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Next Week on Xbox: Upcoming Games, January 23 – 29

January 21, 2017 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

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Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the best games coming soon to Xbox One. Every week, the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console, and Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play every new release hitting Xbox One. Whether you’re a fan of shooting, racing, or adventuring, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s preview the new games coming soon with Next Week on Xbox!

Resident Evil 7 biohazard – January 24

The next major entry in the renowned Resident Evil series sets a new course for the franchise as it leverages its roots and opens the door to a truly terrifying horror experience. A dramatic new shift for the series to first person view in a photo-realistic style powered by Capcom’s new RE Engine, and HDR enhanced for richer, more luminous colors, Resident Evil 7 biohazard delivers an unprecedented level of immersion that brings the thrilling horror up close and personal. The digital version of Resident Evil 7 biohazard supports Xbox Play Anywhere; buy it once and play on Xbox One and Windows 10.

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Moto Racer 4 – January 24

Get ready for alternating high-speed motocross races in Moto Racer 4. Customize your bike and beat your friends in various levels such as the Time Trial, Single Race and Championship, King of the Hill, and Last Man Standing.

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Towerfall Ascension – January 25

The definitive version of the hit archery combat game — inspired by classics from the golden age of couch multiplayer — is coming to Xbox One! Enjoy local four-player multiplayer centered around hilarious, intense versus matches.

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Doodle God: Ultimate Edition – January 27

In this addictive, all ages, puzzle game, mix and match different combinations of fire, earth, wind, and air to create an entire universe! As you create each element watch your world come alive as each element animates on your planet. The new Planet mode offers a new challenging way to create a universe of your dreams.

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The Sun and Moon – January 27

Winner of Ludum Dare 29, The Sun and Moon is a platformer with a unique mechanic: you can dive into the ground. Momentum is conserved but gravity is reversed, letting you fling yourself high into the air or deep beneath the surface.

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Subterrain – January 27

Uncompromising sci-fi survival on Mars where it’s up to you to manage an entire colony. Craft, Research, Explore, and Fight against evolving mutants, explore a vast open world and randomly generated levels. Can you survive long enough to escape the horror?

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This Week on Xbox – January 20

January 20, 2017 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

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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!

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This Week on Xbox – January 20

January 20, 2017 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

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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!

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For Honor PC Specs and System Requirements Revealed

January 20, 2017 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

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The For Honor development team has released official specs for the PC version of the game, complete with target resolutions for different hardware configurations. To see the full list of system requirements, see below:

MINIMUM

OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3-550 | AMD Phenom II X4 955 or equivalent
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX660/GTX750ti/GTX950/GTX1050 with 2 GB VRAM or more | AMD Radeon HD6970/HD7870/R9 270/R9 370/RX460 with 2 GB VRAM or more – See supported List */**
SYSTEM RAM: 4GB
Resolution: 720p@30FPS
Video Preset: Low
VSync: Off

RECOMMENDED

Resolution: 1080p@ ~60FPS
Video Preset: High
VSync: Off
OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-2500K | AMD FX-6350 or equivalent
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX680/GTX760/GTX970/GTX1060 with 2 GB VRAM or more | AMD Radeon R9 280X/R9 380/RX470 with 2 GB VRAM or more – See supported List */**
SYSTEM RAM: 8GB

*Supported NVIDIA cards at time of release::
• GeForce GTX600 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX660 or better | (recommended) GeForce GTX680 or better
• GeForce GTX700 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX750ti or better | (recommended) GeForce GTX760 or better
• GeForce GTX900 series: (minimum) GeForce GTX950 or better | (recommended) GeForce GTX970 or better
• GeForce GTX10-Series: (minimum) any GeForce GTX10 card | (recommended) GeForce GTX1060 or better

**Supported AMD cards at time of release
• Radeon HD6000 series: (minimum) Radeon HD6970 or better | (recommended) none
• Radeon HD7000 series: (minimum) Radeon HD7870 or better | (recommended) none
• Radeon 200 series: (minimum) Radeon R9 270 or better | (recommended) Radeon R9 280X or better
• Radeon 300/Fury X series: (minimum) Radeon R9 370 or better | (recommended) Radeon R9 380 or better
• Radeon 400 series: (minimum) Radeon RX460 or better | (recommended) Radeon RX470 or better

