- More than 50+ new games and pre-orders will launch on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One between July 27 and September 11.
- Stay tuned for your chance to win an Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and more.
- Spend on eligible games to earn Microsoft Rewards points.
- Here’s a sneak peak of some exciting Summer Spotlight games coming your way to get you pumped for a fantastic season of gaming.
Summer Spotlight has officially arrived, and we’re thrilled to bring you exciting, new games every week to round out your summer – more than 50+ new games and pre-orders will launch on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One between July 27 and September 11! And just like in years past, we have some cool new chances to reward yourself this season.
Check out the Rewards App in the Xbox Store to find our Summer Spotlight Reward Offer. For every dollar spent on eligible purchases, players will earn Microsoft Reward points that can be redeemed for Gift Cards, Subscriptions, and more. And, if you are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll earn up to 20x more reward points per dollar. Additionally, in the next few weeks we will be announcing a huge sweepstakes where eligible participants can win a brand-new Xbox Series X or Series S, along with other prizes including Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Stay tuned here for more information coming soon.
Before you head out on summer gaming adventures, here’s a sneak peak of some exciting Summer Spotlight games that are here to kick off the season:
Your ultimate gaming arcade is here with games from the 80s, 90s, and 00s. Play over 1300 classic retro games, participate in global tournaments, get gold in mini-game challenges, have fun playing couch co-op, and challenge the community to beat your high scores. Feel the nostalgia by playing games from your childhood or discover new gems you never knew existed.
In a world where mysterious plants are spreading all over the earth, emitting toxic spores as they grow, a small group of survivors seek shelter on the back of a giant, wandering creature they call ‘Onbu’. Become their leader, build their settlement, and form a symbiotic relationship with the creature to survive together in this hostile, yet beautiful post-apocalyptic world that now surrounds you.
A retro shoot ’em up that transports you to a distant galaxy where you face waves of increasingly powerful enemies. Because it is easy to pick up and play, has addictive gameplay, and generates different levels with each new game, you can enjoy hours of challenging fun. Every time you take off is a chance to unlock new upgrades and improve your ship. Try to beat your high score!
The iconic Double Dragon franchise is back with incredible beat ’em up action and new features in Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons. This time the Lee brothers battle it out in New York City with tag-team action, roguelite elements, 13 playable characters and more.
Embark on a timeless journey through a sprawling cave system packed with treasures, creatures, mazes, and wits-defying puzzles. The great grandpappy of adventure games will test you and tickle your problem-solving skills as you unearth its plot and secrets. Through cunning trial-and-error you will crawl through tight squeezes, encounter impressive caverns, collect inventory, locate treasure, thwart dwarf attacks, all while keeping your eye on the score before your lamp goes out.
Summer Spotlight – Week 2 (Updated August 1)
The Expanse: A Telltale Series Deluxe Edition brings together all five ground-breaking episodes of The Expanse: A Telltale Series along with Telltale’s bonus episode “Archangel”. Set against the backdrop of the UNN Peace Operations, a unit formed to defend earth from impending danger, “Archangel” is an all new chapter that features a beloved character from the hit TV series.
What’s in a name…everything! Mr. Run and Jump encourages you to run, jump, dash, double jump and roll, clearing levels as you roam. Gather the collectible Power Gems using your wits and dexterity and luxuriate in the precise level design and free-flowing gameplay. Travel alongside Leap the Dog, dodging countless enemies in a dazzling world of danger and adventure.
The intense world of Formula 1 comes alive for a new season in F1 Manager 2023… Your legacy begins here. Start your career as Team Principal at one of the 10 F1 teams and manage every aspect – from the factory, to the garage, to the starting grid. Experience detailed management systems and broadcast-quality presentation as you take your team through practice, qualifying and a thrilling race day for each race of the 2023 season, and beyond.
Discover your destiny. In Scarf, a 3D platformer of puzzles and adventure, you will explore new worlds with unique mechanics. In a quest to find the truth behind your story you will ally with a dragon shaped scarf and work to overcome interesting challenges as you jump, glide and swing through these worlds. Each world has its own secrets you will navigate and overcome on your mission to quell rebellion and discover what it means to be a hero.
Venba is a short narrative cooking game, where you play as an Indian mom, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes and restore lost recipes, hold branching conversations and explore in this story about family, love, loss and more.
