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New to Xbox Game Pass in December: ‘Mortal Kombat X,’ ‘Ashen’ and more

Hello, Xbox Game Pass members! It’s been, what… a whole week since we announced new games coming to Xbox Game Pass? Time to drop a few more for December. We’re here to share the factual facts about factual games coming, in fact, to Xbox Game Pass with facts.

You already know that there are over one hundred great games at your fingertips… but wait, there’s more! Here is how to get the most out of your Xbox Game Pass membership this month (that isn’t just a shameless plug to go follow our Twitter and Instagram and ask you to share your favorite cat gifs with us):

  • Warn everyone in the house you might randomly yell, “Finish him!” when playing Mortal Kombat X
  • Caution them that when playing Pro Evolution Soccer 19 you could also burst out yelling “Goooaaaallll!” sometimes
  • Uh, just go ahead and buy the whole house a bunch of ear plugs
  • Promise yourself you won’t shriek, but know you’re going to get pretty freaked out after you start playing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Play Shadow Warrior 2 and scream loudly as you play another game with someone stuck in your head, but this time you’re a ninja
  • Realize you’re probably still going to need to buy more ear plugs
  • Install Ori and the Blind Forest to give you all the feels, and less of the loud yelling, shrieking, and angry looks every time people walk past when you turn on the Xbox
  • Make room for the even more games we’ve got coming this month, but seriously, don’t uninstall anyone’s games to make room because they’re already a little mad about all the yelling
  • Convince your friends to play Spintires Mudrunner, and salvage your friendships over some (digital) time playing in the mud

Without further ado, let’s dive into some details on the new games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass:

Mortal Kombat X (December 7)

Jump 25 years into the future as the epic Mortal Kombat saga continues. Mortal Kombat X introduces a new generation of fighters (including the return of some fan favorites), brilliant cinematic presentation, and the Character Variation system that allows players to pick from special moves, attacks, or weapons that impact both the strategy and fighting style of each character. Gather your best buds to battle it out in this fantastic fighting game.

Pro Evolution Soccer 19 (December 13)

PES 2019 recreates soccer by showcasing the power of football through authentic leagues and enhanced realism — and Xbox Game Pass members will have access to all the action! And now thanks to a recent game update that added new stadiums, team kits, and a new range of football boots and balls, the game is better than ever before. Xbox Game Pass members are invited to compete in the upcoming season of PES League, Konami’s official global esports competition, to find and award the best player of PES 2019.

Spintires: Mudrunner (December 13)

In the harsh wilds of Siberia, take control of mighty, off-road vehicles in Spintires: Mudrunner. Experience mud, torrential rivers, and other harsh obstacles powered by an impressive physics engine that simulates some of the toughest environments known to man. Drive 19 formidable vehicles, each with their own customizable attachments with nothing but your wits and navigational abilities, or with up to three friends at your side in multiplayer! Work together to haul lumber and unlock new vehicles and maps as you go.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (December 17)

From Ninja Theory, one of the creative development teams added to the Microsoft Studios family earlier this year, and the makers of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC: Devil May Cry, comes a warrior’s brutal journey into myth and madness. Set in the Viking age, a broken Celtic warrior embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover. Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will pull you deep into Senua’s mind.

Ori and the Blind Forest (December 20)

Often described as exquisitely beautiful and heart-wrenchingly emotional, Ori and the Blind Forest earned critical acclaim – with over 30 industry awards to its name – and deeply passionate fans when it arrived on Xbox One. Moon Studios’ side-scrolling platformer combines incredible art, stirring music, challenging gameplay, and powerful narrative into a landmark game that shouldn’t be missed..

Shadow Warrior 2 (December 20)

The lovechild to one of the most frantic franchises in the world and developer Flying Wild Hog, comes the best FPS melee combat system ever made. Slice your enemies into sashimi with lethal blades or go out with a bang using staggering amount of firepower and archaic magic to purge the world of evil. With those elements combined you have the wackiest, weirdest, and bloodiest looter-shooter ever made. Jump into the shoes of Lo Wang, your friendly, neighborhood ninja slash assassin, slash hitman, slash, slash, slash… Defeat unending waves of monsters on your way to solve the mystery of a girl magically locked in your head.

Aaaaannnddd if you missed it, at The Game Awards yesterday, we announced three more games coming to Xbox Game Pass. Seriously, just quit your job now.

Ashen (December 7)

An open world co-op action RPG about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. As you adventure through the realm of Ashen, you’ll occasionally encounter other players in a passive, co-operative multiplayer open world. It’s up to you to decide how to deal with them – fight together against evil, invite them into your party or simply ignore them.

Kingdom Two Crowns (December 11)

Work with other players in the brand-new solo or co-op campaign mode to build a kingdom and secure it from the threat of the Greed. Experience new technology, units, enemies, mounts, and secrets in the next evolution of the award-winning micro strategy franchise!

