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A Parent’s Guide: The Best Xbox Game Pass Titles to Play With Your Kids this Summer

School’s out for summer! That’s a refrain that your kids likely will be singing for a couple of days, right before they launch into “We’re bored!” or “It’s too hot to go outside!” Trust us, we get it: you’ve got them signed up for summer camps and fun activities galore, but there comes a time when you just need to let them enjoy some quality gaming time at home. Well, we here at Xbox have got you covered thanks to Xbox Game Pass. You may already know that Xbox Game Pass features over 100 great games for the, low price of $9.99  a month, but did you know that over 75 of those games are rated E or E10+? As a public service to you, we’ve put together a handy-dandy list of... Read more: A Parent’s Guide: The Best Xbox Game Pass Titles to Play With Your Kids this Summer

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Tune-In Tomorrow to ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood Episode 2

Stemming from Xbox’s partnership with ELEAGUE, the first episode of the six-part docu series focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports aired on TBS last week. This premiere episode introduced a diverse set of Gears of War pro players – Yadiel “Sleepytime” Hildago, Gilbert “Xplosive” Rojo, Victor “Powerz” Mateo, Justin “Kenny” Kenny, Kyle “Kyle” Mason, and Danny “Identivez” Santillana. Each player, connected to each other through past teams, roster changes, and relationships, brings a different angle to the series. Episode 1 focused on Yadiel’s. Through his lens, the Gears Esports scene player and game dynamics were established,... Read more: Tune-In Tomorrow to ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood Episode 2

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Vigor Update 0.9: Aid is Coming in July to Xbox One

Waiting... waiting never changes. After a burst of new information about the upcoming Summer Release, there's been next to no news from our side. Indeed, we prepared a handful of minor updates – including the addition of Random Duos – yet there was nothing major on the horizon. Right now, we are working hard to create the best possible experience for when the game fully releases as a free-to-play title in Summer 2019. Indeed, we know you would like to take a closer look and give it a try as soon as possible – and that's one of the reasons we prepared one last major update before the actual release. So, without further ado, let's see what's in Update 0.9: Aid that is coming in... Read more: Vigor Update 0.9: Aid is Coming in July to Xbox One

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Everything We Announced at the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

Today, Xbox showcased a blockbuster lineup of 60 anticipated games for both console and PC in its Xbox E3 Briefing and shared a glimpse of the future with Project Scarlett, which launches alongside Halo Infinite in 2020. Headlined by the biggest game of 2019, Gears 5, along with over 30 games premiering with Xbox Game Pass, the Xbox E3 Briefing delivered 11 world premieres and a record 14 games from Xbox Game Studios, which will soon include legendary game development studio Double Fine Productions. “It’s great to celebrate with our incredible fans and show how we are delivering against our vision to empower gamers to play the games they want, with the friends they want, wherever... Read more: Everything We Announced at the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

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E3 2019: Lie, Sneak, and Blast Your Way to Success in The Outer Worlds

Thanks to a development history that includes titles like Pillars of Eternity and Neverwinter Nights 2, a new game from Obsidian Entertainment is automatically an event. Specifically, when it looks like it might be a continuation of the designs seen in Obsidian's Fallout New Vegas, which set a high standard for the Fallout series back in 2010. The Outer Worlds, a first-person RPG with a rich vein of dark comedy, developed by Obsidian and published by Private Division looks like the spirit of New Vegas reincarnated into a new body. That’s not meant to make the game sound derivative; rather it looks like exactly the sort of title I’d hope to see from Obsidian. At E3 2019, The Outer... Read more: E3 2019: Lie, Sneak, and Blast Your Way to Success in The Outer Worlds

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A Look at Ghost Face, Dead by Daylight’s Latest Addition is Available Now on Xbox One

Lurking in the shroud of night, Dead by Daylight’s Ghost Face is a natural stalker who likes to study his victims before striking. For this new killer, we decided to have a bit of fun. This time, it’s you that will be playing hide and seek with the survivors. The power of Ghost Face is tied to his habit of observing and studying his prey before attacking. For that, you will need to be sneaky. You’ll be able to crouch and hide your terror radius, you will even be able to peek from behind cover. Then, once you find your target, stalking them for a few seconds will mark them and expose them. That’s when you strike! Ghost Face is also unique for being the first license around... Read more: A Look at Ghost Face, Dead by Daylight’s Latest Addition is Available Now on Xbox One

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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Resident Evil: Revelations, Goat Simulator, and More

