This Week on Xbox: July 17, 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 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!


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You Are the Future of Gaming
Games are a source of joy, inspiration, and social connection. They have the power to bring us together, create empathy, and strengthen our social fabric. As we prepare for the next generation, our efforts to make gaming more inclusive, more immersive… Read more

Finish the Fight in Halo 3 Now Available for PC with The Master Chief Collection
Do you remember how you felt when you took down not one, but two Scarabs? Well get ready to swell with pride once more as Halo 3 joins Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox Game Pass, the Microsoft Store and Steam… Read more

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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC: Yakuza Kiwami 2, Carrion, Grounded (Game Preview), and More
I’m here once again to tell you that we have more games coming to Xbox Game Pass (this part never gets old) for console and PC! Today we‘ve got a beefy list of games coming soon, DLC, free game updates, Perks, Quests, and games that snuck… Read more

Earn Epic Overwatch Rewards in Sigma’s Maestro Challenge, Now Live on Xbox One
“What is that melody?” Get ready to face the music in Sigma’s Maestro Challenge. Play games or watch streamers to earn limited-time rewards, including the Legendary Maestro Sigma skin and other exquisite cosmetics. But pick up the… Read more

Gears 5 – Operation 4: Brothers in Arms Available Now
It’s finally here, Gears fans. Operation 4: Brothers in Arms is available now across Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam, and it delivers some of the biggest changes we’ve seen yet in Gears 5 plus the return of a familiar face. Operation 4 also marks the return… Read more

Iconic Anime Legends Join the Battleground of the Gods in Latest Smite Update
The Smite mid-season update featuring the all-new Avatar: The Last Airbender Battle Pass is now available on Xbox One. This incredible crossover with Nickelodeon was a passion project for the Titan Forge Team. With the help of diehard… Read more

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Xbox Velocity Architecture: A Closer Look at the Next-Gen Tech Driving Gaming Innovation Forward on Xbox Series X
When we set out to design the Xbox Series X, we aspired to build our most powerful console ever powered by next generation innovation and delivering consistent, sustained performance never before seen in a console with no compromises. To achieve this goal… Read more

Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris Available Now on Xbox One
Hi, I am Yousuke Futami, the SAO Game Lead Producer of Bandai Namco Entertainment. I’d love to talk about Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris, the newest Sword Art Online game which is available now for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store… Read more

Microsoft Flight Simulator Set for Launch on August 18 for PC, also with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta)
Start preparing for take-off. Xbox Game Studios and Asobo Studio are thrilled to announce that Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on August 18, and you can pre-order on Windows 10* or pre-install with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) today… Read more

Forager Now Available with Xbox Game Pass on Console and PC
Hey everyone! Really exciting news today. Forager, the open-world, adventure, and exploration experience created in partnership with Humble Games is available now with Xbox Game Pass on Console and PC! I originally created the prototype of ForagerRead more

Microsoft Store Fortnite Tournament in Support of NPH USA

Microsoft Store Fortnite Tournament in Support of NPH USA
The Microsoft Store team is proud to partner with NPH USA to host a Fortnite Game Tournament! The tournament is open for free for any United States resident, but a donation to NPH USA is encouraged. We also are happy to give away promotional… Read more

Hands-On with Watch Dogs: Legion’s London
If you’ve been to London, you’ve been on camera; England’s capital is the most surveilled city in Europe. Regardless of your viewpoint on public surveillance, there’s no debating that London provides a compelling digital playground for Watch DogsRead more

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From Plastic to Pixel: How the Adeptus Mechanicus and Necrons Landed for the First Time on Xbox One
When conceiving our plans for a Warhammer 40,000 video game, we thought long and hard about what factions would be at the centre of the conflict. Our goal was to have the factions define the core mechanics of the game and allow it to stand out in… Read more

Designing Intimacy in We Should Talk, Available Now on Xbox One
We Should Talk is a short-form narrative game where players think carefully about the words they choose, available now on Xbox One. Our development team’s original goal was to design a game that explores romance in a more natural way than… Read more

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Marvel’s Avengers Next War Table Livestream and Beta Event Details Revealed
After last month’s reveal of Marvel’s Avengers central villain to be MODOK, a fresh look at Thor gameplay, and new information about War Zones, earlier this week Square Enix announced both the next War Table deep dive livestream event as well… Read more

Aquaman Arrives on the Fortnite Horizon
Rising from the depths, Aquaman has arrived on the Island’s shores — and he brings with him his fifth weekly challenge. Complete Aquaman’s five Battle Pass challenges and unlock his outfit plus more maritime rewards! In these challenges, show off your… Read more

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Improved Combat, Deeper Space Exploration in Latest No Man’s Sky Desolation Update
Last month we welcomed over a million new players into No Man’s Sky by virtue of Xbox Game Pass and the Windows 10 release. This, together with our cross-play update, meant that we are seeing some of our biggest ever in-game numbers… Read more

With New Campaigns Comes Great Rewards in Gems of War on Xbox One
Gems of War is a must-play for match 3 RPG fans who are keen to sink their teeth and minds into a thrilling battle system and rich sprawling fantasy world. Our 5.0 Update rapidly expands the storyline, offering a plethora of new content in the ever-expanding…. Read more

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See the Future of Xbox on July 23 on the Xbox Games Showcase
The day you’ve been waiting for is nearly here: On Thursday, July 23 at 9 a.m. PT, we’ll be giving you a closer look at the future of gaming with the Xbox Games Showcase, including world premieres and updated looks at some of the games we’ve… Read more

Bless Unleashed: Salamander Solstice Summer Event Starts Today on Xbox One
Bless Unleashed’s Summer event Salamander Solstice is available now for a limited time on Xbox One! A rite of Summer in Lumios includes the yearly swarm of salamanders where their numbers swell and they can be seen almost anywhere… Read more

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Free Play Days – Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ash of Gods Redemption, and Frostpunk: Console Edition
Three great games are available to play this weekend with Free Play Days. Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon BreakpointAsh of Gods Redemption, and Frostpunk: Console Edition from… Read more

Skater XL: Behind the Scenes with the Pros
What’s up, everyone!  In April we announced that skateboard icons Tom Asta, Tiago Lemos, Evan Smith, and Brandon Westgate would be playable pros at launch in Skater XL. We couldn’t be more excited to have some of the biggest names from this… Read more

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Launch into Rocket Arena with Tips and Tricks from the Devs
You didn’t enter the Rocket Arena Championship Tour to finish second. You’re here to lift the trophy! To help you rule the roost, we’ve compiled a few tricks and tips from the Final Strike Games team on how to blast your way to greatness (and keep from… Read more

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Tips and Tricks
With the exciting announcement of Robert “RJ” James (Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger), Lauren Shiba (Red Samurai Ranger), plus a soon-to-be-officially-confirmed villain, let’s go over some of the game’s essential mechanics before you jump into the Grid… Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: July 21 to July 24
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console… Read more

Related:
Forager Now Available with Xbox Game Pass on Console and PC
From Plastic to Pixel: How the Adeptus Mechanicus and Necrons Landed for the First Time on Xbox One
Designing Intimacy in We Should Talk, Available Now on Xbox One