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gamescom 2019: Find out what’s new with Xbox Game Pass

During our latest episode of Inside Xbox live from gamescom 2019, we detailed new titles joining Xbox Game Pass this month and updates to the new Xbox (Beta) app for PC to make it even easier to discover and play your next favorite game. At Xbox, we’re always listening to fan feedback, and our community has continued to tell us they want even more great games. So, we’re thrilled to share more details on these amazing new titles – many that are available with Xbox Game Pass starting today:

Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass

August 19

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
The iconic real-time strategy game returns with all-new 4K visuals, 8-person multiplayer battles and a host of other new features bringing together all the officially released content. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is the complete RTS package

Devil May Cry 5 (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
The devil you know returns. From the creators of the best-selling action franchise comes the latest chapter in the Devil May Cry saga. Prepare to get downright demonic in the most over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this gaming generation!

Stellaris (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and coming soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC)
Featuring deep strategic gameplay, with rich and diverse alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris puts the complexity of the galaxy in your hands. Whether you’re exploring the unknown, discovering the mysteries of the universe, or conquering it for the glory of your empire, you now have more inter-galactic strategy awaiting you than ever before.

August 22

Ape Out (Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
In this wild, colorfully stylized smash‘em up about primal escape and frenetic jazz, build up nearly unstoppable momentum and use your captors to your advantage as you crush everyone on your path to freedom. Embrace bold colors, use the rhythm of jazz in the chaos to guide you and take on a dazzling perspective as you rush through tight corridors, open areas, and twisting labyrinths on a mad dash for freedom.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
A story-driven open-world RPG that immerses you in an epic adventure in the Holy Roman Empire. Avenge your parents’ death as you battle invading forces, go on game-changing quests, and make influential choices. Explore majestic castles, deep forests, thriving villages and countless other realistic settings in medieval Bohemia.

August 27

Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
The triumphant return of one of the most iconic RPG series of all-time. Delve into a tactically rich combat system that rewards creativity, solve puzzles to gain treasure and advantages, and discover a beautifully crafted world.

August 30

Blair Witch (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woods…

And as a preview of what’s coming for September, we also announced that Dead Cells (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate) is coming September 5!

Since launching Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) alongside the new Xbox (Beta) app at E3 2019, we’ve been listening closely to your ideas on how to make your PC gaming experience better and are excited to share some updates, driven by your feedback. In addition to delivering more great games, we’ve made some updates to the Xbox Game Pass for PC experience to make it easier for you to discover and manage the titles in your library, as well as connect with your gaming community. Some of these features are available today, and others will release in the coming weeks.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s new:

  • Find Your Friends Across Networks: We know staying connected to your friends while gaming is important, so we’ve made some updates to make it easier to find and start playing with your friends with new account linking options. In addition to adding friends via their Xbox gamertags, you’ll now be able to search for friends from Facebook or Steam that are also on Xbox. You’ll also be able to link your accounts for YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Discord, and Reddit on your player card so your friends can follow your gaming adventures no matter where you are.
  • New Ways to Find and Filter Games: We’ve also heard you wanted improvements to the way you can manage your games within the new Xbox (Beta) app. Soon, you’ll be able to take advantage of new filter options from the sidebar to make finding your favorite games and managing your DLC even easier.
  • More Control on Managing Downloads: We’re also making some updates to the drive selector that not only display the disk space required for each game, but also enable you to select the drive where you want your games installed.
  • PC Joins the Mobile App: To make it easier for you to manage your Xbox Game Pass for PC library while on the go, we’re excited to share the Xbox Game Pass mobile app now includes PC titles. With this update that we’re currently testing in Beta, you can also browse and discover games in the Xbox Game Pass for PC library and download them anytime and anywhere to your PC. To take advantage of these features, gamers can download the Xbox Game Pass mobile app (Beta) available on iOS and Android This feature is available in public beta on Android devices, and in a closed Beta on iOS devices, and we will have more to share soon.

We’re excited about the progress we’re making to deliver a great Xbox Game Pass for PC experience and we will continue to deliver more improvements over the coming months based on your input, so please keep the feedback coming.

And if you’re not a member yet, join now and get your first two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $2. Already an Xbox Game Pass for Console or Xbox Live Gold member? You can also upgrade your existing pre-paid months to get two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $2. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives you access to all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games for one low-monthly price.

To stay up to date on the latest Xbox Game Pass news, including new titles joining the library and updates to the Xbox App, check out our Twitter and Instagram.

The Xbox Game Pass team is looking forward to continuing this journey with our fans.

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gamescom 2019: Introducing the newest Xbox Wireless Controllers

At Xbox, we know the controller you reach for can be a form of self-expression as personal as the kicks you choose to rock. They can be reflective of your style and personality or symbolic of a deeper connection to a game, friend or even a nostalgic memory. As we expand our collection of Xbox Wireless Controllers, we aim to provide our fans with new opportunities and more choices to make those kinds of meaningful connections – which is why we’re excited to announce not one, but two new special edition Xbox Wireless Controllers releasing this fall.