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Gamepad Support
• Mouse and Keyboard
• Microsoft Xbox 360
• Microsoft Xbox One
• Microsoft Xbox One Elite
• PlayStation 4 (Original/Pro)

Partially Supported Gamepads (May Require Third-Party Drivers)
• Any third-party Xbox-compatible controller
• Logitech Chillstream
• OUYA controller
• Steam controller
• PlayStation 3 controller

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For Honor will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 14. For more on the game, check out our previous coverage:

For Honor Goes Gold, Twitch Events and In-Game Rewards Revealed

For Honor – Closed Beta Coming January 26-20

For Honor – Three New Heroes Face Off in Tactical New Mode

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Gamers Thrown into Real-World Battle for Halo Wars 2

January 20, 2017 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Halo Wars 2, Xbox, and 343 Industries have brought the intensity of battle to gamers through a dramatic real-world combat experience inspired by the Halo universe.

Unaware of the test ahead, fans were led into a Halo-themed military command center where a conventional demonstration quickly turned into an onslaught of action and chaos, as the frenetic nature of battle was captured with UNSC unit commanders requesting orders.

The new recruits quickly realized that they were in the hot seat, tasked with saving their own lives and their units, with no other tools other than their quick strategic thinking. Some panicked at the situation; others began to embrace it. Find out who rose to the challenge in the video above.

The experience was inspired by the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta that’s available today on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. Real-time strategy makes an explosive return to the Halo universe in Halo Wars 2. Lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Hornets, and Vultures to engage in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy on the biggest Halo battlefield ever.

Download the beta now until Jan. 30 on Windows 10 PC‘s and Xbox One ahead of the worldwide game launch on Feb. 21

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The Division – Last Stand Expansion: What You Need to Know

January 20, 2017 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

The Division development team revealed the first details for both Last Stand and the next major update for the game. There’s a lot to digest, so let’s jump right into some Last Stand details:

It’s a PvP and PvE Activity
Last Stand is a new competitive mode that takes place in an instanced version of the Dark Zone, separate from the main game population. It pits two teams of eight agents against each other in a fight to control terminals and upload crucial data before the other team can do the same. Fighting with enemy agents will be a big part of the conflict, so Last Stand does not include traditional Dark Zone mechanics like being labeled a Rogue agent or losing XP and currency upon death.

However, it’s not just the enemy teams you need to worry about. Last Stand maps feature NPCs that will guard key control points, with stronger foes protecting central control points. If you kill these NPCs, you can earn SHD tech, which can then be spent at boost stations to unlock a variety of temporary bonuses and aid your team, like turrets for your base, faster data upload speeds, or a pulse to alert you when enemies are too close to your base. These stations will only be available after certain match criteria are met, so plan accordingly, and remember the enemy has access to the same boosts.

It takes place in the Dark Zone, but it’s not the same Dark Zone
The Dark Zone is split into four different maps for Last Stand, which include the new areas (DZ 7-9) unlocked with the free update 1.6. Each map has three locations – A, B, and C – that players will need to control, or retake from the opposing team, to begin data transfers. If you successfully capture a terminal, a spawn relay will activate and make it possible for you to automatically spawn close to teammates.

And because this is a Dark Zone activity, matchmaking functions much in the same way by taking your gear score into account. But it also looks at your overall performance to match you with similarly skilled players. If you’re playing with a group of friends, the server will compile all of the recent performance data of you and your teammates before finding an opponent.

What happens if you win?
Last Stand features a progression system where you can earn experience and make your way up to a maximum level of 40. Each time you gain a rank, you’ll get access to a sealed cache. Also, while you make your way up the ranks, you’ll earn vanity items from two unique sets and two sets of weapon skins. When you hit 40, you’ll continue to earn these rewards, and unlike Dark Zone ranks, you can never lose Last Stand rank.

Head over to the official site for more details on Last Stand or check out our previous coverage of The Division:

Stephen Gaghan to Write and Direct ‘The Division’ Film

The Division – Don’t Fear the Dark Zone

The Division Breaks Ubisoft Records

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Play the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Multiplayer Beta on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC Today

January 20, 2017 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

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All Units, Local Units! Get ready to experience a brand new way to play RTS because the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Multiplayer Beta officially launches today on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC! The Blitz multiplayer beta is open to anyone on Windows 10 PC and for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One, and runs from today until Jan. 30.

