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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip Ahead Ring (2004.191205-2300)

Hey Alpha Skip Ahead ring users! Today’s Xbox Insider Release Notes highlight the latest fixes, known issues, and features coming to your console. Starting at 6:00 p.m. PT today, users will receive the latest 2004 Xbox One system update (build: RS_XBOX_RELEASE_2004\19037.1207.191205-2300). Keep reading for more details.

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: RS_XBOX_RELEASE_2004\19037.1207.191205-2300
  • Available: 6:00 p.m. PT – December 7, 2019
  • Mandatory: 3:00 a.m. PT – December 8, 2019

System Update

System Update

Fixes for Alpha Skip Ahead

We’ve heard your feedback, and we’re happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this 2004 build:

Audio

  • Fixed an issue where audio would change from Dolby Atmos to 7.1.

Disney+ App

  • Fixed an issue where audio/video could get out of sync with Dolby Atmos.

Home

  • We’ve fixed an issue where some users dashboard would not load.
  • Fixed an issue where users were unable to select items in content blocks.
  • Fixed an issue where the dashboard was not loading except for the My Games & Apps tile.

My Games & Apps

  • Fixed an issue where users would not see the Disney+ app in their Ready to Install section.

Party Chat

  • Fixed an issue with random disconnects in party chat.

Store

  • We’ve fixed an issue where the Store would not launch for some users.

System

  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across the console.

Xbox Insider Release Notes

Xbox Insider Release Notes

Known Issues for Alpha Skip Ahead

We understand some issues have been listed in previous Xbox Insider Release Notes. These issues aren’t being ignored, but it will take Xbox engineers more time to find a solution. We appreciate your patience at this time!

Audio

  • Users who have Dolby Atmos enabled and console display settings set to 120hz with 36 bits per pixel (12-bit) are experiencing loss of Dolby Atmos audio in some situations.
    • Workaround: Disable 120hz or set Video Fidelity to 30 bits per pixel (10-bit) or lower.

Home (Experiment)

  • Users may see the images for ads on the dashboard looking cropped or cutoff.

Messaging

  • Users are reporting being unable to send a voice messages while in Parties.
    • Workaround: Send the message while not currently in party chat.

Plex App

  • Users have reported playback is buffering constantly while streaming content.
    • Note: Please ensure you are running the latest version of the app before submitting feedback.

Rock Band 4

  • The game may take an extensive time to load for users with a large amount of DLC installed.

Settings

  • Some users have reported that 3D display mode is not working with supported content.

 Profile Color

  • Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.

Are you not seeing your issue listed above? Make sure to use Report a problem to keep us informed of your issue. We may not be able to respond to everyone, but the data we’ll gather is crucial to finding a resolution.

Learn more about feedback and how each ring is differentiated in the following links:

For more information regarding the Xbox Insider Program follow us on Twitter and join the community subreddit for support and updates. Keep an eye on future Xbox Insider Release Notes for more information regarding your Xbox One Update Preview ring!

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Shovel Knight Showdown Game Modes: Building the Single-Player

Summary

  • The Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove package, made up of five complete games made over the course of five years, will finally be complete
  • Shovel Knight Showdown and King of Cards will launch as free updates for owners of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  • We think these games offer something truly special, from a fast-paced multiplayer battle game to a grand, sweeping single-player adventure

On December 10, Shovel Knight Showdown and King of Cards will launch as free updates for owners of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on Xbox One. We think these games offer something truly special, from a fast-paced multiplayer battle game to a grand, sweeping single-player adventure. We can’t wait to share them with all of you.

The Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove package, made up of five complete games made over the course of five years, will finally be complete! We’ve had quite a few adventures with Xbox over the course of those five years — even the Battletoads paid a visit to Shovel Knight’s world. King of Cards and Showdown really are the cherries on top, and we hope you enjoy both!