Below (December 14)

A procedural terrarium filled with life, mystery, and death. Test your adventurer mettle against The Isle’s subterranean labyrinths. Explore a large, interconnected underworld crawling with cunning wildlife, deadly traps and stalked by a shadowy presence. Survive the perils of The Depths and unearth what lies below… or die trying.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, including the highest-rated* Xbox exclusive of this generation Forza Horizon 4, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first month for $1, and discover your next favorite game.

For the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, download the Xbox Game Pass app for Android and iOS and keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

*Source: Metacritic

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‘Tis the season for giving with these deals from Xbox One

It is the holiday season, and to celebrate, we are sharing Xbox One deals on consoles and accessories to get you ready for some winter gaming.

Starting today, you can save $50 on any Xbox One bundle, including Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, and Xbox One S, the best value in gaming and entertainment this Holiday. And there’s no shortage of amazing bundles to choose from at a participating retailer near you.

Join the worldwide Fortnite phenomenon with $50 off the Xbox One S Fortnite Bundle and get ready to battle to be the last one standing. This bundle includes a full-game download of Fortnite Battle Royale plus the Eon cosmetic set download and 2,000 V-bucks. Fortnite Battle Royale is the 100-player PVP mode where you fight to the end. Build and destroy environments and join intense PVP combat on Xbox Live, the fastest, most reliable gaming network

Get $50 off the Xbox One S Battlefield V Bundle and enter mankind’s greatest conflict: World War II. Join the ranks with a full-game download of Battlefield V Deluxe Edition containing paratrooper apparel for your Company of soldiers, special assignments, and weekly Airlifts. Plus, enjoy an outstanding Battlefield experience with full-game downloads of Battlefield 1943, Battlefield 1 Revolution, and one-month of EA Access.

Looking for more power? Save $50 on the Xbox One X Fallout 76 Bundle and explore, quest, build, and triumph in a post-nuclear wasteland. Prepare for an epic adventure in the prequel to the award-winning Fallout RPG series from Bethesda Game Studios. Journey alone or with friends in a new and unique Fallout adventure, and for the first time ever, Vault Dwellers can team up online on Xbox Live!

With so many great bundles to choose from, you can’t go wrong while saving $50!

And if you need more accessories for your arsenal, starting on December 9, you can save $10 on select Xbox Wireless Controllers and gear up for the holidays.

December Console Promo 2018

December Console Promo 2018

Equip yourself with $10 off the Xbox Wireless Controller Phantom Black and sense victory within, or bring your ABXY game and save $10 on the Xbox Wireless Controller Sport White edition. There’s plenty of other controllers to choose from as well, so be sure to size them all up and choose wisely!

And top it all off with deals on Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass:

  • Get $50 off Xbox Game Pass and get instant access to over 100 games
  • Starting on 12/9 buy 3 months of Xbox Live Gold and get $10 towards the Microsoft Online Store

This Holiday is the best time to get into gaming or to give the thrills of gaming with Xbox One. Enjoy 100 games right out of the box with Xbox Game Pass, and access all your favorite entertainment through apps like YouTube, Netflix, and more. Watch 4K Blu-ray movies and stream 4K video on both Xbox One consoles and experience immersive true 4K gaming on Xbox One X—the world’s most powerful console. Whether you’re playing games, watching your favorite shows or streaming gameplay, Xbox One delivers brilliant graphics with HDR technology, premium audio, and the fastest, most reliable gaming network.  Visit Xbox.com to learn more.

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New batch of Xbox Game Pass titles are on their way

Hello, Xbox Game Pass members!

Now that we’ve had our annual dose of turkey and family, normal service resumes here at Xbox Game Pass. And on that note, we’re excited to share three important public service announcements:

  1. If the 16 games we announced at X018 were not enough, we are adding three more to the Xbox Game Pass catalog over the coming week, starting with The Gardens Between on November 29, Mutant Year Zero on December 4, and Strange Brigade on December 6. We require you to play these, as well as the over 100 other great games included in your membership – no negotiation.
  2. If you have a mobile telephone, you need to download the Xbox Game Pass app for iOS and Android. Through this app you can remotely install Xbox Game Pass games to your Xbox One so they’re ready to play when you come home from school or work. We’ll also send you notifications to let you know when games are added, so say goodbye to FOMO (and your job/free time).
  3. Follow our Xbox Game Pass Instagram and Twitter You don’t want to miss out on life-changing memes and gaming banter.

What’s that sound? It’s like a voice on the wind saying “We want more…” We hear it. Keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire, the Xbox Game Pass Twitter and Instagram channels (see above) and the Xbox Game Pass app (again, see above) where we’ll be dropping even more games throughout the month of December.

Without further ado, let’s dive into some details on the new games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass:

The Gardens Between (November 29)

Follow two best friends Arina and Frendt who fall into a surreal world full of dreamlike garden islands. Together they’ll embark on a nostalgic journey through a world built around objects from their childhood, lighting constellations and illuminating threads from a time when friendship was the most important thing in the world. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and traverse each precious memory to reach the summit of each island in this single-player puzzle adventure.