Hey, Xbox Game Pass friends! E3 has come to a close and we’re still buzzing here like a kid with a king-sized candy bar. We’ve launched Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta), brought over 100 new games to the Xbox Game Pass library across console and PC, and got called breathtaking by Keanu Reeves. We’re still reeling from that one. There is so much more that went down so here’s the TLDR: At E3, we announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will also include Xbox Game Pass for PC... with no increase in price. So you can get your first month of Ultimate for $1 right now and play over 100 high quality PC games with our new Xbox (Beta) app for Windows 10. Get started here, where you can... Read more: Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Resident Evil: Revelations, Goat Simulator, and More

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Neverwinter: Undermountain Brings Iconic Dungeons & Dragons Campaign to Life

As we were designing an expansion for Neverwinter, we needed a huge space for players to progress to level 80 with a new cap increase. Where better to do so than in the biggest dungeon in the Forgotten Realms? With that idea in mind, Wizards of the Coast’s “Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage” book was our tome of choice for research and reference. By offering 23 different levels in the famed dungeon of Undermountain, this D&D Fifth Edition campaign book gave our team so many choices for location and story content, centered around the Mad Mage – Halster Blackcloak – and his vast creation. It was actually very difficult to select only a few of the levels and monsters covered... Read more: Neverwinter: Undermountain Brings Iconic Dungeons & Dragons Campaign to Life

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Citizens of Space Brings the Future of RPG Gameplay to Xbox One

The Earth is missing and it’s up to you, the Ambassador of Earth, to recruit Citizens from around the galaxy to aid you in your fight to get it back! For the development of Citizens of Space, we wanted to capture the same tone and humor of the previous game in the series, Citizens of Earth, while launching the gameplay of the series into the future to reflect the sci-fi setting of the new game. That’s why it includes a brand-new battle system and a ton of exciting new ways to interact with the huge, colorful, and humorous world. Speaking of battles, even the most charismatic of Ambassadors can’t convince everyone solely with flowering words and diplomatic overtures. When all else... Read more: Citizens of Space Brings the Future of RPG Gameplay to Xbox One

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Play, Watch, and Earn Epic Rewards in the New Overwatch Event, Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge

Group up and dive in to earn epic cosmetic rewards inspired by the newest Overwatch hero. Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge gives you the chance to unlock rewards by racking up wins in Overwatch or tuning in to some of your favorite streamers. During this limited time event, you can earn a player icon, two sprays, and the epic Combat Medic Baptiste skin—in addition to regular weekly rewards! But hurry! The Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge ends on July 1. What You Left Behind When you’re taking a break from playing Overwatch or checking out streams, be sure to spend a little time delving into Baptiste’s war-torn past by reading “What You Left Behind,” a new short story by... Read more: Play, Watch, and Earn Epic Rewards in the New Overwatch Event, Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge

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Pack Your Bags and Get Ready for the ID@Xbox Explore and Discover Sale

Now that school is coming to an end and the dust has settled from E3 it’s the perfect time to go on an adventure! The ID@Xbox team are here to help scratch that exploration itch. We went on a quest through our content to find some of the best adventure games to properly set you off on your journey. From now through June 24 you can save up to 75% on 50 beautiful exploration games in the Explore and Discover sale. Get your digital bag ready because you’re going to want to pack a bunch of these great games! Here’s a sample of what we have on sale. My Time at Portia (20% off) It’s pronounced Port-e-a like the character from “The Merchant of Venice” not the car. Which makes sense... Read more: Pack Your Bags and Get Ready for the ID@Xbox Explore and Discover Sale

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Creating a Sanctuary in Jurassic World Evolution

After the amazing reaction to the first Jurassic World Evolution story expansion - Secrets of Dr Wu – we knew we wanted to do more and give players new ways to experience the game. We knew we wanted to tell more stories, and we knew we wanted to try something new with Jurassic World Evolution’s gameplay. That’s how we decided to bring to life Claire Dearing’s vision of a new home for dinosaurs, and give you a whole new story-driven campaign to explore. In our second major expansion, Jurassic World Evolution: Claire’s Sanctuary, we wanted to shift the focus of the gameplay away from running a commercial park to creating an environment where dinosaurs can truly thrive. Launching... Read more: Creating a Sanctuary in Jurassic World Evolution

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

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E3 2019: Bleeding Edge is Four-on-Four Competitive Brawling Mayhem

Hellblade developers Ninja Theory brought their frantic new team-based brawler, Bleeding Edge, to E3. Bleeding Edge is a MOBA riff, a competitive four-on-four battle with frantic, fast-moving combat and ridiculously huge attack effects. I played a few rounds of Bleeding Edge on the floor of at the Xbox E3 Showcase. Here are all the details. Controlled Chaos My first experience with Bleeding Edge was pure chaos. As two teams experienced the game for the first time, the match was a riot of clashing area attacks, rapid retreats and dashes towards checkpoints, with not enough attention paid to strategy by new players eager to try out all their attack options. All of which is a... Read more: E3 2019: Bleeding Edge is Four-on-Four Competitive Brawling Mayhem

