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343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross to be Inducted Into the AIAS Hall of Fame

Today, we are happy to share that the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced its 23rd Hall of Fame recipient: Bonnie Ross, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Head of 343 Industries. Ross has been integral in the vision and expansion of the Halo franchise that has continued to excite generations of fans, generating nearly $6 billion in worldwide sales to date and has transcended video games to grow into a global entertainment phenomenon. Ross is also a key voice in promoting STEM and diversity efforts across the gaming industry amongst women, under-represented minorities and children. “It is thanks to Bonnie’s vision and drive for combining art and... Read more: 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross to be Inducted Into the AIAS Hall of Fame

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Xbox Celebrates Your Year in Gaming

This is our favorite time of year when we can all come together and celebrate community shenanigans. We marvel at how one million of you managed to reach the top 10 in a battle royale without panning anyone, just as much as we relish the 3 million of you that forgot that stealth means survival when you’re battling zombies. A few years ago, we first got the idea that we wanted to do something really special for the community, something only we could provide: a look back at your year of gaming. Ever since then, Xbox Year in Review has become our little holiday tradition for the Xbox community. We thought you’d like to see some of the accomplishments that you’ve racked up over... Read more: Xbox Celebrates Your Year in Gaming

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39 Days to Mars Coming Soon to Xbox One

I'm excited to announce that 39 Days to Mars will be coming to Xbox One in 2019! 39 Days to Mars is a co-operative steampunk puzzle-adventure game, that's been designed from the very start to support two people playing together. You step into the shoes of Sir Albert Wickes and The Right Honourable Clarence Baxter, 19th-century explorers who have chosen to pilot the HMS Fearful on its maiden voyage to Mars. You have to work together on the problems that arise to keep the two hapless engineers alive and prevent the ship from falling apart around them. At the core of the game are the puzzles. Over the four-year development cycle, each of the puzzles was carefully designed,... Read more: 39 Days to Mars Coming Soon to Xbox One

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State of Decay 2 Soundtrack Available on Vinyl Today

As 4 million players have been writing their own survival story in State of Decay 2, they’ve been enjoying BAFTA award-winning and Billboard / MTV VMA nominated Danish composer’s Jesper Kyd soundtrack, which is available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. Starting today, for fans who want to experience Jesper’s soundtrack full of hope for survival and a better tomorrow in full, they can purchase the State of Decay 2 Special Edition – Double Vinyl for $39.99. In addition to the atmospheric guitar and analog synth score as heard in the game, the double vinyl also includes ten previously unreleased tracks. To celebrate today’s release, we caught up with Jesper to ask him some... Read more: State of Decay 2 Soundtrack Available on Vinyl Today

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Journey to Find The First Tree, Available Now on Xbox One

I never thought I'd say this, but after all the blood, sweat, and tears, The First Tree is available today on Xbox One. Why is that unbelievable? I started this project as a simple way to tell a story and deal with the ideas of death, loss, and hope, and I didn't think my hobbyist project would attract much attention. I didn't know how to code, I had a hectic full-time job, and I was a busy new dad. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to make something beautiful, and I wanted to finish it. At its core, The First Tree is a game about families. You play as a fox who wakes up and finds her cubs missing. This isn't a normal world to explore however -- points of light mark the land where... Read more: Journey to Find The First Tree, Available Now on Xbox One

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Now Available with Xbox Game Pass

As if you needed any more reason to pick up Xbox Game Pass – Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is now available for Xbox Game Pass members! With its release into the catalog today, Xbox Game Pass members will have the chance to join Senua in her haunting journey to save the soul of her dead lover. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an incredible game made by the uniquely talented creators at Ninja Theory, one of the creative development teams added to the Microsoft Studios Family earlier this year, who received five 2018 BAFTA Games Awards including Best British Game, Best Artistic Achievement, Best Game Beyond Entertainment, Best Performer and Best Audio Achievement. It also received... Read more: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Now Available with Xbox Game Pass

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Give the Gift of Thrills with $100 Off Xbox One Consoles

