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This Week on Xbox: August 18, 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!

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… Read more

Defining the Soul of a Racecar in the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage
This is week five of the Forza Motorsport 7 Garage and we’re bringing a huge list of cars to the game – cars that represent a worldwide sample of automotive excellence, with a particular focus on the best cars coming out of Europe. When curating this list of cars to reveal, we pondered the following question: what defines the “soul” of a European car… Read more

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Tune In for Xbox @ gamescom Live This Weekend
gamescom is just around the corner and we can’t wait to kick the week off with Xbox @ gamescom Live this Sunday. Don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9:00pm CEST / 8:00pm BST / 12:00pm PDT so that you can be the first to hear the latest news on highly anticipated games coming to the Xbox family and Windows 10… Read more

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… Read more

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Join DJ Khaled on Xbox Live Sessions a New Interactive Show Premiering August 25 on Mixer
Next week, Xbox will unveil Xbox Live Sessions, a brand new, livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel that will feature some of the world’s most celebrated pop-culture icons as they play highly anticipated new titles on Xbox One. Beginning on Friday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. PDT, DJ Khaled will join Xbox for its first-ever Xbox Live Session, as DJ Khaled plays Madden NFL 18 on Xbox One S… Read more

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… Read more

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Take a Lap on Some of Your Favorite Tracks, Reimagined in Forza Motorsport 7
Earlier this week, the folks at ComputerBild published a feature on tracks in Forza Motorsport 7. Featuring a discussion with Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt, the article pointed out the many cutting-edge systems that Turn 10 uses to bring the tracks to life with new weather scenarios and alternate times of day that literally cast the tracks of Forza Motorsport 7… Read more

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… 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… Read more

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… Read more

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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition Comes to Windows Store with Cross-network Play on September 14
Multiplayer gaming is all about quality time with your friends. But, it wasn’t always as easy as it is today—long-time gamers like me can remember having to save IP addresses, DNS names or even use third-party tools to search for multiplayer games to join. Since then, the gaming industry has evolved, and services like Xbox Live have simplified and solved for much of this… Read more

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… Read more

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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… Read more

Yapyap The Destroyer Graces Halo Wars 2 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC Today
Until now, we’ve seen the Halo Wars 2 Leader lineup grow in awesome ways – from classic heroes and elemental ferocity, to enhanced alien armies and iconic adversaries. With all this potent firepower on deadly display, it seems like the evolutionary vectors have been leading to an epic eventuality – an all-powerful legion-leading lord of the battlefield…. Read more