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Xbox Wireless Controller – Night Ops Camo Special Edition

The Xbox Wireless Controller – Night Ops Camo Special Edition is the first in a brand-new series of controllers and our take on a pattern that is classic and iconic – camouflage. The dark palette of black, grey and warm metallic gold on a slightly textured body gives the Xbox Wireless Controller – Night Ops Camo Special Edition a rugged and urban street vibe. It features a metallic gold D-Pad and etched trigger grip that gives you extra control where you need it most. If gritty and cool are your style, you’ll want to scoop one up beginning October 8 for $69.99 USD or pre-order now at select retailers worldwide, including Microsoft Store, near you or online.

To celebrate this new camo series, we teamed up with Meta Threads for the new Xbox Night Ops Camo Label Tee, exclusive to the Xbox Official Gear Shop. Take your love for all things Xbox to the streets with this 100% combed cotton tee in medium weight, pre-shrunk and finished with silk screened detailing and a woven Xbox label. Available in Unisex and Women’s styles, you can get yours from Xbox Official Gear Shop online starting August 20 in the US and Canada for $24.99 USD/$32.99 CAD. If you’re at gamescom this week, swing by the Xbox Official Gear Shop in Hall 5.2 or the Xbox Open Doors location in Gloria Theater to pick up the Xbox Night Ops Camo Label Tee and other Xbox gear in person starting August 19.

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Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Blue Special Edition

Inspired by sports lifestyle, activewear and pop culture, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Blue Special Edition is the third installment in the Sport Series. Like its predecessors, the Sport White Special Edition and Sport Red Special Edition, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Blue Special Edition features a geometric design with eye-catching metallic accents and a metallic D-Pad. The vibrant blue rubberized grip gives it a pop of color while providing enhanced comfort that helps you stay on target. How’s that for form and function? You can pre-order yours now at select retailers worldwide including Microsoft Store, near you or online, or pick one up beginning September 17 for $69.99 USD.

Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stands

To complete your ensemble, be sure to pick up the matching Night Ops Camo Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand or Sport Blue Special Edition Xbox Pro Gear Charging Stand by Controller Gear for a seamless charging setup. Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stands are built with the same high-quality materials as Xbox Wireless Controllers, so it’s always an exact match and perfect fit. Each Xbox Pro Charging Stand comes with a premium charging stand, battery cover, rechargeable battery and 6-foot power cord. At $49.99 USD, you can pre-order now or pick up the Night Ops Camo Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand starting October 8 and the Sport Blue Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand starting September 17 at select online retailers in the US and CA, including Microsoft Store.

As with all Xbox Wireless Controllers, the Night Ops Camo Special Edition and Sport Blue Special Edition controllers are compatible with the Xbox One family of devices and include fan-favorite features you know and love such as a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, Bluetooth technology to play your favorite games on Windows 10 PCs and tablets or Samsung Gear VR. You can also take advantage of the custom button-mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories app to customize your gear just the way you like it. In select markets, these controllers come with 14-day trials for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, so you can explore and discover your next favorite game.

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Gamescom 2019 kicks off Aug. 19 with all-new Inside Xbox

Live from the world’s largest gaming convention in Cologne, Germany, Inside Xbox returns on Monday, August 19, at 5 p.m. CEST / 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT.

With the release of Gears 5 less than a month away, Inside Xbox will unveil the game’s Horde Mode! We’ll also premiere nearly a dozen never-before-seen trailers and have big news and reveals on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Wasteland 3, Empire of Sin, Greedfall, The Surge 2, Vigor, Metro Exodus, Blair Witch, Xbox Game Pass, X019, new accessories, and much, much more.

Watch live next Monday on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, or check out highlights and the full show on-demand after it airs.

Inside Xbox Attendance & Xbox Open Doors

Fans have the chance to see Inside Xbox live on Monday at the Gloria Theater in Cologne. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and you need to be at least 18 years and older to attend (ID will be checked at the entrance). Additional details on how to attend will be posted on Xbox Dach’s Twitter and Facebook accounts later this week. The Gloria will also host Xbox Open Doors from Wednesday August 21 through Friday August 23 from 5-10PM local time each night, with games, gear, tournaments and more. Additional Xbox Open Doors details will also be available on Xbox Dach’s social channels.

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Sixth annual ID@Xbox Open House on Aug. 29 brings over 50 gems from indie game developers

We’re calibrating our TVs and charging our controllers as we get ready to host you at our home in Redmond, Washington for an afternoon of games (lots), fun (also lots) and much, much more for our sixth annual ID@Xbox Open House on August 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT. Over 50 hand-picked gaming gems from a global roster of independent developers will be joining us, including 13 new announcements, and every-single-one will be playable.

