the gates to the Exiled Lands for Xbox One gamers! Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game that launched into Early Access on PC earlier this year. The version we’re now bringing to Xbox One benefits from months of content additions, new features, improvements, and enhancements. Today, in addition to bringing the game to Xbox One for the first time, we have also released a massive expansion update: The Frozen North. The expansion increases the game world by 70% and introduces a cold, snowy region to the north, with hundreds of new items, two new dungeons, tons of new monsters, two new NPC tribes, an all-new temperature system, two new types of... Read more

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Hack Your Fears in >observer_ on Xbox One Today

The headlines today… they can be frightening. Threats of nuclear war, hacked banks, hacked accounts -- heck, even "Game of Thrones" was hacked! Nothing is safe. These are the headlines that inspired us to create the dystopian world of >observer_. A war-torn world, where a single corporation rules with an iron fist, where police can hack our minds, with or without cause. A cyberpunk world of implants and upgrades, where machine and man lose themselves in each other. Where the slums are covered up by holograms, because holograms are less expensive than making the slums livable. You play as Detective Dan Lazarski, an Observer with the authority to hack and invade suspects’ minds... Read more

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Agents of Mayhem is Volicious and Available Now on Xbox One

In Agents of Mayhem, you're part of a no-holds barred organization called M.A.Y.H.E.M. (Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds) fighting against a shadowy super-villain organization called L.E.G.I.O.N. (League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations). Playing as a diverse squad of super agents backed by a team of experts, you will brave the city of Seoul to expose L.E.G.I.O.N. and stop their plans to dominate the world. It is the ultimate clash of Bad vs. Evil. There's a lot to look forward to in Agents of Mayhem and getting familiar with all the characters is one of them. Playable agents each have distinct set of customizable weapons, skills, and gameplay that... Read more

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Play UFC 2 Free with Xbox Live Gold

Now’s the best time to get into the octagon. Thanks to Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days, Xbox Live Gold members can play EA Sports UFC 2 for free from Tuesday, August 15 at 12:01 a.m. PDT to Monday, August 21 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. You can also pick up UFC 2 for 75% off the regular price for a limited time if you’d like to continue your fight once Free Play Days concludes. And should you decide to come back to the fight later, all your achievements and saved game progress will remain. EA Sports UFC 2 features the all-new Knockout Mode where you can experience more authentic KOs than ever before. Every knockout is now unique, and finishing the fight has never been more satisfying. To... Read more

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Defining the Soul of a Racecar in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage

This is week five of the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage and we’re bringing a huge list of cars to the game – cars that represent a worldwide sample of automotive excellence, with a particular focus on the best cars coming out of Europe. When curating this list of cars to reveal, we pondered the following question: what defines the “soul” of a European car? Some might point to quality, exemplified in cars like the Audi RS 4. Others will point to timeless design – think of the BMW 2002 or the Renault Alpine A110 as prime examples. What about incredible performance? With cars like the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500 and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series, drivers will never... Read more

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Register Now for the Fourth Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House

Hi everyone! We’d like to welcome you to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus on August 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our annual Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open House! If you're planning to join us, please RSVP to this Eventbrite invite to ensure we have you registered. You can play more than 50 awesome new games from amazing independent developers from all over the world, including seeing some of the very first games running on Xbox One X and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets! We’ll also have a nice selection of first-party games from Microsoft Studios on hand too! And of course, we’ll have some celebrity guests on hand as well, as well as our famous raffle -- want to win a ticket to PAX, the... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 14 – 20

High fantasy, dark sci-fi, and third-person action adventure games are all coming to Xbox One in the coming days. Welcome to the latest edition of Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the latest games coming soon to your favorite console. We have another exciting week of variety, like the open-world chaos of Agents of Mayhem, the brutality of Conan Exiles entering Xbox Game Preview, and the ambitious >observer_ to name just a few. Read on below to get a preview for all the new games coming soon to Xbox One. Agents of Mayhem - August 15 An open-world, third-person action game from the creators of Saints Row, Agents of Mayhem puts you in the boots of a group of super agents, each with... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: August 11

