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The Spectrum Retreat Checks-in to Xbox One on July 13

One of the best things that can happen when you make games for a living is to discover an amazing new talent before anyone else does. That’s not quite the way it went with Dan Smith, as he’d already been discovered by BAFTA and given their Young Game Designer award for his demo Spectrum before we fell in love with the game and signed it at Ripstone. But it still feels like we’ve been working with someone who has only just embarked on what will be an absolutely blistering game-making career -- and I think it shows in what has now become The Spectrum Retreat. I’m excited to share that pre-orders for the game are available right now with a 10% discount ahead of the game’s launch... Read more: The Spectrum Retreat Checks-in to Xbox One on July 13

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Useful Tips and Tricks to Bring with You to the Vermintide 2 Beta on Xbox One

If you’ve played the previous game, Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, you’ll know that there’s more strategy to the game than one might think. In celebration of Vermintide 2’s beta launch on Xbox One, we have gathered some tips and tricks to give you an edge before you charge headfirst into battle. Dodging and Blocking Though it may seem like obvious advice, it is crucial in a fight that you learn how and when to dodge and block. Make sure you are light on your feet with the sliding movement (press X whilst moving sideways or backwards to slide) and practice your positioning to reduce the amount of damage you take. This is especially important during fights against hordes... Read more: Useful Tips and Tricks to Bring with You to the Vermintide 2 Beta on Xbox One

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E3 2018: High-Flying Anthem Aims to Thrill

Bioware may be best known for thoughtful role-playing greats like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Baldur’s Gate, but for their next trick, the legendary developer is building something with considerably more punch. We’re of course talking about Anthem. EA’s shared-world shooter made quite a splash at E3, initially in a lengthy look during the EA Play press conference, but also through a few behind-closed-doors hands-on demos. We were lucky enough to sneak into one such presentation and came away extremely impressed with the game’s tight controls, beautiful world, and explosive action. Anthem’s sci-fi world was abandoned by the god-like Shapers, who apparently left their... Read more: E3 2018: High-Flying Anthem Aims to Thrill

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Play 7 Days to Die for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

In honor of its two-year anniversary, seminal survival-horror RPG 7 Days to Die will be free to all Xbox Live Gold members playing on Xbox One from Thursday, June 21 at 12:01 a.m. PST until Monday, June 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST. During that time, you’ll be able to download the full game and explore, craft, build, and survive until the clock runs out. If you decide one long weekend of zombie slaying isn’t enough, you can purchase the game for 50% off during the Telltale Games Publisher Sale, which offers savings on nearly every game in Telltale’s award-winning catalog and runs from Tuesday, June 19 until Monday, June 25. Set in an unforgiving post-apocalyptic world overrun with... Read more: Play 7 Days to Die for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

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Xbox One Storytellers: Telltale on Batman: The Enemy Within

It’s hard to match the narrative scope and immersive experience that a compelling story-driven game has over other storytelling mediums, allowing players not only to fall into the world of a well-crafted story but to experience it firsthand. These types of games can empower someone with a new perspective or let us live a double-life as a superhero. Narrative-driven games allow us to become someone we’re not, which is perhaps the biggest reason we enjoy these experiences. Now, with the power of Xbox One X, creators can bring us even closer to their vision. With our Xbox One Storytellers series, we’ll sit down with some of the industry’s greatest creators to talk about the strength of... Read more: Xbox One Storytellers: Telltale on Batman: The Enemy Within

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War Thunder Founder Packs Available Now on Xbox One

From the start, our vision for War Thunder was always ambitious. We set out to create a massively multiplayer online game featuring aviation, armored vehicles, and warships from the pre-World War II 1930s to the height of Cold War in the 1980s. War Thunder reflects real-life warfare where nations unleashed joint military operations. Air battles feature AI-controlled ground vehicles that attackers and bombers will destroy to achieve victory. In Ground Forces battles, players are not only using tanks, but take to the skies (once they earn enough points) to rain fire and destruction from above -- which the opposition counters with aircraft and anti-air platforms of their own. As a result,... Read more: War Thunder Founder Packs Available Now on Xbox One

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A Rundown of Windows 10 Gaming Hardware Announced at E3 2018

At this year’s E3, PC hardware partners Lenovo and Dell both announced new gaming devices powered by Windows 10 that join the PC gaming mix, all ready to go with built-in Mixer streaming for low-latency, interactive moments for viewers and streamers to engage with other gamers. Remember, a mobile gaming PC can be a great companion for staying in touch with your save games when on the move; with Xbox Play Anywhere, you can buy a game once and play it on both your Xbox One and any of these Windows 10 PCs – picking up your saved games right where you left off, whether switching from console to PC or the other way around! First up, a rundown of Lenovo hardware: Lenovo Legion Y530... Read more: A Rundown of Windows 10 Gaming Hardware Announced at E3 2018