This holiday season, give the gift of thrills to your loved ones with Xbox One so they can join in on Holiday fun, or to jump into gaming yourself.  And to make that a bit easier on the wallet, for a limited time we’re offering our deepest discounts on Xbox One bundles. Starting today, save $100 on any Xbox One bundle, including Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, and Xbox One S, the best value in gaming and entertainment this Holiday. And there’s no shortage of amazing bundles to choose from at a participating retailer near you. Join the worldwide Fortnite phenomenon with $100 off the Xbox One S Fortnite Bundle and get ready to battle to be the last one standing.... Read more: Give the Gift of Thrills with $100 Off Xbox One Consoles

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Soundweaver Introduces a New Way to Play Skyforge on Xbox One

When we create an update for Skyforge, we always look at the bigger picture and the ways you can interact with the world. We want players to find new ways to play the game and make each class that we create a fun and fresh experience. With Distant Frequencies, we might have achieved just that. The Soundweaver is a new spin of the Bard class from classic RPGs. Many of our colleagues are fans of tabletop games, and some of them were actively pushing for a musician class in Skyforge. However, we didn’t want to just make a musician that plays tunes at the press of a button. We wanted to make it interactive, almost like a rhythm game. When the first concepts started to make their... Read more: Soundweaver Introduces a New Way to Play Skyforge on Xbox One

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Below is Now Available on Xbox One and with Xbox Game Pass

The wait is over! Today, all adventures are welcome to enter The Isle’s labyrinth to unearth what lies below The Depths. Available today on Xbox One and with Xbox Game Pass, Below is a procedurally generated dungeon crawler full of vicious creatures, deadly traps, and a mysterious shadowy presence that’s never too far behind. And it’ll be up to you to navigate these otherworldly hazards as you choose your path through this deadly maze. The Depths are filled with secrets that only the bravest wanderers will learn, and this is at the heart of Below – embracing the idea that players enjoy discovering secret areas, finding hidden passageways, and uncovering the mysteries that are... Read more: Below is Now Available on Xbox One and with Xbox Game Pass

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This Week on Xbox: December 14, 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! D&D Strategy Game Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms Out Now on Xbox One Welcome to your next Dungeons & Dragons adventure! Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is now out on Xbox One and it brings a whole new way to adventure with your... Read more: This Week on Xbox: December 14, 2018

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D&D Strategy Game Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms Out Now on Xbox One

Welcome to your next Dungeons & Dragons adventure! Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is now out on Xbox One and it brings a whole new way to adventure with your favorite D&D heroes! Embark on a sometimes epic, but always hilarious set of adventures where you are in command of the Forgotten Realms' most epic heroes. Decide who to recruit, gear, and level up as you fight through waves of undead, Red Wizards, Yuan-ti, and really angry forest denizens. Travel to the jungles of Chult, the lost land of Barovia and scuffle in the streets of Waterdeep in this epic Dungeons & Dragons strategy management game! Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is a Dungeons &... Read more: D&D Strategy Game Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms Out Now on Xbox One

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How to Play Multiplayer in Ashen and Other Useful Tips

If you have entered the world of Ashen you’ve no doubt encountered numerous foes, both large and extra-large, as you traverse this mysterious world to save the light from darkness. Part of what makes Ashen such a compelling and exciting game is its unique, passive multiplayer experience, where companions – either AI or human -- are never too far away to help lend a hand against a powerful enemy or to save you from certain death. But how can you get your friends to join in on the fun? How can you best be prepared for what lies ahead? We’re here to help. Read on, adventurer… Finding a Connection After completing the opening quests and have founded your town Vagrant’s Rest, you... Read more: How to Play Multiplayer in Ashen and Other Useful Tips

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 18 to 21

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 December 18 to 21

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The Inspiration Behind the World of Desert Child

