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Crusader Kings III is Coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC in 2020

Seven years ago, Paradox Interactive redefined grand strategy, emergent storytelling, and alternate history in one incredible game: Crusader Kings II. Today, seven years of expansions, surprises, and amazing stories later, we announced a worthy heir to the throne at PDXCON 2019: Crusader Kings III is coming in 2020. We can’t wait to share a new generation of grand strategy with players everywhere, and we have even more good news: if you’re on Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) it’ll be included in your subscription.

Crusader Kings III

Crusader Kings III

Crusader Kings III is the sequel to an all-time favorite title from Paradox Development Studio, offering players a realm of medieval conquest, intrigue, and high drama. If you’re new to Crusader Kings, you’re about to discover a world where you can live out your own medieval saga as the leader (and the heirs of that leader) of a grand dynasty. You can determine your own fate — conquer your way across Europe, establish your rule over matters of religion, culture, or simply ensure that your rivals meet with a series of “coincidental” misfortunes. If you’re a long-time veteran of our series, then I think you will be both satisfied and surprised with what we have in store for you in this true, worthy sequel.

Crusader Kings III

Crusader Kings III

It’s an exciting honor to have finally revealed the project we’ve been working on, live on stage at PDXCON 2019 in Berlin, no less! What’s more, we were joined on stage by our friends at Microsoft to reveal that we’re sharing this new journey with PC players worldwide through Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). Crusader Kings III will be available day one with Xbox Game Pass! If you’ve ever wanted to give our unique brand of grand strategy a try, there’s never been a better opportunity.

Crusader Kings III

Crusader Kings III

Making a sequel that Crusader Kings fans will be satisfied with has been quite a journey. Over the years, CK2 has had several expansions with more content than I can possibly list here. From its humble beginning, we’ve seen the game explode in popularity and take on new challenges, conquering new territories just like an in-game dynasty! Our players have shared countless stories of the treachery, drama, and heartbreak they’ve experienced within Crusader Kings over the years, and with an all-new generation waiting in the wings, I can’t wait to hear about the guile, cunning, and strategy our fans (new and old alike) will attempt. Maybe some of them will even succeed, if they can outsmart the ambitious threats from other kingdoms and from their own councils.

Crusader Kings III

Crusader Kings III

We’re going to have a lot more to share about Crusader Kings III in the coming months, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire and look for us on Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) in 2020!

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This Week on Xbox: October 18, 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!

The Division 2 Gets New Updates and Releases Episode 2 – Pentagon: The Last Castle
The latest free update to hit The Division 2 is out now on Xbox One. Episode 2 – Pentagon: The Last Castle adds new missions that bring the fight for Washington, D.C. to the Pentagon, along with a raft of gameplay updates (including a new loot-targeting system)… Read more

A Peek into the Creation of the Cinematic Platformer Stela, Releasing Today on Xbox One
I’ve been working on games for over 15 years and playing them non-stop since I was a little kid. My dad brought home my very first adventure game (Space Quest I if you’re wondering) and I’ve been absolutely hooked ever since. I’ve always loved exploring game worlds… Read more

Xbox and Taco Bell Partner for the Biggest Console Giveaway of the Year
Xbox and Taco Bell are teaming up for the third year in a row to give fans the chance to win the most craveable kit yet: an Xbox One X Eclipse Limited Edition Bundle. And with a winner every 10 minutes on average, this is also the largest Xbox console giveaway of the year… Read more

Celebrate Rock Band 4’s Birthday on Xbox One with Free Songs
Of all the birthdays, the 4th birthday may be the best. You’re old enough to know what you want but young enough to get away with being bratty. It’s awesome. When we reflect on Rock Band 4’s first four years, RB4 feels like a 4-year-old. Rock Band has grown… Read more

Raid the Fort of the Damned in October’s Free Sea of Thieves Content Update
Get ready for Halloween with the free October content update for Sea of Thieves! Now live for all Sea of Thieves players with Xbox Game Pass, on Xbox One and on Windows 10 PC, Fort of the Damned encourages you to seek out a fearsome fortress and take on our… Read more

