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5 Big Takeaways From the Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal

Mortal Kombat 11 has been revealed! On a rainy Thursday, in an industrial building on the edge of the Koreatown neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon lifted the veil of secrecy from the latest chapter in the long-running fighting game series. The story of Mortal Kombat 11 (we’ll call it MK 11 from here on out) picks up right where the last game left off. Shinnok is defeated, and Raiden has been corrupted into Dark Raiden. More importantly, there are new systems and a character customization adapted from the gear system in Injustice 2. And, naturally, there are hundreds of bone-crunching, blood splattering moves, all visualized with animations that might be the... Read more: 5 Big Takeaways From the Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal

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New Content, New Battles, and New Rewards Are Yours in Battlefield V

Ready to face intense challenges in Battlefield V? Today’s your lucky day, Tides of War Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes has arrived. What is the Tides of War? It’s the grand journey you and your Company of customized soldiers, weapons, and vehicles take through World War II. Each Chapter introduces additional gameplay, improvements, and battlefields – all entirely free for Battlefield V players. Want to find out more? Read on. What You Can Play Now Dive right into weekly events and challenges starting today. They’re a great way to rank up, skill up, and earn rewards. Hit the battlefield regularly to get XP and work towards a unique Chapter rank, then unlock weapons, skins,... Read more: New Content, New Battles, and New Rewards Are Yours in Battlefield V

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Learning to Guac: The Journey to Guacamelee 2, Available Now on Xbox One

¡Hola amigos! This is Augusto Quijano. In case you don’t know anything about me (you probably don’t!) I’ve been working in the games industry since 2009, focusing mainly on concept art/design and animation. I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Canada after high school to pursue a degree in animation. Shortly after graduating, I joined the team at Drinkbox Studios, and pitched the crazy idea of making a game based on luchadores, which ultimately became Guacamelee! Guacamelee! was a labor of love and a big success for us at Drinkbox, and we’ve spent the past couple of years working on a sequel. Guacamelee! 2 is available now on Xbox One, and I thought it’d be fun to look... Read more: Learning to Guac: The Journey to Guacamelee 2, Available Now on Xbox One

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This Week on Xbox: January 18, 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! Tips for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout – Play the Free Trial Now on Xbox One Hello, Xbox fans! The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Free Trial runs from Thursday, January 17 at 10 a.m. through to Thursday, January 24 at 10 a.m. PDT. Xbox... Read more: This Week on Xbox: January 18, 2019

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for January 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. 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 January 22 – 25

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Tips for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout – Play the Free Trial Now on Xbox One

Hello, Xbox fans! The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Free Trial runs from Thursday, January 17 at 10 a.m. through to Thursday, January 24 at 10 a.m. PDT. Xbox Live Gold members can jump in now for free to experience Call of Duty’s fun, fresh take on the battle royale genre. In Blackout, you’ll never have the same experience twice. Each match is its own unique experience, filled with a multitude of decisions, each of which can impact the outcome of the game. Do you wingsuit into the center of the map, or attempt to play the periphery? Do you play aggressively or a bit more tactically? Should you drop in at Firing Range or Array? Are you willing to risk a zombies encounter or no?... Read more: Tips for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout – Play the Free Trial Now on Xbox One

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Get One Month of Xbox Game Pass and Sling TV for $1

Grab your popcorn and settle in because Xbox Game Pass is partnering with Sling TV, to give you one month of all of the games and live and on-demand TV you can handle for $1. New subscribers to both services are eligible for this deal through January 30: buy one month of Xbox Game Pass for $1 and get one month of Sling TV for free. You’ll have over 100 great games to discover and play with your new Xbox Game Pass subscription, and in between all that game play, you’ll have access to over 150 channels and programming content with Sling TV, the number one live over-the-top service.  With Sling TV, you can get the channels you love and the shows you don’t want to miss on your Xbox... Read more: Get One Month of Xbox Game Pass and Sling TV for $1

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Free Play Days: Override: Mech City Brawl, Metro 2033 Redux, and Metro: Last Light Redux

This weekend, Xbox Live Gold members can play Override: Mech City Brawl, Metro 2033 Redux, and Metro: Last Light Redux for free as part of the Free Play Days event. Starting on Thursday, January 17 at 12:01 a.m. PST and running through to Sunday, January 20 at 11:59 p.m. PST, you’ll be able to experience epic mech battles and thrilling post-apocalyptic adventures. Find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard. During the week, the games will also be available at a discount (see below) so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game. Override: Mech City Brawl ($29.99 SRP) at 35%... Read more: Free Play Days: Override: Mech City Brawl, Metro 2033 Redux, and Metro: Last Light Redux

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Sharpen Your Skills in the Jump Force Open Beta on Xbox One

Our world is being attacked! With villains from Shonen Jump manga wreaking havoc on Earth, it’s up to you to defend this place we call home. Luckily, the Jump Force is here to help, made up of heroes from iconic properties and storylines we all know and love, this exciting mashup of characters from epochal manga such as “Naruto,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “One Piece” and more, gives you the ultimate chance to join your favorite heroes and save our world. Each battle will not only allow you to bring out the strengths and signature moves of each character but will also put your skills on forefront of the battlefield. With that, we’re excited to invite you to participate in the... Read more: Sharpen Your Skills in the Jump Force Open Beta on Xbox One

