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This Week on Xbox: March 27,2020

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you…

Microsoft Joins with Intel to Optimize Gears Tactics for PC

Summary Throughout the development of Gears Tactics, The Coalition worked with Intel and the Xe-LP architecture to optimize the game. Gears Tactics will look amazing on high-end PCs and runs perfectly on laptops and lower-spec machines to help bring the franchise to a broad new audience of PC gamers. Gears Tactics will be available with…

Xbox Insider Release Notes – Beta, Delta and Omega Ring (2004.200325-0000)

Hey Beta, Delta and Omega ring users! Today’s Xbox Insider Release Notes highlight the latest fixes, known issues, and features coming to your console. Starting at 2 p.m. PT today, users will receive the latest 2004 Xbox One system update (build: RS_XBOX_RELEASE_200419041.1825.200325-0000). Keep reading for more details. System Update Details: OS version released: RS_XBOX_RELEASE_200419041.1825.200325-0000 Available:…

Rocket Pass 6 Has Gone Cybernetic on Xbox One

Rocket Pass 6 is speeding into the future. Check out the most wanted ride, Ronin, in the Rocket Pass 6 trailer and unlock it immediately with Rocket Pass Premium! Rocket Pass Premium grants access to 70 tiers of futuristic items inspired by science fiction, like the HoloData Boost, UFO Engine Audio and the Rad Rock…

Available Today with Xbox Game Pass for Console: Grand Theft Auto V

You know us at Xbox Game Pass, we like to make memes and jokes about our games. I am sitting here giggling to myself about something Trevor Phillips said in Grand Theft Auto V, and then realized that there is no possible way I could repeat that out loud without getting in trouble. I am productivity personified, and here to tell you that GTA V is available today with Xbox…

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PvZ: Battle for Neighborville’s First 2020 Festival is Snow Joke

Discover the Snow Day Festival event and what’s coming up in PvZ: Battle for Neighborville. The future is now, Neighborvillians! It’s 2020 and, while we all assumed that robots would have taken over the world by now, the only artificial intelligence running rampant these days are those pesky zombies. So, grab your friends and juice up those electric roller skates as the battle for brainz rages on in Plants vs.…

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Free Play Days – DiRT Rally 2.0

Free Play Days is back this weekend with another exciting game for you to play! Carve your way through the competition in DiRT Rally 2.0. Featuring iconic locations in New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Australia and the USA, develop your team and cars and rely on instinct in the most immersive off-road experience yet. Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play this title from Thursday, January…

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Infiltrate and Eliminate in Silent Assassin, Now Available on Roblox for Xbox One

Summary Silent Assassin blends fast-paced, cat-and-mouse style combat with the unpredictable antics of a frenetic multiplayer shooter. Players can use the coins they receive at the end of each round to obtain more weapons, perks, and gear. Silent Assassin was created by community developer TypicalType, who learned how to code from building his own games on Roblox. Silent Assassin, the hit stealth action game on Roblox, has been unleashed on…

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This Year on Xbox: 2019

For your convenience, we typically compile the top stories of each week, along with Major Nelson’s video recap, into a feature we call This Week on Xbox. With the year – and indeed the 2010s – drawing to a close, we’ve broadened our look back to include the entirety of 2019. The 12 stories below, one from each month this year, are a collection of informative highlights, announcements, and wrap-ups…

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This Week on Xbox: December 20, 2019

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back…

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Warframe Takes Co-Op Space Combat to Next Level with Empyrean

Since July 2018, our development team has talked about giving Warframe players something different than the tried-and-true procedurally generated corridor shooters and open-world expansions they have become used to. They have wanted to expand Warframe’s gameplay into real-time, ship-to-ship space combat. With that first Railjack demo shown at TennoCon one-and-a-half years ago, they turned a wild, nearly impossible dream they once had with our original third-person action-adventure, Dark Sector, into…

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Happy Fortnite Winterfest

Greetings, Xbox community! Before we drop into a new year of Fortnite, there’s still plenty of holiday cheer spreading across the Island. The fun begins with Winterfest. Between now and January 7, every time you fire up Fortnite on your Xbox One you’ll have a chance to unwrap free rewards in the Winterfest Lodge. In total you will be able to open 14 presents, including two outfits, two gliders, two…

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A Heavy Dose of the ’90s in Cardpocalypse, Now on Xbox One

Talk to any kid in the early ’90s and the ’90s absolutely sucked! There was a hole in the ozone layer, war was popping up all over the globe, they had lost the voice of our generation in Kurt Cobain, and parents were just the worst.  But talk to those ’90s kids now and the decade rocked! Blossom, Pogs, Ren & Stimpy – it’s never been bettered before or after.…

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Skyforge: Rock and Metal Expansion Now Available on Xbox One

Summary Return to Terra, stop a deadly excavation, and face off against the villainous Draconids Gear up with trio of rock ‘n’ roll themed weapons for the Grovewalker, Soundweaver, and Firestarter Unlock a powerful new Elder God form for ranged classes: the Aspect of Vengeance Something of great value to the Draconids is buried in the rocky crust of Terra, and these cold-blooded fiends will stop at nothing to get…

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Celebrate the Best of 2019 with It’s Quiz Time’s End of the Year Update

What an eventful year 2019 has been! We’ve had black holes, a royal baby, recording-breaking superhero movies, and even more politics than we thought we could handle. At Snap Finger Click, we’re excited to celebrate the end of the decade with a brand new update to It’s Quiz Time. And the best news of all? It’s completely free to anyone who owns the game! Two years ago, together with our…

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Minecraft Marketplace Season of Giving Sale is Live!

Summary Related:Power Your Dreams with Xbox Series X, Available Holiday 2020Gears 5 – Operation 2: Free for All Available Today for All PlayersPurchase Select Alienware PCs and Get 3 Months of XGP for PC (Beta) Plus New Game Reveals for November https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2019/12/20/minecraft-marketplace-season-of-giving-sale-is-live/

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Available Today with Xbox Game Pass

In 2016 we took a break from working on our physics-based platformer Clustertruck and went to a game-jam in a Swedish castle for seven days. A game-jam is a friendly game-developer competition where you are typically given a theme to make a game about in a short amount of time. We were inspired by the castle and decided to think up a scenario where it got attacked by weird wobbly creatures with googly eyes – we called it Totally Accurate Battle Simulator. It quickly became apparent that physics-based fighting was amazing and it didn’t take long before the rest of the world caught on After the game-jam we posted a trailer of the game online and it went super viral within a few days and requests to play it were…

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Building the World of Conan Chop Chop, Coming to Xbox One February 25, 2020

88 years after Robert E. Howard introduced Conan the Barbarian to the world, the ferocious hero is due to take on his most remarkable challenge yet. We are proud to announce February 25, 2020 as the release date of 1-4 player action adventure game Conan Chop Chop. Conan Chop Chop is set in a world where heroes, villains, magic and legends are plentiful. In this blog post, I would like to give you a glimpse into how we’ve gone about converting this extraordinary world into a game. Building a Fun Combat System Hitting stuff is fun! At its core, that’s what Conan Chop Chop is all about. When we’re playing a game that is all about hitting stuff, we want the second to second combat to feel snappy, responsive, and…

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