Mutant Year Zero (December 4)

A tactical adventure game with turn-based combat and real-time exploration of a post-apocalyptic world, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden puts you in command of a unique squad of mutant soldiers as you scavenge through the remains of civilization to survive. From the creators of Hitman and PayDay, experience a mix of story, exploration, stealth, and strategy in the brutal environment of a decimated planet Earth as your band of heroes embark on a quest to discover the legend of Eden.

Strange Brigade (December 6)

Join an elite agency of extraordinary adventurers and investigate the darkest corners of Egypt, where mythological menaces manifest! Strange Brigade offers a rip-roaring, 1930s-style campaign full of peril, intrigue, and good old derring-do for one to four players as you tackle an army of mummified monsters! Solve mind-bending puzzles, defy dastardly traps, unearth incredible treasure in a mysterious, ancient landscape and use the most marvelous firearms known to man in thrilling third-person combat to defeat the witch queen Seteki and send her petrifying minions back to the afterlife.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, including the highest-rated* Xbox exclusive of this generation Forza Horizon 4, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first month for $1, and discover your next favorite game.

For the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and stay tuned to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

*Source: Metacritic

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Free for all ‘Sea Of Thieves’ players, Shrouded Spoils update brings treasure trove of new content

The nights might be drawing in, but the future is looking bright for pirates as Sea of Thieves’ fourth free major content update, Shrouded Spoils, is available to players starting today, Wednesday, November 28.

A treasure trove of new content, Shrouded Spoils responds to feedback from the Sea of Thieves community and features new content and improvements to give a deeper and richer experience. From offering new twists on favourite encounters to giving new riches and spoils to uncover, Shrouded Spoils has something for everyone including:

  • The addition of fog that can appear suddenly and cloak all manner of dangers at sea and on land.
  • New Merchant Alliance items to find including the explosive Mega-keg, Crate of Ancient Bone Dust and Mermaid Statue Gems.
  • More skeleton forts to take on as six new forts become active making nine in total.
  • Improved skeleton ships including the addition of a new skeleton sloop, a new ‘Battle of the Devil’s Roar’ skeleton ship skirmish and the addition of roaming skeleton ships who display varying levels of aggression.
  • New ways to express yourself including all-new ship customisations – cannons, wheels and capstans – and the time-limited ‘Wailing Barnacle’ ship and cosmetic set.
  • A range of new Pirate Legend Commendations for Athena Levels 1-10.
  • More frequent appearances from the Kraken (who’s also learned some new tricks), a range of new Megalodon variants to find and rewards and commendations for defeating these monsters.

The Shrouded Spoils update is available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have bought the game across the Xbox One family of devices or on Windows 10 PC, or who have access to it as part of Xbox Game Pass. Simply download and install the latest Sea of Thieves update to get access.

We hope our community enjoys this update and we look forward to seeing you on the seas!

New to Sea of Thieves? Join the adventure at xbox.com/seaofthieves, and visit the Sea of Thieves website at SeaofThieves.com to embark on an epic journey with one of gaming’s most welcoming communities.

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Announcing HCS Grassroots – the next chapter of Halo esports

This weekend, DreamHack Atlanta saw the world’s best Halo 5: Guardians players and Halo legends come together for the Halo Championship Series 2018 Finals. The resulting action was a worthy community celebration, sending Halo 5: Guardians esports into the sunset in dramatic fashion.

During the tournament, we were delighted to announce the next chapter of Halo esports: HCS Grassroots. Designed to help the community directly, this new initiative will assist tournament operators and content creators to continue to do what they love while introducing all-new opportunities for growth. Halo wouldn’t be what it is today without a rich history of community contribution, and we’re excited to continue fostering this spirit moving forward.

HCS Grassroots is a partnership program where tournament organizers big and small, along with content creators, can apply for support from 343 Industries for the facilitation and promotion of their esports activities. For example, tournament organizers can receive assistance in the form of prize pool contributions, loaner consoles, social media promotion and sponsor acquisition support, while content creators can receive social media promotion, hosting opportunities on broadcast channels, graphics and content. Our goal is for these offerings to evolve over time alongside the support of our community and partners. Head to Halo.gg/Grassroots to apply, and for a full breakdown of the program check out Halo Waypoint.

Our goal with HCS Grassroots is to give back to the community through the fostering and support of Halo’s diverse competitive community. We want to support all flavors of competitive multiplayer, from whether its Halo 5: Guardians or our first LAN event of the program – The Halo Classic, featuring Halo 3 from Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Whether you are brand new to Halo esports or have been part of the competitive scene since Halo: Combat Evolved, HCS Grassroots is here to grow your community. We’re thrilled to begin the next chapter of competitive Halo, and can’t wait to experience the action alongside you.

