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Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller

At Microsoft, we believe in empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our CEO, Satya Nadella, has spoken about how essential it is that we push the boundaries of what technology can do in a concerted effort to be inclusive of everyone around the world. These principles have the deepest impact in how we are building products that are designed for everyone. We have been on a journey of inclusive design, which celebrates and draws inspiration from people who are often overlooked in the typical design process. As I discussed at the annual DICE conference in February, when we truly design for all, we help make the world more equal. That’s why I’m so... Read more: Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller

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Innovative Puzzle Game Gorogoa Available Now on Xbox One

If you’re wondering what Gorogoa is about, it’s a puzzle game where each tile or scene is interactive. As you advance through the story, you will need to solve progressively harder sequences between the tiles. Words don’t really do the gameplay justice, so check out the trailer above. The original 2012 demo of the game is also unlocked once you complete the full game, where you can see how the art style has progressed, as well as similarities and differences with a few puzzle mechanics. There are also achievements to unlock as you play the game. It has been rewarding to see Gorogoa win a few awards over the past few months, including a BAFTA, and we’re happy to bring it to... Read more: Innovative Puzzle Game Gorogoa Available Now on Xbox One

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State of Decay 2 Available Worldwide on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC

Today, fans can test their zombie apocalypse plans as State of Decay 2 from Undead Labs launches worldwide in Xbox Game Pass and exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. State of Decay 2 is the ultimate zombie survival fantasy, where it’s up to you to decide how to survive in an open, post-apocalyptic world. State of Decay 2 takes everything you loved about the first game and greatly expands on it, giving you more unique survivor characters, more backstories and skills for each member, more community and base management options, and bigger maps to survive in. State of Decay 2 also adds one of the most-requested features from the community: cross-platform co-op. You and up to... Read more: State of Decay 2 Available Worldwide on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC

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Five Game-Changing Features Coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

It might be one of the most popular video game franchises in the world, but Call of Duty isn’t scared to take some risks. At a community reveal event in Los Angeles, Activision and developer Treyarch gave gamers their first good look at Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The explosive shooter is going bigger than ever, capturing the zeitgeist with a battle royale mode and eschewing a traditional single-player campaign in favor of a narrative-driven approach to multiplayer. Here are the five biggest features coming to Black Ops 4. 1. Blackout mode gives fans the royale treatment. Games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite have ushered in the era of the battle royale. Black... Read more: Five Game-Changing Features Coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall Brings Tactical Turn-Based Strategy to Xbox One in 2019

We at Triumph Studios are very excited to finally announce Age of Wonders: Planetfall! The game has been in development for about three years now and runs on a new generation of our multi-platform Creator Engine. Let's start with the basics. Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a turn-based strategy game in which you emerge from the cosmic dark age, created by the fall of a galactic empire, to craft a new future for your people. You’ll need to develop new technologies for your colonists to thrive on these hostile worlds, for you are not alone here. Other survivors will compete with you to rebuild the Star Union in their own way, and you will need both a carefully crafted arsenal and a firm... Read more: Age of Wonders: Planetfall Brings Tactical Turn-Based Strategy to Xbox One in 2019

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Build Your Deck of Cards and Crush Your Enemies in Monster Slayers, Available Now on Xbox One

I’m Sim Yih Chun, also known as Nerdook. I spent eight years making web-based games on weekends while working as an electrical engineer, then transitioned into full-time game development. Monster Slayers is my latest game and it combines two of my favorite genres: dungeon crawls and deck-building card games. Unlike card games such as Magic: The Gathering, where selecting the cards that go into your deck happen before the game even begins, deck-building card games usually start you off with a simple starting deck, and as you play, you add more powerful cards to your deck, upgrade your existing cards, or even delete weaker cards to make your deck thinner and increase the odds of... Read more: Build Your Deck of Cards and Crush Your Enemies in Monster Slayers, Available Now on Xbox One

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition Available Now via Xbox Game Preview

