This Week on Xbox: January 19, 2018

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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 above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Launches on February 20
When we set out to create the Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires, our goal was to deliver the best possible version of this classic, from a top notch audio-visual presentation to multiplayer to core game systems. Everything needed to be as good as you remembered it (or better!) to deliver a compelling RTS experience 20 years after its original release. …and that took us a bit longer than we’d originally planned. But, it was important for the team to treat the Age of Empires franchise with the respect it deserves, so we took the time we needed to get features like attack-move and the improved minimap exactly right, and even… Read more

Xbox Game Pass: NBA 2K17, WWE 2K17, Halo Wars 2 and More Available February 1
Hello, fellow gamers! Welcome to your February Xbox Game Pass update. February brings a mix of eight new titles to Xbox Game Pass, with something for absolutely everyone to enjoy in addition to the over 100 great games already included in your Xbox Game Pass membership. You can look forward to playing NBA 2K17, WWE 2K17, Halo Wars 2, Darksiders II DE, Fable Anniversary, RIME, Riptide Renegade GP, and Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey all available February 1. NBA 2K17 Xbox Game Pass members loved the stunningly realistic, world-class simulation basketball and engaging Spike Lee MyCareer story that NBA 2K16 had to offer — it was one of the most-played games in Xbox Game Pass when we… Read more

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Explore Unknown Territory with the ID@Xbox Artistic Adventure Sale
We’re going on an adventure! The ID@Xbox team has gone hunting for over 55 of our favorite indie adventure games and discounted them by up to 70% in the Artistic Adventure Sale. Now’s a wonderful time to shore up that game catalog with fantastic critically acclaimed games like: What Remains of Edith Finch (33% off). Winner of Best Narrative at The Game Awards and Best Adventure Game by Game Informer in 2017, What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she’s the last one in her family left alive…. Read more

Console Launch Exclusive Full Metal Furies Available Now as Xbox Play Anywhere Title
Holy shlamboly, it’s actually happened. Full Metal Furies is coming out… today! To finally give gamers the chance to play a labour of love that we’ve spent nearly four years making is tough to put into words.  There’s a lot of pride getting to this point, and while the journey getting here was far from smooth, in the end, it was totally worth it. We honestly hope you enjoy playing Full Metal Furies. As the game approached release, we unveiled a lot of info about it and received a lot of feedback. One of the most interesting comments were from people who questioned whether Full Metal Furies even qualified as a brawler. It just seemed too unfamiliar to them, and outside what they… Read more

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Drive Australia’s Open Roads in Native 4K with Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One X Enhanced
Since its release in 2016, millions of players have been exploring the world of Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, the highest-rated Xbox One exclusive. We are pleased to announce that, today, Xbox One X enhancements arrive for Forza Horizon 3, as a free download for players with an Xbox One X. Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One X is powered by the same state-of-the art ForzaTech engine at the heart of the Forza franchise, also used to develop Forza Motorsport 7 for Xbox One X which brought native 4K resolution racing to the new platform. Forza Horizon 3 enhancements let players experience the game in native 4K along with a host of additional visual updates, including improved car… Read more

Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered Coming to Xbox One March 20 and Enhanced for Xbox One X
Assassin’s Creed Rogue returns for another voyage as Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered. Arriving March 20 for the Xbox One family of devices, it will be enhanced for Xbox One X, meaning you’ll be able to relive Shay Patrick Cormac’s Assassin-hunting adventure in glorious 4K. Giving players a chance to see the history-spanning Assassin-Templar war from the Templar side, Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered is an odyssey through 18th century America and the North Atlantic, where you’ll fight for law and order with a mix of nautical and on-foot gameplay. In addition to delivering native 4K resolution, Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered features new visual effects, better environmental… Read more