We’re bringing you a whole host of diverse, game-centric content and activities – not to mention some of the extended Xbox family will join the festivities too! Here’s what to expect:

  • Talk to the independent developers bringing their games to Xbox One (which you can play!)
  • Meet some of the Microsoft teams behind your favorite gaming franchises
  • Mingle with the Xbox Ambassadors and learn what it takes to be a positive force in gaming
  • Join us for panels and let us tell you a tale (or two) in an auditorium-style setting
  • Streamed content, including interviews and more
  • Meet the ID@Xbox team!
  • A whole lot of free pizza and a few fun surprises

Games? Yeah, we’ve got a few of those.
No ID@Xbox Open House would be complete without games! Making a debut appearance and announcing for the first time that they’ll be coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program are:

  • Demon’s Tilt (Flarb LLC / Wiznwar)
  • Exhausted Man (E-Home Entertainment / Candleman Games)
  • Freshly Frosted (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild)
  • Genesis Noir (Fellow Traveller / Feral Cat Den)
  • Hypnospace Outlaw (No More Robots / Tendershoot, Michael Lasch, ThatWhichIs Media)
  • Kine (Chump Squad / Gwen Frey)
  • Levelhead (Butterscotch Shenanigans)
  • Moving Out (SMG Studios)
  • She Dreams Elsewhere (Studio Zevere)
  • Skater XL (Easy Day Studios)
  • Spectrum Break (Jason Hein)
  • Superliminal (Pillow Castle)
  • Touhou Luna Nights (Vaka Game Magazine, Agm Playism / Vaka Game Magazine, Team Ladybug)

On top of that, here’s a whopping list of even more games that you’ll be able to play on the day:

  • A Knight’s Quest (Curve Digital / Sky 9 Games)
  • Backbone (Eggnut)
  • Beyond Blue (E-Line Media)
  • Blair Witch (Bloober team) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • Blasphemous (Team17 Digital Ltd / The Game Kitchen)
  • CastleStorm 2 (Zen Studios)
  • Children of Morta (11 bit studios / Dead Mage)
  • Citadel: Forged with Fire (Blue Isle Studios Inc.)
  • Conan Chop Chop (Funcom / Mighty Kingdom)
  • Creature in the Well (Flight School Studio) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • Cyber Shadow (Yacht Club Games / Mechanical Head)
  • Decay of Logos (Thunderful Publishing / Amplify Creations)
  • Deliver Us the Moon (Wired Productions / Keoken Interactive)
  • Fuga: Melodies of Steel (CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. / Hiroto Niizato)
  • Hot Shot Burn (Artifex Mundi)
  • HyperDot (Glitch / Charles McGregor)
  • Infliction (Blowfish Studios / Caustic Reality)
  • KeyWe (Stonewheat & Sons)
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Thunderful Publishing / Megagon Industries)
  • Lumote (Luminawesome Games)
  • Olija (Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. / Skeleton Crew Studio)
  • Once Upon a Time in Roswell (Quarter Circle)
  • Overland (Finji)
  • Paradise Lost (All in! Games / PolyAmorous)
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Versus Evil / Obsidian Entertainment)
  • Praey for the Gods (No Matter Studios)
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic (Super.com / Nodding Heads Games)
  • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (Deskworks)
  • Sparklite (Merge Games Ltd / RedBlue Games)
  • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • Star Renegade (Raw Fury Games / Massive Damage Inc.) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • StarCrossed (Whitethorn Digital / Contigo Games)
  • Stela (SkyBox Labs)
  • The Jackbox Part Pack 6 (Jackbox Games, Inc.)
  • The Riftbraker (Exor Studios)
  • Tracks (Excalibur Games / Whoop Group)
  • UnderMine (Thorium) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • Yaga (Versus Evil / Breadcrumbs Interactive)

But wait, there’s more! Remember how we mentioned that some of the extended Xbox family was coming along? Xbox Game Studios family member, The Coalition, will be bringing Gears 5 to our Open House for your enjoyment.

There will also be a few surprises in store that we’ll get to talk about a little closer to the event and on the day – so keep an eye out!

Open House Means Open to Everyone
Everyone is welcome to join us for an afternoon of celebrating games and the people who make them as a little weekend warm-up. The event is free, so feel free to bring a friend or two – all we ask is:

  • If you’re under 18, bring a parent or guardian
  • Please RSVP if you can, to give us an idea of attendance numbers
  • Be prepared for some queueing, but please let event staff know if you are unable do so for health, wellbeing or medical reasons

Details & Directions
The event will be hosted at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA – this venue is fully accessible and ADA compliant.

If you’re driving in, there’s free parking available. There will also be buses available to transport attendees directly to and from the event, picking up from the Washington State Convention Center. These buses will be located at the motor coach and shuttle bus loading area of the WSCC, beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT, running every 15-30 minutes. Return buses will depart on the same schedule, with the last bus leaving the Microsoft Convention Center for WSCC at 9:00 p.m. PT.

