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This Week on Xbox: August 16, 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! The ID@Xbox Open House Returns on August 29 We’re calibrating our TVs and charging our controllers as we get ready to host you at our home in Redmond, Washington for an afternoon of games (lots), fun (also lots) and much, much more for our sixth... Read more: This Week on Xbox: August 16, 2019

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Sweepstakes

Ahead of the September 6 launch of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Game Pass and The Coalition have teamed up to give you the chance to win the Ultimate Gears Fan giveaway. We are sending one lucky winner to visit The Coalition in Vancouver, BC to meet with the development team behind Gears 5, including Studio Head Rod Fergusson, and join them for hands-on Gears 5 gameplay. The grand prize winner will also receive Gears-themed goodies, including a Collector’s Edition Jack Drone, Chips Ahoy cookies, Rockstar Energy Drinks and the Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited-Edition bundle (1TB). This unique console design features the Gears Omen immersed in ice and snow and... Read more: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Gears Fan Sweepstakes

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 19 to 23

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 August 19 to 23

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Train Sim World 2020 Arrives Today on Xbox One

Winning is a slippery concept, something seen everywhere in today’s gaming culture. Gone are the days when everything was about getting the fastest time or the highest accuracy; to any one of us winning could mean something different - collecting all the achievements, perfecting a flawless run or something as personal building a castle in Minecraft that you think is beautiful. For Train Sim World, winning is about accuracy and control, not speed – which makes it far more challenging than a simple race. Train Sim World has always had a scoring system but for the Train Sim World 2020 update we wanted a system that reflects the demands on real rail drivers and engineers while also... Read more: Train Sim World 2020 Arrives Today on Xbox One

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Demon Pit is a Savage Arena Shooter and Homage to Classic FPS Games of the 90s

Demon Pit is a fast-paced FPS arena shooter, inspired by the genre classics of the 1990s. The gameplay design work and graphics were done by Paul Conway, and I (Sam Redfern) did all the programming. Although we’ve been friends for several years, due to the vibrant local developer community here in Galway, Ireland, and although we have both been developing games for 15+ years, we haven’t previously worked together. Demon Pit was initially prototyped during a Game Jam in late 2017. The first iteration was called Night of the Pumpkins, with evil pumpkins chasing the player in lieu of hellspawn, due to the game jam’s “Nature’s Revenge” theme. It was a janky demo with only two... Read more: Demon Pit is a Savage Arena Shooter and Homage to Classic FPS Games of the 90s

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Free Play Days: Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions

Puzzled on what to play this weekend? Don’t worry, we got you covered! Through this weekend, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions for free. Immerse yourself in an open-world, fast-paced MMORPG or challenge friends, family, and online players to fun and fast-paced puzzle action. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, August 15 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, August 18 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. 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 following games are also currently available for purchase at a discount so you can... Read more: Free Play Days: Black Desert and Puyo Puyo Champions

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Go Beyond with the Biggest Free Update Yet to No Man’s Sky on Xbox One

Hello! Today, we’re pleased to reveal what we’ve been working on for the past 12 months. The latest update for No Man’s Sky, Beyond, is out now for all No Man’s Sky Xbox One owners to download for free. This is the biggest update yet, bringing together a whole host of new features. Some of them are things that you, the Xbox One No Man’s Sky community, have been eagerly requesting, and some of them will be a surprise to even the most dedicated explorers. With the Xbox One launch in 2018, and the Next update, No Man’s Sky took a dramatic leap forward in terms of realising the original vision for the game: a beautiful procedurally-generated open-world universe which... Read more: Go Beyond with the Biggest Free Update Yet to No Man’s Sky on Xbox One

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gamescom 2019 Kicks off with an All-New Inside Xbox

Live from the world’s largest gaming convention in Cologne, Germany, Inside Xbox returns on Monday, August 19, at 5 p.m. CEST / 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT. With the release of Gears 5 less than a month away, Inside Xbox will unveil the game’s Horde Mode! We’ll also premiere nearly a dozen never-before-seen trailers and have big news and reveals on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Wasteland 3, Empire of Sin, Greedfall, The Surge 2, Vigor, Metro Exodus, Blair Witch, Xbox Game Pass, X019, new accessories, and much, much more. Watch live next Monday on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, or check out highlights and the full show on-demand after it... Read more: gamescom 2019 Kicks off with an All-New Inside Xbox