Building Single-Player

Our desire for Shovel Knight Showdown on Xbox One was
to create a big, standalone game with tons of variety that you could play
again and again. Part of that “full game” feeling needed to come from Showdown
having its own adventure! It needed a way to delve deeper when multiplayer
wasn’t an option. The story and characters needed to make meaningful strides.
And if you did have a partner around and you still wanted an adventure…we
wanted you to be able to play, too! We began putting our core pillars in place
to develop a great story mode, as well as other single player content, too.

Shovel Knight Showdown

Crafting Story Mode

So, what is a story mode? We obviously wanted to convey some kind of story, encourage you to play through the game as all the characters, and entice you to play repeatedly. Additionally, it’d be ideal if it helped you see the full breadth of content in the game, so you knew exactly what was available in the multiplayer. But how would we show so much content in a fun and surprising way? That led us to brainstorming about how we could combine a standard “fighting game arcade ladder” with our randomized game mode, Chester’s Choice!

Many fighting games like Mortal Kombat feature arcade ladders, but they rarely feature interesting or unique setups. We like arcade ladders and think they work well, but since Shovel Knight Showdown is so focused on gems and platforming, we figured that mixing the platforming gameplay up was critical.

We liked the approach to arcade ladders found in games like Super Smash Bros’ Classic Mode that are set across a long series of stages with each tier presented as a fun encounter that mixed up modes, settings, stages, and characters along the way.

Shovel Knight Showdown

We decided to randomize our story mode: battles, settings,
and modes would be shuffled, though they’d start from a handcrafted base rule
set, like Chester’s Choice. This way, we could ensure the battles were fun
setups that emphasized the story and characters, while also creating replay
value.

While our story mode gameplay could carry some story in
terms of the scenarios you encountered, we knew that wasn’t enough. Each
character’s story needed to be like its own little story episode! We won’t go
into detail about how we designed the intertwining narratives in Shovel
Knight Showdown
— that’s a tale for another day! But once we were done, we
had lots of story points that we wanted to get across! 

First, we gave each character an intro and outro cutscene
using in-game graphics. These scenes would set up the story and pay it off at
the end. The outro cinematic would also work as a reward for finishing the story
for that character.

Shovel Knight Showdown

We spent great efforts to ensure that each character had a
worthwhile story. During the story battles themselves, each character was
assigned unique rival or impact character that you’d encounter several times.
These impact characters were hand-chosen for each character to try and make the
most interesting story possible. Through the cutscenes and rival encounters,
each adventure would have its own little story arc. Best of all, as you played story
mode as each of the unlockable characters, the fully intertwined story would
become clear. Taken as an aggregate, these stories made Showdown feel
like a grand adventure worthy of its own title. 

But there’s more- Two
players can play the story cooperatively
! Because Showdown is
primarily a multiplayer experience, we wanted the single-player content to have
the option of being played with a friend. Sometimes you want a change of pace
from battling one other, and cooperative story mode is a great alternative! The
battles can be quite different in single player or coop- we hope you try them
both!

Story mode is crammed full of special events, unique rule
sets, boss battles, and finally, a cool new minigame: Targets Mode, which we’ll
discuss next.

Shovel Knight Showdown

Targets Mode

In addition to story mode, we thought it would be important (and fun!) to have a mode that let players practice the characters in a different, non-threatening setting. A target or scoring mode seemed like a good fit.

We like how target modes in games like Super Smash Bros. can encourage players to use the full breadth and depth of each characters’ moves that would lead to a new realization about how to execute their abilities. But Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove already has hundreds of single-player challenges and stages…adding more just felt uninteresting. We also wanted our target mode to train the player for an unlimited time period.

We felt that a classic arcade-style score attack might do
the trick. We’d put the targets on randomized paths that made interesting
navigational challenges, and we’d group them up to test your attack ranges.

Shovel Knight Showdown

The idea is simple enough: break the targets entering on the tracks for points! If you break a group of targets in a row, a bonus will be added for completing the “chain”, along with two extra seconds of playtime. Once you run out of time, the game ends! In this way, the game could potentially last forever.