The Inspiration Behind The Jackbox Party Pack 6
Athena sprung from the head of Zeus fully-formed. That’s rad. We wish we could say games emerged from our skulls in the same way, but it’s a much more complex, lengthy process. We thought it would be cool to share the inspiration behind our games, to shed some light… Read more

Free Play Days

Free Play Days

Free Play Days – Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and Stellaris: Console Edition
This weekend, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and Stellaris: Console Edition for free on Xbox One during this weekend’s Free Play Days! The Free Play Days event begins… Read more

Dungeons & Dragons Classic RPGs Baldur’s Gate I & II, Planescape: Torment, and Icewind Dale Now Available on Xbox One
I wanted to start this post by saying thank you to everyone for your amazing support as we bring these venerable games to new platforms. The release of these titles represents the culmination of, in some cases, over 20 years of work building and improving these games… Read more

SMITE

SMITE

New Smite Update Brings Yemoja, Goddess of Rivers, to the Battleground
Control the might of water and trap your foes between waves as Yemoja, Goddess of Rivers, in the newest Smite update, now available on Xbox One. Every river must have its beginning, and that beginning is Yemoja. The Goddess of the Ogun River… Read more

Get Ready to Pig Out in Pig Eat Ball, Available Now on Xbox One
Hey all, I’m Nathan Fouts, lead developer at Mommy’s Best Games, creators of Shoot 1UP and Serious Sam DD XXL for Xbox 360. Pig Eat Ball was my crazy idea—how to create an “arcade adventure”? I wanted to make something that felt like a series of arcade games… Read more

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics

Designing and Adapting Characters in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, Coming Soon to Xbox One
Bringing characters into a game from an existing IP is always challenging, but when you’re dealing with a big and beloved world like “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” it’s important not only to make them playable, but not to lose any of what makes them fan favorites… Read more

Halloween Update Adds Spooks and Scares to Black Desert on Xbox One
This Halloween, the massive world of Black Desert on Xbox One is being invaded by magical forces that might give you a trick or a treat. New ghost and witch bosses offer the chance to win special items and craft new costumes – read on for more details about new Halloween content… Read more

Prepare for a Galaxy-Spanning Adventure in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Coming to Xbox One November 15
Never has it felt more satisfying to strike down a stormtrooper with a lightsaber. I mean, in a game of course. At a recent hands-on event to preview Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, we experienced just how well developer Respawn has captured not only the power of the saber and the Force… Read more

Celebrate Halloween in Defiance 2050
Double, double toil and trouble, the Hulkers have returned to paradise! They bring with them a plague that has come to wipe out all Arkhunters. Get ready to put down these diseased plaguers and hulkers with extreme prejudice, or else you may become one of them…. Read more

Putting You in Control of Your Gaming Experience
At Xbox, we are investing in building a positive gaming community. We believe that gaming should be inclusive and welcoming for everyone, which means creating experiences and communities that invite everyone to play safely and responsibly. Since we launched Xbox Live… Read more

5 Survival Tips for Open World Adventure Stranded Sails – Explorers of the Cursed Islands, Available Now on Xbox One
Ahoy there adventurers! Now that Stranded Sails – Explorers of the Cursed Islands has arrived on Xbox One, get ready to set sail with five key survival tips for life in the open-world pirate adventure now that’s available now on Xbox One. Build and manage your crews… Read more

All-New Heroes and Villains are Available Today in Gears 5
It’s been just over a month since Gears 5 celebrated its worldwide launch with Xbox Game Pass, and today we’re evolving your Gears 5 multiplayer experience with four new characters: the COG Gear, the DeeBee, the Warden and General RAAM, the ruthless Locust military leader… Read more

Next Week on Xbox: New Games for October 21 to 25
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

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The Inspiration Behind The Jackbox Party Pack 6

Athena sprung from the head of Zeus fully-formed. That’s rad. We wish we could say games emerged from our skulls in the same way, but it’s a much more complex, lengthy process. We thought it would be cool to share the inspiration behind our games, to shed some light on the initial ideas that grew into the fully-formed Party Pack 6 that we are thrilled to bring to Xbox One.