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5 Developer Tips for Playing PC Building Simulator Like a Pro

Here at The Irregular Corporation we’re super excited to be launching PC Building Simulator on Xbox One today. After two years of community supported development we’re pretty handy with the thermal paste, and today we’re going to pass along five of our top tips to help our new players get the most from the game. But first, a quick intro for the uninitiated. PC Building Simulator is a game about building and repairing PCs that features real world parts from over 40 manufacturers. There are two ways to play – Career Mode, where you run a PC repair business on behalf of your Uncle Tim who has mysteriously skipped town, and Free Build Mode where you can access all the game’s parts... Read more: 5 Developer Tips for Playing PC Building Simulator Like a Pro

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Overwatch Introduces New Ways to Group Up and Fight for the Future on Xbox One

Exciting updates are coming to the world of Overwatch, giving players new ways to jump into the epic team-based shooter. This month the thirty-first hero, Sigma, joins the lineup and a new Role Queue system goes in to effect, evolving the way players group up to claim victory. Introducing Sigma, a volatile tank with the power to control gravity What happens when a brilliant astrophysicist gains the power to control gravity in an orbital experiment gone wrong? You get Overwatch’s thirty-first hero, Sigma. Dr. Siebren de Kuiper's life changed forever after he attempted to harness the power of gravity, ultimately turning himself into a puppet that is manipulated by the international... Read more: Overwatch Introduces New Ways to Group Up and Fight for the Future on Xbox One

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The Buskers Behind Genesis Noir

Genesis Noir is an adventure game that takes place before, during, and after the Big Bang. A cosmic gunshot expands towards the heart of a god and you must explore the universe, seeking clues on how creation might be undone. The Big Bang has been getting ever larger and we’re excited to announce that it will expand all the way to Xbox One! We’re a tiny studio comprised of two dudes in New York, a handful of freelance pals, and some great musicians in London who’ve dreamed of exploring strange worlds and sharing them with others. I think seeing how far we’ve come, it’d be nice to take a moment and share some experiences that started us on the path to creating this noir... Read more: The Buskers Behind Genesis Noir

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Stellaris: Console Edition Gets First Major Expansion, Utopia, Today!

Earlier this year, we published Stellaris: Console Edition on Xbox One, making it the first grand strategy game meant to be played on controllers! The celebrated sci-fi game has a dedicated following on PC and we wanted to share the same opportunity to explore a galaxy full of wonders to Xbox One players. We are so happy with the positive response from the community. As Paradox fans will know, we’re known for our continuous support for our games with DLC. We released Planetoids, Leviathans and multiplayer capabilities (with the ability to continue in single player-mode) to name a few. Now, with the launch of Utopia, Stellaris: Console Edition players can get in on the biggest expansion... Read more: Stellaris: Console Edition Gets First Major Expansion, Utopia, Today!

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World of Warships: Legends Enters a New Chapter Featuring the Battleship Tirpitz

World of Warships: Legends continues to make waves with a new update that marks its full release and graduation from Xbox Game Preview on Xbox One. With a massive storm of new content in the form of German cruisers and destroyers, while the battleships of Germany are now available through to those who play through the “Hunt for Tirpitz” campaign. World of Warships: Legends places the Tirpitz at tier VII, the highest available tier in the game. She is also the only torpedo-equipped battleship at this tier, like the Gneisenau -- her tier VI German peer that becomes available in this update. During the Tirpitz campaign, players can gain various articles of naval equipment to... Read more: World of Warships: Legends Enters a New Chapter Featuring the Battleship Tirpitz

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This Week on Xbox: August 9, 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! The Story Behind Duo’s Family Friendly Party Game: Must Dash Amigos “We should make a game together” - that’s what myself and Ant would say to each other on an almost weekly basis when we met in 2011, but we never did. In 2015 we finally bit... Read more: This Week on Xbox: August 9, 2019

