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Hand of the Gods Closed Beta Free for Xbox Live Gold Members

The Gods are at war and you must lead them to victory! From the creators of Smite, Hi-Rez Studios presents Hand of the Gods, a new strategy card game packed with mythological gods, powerful creatures, and dynamic spells. We're huge fans of strategy and collectible card games, and our team is excited to bring the closed beta to Xbox One today for Xbox Live Gold members. In Hand of the Gods you’ll wield Thor’s Hammer and release the Kraken, all beautifully rendered in Unreal Engine 4. You’ll command a leader, like Zeus or Odin, build an army of iconic gods, then wage war in competitive multiplayer matches. As you play cards, watch as the action unfolds. Gods, monsters, and... Read more: Hand of the Gods Closed Beta Free for Xbox Live Gold Members

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Xbox Sets Guinness World Record from a Custom Super Lucky’s Tale Hot Air Balloon

Welcome to adventure! In anticipation of the November 7 release of Super Lucky’s Tale, Xbox created a custom hot air balloon that took flight during The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and fans everywhere were able to see the stream from 1,200ft in the sky as they tuned in live on the Mixer Xbox Channel. Friday morning’s exciting flight set the Guinness World Records for "Highest-altitude Gaming Stream" and makes Super Lucky’s Tale officially amazing! The livestream, hosted by Rukari Austin, Community Manager at Microsoft Studios, and featured live gameplay with exclusive never before seen in-game content, while the balloon was soaring through the sky. The Albuquerque... Read more: Xbox Sets Guinness World Record from a Custom Super Lucky’s Tale Hot Air Balloon

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343 Industries Details Massive Updates for Halo Esports and Halo Games

Today, the Halo Livestream unleashed a torrent of news bits, updates, and insight on a pretty diverse range of topics near and dear to a Halo fan’s heart – including Halo 5: Guardians’ November content “Overtime” update, important Halo esports info and news on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. There’s a lot to unpack – check out Halo Waypoint for full details and below for a quick rundown of all the amazing Halo news today. Halo Esports Updates One of the prime highlights of the stream was brand new information and updates on the immediate future of Halo esports – from upcoming championships, to local competitions, and new ways to support some of your favorite... Read more: 343 Industries Details Massive Updates for Halo Esports and Halo Games

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New Fall Update for Xbox One Available for Everyone Today

It’s been a busy and exciting summer for everyone at Team Xbox. Back in August we gave you a first look at the fall update for Xbox One, and we showed off the new Home, Guide and Community tabs. Since then, we’ve been working with Xbox Insiders to gather feedback, test and refine new features that we’re releasing worldwide starting today. As gamers, we like to play and watch content the way we want, with the people we want. With this update, our fans asked for more personalization options and we’ve put more control in their hands. Here’s a rundown of the new features. You can personalize your “Home” more than ever before: You can… Make Home uniquely yours. Add... Read more: New Fall Update for Xbox One Available for Everyone Today

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Cuphead Tips and Tricks

Hey, Xbox gamers! The Tips & Tricks team is here with 5 tips for Cuphead, from Studio MDHR. This cartoon-style, contra-like action game features the lovable characters, Cuphead and Mugman. These two mischief-makers were high on their luck at the local casino when they were made an offer they couldn’t refuse. Like good boys and girls know, talking to strangers typically leads to trouble – but they disobeyed their elders and lost a bet with the devil himself. Now they’re on an adventure to pay off their debts… With these 5 tips, we’ll teach you things like how to make the controls work for you, and help you prepare for the nonstop, crazy-hard boss battles! For even more... Read more: Cuphead Tips and Tricks

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for October 16 – 22

Greetings, gamers and welcome to Next Week on Xbox! Another great collection of titles is coming soon to Xbox One, like the outrageous South Park: The Fractured But Whole, the open-world fantasy game Elex, and the next installment of the dungeon master series Dungeons 3. More details on these games and more are below, and be sure to come back every week to find out what's Next Week on... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for October 16 – 22

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This Week on Xbox: October 13, 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 above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Choose How You Game with Four New Xbox One S Bundles This fall, we’ve got something for everyone so you can choose how you game on Xbox One. We’re continuing to deliver the best value in games and entertainment with Xbox One S and today we’re... Read more: This Week on Xbox: October 13, 2017

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The Evil Within 2 Available Now on Xbox One

Return as Detective Sebastian Castellanos to the nightmarish world of The Evil Within 2. As a broken man with nothing to live for, Castellanos was content to let his life fade away into the bottom of a bottle. That was until he discovered the daughter he thought dead is actually held captive by the same shadowy organization that destroyed his life. To save her, Castellanos must descend once again into another one Mobius's terrible creations: the world of Union, where threats will emerge from every corner and he must rely on his wits to survive. Craft traps, sneak by enemies, or simply find a dark corner to hide in, you'll need to utilize a variety of skills to help battle the... Read more: The Evil Within 2 Available Now on Xbox One

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Snowfall Kicks off a Season of New Content for Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition

Hi, mayors! We hope you’ve been enjoying painting the town red (or green, or blue, or yellow, depending on your zoning choices) with Cities: Skylines, and we’re delighted that our favorite city-builder has found such a great home on the Xbox One. Now that we’ve had time to settle, we thought it was high time we did a bit of redecorating, and we hope you’ll join us! Today we’re proud to announce that we’re releasing our first expansion for Cities: Skylines - Xbox One Edition next month. Snowfall, an expansion that adds weather conditions to your towns -- and the tools to manage them properly -- will launch on Xbox One on November 14. Not only that, but when we say it’s... Read more: Snowfall Kicks off a Season of New Content for Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition

