This Week on Xbox: March 30, 2018

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

The Microsoft Store Spring Sale Starts Today
It’s time to kiss Winter goodbye: the Microsoft Store Spring Sale starts today! Freshen up your gaming and entertainment options and take advantage of savings on select Xbox digital games, consoles, accessories, Xbox Live Gold, movies & TV shows, and apps for Xbox. Save up to 65% on Xbox games There are over 450 deals on popular Xbox digital games and add-ons, and if you are an Xbox Live Gold member then you save up to an additional 10% on games. Save on popular titles like Call of Duty: WWII, FIFA 18, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Assassin’s… Read more

No Man’s Sky Coming Soon to Xbox One
Hello from Hello Games! We’re a small indie team based in Guildford UK and I’m super excited to announce No Man’s Sky and its latest major feature content update Next are coming soon to Xbox One and will be enhanced for Xbox One X with support for HDR, 4K, and more. No Man’s Sky is inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction. We present players with an infinite procedural universe to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action. Your voyage through No Man’s Sky is up to you. Will you be a fighter, preying on the weak and taking their riches, or taking out pirates for their bounties? Power is yours if you… Read more

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Thank You for Supporting Our Sea of Thieves Voyage
As the sun sets on week one, the team at Rare wanted to say thank you to all the players who have joined us adventuring in Sea of Thieves. Since launching on March 20, we have seen an incredible number of people from around the globe playing and enjoying the game, which has led to some humbling early momentum. We have watched amazing stories unfold with a number of players working towards becoming our first Pirate Legends. The worldwide excitement for Sea of Thieves has made it the fastest-selling first-party new IP of this generation. Having witnessed more than a million players on launch day, our community continues to grow and now has more than two million players. Alongside this,… Read more

A Way Out: Discover a Unique Co-op Adventure on Xbox One
From Josef Fares, creator of Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons, comes an exclusively co-operative adventure unlike anything you’ve played before. You and a friend will step into the shoes of Vincent and Leo, two inmates who hate each other but will do anything to escape prison. A Way Out is a totally unique approach to co-op gameplay that must be played all the way through to the end by two people together. It’s best played between two friends in the same room via split-screen, but you can still play with any of your online friends without having to buy a second copy of the game. With the inclusion of the Friends Pass, anyone who purchases A Way Out can play through the entire… Read more

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Xbox Game Pass: Robocraft Infinity, Cities: Skylines, theHunter: Call of the Wild and More Coming in April
Hello, fellow gamers! Welcome to your action-packed April Xbox Game Pass update. With this month’s release, we’ve got an exciting new addition to Xbox One that all Xbox Game Pass members can enjoy alongside our standard monthly title releases. Here’s a hint: it’s time to #BuildDriveFight. On April 11, Robocraft Infinity, the highly-anticipated multiplayer robot building and battling action game from Freejam Games, will be making its debut on Xbox One and we’re thrilled to make it available to all Xbox Game Pass members on the same day – marking it as the first game to come through the ID@Xbox program and join Xbox Game Pass the same day it debuts on Xbox One. Join us April 11… Read more

Join the Egg Hunt on Roblox for Limited-Time Virtual Prizes
Hey, Robloxians! The time has come to experience the latest installment in the long-running Egg Hunt saga on Roblox. That’s right, Egg Hunt 2018: The Great Yolktales is now available on Xbox One! This year’s Egg Hunt game features new worlds, new enemies, and more eggs to collect than ever before (and that means even more virtual prizes to earn!). Plus, for a limited-time only, Xbox One players can get up to 50% off special in-game items for the duration of the event! Roblox’s annual Egg Hunt is one of the most anticipated events of the year. From March 28 through April 11, you and your friends will get to explore massive worlds in search of 45 elusive eggs. Each unique egg… Read more

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Save on Xbox One X Enhanced Games When You Purchase an Xbox One X
Games play better on Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console, thanks to its ability to deliver superior framerates, fast loading times, and other awesome enhancements. And games that are specifically designed to take full advantage of Xbox One X carry the Xbox One X Enhanced logo. Now, for a limited time starting on April 1, you can save up to $20 on an Xbox One X Enhanced game with the purchase of a new Xbox One X. Play 130+ Xbox One X Enhanced games, including blockbusters like Forza Motorsport 7, Far Cry 5, FIFA 18, Assassin’s… Read more