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Metal Wolf Chaos XD Available Now on Xbox One

Since its original release in 2004, Metal Wolf Chaos has been a bit of a legend or peculiarity in FromSoftware’s stories history. While it was genuinely an attempt to appeal to gamers outside of Japan with a more arcade-style experience mech game, in a cruel twist of fate the game was never released outside of FromSoftware’s home nation of Japan. And so, a legend was born and grew from there. When it came time to bring the game to a whole new generation of FromSoftware fans and gamers in general that never had a chance to play the original, it was important to do it right. The game itself is a joy to play with arcade style combat and larger than life setpieces so we wanted to... Read more: Metal Wolf Chaos XD Available Now on Xbox One

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for August 13 to August 16

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 August 13 to August 16

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The Story Behind Duo’s Family Friendly Party Game: Must Dash Amigos

“We should make a game together” - that’s what myself and Ant would say to each other on an almost weekly basis when we met in 2011, but we never did. In 2015 we finally bit the bullet, entering a game jam with no real coding skills between us, armed with a silly idea and a lot of passion. This is how Must Dash Amigos - a loco-multiplayer battle racer packed with puns and piñatas - was born! This article is a small insight into our game development journey. Ant: Hey! I’m Ant, co-founder of miniBeast Games and the Artist for Must Dash Amigos. Ben: And as you could have probably guessed from the intro I’m Ben, the other half of miniBeast Games, and programmer for the... Read more: The Story Behind Duo’s Family Friendly Party Game: Must Dash Amigos

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A Whole New Saga of Survival in Ark: Genesis on Xbox One

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is, “What’s next for Ark?” Approaching five years in development, Ark has grown far more than we had ever imagined, and it is clear the appeal of big, crazy new worlds filled with dinosaurs and fantastical creatures to tame and ride with your friends never really dies. Thanks to Ark’s passionate community and a love for new content that fits its mold, what were once straightforward plans have become so much more. Through in-game events, free DLC maps, and continued game updates, we’re also polishing, addressing player feedback and fixing issues to make it a better game for everyone. Ark: Extinction was supposed to be the end... Read more: A Whole New Saga of Survival in Ark: Genesis on Xbox One

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Xbox Live Gold Free Play Days: Vigor

Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Vigor for free on Xbox One during Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days! Experience an excellent opportunity to face the harsh-yet-beautiful backdrop of post-war Norway. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, August 8 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, August 11 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. With the recent release of the massive 0.9 Update: Aid, there has never been a better time to jump into Vigor and start building your Shelter amid a fallen society. The latest update improved the overall shooting experience and movement and brought additions like weapons skins, story challenges, daily challenges, achievements, gestures,... Read more: Xbox Live Gold Free Play Days: Vigor

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Children of Morta: Designing a Game with a Family at its Core

Children of Morta, an upcoming story-driven action RPG coming to Xbox One on October 15, tells a story of a family struggle and uses its main theme as a foothold in the design process. In the initial design stage, we decided to stick to the rogue-lite genre because of high replay value that it offers to players. But we quickly realized that we also wanted to tell rich stories and those are not very common in this genre. We were fatigued by standard fantasy tropes about brave warriors and overpowered wizards, so we figured out the tale of a family would be compelling and original. After all - whole families, that serve as heroes, are a real rarity in games. Children of Morta is set... Read more: Children of Morta: Designing a Game with a Family at its Core

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Build Extraordinary Empires Today in Age of Wonders: Planetfall on Xbox One

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is now available! To prepare you for in-depth empire building in the new, sci-fi setting, we’re revealing intel on how to conquer your foes and build a future for your people. First comes first - choosing your faction. You’ll pick from six unique choices - from the militant Vanguard, the dinosaur-riding Amazons, to the cyborg-zombies of the Assembly. Be sure to consider their secret technologies too, including human-computer symbiosis, developing new mental abilities, cybernetics, and fusion with alien parasites. This world is your playground, and if you want to ride into battle on genetically-modified dinosaurs with lasers against cyber zombies - that’s... Read more: Build Extraordinary Empires Today in Age of Wonders: Planetfall on Xbox One