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Buy Spider-Man: Homecoming on Xbox to Get Exclusive Costume for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is now available on Xbox One! The next chapter in the action-packed series is finally here with 30 fan-favorite characters, a variety of modes, and innovative 2 vs. 2 gameplay allowing you to flex your creativity. Offline Modes Story: You’ll be put at the center of a fierce battle as heroes from both universes come together to stop Ultron Sigma, the combined form of two robotic villains Arcade: Recreates the classic arcade experience. Keep winning to move forward and confront the final boss in an epic showdown of skills Mission: Do various tutorial missions, or your hand at advanced character-specific challenges and combos Training: Set up a... Read more: Buy Spider-Man: Homecoming on Xbox to Get Exclusive Costume for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

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Choose How You Game with Four New Xbox One S Bundles

This fall, we’ve got something for everyone so you can choose how you game on Xbox One. We’re continuing to deliver the best value in games and entertainment with Xbox One S and today we’re announcing four new 500GB Xbox One S bundles: the Xbox One S Minecraft Complete Adventure Bundle, Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle, Xbox One S Starter Bundle and the Xbox One S Ultimate Halo Bundle. Xbox One S has a library of over 1,300 games and over 200 exclusives, including blockbusters like Minecraft, iconic franchises like Halo, and the latest exclusives like Forza Motorsport 7 that you can only play on Xbox One. With Backward Compatibility, Xbox One is the only console where you... Read more: Choose How You Game with Four New Xbox One S Bundles

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The Open Highway Leads to the Danger Zone on Xbox One

Danger​ ​Zone​ ​is​ ​a​ ​game​ ​that’s​ ​entirely​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​the​ ​things​ ​that​ ​we​ ​think​ ​matter​: ​playing​ ​a​ ​game​ ​for​pure fun​ ​and​ ​entertainment,​ ​a​ ​game​ ​that​ ​is​ ​suitable​ ​for​ ​players​ ​of​ ​all​ ​ages,​ ​a​ ​game​ ​where​ ​friends​ ​and​ ​family​ ​can gather​ ​around​ ​the​ ​television​ ​and​ ​play​ ​together.​ A ​about​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​cause​ ​the​ ​biggest​ ​car​ ​crashes whilst​ ​also​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​collect​ ​all​ ​of​... Read more: The Open Highway Leads to the Danger Zone on Xbox One

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Assassin’s Creed Origins: Season Pass and Free DLC Plans Revealed

The Ancient Egypt of Assassin's Creed Origins is a vast world filled with activity, but the adventure launching October 27 on Xbox One is just the start of what's planned. In addition to being Xbox One X enhanced on November 7, the months ahead will bring new quests for Bayek and new ways to play the game via the Assassin’s Creed Origins Season Pass, as well as new content that will be free to all players. The Season Pass includes access to two new adventures. The Hidden Ones, due in January 2018, is set years after the events of the main story and brings Bayek into a new region to face an occupying army of Romans. The Hidden Ones will increase the game's level cap, giving players... Read more: Assassin’s Creed Origins: Season Pass and Free DLC Plans Revealed

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Available Now on Xbox One and Windows 10

It's time to emerge from the shadows and enter the battle as Middle-earth: Shadow of War is now available on Xbox One and Windows 10 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title -- buy once and play on both console and PC. Continue the story of Talion, a ranger for Gondor, and the spirit of Celebrimbor, the elf lord responsible for the creation of the ring of power. Together you'll harness a new ring in the hopes of defeating the Dark Lord Sauron once and for all. As the epic sequel to the award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, you will travel across enemy lines to assemble a new army of orcs and attempt to dominate the land of Mordor from within its walls. With an enhanced version of the... Read more: Middle-earth: Shadow of War Available Now on Xbox One and Windows 10

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The Culling Graduates from Xbox Game Preview

Today The Culling emerges into the spotlight as a fully-featured, full-fledged, fully-operational battle station... errr video game. When we first announced that The Culling would be coming to Xbox Game Preview at E3 2017, we knew the program would be perfect for a small studio like ours. Building a game for Xbox One can be intimidating - there’s a lot involved from a technical standpoint and the Xbox community has high expectations in terms of quality. Game Preview represented a bridge that would allow us to bring The Culling to a massive new audience and teach us some very important lessons along the way. And learn we did! We were overwhelmed (literally) with the interest... Read more: The Culling Graduates from Xbox Game Preview

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Creating the Fast-Paced Pixel Art Shoot ‘Em Up Let Them Come

In late 2014 I left Rocksteady in London and moved to Vancouver to work for a large game studio. Even though I was working at the cutting edge of games technology, I had been aspiring to also be a part of something more personal at that time. I looked up to successful indie game developers and grew fond of the idea of creating my own game, or being a part of a very small team of developers collaborating on a project. It all started very innocently, exploring new software and new art techniques. There were no expectations. After all, I was doing this in the little spare time I had. As I got more comfortable using new tools, things increasingly got more exciting. An experience started to... Read more: Creating the Fast-Paced Pixel Art Shoot ‘Em Up Let Them Come