If Target mode was going to last a variable amount of time, we had to ensure that the gameplay didn’t feel static! Like one of our favorite single screen sore attack games, Bird and Beans, we focused on having dynamic elements. In Birds and Beans, as the game progresses, the floor gets destroyed and you have to play differently! In our Target mode the stage will change layout, a hazardous bomb (or helpful smart bomb!) can appear, and even the emcee Percy will engage in various antics. We ramped all these behaviors to a crescendo!

Targets can get wild as the score increases. The targets
start moving faster, there are new types of targets, and the ground can drop
out. We tried to keep in mind Bird and Beans’ simplicity. We spent a lot of
time trying to reduce the number of elements in the game while creating an
experience that could potentially last an hour (though Target mode runs rarely
exceed a couple minutes). The dynamic elements in the mode emphasized your need
to intuit your chosen character’s abilities and figure out how to best reach
all the targets on screen.

Shovel Knight Showdown

(The Target Mode combo meter rewards players for breaking
chains of targets without making a mistake.)

You may have noticed one more thing in the HUD: a combo
meter! After we had implemented the targets moving and chaining together in an
appealing way, we found we needed something that encouraged the player to move
quickly and avoid mistakes. The combo meter we implemented increases when
targets are chained but degrades quickly, essentially telling the player to
“hurry up!” It provides much-needed tension… making a mistake and it goes to 0.
Losing that combo can really set you back!

Target mode can be encountered in story mode with the
objective being to reach a score goal, but it can also be played solo. It’s a
rite of passage to try and achieve a great Targets score with your chosen
character, as it displays your mastery.

Practice Mode

While we could add modes forever, we didn’t want to overload
Showdown! But from the beginning, we figured a training mode or Practice
Mode would be required. We tried to make it as streamlined as possible.

Shovel Knight Showdown

All Mode-d Out!

From single-player to multiplayer, there are a wealth of ways to play Shovel Knight Showdown. All in all, we learned that when developing a multiplayer game, making content is only half the battle! It must be presented in a variety of modes that showcase it best.

We think Showdown and its various modes are a blast
to play! The game should be simple to pick up and understand, but there’s lots
to explore and master with every mode. We hope you enjoy playing and replaying
to uncover Shovel Knight Showdown’s secrets!

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Nexon invites you to preview KartRider: Drift on Xbox One!

KartRider: Drift is the only free-to-play, cross-platform kart racing game with full customization. Go head-to-head every season unlocking new karts, characters, tracks, and skins to flex your ride. Dive into turns and feel the intensity of the Unreal® Engine 4 graphics as you boost to the finish line. No Limits.

Pre-download begins December 5, 10:00 AM PT.

KartRider: Drift Playtest Times:

  • PST (UTC -8): 5:00 PM Thursday, December 5 – 5:00 PM Sunday, December 8
  • EST (UTC -5): 8:00 PM Thursday, December 5 – 8:00 PM Sunday, December 8
  • CET (UTC +1): 2:00 AM Friday, December 6 – 2:00 AM Monday, December 9
  • AEDT (UTC +11): 12:00 PM Friday, December 6 – 12:00 PM Monday, December 9

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Sign-in on your Xbox One console and launch the Xbox Insider Hub app (or install the Xbox Insider Hub from the Store first if necessary).
  2. Navigate to Insider content > Games > KartRider: Drift.
  3. Select Join.
  4. Wait until the registration completes to be directed to the Store and install KartRider: Drift!

Note: Space in the KartRider: Drift playtest is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Not already an Xbox Insider? Joining is easy! On Xbox One or Windows 10, install the Xbox Insider Hub app from the Store, launch the app, and accept the Xbox Insider Program Terms of Use.

If you encounter any issues while playing KartRider: Drift, please submit feedback via “Report a problem:”

  • Press and hold the Xbox button on your controller
  • Select Report a problem
  • Choose Add a new problem
  • Select Games for your category, then KartRider: Drift
  • Include details of your issue, with screenshots or clips, if applicable

Want to keep up with KartRider: Drift news? Follow them on Twitter.

For more information on the Xbox Insider Program: follow us on Twitter at @XboxInsider and this blog for release notes, announcements and more. And feel free to interact with the community on the Xbox Insider subreddit.