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WWE 2K19 Features Cover Superstar AJ Styles, Releases October 9 on Xbox One

The WWE 2K cover reveal day is always huge for us, but today’s announcement is particularly special. We scored one of the most talented and dynamic WWE Superstars working today. On top of that, he’s one of the best video game players on the WWE roster. The WWE 2K19 cover Superstar is none other than “The Phenomenal One,” AJ Styles. This nearly 20-year veteran is respected and admired by fans and colleagues alike as one of the best to ever step in the ring. He’s the current WWE Champion, having just defended his title at Sunday’s WWE Money in the Bank event. We’re excited to work with him through the release of the game and beyond for special activities we have... Read more: WWE 2K19 Features Cover Superstar AJ Styles, Releases October 9 on Xbox One

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E3 2018: Playing in the Dark World of Ashen on Xbox One

At last year’s E3, we went hands-on with an earlier version of Ashen, an adventure game that aims to blend the difficulty of Dark Souls with the mystery of a dark fantasy tale. Featuring a co-op mechanic that allows you to join a friend on an adventure – or with an AI stand-in if no one is available – it was great to see more of the game at this year’s E3 and how its world, lore, and quest system have all started to expand, creating an even more intriguing and complex adventure that we’re looking forward to playing more of when the game launches day and date on Xbox Game Pass later this year. One of the more striking things I appreciate from the game’s simple, direct, and... Read more: E3 2018: Playing in the Dark World of Ashen on Xbox One

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E3 2018: Leave Aliens for Dead in Co-Op Shooter Earthfall

The elevator pitch for Holospark Games’ upcoming game Earthfall could be adequately summed up in five extremely awesome words: Left 4 Dead with aliens. That’s very much by design. It’s been nearly a decade since Valve’s beloved co-op survival shooter blew away gamers with its intense action and innovative AI. Holospark hopes to update that game’s riotous multiplayer by changing the enemy and adding a few new twists. The otherworldly bad guys certainly don’t come in peace. Taking place 30 years in the future, Earthfall’s invaders arrive on our planet courtesy a meteorite slamming into the Pacific Northwest. When the government and military fail to act, average,... Read more: E3 2018: Leave Aliens for Dead in Co-Op Shooter Earthfall

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Resident Evil 2 Remake Coming to Xbox One on January 25

The Resident Evil series revolutionized the survival horror genre in video games, bringing terror to the masses with its blend of realistic zombies, gore, environmental puzzles, and memorable locales. Now, 20 years after its initial release in 1998, Capcom has announced that a remake of Resident Evil 2 will be hitting Xbox One on January 25, 2019. Resident Evil 2 will be a complete remake of the original game, albeit one updated more modern gameplay mechanics, improved over-the-shoulder camera, and gorgeous visuals thanks to the RE Engine that helped to power last year’s terrifying Resident Evil 7 biohazard. The game has been built from the ground up to make Raccoon City’s... Read more: Resident Evil 2 Remake Coming to Xbox One on January 25

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This Week on Xbox: E3 2018 Edition

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week, especially during E3 2018. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s E3 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! Announcements and Reveals E3 2018: Microsoft and McLaren Continue Storied Partnership with Forza Horizon 4 During the Xbox E3 2018 briefing, we announced that the 2019 McLaren Senna will grace the cover of Forza Horizon 4, the latest entry in the award-winning Forza Horizon series, and we couldn’t be more... Read more: This Week on Xbox: E3 2018 Edition

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E3 2018: Gaming for Everyone, a Conversation with Phil Spencer

E3 is always an incredible time to come together to appreciate the breadth of creative energy that abounds in our industry and to celebrate what’s ahead for gamers. At this year’s E3 Coliseum series, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox sat down with Tina Summerford, Head of Programming at Xbox, to discuss Microsoft’s approach to gaming, his perspective on E3 and to hear why the industry has a responsibility to make gaming for everyone. Other topics discussed during the panel were the unique games Xbox is looking to bring to the ID@Xbox program, insight into the creation of the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, from matching thematic elements to creating an engaging experience, and the creation of the... Read more: E3 2018: Gaming for Everyone, a Conversation with Phil Spencer

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Watch the ForzaRC 2018 Series 1 Playoffs

This weekend, June 16 - 17, Series 1 of the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) 2018 heads into its final lap with the ForzaRC 2018 Series 1 Playoffs. Broadcast live from Seattle, home of Turn 10 Studios, some of the best drivers from around the world will compete for the title of Series 1 Champion, a $75,000 prize pool and the opportunity to move a step closer to the Forza Racing World Championship 2018 this October. We’ve got an exciting weekend of racing lined up with competition beginning tomorrow, June 16 at 9 a.m. PDT with the first day of playoffs. Throughout the day, drivers will race their way through the quarterfinals and into the semi-finals, with the field narrowed to just... Read more: Watch the ForzaRC 2018 Series 1 Playoffs