The first thing we agreed upon this year was that we wanted to do a reboot of one of our most-loved games, Trivia Murder Party. And like any self-respecting sequel, it needed to be bigger, better, and even spookier. So we set Trivia Murder Party 2 in a haunted murder hotel. Our murderous host is back and this time he’s saddled with the obligation of running his family business and hosting a trivia murder game. (Can men have it all?!) In addition to the new setting, we packed the game with new minigames and mechanics, including bonus, secret scenes that trigger after certain “gifts” come into play. Because we were building on an existing base, we were able to add exciting new layers that transform the original into an even more murderous labyrinth.

The Jackbox Party Pack 6

The Jackbox Party Pack 6

In Dictionarium, we wanted to create a word game where you didn’t need a big vocabulary… or really any vocabulary at all. In each game, we give you a gibberish word and you build a whole dictionary entry around it. By the end of the game, you’ll have a winning definition, a synonym, and an example of it being used in a sentence. When designing this game, we made sure to leave all the power in the hands of (gulp) the players. You can get as silly or serious as you want; there are no right answers. We leaned into the idea that a thousand groups could look at the word “qwop” and come up with a thousand different meanings.

Push the Button actually incubated in the Jackbox offices for years before making its debut in Party Pack 6. We knew we wanted to make a hidden identity game and we kicked around multiple iterations before finally pushing the button on Push the Button. In this game, there are aliens hiding in your midst and you have to eject them from the ship before the timer runs out. Personal questions, moral quandaries, writing tasks and drawing games help you slowly sniff out the aliens. We view it as a spiritual successor to Fakin’ It. But in this version, we raised the stakes all the way into space! When we play this game in our office, people yell things like “I actually AM scared of horses, so I’m NOT an alien!” and that’s how we know it’s working.

The Jackbox Party Pack 6

The Jackbox Party Pack 6

You know that lively conversation where you and your friends go around sorting each other into wizard boarding school houses? That’s the inspiration behind Role Models. Our dev team wanted to capture the spirit of those lively discussions, but add a Jackbox-twist to them. In Role Models, you sort your friends into oddly specific archetypes, like which kind of ankle tattoo would each of you be? Choose wisely because you get points when you’re in agreement with the group. In the event of a tie, absurd minigames help settle the record. Editorially, we were inspired to explore areas other than pop culture. For example, “Which of your friends would scream HELP ME MOMMY while skydiving?” That is a real question, so start thinking about it now.

For Joke Boat, our inspiration couldn’t have been more simple: make ‘em laugh, baby! It was important for us, when designing this game, to set the player up for success. Since crafting a one-liner from scratch feels daunting, we have players create them in bite-sized steps. After you choose a classic joke structure and topic, you write the punch line. It’s like Build-A-Bear, except appropriate for all ages. There are even funny catchphrases to help buoy you. You can choose to read your joke out loud, or bury your head in your hands while the game presents it for you. But fret not—we intentionally made the stakes very low by placing you on a terrible cruise ship.

The Jackbox Party Pack 6

The Jackbox Party Pack 6

So there you have it. That is what inspired us to make The Jackbox Party Pack 6. We hope you have as much fun playing these games as we did making them! Let us know what you think by sharing your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Now that you’ve peeked into our brains, we kindly ask you to leave. There are just some thoughts we don’t want you to see.

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October 16th Xbox Insider Release Notes – Beta Ring (1911.191012-1945)

Hey Beta 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 1911 Xbox One system update (build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1911\18363.8088.191012-1945). Keep reading for more details.

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1911\18363.8088.191012-1945
  • Available: 2:00 p.m. PT – October 16, 2019
  • Mandatory: 3:00 a.m. PT – October 17, 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:

OneGuide

  • Fixed an issue where some users were unable to watch TV via USB tuner.

System

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

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.

Store

  • Some users are reporting their Video Autoplay settings are not being kept when a new update is released.