Blitz offers a unique twist on Halo Wars 2 gameplay by replacing the traditional real-time strategy (RTS) aspects of resource collection, base building and tech tree planning with a streamlined way to build your armies and jump straight into the action.

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Unlike a traditional RTS match, your entire army and Leader Powers are selected and built before a Blitz match even begins. Players will select a Leader and build a deck of 12 cards, with each card representing a type of unit or Leader Power. All units and Powers have an energy cost associated; finding the right balance of cheap and weak vs. expensive and high-tech units is all part of the deeper strategy. There are also Leader-specific cards; for instance, Captain Cutter is all about providing orbital support from the UNSC Spirit of Fire (Archer Missiles!) while UNSC Logistics AI Isabel can confuse opponents with AI holograms. In team matches, players will also want to figure out ways to synergize decks for maximum impact.

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For fans new to RTS, Blitz takes players straight into battle while RTS veterans will find opportunity for deeper strategy through deck building, army composition and counterplay. The beta is Player vs. Player only, but Blitz will also include a Player vs. Environment mode – Blitz Firefight – at launch.

For more details, be sure to check out Halo Waypoint for a great Blitz 101. Download the beta today on either on Windows 10 PC or Xbox One!

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I Am Bread Slices Its Way Onto Xbox One Today

January 20, 2017 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

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At last, video game’s unlikeliest hero has climbed onto Xbox One: I Am Bread is here!

In our game, players control a lovable slice of bread with the objective of becoming the greatest version of itself — toast — all the while taking care to avoid any hazards on its way to a suitable heat source. With its intentionally tough to master controls (who thought moving bread was easy?), only the most determined players will be able to guide their gluten through various levels in and around an unsuspecting man’s home, while slowly robbing him of his sanity.

I Am Bread‘s origins were formed during a game jam at Bossa Studios, where the team had just 48 hours to rapidly build and present a brand-new game prototype with the theme of clumsimulator (clumsy simulation). The initial idea showed how fun and awkward it would be to control a slice of bread while flopping it around a kitchen sink. Once proven to be a fun concept, the team built upon the prototype with the same level of humor and personality of its previous multi-million selling title, Surgeon Simulator. (Little known fact, I Am Bread is a prequel to Surgeon Simulator, but only the best players can unlock the storyline link at its grand-finale…)

The game had an open development approach with its early players, and is a direct result of considerable input from the community, which meant the team knew they were creating a game that players genuinely appreciated. It also meant that many of the features that were requested made it into the final game, such as being able to play as multiple bread types (cracker or baguette, anyone?), Free Roam, as well as the satisfyingly destructive Rampage mode.

Physics form a significant part of the gameplay and players have multiple ways of moving around and completing the levels. This results in further depth and encourages players to fully explore the levels and discover the heat sources used to complete each chapter. For instance, you’ll only find an actual toaster in the first stage, so you’ll need to use your imagination in later levels if you’re serious about becoming toast. Having a physical sandbox to explore means players can push and pull various elements such as bowling balls, glasses, and lawnmowers to help reach their goal. Each item has its own weight and affects your bread’s grip, helping you reach otherwise inaccessible areas.

Following its original success on PC with more than one million copies sold, I Am Bread is Bossa’s debut title on Xbox One (with the help of our partner JAW Ltd.) and it’s also the first time that console players can get their muffins on the included Starch Wars DLC, inspired by a particularly well-known and beloved franchise. Starch Wars: A New Loaf is a standalone, fully-fledged space shooter that takes Bread into the depths of the cosmos and tasks players with blasting the nefarious Rye Fighters. Because why not? (Players must complete the first chapter in Story Mode to unlock the Starch Wars content).

We hope you agree that you knead this game in your life. Good toasting!

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Stephen Gaghan to Write and Direct ‘The Division’ Film

January 19, 2017 By: Sniper Category: Whats Up?

The disaster-struck vision of New York City that captivated players last year in The Division is coming to the big screen. Ubisoft Motion Pictures announced today that the film will be written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, who earned an Academy Award for writing Traffic and was nominated for his work on Syriana. Sharing his enthusiasm for the source material, Gaghan said, “The game has been an enormous success, in large part due to the visual landscape [Massive Entertainment] created, their vision of a mid-apocalyptic Manhattan. It’s immersive, wonderfully strange, and yet familiar, filled with possibilities.”