Snake Pass Arcade Mode Update Out Now with Xbox One X Enhancements
It’s been quite some time since we last dropped by Xbox Wire with a Snake Pass-filled update, and with this week marking the game’s one-year anniversary, this seems like a perfect time to ssslide on by. In light of our first-anniversary celebration, we’d like to tell you a little bit about our free content update that released earlier this week that includes some heavily requested features. We’re pleased to announce that, as well as our brand-new Arcade Mode, Snake Pass has also received the Xbox One X Enhanced treatment! Let’s start by… Read more

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New Games with Gold for April 2018
Welcome to this month’s exciting reveal of Games with Gold for April 2018! On Xbox One we’ll have the challenging puzzler and mysterious adventure of The Witness, followed by another chapter in the fantastic Assassin’s Creed series in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. And on Xbox 360 – and Xbox One thanks to Backward Compatibility – we’ll get to play the family-fun racer Cars 2: The Video Game and one of the greatest sci-fi horror games in Dead Space 2. All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the… Read more

The Insatiable Deviljho Arrives in Monster Hunter: World
Watch out, hunters! The relentless and insatiable Deviljho has been sighted in the New World, disrupting the local ecosystem, taking over the top spot in the food chain, and introducing a lot of unexpected trouble to your ordinary hunts. But hey, you’re professional monster hunters, right? You can deal with this. Just look at this beast. Massive, heavy-hitting tail, muscular hind legs, a powerful jaw overflowing with razor-sharp teeth… wait, you’re not second-guessing yourself now, are you? Well, maybe this will help motivate you: Taking down this fearsome Brute Wyvern will net you valuable materials, which you can then use to craft two new armor sets and one of each of… Read more

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Coming to Xbox One April 11
Xbox fans have waited patiently for us to bring Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to their console’s library and we can’t wait to see what you think. Hellblade supports HDR and the game is enhanced for Xbox One X, with players having the choice of three enhanced modes to select from: Enhanced Visuals mode offers extra FX and visual quality throughout the experience, High Framerate mode runs the game at 60fps, and High-Resolution mode runs the game with dynamic resolutions up to 4K. For those new to Hellblade, the game tells the story of Senua, a Celtic warrior on a vision quest into savage Viking heartland to save the soul of her lover. Senua’s journey is a physical battle, but a… Read more

Far Cry 5 Available Now: Our Five Favorite New Features
Unless you’ve been locked away in a doomsday bunker, you’re likely familiar with the major new features Far Cry 5 is bringing to Ubisoft’s action-ratcheting sandbox series. Full campaign co-op, Guns (and Fangs) for Hire, a fresh stateside setting, and a crazed cult leader called “The Father” are all aiming to separate the sequel from previous entries. Far Cry 5 is available now, so we figured we’d take a closer look at this highly-anticipated new shooter. While it’ll no doubt be a blast building a pistol-packing resistance to liberate a cult-occupied Montana… Read more

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13th Annual Blacks in Gaming Green Room at GDC Highlights
Team Xbox was proud to once again host the annual Blacks in Gaming Green Room during Game Developers Conference 2018. More than 200 game developers and industry professionals attended for an evening of strengthening connections within the community of black game creators and highlighting & celebrating their successes. Held at the beautiful Minna Gallery, the event included fireside chats hosted by Kahlief Adams of the Spawn on Me podcast. Featured speakers included game streamer Simply Undrea; Jay Bobo and Latesha Williams, creators of the hit game Black Card Revoked; Dr. Kishonna L. Gray, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University; and Charles Webb, Senior Writer on Mafia III…. Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Resident Evil 7 biohazard
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Masachika Kawata, Series Producer at Capcom, about enhancing Resident Evil 7 biohazard for Xbox One X. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance Resident Evil 7 biohazard for Xbox One X? We’ve increased the resolution to provide a… Read more