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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The Division 2 Gets New Updates and Releases Episode 2 – Pentagon: The Last Castle

The latest free update to hit The Division 2 is out now on Xbox One. Episode 2 – Pentagon: The Last Castle adds new missions that bring the fight for Washington, D.C. to the Pentagon, along with a raft of gameplay updates (including a new loot-targeting system), a new specialization for endgame players, and a Team Elimination PVP mode. Xbox Live Gold members can play The Division 2 for free this weekend, gameplay improvements and all, from October 17 through October 20. Here’s a look at what Episode 2 includes:

New Missions

Episode 2 takes you to the Pentagon, where the fight continues in solving the ongoing outbreak crisis in Washington D.C. As Agents, you’ll encounter two new main missions set in and underneath the landmark building. After a Division Agent discovers the existence of a perfusion bioreactor – a device capable of replicating a potentially life-saving antivirus – players must fight their way through the flooded, Black Tusk-occupied area around the Pentagon to secure a safe house. It is up to Agents to secure the bioreactor – and with it, all hope – before it falls into the hands of the Black Tusk.

From there, the first new main mission, Pentagon, will take players into the building itself, where they’ll battle through Black Tusk forces to find the entrance to an underground laboratory.

Then, in the second mission at the DARPA Research Labs, they’ll race to stop the Black Tusk from removing the bioreactor through an abandoned network of Cold War-era tunnels.

Both missions are replayable, and are available as early access for Year 1 Pass holders starting October 15. All players will be able to access the Pentagon missions for free starting October 22.

The Divison 2 Update 2 Inline 1

The Divison 2 Update 2 Inline 1

In addition to the main missions, Episode 2 features two Classified Assignments, which are optional side missions that are exclusively available to Year 1 Pass holders. In Marina, Division Agents will investigate a boathouse on the Potomac River – used by the Outcasts to transport weapons and supplies – and seize as many weapons as possible. In Embassy, a helicopter carrying important supplies is shot down by Outcasts and crashes into the Mexican Embassy, pushing players to race against time to rescue the pilot and secure the supplies before the Outcasts show up in force.

Technician Specialization

The Technician is the fifth specialization for endgame players, packing an Artificer Hive that can buff the power of any deployed skills, whether they belong to the Technician or to allied players. Technician Agents also carry a Maxim 9 sidearm, an EMP grenade mod, and a new signature weapon: The P-017 multi-missile launcher, which can target multiple enemies and fire up to six missiles at once.

The Technician is instantly unlocked with the Year 1 Pass, but available to all players who complete the specialization’s Field Research tasks.

New PVP Mode and Map

Team Elimination mode is coming to The Division 2’s Conflict PVP matches. Two four-Agent teams will square off against each other in best-of-seven battles, with each round ending either when an entire team expires, or the timer does. Joining the new mode is a new Conflict map, Wharf, which lets players battle for an abandoned harbor that features plenty of opportunities to use flanking routes and high ground to get the drop on opponents.

Major Updates

Episode 2 is part of Title Update 6, the biggest batch of gameplay improvements to hit The Division 2 since launch. Developed with community feedback, the updates range from increased stash space and rebalanced gear talents to server changes designed to ensure the Dark Zones are always as populated as possible. One of the most significant changes is the addition of a targeted loot system that lets players pull up the map and see which loot is likely to drop in a given zone or mission, making it easier to find specific loot they might be hunting.

Big changes are also coming to the Dark Zones, the hybrid, PVE/PVP-enabled areas of The Division 2 where players can work together or betray each other for loot. When players enter a Dark Zone, the game will automatically look for a server with a high population, and transfer players (or groups of players) there to ensure an active experience. The Thieves’ Den vendor now carries a better stock of items that rotate regularly, and Dark Zone supply drops will now appear at more locations, guarded by bosses, Black Tusk soldiers, or multiple warring factions.

Other changes include improvements to the crafting system, the return of Expeditions mode (with a new Mastery system that rewards faster completion), major reworks for named items, changes to how branded gear sets work, and much more. For a full rundown, check out this recap of The Division 2’s pre-launch State of the Game livestream.

Free Weekend Details

If you haven’t yet started playing The Division 2, good news – you can download and try the game for free from October 17 through October 20, with preloading available starting October 15. The free weekend will be a chance to explore The Division 2’s open world, team up with other Agents, and experience Episode 2’s myriad gameplay updates. If you decide to keep playing after the free weekend is over, your progress will carry over to the full game – which will be on sale for up to 70% off through the Microsoft Store from October 17 through October 22. Washington needs you, Agents – will you answer the call?

