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Welcome (Back) Aboard – 5 Ways Sea of Thieves has Evolved Since Launch

When's the last time you've teamed up with a few privateering pals and set sail in Sea of Thieves? If you've taken a break from the breakers, you may be surprised at how much more you'll find floating around the game these days. Rare has continually updated Sea of Thieves (over 30 times in less than a year!), including 4 major, game-altering expansions, delivered for free and seamlessly integrated into the game. We're talking new questlines, enemies, and all-important plunder. Here's a quick guide on what's waiting for you in the game: Table for 3 Not traveling in a foursome? No problem - no matter your party size, there's now a vessel for you. Not too big, not too small, the... Read more: Welcome (Back) Aboard – 5 Ways Sea of Thieves has Evolved Since Launch

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Old Man’s Journey: Making a Game about Life, Loss, and Hope

Our latest game Old Man's Journey was born out of two main ideas. We wanted to make a game about wanderlust and we wanted to include the whole spectrum of human emotions into this game. Not only the positive ones like happiness and love -which are very common in games- but also the ones that are seen more negatively and not so often incorporated, like regret and loss. All of them are very important. They make us human and very complex beings in the end. So, we decided to send the players on an emotional trip throughout Old Man's Journey. At first, they will maybe not entirely understand the old man's motivation for taking this on, but it becomes clearer and clearer why it is so... Read more: Old Man’s Journey: Making a Game about Life, Loss, and Hope

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Free Play Days: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and Halo Wars 2

Take command of this weekend’s Free Play Days and put on your real-time strategy hat! Xbox Live Gold members can experience the Halo universe from a unique angle with Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and Halo Wars 2. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, February 21 at 12:01 a.m. PT and runs through to Sunday, February 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT. 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 games are also available at a discount (see below) so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game. Halo Wars: Definitive Edition ($19.99 SRP) at X% off: $10.00 ... Read more: Free Play Days: Halo Wars: Definitive Edition and Halo Wars 2

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Treasure Stack Coming Soon to Xbox One and Cross-Playable on March 1

Hey everyone! Some games are developed with the intent of being online multiplayer experiences from day one. Others reveal themselves as the perfect candidates more gradually. When we began working on Treasure Stack (our first commercial release) 3+ years ago, we intended for it to be a local multiplayer experience similar to games with short, action packed matches like Tetris, Dr. Mario, and Towerfall. Once we realized Treasure Stack was well-suited for quick, ultra competitive online matches, we wanted to push the envelope a bit. That’s when the decision was made to implement cross-play, giving us a better chance of cultivating a vibrant community of long-term players. Online... Read more: Treasure Stack Coming Soon to Xbox One and Cross-Playable on March 1

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Paradox Interactive and Xbox Join Forces to Launch Paradox Mods

We are absolutely thrilled that Paradox Interactive has teamed up with Microsoft to release Paradox Mods on Xbox One! Now, for the first time, PC mod creators have a direct line to showcase and publish their work for Xbox One gamers to enjoy -- making this a momentous day for gamers and modders everywhere. Surviving Mars, our survival strategy simulator, is the first game to support Paradox Mods, offering new ways to experience life on the red planet. To celebrate, we want to give you a small taste of the user-created content that is now available (or coming soon!) for Surviving Mars on Xbox One: Forest Greenhouse Now you have another option of producing oxygen with the... Read more: Paradox Interactive and Xbox Join Forces to Launch Paradox Mods

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Xbox Game Pass Announces New Games – Alien: Isolation, The Walking Dead: Season 2, and More

It’s true, constantly bringing more games to you is kind of our schtick at Xbox Game Pass, so let’s talk about the journey these latest additions took to get from us to you! We started with the customary good luck ceremony, during which we wrote heartfelt haikus in tribute to each game, and the social media team sang their rehearsal solos for the Xbox Game Pass: The Musical. Then we packaged up Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, The Walking Dead: Season 2, Headlander, Alien: Isolation, and Batman: Return to Arkham using laser-guided robots and emotional support tortoises to transport them to our super-secret Xbox Game Pass bunker. The robots and tortoises looked knowingly at... Read more: Xbox Game Pass Announces New Games – Alien: Isolation, The Walking Dead: Season 2, and More

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Riot: Civil Unrest is Available Now on Xbox One