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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Ring (2002.191202-2046)

Hey Alpha ring users! Today’s Xbox Insider Release Notes highlight the latest fixes, known issues, and features coming to your console. Starting at 2:00 p.m. PT today, users will receive the latest 2002 Xbox One system update (build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_2002\18363.9063.191202-2046). Keep reading for more details.

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_2002\18363.9063.191202-2046
  • Available: 2:00 p.m. PT – December 4, 2019
  • Mandatory: 3:00 a.m. PT – December 5, 2019

System Update

System Update

Fixes for Alpha

We’ve heard your feedback, and we’re happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this 2002 build:

Guide

  • Users should no longer see a transparent black bar on the screen when opening the Guide.

System

  • Updates to properly reflect local languages on the console.

Xbox Insider Release Notes

Xbox Insider Release Notes

Known Issues for Alpha

We understand some issues have been listed in previous Xbox Insider Release Notes. These issues aren’t being ignored, but it will take Xbox engineers more time to find a solution. We appreciate your patience at this time!

Audio

  • Users who have Dolby Atmos enabled and console display settings set to 120hz with 36 bits per pixel (12-bit) are experiencing loss of Dolby Atmos audio in some situations.
    • Workaround: Disable 120hz or set Video Fidelity to 30 bits per pixel (10-bit) or lower.

Messaging

  • Users are unable to send a voice message while in Parties.
    • Workaround: Send the message while not currently in party chat. 

Plex App

  • Users have reported playback is buffering constantly while streaming content.
    • Note: Please ensure you are running the latest version of the app before submitting feedback.

Profile Color

  • Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.

Are you not seeing your issue listed above? Make sure to use Report a problem to keep us informed of your issue. We may not be able to respond to everyone, but the data we’ll gather is crucial to finding a resolution.

Learn more about feedback and how each ring is differentiated in the following links:

For more information regarding the Xbox Insider Program follow us on Twitter and join the community subreddit for support and updates. Keep an eye on future Xbox Insider Release Notes for more information regarding your Xbox One Update Preview ring!

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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Delta and Omega Ring (1911.191202-1836)

Hey Delta and Omega ring users! Today’s Xbox Insider Release Notes highlight the latest fixes, known issues, and features coming to your console. Starting at 6:00 p.m. PT today, users will receive the latest 1911 Xbox One system update (build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1911\18363.8124.191202-1836). Keep reading for more details.

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1911\18363.8124.191202-1836
  • Available: 6:00 p.m. PT – December 3, 2019
  • Mandatory: 3:00 a.m. PT – December 4, 2019

New Features

Home (Experiment)

  • The next phase of the Xbox One Home dashboard experience is here for Delta! Learn more about what to expect and what these experiments are on the blog.

System Update

System Update

Fixes for Delta and Omega

We’ve heard your feedback, and we’re happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this 1911 build:

Audio

  • Fixed an issue where audio would change from Dolby Atmos to 7.1.

Disney+ App

  • Fixed an issue where audio/video could get out of sync with Dolby Atmos.

Home

  • We’ve fixed an issue where some users dashboard would not load.
  • Fixed an issue where users were unable to select items in content blocks.

My Games & Apps

  • Fixed an issue where users would not see the Disney+ app in their Ready to Install section.

Party Chat

  • Fixed an issue with random disconnects in party chat.

Store

  • We’ve fixed an issue where the Store would not launch for some users.

System

  • Various stability fixes and improvements.

Xbox Insider Release Notes

Xbox Insider Release Notes

Known Issues for Delta and Omega

We understand some issues have been listed in previous Xbox Insider Release Notes. These issues aren’t being ignored, but it will take Xbox engineers more time to find a solution. We appreciate your patience at this time!

Audio

  • Users who have Dolby Atmos enabled and console display settings set to 120hz with 36 bits per pixel (12-bit) are experiencing loss of Dolby Atmos audio in some situations.
    • Workaround: Disable 120hz or set Video Fidelity to 30 bits per pixel (10-bit) or lower.