Address:
Microsoft Conference Center
16070 NE 36th Way, Building 33
Redmond, WA 98052

We hope that you’ll have the opportunity to join us, say hello and play some games before the wonderful and hectic PAX West weekend begins – and don’t forget to RSVP!

Not able to make it in person? You can always reach out to us on TwitterFacebookInstagram or Discord – we love talking about games.

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‘Gears 5’ has gone gold for Sept. 6 release; check out the full achievement list

Today, The Coalition and Xbox are proud to announce that Gears 5 has gone gold – a major moment ahead of its launch next month. This is significant for us as game creators, as it means the game disc has been released to manufacturing so that everyone can enjoy and play on September 6 through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition.

“From all of us at The Coalition, we couldn’t be more excited to share Gears 5 with the world. I want thank the team here who has worked so hard for our fans, and we all hope you are all as excited as we are to play Gears 5,” said Rod Fergusson, Studio Head at The Coalition. “This is furthest we have ever taken the franchise, living our studio mantra of ‘if you want to go far go together’.”

With five ways to play Gears 5, this is easily the biggest entry in the Gears of War franchise. Whether players choose to experience the Campaign, compete in Versus, outlast the Swarm in Horde or outrun them in Escape or build the perfect map – there is truly something for everyone.

“I’m very proud of what the team at The Coalition has achieved,” said Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios. “Not only is it the biggest Gears ever, it’s also the most technically refined, with 4K HDR gameplay at 60 frames per second on Xbox One X, cross-play across all modes on Xbox and Windows 10 and Steam, and updated accessibility features such as Adaptive Controller support. Together with day-and-date availability on Xbox Game Pass, we look forward to welcoming more players into the Gears universe than ever.”

Matt, along with leaders from Xbox Game Studios, joined Rod and the team to celebrate together.

Our next stop is Germany, where Gears 5 will be taking over gamescom with the reveal of the all-new Horde mode on Inside Xbox on Monday, August 19 at 5:00 p.m. CEST (8:00 a.m. PDT) followed shortly thereafter by a world premiere of the story trailer for Gears 5 campaign on gamescom: Opening Night Live at 8 p.m. CEST (11 a.m. PDT).

Adding to the excitement for the fans, we’re also unveiling the full achievement list for Gears 5. You’ll be able to add to your Gamerscore across 71 achievements spanning Campaign, Escape, Versus, Horde, Map Builder and more. Whether defeating 50 waves in Horde or completing an Escape Hive without firing a single shot, dedicated players will have challenges of all types to tackle and overcome in Gears 5 while racking up another 1,000 points. Lancers up to those looking to complete Seriously 5.0.

You can find the full achievement list for Gears 5 below, categorized by their corresponding in-game mode. You might even find some hints and secrets regarding the final experience. All spoiler free, of course – we promise!

Thank you again for your support and for following along on this journey with us! Be sure to visit www.gears5.com and follow @GearsofWar on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest on Gears 5 ahead of launch on September 10.

Campaign Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
My Body Is Ready Complete Boot Camp 5
It Takes Three To Make A Thing Go Right Complete an Act of Campaign in 3 player co-op 10
Jack of One Trade Complete an Act of the Campaign as playable Jack (any difficulty) 5
I Was Born In A Crossfire Hurricane Use Jack’s Flash ability to stun 3 enemies at once in Campaign 10
Back Atcha Get a kill with ricochet bullets using Jack’s Barrier Ability 10
Back On Your Feet, Soldier Use Jack’s Stim upgraded ability to revive a DBNO friendly in Campaign 10
Shock and Awe Use Jack’s Shock Trap ability to shock 6 enemies at once in Campaign 10
Seraninja Use Jack’s Cloak ability to cloak and execute 3 enemies before de-cloaking in Campaign 10
An Enemy Among Us Get a kill with a Hijacked Pouncer, Warden, Stump and Elite Hunter in Campaign 15
Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie Use Jack’s Fetch ability to acquire each Heavy Weapon in Campaign 10
Jack of All Trades Acquire all of Jack’s Ultimate upgrades in Campaign 25
JACKed Up! Fully upgrade Jack’s Abilities and Passives in Campaign 25
Relic Hunter Equip 3 Relic Weapons at one time in Campaign 10
Relics of the Past Kill an enemy with every Relic Weapon in Campaign 20
Not There To Buy A Timeshare Unlock during Act 1 of the Campaign 10
And… He’s All Yours Unlock during Act 1 of the Campaign 10
Now I Gotta Get Up Again Unlock during Act 1 of the Campaign 10
A Mouthful of Boom Unlock during Act 1 of the Campaign 10
It’s Time We Fight Them Together Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
Jameson Shipping Depot Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
That Old COG Technology Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
Let’s Get You Some Answers Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
We Need The Old Plan Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
Safe and Sound Unlock during Act 3 of the Campaign 10
Cutting It Close Unlock during Act 3 of the Campaign 10
Throw A Switch, See What Happens Unlock during Act 3 of the Campaign 10
Let’s Keep Pissin It Off! Unlock during Act 3 of the Campaign 10
Then We Watch Each Other’s Backs Unlock during Act 4 of the Campaign 10
You Know I Ain’t Going Out Like That Unlock during Act 4 of the Campaign 10
Discovered the True Threat To Sera Complete all Acts of the Campaign (Any Difficulty) 20
All Aboard The Crazy Train! Complete all Acts of the Campaign on Insane 25
It’s Not Hoarding If Your Stuff Is Cool Collect all Campaign Collectibles 15
Pennies from Heaven Scavenge supplies from all fallen Condors in Act 2 and 3 10

