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Xbox Game Pass: Mortal Kombat X, Ashen, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and More This December

Hello, Xbox Game Pass members! It’s been, what... a whole 24 hours since we announced new games coming to Xbox Game Pass? Time to drop a few more for December. We’re here to share the factual facts about factual games coming, in fact, to Xbox Game Pass with facts. You already know that there are over one hundred great games at your fingertips... but wait, there's more! Here is how to get the most out of your Xbox Game Pass membership this month (that isn’t just a shameless plug to go follow our Twitter and Instagram and ask you to share your favorite cat gifs with us): Warn everyone in the house you might randomly yell, “Finish him!” when playing Mortal Kombat X Caution... Read more: Xbox Game Pass: Mortal Kombat X, Ashen, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and More This December

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Details on Vigor 0.7 Update: Breach

In the previous update to the post-war shoot 'n' loot game Vigor, the team focused on technical improvements, significant looting and crafting reworks, and the addition of the possibility to play with a friend. Building upon the fundamentals, the new update "Breach" -- availble now on Xbox One -- lets us bring some interesting gameplay additions to showcase the intended path for future development of the game. Breach the Barricades The core of encounters, or matches, in Vigor is looting, surviving, and optionally trying to get the most valuable reward: the airdrop. In the future, we want to bring more variety to the formula, to which we take the first steps in the "Breach" update.... Read more: Details on Vigor 0.7 Update: Breach

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This Week on Xbox: December 7, 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! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox! Xbox Game Pass: Mortal Kombat X, Ashen, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and More This December Hello, Xbox Game Pass members! It’s been, what... a whole 24 hours since we announced new games coming to Xbox Game Pass? Time to drop a few more for December. We’re here to share the factual facts about factual games coming... Read... Read more: This Week on Xbox: December 7, 2018

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 11 to 14

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 11 to 14

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Behind the Doors of Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek, Available Now on Xbox One

In Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek we wanted to explore the story of events that lead up directly to the original game. I know all of you had questions on what exactly happened, and why the Neighbor is the way he is. This is a very dramatic prequel, and some of you may need to take a moment to digest what happens here. I won't spoil anything, that is up to you to experience. So let's talk about the game. It's a story of two kids -- the Neighbor's kids. They have their favorite game - Hide and Seek. They constantly play around the house. And being a Hello Neighbor game, it dives deep into the imagination of children. From a real-world perspective, they're just playing a game. From the... Read more: Behind the Doors of Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek, Available Now on Xbox One

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Far Cry: New Dawn Transforms A Familiar Far Cry World

Those who played Ubisoft's Far Cry 5 to completion know it concluded with a Hope County-consuming mushroom cloud and a vindicated cult leader. While Project at Eden's Gate's Joseph Seed was right about the End of Days, the prophesying “Father” couldn't predict what would come next for the rural Montana county and its inhabitants. Thankfully, Far Cry: New Dawn is eager to answers those questions. Serving as both a sequel and standalone adventure, New Dawn picks up 17 years after Far Cry 5's shocking final act. In the nearly twenty years since the bombs dropped, Hope County has not only survived the harsh nuclear winter, but has begun to bloom again. As such, the game doesn't feature... Read more: Far Cry: New Dawn Transforms A Familiar Far Cry World

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Experience the Wild Open World of Rage 2 with a New Trailer

It’s not enough for us to just tell you how crazy the world of Rage 2 is. That’s something you need to see to believe – and we’ve got something new for you that’ll surely turn you into a believer, ahead of the game’s launch on Xbox One on May 14, 2019. From the towering rock formations and Old World remnants of the Torn Plains, to the boggy swamplands and rusted junkyards of the Sekreto Wetlands, the post-post-apocalyptic world of Rage 2 is a living, breathing, murderous entity. The survivors who haven’t turned to lives of crime are just doing whatever they can to scrape by and rebuild society. The team has created a world that captures this spirit of rebirth. Of... Read more: Experience the Wild Open World of Rage 2 with a New Trailer

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It’s Time to Eradicate Demons in Devil May Cry 5, Demo Out Now Exclusively on Xbox One

We aren’t exaggerating when we say Devil May Cry 5 is one of the most over-the-top action experiences of this generation. You don’t have to take our word for it, you can play the demo right now only on Xbox One! The Devil May Cry series is the undisputed pioneer of the Stylish Action genre and this latest installment is no exception. Game director (and insane genius) Hideaki Itsuno and his team of passionate developers at Capcom have delivered on an unmissable, eye-popping graphical spectacle of swords, guns, detachable arms that sometimes shoot lasers, and demonic guts splattering everywhere… and that’s before you even hit the first boss fight! Add in a sassy, smack-talking... Read more: It’s Time to Eradicate Demons in Devil May Cry 5, Demo Out Now Exclusively on Xbox One

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Kicking off ID@Xbox’s Winter of Arcade with Ashen, Below, and More!