If we’ve been doing our jobs correctly, you’ll have seen that Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition has been released in Xbox Game Preview with a fancy new artwork sitting pretty on the Microsoft Store. But what does this mean for you, new-comer of Divinity? Well, firstly, this means that you can play it. Not only can you play it, but you can play it for free. Because we think you’ll like it, we’ve given you three hours of the game so that you can try it, and you can tell us what you think! If you choose to buy it (thanks, that’s awesome!) your save games will carry across to the complete Act 1 experience during Xbox Game Preview, and then into the full game upon... Read more: Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition Available Now via Xbox Game Preview

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for May 22 – 25

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. This coming week we can return to Lordran in Dark Souls Remastered, stay caffeinated with Super Hyperactive Ninja, and enjoy some zombie survival terror in the console exclusive State of Decay 2 — and these are just a few of the excellent games coming soon to Xbox One! Read more below and click on each of the profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to... Read more: Next Week on Xbox: New Games for May 22 – 25

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Boss 101 Available Now on Xbox One

An event four years in the making has finally arrived and we are unbelievably happy to bring Boss 101 to Xbox One. When we started Boss 101 our goal was to make a game about two friends going on an epic adventure. One of the first additions was the Make-A-Boss generator where you create your own enemies to fight. From there it wasn’t long till we had tons of weapons, player upgrades, a campaign and millions of boss combinations for you to battle. We didn’t stop there and worked hard to bring it together with a story both compelling and interesting. The Command Center (your main base) was turned into a home for not just you but your friends, Berl, Rob, and the Professor. We added... Read more: Boss 101 Available Now on Xbox One

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Toying with Disney Magic in the Big, Beautiful Kingdom Hearts III

Grab your keyblade, wake up Goofy, and prepare to smack a Heartless with a rollercoaster: Kingdom Hearts III is almost here. Kingdom Hearts III will be the first franchise entry to appear on an Xbox platform, and it’s clear that this is a game for both new and old fans alike. With evolved gameplay punctuated by exhilarating attacks modeled after Disney attractions and characters, Kingdom Hearts III is shaping up to be an action-packed ride for everyone. Action was exactly what we found during a recent hands-on demo touching on two of Kingdom Hearts III’s many worlds: the craggy mountains of Olympus from the 1997 “Hercules” film and a trip to Andy’s Toybox from Pixar’s... Read more: Toying with Disney Magic in the Big, Beautiful Kingdom Hearts III

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This Week on Xbox: May 18, 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! Accessible Gaming with the Xbox Adaptive Controller At Microsoft, we believe in empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our CEO, Satya Nadella, has spoken about how essential it is that we push the boundaries of... Read more: This Week on Xbox: May 18, 2018

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Help Make Xbox More Accessible with New Idea Drive

Following the introduction of the Xbox Adaptive Controller and in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the Xbox Insider Team wants to hear from you about how Xbox can create even more inclusive products and services. Towards that goal, we’ll be running an Idea Drive on the new Xbox Ideas site dedicated to ease of access across Xbox. Our hope is that the user-supported voting and ability to submit your suggestions through Xbox Ideas will allow for greater collaboration between Team Xbox and the community. We’re doubling down on the commitment to building a more inclusive Xbox, and it’s our hope that you’re just as excited to participate. We’ll be running this Idea Drive... Read more: Help Make Xbox More Accessible with New Idea Drive

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Sea of Thieves and Xbox One X Mark the Spot with Chips Ahoy!

This Summer, Xbox and Chips Ahoy! are teaming up to offer exclusive Sea of Thieves in-game items along with access to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold with the purchase of specially marked Sea of Thieves packages of Chips Ahoy! cookies. These exclusive in-game items provide everything you need to plot a course, dig up treasure and bail out the lower decks if attacked along the way! And just to make sure you can put these new items to good use, each pack includes free 5-day access to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold, giving immediate access to Sea of Thieves which is included with Xbox Game Pass along with access to over hundred other great titles. These codes are stackable up to 30... Read more: Sea of Thieves and Xbox One X Mark the Spot with Chips Ahoy!