Riot’s story began with Leonard Menchiari who experienced the rioting first-hand in Italy during the NoTav protests, (the NoTav protests opposed the building of a high-speed railway from Turin in Italy, to Lyon in France). Protestors were opposed to the destruction of the landscape, the potential pollution and the overall cost of this project. Leonard spoke with both protestors and police, discovering what drove people to take a stand and how officers empathized (and in some cases agreed), with protestors but had to maintain order and safety. Leonard decided to use his background in filmmaking and love of video games to tell these stories through an interactive experience and Riot: Civil... Read more: Riot: Civil Unrest is Available Now on Xbox One

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One Piece World Seeker Arrives on Xbox One March 15, Pre-order Today

Hello everyone, my name is Florian, I’m the Europe Product Manager for the One Piece brand and I’m truly excited to give you more information on One Piece World Seeker today! Please join me as we follow Luffy and his crew for this 20th anniversary extravaganza and discover the latest of their video game adventure... I’m very proud of this game as it is the result of the collaboration between Shueisha (manga publisher), Toei Animation (Anime and movies), Bandai Namco and of course the master Oda-Sensei himself! Without forgetting all your favorite Seiyūs to bring the characters to life, and even the historic composer of the anime, Kohei Tanaka, at the helm for the... Read more: One Piece World Seeker Arrives on Xbox One March 15, Pre-order Today

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Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Anthem

Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Scott Neumann, Head of Technology for Anthem at BioWare about enhancing this title for Xbox One X. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Anthem for Xbox One X? The Anthem team has been able to leverage the power of the Xbox One X to... Read more: Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Anthem

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This Week on Xbox: February 15, 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! Escape from a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland in Metro Exodus, Available Now on Xbox One With its blend of deadly combat and stealth, exploration and survival horror, and in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created, it’s time to strap on your... Read more: This Week on Xbox: February 15, 2019

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Escape from a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland in Metro Exodus, Available Now on Xbox One

With its blend of deadly combat and stealth, exploration and survival horror, and in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created, it’s time to strap on your protective mask and enter the epic, story-driven world of Metro Exodus on Xbox One. Featuring a gripping story and classic Metro gameplay with new huge, non-linear levels, you’ll experience a unique blend of sandbox exploration and survival horror across a beautiful and hostile world as you eke out a living in this apocalyptic Russian wilderness, brought to life with stunning day/night cycles and dynamic weather. It’s in the world that you’ll have to scavenge and craft in the field to customize your arsenal... Read more: Escape from a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland in Metro Exodus, Available Now on Xbox One

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It’s Time for Savings on All Things Xbox

For the love of gaming, we are sharing Xbox One deals on consoles, accessories, and more! Starting February 17, you can save $50 on any Xbox One bundle, including Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, and Xbox One S, the best value in gaming and entertainment. And there’s no shortage of amazing bundles to choose from at a participating retailer near you. Experience true power with the brand-new Xbox One X Metro Saga bundle, released today. Embark on an incredible post-apocalyptic journey and save $50 on this hot new bundle starting February 17. The bundle includes full-game downloads of the entire saga: Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux, and Metro... Read more: It’s Time for Savings on All Things Xbox

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8 Things You Need to Know When Starting Far Cry New Dawn

Far Cry New Dawn is now available on Xbox One and enhanced for Xbox One X. This time around, the adventure takes place in a superbloom-covered post-apocalypse that’s as vibrant as it is chaotic, but a healthy coating of pink flowers and graffiti isn’t the only thing that’s different about Hope County. To help you get the lay of the brightly colored land, we’ve assembled eight things you need to know before you venture out into the post-apocalypse either by yourself or with a co-op buddy. Live Long and Prosper(ity) Nearly everything you’ll do in Far Cry New Dawn begins and ends with your homebase, Prosperity. Here, you’ll take on missions, get to know the locals, upgrade... Read more: 8 Things You Need to Know When Starting Far Cry New Dawn

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Play Anthem Today on Xbox One with EA Access

Prepare to climb into a javelin of your very own, rocket across the skies, plunge into the watery depths, and join in unforgettable battles. You can enter the beautiful and dangerous world of Anthem days before its worldwide February 22 launch by becoming an EA Access member on Xbox One! As an EA Access member, you can choose from an ever-growing library of games you can play as much as you want like Battlefield 1, Star Wars Battlefront II, Titanfall 2, and many others. In addition to a collection of over 50 games you can play, you’ll also get a 10% member discount on EA digital purchases on Xbox One. That includes full games, season passes, DLC, and Ultimate Team content. But arguably... Read more: Play Anthem Today on Xbox One with EA Access

