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Megan Spurr, Community Lead, Xbox Game Pass

Coming to Xbox Game Pass: Madden NFL 23, Atomic Heart, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, and More

Day one, fan favorites, Perks – some of my favorite things for Xbox Game Pass! Clear up some space on your hard drive, we have some more games ready for you to pre-install (shout out to the Xbox Game Pass mobile app that lets you pre-install on your devices remotely). Let’s get to the games!

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Madden NFL 23 (Console and PC) EA Play – February 9
Madden NFL 23 is coming soon to PC Game Pass & Ultimate via EA Play! Give your Ultimate Team a boost and show...

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“It’s Hard as Hell, But It’s Fair”: The Callisto Protocol Gets a Free Hardcore Mode

The Callisto Protocol was already an unforgiving experience, tasking you with escaping Black Iron Prison amid an outbreak that turns its denizens into horrific biophages – but now it’s offering its sternest challenge yet. As part of a free update, Striking Distance Studios has introduced Hardcore Mode – and I caught up with Creative Director Ben Walker to dive into the new horrors it brings.

“It’s right there in the name – Hardcore Mode is just plain hardcore,”...

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Daniel Ruiz, Sr. Marketing Manager, Xbox Accessories

Journey to Deep Space with the Stellar Shift Special Edition Wireless Controller

Today, we are excited to announce the Xbox Wireless Controller – Stellar Shift Special Edition as the newest member of the Shift Special Edition series. The Shift series debuted with Aqua Shift, inspired by the deep sea, and Lunar Shift capturing the awe-inspiring aura of the moon, but we knew that the Stellar Shift had to take it one step further. The Stellar Shift controller features a striking color shifting blue-purple shimmer that gives it a mesmerizing feeling of deep...

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Halo Infinite: Noble Intention Event Launch

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5 Ways Minecraft Legends Twists PvP into a Brand New Action-Strategy Experience

Minecraft Legends, the upcoming game from Mojang Studios and Blackbird Interactive is “not your normal strategy game,” according to Principal Design Director, Craig Leigh. Appearing on the Xbox Podcast last week, Leigh dove into multiple ways the new title (coming on April 18 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC (Steam & Windows), Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4|5) offers a very new twist on the genre. “We get that all time,” he explained, “People are like, ‘This is...

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Larry Hryb, Xbox's Major Nelson

This Week’s Deals with Gold and Spotlight Sale

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals available from the Microsoft Games Store. Discounts are valid now through February 13, 2023 (actual end date varies by sale).


Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Deals Eiyuden Chronicle: RisingXbox Game Pass33%Anime Month SaleNaruto To Boruto: Shinobi StrikerXbox Game Pass90%Anime Month SaleSCARLET NEXUS Deluxe EditionSmart Delivery75%Anime Month SaleDevil May Cry 5 Special EditionXbox Series X|S (Optimized)50%Anime Month...

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Kim Kunes, General Manager, Xbox Trust and Safety

Xbox Celebrates Safer Internet Day with Minecraft’s New Privacy-Themed Learning World and Safety Tips for Parents

As the internet continues to be a central part of how we connect, learn and play, understanding how to stay safe online remains top of mind at Xbox.  Ahead of the 20th annual Safer Internet Day on February 7, Xbox is reaffirming our commitment to an online world where everyone is empowered to have fun within the boundaries they set.

As Xbox continues its safety journey, we are excited to share a few ways we are recognizing Safer Internet Day. I recently sat down with Xbox...

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Overwatch 2 – Season 3 Lands February 7 with a New Control Map, Battle Pass, and More

SummaryThere’s a ton of exciting activities for all types of players on the horizon in Season 3, with a new map, Battle Pass, and even a full dating sim for Valentine’s Day.Matchmaking, competitive, Hero balance tweaks, and more have been implemented to improve the overall experience in Overwatch 2.Overwatch 2 is available to play for free on Xbox Series X|S. Grab it here from the Xbox Store.

It’s time to bundle up and prepare for an arctic chill with the launch of...

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How PC Game Pass Is Empowering 4 New ID@Xbox Games

SummaryPC Game Pass is empowering ID@Xbox developers to create their dream projects.We spoke to Head of Global Independent Creator Partnerships, Guy Richards to explain why.We also take a look at four games coming to the service: Lightyear Frontier, Planet of Lana, Everspace 2, and The Last Case of Benedict Fox.

As the ID@Xbox brand turns 10 years old this year, our indie publishing service is stronger than ever. With PC Game Pass able to put unique games in front of more players than...

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This Week on Xbox: Anime Month, New Game Releases, and More

This Week on Xbox: Dead Space, Developer Direct, Updates, and More
This Week on Xbox: Fresh New Games, Updates, and Events
This Week on Xbox: Upcoming Games, Updates, and Events

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for February 6 to 10

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! In this weekly feature we cover all the games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, and Game Pass! Get more details on these upcoming games below and click their profiles for further info (release dates subject to change). Let’s jump in!