Escape and Map Builder Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
Pass The Soap Pass through a refuge shower with 3 Hivebusters in the same shower cubicle 5
Master Of My Domain Complete an Escape Hive on each difficulty 25
Who You Gonna Call? Hivebusters! Complete 5 Escape Hives as each one of Mac, Lahni and Keegan 10
The Three Musketeers Inflict 9000 damage in Escape while 3 Ultimate Abilities are active 15
On The Razor’s Edge Get 100 kills while inside Hivebuster Venom 10
Brought A Knife To A Gun Fight Complete an Escape Hive without firing a shot on Master Difficulty 25
Who’s Your Escape Main? Reach Character Level 15 with a launch Escape Character 10
Master Escape Artist Reach Character Level 15 with Mac, Lahni and Keegan 20
I Made It All By Myself Create and publish an Escape Hive 10
Homegrown Hive Complete a Featured community build Escape Hive 10

Horde Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Beat 50 Consecutive Waves of Horde (any difficulty) 25
Who’s Your Horde Main? Reach Character Level 15 with a launch Horde Character 10
Compulsive Horder Reach Character Level 15 with Kait, JD, Del, Marcus, Fahz and Jack 20
And I’ll Form The Head! Kill a Boss in Horde while all 5 players have active Ultimate Abilities 10
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle As Jack, convert one of each weapon to Power using the Forge in Horde 20
Withdrawal Symptoms As a team, collect Power from all 4 Power Taps within one wave of Horde 20
Perky’s Revenge Get a kill with 3 Perks active in Horde 10

Versus Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship Play a match of Arcade 5
One Sec, I’ll Be Right Back Switch characters in an Arcade match and kill an opponent who previously killed you 10
Where’s My Product Endorsement Deal? Win 5 matches of Arcade 10
My Place In The Machine Complete placement matches for a Ranked Playlist 5
Grind Season Win a Ranked Match in each week of a Ranked Season 25

Progression and Other Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
Sire, Interrupted Kill a Sire while it’s kidnapping a teammate (any mode) 5
A Good Plan, Violently Executed Execute 100 Rejects (any mode) 15
You’ve Got A Friend In Me Make a new Ally in Gears Allies 5
Did We Just Become Best Friends? Reach Level 5 with an ally in Gears Allies 10
BFFs Complete a Versus match with a team of four Level 5 Gears Allies 15
Once More From The Top Re-Up! 20
One, Two, Three Sorties Complete all 3 Objectives for Tour of Duty in a day 5
Corporal Punishment Reach the rank of Corporal in a Tour of Duty 10
Sergeant at Arms Reach the rank of Sergeant in a Tour of Duty 15
LOOTenant Reach the rank of Lieutenant in a Tour of Duty 20
I’m The Captain Now Reach the rank of Captain in a Tour of Duty 25
Generally Awesome Reach the rank of General in a Tour of Duty 50
Seriously 5.0 – Chapter 1 Complete Insane Campaign, Master Horde & Escape Launch Maps & Characters, Get 20 Re-Ups and reach General in a Tour of Duty 100

Gears 5 is available fully localized (spoken language) in English, Mexican Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Korean and Traditional Chinese. In addition, it is localized (menus, subtitles) in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

Gears 5 will release on September 10 for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Xbox Game Pass. Early access starts on September 6 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition purchasers. Pre-order details can be found on the Microsoft Store.

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Now available for preorder: ‘Gears 5’ Limited Edition Xbox One X Console and accessories

With Early Access beginning a month from today you don’t have long to wait to get your hands on the biggest Gears ever. To celebrate, we’re excited to announce a suite of custom Gears 5 hardware, including a stunning Limited Edition Xbox One X console and controller; a headset, wireless keyboard and mouse from Razer (for console and PC); and external hard drives from Seagate.

Featuring the Omen submerged in ice and snow, the Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited Edition Bundle ($499) – the first Limited Edition Xbox One X since the Project Scorpio Edition – is designed by The Coalition and the Xbox Industrial Design Team. Available for preorder today at participating retailers worldwide, including Microsoft Store, the Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited Edition console features a never-before-seen dark translucent casing and laser-etched cracks across the console’s icy top surface, with snow drifting across a golden Locust symbol on the back.

