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This Week on Xbox: June 23, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all of 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. This week is a special look back at E3 2017! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Pillars of Eternity Brings a New Generation of Role Playing to Xbox One on August 29 Earlier this year, our team at Paradox released our first game on Xbox One and the reaction blew us away. Turns... Read more

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E3 Offers High Performance and Innovation in Gaming Hardware

All throughout the week at E3, it was apparent that great hardware has a key place in the PC gaming ecosystem, and it was thrilling to witness the amazing innovation.  At Microsoft, we believe our OEM partners build some of the most amazing high performance, innovative, and customizable gaming machines.  Through our strong partnerships, OEMs showed great support for us at E3 that we have been able to demonstrate this week at our booth and at the Showcase.  We hope you have had the opportunity to join us in our PC Lounge and check out some brand new rigs, as well as a few of our amazing Back to School Gaming collection. The gaming devices on display are powered by Windows 10—the best... Read more

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This Week on Xbox: E3 2017 Edition

We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of 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 week’s exciting E3 2017 news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox at E3! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Introducing the World’s Most Powerful Console: Xbox One X E3 marks the world premiere of Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console designed for immersive true 4K gaming, ultimate compatibility, and unrivaled craftsmanship. As the newest member of the Xbox One family of devices, Xbox One X will offer... Read more

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E3 2017: BioWare’s Anthem Brings Players to a World Filled with Mystery, Danger, and Glory

Earlier this week, at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing, we had the opportunity to show footage from an exciting new game from Electronic Arts for the very first time. Anthem, a brand-new IP being created by BioWare, is a shared-world action-RPG, in which players can delve into a vast world teeming with amazing technology and forgotten treasures. The world is also filled with savage beasts and ruthless marauders, with Freelancers called in to defeat the forces plotting to conquer humanity. “Our developers at BioWare have been creating something special," said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of EA Worldwide Studios. “We’re pushing Frostbite to new heights, developing a game unlike... Read more

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E3 2017: Ashen Lets You and a Friend Rage Against the Dying of the Light

The first time one of Ashen’s giant, freakishly long-limbed spiders dropped down on me, I squealed. Loudly. It was not the last time that happened during the 30 minutes I spent with the upcoming action RPG/roguelike from Aurora 44 but, as the old saying goes, you never forget your first time. As it turns out, unequipping my lantern and sword combo in favor of a two-handed spear was a remarkably poor decision, especially since the dungeon I was exploring was shrouded in oppressive darkness. Lesson learned! With that fatal experience tucked away for the next run, I began the demo over again, this time with an ace in the hole: a buddy who could help me. You see, while Ashen will let... Read more

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E3 2017: Taking Back an Occupied Town with Three of Far Cry 5’s Cult-Crushing Companions

Far Cry fans are accustomed to having their virtual passports stamped in exotic locales, from the original game's gorgeous South Pacific setting to the fourth installment's breathtaking Himalayan mountains. Far Cry 5, however, is bringing the beauty stateside, unleashing players in a massive sandbox beneath the stunning big sky of fictional Hope County, Montana. We recently got some hands-on time in this modern frontier, where we were tasked with liberating a part of the map dubbed Falls End. The tiny, quaint town—complete with general store, gas station, auto shop, and local watering hole—boasted a population of 38, the majority of which were in the process of being abducted by... Read more

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E3 2017: We Submit Our Explosive Application to the Agency for Crackdown 3

The original Crackdown was an instant classic on Xbox 360, and now having had a chance to play the latest entry at E3 2017 it's safe to say Crackdown 3 retains the explosive gunplay, high jumping excitement, and exhilarating superhero aspects from the original and has dialed them up to 11. This time around, the year is 2045, and it's your job as a member of the Agency, an elite taskforce made up of super Agents to uphold their unique brand of justice, to find those responsible, eliminate them, and restore peace in New Providence, a city oppressed by TerraNova, a shady criminal empire. For our demo, we participated in a single-player Skills for Kills challenge in which we had 10... Read more

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E3 2017: War is Hell in Call of Duty: WWII’s Boots-on-the-Ground Campaign