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Celebrate Rock Band 4’s Birthday on Xbox One with Free Songs

Of all the birthdays, the 4th birthday may be the best. You’re old enough to know what you want but young enough to get away with being bratty. It’s awesome. When we reflect on Rock Band 4’s first four years, RB4 feels like a 4-year-old. Rock Band has grown a lot over the last 4 years – the game has gotten bigger: with added songs, features, and other content. We’ve also seen growth in the Rock Band audience – we’ve watched Rivals become the premier competitive mode of the game, with crews competing to get promoted each week.

Happy Birthday to You, from Us

To celebrate the occasion, we have put together an update to the game, with some bug fixes and new content available to all Rock Band 4 players. We are also releasing a free pack of DLC that features 4 Harmonix bands. These bands were chosen specifically to showcase the diverse talent of the Harmonix staff – we have a song from the band, “Shocked Laura,” an upbeat pop song that was composed for Dance Central. We have a song from “Orion” (proud member of the Rock Band DLC team) which features super smooth futuresque synthpop. We have a new song from Rock Band veterans “Newfane” (featuring Chris Rigopulos, our COO and arguably biggest RB fan in the office) and a song from “Duck & Cover” – my own bratty punk band. I love the eclectic-ness of the pack and hope you enjoy it (did I mention, it’s free?).

Rock Band 4

Rock Band 4

Join Us for Rivals Season 13

As turn our gaze towards the future of the Rock Band franchise, a clear path emerges – it is our great pleasure to delight the music community with DLC and Rivals challenges. It’s been nice to see the reception to the Season 13 rewards, after floaty heads and wings, a full set of instruments is a nice grounding reward. That said, we’ve got some exciting content in the hopper for 2020 — we can’t wait to share it with you. Also, in case you are just tuning in, we have our lucky 13th season of Rivals happening right now — this is an excellent time to jump in and join the fray.

Birthday Gifts

I’m sure you are thinking, “Cool! What do you want for your birthday, Rock Band?” Well, nothing would make us happier than to have you fire up your Xbox One, strap on your guitar, pick up your drum sticks, grab the mic and join us for a song or two. We’re proud to have made it this far and are looking forward to rocking with you through the holiday and into next year (and beyond!!).

Also, make sure to follow us on social media for more updates on our celebratory plans.

Rock Band 4 is available now for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store. Click here for purchase details.

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This Week on Xbox: October 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!

Surviving the Aftermath is Coming to Xbox Game Preview Plus New Surviving Mars Update
Hello, Survivors! I’m thrilled to reveal the next game in our Surviving brand, Surviving the Aftermath! Launching on Xbox One late 2020, players who want to get in on the ground floor of the game’s development will be able to purchase the game on Xbox Game Preview… Read more

Introducing App and Game Limits for Family Settings
The new school year is well under way, and as families continue to balance homework and after school activities with screen time, Xbox is here to help. We’re continuously studying ways to improve children’s safety online and to give you, their parents or guardians… Read more

October 2019 Xbox Update Delivers New Family Settings Features, Wish List Notifications, and More
October is here and we know many gamers are already spending quality time with their favorite horror games (we won’t judge if you turn the brightness up). But never fear, we’re here to share lots of new features and improvements with the October 2019 Xbox One Update… Read more

Top 5 Ways to Stay Alive in Worse Than Death
Hey there, Xbox fans! We are a mom-and-pop indie studio from Toronto, Canada, and we’ve been making spooky, story-rich and thoughtful games for a decade now. Our newest title, Worse Than Death, launches today and is our first foray into the Xbox family. Worse Than Death… Read more

Afterparty

Afterparty

We Visit Afterparty’s Hell One More Time Before Its October 29 Release with Xbox Game Pass
We don’t want to surprise anyone, but the Hell of Afterparty can be a little messed up. At a recent preview event in San Francisco, developer Night School Studio gave us the opportunity to sit down with the game largely as players will get to experience it in just a few short weeks… Read more