Dolby Access

  • Users are unable to complete the setup for Dolby Atmos in the app and the app is not recognizing Dolby Atmos headphones.
    • Note: Make sure you have the latest version of the app installed, and if you still have problems please submit feedback.

Profile Color

  • Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.

Are you not seeing your issue listed above? Make sure to use Report a problem to keep us informed of your issue. We may not be able to respond to everyone, but the data we’ll gather is crucial to finding a resolution.

Learn more about feedback and how each ring is differentiated in the following links:

For more information regarding the Xbox Insider Program follow us on Twitter and join the community subreddit for support and updates. Keep an eye on future Xbox Insider Release Notes for more information regarding your Xbox One Update Preview ring!

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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Beta Ring (1911.191127-1130)

Hey Beta ring users! Today’s Xbox Insider Release Notes highlight the latest fixes, known issues, and features coming to your console. Starting at 6:00 p.m. PT today, users will receive the latest 1911 Xbox One system update (build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1911.191127-1130). Keep reading for more details.

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1911\18363.8119.191119-1135
  • Available: 6:00 p.m. PT – December 2, 2019
  • Mandatory: 3:00 a.m. PT – December 3, 2019

System Update

System Update

Fixes for Beta

We’ve heard your feedback, and we’re happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this 1911 build:

Audio

  • Fixed an issue where audio would change from Dolby Atmos to 7.1.

Disney+ App

  • Fixed an issue where audio/video could get out of sync with Dolby Atmos.

Home

  • We’ve fixed an issue where some users dashboard would not load.
  • Fixed an issue where users were unable to select items in content blocks.

My Games & Apps

  • Fixed an issue where users would not see the Disney+ app in their Ready to Install section.

Party Chat

  • Fixed an issue with random disconnects in party chat.

Store

  • We’ve fixed an issue where the Store would not launch for some users.

Xbox Insider Release Notes

Xbox Insider Release Notes

Known Issues for Beta

We understand some issues have been listed in previous Xbox Insider Release Notes. These issues aren’t being ignored, but it will take Xbox engineers more time to find a solution. We appreciate your patience at this time!

Audio

  • Users who have Dolby Atmos enabled and console display settings set to 120hz with 36 bits per pixel (12-bit) are experiencing loss of Dolby Atmos audio in some situations.
    • Workaround: Disable 120hz or set Video Fidelity to 30 bits per pixel (10-bit) or lower.

Dolby Access

  • Users are unable to complete the setup for Dolby Atmos in the app and the app is not recognizing Dolby Atmos headphones.
    • Note: This is an issue with the Dolby Access app and the app developers are aware and investigating.

Profile Color

  • Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.

Are you not seeing your issue listed above? Make sure to use Report a problem to keep us informed of your issue. We may not be able to respond to everyone, but the data we’ll gather is crucial to finding a resolution.

Learn more about feedback and how each ring is differentiated in the following links:

For more information regarding the Xbox Insider Program follow us on Twitter and join the community subreddit for support and updates. Keep an eye on future Xbox Insider Release Notes for more information regarding your Xbox One Update Preview ring!

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This Week on Xbox: November 29, 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!

Rock Band Rivals Apple Music Takeover
The Rock Band 4 team is mixing things up this holiday, partnering with Apple Music for a special four week season that will feature music from some of our favorite Apple Music playlists. Each week features a different playlist, with a great selection of new DLC to choose from. All Rock Band Rivals crews will start the season in Gold…

Man of Medan Gets Free Friend’s Pass and The Curator’s Cut is Available to Owners
We’ve been delighted by the response to Man of Medan and wanted to celebrate by announcing an exciting free update that we are releasing for the holiday season! It’s called Friend’s Pass and allows you and a friend one complete playthrough of Man of Medan’s Shared Story mode for free – and only one of you needs to own…

Gears Esports Astro

Astro and Gears Esports Team Up for 2019/20 Season and Launch Astro Battles Series
Building on from a successful 2018/19, Astro Gaming and Gears Esports have expanded their partnership with Astro becoming the Official Audio Partner of Gears Esports across the full 2019/20 season. The agreement will see Astro’s industry leading audio equipment being used across all four Gears Esports Majors…