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The 5 Biggest Changes to the Dark Zone in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

The launch of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is nearly upon us, and everything we’ve seen to date says its going to be bigger and better than its predecessor in every way. Set seven months after the first game’s Black Friday event, the seasonal change looks to be one of the most visible differences, as the snowy winter setting has been replaced by a hot, humid, and stormy summer. The locale has changed too, as agents from The Division receive a distress call from Washington DC and move on from New York City. According to the game’s developers at Massive Entertainment and Red Storm Entertainment, The Division 2 will feature a 40ish hour story mode that can be played solo or... Read more: The 5 Biggest Changes to the Dark Zone in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

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Blue Skies are a Good Sign in Metro Exodus

Looking up to a crisp blue sky in a Metro game doesn’t seem quite right. It’s a suspicious new vision in a series known for carving a living out of resolutely detailed, subterranean hell. Metro has been elegant and perfectly dour in digging this hole for humanity, documenting the dwindling hopes of people that somehow persist in Moscow’s crumbling subway network, itself buried like a giant skeleton beneath an irradiated world-that-was. A blue sky in a harrowing game of survival just seems rude at this point, like a pop of festive funeral confetti. After playing a few hours of Metro Exodus, however, I have come to see this blue sky intruder as a confident display of the heights... Read more: Blue Skies are a Good Sign in Metro Exodus

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Smoke and Sacrifice Available Now on Xbox One

Hello, Xbox Wire readers! I’m George Morgan, Product Manager for Curve Digital, and today I’m here to tell you about Smoke and Sacrifice, a narrative-driven RPG that's available now on Xbox One. Smoke and Sacrifice follows the story of Sachi, a mother who due to a tradition lasting many years, is forced to sacrifice her first born son to The Sun Tree, an ancient piece of technology that provides sunlight to the dying wasteland that she and her fellow community live in. When Sachi gets a hint that maybe not everything is as it seems, she sets off on a grand adventure to find the truth where she’s met with friendship, fearsome beasts to slay, a multitude of crafting... Read more: Smoke and Sacrifice Available Now on Xbox One

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Xbox Game Pass: We Happy Few, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, The LEGO Movie Videogame, and More

Hi, Xbox Game Pass friends! Don’t want to freak you out, but we turned around today and suddenly there were even more games sitting on our desk. We’re going to need a bigger desk... and you’re going to need some free time, because there’s so many games on the way. We’re dropping four awesome games in the next two weeks, and you can sign up to get your first month for just $1, so if your crew isn’t already on the Xbox Game Pass hype train, tell them to get on that ASAP. Now let’s get to some details on our latest games: We Happy Few (January 17) – Xbox One X Enhanced A first-person action game set in a retro-futuristic alternate 1960s England. Conformity is key,... Read more: Xbox Game Pass: We Happy Few, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, The LEGO Movie Videogame, and More

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Train Sim World: The Northern Trans-Pennine is Available Now on Xbox One

A whole new world is available now in Train Sim World’s latest route add-on! The Northern Trans-Pennine: Manchester - Leeds route unleashes our players on the hills and mountains that make up the backbone of England in a route filled with new challenges and features. The Route The Northern Trans-Pennine route takes on the mountains directly -  facing the challenge of running through and over them. This will give you a set of unique challenges as you battle steep gradients to bring passengers home on time. We’ve also set this route in the 1980s and gone to great lengths to capture the industrial grease and grime from that era to bring the world to life around you. Many of... Read more: Train Sim World: The Northern Trans-Pennine is Available Now on Xbox One

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Dragons, Elsweyr, and a Year-Long, Epic Adventure are Coming to The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One

The world of Tamriel continues to get bigger and more dangerous with the announcement of The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr and the Season of the Dragon year-long storyline. The third major Chapter release since ESO first launched almost five years ago, Elsweyr takes you into the warm climes of the home of Tamriel’s beloved cat people. This new adventure thrusts you into a deadly conflict between the local Khajiit, brutal Imperial mercenaries, and, flying above them all, merciless Dragons. Elsweyr features an epic story of its own, but it is also part of a massive, continuous adventure called the Season of the Dragon. This year-long story begins with the upcoming Wrathstone DLC dungeon... Read more: Dragons, Elsweyr, and a Year-Long, Epic Adventure are Coming to The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox One

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GDC 2019: Gaming for Everyone Community Events 

GDC 2019 is just a few months away and Xbox is excited to return with a full week of community events for game developers, including the first ever Gaming for Everyone Community Nexus bringing many communities together in one place! All events are free to attend with registration and tickets are available now! Monday, March 20 at the Children’s Creativity Museum  2nd annual Gaming & Disability Community Reception, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.   Tuesday, March 20 at Terra Gallery  19th Annual Women in Gaming Rally, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Gaming for Everyone Community Nexus, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Wednesday, March 21 at 111 Minna Gallery  4th Annual... Read more: GDC 2019: Gaming for Everyone Community Events 

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This Week on Xbox: January 11, 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! Black Desert Arrives on Xbox One March 4, Pre-order Today In Black Desert we want our players to make new homes in a world that we have created, and we’ve been working hard on ensuring that the world feels like a living, breathing experience that... Read more: This Week on Xbox: January 11, 2019

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