This Week on Xbox, February 17

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We know you’re busy and might miss out on a day (or three) of 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 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 below. Either way, be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

The Forza Franchise Has Exceeded $1 Billion in Retail Sales
Today, we’re excited to share a major milestone – as of December 2016, the Forza franchise has exceeded $1 billion in retail sales. This news caps an amazing year. As of December, more than 14 million unique players were involved in the Forza community on Xbox One and Windows 10, the award-winning Forza Horizon 3 sold through 2.5 million units… Read more

Dare to Conquer the Mega Challenge on Roblox for Xbox One
Roblox’s massive library of free user-generated games and experiences is getting a mega-sized upgrade, with an emphasis on mega. We’re happy to announce that an all-new game from the creator of the classic hit Roblox Deathrun is now available on Xbox One — welcome to Mega Challenge. Created by all-star Roblox developer Wsly, Mega Challenge is designed to… Read more

Thanks to its Community, How to Survive 2 Arrives Today on Xbox One
Back in 2013 I flew to Paris to meet with the development team at Eko Software who, at the time, were working on the original How to Survive. At their office I was met by an energetic doorman who thoroughly interrogated me before letting me in; little did I know he had a key role in what I was about to see. It was there I was introduced to… Read more

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Get an Exclusive First Listen to the Halo Wars 2 Soundtrack
Update: the exclusive first listen to the Halo Wars 2 soundtrack is no longer available in this article. You can pick up the soundtrack at your local retailer starting today or hear the amazing score for yourself in Halo Wars 2, available Feb. 17 with early access, or Feb. 21 with global launch For many fans, part of what we’ve grown to love about the Halo universe… Read more

X-Morph: Defense, a Hybrid Tower Defense Game, is Coming Soon to Xbox One and Windows 10
Hello Xbox fans! It’s my greatest pleasure to announce that X-Morph: Defense is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10. The game is a unique combination of a twin-stick shooter and tower defense, designed with the goal of enticing fans of both genres and allowing completely different styles of play depending on one’s preferences. You are the X-Morph… Read more

For Honor Available Now For Xbox One
With the launch of For Honor this week, Xbox One players can finally get their hands on its novel melee combat system and explore its tactical complexities. While a lot of you might have taken it for a spin during the free Open Beta this past weekend, the full game brings more heroes, more modes, and more customization options to the multiplayer realm… Read more

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Return to the 23rd Century in Star Trek Online: Agents of Yesterday on Xbox One
“Space, the final frontier…” 50 years ago, those words heralded the arrival of interstellar adventure, as the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise traveled to strange, new worlds seeking new life and new civilizations in Star Trek: The Original Series. Decades later, the journey continues through numerous television series, feature films, books, and games… Read more

Tips for Surviving Behind Enemy Lines in Sniper Elite 4
Sniper Elite 4 is now available worldwide on Xbox One! We’re thrilled to take you to the beautiful Mediterranean landscapes of 1943s Italy, in the biggest Sniper Elite ever. To help you hit the ground running, here’s six tips that will assist you in progressing through the single-player campaign and how to dominate foes in multiplayer… Read more

10 (More) Great Games to Play on Valentine’s Day
Nothing screams love and devotion like being able to sit down on the couch and blast a bunch of enemies or solve puzzles together on Xbox One. We’re following up our lovely list from a few years ago with another batch of great games to play with your special someone this Valentine’s Day, like the iconic Gears of War 4, radical Rocket League, or… Read more

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Snake Pass Slides to Xbox One and Windows 10 on March 28
Hey, what’s up Xbox fans! I’m here to bring you some sssuper exciting news about our upcoming game Snake Pass. We’re pleased to announce that Snake Pass will be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 on March 28! Not only that, but we’ll also be supporting Xbox Play Anywhere from day one! In case Snake Pass has been skirting under your radar… Read more

Halo Wars 2 Takes Art Series to the Streets
Earlier this month, Xbox and 343 Industries announced their partnership with artists Grzegorz “Gabz” Domaradzki, Craig Drake and Kevin Tong for the Halo Wars 2 Original Art Series, a limited edition collection featuring six original prints. Now, they’ve taken it one step further by bringing the Halo Wars 2 Original Art Series to life in six cities across the country… Read more

Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha Update 0.1.1 – Taming New Seas
If you’ve been following the development of Sea of Thieves, then you know we’re building our shared-world pirate adventure in a different manner than our previous titles. With an emphasis on community involvement and feedback, we’ve been inviting players into the game sooner than ever before… Read more

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Build Your Dream City in Cities: Skylines on Xbox One This Spring
Cities: Skylines was released as a modern take on a classic city builder back in March of 2015. The game became a massive hit, featuring residential, commercial, industrial and office areas zoned around tight road-building tools (with various city services and unique buildings sprinkled in). Skylines can be played as a progression oriented experience where more building types… Read more

Enjoy a Multiplayer All-Access Event With Rocket League and NBA 2K17
Xbox is inviting all Xbox Live members without a Gold membership to play online with friends for free during our Multiplayer All-Access event from February 16-19 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. This is a great opportunity for players across both consoles to experience one of the most-important benefits of Xbox Live Gold membership: network reliability… Read more

Tune in Today to Halo Wars 2: Live
We’re only days away from the official launch of Halo Wars 2 next week, and just a few hours from early access availability tomorrow! As announced back in January, Xbox is celebrating the launch of Halo Wars 2 by inviting you to tune-in to a livestreamed launch event hosted at 343 Industries. Beginning at 4 p.m. PST, we’ll be broadcasting on Xbox, Beam, Twitch… Read more

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Halo Wars 2 Early Access Available Now
Suit up, Spartans. Early access to Halo Wars 2 is available today for players who purchased Halo Wars 2 Ultimate Edition! Last night, 343 Industries and Creative Assembly celebrated Halo Wars 2 with the community via a special livestream event hosted at 343 Industries, which included exclusive interviews, gameplay hands-on and prize giveaways… Read more

Savings Just in Time for Tax Season
Kick-off tax return season with savings on a new Xbox One S! Starting Friday February 17th for a limited time, all Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles will be $50 off! Get the brand-new Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 Bundle (1TB) for only $299, featuring Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition. Real-time strategy makes an explosive return to the Halo universe… Read more

The Beam App Arrives on Xbox One for Xbox Insiders Starting Today
Hey Xbox fans! I’m Matt, Beam co-founder, and now Beam Engineering Lead at Microsoft. Today, we’re excited to announce the Beam app is coming to Preview in the Xbox Insider Program, giving you more choice over your gaming experience and where you want to watch your favorite streams – whether that’s on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, iOS or Android… Read more

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Celebrating an Epic Xbox 2017 Games Lineup
Today is a big day for Team Xbox as we celebrate the worldwide launch of early access for Halo Wars 2. Since the launch of the original Halo Wars on Xbox 360 eight years ago, the passionate Halo community has been urging us to publish a sequel. I am incredibly proud of the action-packed experience the talented teams at 343 Industries and Creative Assembly… Read more

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