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Building Single Player for Titanfall 2

We knew from the beginning of development on Titanfall 2 that we wanted to do a single player campaign. Our team has a rich history of creating great single player campaigns and as we reflected on what we wanted to do with it, there was a desire to bring back feelings we had playing games in the past that had a strong sense of mystery, discovery, and wonder.  We knew that doing a typical shooter with the gameplay mechanics we built in Titanfall just wouldn’t work. In fact, we tried a prototype of that and it wasn’t fun at all. We wanted to do something new. We started by letting our designers go off and explore new ideas and create ‘action blocks’. These were focused prototypes... Read more

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Xbox at TwitchCon 2016 – Live Stream and Schedule Details

This weekend at TwitchCon, Xbox is partnering with EA to broadcast hours of action packed Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay right from the expo floor, and we’ll be joined on stream by some of your favorite Twitch and YouTube personalities. Watch as they squad up against TwitchCon attendees, and keep glued to the screen as you never know when we’ll be giving away Xbox Live Gold, EA Access membership, and Design Lab controller codes live on air. In addition, make sure to tune in on Saturday at 1pm PDT to get an exclusive look at Battlefield 1’s Single Player gameplay. Eric Holmes, Design Director at DICE, will be on stream to expand on the exciting new content found... Read more

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Gears of War 4 Prologue Debuts with Twenty Minutes of New Gameplay Footage

Gears of War has a history of iconic campaign openings, from the prison break in the first Gears of War to Marcus’ nightmare flashback in Gears of War 3, and Gears of War 4 is no different. Today, we’re excited to share the first gameplay of the epic opening to Gears 4’s campaign known as Prologue. Dropping players straight into the action at the opening of the game, Prologue immerses you in a series of pivotal moments from the Gears of War universe never before seen in a Gears videogame – including Emergence Day and a key battle from the Pendulum Wars. After a brief introduction by The Coalition’s Studio Head Rod Fergusson and Lead Campaign Designer Matt Searcy, our uncut... Read more

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Gears of War 4: Live Broadcast on October 5 Kicks off all-new Gears Saga

On Oct. 11, a new saga for one of gaming’s most celebrated franchises will kick off with the worldwide launch of Gears of War 4. To commemorate this special event, we’re inviting fans around the world to join the festivities by tuning into Gears of War 4: Live, a live broadcast that begins at 3 PM PT (10 PM UTC) on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Ninety digital copies of the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition will be given away during the 90-minute broadcast, allowing winners to play four days before the game's worldwide launch on October 11. Hosted by Paul Scheer (The League, Children’s Hospital), Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson), Scott Robison (Mr.... Read more

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Forza Horizon 3 Available Worldwide on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC

A new Australian automotive adventure has begun with the worldwide release of Forza Horizon 3. Playable on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, the game is now available in all Xbox regions across the globe (except Japan, where it will be available on Sept. 29). Since the launch of the Ultimate Edition of the game last week, it’s been amazing to see the excitement and acclaim the game has created with early adopters, and I can’t wait to see how crazy things get now that fans everywhere will be joining in on the fun. Looking to get in on the Forza action? Here’s a snapshot of all things Forza Horizon 3 during launch week. Your Game, Your Festival Forza Horizon 3 brings the Horizon... Read more

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Explore an Ancient World on October 4 in the Minecraft Chinese Mythology Mash-Up Pack

Come explore ancient temples hidden among the cherry blossoms and survive the night at the Great Wall in the new Minecraft: Console Edition Chinese Mythology Mash-Up. In this new mash-up, you will be able to visit an exquisitely-created, pre-made world. Wander through the streets of an ancient great city, marvel at the dragons that dwell around the high mountains, contemplate on your crafting within a mythical monastery and just enjoy the view as you walk through fields and discover how mobs would look in ancient China. This mash-up also brings you 41 new skins to choose from and 13 themed music tracks for your worlds. On top of all that, the Chinese Mythology Mash-Up also includes a... Read more

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Attend ‘Gears Art’ Exhibition; Win a Chance to Attend ‘Gears Live’

'Gears Art' is an art exhibition featuring dozens of works from the Gears of War universe including concept art from Gears of War 4 and original artwork inspired by the series. The opening night event will be held Saturday, October 1 from 7-10 PM at Nucleus Gallery in the Los Angeles area and will include door prizes, raffle prizes, and the opportunity to attend* the “Gears of War 4: Live” launch event. The exhibition will remain open for viewing through Sunday, October 2nd. The first 200 entrants to the 'Gears Art' opening night event will receive invitations* to attend the 'Gears of War 4: Live' launch event, a live-stream celebration on October 5th from Burbank, CA featuring... Read more