Call of Duty: WWII is bringing fans back to the trenches of the second world war, giving them a brutal, boots-on-the-ground view of the most important battles of the European theater. As protagonist Private “Red” Daniels of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, players will fight through iconic encounters such as the Battle of the Bulge and the D-Day invasion of Normandy. During our behind-closed-doors demo of the game's story-driven campaign, we got a taste of how Sledgehammer Games is bringing these historical skirmishes to scary-real life. In a mission dubbed “Marigny 44”, Daniels and his squad-mates are tasked with taking a church from the Axis forces occupying it. In true Call of... Read more

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Watch Wednesday’s Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 Recap

On Wednesday, June 14, live from the Xbox booth, Microsoft hosted the third of four episodes of its daily broadcast show from E3, “Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3.” Julia Hardy and Kate Yeager joined Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos) to share some of the biggest news from the show, including a special visit from Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. With several new reveals, interviews with a variety of developers and creators, and amazing trailers, watch the entirety of this episode above (or jump to the following segments at timestamps listed below). And don’t forget to tune in to Mixer.com/Xbox tomorrow at 10AM PDT/1 PM EDT to watch the team... Read more

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E3 2017: Making Friends With Strangers on the Sea of Thieves

Communication is key. That's the biggest thing to know when sitting down to play Sea of Thieves, which we had chance to do today at E3 2017. Our group was comprised of complete strangers as we each sat down to take on the persona of a colorful pirate with compass and sword in hand, and a thirst for adventure. After a brief, friendly introduction, we quickly went about assigning ourselves roles. "Who wants to raise the anchor?" "Anyone want to get the sails ready?" "Which brave soul wants to steer the ship?" I immediately jumped at the chance to take command, grabbed the wheel, and then asked for a heading from whomever wanted to go below deck and consult the map while my other mates... Read more

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Watch Tuesday’s Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 Recap

On Tuesday, June 13, live from the Xbox booth, Microsoft hosted the second of four episodes of its daily broadcast show from E3, “Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3.” Julia Hardy and Kate Yeager joined Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos) to share some of the biggest news from the show. With several new reveals, interviews with a variety of developers and creators, and amazing trailers, watch the entirety of this episode above (or jump to the following segments at timestamps listed below). And don’t forget to tune in to Mixer.com/Xbox tomorrow at 1PM PDT/4 PM EDT to watch the team broadcast live from the show floor at the Xbox Booth again, featuring... Read more

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E3 2017: Assassin’s Creed Origins Goes Back to the Birth of the Brotherhood to Push the Series Forward

The first thing that struck us during our hands-on session with Assassin's Creed Origins wasn't the sharp steel of some savage foe, but the its stunning presentation. Running on the Xbox One X, Ubisoft's latest in the stealth-action series—serving as a prequel to the original game—sports a seamless, stretching open-world. While the franchise has always taken us to exotic, eye-pleasing locales, Origins ups the ante with unmatched draw distances and nary a frame-rate dip. Coupled with the horsepower beneath the new hardware's hood, the game's jaw-dropping art direction delivers the prettiest, most varied setting yet to slice throats in. Your mind might conjure nothing but sun-drenched... Read more

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E3 2017: Heading Into a Firefight With Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare

Earlier this year the we saw the return of grand real-time strategy on Xbox One and Windows 10 with the release of Halo Wars 2. With it came an explosive new single-player campaign, an innovative competitive multiplayer system in Blitz, and an introduction to a new, captivating villain in the Banished and Aritox. At E3 today we got our first hands-on with the next chapter of the saga with Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare which sees the return of our favorite ancient enemy, the Flood, as well as the new co-op multiplayer mode Terminus Firefight. While specific details on the campaign are limited, we do know this expansion will focus on playing from the perspective of the Banished as... Read more

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E3 2017: Feeling the Weight of Xbox One X in Forza Motorsport 7

For more than a decade, the Forza Motorsport series has established itself as not only one of the most robust and realistic racing sims on console, but home to one of the most passionate and vibrant online gaming communities in the world. With so many unique features built into the base game already, like custom paint skins to shared time trials to becoming established as an esport, the series has done an admirable job of making you feel part of a larger global racing community. Now powered by Xbox One X, Forza Motorsport 7 will not only improve the excellent racing experience with state of the art visual fidelity, but also expand upon the robust community features the series has come to... Read more