My name’s Oscar Brittain. I’m from this place called Fremantle. It’s a satellite city south of Perth in Western Australia. At first glance it seems entirely insignificant and non-unique. Just another West Coast town with old buildings ranging from the 1870s to 1970s, and with a shipping port accounting for half its area. People are nice, but that’s just WA tor you. You might mistakenly think it only exists for the port. You might see the ancient football ground in the centre of town, with a statue of local legends battling it out mid-game. But if you don’t stop the car and have a look around, you’d never know what a beautiful place you’d missed out on... Read more: The Inspiration Behind the World of Desert Child

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GTA Online: Arena War Out Now on Xbox One

Welcome to a new era of entertainment. Time to sit down, strap in, and battle other would-be opponents in the greatest mash-up of sports and automotive gladiatorial combat in human history. The most deranged vehicles! The most brutal weapons! The biggest crowds! Run your own workshop, craft your own juggernauts of destruction, and track your own carnage-filled career. Live from the Maze Bank Arena, this is Arena War. 7 Arena Events You signed up for glory, and it's showtime. Step into destruction derbies, rain fire from strategically placed artillery and wreak havoc from the Spectator Box with EMP Drones, self-destructing RC Cars and much, much more. Arena Workshop and... Read more: GTA Online: Arena War Out Now on Xbox One

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Play it Today: Fortune Island Now Available for Forza Horizon 4

The first expansion for Forza Horizon 4 officially rolls out today, bringing new treasure, adventure, and epic driving action to players worldwide. With extreme terrain, perilous weather conditions such as atmospheric storms and the Aurora Borealis, a brand-new Horizon treasure hunt and a host of new driving challenges, Fortune Island cranks the Forza Horizon 4 experience to 11. For more information on Fortune Island, be sure to check out last week’s announcement. Forza Horizon 4’s Fortune Island expansion is available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC for $19.99, and is included for players who own the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition, the Forza Horizon 4 Expansions Bundle or the... Read more: Play it Today: Fortune Island Now Available for Forza Horizon 4

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Highlights from Ghost Recon Wildlands Special Operation 3 Update

Calling all Ghosts! In Special Operation 3, Silent Spade, veteran Ghost Scott Mitchell is calling on Nomad to help rookie John Kozak investigate a plot that links the Santa Blanca Cartel a nuclear threat. Uncover this action-packed plot and complete the mission to get the Cloaking Device Backpack, which will boost your stealth. Experience this free new content and much more as part of Ghost Recon: Wildlands Year 2. Free Mission: Silent Spade Ghost Leader Scott Mitchell is calling on Nomad and his team to help rookie John Kozak investigate a plot that links the Santa Blanca Cartel a nuclear threat. Uncover this action-packed plot and complete the mission to get the Cloaking Device... Read more: Highlights from Ghost Recon Wildlands Special Operation 3 Update

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Multiplayer Tips for Final Fantasy XV Comrades, Available Now on Xbox One

Rise and shine, Glaives! New and exciting features have been added to Final Fantasy XV multiplayer: Comrades! Xbox One owners can now enjoy the game separately from Final Fantasy XV and if you already own the Season Pass DLC, we have great news for you: You can download this new experience for free! For anyone who might be new to the series, Comrades puts you in the boots of a Glaive, a special unit soldier who once served under the Kingdom of Lucis. It is now up to you to help prevent further damage from happening in an apocalyptic event known as the Starscourge. How your character looks is completely up to you! Here are a few tips to help you jump right in: There are... Read more: Multiplayer Tips for Final Fantasy XV Comrades, Available Now on Xbox One

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The 5 Stages of Overcooked During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and we’re full of yuletide joy here at Ghost Town Games (Oli’s had his tree up since November). This year we’re thrilled to bring you a little present; just keep your eyes peeled on our social channels in the coming days for all the sweet details! To help celebrate the occasion, we present to you the 5 stages of Overcooked during the holidays: Denial Yes, the Mince Pies may be on fire, and the fire extinguisher might have just slipped into the frozen lake, but there’s still plenty of time left on the timer for you and your team to pull together and serve those hungry customers! Anger Minor crisis averted, time to cook up a new batch of mince... Read more: The 5 Stages of Overcooked During the Holidays