Play Moons of Madness with the Lights On
There is nothing quite like closing the curtains, turning off the lights and powering up your Xbox with a brand-new horror game installed. Usually the ominous music, the screeches, or worse; whistling, that accompanies the dark and gloomy intro screen are enough to make… Read more

Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass

The Outer Worlds, Stellaris, and More Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC
“Are you feeling anything that could be construed as explosive cell death? No? Wonderful! Let’s get started.” –  Dr. Phineas Wells from The Outer Worlds We think this quote from The Outer Worlds is applicable in most situations. No explosive cell death? Awesome! Speaking… Read more

The Challenging Hand-Drawn Adventure of Indivisible is Available Today on Xbox One
Indivisible is the latest game from Lab Zero Games, best known as the studio that created Skullgirls. Their latest production is an RPG/platformer featuring Lab Zero’s signature hand-drawn and hand-animated art style that gives the game a unique look and feel… Read more

Pets Lift Pirates’ Spirits Ahead of October’s Spooky Sea of Thieves Update
October has just arrived, and inevitably brings with it Halloween and the anticipation of gaming events given a certain graveyard twist. Sea of Thieves is set to continue this tradition with its next Monthly Content Update – Fort of the Damned, a challenging event arriving… Read more

World of Warships: Legends Gears up for Halloween
World of Warships: Legends celebrates Halloween early with a new Campaign! Players can get started on the way to earning a free Halloween-themed premium ship and tons of rewards throughout October! The Wicked Waves Campaign features the Jackal, a steampunk war machine… Read more

ATLAS

ATLAS

The Future of Atlas on Xbox Game Preview, Available Today on Xbox One
When I talk to players about Atlas, there’s one phrase I often hear: “Atlas could be my perfect game.” As a developer, it’s very exciting to hear so many people express that opinion. You can’t help but think “Wow, people really love what our game has to offer.” But when you work… Read more

Conquer the Red Planet in New Warface Update on Xbox One
looked to the stars for a new start, free from conflict and war. But there is no running from war. Blackwood Games and My.Games are proud to introduce the Mars update, a new chapter in the Warface saga on Xbox One which takes the action from Earth… Read more

Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 Free Trial Weekend Coming to Xbox One October 11 to 14
Fellow fighters! We’re excited to report that the Mortal Kombat 11 Free Trial Weekend on Xbox One is coming up starting October 11 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and running through to October 14 at 12:59 p.m. PDT. With new DLC fighters and various content updates available… Read more

Free Play Days – Warhammer: Chaosbane
We are glad to announce that Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Warhammer: Chaosbane for free on Xbox One during this weekend’s Free Play Days! The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, October 10 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and runs through… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s open world of Auroa is huge, diverse, and bursting with rich natural detail. Whether they opt to see Auroa in 4K or 1080p, higher resolution or increased graphical fidelity, Xbox One X ensures that console players get the best experience possible… Read more

Details on Vigor 1.1 Update: Bridges
Hei, Outlanders. Post-war Norway was quite a ride over the last months. As Vigor went free-to-play during the gamescom announcement, new Outlanders started to flow in. We are humbled by the number of players who decided to give Vigor a try. There were already… Read more

Frostpunk

Frostpunk

The Meaningful Design of Frostpunk’s Society System
Society is everything in Frosptunk, the Victorian-era city-builder and a society simulator from 11 bit studios that is making its way to Xbox One today, October 11. As you reign in the last city on a severely frozen Earth, your success heavily depends on how you steer society… Read more

The Gorgeous Co-Op World of Trine 4, Out Now on Xbox One
If you’ve been looking for an amazing puzzle-platforming experience to play solo or co-op with friends, then you’re in luck! We’ve just released Trine 4 and Trine: Ultimate Collection to give you the chance to experience the lush environments and physics-based puzzles of the iconic… Read more

Next Week on Xbox

Next Week on Xbox

Next Week on Xbox: New Games for October 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… Read more

Narrative Adventure Game The Bradwell Conspiracy is Available Today on Xbox One
Hi Xbox Fans, The Bradwell Conspiracy is a narrative adventure game about photography, 3D printing and some worrying corporate underhandedness. We’re launching on Xbox One today and we wanted to share with you some behind-the-scenes insights that’ll make your experience… Read more

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Narrative Adventure Game The Bradwell Conspiracy is Available Today on Xbox One

Hi Xbox Fans,

The Bradwell Conspiracy is a narrative adventure game about photography, 3D printing and some worrying corporate underhandedness. We’re launching on Xbox One today and we wanted to share with you some behind-the-scenes insights that’ll make your experience in our game world just a little richer.

