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This Week on Xbox: May 5

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!

Gears of War 4 May Update Includes a New Map from The Coalition and Rebirth of a Carmine
The May content update arrives tomorrow, May 2, packed full of surprises for Gears of War 4 fans! Strap in as we unveil a new original map created by The Coalition, celebrate the return of a fan-favorite map from Gears of War 2 and see a beloved hero… Read more

Play The Division for Free This Weekend With Xbox Live Gold
Get ready to explore the post-pandemic streets of Manhattan in Tom Clancy’s The Division for free this weekend on Xbox One, exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members. As an agent of The Division, a last-resort unit of elite soldiers that are only called in when all else fails… Read more

Pioneers of Game Preview, The Long Dark, Launching 1.0 in August
Nearly two years ago, at E3 2015, Hinterland technical director Alan Lawrance and I found ourselves in a huge stadium in the midst of the Microsoft E3 press conference. We were fish out of water, having left the console-dominated “triple-A” industry… Read more

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The Next Big Expansion Arrives in Magic Duels on Xbox One
We’re entering a whole new ranked season and a brand-new location in the next Magic Duels expansion: Amonkhet. There are 158 new earnable cards, including towering Gods, mummified zombies, and all-new Planeswalkers… Read more

Paladins Now Free to Play as Open Beta Begins on Xbox One
Paladins is now 100% free for everyone to download and play on Xbox One! With the open beta starting today, you can download Paladins from the Xbox Store and enter the Realm right now. Don’t worry about the “beta” tag… Read more

Halo: Combat Evolved Inducted into World Video Game Hall of Fame
When Microsoft released its Xbox system in 2001, more than 50 percent of the consoles sold with the launch game Halo: Combat Evolved. The science-fiction, first-person shooter games combined an intricate storyline, memorable characters like Master Chief… Read more

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The Insulting Story Behind Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator
Dear Sir or Madam, you look like a dead parrot. Also, your mother certainly was a hamster, you change into a platypus, and your hovercraft has tiny feet. Now, do you feel this delightful sensation in your nipples? That is because you are… Read more

Magic: The Gathering Comes to Minecraft on Pocket and Windows 10!
Great news, Planeswalkers! A plague of terrifying monsters and necromancers have broken free of their 2D cardboard prisons, and are now fully 3D horrors terrorizing your world. Or, to put that in a happier way, the Magic the Gathering skin pack is available … Read more

Star Wars Film, Music, and Game Deals in the Windows Store
Today, we’re celebrating Star Wars Day with a collection in the Windows Store featuring awesome deals on games, soundtracks, and the movies themselves… Read more

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New Rewards for Playing Free to Play Games on Xbox One
FREEdom Rewards is back with special limited-time offers, exclusive prizes, and tried-and-true favorites offering something for everyone to enjoy! Play the games you want and craft your ideal reward in Xbox Live Rewards Credits that can be used to buy movies, games… Read more