For all the latest on the Halo Championship Series, keep it locked to Halo.gg and follow @HCS and @Halo on Twitter. For everything Halo, stay tuned to Halo Waypoint and Xbox Wire.

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Video: Stunt performer plunges 13,000 feet to deliver first Xbox One X Special Edition bundle

It’s a bird, it’s a plane it’s… no wait, it’s the Xbox One X Gold Rush Special Edition Battlefield V Bundle falling from the sky! Xbox, EA and DICE have teamed up for the wildest console release fans have seen yet to celebrate the launch of Battlefield V and the first Xbox One X Special Edition bundle.

Falling from 13,000 feet, American stunt performer and Nitro Circus’ very own Travis Pastrana showcased the brand-new Battlefield V-themed bundle while hitting a peak speed of 140 mph. Filmed in less than 55 seconds, Travis channeled the spirit of the series’ iconic heroes and became the first to jump head-first out of an airplane with an Xbox One X in hand. In the spirit of the #GiveWithXbox’s mission to bring the joy of gaming to everyone, we partnered with Operation Supply Drop to make a special delivery in Paisley, Florida to gift the bundle to retired Navy Corpsman, and longtime Xbox fan, Jeff Bartrom as a thank you for his service.

Enter mankind’s greatest conflict with Battlefield V as the series goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War II. Take on physical, all-out multiplayer with your squad in experiences like the vast Grand Operations and the cooperative Combined Arms, or witness human drama set against global combat in the single player War Stories. As you fight in epic, unexpected locations across the globe, enjoy the richest and most immersive Battlefield yet. Xbox One X players get an even more heightened experience in 4K Ultra HD and HDR as an Xbox One X Enhanced title.

Access Battlefield V early with the Deluxe Edition today or jump into the action with the Standard Edition on Nov. 20. EA Access members can start playing a 10-hour trial of Battlefield V starting today. Be sure to keep checking back to Xbox Wire for other unique Xbox experiences!

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Now available: ‘State of Decay 2’ free ‘Zedhunter’ update

Today, to celebrate and thank the 4 million strong State of Decay 2 community, we’re releasing the Zedhunter Update to Xbox Game Pass subscribers and current players for free. Players will get this pack, which adds a wealth of new options and ways to enjoy the game, as part of a content update beginning today – it’s our way of saying thanks to the 4 million of you who have supported our game since launch.

At X018 last weekend, we provided some initial details for the Zedhunter Update and how it brings new weapons and gameplay items to your community, but now we’re ready to give you a deeper dive into the Zedhunter Update’s additions. The Zedhunter Update integrates into your main community game and adds an iconic zombie-slaying weapon: crossbows, with eight new types now available! This is big, as crossbows are silent and powerful weapons – for example, scoped crossbows can more easily score headshots without drawing any attention or aggression from other zombies nearby.

State of Decay 2 Zedhunter

State of Decay 2 Zedhunter

Crossbow bolts can also be recovered afterwards (making them the eco-friendliest post-zombie apocalypse weapon around), and unlike traditional firearms, crossbows never jam or break. Because they’re powerful, efficient and silent, using them against a plague zombie gives you a higher chance of extracting a plague sample. The new crossbows might be your go-to weapon, but the Zedhunter Update also comes with three new melee and three new close-combat weapons for the more hands-on and stealthier survivor – giving you plenty of swords and knives to fight enemies with.

Expect even more customization options in the Zedhunter Update; the content update will include the ability to reset a survivor’s core skill specializations. If you ever wanted to switch your Cardio from Marathon to Backpacking you can read a new training manual and then change the specialization of that core skill – though be aware that the trade-off is that you’ll gain experience for this new skill slower than usual. Additionally, we’ve added six new “quirk skills” (like “Hygiene”) which provide new buffs to your survivors or to your community; you can find these skill books by tracking down the Skills Trader when that character visits your town.

State of Decay 2 Zedhunter

State of Decay 2 Zedhunter

One other gameplay addition we’re excited about is the addition of three new potent plague consumables. These can drastically enhance your survivor’s abilities; but we should mention that they’re basically poison to humans, since they involve consuming a touch of plague infection. Maybe a little infection is worth it for the ability to see in the dark or sneak past zombies without drawing their attention – it’ll be up to you to decide.

To help introduce all this new content, we’ve added several missions to the game (and updated others). If you want to experience these new missions, keep an eye out for missions labeled “Mysterious” you may happen across during your quest. Lastly, we’ve added three new achievements for you to attain for as you play through the new Zedhunter Update additions.

State of Decay 2 Zedhunter

State of Decay 2 Zedhunter

As mentioned before, the Zedhunter Update will be free for all SOD2 players – Xbox Game Pass members, Standard Edition and Ultimate Edition owners – beginning today. If you’ve been waiting to jump into the game, now’s the perfect time with the Xbox Black Friday sale coming around the corner. Whether you start a new Xbox Game Pass for just $1 for the first month, or get either the Standard Edition and Ultimate Edition on sale for 35% off, the Zedhunter Update will be ready and waiting for you.