More than a decade ago, the Xbox team introduced Xbox Live Summer of Arcade to showcase a series of incredibly independent games on Xbox 360 like Braid, Castle Crashers, LIMBO, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and more throughout the entire season. Summer of Arcade was an early precursor to the ID@Xbox program with a goal of introducing independent games and developers to Xbox players. ID@Xbox has been on an incredible ride ever since, as we’ve helped developers bring more than 1,000 independent titles to Xbox fans. Today, we’re excited to re-launch one of our favorite promos of the past with a new twist for ID@Xbox – Winter of Arcade! To help celebrate the nine rad games we’re... Read more: Kicking off ID@Xbox’s Winter of Arcade with Ashen, Below, and More!

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The World of Ashen Comes to Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass December 7

The wait is over! The dark world of Ashen will finally see the light and launch on Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass on December 7… and what a journey it’s been to get here! To celebrate the upcoming launch of Ashen, the ID@Xbox team recently visited our studios in Wellington, New Zealand to find out more about our open-world, action RPG that Xbox gamers around the globe will soon experience. We’re excited to share a snapshot of that visit here, and a preview of Ashen as we get ready to welcome players to a mystical world to discover, defend, and share with each other. Thrown into a world of darkness, Ashen follows the story of a fantasy world with no light, that is suddenly reborn... Read more: The World of Ashen Comes to Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass December 7

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Fortune Island Arrives in Forza Horizon 4 on December 13

Treasure, adventure, and epic driving action awaits you on Fortune Island, the first expansion for the critically acclaimed open world racing game Forza Horizon 4, developed by Playground Games. Fortune Island launches on December 13 for $19.99 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC and is included for players who own the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition, Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle, or Expansion Bundle. In addition, Xbox Game Pass subscribers are eligible for 10% off a standalone purchase of Fortune Island or 10% off each bundle. Travel to Fortune Island and experience the most treacherous expansion ever seen in the Forza Horizon series. Fortune Island is full of extreme terrain just begging to be... Read more: Fortune Island Arrives in Forza Horizon 4 on December 13

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Darksiders Returns to Xbox with Fury, Death, and War Like Never Before

The Darksiders franchise made its debut on Xbox 360 back in 2010. At the time, the first horsemen of the Apocalypse, War, quickly became a favorite among hack-n-slash, action-adventure fans for his larger-than-life design, weaponry and in-game battles. His brother Death set himself apart in much the same manner in its sequel, Darksiders II, a couple years later. Earlier this year we introduced fans to the third Horseman of the Apocalypse – Fury – in the long-anticipated Darksiders III for Xbox One. As a mage, Fury sets herself apart from her brothers in many different ways but the team and I decided the best way to do the entire franchise justice was to have her brothers join her on... Read more: Darksiders Returns to Xbox with Fury, Death, and War Like Never Before

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Author Meagan Marie on Her New Book Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play

This week, a new book profiling some of the most high-profile women in gaming was released. Written by Crystal Dynamics’ Senior Community and Social Media Manager Meagan Marie, “Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play” looks at the major accomplishments of women in games since the industry began, and includes tips from industry professionals and short essays that affect women in gaming-related careers. We had the chance to chat with Meagan about the book, touching on everything from her inspirations to some of her favorite stories in the book. She even agreed to share her Editor’s Note from the book, which you can read below! How did this book come about? What was your... Read more: Author Meagan Marie on Her New Book Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play

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Take to the Skies in Fortnite Season 7 on Xbox One

Season 7 has arrived with the smash of a mysterious iceberg! Winter has brought many changes to the Fortnite map for you to explore. Ziplines are a new way to help you travel to and from high terrain. For you chill and thrill seekers, the new Frosty Flights location and Expedition outposts are outfitted with the new Stormwing planes so you can take to the skies. There are tons of new areas to venture to and secrets to uncover, so stay frosty. A new season also means a brand-new Battle Pass. Over 100 new exclusive rewards are ready for you to unlock, and it still costs the same 950 V-bucks. This season, you get the Zenith and Lynx progressive outfits instantly when you purchase the Battle... Read more: Take to the Skies in Fortnite Season 7 on Xbox One

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Family Settings on Xbox Provide Fun, Positive Gaming; New Tools for Cross-Play Now Available

Here at Xbox, we see technology as an advantage for families today. It can be a positive force in the home and classroom, in personal growth, and in helping families and friends spend quality time together. We also know that it’s important that children learn how to build a healthy relationship with technology. We’re committed to making gaming a positive and inclusive form of entertainment, and with that goal in mind, family settings on Xbox ensures that gaming can be a rewarding experience for every member of the family. Over the years, we have continued to innovate family settings on Xbox to be as unique as families are today and support their needs. So how can parents take... Read more: Family Settings on Xbox Provide Fun, Positive Gaming; New Tools for Cross-Play Now Available

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Embrace the Power of the Posterior in Brief Battles

Get ready to fight your friends in underwear-fueled battles on Xbox One in our upcoming butt-em-up party game, Brief Battles! If you’ve heard of Brief Battles before, that might be because it was announced for Xbox One just over a year ago, with plans to have our cheeky party game out in the wild around about now. Instead, we let this undies-laden game brew a little longer for the better! New to the title? Here are the bare basics to get you acquainted: Brief Battles is a party game with a cheeky twist: It's all about the undies. Pick an Underwearrior and slam into hilarious battles with nothing but your buns to squish anyone in your sights. Grab super-powered undies to gain an... Read more: Embrace the Power of the Posterior in Brief Battles

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Play The Elder Scrolls Online Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live Gold members can play The Elder Scrolls Online and experience Tamriel like never before during our Free Play Event! Get ready to experience an ever-expanding story in a persistent Elder Scrolls world. The Elder Scrolls Online Free Play Event will begin on Thursday, December 6 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and will run until Wednesday, December 12 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. During this period, you can join millions of other adventurers in exploring Tamriel free on Xbox One, with no strings attached. During the Free Play Event, you’ll also have access to the Morrowind DLC and visit the isle of Vvardenfell, the mysterious home of Tamriel’s Dark Elves, to help the demi-god Vivec restore his... Read more: Play The Elder Scrolls Online Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

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Introducing Spotify’s New and Improved Experience on Xbox One

With Spotify, it’s easy to find the right music for every moment, whether you’re working out, partying, or gaming. Gamers know the importance of having the perfect soundtrack to match what they’re playing - everything from the most elusive psychedelic trance for unlocking that new realm, to high-paced hip-hop for battling the horde, and classic anthems reserved for ultimately taking that final victory. Today, we’re excited to announce that listening to your favorite songs, playlists, and artists while you play on Xbox One just got a lot better. Spotify is introducing an improved experience making it easier to find the perfect soundtrack, including recommended music based on... Read more: Introducing Spotify’s New and Improved Experience on Xbox One

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Take Your Sims on a Vacation in Outdoor Retreat and Jungle Adventure Expansions

Your Sims – they’re just like us. They pay bills, work long hours, take care of their families, and take out the trash. And, especially at this time of year, they could really use a vacation. Luckily, The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat and The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure arrive on Xbox One today! Below are some foolproof ways to help your Sims relax with each new pack. Outdoor Retreat Granite Falls is home to some lovely vacation rental homes. But if your Sims are ready for the great outdoors, they can set up camp near a waterfall! Ahh, the soothing sounds of naturally (digitally) occurring beauty. One of the perks of this pack is gazing at the stars. Whether with friends or on a date, this... Read more: Take Your Sims on a Vacation in Outdoor Retreat and Jungle Adventure Expansions

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Let Loose with the ID@Xbox Party Time Sale

December, the month that brings the family together for gift giving, delicious dinners, and... intense gaming! From bomb diffusion to cooking, trivia to goofy world building, we have something for everyone. From now through December 10 you can save up to 70% on 50 great games in the ID@Xbox Party Time Sale. Grab a few friends and get ready to laugh, scream and dance your way through the holidays with some of these favorites. The Jackbox Party Pack 4 (30% off) One of the quintessential Xbox One party games, The Jackbox Party Pack 4 is a must-have title for every host. This pack features the blanking fun sequel Fibbage 3 and its new game mode, Fibbage: Enough About You; the web-based... Read more: Let Loose with the ID@Xbox Party Time Sale