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E3 2018: We Embark on a Mini-Adventure with a Furry Friend in Tunic on Xbox One

Making its appearance during the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, the isometric camera, colorful visuals, and exploratory gameplay of Tunic were immediately drawing links to another green tunic wearing adventurer. And getting our hands on this title showed that indeed, there are similarities, but Tunic is trying some unique things that make it stand on its own. Waking on the beach of a small island, I took control of the little fox adventurer as he ascended some lengthy stairs, roll-dodging aggressive blobs and made my way into a small cave. Inside I found a small, unlocked chest that contained a large stick for whacking enemies across the head -- which I quickly proceeded to do once outside of... Read more: E3 2018: We Embark on a Mini-Adventure with a Furry Friend in Tunic on Xbox One

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E3 2018: Cyberpunk 2077 Takes Open-World Gaming into the Dark, Dangerous Future

You would expect the next game from CD Projekt Red, developer of the acclaimed role-playing game The Witcher 3, to have a sturdy RPG backbone. You might not expect it to have fierce first-person gunplay, however, or a dynamic world on par with the likes of the seminal Grand Theft Auto V. But here we are, and here is Cyberpunk 2077. Fusing deep, multi-faceted role-playing features with riveting action gameplay, this futuristic thriller aims to redefine what fans should expect from an open-world RPG. Based on a recent hands-off E3 demo, we’re convinced it will hit its target. You play as V, a mercenary living in the dense, neon-soaked jungle of Night City in the free state of... Read more: E3 2018: Cyberpunk 2077 Takes Open-World Gaming into the Dark, Dangerous Future

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Build Your Own Jurassic Park in Jurassic World Evolution on Xbox One

Jurassic World Evolution launched this week for Xbox One and in this post I’d like to give you a helping hand taking care of your dinosaurs. Back in "Jurassic Park," way back in 1993, Ray Arnold said that Jurassic Park had all the complications of a theme park and a zoo, and that’s the challenge you face when you first start developing your islands. Of course, Jurassic World is no ordinary zoo, and the creatures you’ll bioengineer and (try to) contain on the Las Cinco Muertes islands are deadlier and more challenging than any modern animal. The first task is to keep the dinosaurs healthy, and top of the list is their hunger and thirst. If you don’t satisfy those basic... Read more: Build Your Own Jurassic Park in Jurassic World Evolution on Xbox One

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E3 2018: Kingdom Hearts III Confirms Frozen World, Fire-Infused Simba, Release Date

During Microsoft’s E3 Showcase, Kingdom Hearts III confirmed that Disney’s “Frozen” would be the latest new world to be added to the adventure! Sora, Donald, and Goofy find themselves in the icy realm of Arendelle, where the Heartless have continued their invasion. We see Sora using Blizzard Blades, a brand-new Keyblade form, to freeze his enemies and ice-skate. Additionally, Goofy’s shield finds a new use in escaping the Heartless during downhill Goofy Curling. The heroes team up with the heroes from “Frozen” -- Elsa, Olaf, Anna, Kristoff, and Sven -- but there are some more familiar faces of friends and foes, as well. Simba from “The Lion King” appears as a... Read more: E3 2018: Kingdom Hearts III Confirms Frozen World, Fire-Infused Simba, Release Date

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E3 2018: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a Ninja Nightmare from the Designer of Dark Souls

From Software, the creative force behind gruelingly challenging action-RPGs Dark Souls, has been responsible for ludicrous in-game death counts and nigh-impossible boss fights -- and we keep coming back for more. So does the protagonist of their next diabolical effort, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. While the upcoming action game will undoubtedly put its ninja hero through hell, it will also let him rise again to avenge whatever ruthless demon took his life. Sekiro wears its influences on its sleeve. At times it looks and plays like the legendary Tenchu: Stealth Assassins, letting players sneak, stalk, and surprise baddies with devastating stealth attacks. Find yourself in the thick... Read more: E3 2018: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a Ninja Nightmare from the Designer of Dark Souls

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E3 2018: Getting Reacquainted with Legendary Fighters in Soulcalibur VI on Xbox One

It’s been some time since I’ve transcended history (and the world), and experienced a tale of souls and swords, eternally retold. At E3 this year, with a refined and near-final version of Soulcalibur VI for Xbox One on hand, I took some of the classic SC characters for a spin like Sophitia and Siegfried, and new-to-the-roster Geralt of Rivia. Unlike some fighting games that have you on a 2D plane, the Soulcalibur series features fighters on a 3D stage in which you can shift your character left and right to avoid enemy attack. This same technique can be used to position yourself to counter-attack your opponent, shifting away from their weapon strikes, and landing an attack from... Read more: E3 2018: Getting Reacquainted with Legendary Fighters in Soulcalibur VI on Xbox One

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