The Bradwell Conspiracy

The Bradwell Conspiracy

When you first load up The Bradwell Conspiracy you’ll quickly notice two things: Firstly, due to an injury you can’t talk and, secondly, the building around you is collapsing! The Bradwell Stonehenge museum you were visiting has been severely damaged in an explosion and (almost) everyone has been evacuated. You’ll be communicating with the only other survivor, Amber, using photographs instead of your voice.

Why photographs? We’re huge fans of RPGs and have a lot of love for big dialogue wheels and response lists but they come with some challenges. How do you make sure the prompts mean what the player expects them to? How do you let a player convey their own personality through these? For us, having a voiceless protagonist means you’re a blank slate and your relationship with Amber can be what you want it to be. Using images lets you send her important information for your survival. However, it also lets you uncover new information about the secret facility you’re trapped in and, in spite of the chaos, you can have plenty of jokes with Amber too.

The Bradwell Conspiracy

The Bradwell Conspiracy

Bradwell Electronics, the company you’re delving so deep into, isn’t just a facade or plot device. We’ve put many hours into making it as close to a real company as you could get in a game. The company has a full history, a website, and even corporate branding designed by an actual brand consultant in the real world. The labs you explore are real workplaces too. Learn about all the different teams and projects by rummaging through their stuff, sneaking onto their computers or studying what’s been left behind in a hurry as they were evacuated.

Of course, when you’re not snapping pics or prying through audio logs you’ll be trying to escape – and defying the laws of physics to do so!

The Bradwell Conspiracy

The Bradwell Conspiracy

Bradwell Electronics doesn’t just give its employees high tech smart-glasses and PCs, they also get the power to manipulate matter with the Substance Mobile Printer (SMP). The facility is full of items made of Bradwellium, a mysterious substance that can be instantly copied and replicated. You can use substance objects for traversal, repairs, blocking things, breaking things and much more. Don’t be afraid to muck around with it either, Bradwell Employees have been known to have a little fun with this trillion-dollar technology.

Keep your ears open as you experiment with this powerful technology. Every step on your path to escape is accompanied by some experimental sound design. During development we paired BAFTA award winning composer Austin Wintory with Ali Tocher, a talented sound designer, and briefed them to completely blur the line between soundtrack and audio, working fully in partnership like the player and Amber. At some points the soundscape is realistic: a gritty falling building or soothing artificial ambiance in a medical ward. Other times the sounds play along with the player, distorting and glitching at challenging moments, or teasing plot twists with hypnotic piano lines.

The Bradwell Conspiracy

The Bradwell Conspiracy

Clever collaboration and printing are the keys to your escape. Remember to dig deeper and keep an open mind. If you get stuck – remember Amber’s there to help. We look forward to seeing you unravel

The Bradwell Conspiracy is available now for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store. Click here for purchase details.

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October 11th Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Ring (1911.191009-1945)

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 1911 Xbox One system update (build: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1911\18363.8084.191009-1945). Keep reading for more details.

System Update Details:

  • OS version released: 19H1_RELEASE_XBOX_DEV_1911\18363.8084.191009-1945
  • Available: 2:00 p.m. PT – October 11, 2019
  • Mandatory: 3:00 a.m. PT – October 12, 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 1911 build:

Parties

  • Fixed an issue where user status was not updating to show the correct activity.

System

  • Various updates to properly reflect local languages across 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.

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.

Store

  • Some users are reporting their Video Autoplay settings are not being kept when a new update is released.

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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Details on Vigor 1.1 Update: Bridges

Hei, Outlanders.