At Undead Labs, we’ve set out to build the ultimate zombie survival fantasy and are committed to delivering that in every way – which is why we’ve also announced that in the near future players can look forward to a new difficulty experience, along with the chance to return to Trumbull Valley in 2019. With today’s free Zedhunter Update, we’re giving our 4 million (and growing) players even more tools to answer the question: how will you survive?

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‘Fallout 76’ now available on Xbox one

The online prequel to the epic Fallout series, Fallout 76 throws you into a multiplayer-filled wasteland where you all must work together (or not) to survive the constant threat of nuclear annihilation, all the while experiencing the largest, most dynamic open world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. Brought to you by the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, Fallout 76 is now available on Xbox One.

Fallout 76 Screenshot

Fallout 76 Screenshot

A Player-Filled Wasteland

Forge your own path in a wild wasteland with tons of new and unique locations to discover. With a refined S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system that lets you craft your own personality in this new world, you will have the option to journey alone or with friends.

Fallout 76 Screenshot

Fallout 76 Screenshot

Almost Heaven

With all-new graphics, lighting, and landscape tech, six distinct West Virginia regions will be brought to life in Fallout 76. From the thick, green forests of Appalachia to the toxic expanse of the Cranberry Bog, each unique region will offer its own risks and rewards — post-nuclear America has never looked so good.

Fallout 76 Screenshot

Fallout 76 Screenshot

Go C.A.M.P.ing

Introducing the all-new Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform (C.A.M.P.). With the C.A.M.P. you can build and craft anywhere in the world of Fallout 76. Use it to create much-needed shelter, safety, and supplies to survive the West Virginia wasteland. You can also use the C.A.M.P. to trade with other survivors (players). Just keep a close eye on neighbors who might be a little too friendly…

Fallout 76 Screenshot

Fallout 76 Screenshot

Get Contaminated

Part of your adventure may lead you to uncover the ultimate weapon in Fallout 76: Nuclear Missiles. Now you can be part of the destruction of humanity when the bombs fall, where the destruction will leave behind a high-level zone with rare and valuable resources. It’ll be up to you to unleash or protect the power of the atom.

Fallout 76 Screenshot

Fallout 76 Screenshot

Fallout 76 is available now on the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One family of devices and is an Xbox One X Enhanced title. You can also pick up the Fallout 76: Tricentennial Edition that includes bonus in-game digital items like Tricentennial Power Armor, a Vault Boy Mascot Head, Patriotic Uncle Sam Outfit, and more. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all of the latest news on your favorite Xbox One games as well as the latest news and updates on Fallout 76.

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Everything the Xbox team announced at X018

This weekend, the Xbox community came together to take part in X018, a global celebration of all things Xbox filled with news, first looks, and plenty of surprises. More than 10,000 fans joined us at the fourth-annual Xbox FanFest: Mexico City to get a closer look at the future of Xbox through hands-on events and panels featuring members of Team Xbox, streamed live on Inside Xbox.

The big news of the day was the announcement that two game development studios with storied histories will join Microsoft Studios to create exclusive games for Xbox fans. Coupled with the five new studio partners we announced at E3, the future of Xbox exclusives is looking bright.

X018 showcased a lineup of upcoming titles with something for every gamer, including a first-look at Crackdown 3’s multiplayer mode, and new content from Just Cause 4, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and many more. What’s more, we’ve now got over 327 titles enhanced for Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console. From exclusive blockbusters like Forza Horizon 4 to holiday standouts like Fallout 76, there’s no denying the biggest games of the holiday season play best on Xbox One.

Xbox also revealed deep console and game discounts for the holidays, as well as access to more than 100 games for one low monthly price through Xbox Game Pass – the best value in gaming. The team announced a number of awesome new titles coming to Xbox Game Pass soon, including hits like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).

So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at today’s big news:

Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment Join Microsoft Studios

As part of our commitment to bringing a steady stream of new, exclusive games to our fans, Matt Booty announced Microsoft’s intent to acquire two game development studios – Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment. The teams at Obsidian and inXile share a distinguished reputation for creating deep, engaging role-playing games. As part of Microsoft Studios, Obsidian and inXile will have the support and freedom to fully realize creative ambitions on both existing franchises and new projects. These two creative teams will continue to operate autonomously and bring their unique talents, IP and expertise to Microsoft Studios as they build new RPG experiences for our players and fans. You can learn more about Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment in our full announcement post here. 