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Get Your Hands on Forza Horizon 3 Today With Ultimate Edition Early Access

We are just days from the global launch of Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on September 27 (September 29 in Japan); however if you absolutely cannot wait to be the boss of the Horizon Festival, the Ultimate Edition is available today, giving fans early access to the Australian adventure. In addition to early access to Forza Horizon 3, Ultimate Edition owners receive the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass, VIP membership and cars, and the Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack which gives fans the chance to take 10 of the hottest modern race cars off the track and out onto the open road. As Microsoft’s first Xbox One S game to feature High Dynamic Range (HDR), Forza Horizon 3 takes full... Read more

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Xbox Wireless Controller Support Comes to Samsung Gear VR, Powered by Oculus Starting with Minecraft: Gear VR Edition

As part of our ongoing commitment to enable gamers to play anywhere, on the devices they want, we announced last month the expansion of the Xbox Wireless ecosystem across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Today, we’re excited to announce that the new Xbox Wireless Controller, will soon be compatible with controller-enabled games on Samsung Gear VR starting with Minecraft: Gear VR Edition. In addition, broader support across all Gear VR controller-enabled titles like Herobound, Spirit Champion, Omega Agent, and End Space will be available in the coming months. Fans attending MINECON this weekend can get the first hands-on experience playing Minecraft: Gear VR Edition with the Xbox Wireless... Read more

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Play FIFA 17 First on Xbox One with EA Access

Today, Xbox One owners can kick off a brand new season with EA SPORTS FIFA 17 ahead of its official launch on September 27 (29 outside of North America) thanks to EA Access. That’s right EA Access members, get FIFA 17 up to seven days before anyone else! Powered for the first time by the Frostbite engine, see for yourself how the football has changed. Footy fans on Xbox One can also be among the first to experience The Journey, by living their story as the Premier League’s next rising star, Alex Hunter, on and off the pitch in the most popular league in the world. Or get a head start building your Ultimate Team™, with exclusive Tournaments, Squad Building Challenges and rewards... Read more

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Celebrate Forza Horizon 3 at U.S. Microsoft Stores This Saturday to Win the Polaris RZR XP 1000

This Saturday, Sept. 24, Microsoft Stores will put you in the driver’s seat during an exclusive Forza Horizon 3 pre-launch event. Fans are invited to their local Microsoft Store to enjoy snacks, preview the game and the Ultimate Edition and compete in a Forza Motorsport 6 gaming tournament for Xbox prizes – including a free copy of the new Forza Horizon 3. Almost everyone that pre-orders – in-store or online – can enter to win a Polaris RZR XP 1000, as seen in the game, by showing proof of purchase at a Microsoft Store during the event to receive a digital code that will be entered for the sweepstakes. The winner will be chosen and announced via Twitch live from the event at... Read more

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Celebrate Forza Horizon 3 with Ken Block at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA

The wait is almost over for Forza Horizon 3! This Saturday, September 24, Xbox and Ford Performance will host the Forza Horizon 3 LA launch event at the Petersen Automotive Museum from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. to 1 a.m. UTC). The event will feature a meet-and-greet with Ken Block, Xbox’s Larry Hryb (“Major Nelson”), hundreds of cars on display, free food and giveaways, live music from Peanut Butter Wolf and DJ Flow and the opportunity to go hands-on with Forza Horizon 3 before its September 27 release on Xbox One and Windows 10. The event is free to the public (online RSVP required) and will be streamed worldwide on Forza Horizon Car Meet... Read more

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Escape into October’s Games with Gold Lineup

Games with Gold has four new titles for you to add to your game library for October. As with last month, Xbox One will get two dedicated titles, and two Xbox 360 titles, as well, through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, for a total of four completely free titles thanks to Games with Gold. For Xbox One, October brings two exciting ID@Xbox titles to Games with Gold with the hit (literally) title Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings and the insanely popular release from Team17, The Escapists. On the Xbox 360 (and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility), Xbox Live Gold members start the month with the post-apocalyptic thriller I Am Alive, and then follow that with some hardcore racing in MX... Read more

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Get Ready to Race with the Forza Horizon 3 Launch Trailer

The day racing fans have been waiting for is nearly upon us: Forza Horizon 3 is almost here! If you’ve pre-ordered (or purchased) the Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition, you’ll be able to start your engines on September 23 with early access. If you grabbed the Deluxe or Standard versions of Forza Horizon 3, you can hit the road starting on September 27. To get you pumped for some gorgeous high-speed action, the team at Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios has released the official launch trailer for Forza Horizon 3. Check it out below! This time out, you’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your... Read more

