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Tune in Monday for Exciting Age of Empires News at gamescom

Next week on Monday, August 21 at 9:00 p.m. CEST, 12:00 p.m. PDT we’ll get a first-look and hands-on preview with the recently announced Age of Empires: Definitive Edition at gamescom 2017. And that’s not all -- we’ll be revealing some exciting news about the Age of Empires franchise and more. 20 years after its launch on PC in 1997, we announced at E3 2017 that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is coming exclusively to Windows 10, with a closed beta available for registration now. Created as an homage to fans of the series and PC gamers everywhere, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will bring back the original Age of Empires and its Rise of Rome expansion with 16 civilizations... 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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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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Become The One in NBA Live 18

NBA Live 18 is all about player control, taking place where skill meets style, a place inhabited by recently-announced cover athlete James Harden. With moves unmatched, a game that’s always on point, and an artistry and flair about everything he does, Harden is a unique player and individual. In NBA Live 18, you get to be like the remarkable Houston Rockets guard. The time is now to follow no one and begin your personal quest to be The One. The One is an all-new and dynamic career journey that lets you define your individual player identity and become a legend. Express yourself by customizing the way you look, from the hairstyles to the tattoos to the kicks. Master a signature ability... 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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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

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You Asked, We Listened: Fans Can Now Opt into the Xbox Insider Program

The Xbox Insider Program is growing, and with that growth comes exciting new opportunities. Alongside our continual efforts to hear all feedback shared by the Xbox Insider community, we’re now simplifying entry into the Xbox One Update Preview rings and partnering with 1st and 3rd party studios to provide Xbox Insiders with early access to Alpha and closed Beta playtests of Xbox Live-enabled games on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. This means Xbox gamers will now be able to easily opt into the Xbox Insider program and gain earlier access to the latest system updates and flighted games! Xbox One Update Preview Flights As the Xbox Insider Program has evolved to enable new and better... Read more

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Creating the Score of Life is Strange: Before the Storm

It's now almost two months since we announced Life is Strange: Before the Storm on the Xbox stage at E3 2017, and we're fast approaching Episode One's release date on August 31. Thinking back to our announce brings fond memories of the sheer excitement our community and the Xbox conference crowd demonstrated upon hearing the first chords of Daughter's track "Numbers,” which played alongside our gradual reveal of Before the Storm. You may have heard yesterday that we announced that the very same English indie-folk band Daughter have composed the entire score for Life is Strange: Before the Storm. The score will form the centrepiece of the musical accompaniment for the game. The full... Read more

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Create, Explore, and Survive with the Minecraft Licensed Merchandise Bundle

In August at select retailers, buy the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack for $29.99 and get Minecraft licensed merchandise at no additional cost! In Minecraft, create and explore your very own world where the only limit is what you can imagine -- just be sure to build a shelter before night falls to keep yourself safe from monsters. Take on new adventures by yourself or with up to three friends in split-screen, or play with up to eight players together online. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack includes the base Minecraft: Xbox One Edition game and seven of the best-selling add-on packs for you to play with, including seven fan-favorite DLC packs: Battle &... Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 7 – 13

Welcome to the latest edition of Next Week on Xbox! We have an exceptional selection of games coming this week like the newest anthology collection of Mega Man games in Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, the return of the Dark Knight in the adventure game Batman: The Enemy Within, and the comical-yet-challenging Blackhole: Complete Edition. Read on below to get a preview for all the new games coming soon to Xbox One. Blackhole: Complete Edition - August 8 Your spaceship is sucked through a blackhole and crashes on the Entity, an alien object resembling a planet. It's up to you to team up with the ship's sarcastic AI, save the crew, and repair your ship by navigating the planet's caves,... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: August 4, 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! Build the Car of Your Dreams in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage Welcome to week three of the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage, our weekly look at the 700+ cars coming to the game at launch. A huge part of any... Read more

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Play Bleed to Become the Greatest Hero of All Time

Woah, I'm on Xbox Wire? Hi, mom! My name's Ian, and I got my start making games on the Xbox Live Indie Games service (maybe some of you remember it?). I'm really stoked to announce that Bleed, the game I'm most proud of from my time there, is graduating to an official Xbox One release thanks to indie publishing label Digerati. Bleed will launch on August 24, and is available to pre-order now at 20% off! When I set out to make Bleed, my goal was to take the platformers and shoot 'em ups that I loved and make them feel more modern and acrobatic and free. The result was a twin-stick action-platformer, a game that lets you shoot freely in one direction, while triple-air-dodging around... Read more