Fitbit Coach on Xbox Will Help You Achieve Healthy Goals
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle, or just plain feel better, experts agree that exercise should be part of your plan. But working out can be hard. Not only do you have to know what to do, you have to do it. And consistently, too. That’s where the Fitbit Coach app on Xbox comes in. This personalized training app delivers expert-designed dynamic bodyweight, run, and walk workouts that are tailored to your specific goals, making it easy to squeeze in a sweat session between rounds of NBA 2K17, just like Harrison Barnes. Here are some of the ways the Fitbit Coach app on Xbox will help get (and keep) you moving. Fitbit Coach meets you where you are. Upon joining… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Project CARS 2
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Kevin Boland, Lead Render Engineer at Slightly Mad Studios about enhancing Project CARS 2 for Xbox One X. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Project CARS 2 for Xbox One X? We’ve worked hard to bring the authenticity and fun of… Read more

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The Cartographer’s Fleet: The Alien Airframes of Inside Out Flying Game InnerSpace
Greetings, Cartographer. It is I, the Archaeologist, your creator, your companion, and fellow explorer of the Inverse. As you look at yourself, your wings and your fuselage, you may very well ask, “Can I be more than this?” The answer is yes, Cartographer. You absolutely can. I have just developed the technology that will allow you to transfer your AI consciousness from your current airframe into another. A brilliant breakthrough, if I say so myself. I’m envious, I admit. I only have the one submarine. Of course, I’ll need your help finding the parts to construct these new airframes for you. They can be found scattered across the Inverse, lost relics of technology from the Ancients… Read more

Learning the Basics in Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition for Xbox One
The countdown is over and Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition has arrived on Xbox One! This new version of Kerbal Space Program was built from the ground up with the help of the talented and experienced team at BlitWorks and includes a bunch of enhancements to the overall KSP experience on Xbox One. We have boosted performance, improved UI, and added three completely reworked controller presets designed specifically for consoles and optimized to be played on your Xbox One controller. We’ve also added features and content previously unavailable for KSP players on Xbox One. Rocket science seems overwhelming and difficult, but with Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition our goal is to… Read more

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The Road to Victory in World of Tanks: TankBowl 2018
TankBowl has returned to World of Tanks for 2018! This clash of titans pits two mighty nations against each other, with tank commanders siding with either the USA or the USSR, and duking it out for honor, glory, and prizes. We know that going headlong into a battleground can be daunting, even when you’re backed up with a massive, heavy metal war machine. With that in mind, we’ve put together some tips to help you get the edge over your competition and dominate the battlefield during TankBowl. Here are five things to keep in mind before you join the fray in World of Tanks! Choose Wisely Whether you’re deciding to align with the USSR or the USA or just selecting your… Read more

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is Available Now on Xbox One
The first thing you see when you start The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a black screen with only this message in the center: “This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand.” Pretty harsh, isn’t it? We always wanted to make a game about the excitement of discovery. The problem is, true discovery means it needs to be earned, and that the players need to be able to miss things. Imagine there’s something interesting to be found in a forest. It’s a different feeling if you reach that spot using an objective marker and a map where “X marks the spot,” or if you just stumble upon this discovery almost accidentally, exploring the forest, maybe even getting… Read more

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Stay: a Story of Abduction, Loneliness, and Friendship Coming Soon to Xbox One
It gives me great pleasure to be able to reveal our first ever Xbox One title: Stay. It’s a branching adventure game in which you play as yourself, but you happen to have found your way into an internet chatroom populated with one other person: Quinn. Stay takes place in real-time, so every second you spend in the chatroom is logged, as is every second you spend away from it (whether your Xbox One is switched off or you’re using it for other activities). Oh, and there’s the small matter of Quinn having been abducted and left abandoned in a dingy room, with seemingly nothing but a creaky old PC and an internet connection for company. What happens next is entirely down to… Read more

Neo Geo Coin-Op Retro Classics Available Now on Xbox One
If you’re like me, you may have never owned one of the consoles but fondly remember gathering all available quarters to feed into the local convenience store’s Neo Geo arcade cabinet with cult games like the 2D fighting series classic King of Fighters, the never-ending and still challenging run-n-gun series Metal Slug, or the side-scrolling action-adventure game Top Hunter – Roddy & Cathy. During the original 14-year run (1990-2004), Neo Geo games like Metal Slug, King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Pulstar and more consumed quarter after quarter without ever showing their end credits to most players. With these new ACA Neo Geo releases, Hamster Corporation has faithfully recreated… Read more