Summer Spotlight – Week 3 (Updated August 8)
Lost, alone and separated from family, a stray cat must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a long-forgotten city. Stray is a third-person cat adventure game set amidst the detailed, neon-lit alleys of a decaying cybercity and the murky environments of its seedy underbelly. Roam surroundings high and low, defend against unforeseen threats and solve the mysteries of this unwelcoming place inhabited by curious droids and dangerous creatures. Stray is developed by BlueTwelve Studio, a small team from the south of France mostly made up of cats and a handful of humans.
Fun fact: Every month is T. rex Awareness Month. Powered armor and dinosaurs collide in Exoprimal! Squad up to take down hordes of dinosaurs, massive prehistoric threats, and even opposing teams in a race to complete directives from the next-gen AI, Leviathan. Switch your exosuit at any time and work together to achieve your goals, or you may be flagged for mortal sunset. Exoprimal’s first free Title Update brings an additional 10 Alpha variant exosuits to the game on August 16th!
Birth is a point & click game about living alone in a large city. In order to quell your loneliness, you decide to construct a friend from spare bones and organs that you find while exploring the city.
Based on the wrestling program taking the world by storm, and developed by the YUKE’S Co., Ltd, the top creator of wrestling games, AEW: Fight Forever Elite Edition brings it all. Combining arcade-wrestling game feel with innovative All Elite Wrestling finishers and tandem offensive moves, this is the wrestling experience you’ve been waiting for. In addition the AEW: Fight Forever Elite Edition includes access to even more AEW wrestlers and over-the-top minigames.
The survivors of humanity must fight against new deadly creatures and god-like bosses across terrifying worlds. Play solo or co-op with two other friends to explore the depths of the unknown to stop an evil from destroying reality itself. To succeed, players will need to rely on their own skills and those of their team to overcome the toughest challenges and to stave off humanity’s extinction.
Summer Spotlight – Week 4 (Updated August 15)
Rise from the dust and glide the sands of a timeless land, filled with ancient dangers, mysteries and fragments of the past. Hunt legendary monsters with powerful sand-infused weapons and abilities in spectacular, super-powered combat.
Experience the exciting universe of The Expanse like never before in Telltale’s latest adventure, The Expanse: A Telltale Series. Take on the role of Camina Drummer and explore the dangerous and uncharted edges of the Belt aboard the Artemis. From scavenging wrecked ships in a zero-g environment, to surviving a mutiny, to combating fearsome pirates, you make the difficult choices and reveal Camina Drummer’s resolve in this latest Telltale adventure.
Welcome to the Future of Punch Club!
You’ve spent your whole life living in the confines of your overbearing mothers garage, your father mysteriously vanished before you were born. But hey, you had plenty of time to work out and dream about the wonders of the world. Sucks to be you though, people eat slime, corruption is rife and everyone wants to fight you… But maybe you can find your father and become the ‘dark fist’ people whisper about, somehow you could actually be humanity’s savior, the one who uncovers the super secret secrets of the Goodness Corporation… Or not. It’s a choose your own adventure, stay in the garage if you want.
Prepare for a tour de force performance. Dead by Daylight’s Nicolas Cage Chapter features a new Survivor, legendary actor Nicolas Cage. Purchasing this add-on unlocks an exclusive Cosmetic: Teal Jacket as well as the Very Rare Gorgon Drip outfit for Nicolas Cage.
The Survivor is Nicolas Cage. Yes, you heard that right. A cinematic icon with over one hundred films under his belt, Cage brings boundless creativity to any project – but nothing could have prepared him for this. Roll out the red carpet for a premiere that’s sure to leave audiences breathless, as Nick Cage steps into The Fog for his deadliest role yet.
Summer Spotlight – Week 5 (Updated August 22)
Take on the role of one of the notorious Slaughter family, or their victims, in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a third-person asymmetrical horror experience based on the groundbreaking and iconic 1974 horror film.
Everspace 2 is a fast-paced single-player spaceship shooter with worthwhile exploration in space and on planets, tons of loot, RPG elements, mining, and crafting. Experience a thoughtful sci-fi story, set in a vivid, handcrafted open world full of secrets, puzzles, and perils.