“We are really excited to bring Stephen’s unique vision of the game to film audiences around the globe,” said Gerard Guillemot, Chief Executive Officer, Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

“We can’t wait for Stephen’s remarkable passion and talent to bring the astonishing world of The Division to life,” added Matt Phelps, Vice President and Head of Development, Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

The Division film will star Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal. For more coverage on The Division film and the release of the Assassin’s Creed film, check out the UbiBlog coverage below:

The Division Film Announced, Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal To Star

Assassin’s Creed Movie – Stars Walk the Red Carpet

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Get Rewarded for Playing Free to Play Games on Xbox One

January 19, 2017 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Free to Play games give you robust, innovative game experiences you crave with the freedom to spend as you want. Now, Xbox Live Rewards members can get in on the fun and personalize their earning potential with limited-time rewards, monthly missions, or both with FREEdom Rewards!

Special limited-time offers, exclusive prizes, tried-and-true favorites; FREEdom Rewards has something for everyone to enjoy! Play the games that you want and craft your ideal reward to earn Xbox Live Rewards Credits that can be used to buy movies, games, shows, and more from the Xbox Store.

Rewards You Can Earn Today

It’s simple, fun, and easy to get rewarded every three months by completing a variety of missions that include downloading and purchasing add-on content for Free to Play games from the Xbox Store. Currently we have three very exciting and ongoing offers as part of the FREEdom Rewards program:

Free Pass: Earn 2,000 Rewards Credits per month by spending at least $30 (before tax) on add-on content for one Free to Play game in the Xbox Store. This offer resets monthly, starting at 00:00 UTC on the first day of the month and ending at 23:59 UTC on the last day of the month.

FREEquent Player: Earn 2,000 Rewards Credits every three months by spending at least $5 (before tax) on add-on content for Free to Play games in the Xbox Store for three consecutive months. These can be for one or multiple games, but the three purchases must be on the same title. This offer runs for three months from January 1, 2017 at 00:00 UTC until March 31, 2017 at 23:59 UTC.

One-Two-Free Punch: Earn 3,000 Rewards Credits per month by spending at least $5 (before tax) on add-on content for three different Free to Play games on the Xbox Store. This offer resets monthly, with the period starting at 00:00 UTC on the first day of the month and ending at 23:59 UTC on the last day of the month.

Exclusive Prizes for Featured Games

From now until February 28, we have some special offers to earn limited time Xbox Live Rewards on great Free to Play games like Roblox, Neverwinter, World of Tanks, Star Trek Online, DC Universe Online, and Warframe:

Dream Big, Win Bigger: Download Roblox from the Xbox Store and play for at least 30 minutes to start earing Xbox Live Rewards. For every 30 minutes you play you’ll gain a single entry into our Dream Big, Win Bigger sweepstakes (maximum four entries per week allowed). Click here for further details and official rules on the sweepstakes.

Prizes include:

– 49” 4K Ultra HD TV (ARV: $1,499.99)

– Wireless Gaming Chair (ARV: $249.99)

– Gaming Headset (ARV: $119.95)

– 400 Robux (ARV: $4.99)

Refer Your Friends, Get Rewarded: It’s more fun to play with friends on Xbox Live. Now, Xbox Live Rewards members can earn a variety of exclusive prizes for referring their friends to select Free to Play games during the offer period. Play in the fantastic world of Neverwinter, command history’s greatest armed vehicles in World of Tanks, live long and prosper in Star Trek Online, and fight with and against iconic heroes in DC Universe Online. Gather your friends and play with them to get rewarded with great prizes.

Play Your Way to Rewards with Warframe: Get ready to reap rewards worthy of an ancient warrior! In Warframe, you’ll fight as a Tenno, master of both gun and blade. But don’t let the fight stop there. Download the game and play until you complete five new achievements by February 28 and you’ll get a prize that any Tenno would appreciate: 75 Platinum ($4.99) to spend in game.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to play freely and get rewarded and get more stuff you want from Xbox. Not an Xbox Live Rewards member? It’s easy and free to join, learn more at Xbox Live Rewards. For more details as well as any questions you may have, visit the FREEdom Rewards site for a full breakdown on all the details listed above.

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