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Explore the World of Minecraft with Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle

So you're thinking about getting a brand new Xbox One S console? If you're a Minecraft player, we think you'll be happy to meet the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle. It has all you need to build, survive and explore with the latest Xbox hardware. We've included over 230 character skins, 3 texture packs and 7 Mash-up packs alongside the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition game so you can let your survival and creative skills run wild. If you play Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, this is the perfect bundle to make the upgrade to Xbox One S. You can transfer your existing Xbox 360 worlds over to the Xbox One Edition, and enjoy building new ones that are up to 16 times bigger. What exactly is... Read more

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Gears of War 4 “Goes Gold” – A New Saga Begins on October 11

Today, Microsoft is pleased to announce that Gears of War 4 has been released to manufacturing ahead of its October 11th worldwide release. This event, also known as “Going Gold,” is a major milestone in development, marking the release of the gold master disc to Xbox replication facilities around the world. This also marks a major milestone for Xbox as the first-ever Gears of War title available in the Xbox Play Anywhere program, available simultaneously for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Additionally, Gears of War 4 also supports Cross Play across Xbox One and Windows 10 PC in all of the game's modes, including Versus, campaign and the all-new Horde 3.0 survival mode. The event was... Read more

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World Premiere: Gears of War 4 Launch Trailer

The countdown to October 11th has officially begun as Gears of War 4’s Launch Trailer releases today. Featuring never-before-seen action…and a few surprises. 25 years ago, Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad made Sera safe for tomorrow’s generation. His son JD has lived with that peace, until now. A new threat called the Swarm has emerged and now JD, along with his friends Del and Kait, must fight together and survive the night. Narrated by John DiMaggio, the voice of Marcus Fenix, the new trailer features high-intensity action orchestrated by a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” as performed by Lissie. You can also catch the trailer’s television debut later tonight... Read more

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The Weather Outside Is Frightful…But The Mall Is So Delightful

“ARGH. Food court zombies are the worst!” Frank West is back and in cracking form, as today Microsoft and Capcom Vancouver revealed the new gameplay trailer for Dead Rising 4. Titled “Return to the Mall,” the trailer brings fans back to Willamette Mall, where a recon mission quickly goes awry. From cleaving through zombies in the food court to pausing for a few creative selfies, Willamette Mall is a key piece in Frank’s search for the truth behind a government conspiracy responsible for the outbreak. Check out the action for yourself in the video above! Dead Rising 4 marks an all new chapter of one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time. All the classic... Read more

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Gears Ink Celebrates Fans, Dedication

Tattoos are a tradition in the Gears of War universe; our team members have them, our characters have them, and it wasn't long after the original Gears of War (2006) arrived that fans began sharing Gears-inspired tattoos they had chosen for themselves. Even more remarkable than the tattoos are the stories they tell; of devotion not just to the game but to of friendships, relationships and marriages of people who met while playing online. Last year, we reached out to the Gears community with a chance to share their stories and have their ink “remastered” by legendary tattoo artist Steve Soto to celebrate the next-gen release of the original Gears of War. This year, with the... Read more

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Xbox and Ken Block Bring Forza Horizon 3 to Life in Gymkhana NINE

The wait is finally over for the latest installment in the Gymkhana series, starring race car driver Ken Block! Created by Hoonigan Industries in partnership with Hoonigan Racing Division, Gymkhana NINE Raw Industrial Playground draws inspiration from the Forza Horizon series of videogames, recreating the daring tricks and race events that only existed virtually until now. “With Forza Horizon, our goal is to create the ultimate celebration of speed, style and freedom behind-the-wheel,” said Ralph Fulton, Creative Director. “What players get to do in the game – such as race an opponent whose vehicle is suspended from a fast-moving helicopter – are so incredible that they could... Read more

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ReCore Arrives on Xbox One and Windows 10 as First Xbox Play Anywhere Game

Today is an exciting day for all of us on Team Xbox. ReCore, our first Xbox Play Anywhere game, is available starting now on Xbox One and Windows 10 in North America, Latin America and most Asian countries. It launches in Japan on Sept. 15, and fans in Europe and other global regions will be able to join the fun on Sept. 16. From acclaimed creator Keiji Inafune’s Comcept Inc., Armature Studio, the makers of the award-winning Metroid Prime franchise, and Microsoft Studios, ReCore is an original action-adventure game crafted for the modern generation. ReCore builds on our shared passion for classic games like MegaMan and Metroid with features such as a deep crafting system and a... Read more