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Caleb McLaughlin Puts His Skills to the Test During Xbox Game Pass Challenge

Today, we’re excited to announce that Xbox is partnering with Caleb McLaughlin, also known as Lucas Sinclair on Netflix’s "Stranger Things," for our second-ever Xbox Game Pass Challenge. Last month, Usain Bolt kicked off the first challenge and we’re looking forward to seeing Caleb bring his A-game and watching him as one of the few people in the world to take on Usain in gaming! On May 20 at 3:00 p.m. PT, fans can check out how Caleb’s supernatural sensibilities stand up as he competes in challenges throughout the Xbox Game Pass library. At only 16 years old, Caleb is no stranger to the gaming world. This past November, he joined us in New York for the launch of the Xbox One X... Read more: Caleb McLaughlin Puts His Skills to the Test During Xbox Game Pass Challenge

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State of Decay 2 Early Access Starts Today

Today, fans who purchase State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition will get a head start to surviving the apocalypse before the May 22 global launch with early access on Xbox One and Windows 10. In addition to four-day early access, State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition includes two add-on packs: Independence Pack and Daybreak Pack (available at a later release date) on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. The Independence Pack will let you celebrate independence with new vehicles, weapons and gear that have been modified to give you patriotic new ways to mow down zombies; while the Daybreak Pack lets you take the fight to the zombies in an all-new game mode that introduces a new map with new siege... Read more: State of Decay 2 Early Access Starts Today

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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Revealed, Coming to Xbox One October 12

Earlier today at a community event, Activision and Treyarch pulled back the curtain on Call of Duty Black Ops 4, the latest and most gaming changing entry in the Call of Duty franchise where they showcased a wide variety of multiplayer features, an expanded zombie campaign, as well as the first details on a new battle royale mode. One of the biggest reveals was the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 won’t have a traditional single-player campaign. Instead, Black Ops 4’s narrative experience will be told through each of the unique Specialists you can play as, each with their own unique toolset to bring to the battlefield -- like the medical specialist Crash who can heal and resupply teammates... Read more: Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Revealed, Coming to Xbox One October 12

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Inside Xbox Episode 3 News Recap

Earlier today Inside Xbox Episode 3 aired, continuing to pull back the curtain on Team Xbox to celebrate our games, features, and fans. This episode was full of a variety of projects Xbox is working on, like new content coming soon to Sea of Thieves and updates to The Master Chief Collection, as well as the official reveal of a specially designed controller allowing more gamers to enjoy video games despite any restrictions they may have. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest news coming out of this month’s episode of Inside Xbox. First Look at Sea of Thieves: The Hungering Deep Sea of Thieves hit the open water just two short months ago, starting... Read more: Inside Xbox Episode 3 News Recap

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The Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Are Coming Together

This summer, two of Xbox’s largest gaming franchises are coming together as the Halo Championship Series and Gears Pro Circuit unite for a unique esports event in New Orleans. Working with Major League Gaming (MLG), The Coalition and 343 Industries will host simultaneous standalone tournaments at the New Orleans Convention Center from July 13th-15th. The event will feature hundreds of players, two main stages, multiple feature stations and two open bracket areas for what’s sure to be a historic spectacle. Fans of both franchises will witness non-stop action and high-quality gameplay all weekend. Gears Esports Pro Circuit “Gears of War 4” players will compete for a $250,000... Read more: The Gears Pro Circuit and Halo Championship Series Are Coming Together

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Introducing Halo: Fireteam Raven

For some gamers, their fondest and earliest memories are of long hours and countless quarters spent in a local arcade blasting through their favorite adventures. And for Halo fans, some of their best memories are of uncovering the secrets of an enigmatic ringworld and battling the twin threats of the Covenant and the Flood during their initial foray into Halo: Combat Evolved. Today, we’re excited to combine these two cherished memories into one brand-new unforgettable experience. Enter Halo: Fireteam Raven, a cooperative arcade sci-fi shooting game from arcade legends Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix in a unique partnership with 343 Industries. Set in the timeframe of Halo: Combat... Read more: Introducing Halo: Fireteam Raven

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