This bundle features the limited edition Xbox One X, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition, a full-game download of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition, a full-game download of Gears of War Ultimate Edition, full-game downloads of Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War 4 (note that Gears 5 and Gears of War 4 are both Xbox Play Anywhere titles, meaning they are yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC), and 1-month memberships to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold along with in-game Ice Kait and the Ice Jack Character Skins. With 40 percent more power than any other console, a library of thousands of games and true 4K gaming, games play better and are more immersive on Xbox One X.

Beyond the ominous Omen insignia of the Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited Edition, the standard edition Xbox One X Gears 5 Bundle ($499) and the Xbox One S Gears 5 Bundle ($299) are also now available for preorder.

For fans looking to add another Limited Edition Xbox Wireless controller to their collection, search no further. Available to be purchased separately is the Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition ($74.99), featuring a snow-weathered design inspired by Kait’s armor, a textured trigger grip, and rubberized diamond grip. This Xbox Wireless Controller authentically captures the look and feel of classic COG gear. The new controller is compatible with the Xbox One family of devices and includes a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and Bluetooth technology for playing on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. This controller will be available on August 20 and can be pre-ordered today at Microsoft Store and select retailers. It also comes with a bonus in-game Ice Kait Character Skin which will be available for use when the title launches on September 10.

If you want to show off your brand-new Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears 5 Kait Diaz Limited Edition in style, also available is the officially licensed Limited Edition Gears 5 Kait Diaz Xbox Pro Charging Stand ($49.99) from Controller Gear, manufactured with the same high quality and color material as your Xbox Wireless Controller. The stand includes a magnetic contact system to ensure a perfect and secure charge every time, so fans can display and charge their Xbox Wireless Controllers with ease beginning August 27 and available for preorder starting today at GameStop.

The Gears franchise is famous for its competitive and versatile multiplayer experience, and Gears 5 continues that tradition by offering five thrilling modes. The best multiplayer sessions across these modes call for the best immersive audio experience like the Razer Thresher for Xbox One – Gears 5 Edition wireless headset. With Windows Sonic for virtual surround sound for superior positional audio along with a lag-free wireless connection and digital microphone for crystal clear communication, the Razer Thresher for Xbox One – Gears 5 Edition headset provides a high-quality  audio experience, so your game-winning callout to clinch the match with a Gnasher elimination doesn’t go unheard. A bonus in-game item and Lancer weapon skin will also be included within the Gears 5 Edition headset. The Razer Thresher for Xbox One will be available in September, more details come.

PC gamers know that a mouse and keyboard can be the difference between life and death out there on the ravaged landscapes of Sera, and our friends at Razer are here to help with a new Gears 5 inspired keyboard and mouse. That’s where the world’s first wireless keyboard and mouse designed for Xbox One comes in with the Razer Turret for Xbox One – Gears 5 Edition and Razer Thresher for Xbox One – Gears 5 Edition. Get incredible precision on a ten keyless keyboard with an inbuilt mouse mat, paired with a mouse featuring the acclaimed Razer 5G Advanced Optical Sensor. It’s the one-device solution for advanced gaming — on the couch. With a 2.4 GHz Wireless Connection with Adaptive Frequency Technology and a single unified dongle for stable wireless transmission and performance and featuring an Xbox Dynamic Lighting and Razer Chroma™ to light up your living space, this keyboard and mouse will ensure you’re well equipped to survive on Sera. A bonus in-game item and Lancer weapon skin will also be included within the Gears 5 Edition headset. The keyboard and mouse will be available in September for $299.99, more details to come.


Last but certainly not least is the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition, the perfect collector’s item for the true Gears of War fan. With a 2TB hard drive and USB 3.0 Plug & Play functionality, the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition also includes a Lancer weapon skin, Supply Drops for use in Gears 5, and a 1-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership to play Gears 5 in early access four days early before its September 10 launch. If you need even more space, our friends at GameStop will have a 5TB version of the hard drive as well. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (your existing Gold/Game Pass memberships will upgrade to Ultimate at a conversion ratio; see xbox.com/gamepass for more details), get all the benefits you know and love of both Xbox Game Pass (at select retailers) for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Live Gold, including access to over 100 great games for console and PC and the most advanced multiplayer network for $14.99 per month.

Next month, Gears fans will descend upon Sera to help Kait uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself, but that doesn’t mean they have to go in alone. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, players can squad up four days early (September 6) and play through five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet. Preorders begin today at select retailers worldwide, including a Microsoft Store near you and online. For more information on Gears 5, stay tuned to Xbox Wire.