Moving Out 2 is the wacky sequel to the world-famous physics-based moving simulator. Working as a solo F.A.R.T, or with up to three friends, slip into your Smooth Moves uniform and help the residents of Packmore, and beyond, to pack up and ship out!
Strange Horticulture is an occult puzzle game in which you play as the proprietor of a local plant store. Find and identify new plants, pet your cat, speak to a coven, or join a cult. Use your collection of powerful plants to influence the story and unravel Undermere’s dark mysteries.
In a modern fantasy world, college dropout Grace is granted the power of a Muse – power she’ll need to find out the truth behind her predecessor’s death before time runs out. You’ll decide who Grace allies with, who she can trust, and who may betray her in this beautifully hand-illustrated roleplaying musical.
Summer Spotlight – Week 6 (Updated August 29)
Amadeus the Wizard, Zoya the Thief, and Pontius the Knight embark on their most action-packed journey yet! With their reputations tarnished, loved ones in danger, and their own magical powers at stake, the Heroes of Trine must reunite to push back a fearsome Clockwork army and bring peace and justice to the land! Traverse breathtaking 2.5D landscapes in Trine’s deepest and visually richest chapter to date, with an all-new cast of characters.
Welcome to Aveum, shaped by eternal conflict. Two superpowers, Lucium and Rasharn, remain amid a chasm, the Wound. Play as Jak, an unexpected Unforeseen, in the Everwar – a battle for magic control. With the Order of Immortals, unravel Aveum’s past to secure its future.
Gord is a dark-fantasy, adventure-strategy game set in a hostile, forsaken land inspired by Slavic mythology. Besieged by vile creatures, you must build to survive. But to prevail, you must conquer the darkness beyond the gates.
A modern reimagining of the road to Oregon, this official successor to the iconic classic will fully immerse players in epic journeys ranging from the historically accurate to the totally extreme.
Blasphemous 2 sees the return of The Miracle (a mysterious supernatural entity capable of manifesting monstrous and inhuman beings) and with it, the prophetic birth of a new Child of the Miracle. As The Penitent One, you must stop the birth before the augury comes to pass, mastering three new unique weapons in order to traverse the unforgiving lands, lay down the enemies that stand in your way, and dodge deaths final embrace.
Summer Spotlight – Week 7 (Updated September 5)
Feed the fire. Let the last cinders burn. Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon is the latest high-octane action game by FromSoftware. Experience a world full of mech action, including fast-paced, omni-directional battles, in-depth customization, and thrilling boss fights.
Promising the Sabotage touch in every system, Sea of Stars aims to modernize the classic RPG in terms of turn-based combat, storytelling, exploration and interactions with the environment, while still offering a hearty slice of nostalgia and good old, simple fun.
A narrative-driven adventure game about the engulfing power of grief set in the North Sea. Under The Waves invites you to dive into a gorgeous underwater world, brought to life in a poetic blend of cinematic visuals and poignant storytelling. Live a gripping story through Stan’s eyes and guide him through an unforeseen series of events that will bring him deeper and deeper.
From the creators of the Hunter: Call of the Wild comes an open world fishing experience! Relax and unwind at your favorite spot or explore the beautiful great outdoors with friends as you embark on the journey to become a master angler.
LAPIN is a 2D platformer game featuring a group of brave rabbit explorers. Five rabbits used to live under a park, but construction forced them to leave their beloved hole. Players need to help Liebe and her friends to explore the world with precise control. Hop on to the end of the adventure!
Those are just a few of the great new titles coming this season. Make sure you check out the Microsoft Store each week to discover all the new releases to play and pre-orders going live on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Be sure to follow @Xbox on Twitter for news on the latest releases and our Summer Spotlight Sweepstakes announcement in the coming weeks. See the full list of Summer Spotlight games at Xbox.com.
We’re in the last stretch of Xbox Summer Spotlight and we have a big chance for Xbox fans to play more this season. Enter our Xbox Summer Spotlight Sweepstakes until September 11 for your chance to win an Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and more. One 1st Prize winner will receive an Xbox Series X, 12 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and their pick of 5 Xbox games from a list of titles. Visit this site to enter for your chance to win. To enter, you must be a legal resident of any Xbox Console supported country or region (http://www.xbox.com/regions) and be eighteen (18) years of age or older. Terms and conditions can be found here.