This Week on Xbox - January 29, 2021

This Week on Xbox: January 29, 2021

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!

The Medium

The Power Behind The Medium’s Dual Reality Gameplay
The Medium is a third-person psychological horror game that tells the story of Marianne, a psychic who can live in two realities at the same time: our world and the world of the spirits. The Medium’s trademark feature is a mechanic we call “Dual-Reality” gameplay… Read more

Free Play Days – Madden NFL 21, Terraria, and Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
Hit the gridiron and celebrate the biggest game of the year; grab your sword and shovel to build, fight, and explore; battle as a team in the fan-favorite franchise, all in this weekend’s Free Play Days. Madden NFL 21, Terraria, and Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker… Read more

Minecraft Sustain Hero

Minecraft Releases Free Sustainability City Map Inspired by Microsoft’s Sustainability Report
Mojang Studios is releasing a free Sustainability Citymap today that invites players to explore how some of the goals and themes in Microsoft’s Annual Sustainability Report come to life in a Minecraft town. The Sustainable City map is available now… Read more

Immortals Fenyx Rising: New DLC Brings Players to Olympos, Free Demo Out Now
Immortals Fenyx Rising: A New God is available now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, following Fenyx as they undertake a series of challenges and trials to earn a place in the Pantheon of the gods. In order to prove themselves worthy, Fenyx will explore a new open area… Read more

Grounded bee hero asset

Grounded Insects Take Flight
In today’s update for Grounded, we are bringing flying insects into the backyard, with mosquitos, fireflies, and bees landing in the world. The team has wanted to bring flying creatures into Grounded for some time, as it was a top community request for our ever-evolving… Read more

Destroy the World in Rack N Ruin
Did you ever have the desire to destroy the world? Did you ever wonder what it is like to play the villain? If your answer is yes, now you can in Rack N Ruin! Rack N Ruin is a top down action adventure bullet hell game where players take control of a demonic wizard… Read more

Madden Pro Bowl Hero

Celebrate the NFL Pro Bowl with Madden NFL 21 Free Play Days
It’s that time of year again, the NFL postseason is here. But before the biggest game of the year (ahem, the Super Bowl) you can go all out with Madden NFL 21’s Free Play Days on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S during the Pro Bowl from January 28 to 31… Read more

Huddle up for the NFL Super Bowl LV Celebration in Rocket League
Who’s ready for football?! The NFL and Rocket League are suiting up for Super Bowl kickoff next week with our latest in-game event: the NFL Super Bowl LV Celebration! The week-long event is coming out of the tunnel with the brand-new game mode, Gridiron… Read more

Sea of Thieves’ First Free Update of 2021 Kicks Off Season One
As we enter a brand-new year, Sea of Thieves enters a brand-new era with the arrival of Seasons! New Voyages, Events, rewards and ways to play are all packed into Season One, available as a free download today for all players with Xbox Game Pass and across… Read more

Big Paintball on Roblox Introduces New Maps and More in Latest Update
Get ready to lock ‘n load and splat your foes, Roblox fans. Big Paintball has gotten even bigger on Xbox One with its richest content update yet, bringing you more maps and a host of gameplay improvements to ratchet up the fun and intensity of every firefight… Read more

Balan Wonderworld Demo

A World of Wonder: Play the Balan Wonderworld Demo Today on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
2020 was a year many of us will want to forget. With the arrival of 2021, what better way to launch headfirst into a new year than with the arrival of Balan Wonderworld, an exciting, brand new IP from Square Enix. Balan Wonderworld is an all action, all adventure… Read more

Getting Resourceful with Prison Architect: Going Green
Hello, Architects! We’re kicking off the new year with a fresh start (pun intended)! We’ve got three big pieces of news to share with you: Prison Architect is heading to Xbox Game Pass for PC today; Our latest expansion, Prison Architect: Going Green, is now available… Read more

THQ Nordic and Handy Games 2021 Xbox Store Sale

Huge Fun and Huge Discounts Await in the THQ Nordic and Handy Games 2021 Xbox Store Sale
Wildly popular games like Destroy All Humans!, Kingdom of Amalur Re-Reckoning, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, Through the Darkest of Times, and many more will be available at discounts up to 80% off through February 1 during the… Read more

8 Tips to Help you Cheer, Cooperate, and Construct in Bonkies
Greetings, aspiring space cadets! Bonkies, the jolly couch co-op party game with a pinch of construction building, is coming to Xbox One on this very day! To celebrate the launch, we’d like to share a few, quick tips on how to become the best apestronaut the universe… Read more

Yakuza Remastered Collection

The Yakuza Remastered Collection Hits Xbox Today in Glorious HD
The Yakuza Remastered Collection hits Xbox Game Pass today, bringing Sega classics Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 restored in glorious HD to Xbox Game Pass members! The first of three games in this collection, Yakuza 3, picks up from where the events of Yakuza Kiwami 2 left off… Read more

Dead Cells: Fatal Falls DLC Available Now on Xbox One
Hey everyone! We’re back with our second paid DLC for Dead Cells and we’re super proud of what we’ve pulled together! I wanted to talk a little bit about why we’ve chosen to continue with our “outdoorsy” theme and what you can expect to come up against in our… Read more

Rogue Company Key Art

Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized: Rogue Company
One of the biggest benefits of all the power in the Xbox Series X|S is giving developers the ability to make games that are Xbox Series X|S Optimized. This means that they’ve taken full advantage of the unique capabilities of Xbox Series X|S, both for new titles… Read more

Tame the Wilds in Crashlands with These Tips and Tricks
Well hellooo there! I’m Sam, co-founder of Butterscotch Shenanigans, and today I’m thrilled to share some tips and tricks to jumpstart your adventures in our goofy crafting RPG Crashlands. In Crashlands, you’ll play as Flux, an intergalactic trucker who gets marooned… Read more

he Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood

Discover the Gates of Oblivion in The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, Coming June 8
Unravel the schemes of a Daedric Prince and explore a new and exciting zone in The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood, part of the Gates of Oblivion year-long adventure coming soon to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Arriving June 8 and now available for pre-order… Read more

The Dawn of Babylon is here in Smite Season 8
Announced during the Hi-Rez Showcase, Season 8 brings a larger, more strategic map for Smite’s core Conquest mode. The new map is resplendent in Babylonaian architecture — the work of Tiamat reshaping the world. And it features new gameplay… Read more

The Lords of the West Have Arrived in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Available Now
A new year is upon us and what better way to celebrate than by challenging your friends in battle with two new civilizations and testing your mettle and strategy in three new fully-voiced campaigns! The Lords of the West expansion is available now… Read more

Business is Booming with MegaCorp, the Latest Expansion for Stellaris: Console Edition
The time has come for you to stake your claim in the galaxy with an exciting new expansion for Stellaris: Console Edition. I’m so excited to tell you about MegaCorp, the latest addition to Stellaris: Console Edition’s third expansion pass. This new entrepreneurial… Read more

Next Week on Xbox - Hero Image

Next Week on Xbox: February 3 to 5
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! Here we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC as well as upcoming Xbox Game Pass and soon-to-be released ID@Xbox titles! Get more details on the games below and click… Read more

Rainbow Six Siege Road to Six Invitational Event is Underway
The Road to Six Invitational has begun, both the metaphorical ramp-up to the biggest competitive Rainbow Six Siege event of the year, and the literal in-game event you can play now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. The Road to SI event runs Thursdays through… Read more