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Gears of War: New Line of Collectibles and Books to Debut at New York Toy Fair

Since its 2006 debut, Gears of War has established itself as one of the best-selling and most iconic video game franchises of all time, known for acclaimed gameplay, compelling characters, and visceral action. Now, with three new Gears of War games in development, The Coalition will introduce a new series of officially licensed figures, a comic book featuring a new set of characters and a retrospective art book chronicling the Gears of War franchise at the New York Toy Fair happening February 16 to 19. Storm Collectibles Action Figures Developed by Storm Collectibles, the first wave of action figures includes classic Delta Squad members Marcus Fenix (both in his traditional look and a... Read more: Gears of War: New Line of Collectibles and Books to Debut at New York Toy Fair

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Crackdown 3 Launches Worldwide Today with Xbox Game Pass

It’s time to step up your boom, Agents! Crackdown 3 is now available with Xbox Game Pass on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. In the latest entry in the Crackdown franchise, longtime fans will feel right at home in the quest to take back New Providence from the cruel and corrupt TerraNova Corporation. Crackdown 3 is all about over-the-top fun, tons of explosions, and punching the baddies right in the face. You’ll need to deploy everything in your arsenal, whether it’s collecting those iconic green agility orbs to run faster and jump higher, knocking some heads together to increase strength, or causing an endless amount of mayhem and destruction against your enemies with unique and... Read more: Crackdown 3 Launches Worldwide Today with Xbox Game Pass

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for February 19 – 22

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 February 19 – 22

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Soar to New Heights with The King’s Bird Today on Xbox One

I co-founded Serenity Forge along with a couple of friends a few years ago; and since then we’ve co-developed games like Where the Water Tastes Like Wine and the upcoming Once Upon a Coma, as well as ported and published games like A Case of Distrust, Four Sided Fantasy, and Lifeless Planet. The King’s Bird has a special place in our hearts because it’s one of the first original ideas that we conceived, way back when we were literally working out of a basement. The goal was simple: we wanted to create a precision-platformer in the realm of indie hits like Dustforce and Super Meat Boy, but we wanted it to have a big emphasis on the flow and beauty of movement. The physics and... Read more: Soar to New Heights with The King’s Bird Today on Xbox One

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Get Famous with Your Sims on Xbox One

It’s time to fulfill your Sims’ dreams of becoming famous! Now you can be crazy famous, like millions of fans, crazy awesome mansion, movie star famous -- today’s the day your Sims will get that chance. The Sims 4 Get Famous expansion pack is available now on Xbox One! Not only does this pack offer a new world, lots of objects, and a fresh career, there’s also a way to build fame in any career you choose. If your Sim was born for the red carpet, the Acting career is for them. First, your Sim will join the active acting career. From there, it can be a whirlwind of fun and fame, as long as your Sim keeps up with all the demands: practicing acting, staying up on social media, and... Read more: Get Famous with Your Sims on Xbox One

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Free Play Days: NBA 2K19 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Here’s this weekend’s all-star lineup for Free Play Days! Xbox Live Gold members can celebrate all-star weekend with NBA 2K19 and play Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege in-between matches of the Six Invitational for free. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, February 14 at 12:01 a.m. PT and runs through to Sunday, February 17 at 11:59 p.m. PT. 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 games are also available at a discount (see below) so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game. NBA 2K19 ($59.99 SRP) at 67% off: $19.80 NBA 2K19... Read more: Free Play Days: NBA 2K19 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

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Make a Date with the Black Desert Open Beta February 14 – 17

This Valentine’s Day, you’re invited to gear up for Black Desert’s final open beta – click here to sign up on Xbox One. From February 14 12:00 a.m. PST to February 17 11:59 p.m. PST, Black Desert will be available for all North America and European players with Xbox Live Gold to experience the new fantasy-action MMORPG on Xbox One. Following Black Desert’s previous beta, the development team used community feedback to make new changes to the user experience and in-game content. Of note, you’ll find decreased motion blur, loot time, and other quest improvements within the final open beta. Perhaps one of the most exciting new features available now is Node Wars, a PvP... Read more: Make a Date with the Black Desert Open Beta February 14 – 17

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