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! Latest Xbox Update Releases to Insiders Starting Today It’s an exciting day at Team Xbox as Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Ring will get a first look at the latest Xbox update. This release is the next... Read more

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Getting Lost in Shape of the World Coming Soon to Xbox One

Hey there! My name is Stu, I worked as a senior VFX artist on Gears of War 4 and I’m stoked to present my very first indie title, Shape of the World to the Xbox community! Shape of the World is an exploration game about getting yourself pleasantly lost. It will take you on a journey through an environment of evolving landscapes, flourishing plants and graceful creatures, a world that literally bursts into life before your eyes. Every step you take will leave a trace on the environment you’re exploring. The forest only materializes around you when you get close, re-growing in a new way each time you pass. As you wander, interacting with graceful animals and imposing monoliths, your... Read more

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Experience Battlefield 1 Now with EA Access

Experience the dawn of all-out war as you take to the front line of combat across the entire theater of World War I in Battlefield 1, now available for unlimited play in the EA Access Vault for just $4.99 per month. Battlefield 1's explosive multiplayer action focuses on team play and unique combat roles on land, in the sky, and at sea. Discover war on an epic scale with the unforgettable only-in-Battlefield moments, dynamic weather, and intuitive destruction that makes every encounter unique. Swarm the field in massive battles with up to 64 players, charging in as infantry, cutting through enemy lines as cavalry, or thinning out resistance from a distance. Fight in a series of... Read more

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Indie Up! The First Wave of Creators Program Games Are Available Now

Back in March, we unveiled the Xbox Live Creators Program. Starting today, I’m excited to announce that any developer can directly publish their games to Xbox One and Windows 10. And, the first wave of games from the Creators Program are live right now for everyone on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs! This is an important step for Team Xbox as we continue to deliver a large and diverse lineup of games from creators big and small from around the world. I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Creators Program, what it means for games to be available in the Creators Collection, why developers should signup, what gamers can expect, and look at some of the first games available starting... Read more

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Buy Once, Hoon Twice: Xbox Partners with Hoonigan and Ken Block to Bring New Forza Content

Xbox and the Forza franchise have teamed up with motorsport-lifestyle brand Hoonigan to bring some of the most iconic Hoonigan cars to Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3. Fans who pre-order Forza Motorsport 7 digitally will receive Hoonigan Car Packs for both games at no additional cost. The Forza Horizon 3 Hoonigan Car Pack will become available on Aug. 15 for free in the Xbox Store for Forza Motorsport 7 pre-order customers, with the Forza Motorsport 7 Hoonigan Car Pack available to play on Sept. 29 for Ultimate Edition owners through early access, and Oct. 3 for Deluxe and Standard Edition owners. The Forza Horizon 3 Hoonigan Car Pack includes the 1965 Hoonigan Ford Mustang... Read more

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Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics Coming to Xbox One

I’ve got some great news for fans of Smite and even better news for those who love drawing cards, casting spells, and hardcore tactical gameplay on their Xbox One. I’m thrilled to announce that Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics, a divine blend of the action of collectible card games and the tactics of turn-based strategy games, is coming soon to Xbox One. You can sign up to join the closed alpha test for Hand of the Gods by clicking here. Set in Smite’s rich world of ancient mythology, Hand of the Gods lets you build a deck tied to one of six mythological pantheons chock full of almighty Gods, powerful spells, and savage beasts. Each pantheon is led by a unique leader, ranging... Read more

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Play For Honor for Free August 10-13 with Xbox Live Gold

If you've been holding back from storming the battlefields of For Honor, now's your chance to take up arms as a noble Knight, brutal Viking, or skillful Samurai this weekend on Xbox One. Beginning Thursday, August 10 at 12:01 a.m. PDT, Xbox Live Gold members can download For Honor from the Xbox Store for free and try the innovative Art of Battle system, with full access to For Honor's campaign and multiplayer. The event runs until Sunday, August 13 at 11:59 p.m. PST, giving you four days to earn gear and build up any of the 14 Heroes, including two recent additions: the brawling Centurion and stealthy Shinobi, who are each available for 15,000 Steel, the in-game currency earned... Read more