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Gears of War Esports Partners with Caesars Entertainment to Host Gears Pro Circuit Las Vegas Open
On April 6-8 Gears Esports will make its triumphant return to Sin City for the Gears Pro Circuit Las Vegas Open presented by Caesars Entertainment, in association with Ultimate Gaming Championship (UGC). More than 60 of the top Gears Esports teams from around the world will compete at the Caesars Entertainment Studios, located behind Bally’s Las Vegas for a current prize pool of $150,000 USD. Watch the action at starting at 2:00pm PDT on Friday, then again on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00am PDT. All Gears Pro Circuit Las Vegas Open players and spectators will be awarded an in-game emblem with the purchase of either a team pass or spectator pass. Attendees… Read more

Rapper Desiigner to Join Xbox Live Sessions to Play Far Cry 5 on Tuesday, March 27
Hello gaming and music fans! We’re excited to announce the next Xbox Live Sessions with American rapper Desiigner joining the hot seat to play the all new Far Cry 5 on Xbox One X. This fun, interactive livestream is hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel tomorrow, March 27 starting at 2 p.m. PT. Desiigner is excited to get his hands on Far Cry 5 on Xbox and check out the new features available tomorrow, all while interacting with fans on Mixer. He will need to find strength in the community around him to lead a resistance against a cult taking over Hope County, Montana. Fans who play the game can ally with a friend to take down the cult in a two-player co-op experience or play solo. From the… Read more

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‘Herr Crew’ from France helps Umbra escape her isolated island, winning The Quest for the Golden Bananas
Since we launched The Quest for the Golden Bananas on March 19, more than 10,000 players signed up from around the world, trying their luck to solve our global, digital treasure hunt and win a bunch of 18-carat golden bananas. Today, we’re excited to announce the winning crew is ‘Herr Crew’ from France. The team solved 15 fiendishly difficult pirate riddles, and were the closest to pinpoint Umbra’s exact location in our final task, the Ultimate Test. The… Read more

Designing TERA’s True Action Combat for the Xbox One Controller
I’ll always remember my first archer in TERA, and my first experience of playing with a controller on my PC. Back then, TERA was just the Island of Dawn, and we had a limited window every day to connect our skeleton network in Seattle to the servers in Seoul. We had humans, aman males, castanics, and popori, and on a good day you could clear Karascha on your own. But this was my third day in the office, and Sr. Product Manager Brian Knox said to me, “It also works on controllers, kinda.” So with nothing more than his faith and my itchy left trigger finger, I plugged in an Xbox 360 Controller, downloaded a program to remap the buttons, then started blasting away at ghilliedhus,… Read more

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Discover Trove – Heroes Now on Xbox One
The whole Trove team has been anxiously awaiting this day for months: Trove – Heroes is now live! Trove – Heroes is a big leap forward for Trove and is setting the foundation for much more to come. Explore an all-new land in Luminopolis. Join the Resistors as they fight against the Amperium who seek to spread their dastardly influence across all of Trove. While Trove has long been a place to have fun and exciting adventures, Heroes is adding a new focus on storytelling. These new elements of the story are woven into the gameplay to allow players to learn more about the world of Trove as they explore Luminopolis and fight back the forces of the Amperium. The cherry on top of… Read more

How MX vs ATV All Out Gives Riders Complete Freedom
Ask any racer or freestyle rider and they’ll tell you, whips can define a rider. They are the first trick a racer or freestyle rider learns, but a whip isn’t just a whip. Whips are useful, they provide a racing (and gameplay) advantage. Whips can be big, and whips can be small; style and amplitude vary vastly from rider to rider and race to race. What victory lap would be complete without a perfectly executed whip? While whips have been a part of the MX vs ATV franchise almost since its inception, we’ve consistently worked to expand upon the whip experience and make it as rewarding as possible for the player. In MX vs ATV All Out, we have given the player complete control of the bike… Read more

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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Snake Pass Arcade Mode Update Out Now with Xbox One X Enhancements
A Way Out: Discover a Unique Co-op Adventure on Xbox One

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