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GDC 2019: The Blacks in Gaming Green Room

As the Game Developers Conference (GDC) has continued we come to one of our last - but certainly not least! - community events of the week. Xbox was proud to host the 14th annual Blacks in Gaming Green Room. With over 260 gaming industry professionals in attendance, it was a night of connection, uplift and networking between black game creators, developers, writers, artists, and more. Check out some great shots from the event photo booth and share yours on social media using #BiGXbox.     Continuing the theme of celebrating the accomplishments of black game developers, we at Team Xbox were also excited to continue to award the Jerry Lawson Grant for Career Development... Read more: GDC 2019: The Blacks in Gaming Green Room

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GDC 2019: The Women in Gaming Rally 2019 Recap 

Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) is always an exciting time of year for game developers and the week is already picking up steam. On Tuesday afternoon team Xbox hosted the 19th Annual Women in Gaming Rally in partnership with Activision, Facebook Gaming, Ubisoft, Unity, Women in Gaming International, and YouTube. It was an honor to collaborate with so many great companies who are committed to diversity, and creating a space where women from across the industry could come together and celebrate their role in the gaming industry. Held at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco, we welcomed over 600 industry professionals to engage in how we, as a strong community, can work together... Read more: GDC 2019: The Women in Gaming Rally 2019 Recap 

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Time-Twisting, Abstract Platformer Tyd wag vir Niemand Available Now on Xbox One and Windows 10

Hi everyone! My friend Alexander Ehlers and I made a little time-manipulating, first-person, platform game called Tyd wag vir Niemand and we are proud to announce that it is now available on both Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Play Anywhere support. We wanted to give you all an abstract adventure that will take you to another dimension, and that we hope gives you a fresh take on first-person platform games. We just really like trippy environments; they always feel so satisfying to explore and we're pretty sure you'll agree. Tyd wag vir Niemand is set in a future where a major catastrophe has damaged Earth to the extent that it's almost completely uninhabitable. You take on the... Read more: Time-Twisting, Abstract Platformer Tyd wag vir Niemand Available Now on Xbox One and Windows 10

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This Week on Xbox: March 22, 2019

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! GDC 2019: The Women in Gaming Rally 2019 Recap Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) is always an exciting time of year for game developers and the week is already picking up steam. On Tuesday afternoon team Xbox hosted the 19th Annual Women in Gaming... Read more: This Week on Xbox: March 22, 2019

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GDC 2019: LGBTQIA in Gaming Reception 2019 Recap

As Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) continues, so does our honor of being able to host incredible communities of gaming industry professionals. This year marked the 3rd annual LGTBQIA in Gaming reception with over 300 people in attendance, connecting and reconnecting gaming industry community members with each other. The Gay Gaming Professionals group celebrated 13 years of their own event this year with increased sponsorship and a continued effort to build a more inclusive LGBTQIA gaming industry community. We took a moment during the event to honor two such people: Danielle Bunten Berry and David Gaider. Danielle Bunten Berry insisted that the future of gaming was... Read more: GDC 2019: LGBTQIA in Gaming Reception 2019 Recap

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Enter the Nightmarish World of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Today on Xbox One

Xbox fans! It’s time to sharpen your blade, practice your counter-attacks, and prepare to die… a lot (where have we heard that one before?) Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the latest epic from the team at FromSoftware, creators of the Dark Souls series, is out today on Xbox One and enhanced for Xbox One X -- get it here on the Microsoft Store. You are the “one-armed wolf,” a disgraced and disfigured warrior rescued from the brink of death and you’re bound to protect a young lord, the descendant of an ancient bloodline. When the lord is captured, and you too become the target of malicious enemies, you’ll embark on a death-defying quest to regain your honor and nothing – not... Read more: Enter the Nightmarish World of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Today on Xbox One

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GDC 2019: We Go Dungeon Crawling with Operencia: The Stolen Sun

After playing through many excellent open world fantasy adventures, I found it refreshing to be kept to a grid while exploring the dungeons of Operencia: The Stolen Sun. Earlier this week at GDC 2019, I finally got my first hands-on time with this dungeon-crawling Xbox One exclusive and it was great to see that it’s shaping up nicely to carry that mantle of classic dungeon crawlers with its hybrid of new and old-school RPG ideas, coming together in a refreshed adventure that I can’t wait to play more of when it drops on Xbox One and with Xbox Game Pass on March 29. Having such fond memories of playing classics like Eye of the Beholder and the more recent Legend of Grimrock on PC, the... Read more: GDC 2019: We Go Dungeon Crawling with Operencia: The Stolen Sun