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Tune in Aug. 2 to the ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood Finale

Tomorrow night, ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood concludes on TBS with the sixth and final episode of the docu series focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports. If you’d like to catch up with the entire series of The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood ahead of the finale, you can watch all five aired episodes through VOD on the Gears Esports website.

Stemming from Xbox’s partnership with ELEAGUE, the six-part docu series focused on the stories and players behind the world of Gears Esports on TBS, the ELEAGUE Gears Summer Invitational was held three weeks ago, crowning Tox Gaming as the inaugural champions of the first Gears 5 esports event. In addition to a thrilling weekend of competition, we announced the first details of the Gears Esports 2019-2020 season, including a partnership with PGL to create a new Pro League.

To continue the Gears Esports journey, be sure to tune-in to the sixth and final episode of The Bonds & Betrayals of Brotherhood airing on TBS tomorrow, Friday, August 2, at 11 pm ET/8 pm PT. The docu series will continue to explore each player’s intense connection to the game and each other as they navigate to become the best players in the world on Gears 5 Esports.

Episode 6 of The Bonds & Betrayals of Brotherhood highlights pro player Justin “Kenny” Kenny’s career in Gears Esports – spanning across numerous titles, teams, and organizations over the years. Kenny reflects upon how the Gears Esports scene has both itself grown and allowed him to grow along with it.

The final episode also provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the recent ELEAGUE Gears 5 Invitational event and allows each of the six featured series pro players to reflect upon on their performance competing in the unreleased title. Through the eyes of these players, viewers will get the chance to experience the Gears 5 esports mode, Escalation, and prepare for the upcoming Gears 5 Esports season.

To stay updated, follow @EsportsGears on Twitter and visit Gears.gg. Be sure to also check out ELEAGUE’s channels; @ELEAGUETV and www.ELEAGUE.com.

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‘Gears 5’ Versus Multiplayer Tech Test now open to all Xbox Live Gold members

The Gears 5 Versus Tech Test began last weekend, inviting both those players who have pre-ordered Gears 5 and Xbox Game Pass members to rev up their Lancers and roadie run through their opponents on the way to victory. Thanks to the incredible Gears fans, both new and veteran, who made our initial Gears 5 Versus Tech Test weekend a smashing success. This weekend we’re extending the invitation to join the action to all Xbox Live Gold members as part of Xbox Live Free Play Days this weekend.

Starting at 10 a.m. PDT tomorrow, COG hopefuls who are new to the Gears 5 fight can enlist in the Boot Camp training mode and then jump right into Arcade, the new game type designed for over-the-top fun. If you’re returning for another round following last week’s Tech Test, be sure to check out fan-favorite King of the Hill, the updated competitive game type Escalation and continue your Tour of Duty, a series of challenges that grant sweet rewards. A new reward has also been added – the Wreath Bloodspray, which can be earned by completing one match during the Tech Test from 5:30 – 6:30 pm PDT on Friday, July 26. No matter your level of Gears familiarity, Gears 5 offers a game type for you.

To ensure you’re ready for battle, search the Microsoft Store for Gears 5 Tech Test and download to your library. The Tech Test is available for download right now, but servers will be offline until tomorrow at 10 a.m. PDT. We also wanted to remind you that online multiplayer will require Xbox Live Gold for Xbox Game Pass for Console members, and that because this Tech Test is to help test our servers, you might encounter some queueing as you start to play. We hope to make Gears 5 a great online experience for all players and Xbox Game Pass members on launch, and this Tech Test will help.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you online! Be sure to visit www.gears5.com and follow @GearsofWar on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest on Gears 5 ahead of its worldwide launch on September 10.

Gears 5 will release on September 10 for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Xbox Game Pass. Early access starts on September 6 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition purchasers. Pre-order details can be found on the Microsoft Store.

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New approaches to Home and Xbox voice commands roll out to Xbox Insiders

As Xbox Insiders, your feedback helps inform the decisions and updates we make on Xbox, from new features to how gamers interact with the console itself. Based on your valuable feedback, we’ve been continuing to iterate on two key experiences on Xbox, delivering you a faster Home experience and evolving the way we support Xbox voice commands to improve the voice experience.

Evolving Home

The Home on Xbox One is the first thing you see when you turn on your Xbox One, and we want to deliver an easy and seamless experience for you to navigate your console. We’ve heard your feedback and have continued to iterate on Home to get you into your gaming experiences faster and keeping more of your content front and center. With today’s update, we’re experimenting with a streamlined user interface.

With this new experimental Home design, the first thing you’ll notice is we’ve removed the Twists from the top of Home in favor of separate buttons that launch your gaming experiences. The goal is to let you jump into Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, Xbox Community and Microsoft Store quicker than ever. We’ve also shifted things around to make more room for your recently played titles.