The Design Process Behind Story of a Gladiator, Available Now on Xbox One
Story of a Gladiator is an arena beat ’em up where you take the role of a man in search of his destiny, only to find it in the sands of the colosseum. The very first idea of the game was to make a simple 1v1 icon game with some turn-based combat. It was a simple screen of two characters taking turns at attacking each other…

Games with Gold - December 2019

New Games with Gold for December 2019
In December on Xbox One, play the unique card battler Insane Robots and then bring the wonder and majesty of dinosaurs to life in Jurassic World Evolution. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, unleash your imagination in Toy Story 3 then continue the fight against Dracula in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD…

Synthesis Update for No Man’s Sky Launches November 28 on Xbox One
Back in August we launched our biggest ever update for No Man’s Sky to date. Beyond was our 2.0 update and since then we have been blown away with the response. New Xbox One players and old friends alike from all over the world have come together in the all-new multiplayer hub, the Space Anomaly. Together they have embarked…

Generation Zero: Alpine Unrest

Generation Zero: Alpine Unrest Expansion Available Now on Xbox One
Hi everyone, I’m here to talk about our exciting new expansion, Alpine Unrest. Taking place a month after the events of the original game, it unlocks a new island off the east coast with lots of new content for you to explore. First, a quick breakdown of the game for those of you who may be new: Generation Zero is an atmospheric…

Brand New Free American Fugitive DLC Breaks Out on Xbox One Today
Following three years in development, we were thrilled with the popularity of American Fugitive at launch, and that so many gamers were enjoying tearing up the world we created! After a post-release phase of bug-fixing and performance improvements, we added some Quality of Life features, including a much requested mini-map…

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 3 to 6
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 change).

Ranked Battles and More in World of Warships: Legends on Xbox One
World of Warships: Legends is releasing Ranked Battles and more! The November update is packed with player-driven content including Ranked Battles, new maps, and UI improvements. Of course, there are Black Friday events ready to go with Black Edition ships, Premium time, and tons of other items are on sale for the event…

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for December 3 to 6

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 change).

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition – December 3

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition

Slink through the shadows as a deadly half-elven rogue,
wield fearsome magics as a powerful gnomish sorcerer, vanquish your foes as an
armor-clad dwarven paladin… whatever hero you create, incredible adventures
await in the remastered Dungeons & Dragons classic Neverwinter Nights:
Enhanced Edition
.


Life is Strange 2: Episode 5 – December 3

Life is Strange 2: Episode 5

After a tragic incident, brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz run away from home. Fearing the police, and dealing with Daniel’s new telekinetic power, the boys head to Mexico. Each stop on their journey brings new friends and new challenges. Xbox Game Pass members can play Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 through 4.


Tools Up! – December 3

Tools Up!

The owners of various apartments have left their homes in your hands: all they’ve given you is a blueprint of how their place should look. Cooperate with your friends to complete the task or make a mess trying in this intensely fun couch co-op game for up to four players about home renovation and work your way to the top of a skyscraper in need of some work.


Arise: A Simple Story – December 3

Arise: A Simple Story

Set out on an emotional journey through the bittersweet
lives of two people where memories come alive and time bends to their will.
Lose yourself in moments of happiness and overcome every hardship as you relive
their life’s story.


Halo: Reach – December 3

Halo: Reach Key Art

Xbox One X Enhanced / Xbox Game Pass for Console / Xbox Game Pass for PC / Steam: In 2552, the Covenant discovered the planet Reach and the UNSC mounted an unparalleled defense against the alien war machine. At the heart of this conflict was Noble Team, an experienced group of accomplished soldiers prepared to meet the enemy head-on. Now this squad will face its most challenging mission yet: the defense of Reach. Halo: Reach for Halo: The Master Chief Collection comes to the Xbox One looking better than ever, including up to 4K UHD resolution and HDR on Xbox One X consoles.