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for March 26 – 29

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One, read on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for March 26 – 29

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Announcing ID@Xbox Game Pass, a Showcase of Indie Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass

We are excited to announce ID@Xbox Game Pass, a stream highlighting great indie games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass, premiering March 26 at 9:00 AM PDT. In this show, you can expect to learn more about some of the hottest ID@Xbox titles coming to Xbox Game Pass with new reveals, gameplay highlights, and conversations with the developers. Fans will be able to check out our first ever episode here. In our debut, we’ll dive into games previously shown at E3 and X018. Expect hits such as Afterparty, Void Bastards, and Supermarket Shriek to be highlighted. In addition to new game announcements, we’ll also share a visit to Night School Studio, the creative team behind the hit game... Read more: Announcing ID@Xbox Game Pass, a Showcase of Indie Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass

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Train Sim World: Main Spessart Bahn Takes You on a First Class Journey

We’re very happy to announce the latest expansion Main Spessart Bahn for Train Sim World is now available on Xbox One, featuring a 52km run through the forests and hillsides of central Germany. This has been a real labour of love for our team as we’re introducing a new type of operation, long-awaited new features, and of course the route and locomotives themselves are re-created in incredibly high detail. Whether you’re an experienced rail fan or you’ve never tried a sim in your life, this route is definitely the choice for you if you’re interested in a new challenge. Here are just a few of the things we’re most proud of: The route captures a particularly beautiful part of... Read more: Train Sim World: Main Spessart Bahn Takes You on a First Class Journey

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Turn-Based Survival Strategy Game Overland Coming Soon to Xbox One

Over the years, we here at Finji have helped bring radically different games to the Xbox family, including the ominous puzzle-platformer Feist and the award-winning narrative adventure Night in the Woods. We’ve always focused on bringing you beautiful games with wildly different play-styles, and with Overland, we’re changing things up once again. Overland is a turn-based survival strategy game with procedurally generated challenges, characters and scenarios that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Overland is an end-of-the-world roadtrip taking place after an unknown cataclysmic event has crumbled the infrastructure of the United States. You control a team of survivors (of both... Read more: Turn-Based Survival Strategy Game Overland Coming Soon to Xbox One

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Free Play Days: NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, MX vs ATV All Out, and Vigor

During this weekend’s Free Play Days event, you can ball out in arcade style street ball, go off-roading in bikes and ATVs, and scavenge your way across a post-war Norway. There’s no shortage of fun and action that Xbox Live Gold members can immerse themselves in with NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, MX vs ATV All Out, and Vigor. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, March 21 at 12:01 a.m. PT and runs through to Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One. The games are also available for purchase so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and... Read more: Free Play Days: NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, MX vs ATV All Out, and Vigor

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Vigor Xbox One Free Weekend Begins March 21 for Xbox Live Gold Members

Xbox Live Gold members can play Vigor for free on Xbox One starting today until March 24, which makes this the perfect time to explore the beautiful landscapes of post-war Norway, scavenge for loot amongst other Outlanders in tense map-based encounters and start rebuilding your safe haven amidst a fallen civilization. This free weekend hits shortly after the release of the 0.8 “Signal” update, which brought new content and game events, a player lobby and gesture system, as well as implementing numerous improvements and an enhanced gameplay experience overall. Previous updates 0.7 and 0.6 have already added optional objectives, randomized events, duos mode, improved weapon play... Read more: Vigor Xbox One Free Weekend Begins March 21 for Xbox Live Gold Members

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Enter for Your Chance to Win a Custom Bumblebee Xbox One X Console

To celebrate the release of “Bumblebee” on the Microsoft Store, Paramount Pictures and Xbox are excited to announce the Bumblebee Custom Console Sweepstakes. In “Bumblebee,” Hailee Steinfeld stars as Charlie, a teenager who finds and befriends the iconic robot, disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. The two must team up and protect Earth from the evil Decepticons and Agent Burns, played by John Cena. “Bumblebee” is an adventure that’s fun for the whole family. Each custom Bumblebee Xbox One X console includes a 4K Ultra HD digital copy of “Bumblebee.” Enter now for your chance to win at twitter.com/xbox from now until April 2, 2019. Open to registered Xbox Live account... Read more: Enter for Your Chance to Win a Custom Bumblebee Xbox One X Console