We need your help testing out the new interface. The new experimental Home rolls out this week to select Xbox Insiders in our Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead rings. For more details on rollout, keep an eye on the Xbox Insiders section of Xbox Wire. The Home experience will continue to evolve and change based on your feedback, so please let us know what you think and share your ideas for Home at the Xbox Ideas Hub. You may see this layout change and even come and go as we iterate on your feedback.

Changes to voice commands on Xbox One

Last fall, we expanded Xbox voice commands to hundreds of millions of smart devices by enabling Xbox One to connect with Xbox Skill for Cortana and Alexa-enabled devices. Xbox Skill continues to grow and change based on your feedback, including new updates that rolled out earlier this month.

Building on these efforts, we are now further evolving the way we support voice commands on Xbox and are moving away from on-console experiences to cloud-based assistant experiences. This means you can no longer talk to Cortana via your headset. However, you can use the Xbox Skill for Cortana via the Cortana app on iOS, Android, and Windows or via Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker to power your Xbox One, adjust volume, launch games and apps, capture screenshots, and more —just as you can do with Alexa-enabled devices today. We’ll also continue to improve the Xbox Skill across supported digital assistants and continue expanding our Xbox voice capabilities in the future based on fan feedback.

Starting this week, this update will roll out to our Alpha Skip Ahead ring and will fully rollout to all users this fall.  As part of these changes, this update will temporarily disable dictation for the virtual keyboard on Xbox One. Don’t worry though, our team is working to provide an alternative solution and will have more details to share soon.

As always, your feedback is important to us and our partners as we continue to evolve the Xbox One Home and shape the digital assistant and voice command experience on Xbox. We have some exciting updates in the works and can’t wait to share what’s next, so stay tuned for more.

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‘Gears 5’ Versus Multiplayer Tech Test goes live

It’s finally here – The Gears 5 Versus Tech Test goes live today to give players their first taste of Versus multiplayer action. Starting at 10 a.m. PDT today, COG hopefuls can enlist in the Boot Camp training mode and then jump right into Arcade, the new game type designed for over-the-top fun where characters become heroes with their own unique abilities, loadouts and playstyles.

Gears veterans will want to check out fan-favorite King of the Hill, the updated competitive game type Escalation and a mini-Tour of Duty, a series of challenges that grant sweet Tech Test exclusive rewards that will carry over into Gears 5.  No matter your level of Gears familiarity, Gears 5 offers a game type for you.

Access to the Tech Test is included with your Xbox Game Pass membership or as part of your Gears 5 pre-order (whether as a separate 5×5 code from a participating retailer or bundled in your digital pre-order). Eligible players can download the game app now and matchmaking will begin at 10 a.m. PDT today. Matchmaking will run through July 22 at 10 a.m. PDT and will be active again from July 26 at 10 a.m. PDT until July 29 at 10 a.m. PDT. To download, simply search for “Gears 5” in the Xbox or Windows Store to pull up the Tech Test on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass member, you will see the Tech Test available to download in “Recently added” section of the Game Pass library. Online multiplayer will require Xbox Live Gold on console or an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. For players on Windows 10 PC, we have the below chart that outlines minimum and recommended specs for the Tech Test:

Boot Camp

Within the Tech Test, players will find Boot Camp, the perfect way to practice your skills and learn new mechanics before joining the fight in Gears 5. Boot Camp takes you through all the basics, from cover movement to executions, in easy-to-repeat sections perfect for new players and returning veterans alike. Whether you’re learning the ropes or just refreshing your memory, Boot Camp offers an intuitive training mode to ensure you’re ready for primetime in the Tech Test.

Arcade

Arcade is a brand-new type of Versus experience that encourages approachable gameplay for all types of players. Arcade is the ultimate jump-in/jump-out mode featuring classic characters such as Kait and Marcus each with their own distinct abilities and weapon upgrades. For more details on the Arcade experience, check out the above trailer or jump into the action yourself this weekend.

King of the Hill

The classic King of the Hill action you know and love is back in full force in Gears 5. Battle for supremacy and prove your dominance with a team or solo as you compete to capture and hold territories.

Escalation

If you’re looking for the ultimate competitive experience from Gears 5, Escalation offers thrilling, objective-based play requiring a combination of individual skill, teamwork and strategy. With the introduction of limited respawns, an overhauled weapon system and updated player spawning, Escalation in Gears 5 is more tactically rich and competitive than ever before. So grab some friends, experiment with new strategies and watch each other’s backs this weekend.

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you online! Be sure to visit www.gears5.com and follow @GearsofWar on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest on Gears 5 ahead of launch on September 10.

Gears 5 will release on September 10 for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Xbox Game Pass. Early access starts on September 6 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition purchasers. Pre-order details can be found on the Microsoft Store.

Xbox Game Pass provides a curated library of over 100 great games for one low-monthly price, with new games added all the time including the latest titles from Xbox Game Studios on the day they launch. The service is available across console and PC, with Ultimate members receiving access to all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, as well as access to titles across both platforms.