Crackdown 3 Announces Xbox Game Pass Launch on February 15 with Explosive Debut of Wrecking Zone Multiplayer

X018 provided a first look at the over-the-top antics and explosive gameplay of Crackdown 3’s Wrecking Zone, an all-new multiplayer mode where environmental destruction is your secret weapon to take down your enemies. Developed by Microsoft Studios in collaboration with Sumo Digital and Elbow Rocket, Crackdown 3 will bring super-powered Agents to New Providence, an action-packed open-world, to take down a criminal corporation using an explosive set of weapons and abilities. Step up your boom in the campaign on your own or with a friend to unleash cooperative mayhem when Crackdown 3 launches on February 15, 2019. Crackdown 3 is available at launch with Xbox Game Pass and globally on Xbox One and Windows 10.

As a special thanks to our fans, and to celebrate our X018 announcements, we will be offering the original Crackdown to all fans free of charge from now until November 30th. Experience the original now with Xbox One X enhancements. Head to the Microsoft Store now to get your copy!

The Hits Keep on Coming with Xbox Game Pass

Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of the Xbox Game Pass app on iOS and Android, enabling you to seamlessly browse and download new games to your home console via your mobile device, so you can quickly jump into gameplay the next time you turn on your Xbox One. We are also excited to continue to expand and diversify the Xbox Game Pass catalog by making the popular blockbuster title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) available to all members beginning on November 12. In addition, Thief of Thieves is officially available on Xbox One and in Xbox Game Pass starting today and we’re bringing Agents of Mayhem, MXGP3 and Thomas Was Alone to you starting on November 22.

We are also excited to bring unique gaming experiences like Ori and the Blind Forest, Kingdom Two Crowns and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to Xbox Game Pass this December and we announced additional new games from independent developers launching through the ID@Xbox program that will come to Xbox Game Pass the day they debut on Xbox One. Starting this holiday, this list includes Aftercharge, Supermarket Shriek, Mutant Year Zero, Pathologic 2, The Good Life, Void Bastards, and Secret Neighbor. Furthermore, we confirmed Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be available in Xbox Game Pass timed to its global release on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC in 2019.

And if all that isn’t enough to whet your Xbox Game Pass appetite, we also have an exciting offer you don’t want to miss. Starting today through January 3, you can sign up for Xbox Game Pass and receive your first full month for just $1. With a growing catalog of over 100 great games and new titles added every month, now has never been a better time to become an Xbox Game Pass member. Check out our full Xbox Game Pass post for complete details!

Xbox Delivers Its Biggest Black Friday Deals Ever

The holidays are almost here, and this year shoppers around the world will be able to give more as Xbox is back with our biggest Black Friday sale ever. Xbox is offering deep discounts up to $100 off select Xbox One consoles, bringing Xbox One X down to its lowest price ever starting at $399.99. But the savings don’t stop there. Can’t decide what gift to give to the gamer in your life this holiday? Give the gift of more than 100 titles, including access to Xbox exclusives the same day they launch, for one monthly price at an even better value with deals on Xbox Game Pass.

Score your first month of Xbox Game Pass for just $1. Because gaming is better together, we’re also offering a big discount on Xbox Live Gold that lets you get one month for just $1. And of course, it wouldn’t be Black Friday without discounts on your favorite Xbox games, so we’re offering savings on titles such as Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and more. Check out the full Black Friday post for more details.

The Biggest Blockbuster Games Play Best on Xbox One

During today’s show, we shared looks at a number of new games coming to Xbox One, as well as updates on some fan favorites:

Take a Trip to Fortune Island in Forza Horizon 4

Ben Thaker-Fell, Chief Designer of the Forza Horizon series, announced the first expansion for Forza Horizon 4, “Fortune Island”, which will release on Dec. 13 on Xbox and Windows 10 PCs. “Fortune Island” takes players on an all-new adventure in the remote northern reaches of the British Isles, where they will encounter extreme conditions including fierce lightning storms, perilous cliffside dirt roads, and sweeping paved mountain switchbacks under the mystical glow of the aurora borealis in search of hidden treasure.

Forza Horizon 4 players will also be able to drive all five of Ken Block’s high-powered, custom-built Ford vehicles from the upcoming GymkhanaTEN, the 10th installment of the award-winning, Gymkhana viral video franchise. These rides began rolling out in Forza Horizon 4 earlier this month for Car Pass members with the release of the 1977 Ford GymkhanaTEN, F-150 Hoonitruck and the 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A. Coming in November for all players are the 1965 Ford Hoonicorn Mustang V2 and the 2017 Ford Fiesta RS and arriving in December is the 2016 Ford GymkhanaTEN Focus RS RX.

Forza Horizon 4 “Fortune Island” will be available as part of the Forza Horizon 4 Expansions Bundle which provides players with two game expansions at a reduced cost of $34.99 . Owners of Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition and  Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle  will receive Fortune Island at no additional cost. Xbox Game Pass subscribers, who do not already own one of the bundles, are eligible for 10% off a bundle or 10% off an individual purchase of Fortune Island.