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GDC 2019: Gaming & Disability Community Reception 2019 Recap 

It’s March in the gaming industry and that means we have come to another Game Developer’s Conference (GDC). We have already kicked off the week with the 2nd annual Gaming & Disability Community Reception! Hosted in partnership with Games Accessibility Conference, a one day series of talks on accessible game design from the IGDA Gaming Accessibility Special Interest Group, the crowd was bigger than ever with over 250 attendees and the conversations about how to bring gaming to more players through inclusive design were inspiring. Held this year at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, an innovative art and technology experience for children ages 2-12 and... Read more: GDC 2019: Gaming & Disability Community Reception 2019 Recap 

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Capcom Shares the Secrets to Success in Devil May Cry 5

Dante and Nero are back for more demon-battling action, bringing with them a new character named V in Devil May Cry 5, available now on Xbox One. All three characters are playable in the story, and to make sure Nero has both hands available for hunting demons, Nico – his plucky engineer – has built him a wide range of prosthetic arms called Devil Breakers. Learning the ins and outs of each Devil Breaker is how you’ll maximise Nero’s combo potential and ascend to Smokin’ Sexy Style. These Devil Breakers start out relatively straightforward. The Gerbera lets you dodge like a cannonball and the Overture fires an electrical blast. But as Nico builds more potent Devil... Read more: Capcom Shares the Secrets to Success in Devil May Cry 5

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A Guide to the Javelins of Anthem

Whether you like to rush headlong into battle or unleash destruction from a discreet distance, Anthem has the perfect javelin for your preferred playstyle. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of each suit, their weapons and abilities, and how to get the most out of them. What Are Javelins? Let’s start with the basics: javelins power your experience in the dangerous and volatile world of Anthem. For centuries, the people of this world lived at its mercy, that is until the Legion of Dawn under the leadership of General Tarsis built the first javelins. They give you the mobility and firepower to take on almost any enemy, while also letting you... Read more: A Guide to the Javelins of Anthem

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Gears of War Exclusive Funko Pop! Revealed at ECCC 2019

This past weekend, Gears of War and Funko premiered an exclusive General RAAM Funko Pop! at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. As spotted on Instagram last month, the General RAAM Funko Pop! is real and will make your enemies fearful, your friends jealous and make your other Funko Pop! figures envious for how an evil leader like General RAAM can look so… so… cute! But also, super tough. Not only did General RAAM make his debut at ECCC, but Funko announced in January at the London Toy Fair that Queen Myrrah, Marcus Fenix and Boomer will also be joining the Gears of War Funko Pop! collection later this year. Additionally, the Funko team hosted a panel with special guest Greg Juby, Art... Read more: Gears of War Exclusive Funko Pop! Revealed at ECCC 2019

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A Refined Cuphead Experience is Coming Soon as Free Content Update

As we've been hard at work on Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, we've received so much love from all of our fans that we thought we'd drop one last free content update as just a little thank you. This free patch is coming April 18 and it features a bevy of new features, art, and back end changes readying Cuphead for the adventures ahead. First up, no longer relegated to second fiddle, Mugman is now playable in single-player. Complete with his own level completion jingle, Mugman is selectable from the main menu when starting or continuing any game. Next, we've added tons of new art and animation. The grandest addition is that we've went back and fully animated all our cinematic... Read more: A Refined Cuphead Experience is Coming Soon as Free Content Update

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Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update Celebrates the Start of Year Two on April 30

Today, we are celebrating a year of adventures in Sea of Thieves! It’s been both humbling and awe-inspiring to see millions of players from all over the world set sail and create their own stories on the Sea of Thieves. On behalf of everyone at Rare, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s played and made Sea of Thieves what it is today. While it’s been an amazing first year, we’re not done yet. With four major updates, nine time-limited events and more than thirty game updates, we’re still just getting started. We’re as excited about Sea of Thieves today as we were a year ago, and I’m pleased to be able to share with you a big reason why - The Anniversary... Read more: Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update Celebrates the Start of Year Two on April 30