Trover Saves the Universe – December 3

Trover Saves the Universe

Your dogs have been dognapped by a beaked lunatic who
stuffed them into his eye holes and is using their life essence to destroy the
universe. You’re partnered with Trover, a little purple eye-hole monster who
isn’t a huge fan of working or being put in the position of having to save the
universe. Only you and Trover can save everything in this bizarre comedy
adventure, created by Justin Roiland, co-creator of “Rick and Morty.”


Simulacra – December 3

Simulacra

An interactive FMV horror experience of exploring a missing woman’s phone. You found the lost phone of a woman named Anna. In it, you see a desperate cry for help in the form of a video message. You talk to her friends and they have no idea where she is. Her texts, emails and photo gallery provides fragments of information and it’s up to you to piece it together.


Everreach: Project Eden – December 4

Everreach: Project Eden

Take on the role of Nora Harwood, member of Everreach’s
Security Division, on a mission to secure the colonization process of Eden and investigate
mysterious incidents in this fast-paced, story-driven action-RPG set on the
visually stunning Planet Eden.


Big Pharma – December 4

Big Pharma

Part business sim, part logistics puzzle. It’s one thing to
work away in the lab perfecting new formulas but converting the “science stuff”
into cold hard cash means bringing an engineering and business mind to the
problem. Factory space is expensive, and those fancy new agglomerators and
centrifuges don’t always fit nicely together.


Seek Hearts – December 4

Seek Hearts

Set out on an adventure to discover Izen’s mysterious
origins in this new sci-fi RPG. As he and those with him pursue answers to this
mystery, they fail to notice a shadow creeping upon them with the intent to
stop them in their tracks. Upgrade Izen’s abilities with arm/leg parts, core
and chips, and activate the armament drive and fight with the support of
fairies.


Don’t Die, Minerva! – December 5

Don’t Die, Minerva

Xbox One X Enhanced / Xbox Game Preview: On a dark and stormy night, 11-year-old Minerva discovers a haunted house deep in the woods and before she knows it, she’s in for the fight of her life. Armed with a flashlight and a backpack full of friendly stuffed animals who are brought to life by the house’s magic, help Minerva survive her adventure against sinister ghosts in this spooky rogue-lite featuring heaps of procedural dungeons, ghosts, and loot.


My Friend Pedro – December 5

My Friend Pedro

Xbox Game Pass: A violent ballet about friendship, imagination, and one man’s struggle to obliterate anyone in his path at the behest of a sentient banana. The strategic use of split aiming, slow motion, and the ol’ stylish window breach create one sensational action sequence after another in an explosive battle through the violent underworld.


Kerbal Space Program: Breaking Ground – December 5

Kerbal Space Program: Breaking Ground

Discover new scientific mysteries with Kerbal Space
Program: Breaking Ground
expansion for the critically acclaimed space
simulation game. Adds new science-collecting equipment to deploy on your
missions, surface features to be investigated scattered across distant planets,
and a wealth of new robotic parts for players to test their creativity with
(this expansion requires the base game to play).


Wandersong – December 6

Wandersong

Xbox Game Pass: A musical adventure where you use singing to save the world. Play as a silly bard who embarks on a globe-trotting journey to learn about the mysterious Earthsong, said to prevent the universe’s imminent end. It’s up to you to sing your songs, unlock the world’s secrets and make new friends.


Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey – December 6

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Survive your evolution in Neogene Africa starting 10 million
years ago. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is a third-person open world
survival game where you Explore, Expand, and Evolve to advance your clan to the
next generation in the exciting new adventure from the creator of Assassin’s
Creed.


Immortal Planet – December 6

Immortal Planet

On the icy surface of a forgotten planet stand ruined tombs
where immortals sleep. While sleepless warriors roam the halls with their minds
eroded by eternity, a lone Awakewalker emerges from cryosleep. With no memory of
their past, it’s up to them to forge their future, discover the planet’s
mysteries, and find a way out of this icy hell in this action and adventure
game featuring Souls-like progression system.