Minecraft Marketplace Gets Bigger and Better

Helen Chiang, Head of Minecraft, dropped in to talk about Minecraft’s record-breaking year – a new game announcement, releasing major vanilla game updates, and surpassing 91 million monthly players. On top of all of this, Helen shared insight into the ever-expanding Minecraft Marketplace, bringing Marketplace partner PixelHeads along with her. PixelHeads, one of the most popular official Minecraft partner teams, stopped by to talk about their creations and how they got their start in game development and the Marketplace. During the show, the Minecraft team was proud to announce that the Marketplace has reached 77 partners who have driven more than 13 million purchases for their creations since it launched last June! Viewers also got a very special look at the history behind Cats and Pandas in Minecraft, which will release next month.

Battle Rival Crews in The Arena in Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is changing in a big way with its fifth free content update since launch, ‘The Arena.’ Releasing in early 2019, ‘The Arena’ is an all-new competitive game mode that allows players to test their pirating skills in fast-paced matches against rival crews. Each match is a fun, frenetic and action-packed race to find treasure that brings together all the most exciting elements of Sea of Thieves – on demand. ‘The Arena’ also includes a new-tavern area together with a new Trading Company – the Sea Dogs – which will offer new goals, rewards and opportunities to progress to Pirate Legend. Sea of Thieves is available on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Game Pass as an Xbox Play Anywhere title.

Unveiling the Zedhunter Pack in State of Decay 2

Today, we got a first look at the next content pack for State of Decay 2 launching November 16th, the Zedhunter Pack. This new pack adds the powerful and silent crossbow as a new zombie-slaying weapon along with additional melee weapons, facilities, blood plague consumables, and gameplay updates like the ability to respect your skills all into the main game. As part of our continued commitment to supporting the four million players in the State of Decay 2 community, Zedhunter will be free for all players – owners of either Standard or Ultimate Edition along with Xbox Game Pass members. Looking forward, we also announced that we are working on a more challenging player experience coming in 2019. Stay tuned for additional details on this difficulty setting and more.

Shoot Your Way to Safety in Void Bastards

Premiered during Inside Xbox and inspired by BioShock and System Shock 2, Void Bastards is a revolutionary new strategy-shooter that will test your wits as well as exercise your aim coming to Xbox as a console launch exclusive. Can you lead the misfit prisoners of the Void Ark through the derelict spaceships and myriad dangers of the Sargasso Nebula? Will you make the right choices about what to do, where to go and when to fight? Master combat, manage ship controls, scavenge supplies, craft improvised tools and much more! Void Bastards will also come to Xbox Game Pass coinciding with its launch on Xbox One.

Battlefield V

A trailer was debuted highlighting the Xbox One X enhancements for the highly-anticipated title, “Battlefield V,” coming from Electronic Arts and DICE. Featuring 4K Ultra HD and HDR support on Xbox One X, leading to enhanced visuals allowing you to lead your squad to victory in the highest fidelity Battlefield title ever. It’s the best looking console experience launching worldwide on November 20, but EA Access members can jump in to the Battlefield V Play First Trial beginning November 9.

Our First Look at Devil May Cry 5’s ‘Void Mode’

Devil May Cry 5 producer Matt Walker joined director Hideaki Itsuno from Capcom’s head office in the vibrant city of Osaka to show off the rich culture of the city and share how the team draws from their surroundings. Itsuno provided insight into how Capcom’s action games are influenced by the Osaka area, before giving Inside Xbox a first look at the comprehensive training mode he’s created for Devil May Cry 5 – dubbed ‘The Void’. As a first for Xbox fans, Itsuno gave a personal tour of Nero’s Devil Breakers, including the bonus Devil Breakers available in the Deluxe Edition content of Devil May Cry 5.

Two Highly Anticipated Fighters Join the Jump Force Roster

Bandai Namco gives Inside Xbox an exclusive first look at some never-before seen special moves of two of the most anticipated characters slated to appear in Jump Force. Bandai Namco Entertainment America’s LATAM Community Manager Diego Paramio will give us a play-by-play to accompany the world debut of the Awakening Transformations of two legendary Dragon Ball characters that will be playable in Jump Force: SSGSS Vegeta and Golden Frieza! This is the first time fans will be able to see these two highly anticipated characters going into their respective super-powered modes and showing off their mightiest special moves!

As another special treat, Bandai Namco also premiered the first footage of SSGSS Goku in action in Jump Force! You won’t want to miss it!

Just Cause 4 Brings the Thunder

The new Just Cause 4 CGI cinematic trailer sums up the blockbuster action Just Cause 4 delivers. Rico Rodriguez faces his biggest challenge yet in Solís, leading the Army of Chaos against the ruthless Gabriela Morales.  Just Cause 4 is the biggest, most varied and creative Just Cause ever. Everything you love about the series is back and beefed up: insane physics, unmatched levels of destruction and the player’s trademark parachute, wingsuit and grapple. This December, Just Cause 4 brings the thunder on Xbox One and Xbox One X.