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E3 2019: Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a Dark Franchise Refresh

The silence is unnerving. A four-person squad shuffles up a narrow stair in a North London building. There’s no room to turn around. They move floor to floor in near-total darkness, night vision goggles tinting the scene green. Orders are whispered. Each man’s breathing has a slightly ragged edge, but it’s under control. When a shotgun fires from behind a door it sounds like a cannon. One man is down. Those still standing turn to fire at a man holding a woman like a human shield. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is not a sequel, but a refresh. It cuts loose some of the gameplay concepts that have defined the series for years — no more slow-motion action sequences — and leans in to... Read more: E3 2019: Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a Dark Franchise Refresh

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Spiritfarer Debuts at Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

“Welcome to the big show.” These were the first words I heard when I walked into rehearsals. We were about to announce our studio’s third game, Spiritfarer, on the biggest stage in the world: E3. My name is Will Dubé, and I’m the founder of Thunder Lotus Games. Five years ago, I quit my job to put an indie game on Kickstarter. Today, I’m writing to you from beautiful Los Angeles as we introduce our new game, Spiritfarer, to the world on the biggest stage in gaming. Spiritfarer is a cozy management game about dying. It’s a game about heritage and what you leave behind. It’s about relationships you create and care for, and the bitter-sweetness of saying goodbye.... Read more: Spiritfarer Debuts at Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

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E3 2019: Five News Things We Learned About Cyberpunk 2077

Let’s get this part out of the way first: Cyberpunk 2077 looks even more incredible than the last time we saw it. From its massive open world, branching dialog, and multiple ways to play it’s going to be one of the most talked about games in 2020. After a year of waiting for more details and information, the day is finally here as CD Projekt Red pulled back the curtain with a brand-new demo for E3 2019. In that hour-long, closed-door guided gameplay walkthrough, we learned five new things that helps to give Cyperpunk 2077 an incredible level of depth, immersive world design, and lots of Keanu Reeves. In-depth Character Customization The hands-off demo began with showcasing some... Read more: E3 2019: Five News Things We Learned About Cyberpunk 2077

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Play The Division 2 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

It’s been seven months since the population was ravaged by a devastating disease and the streets of Washington, D.C., are overgrown and bristling with danger. Violent factions vie for territory while survivors desperately defend their makeshift settlements, and it’s up to you and your fellow Agents to tip the scales. This weekend, play The Division 2 for free with Xbox Live Gold, and start your fight to take back the city. The free weekend runs from Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, June 16, and gives you access to the full game, including the lengthy campaign (playable solo or co-op with up to three other players), challenging endgame, and dedicated PvP mode. If you decide to... Read more: Play The Division 2 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

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E3 2019: Light-Hearted Exploration Fuels Journey to the Savage Planet

Would you like to journey to an exotic planet, meet cute little owl-like aliens and... slap them? In Journey to the Savage Planet, the first title from the new Typhoon Studios, you’re an intrepid adventurer in the employ of Kindred Aerospace, which proudly proclaims its ranking as the fourth-best interstellar exploration company for eight years running. That’s your first hint that this voyage might not be the best-advised trip. The intentionally ironic title is something of a misdirect from a gameplay experience that is a bit like No Man’s Sky with jokes. (The color scheme of this game powers at least half of the No Man’s Sky comparison.) This looks like a pleasant trip to outer... Read more: E3 2019: Light-Hearted Exploration Fuels Journey to the Savage Planet

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Free Play Days: Fallout 76, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and LEGO DC Super-Villains

It’s E3 week, which means it’s time for a breathtaking Free Play Days event! Although E3 is winding down, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Through this weekend, Xbox Live Gold members can play Fallout 76, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and LEGO DC Super-Villains. Endure a nuclear wasteland in the largest Fallout world yet or take back and restore Washington, D.C. as a Division agent. But if you prefer to play as the bad guys, become the best villain ever in a DC/LEGO adventure! The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, June 13 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through to Sunday, June 16 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Fallout 76’s Free Play Day event began June 10 and will continue to run... Read more: Free Play Days: Fallout 76, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and LEGO DC Super-Villains

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E3 2019: Tune-In Tomorrow to ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood

Last month, Xbox and ELEAGUE announced the “ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood” – a six-part event series focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports. During our special E3 Edition of Inside Xbox on June 10, we teased the show with a two-minute trailer. If this left you wanting more, you’re in luck! The first episode will debut on TBS tomorrow, Friday, June 14, at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT.   With one-hour long episodes, the series will provide an unprecedented look into the uniquely passionate world of Gears Esports through the lens of six of the most well-known professional players, including Gilbert ‘Xplosive’ Rojo... Read more: E3 2019: Tune-In Tomorrow to ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood