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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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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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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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Rock Band DLC Bundles Now Available on Xbox One

Rock Band 4 is a celebration of music and rock and roll culture. The game comes with a top-notch selection of songs you can play, and with the Rivals expansion, you get access to an additional 44 free songs. But for the true music gaming aficionados out there, the real magic of Rock Band comes from the unparalleled DLC catalog; a collection of over 2,000 songs from across the world of music – from the heaviest of metal to top forty hits. Now, for the first time, players can get their hands on new music through 4 special bundles, each designed for a unique audience. Rock Band Hits Amongst the largest bundles we’ve ever assembled, the Rock Band Hits bundle features 25 selections... Read more: Rock Band DLC Bundles Now Available on Xbox One

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Celebrating the Best of the Xbox Community with the New Xbox MVP Site

From the world’s most powerful console with Xbox One X, to the most advanced multiplayer network with Xbox Live, Xbox is one of the best places to play today’s hottest games with a fantastic gaming community. The Xbox MVPs play an important role within the Xbox community, and with the launch of the new website, we’re putting an even brighter spotlight on these amazing gamers. The Xbox MVP award recognizes gamers for doing something extraordinary within the gaming community. From running major charity organizations like Gamers Outreach, to solo efforts working to make gaming more inclusive for everyone, Xbox MVPs hope to be an inspiration to the broader gaming community. Each year,... Read more: Celebrating the Best of the Xbox Community with the New Xbox MVP Site

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for January 15 to 18

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 15 to 18

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3 Tips to Make You a Better Robot in Aftercharge

Hey, Xbox fans! My name’s David, I’m one of the co-founder of Chainsawesome Games as well as the game designer / gameplay programmer on pretty much everything we do. The whole team here is psyched to be releasing Aftercharge to the Xbox community today. Building that game from prototype to full release was an exciting and very experimental two-and-a-half-year journey. In Aftercharge, a team of three invisible robots, called workonics, are pitted against a team of invincible security guards in a cat-and-mouse kind of game. If the robots manage to destroy all energy extractors on the map, they win. If the opposite team shoots them all down, they win. From experience, new players... Read more: 3 Tips to Make You a Better Robot in Aftercharge

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King Arthur Brings Mythical Combat to Smite: Battleground of the Gods

King Arthur is a symbol of destiny, royalty, and leadership. Although the story has been told differently, a few things always stay true. Destined to be king from a young age, he triumphs over any challenges along the way. Creating an era of peace in the Kingdom of Camelot by uniting a war-torn country, he fights alongside his chivalrous knights, leading by example -- the ultimate hero in a world filled with warfare, magic, and dragons.  In Smite: Battleground of the Gods, King Arthur will join the ranks of characters like Thor, Anubis, and Achilles. In a game filled with legendary heroes from all different cultures, King Arthur felt like a natural fit. King Arthur will bring a... Read more: King Arthur Brings Mythical Combat to Smite: Battleground of the Gods

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Hot New Portable Gaming Notebooks Highlight CES 2019

For gamers who want to see a preview of the best hardware and software advances in PC gaming to watch out for in 2019, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a great place to kick off the new year. Microsoft’s device partners were on hand this week showing off innovative notebooks, eye-popping visual styling, and slick in-game features that will provide powerful platforms for our full line of PC games. As CES comes to a close, you can’t help but be in awe of all that was unveiled this week. Three major trends emerged promising a stellar year in gameplay for both casual and hardcore PC gamers: Thinner and lighter gaming laptops with better graphics: Slim, stylish... Read more: Hot New Portable Gaming Notebooks Highlight CES 2019

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Xbox Game Pass: Play the Games You Love and Get Microsoft Rewards Points

Happy New Year, fellow gamers! We’re excited to kick off 2019 with seven exclusive Xbox Game Pass quests! Members can earn up to 2100 Microsoft Rewards points by playing any game from the Xbox Game Pass catalog. It’s easy to rack up points that you can spend towards your membership or DLC for your favorite games -- just play the games you love and watch your rewards grow. How does it work? Head to the Xbox Game Pass membership area on your Xbox One console to check out your quests. Members in the United States who complete their quests will earn Microsoft Rewards points. Xbox Game Pass Quests will be available in additional Rewards markets coming soon. If you are not already a... Read more: Xbox Game Pass: Play the Games You Love and Get Microsoft Rewards Points

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Grab Your Gear: It’s Time for the Artistic Adventure Sale

We made it through the holidays, but our journey has just begun. From now through January 14 you can save up to 75% on 50 beautiful adventure games in the second annual ID@Xbox Artistic Adventure Sale. Dust off your traveling cloak and get ready to power up, score loot, or explore the skies with some of these favorites. Hollow Knight (40% off) Nominated for multiple awards, including Best Debut Indie Game from The Game Awards (2017), Hollow Knight is a beautiful masterpiece. Enjoy this unique twist on an action adventure with insects as the heroes. The city of Dirtmouth is empty and it’s up to you to descend into the depths of Hallownest to find its lost inhabitants. Explore twisting... Read more: Grab Your Gear: It’s Time for the Artistic Adventure Sale

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The Valkyrie Class is Available Now in TERA on Xbox One

Calling all combatants! Starting today, TERA’s already intense action combat is ratcheting up a notch with the release of a new playable class: the valkyrie. The secret protectors of the castanic race, valkyries have emerged from seclusion to protect the Valkyon Federation at its time of greatest need. With their powerful runeglaives, they chop, stab, spin, and slam opponents, while at the same time branding them with explosive Runemarks. Every time one of the valkyrie’s attacks scores a critical hit, it applies a Runemark to the target, and some skills apply 1–3 every time they hit. Once a target has 7, you can use Runeburst to detonate them, damaging all nearby enemies and... Read more: The Valkyrie Class is Available Now in TERA on Xbox One

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Arena Brawler Hyper Jam Coming Soon to Xbox One

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re excited to finally announce that our neon-soaked arena brawler Hyper Jam will launch February 12 on Xbox One. The inspiration for Hyper Jam came from many different sources spanning music, film, art and other games, which have all come together to make the game what it is today. And with its dynamic perk drafting system that makes each match different from the last. An example of this is our perk drafting mechanics, which were inspired by games such as Risk of Rain and Binding of Isaac where you never know how your character will end up at the end of each game, which is an element we wanted to explore within the context of competitive... Read more: Arena Brawler Hyper Jam Coming Soon to Xbox One

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