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Watch Monday’s Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 Recap

On Monday, June 12, live from the Xbox Showcase, Microsoft hosted the first of four episodes of its daily broadcast show from E3, “Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3.” Julia Hardy and Kate Yeager joined Larry Hryb (Xbox Live’s Major Nelson) and Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s AceyBongos) to share some of the biggest news from the show. With several new reveals, interviews with a variety of developers and creators, giveaways and a few surprises, watch the entirety of this first episode above (or jump to the following segments at timestamps listed below). And don’t forget to tune in to Mixer.com/Xbox tomorrow at 1PM PDT/4 PM EDT to see the team broadcast live from the show floor at the Xbox Booth,... Read more

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Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare Infects Xbox One and Windows 10 PC This Fall

Today at E3, we announced Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare, a full DLC expansion coming to Xbox Play Anywhere title Halo Wars 2 in Fall 2017 that sets the stage for an epic conflict between the Banished and – that’s right – the Flood! As seen in the reveal trailer, illustrated by the impeccable team at Blur, Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare promises to expand on the epic story from the main game, where players will battle through a brand-new series of campaign missions from the perspective of the Banished and experience their desperate struggle against the terrifying Flood. Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is more than just a story expansion though; it is jam-packed... Read more

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E3 2017: It Feels Good to be Bad in Star Wars Battlefront II’s Story Mode

Sporting eye-popping visuals, cinema-rivaling action, and immersion-ratcheting authenticity, 2015's Star Wars Battlefront allowed fans to live out some of their favorite sci-fi fantasies in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Battlefront II looks to not only bring back the series' explosive multiplayer, but introduce a single-play story driven campaign that's considered official Star Wars canon. In the boots of Iden Versio, a soldier skilled in espionage, sabotage, infiltration, and land and space combat, players follow a narrative path spanning the 30 years between "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" and "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens." The catch, of course, is that... Read more

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E3 2017: A Classic Returns to Windows 10 in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Since its launch on PC in 1997, the Age of Empires franchise has explored early human civilization all the way up to Colonial America, and has even examined legendary creatures and lore. Known for its strategic gameplay founded on historical civilizations, Age of Empires has grown from one game to many with a reputation as a critically acclaimed, award winning Real Time Strategy (RTS) game with an enduring legacy. Fast forward 20 years to today and we’re proud to announce Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is coming exclusively to Windows 10, with a closed beta starting soon. We created Age of Empires: Definitive Edition as an homage to the fans of the series and to PC gamers... Read more

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Xbox at the 2017 PC Gaming Show: Age of Empires Returns, Plus Forza Motorsport 7 and Sea of Thieves

E3, the granddaddy of video game industry events, is here. New and re-imagined games are announced, trailers run at every corner, new tech debuts, and fans get a glimpse at what’s next for their favorite gaming passions. I love it at E3; as a gamer, this is what it’s all about. And as a PC gamer, I’m personally excited because this year is also packing a PC gaming punch. It’s the third year for the PC Gaming Show at E3. I spent some time there earlier today and felt energized by what I saw. It was refreshing to celebrate the latest and greatest in PC gaming, catch up with friends, and see some awesome PC gaming news from Team Xbox. Here’s a closer look at what Xbox shared at... Read more

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E3 2017: ID@Xbox Debuts Biggest and Most Diverse E3 Lineup Ever

We started the ID@Xbox program with the goal of making sure players on Xbox and Windows 10 had access to the broadest collection of games around. And thanks to the stellar work of the independent developer community, wow, we’re delivering like crazy! With more than 25 games from devs working with ID@Xbox in today’s E3 briefing – Xbox’s biggest show ever – the golden age for independent titles is showing no sign of letting up! From exploration and adventure to hardcore action and competition, developers are bringing games for every kind of player and taste to Xbox. Not only did we show off the biggest lineup of games from developers working with the ID@Xbox program ever; it was... Read more

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