Demon’s Tilt – December 6

Demon’s Tilt

Xbox Game Pass: A tribute to ‘90s video pinball games, featuring modern effects and mechanics—including bosses, secrets, and unprecedented depth to please video gamers and hardcore pinball enthusiasts alike. Now with bigger sprites, more baddies, more secrets, and more bullets! Demon’s Tilt pushes the limits of the video pinball genre with Shmup & Hack N’ Slash elements.


Freediving Hunter: Spearfishing the World – December 6

Freediving Hunter: Spearfishing the World

Compete against increasingly difficult spearfishing challengers from around the world with the goal of becoming the champion Freediving Hunter. Unlock lush saltwater marine environments around the world such as stunning reefs teeming with sea life, ancient shipwrecks and ruins, kelp forests, etc. in an exciting hunt for prized saltwater fish.

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Rock Band Rivals Apple Music Takeover

The Rock Band 4 team is mixing things up this holiday, partnering with Apple Music for a special four week season that will feature music from some of our favorite Apple Music playlists. Each week features a different playlist, with a great selection of new DLC to choose from. All Rock Band Rivals crews will start the season in Gold, giving everyone a jump start on their quest for Bloodstone.  The Apple Music takeover kicks off on Thanksgiving, a perfect time to pull your crew together and rally with friends and family. 

The Beat Goes On

Rock Band 4 celebrated its 4th birthday in October with a game update and some free DLC. Since our original launch in 2015, we’ve added new modes, online play, the Rivals expansion and regular DLC releases, with well over 2,000 songs in our DLC store. Also, we’ve got a couple of brand-new DLC packs – Rock Band Hits Pack 1, 2, and 3 — available that feature some of the most popular songs from our catalog, like “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas, “Buddy Holly” by Weezer, and “Africa” by Toto. They are great, one-click options to build out your library.

Rock Band Rivals

Find Your Crew

The Rock Band community is alive and well, and actively competing week over week in Rivals mode. Rivals challenges focus play on specific challenge themes making for regular fun and competitive play. For those of you in crews, we hope you enjoy the Apple Music takeover.  For those of you on the sidelines waiting for your chance to get in, go get it!

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Astro and Gears Esports Team Up for 2019/20 Season and Launch Astro Battles Series

Building on from a successful 2018/19, Astro Gaming and Gears Esports have expanded their partnership with Astro becoming the Official Audio Partner of Gears Esports across the full 2019/20 season. The agreement will see Astro’s industry leading audio equipment being used across all four Gears Esports Majors, including the inaugural Gears World Championships, as well as across the Gears Unlimited and Gears Pro League Live content series.

“Astro has been a great partner across previous seasons of Gears Esports and we’re delighted to build on that for Gears 5. Now, as well as having Astro’s top class audio equipment and expertise at our events, we’ll also benefit from that across all of our content series,” said Dana Sissons, Director of Communications, The Coalition.

Every Gears 5 Esports Major LAN will feature the new Astro TR Main Stage Audio System on stage to help competitors block out distractions and communicate with their team. In addition to providing an improved audio experience, Astro will be adding more prizing and new opportunities for Pro and Amateur players.

In addition, Astro will launch the Astro Battles League powered by Beyond Entertainment.

The Astro Battles 2v2 League is an official 2v2 tournament series that will reward over $20,000 in prizing and seed players for the hugely popular 2v2 LAN events at every Gears Esports Major. The Astro Battles 2v2 League will kick off at the San Diego Major at the Town and Country Resort from December 6-8, 2019.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Microsoft, The Coalition and Gears of War. By offering the community a premium audio experience and creating exciting new ways to earn cash, aspiring athletes will be able to find new teammates and have a chance to make a career in Gears Esports,” said Cole Lovelady, Head of Global Esports.

To discover more about the partnership, see episode two of the Gears Unlimited series on the Gears of War YouTube channel.

If you would like to learn more about the Astro Battles 2v2 League, check out the Astro Battles Announcement and sign up for your free account with Beyond Entertainment.

To stay updated on all future developments on the partnership and the Astro Battles series, follow @EsportsGears, @AstroGaming and @TeamBeyondnet on Twitter. For the latest on Gears, stay tuned to Xbox Wire.