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This Week on Xbox: March 10

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 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. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

PAX East 2017: Win a Custom Controller, Attend “Major Nelson Radio” Live
Team Xbox will be rolling into PAX East this year and we’ll showcase several exciting game demos, hosting intriguing panels, and throwing some epic sweepstakes full of special edition goodies and more. If you’re attending one of the greatest gaming trade shows, be sure to stop by the Xbox booth to see Halo Wars 2, Minecraft, and Mass Effect Andromeda to name just a few of the premiere Xbox One games you’ll have a chance to play… Read more

Voodoo Vince: Remastered Available April 18 for Xbox Play Anywhere
An original Xbox exclusive, Voodoo Vince debuted in September 2003 and never left our hearts. Developed by Beep Industries, this quirky puzzle-platformer set in the magical underbelly of New Orleans has only ever been playable on the original Xbox. Unfortunately, that means that fans have lost access to an old favorite over the years, and many people have never had a chance to try it at all. This will all change on April 18… Read more

17th Annual Women in Gaming Luncheon Encourages Women to “Be You”
Team Xbox was proud to sponsor the 17th Annual Women in Gaming luncheon, held last week during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Over 400 women attended to connect with friends, meet new people and celebrate their accomplishments. The theme “Be You” was a call to empower attendees to celebrate their authentic selves and skills they bring to the game industry every day. The event was moderated by the vibrant Erin Wayne from Twitch… Read more

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Xbox Play Anywhere Title Middle-earth: Shadow of War Available for Pre-order Now
Players will soon return to the evil-infested land of Mordor and raise their swords to strike back at Sauron, the Dark Lord himself, in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, an Xbox Play Anywhere title coming to the Xbox One family of consoles and Windows 10 beginning August 22, 2017. We’re excited to share with you today the first look at the epic gameplay in this third-person open world action RPG sequel to one of the best games this console generation… Read more

Hit the Slopes During Steep’s Free Weekend March 10-12
After months of updates, tweaks, and a free expansion that adds the peaks of Alaska’s Denali to its snowy open world, shredding down the pristine slopes of Steep is better than ever — and Xbox Live Gold members are about to get a chance to dive in for free, for a limited time. From 10:00 a.m. PST on Friday, March 10 to 11:39 p.m. PST on Sunday, March 12, Steep’s free weekend gives you the opportunity to explore and compete… Read more

Game Preview Hits on Sale Now During ID@Xbox Game Fest
We launched Xbox Game Preview at E3 in 2015 with The Long Dark and Elite: Dangerous. In the nearly two years since, we’ve been thrilled to see the range of amazing new titles come to the program and some of our favorites “graduate” out. Game Preview was envisioned as a way for developers to build an early and continuous dialogue with their core fans and work together with them to craft the ultimate final product… Read more

Halo Wars 2 Demo Available Now on Windows 10 PC
Halo Wars 2 is available now on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC as an Xbox Play Anywhere title. If you haven’t tried your hand yet at commanding an army of UNSC fighting forces, the Halo Wars 2 demo, previously available only on Xbox One, is now out and live for anyone on Windows 10 PC! The free demo includes the first mission – The Signal – as well as Blitz Firefight with pre-built decks from Captain Cutter and Atriox… Read more

FMV Crime Thriller Late Shift Coming to Xbox One This April
Hello Xbox Wire readers! Wales Interactive are back with another live-action blockbuster making its way onto Xbox One. Introducing Late Shift, a cinematic FMV crime thriller with branching storylines and multiple endings which unfold based on your decisions. Written by Michael R. Johnson, author of the 2009 film, Sherlock Holmes, Late Shift is a blend of movie, game and interactive storytelling. Choice-driven narrative fans, look no further… Read more

Strangers Skin Pack – Out Now!
When minecrafters seek the furthest reaches of the world, when they plumb the very deepest depths of the ocean, when they venture into strange dimensions… they sometimes come back changed. A little odder than they were before. Sometimes more than a little. You might once have known them well, but something out there at the fringes of the world (or beyond) has turned them into… Read more

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Thumper’s Blend of Rhythm Violence is Coming to Xbox One This Spring
We’ve been working on Thumper for a long time (over seven years!), and along the way it was always great to hear from many Xbox gamers who were excited for our game. So today, we’re happy to say Thumper is coming to Xbox One this spring! In Thumper you take on the role of a space beetle traversing a hellish void toward an insane giant head. Its blend of classic rhythm, blistering speed, and brutal physicality make this a very unique action game… Read more

Take Down the Cartel Today in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands for Xbox One and Windows PC
Featuring the largest open world ever created by the developers at Ubisoft, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is now available for Xbox One and Windows PC. In Wildlands, players will enter a fictional Bolivia in the not-so-distant future. As part of an elite fighting force, they must take down the Santa Blanca drug cartel by any means necessary. Behind enemy lines, they will hunt down targets and discover intel while commandeering… Read more

March Brings Major Updates, New Maps to Gears of War 4
March is here, and with it comes a major update for Gears of War 4 including new features, fan favorite characters to collect, and a whole lot more. Read on to find out about the two new maps, the new Ranked Lobby system, improvements to the Gnasher, and a first tease of content to come later this month in Gears of War 4! … Read more

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InnerSpace Soars to Xbox One This Summer
Depending how you look at it, InnerSpace is either a flying game with heavy emphasis on exploration, or an adventure game that puts you in a plane. Either way it’s a game that encourages player freedom and self-driven exploration for the sake of, well, exploration. The story of InnerSpace is set inside a place we call the Inverse: a collection of worlds that are essentially inside out, with physics that follow the same theme… Read more

The Duracell Car Pack Rolls into Forza Horizon 3 Tomorrow
Seven new cars arrive in Forza Horizon 3 tomorrow, March 7 with the release of the Duracell Car Pack. Whether you’re looking to test the upper limits of speed in the king of Camaros with the 2017 ZL1 or you want to add a cherished Aussie collector piece to your garage with the 1992 Falcon GT, this car pack has a diverse mix that’s sure to please fans of every stripe. The Duracell Car Pack is the final pack included in the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass… Read more

Forza Horizon 3 TAMO Racemo Debut
A new car makes its worldwide debut today and the only place you can play it is in Forza Horizon 3! The TAMO Racemo was unveiled this week at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, signaling India’s auspicious entrance in the sports car market. To coincide with the car’s debut in Geneva, today we’re introducing the car in Forza Horizon 3. All Forza Horizon 3 players will receive the Racemo in their Forza Horizon 3 message center at no additional cost… Read more