Prison Tycoon: Under New Management – February 8

Craft every building, room, and path – just make sure the layout makes efficient use of the power grid and water systems. Work on...

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Samuel Roberts, PR Manager – Frontier Foundry

Take The Journey Of A Lifetime In Deliver Us Mars, Out Today On Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One

SummaryDeliver Us Mars is the sequel to 2019’s Deliver Us The Moon, and it’s out now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.Join a desperate mission to Mars and uncover the mystery of an abandoned colony.Experience a rich narrative and all-new gameplay mechanics as you help save our planet.

In 2019’s Deliver Us The Moon, developer KeokeN Interactive sent players to the Moon to reactivate a vital energy source and pull Earth back from the brink of disaster. In its sequel...

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Kyle Ocean, Business Planner, Xbox

Free Play Days – For Honor, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, and Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker

Raise your sword…or fist… to kick off this Anime month Free Play Day weekend. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising and Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker are available this weekend for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, February 2 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, February 5 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. For Honor is available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play until February 9.

How to Start Playing

Find and install the games...

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Christina McGrath, Head of Community and Communications, Rare

Join the Party in Sea of Thieves’ Next Community Day on February 11!

SummarySea of Thieves Season Eight Community Day will take place from February 11–12 (10am UTC).All players can help raise the Community Emissary Grade, unlocking in-game boosts to gold, reputation and Seasonal Renown.Additional incentives include sales, Twitch Drops, community shout-outs and a celebratory stream from Rare’s on-site Tavern.

Season Eight Community Day is on the horizon! Set sail on Saturday, February 11 to celebrate the phenomenal Sea of Thieves community and share in...

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Andy Leubner, Third Party Games Marketing, Xbox

Celebrate All Things Anime on Xbox and Xbox Game Pass this February

February is the annual celebration of all things anime on Xbox and Xbox Game Pass from now until the end of the month.

Anime Month has returned! Throughout February, fans can enjoy discounts across anime products in games, TV, movies from the Microsoft Store and much more. There are also special discounts for Game Pass members, and you can earn 2,500 Microsoft Rewards points when you spend $50 on anime games, movies, and series in the collection. 

Save up to 85% on Select...

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Portia Botchway, Xbox Researcher

Xbox Celebrates Black History Month

SummaryXbox will be celebrating Black History Month throughout February.To help introduce our various initiatives, Xbox Researcher Portia Botchway shares her insights as a Black woman in the games industry.We also explain how you can give, discover, play and watch with Xbox to support Black History Month.

As a Black woman working in the gaming industry, finding community has been instrumental to the success I’ve found in my career. For the past three years, I have served in the role of...

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Lilyann Torres, Gundam Content Writer, Bandai Namco Entertainment America

Hold the Line in Gundam Evolution Season 3 – Defencer

Season 3 of Gundam Evolution, dubbed ‘Defencer’, is arriving today, February 1, where new and veteran Mobile Suit Pilots can join the fray. This season is bringing all-new add-on content to enjoy: a new Mobile Suit, regional servers, and a whole lot more!  

New Mobile Suit: Hyperion Gundam 

Hyperion Gundam hails from the ‘Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X Astray’ manga and marks the newest addition to the Gundam Evolution roster. Pilots will be able to attain this Mobile Suit...

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The Most Anticipated Games of 2023 (According to the Xbox Wire Team)

2023 promises to be a big year for Xbox and Windows PC games, with major new titles from Xbox Game Studios and our partners set to jostle for space on your hard drives and cloud devices. From ultra-anticipated RPGs like Starfield, to long-awaited blockbusters such as Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, to indie hits-in-waiting, there’s something for everyone coming this year — and a huge portion of this list will be available from day one as part of your Xbox Game Pass...

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Shawn Alexander Allen, Lead Designer at NuChallenger

Treachery in Beatdown City: Ultra Remix is Coming to Xbox on April 27th

Hello Xbox fans!

All of us at NuChallenger are excited to announce that Treachery in Beatdown City: Ultra Remix is hitting Xbox on April 27th.

Explore an angry city, meet the worst people, and beat ‘em up with style! Pick your fighter, freeze time, build custom combos, and knock out your enemies, all to save the president.

Like what you’re hearing? Let me tell you more!

Fight Back against Corruption

After US President Blake Orama is kidnapped by ninja terrorists...

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Michal Napora, Community Manager @Yaza Games

Seven Tips to Become the Best Inkulinati Master

Hello there young Inkulinati Master in training. Now that Inkulinati is available in Game Preview on Xbox, PC and with Game Pass, I see that you are keen to learn the nuances that can give you the edge in battle, . Very well, I like that attitude. In that case, listen. A true Inkulinati Master knows how to use its strengths and exploit their enemy’s weaknesses. And the true strength lies in the mind! (and also the quill, but that doesn’t fit the emotions I’m building here...

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