Post-war Norway was quite a ride over the last months. As Vigor went free-to-play during the gamescom announcement, new Outlanders started to flow in. We are humbled by the number of players who decided to give Vigor a try. There were already over 2.5 million players who tried Vigor since the start of Xbox Game Preview, which means over 1.3 million players jumped in within the first month after the full release. The numbers far exceeded our expectations and, sincerely, we were not prepared enough for it. Finally, we recovered, and now plan to update the game more on a regular basis. We took our time to find and fix the most pressing issues (so called “ghost bullets” and impenetrable bushes, for example), as well as adding one big thing we were working on for a long time.

Vigor

Vigor

New Map

Brodalen Bridges. A new area for your encounters – a huge map with new approaches to verticality. If you considered Fjellkanten vertical, wait for the bridges on the new map. I cannot count how many times someone tried to snipe me from the top, or how many times I was doing the same during our playtests. Still, keep in mind bridges aren’t the only thing about the new map. It’s a distinctive setting with rural areas for long-range firefights, combined with eerie woods and sparse houses providing some close quarters engagements. It’s the valley along the meandering river with waterfalls and hidden caverns. And indeed, it has a ton of places to gather precious loot and fight for the airdrop.

Vigor

Vigor

Loot Rebalance

As I mentioned the loot… there’s more to loot than meets the eye. We went through all the maps and made them more distinguishable in terms of which resources you are able to find in each location. Common sense dictates there’s more wires along the Viktorsen Station, or possibly more fertilizer on the fields of Brodalen Bridges, and that common sense should be reflected even more than before. Together with that, we decided to make loot boosts even more pronounced to clearly show the difference. As the boosters stack, the amount of loot spots, and items in each of them, increase even more than before.

Vigor

Vigor

Buried Cache

If you’d prefer to look for some hidden treasure while on the loot run, we have you covered. There’s a new event in all the maps – we call it a Buried Cache. For this, you can find photos with clues around the map, and if you’re able to recognize and find the destination fast enough, a nice reward awaits you hidden underground. Keep in mind that while you may be the only one looking for the cache, other Outlanders could still be wandering the area. Stay alert and you’ll get a nice prize.

Vigor

Vigor

Weight Influence

You may have noticed that sprinting is rather easy in Vigor. No matter how much you carry, the Outlander is able to sprint easily. This is no longer true as the weight of your inventory reduces your available stamina. Thinking of outrunning others while taking the airdrop crate? Keep in mind that the crate is one of the heaviest items. And stamina isn’t the only thing affected by weight, as your footsteps will now be louder when you’re carrying a lot. On the other hand, we’ve made some quality of life improvements – interacting with loot, Shelter improvements, and various other things like using doors and ladders should be more intuitive than ever before. You don’t need to bow down to collect things on the floor anymore and there should not be cases where you need to be at a specific angle.

Vigor

Vigor

Threat and Team Killer distinction

We keep looking for your feedback, checking your streams and videos on various channels. One of the pressing issues, and often exploited features, was becoming a Threat after killing your teammate. We decided to make a proper distinction between these and added a Team Killer status. It clearly shows others what cruel deeds someone has done, and tracks the Outlander a lot more often compared to the Threat. Also, killing your teammates for challenges will no longer count, which should also help to severely limit this form of grieving. We are still vigilant about team killings and observe our data on the subject on a daily basis. The same goes for any other feedback – we are really happy for all of the posts and comments and we plan to evaluate them even more often from now on.

Vigor

Vigor

Game Updates

That leads me to other news – we have a solid plan for regular game updates. We would like to provide something new to the game ideally on a weekly basis; mostly new customizations. You can check the Featured Store every Wednesday for something new and we are yet to announce the new ways of showing new content. Not only that, we would even like to add more weapons along the way to provide more things you can aim for. And generally, while these minor updates should spice up the waiting, we aim to have a major update roughly every two months, the same as we did with Update 1.1: Bridges. Each of these major updates should provide a ton of tweaks and improvements accompanied with some bigger new feature.

Vigor is available now as a free-to-play tile for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store. Click here for additional details.