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This Week on Xbox: August 24, 2018

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!

Prepare for “Halo: Silent Storm” with the Voice of John-117
Earlier this year, fans were given an initial look at the upcoming novel “Halo: Silent Storm – A Master Chief Story.” As the first novel to focus on the franchise’s most iconic hero in nearly a decade, anticipation is high to revisit the early career of John-117 when the book debuts on September 4… Read more

Arm Yourself – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is Arriving on Xbox One March 22, 2019
After a thrilling reveal at E3, the teams at FromSoftware and Activision are excited to shed more light on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Starting off, fans will be excited to learn that the game will be officially available on March 22, 2019 on Xbox One and is available for pre-order starting today… Read more

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Graduating from Xbox Game Preview; Full Product Release Coming September 4
Today at gamescom 2018, we announced that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will exit the Xbox Game Preview program on September 4, 2018 to Full Product Release (1.0). While our team will continue to enhance the game and deliver new content to Xbox players, the Full Product Release marks the culmination… Read more

Skyforge Battle Royale Sends Players to the Battleground
With Skyforge, we established the world of Aelion, a place where tech meets the divine where you play as an immortal and work your way up to become Junior and Elder Gods. Throughout your journey, you can find Adepts, mortal citizens that worship and pray for you. At the moment those non-playable characters… Read more

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State of Decay 2 Reveals New Details for Daybreak Pack DLC
Today during our “Inside Xbox” segment at gamescom 2018 we revealed new details – new co-op gameplay, new zombies, new loot and more – for the upcoming Daybreak Pack for State of Decay 2. The team at Undead Labs has been thrilled with the community response to the game with well over three million players… Read more

Revealing Life is Strange 2 and Uncovering the Clues Left in Captain Spirit
Life is Strange 2 has been revealed and you can find out everything you need to know from this very first trailer. Life is Strange 2 features an entirely new cast of characters, a new storyline and yes, a new power… The main characters this time are brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz. Sean, at 16 years of age, is embroiled… Read more

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The Division 2 Now Available for Pre-Order on Xbox One
Listen up, Agents! In anticipation of The Division 2’s launch on March 15, 2019, the game is now available for pre-order on Xbox One. Set in Washington D.C., the game takes place seven months after the events of the first game. While the virus has been contained, its effects are most evident in the devastated streets… Read more

Tense Multiplayer FPS Hunt: Showdown Coming Soon to Xbox Game Preview
It all started with Crysis, the game that put Crytek on the map as an innovator, a computer-melter, and as a company of people passionate about first-person shooters. 19 years later and we’ve returned to those roots, with a genre-mashing, atmospheric, tension-filled FPS called Hunt: Showdown… Read more

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Everything Xbox Announced Today at gamescom: Forza Horizon 4, PUBG, State of Decay 2, and More
Here at Xbox, we love gamescom because it allows us to connect more directly with our fans, both here in Germany and across Europe. Our European audience has always been important to us, and we’re continuing our ongoing commitment to talent and great studios in Europe, including Playground Games,… Read more

Xbox Game Pass Celebrates the End of Summer with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a New Mobile App Beta and Offers You Won’t Want to Miss
During gamescom 2018, we’re celebrating some new and exciting milestones for Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass provides gamers the ultimate value and freedom to play over 100 great games for one low monthly price, and we’re always working to upgrade the service based on feedback from our members… Read more

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gamescom 2018 Xbox One Bundles and Accessories Guide
You may have heard – at this year’s gamescom in Cologne, we announced eight new Xbox One bundles. In case that wasn’t enough, we also revealed three new Xbox Wireless Controller options, too. Whether you’re after the stunning Xbox One X Gold Rush Special Edition Battlefield V bundle, a new Desert Camo… Read more

Alex Hunter Competes on the Biggest Stage in FIFA 19
We first met young football phenomenon Alex Hunter in The Journey, the groundbreaking story mode introduced in FIFA 17. Alex began his story as a kid with big dreams, hoping to fill the boots of his father and grandfather, both of whom were professional footballers in their youth…. Read more

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gamescom 2018: 5 New Features Coming to Trials Rising
Ubisoft’s Trials franchise has built a legion of dedicated fans who come for the best physics-based motorcycling in the business and stay for the grueling challenge of inching past pals on the game’s online leaderboards.  All of that excruciating goodness is intact in Rising, but developer RedLynx has gone the extra mile… Read more

gamescom 2018: Hands-on with the New Multiplayer Daybreak Pack for State of Decay 2
When I look in my backpack and see no more repair kits at my disposal, that’s when the feeling of imminent defeat crept into my mind, causing me to shift my focus from maintaining the integrity of our failing base to one of seeing if our team of four could just beat the clock and make it to the next wave… Read more

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gamescom 2018: Myths, Legends, and Awesome Abilities in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The moment Ubisoft unveiled Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at E3 2018, our classically-trained lizard brains sharply focused on the mythological possibilities. To many of us, Ancient Greece doesn’t just mean shiny helmets, pointy spears, robed philosophers, and sunbaked cliffs overlooking the Aegean… Read more

Make Them Pray in Upcoming MMORPG Bless Unleashed on Xbox One
Once, gods and men coexisted. No longer. Ancient betrayal and earthshaking disaster has led to thousands of years of enmity between the mortal and the divine. Now, heavenly whispers speak. The mad mistress of the dark, great and terrible Lumenas, will return to destroy the race of man and sink the earth into endless night… Read more

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TERA Launches Two End-of-Summer Events
The world of TERA is a magical place full of many wondrous beings, dire dangers, and fantastic adventures—an action-packed MMO universe where magic, science, gods, and monsters cross paths on a regular basis. Sometimes, though, it’s a lot like our own. Case in point, the festivals of Rootstock and Pond Faire… Read more

From Raiders of the Broken Planet to Spacelords, an Epic Free-to-Play Adventure Continues
I will start with a bold statement: today is an historic day in the videogames industry. It might not be perceived as such by many, of course, and even those who would acknowledge the fact as true would not be rushing to include it in the headlines, but the truth is that an independent studio just did something unprecedented… Read more


Artist Desiigner to Hang with Xbox & Play NBA Live 19 on Saturday, August 25
It’s the trifecta! Gaming, basketball, and music fans, our next episode of Xbox Live Sessions is calling your names! Artist Desiigner is back and joining forces with Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns and basketball star Nick Young to play the all new NBA Live 19 on Xbox One X… Read more

Apes Together Strong! Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier Arrives on Xbox One Today
Hello all! We at The Imaginarium are delighted to finally bring Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier to Xbox One. If you don’t know much about the game, it’s a cinematic narrative adventure based in the same universe as the recent film trilogy, but not the same story arc. For the game to be unpredictable we needed… Read more