A Familiar Face Comes to Kingdom Hearts III

KINGDOM HEARTS III revealed the return of Winnie the Pooh in a brand new trailer at the Microsoft Fan Fest in Mexico City! The trailer also revealed ominous hints of Master Xehanort and Organization XIII’s nefarious activities. Sora, Donald, Goofy as well as many other Disney and Pixar heroes (like from Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Pirates of the Caribbean and more) will need to stand strong together and fight to save the light from the impending darkness. Attendees were able to play a demo that featured segments from the Hercules and Toy Story worlds. KINGDOM HEARTS III comes out January 29, 2019.

A Closer Look at The Forge in Shadow of the Tomb Raider

You may have already experienced Lara Croft’s defining moment, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider continues with The Forge – the first of seven, monthly DLC adventures. Join Narrative Director Jason Dozois and Senior Associate Producer Jo Dahan as they take Lara and her newfound friend, Abi on a co-op journey through the fiery tower of The Forge on Inside Xbox.

The Xbox One Backward Compatibility Catalog Continues to Grow

Today, we shared that on November 13, four, new Backward Compatible titles will be getting enhanced for Xbox One X. Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and LIGHTNING RETURNS: Final Fantasy XIII will be entirely new to the Back Compat catalog, while Civilization Revolution will be receiving an (Xbox One X Enhanced) update to take advantage of the world’s most powerful console. To date, gamers have enjoyed playing well over 1 billion hours of Backward Compatible games and we look forward to continuing to grow the collection including more than 500 Xbox 360 games, 25 Xbox One X Enhanced Xbox 360 titles, and 32 Original Xbox classics.

Play Your Way with Mouse and Keyboard Support

Support for mouse and keyboard input on Xbox One will arrive next week, with select titles enabled at launch for Insiders and even more coming. On today’s IX episode, Epic detailed how Fortnite will be one of the first titles to offer mouse and keyboard input alongside previously announced Warframe in today’s update, with Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Strange Brigade, Vermintide 2, War Thunder and X-Morph Defense adding support in November, and Children of Morta, DayZ, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface, and Wargroove adding support in the future. When the update launches next week, all developers will have the tools they need to create tailored mouse and keyboard experiences for their games as they see fit to ensure a fair and fun experience for fans.

Additionally, we shared that the best mouse and keyboard experience on Xbox One will be available through Designed for Xbox mice and keyboards. These are created for living room or desktop scenarios, come equipped with a dedicated Xbox key, and support the new Xbox Dynamic Lighting feature – enabling immersive in-game lighting effects. Razer will be the exclusive partner to ship a Designed for Xbox mouse and keyboard and will formally introduce the product at CES in January.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller Launches Worldwide

We’re very proud to announce that the Xbox Adaptive Controller is launching in 17 new markets in 2019, including Mexico. New countries to offer the acclaimed controller include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Slovakia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and UAE. We’ll be bringing you more details on the worldwide launch of the Xbox Adaptive Controller soon.

#givewithXbox

We also announced #givewithXbox, a holiday-timed campaign from Xbox that aims to bring the joy of gaming to everyone. Beginning today and ending December 9, Xbox will donate $5 USD of Xbox products, up to $1 million, for every photo shared on social media about what gaming together means using the hashtag #givewithXbox. The donations will be split amongst four inspirational charities who help bring gaming to everyone: Child’s Play, Gamers Outreach, SpecialEffect and Operation Supply Drop. Xbox is committed more than ever to gaming for everyone and making Xbox a place where everyone has fun. So, jump in with Xbox to help even more people play this holiday season.

‘Winter of Arcade’ Returns this December

Last but not least, we’re thrilled to announce ‘Winter of Arcade’, where from December 6th to December 21st we will providing special incentives on select ID@Xbox titles to help you fill out your library. Tune into The Game Awards on December 6 live on Mixer for more info.

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Tune in to Inside Xbox at 1 p.m. PT this Saturday for X018; see reveals for ‘Forza Horizon 4,’ ‘Sea of Thieves’ and more

Inside Xbox: Live from X018 presents a special two-hour show Saturday, November 10 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

We’ll be celebrating an incredible holiday season for gamers with our biggest episode of Inside Xbox yet, including news, interviews, great deals, and much more. Guests include Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty, Minecraft Studio Head Helen Chiang and many, many more.

Tune in for games including Crackdown 3, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, Forza Horizon 4 and of course, we’ll have a surprise or two as well.

Xbox Game Pass
Will we have Xbox Game Pass news? Do we ever! We’ll be making over a dozen game announcements for Xbox Game Pass.

MixPot!
Do you like free stuff as much as we like free stuff? If you watch this special X018 episode of Inside Xbox on Mixer and you’re logged into your Microsoft account, you’ll receive in-game items for Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4! Remember, to be eligible all you need to do is watch the show live at Mixer.com/Xbox on any Xbox, PC or mobile device while logged into your Microsoft account.

Of course, we’ve got a couple big surprises up our sleeves, so make sure you don’t miss a minute!

See you online!