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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 March 27, 2023 (actual end date varies by sale).


Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Deals EA SPORTS FIFA 23 Xbox Series X|SXbox Series X|S (Optimized)50%EA Publisher SaleNeed for Speed UnboundXbox Series X|S (Optimized)50%EA Publisher SaleDead Space Digital Deluxe EditionXbox Series X|S (Optimized)20%EA Publisher SaleThe Sims 4 High School...

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Jessica Ronnell, ID@Xbox Team Lead - Events, Community & Partner Onboarding

GDC 2023: ID@Xbox Online Demos Now Live on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

SummaryFrom now until March 27, 2023, a dozen demos are available to play as part of the ID@Xbox GDC Online Demo Event.From a multiplayer horror FPS to a live action mystery, there’s something for everyone included.If you’re attending GDC, you can find these demos at the ID@Xbox Sponsored Kiosk in the IGF Pavilion.

GDC 2023 is here, and this year we’ve got a special treat for everyone! Starting today and running until March 27, 2023, a dozen demos are available to play...

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This Week on Xbox: Diablo IV Beta, Valheim, and 100 New Games this Spring

This Week on Xbox: Starfield’s Release Revealed, Huge Game Announces, and More
This Week on Xbox: New Releases Galore! Destiny 2: Lightfall, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, and More
This Week on Xbox: New Game Releases, Microsoft Flight Sim Goes to Hobbiton, and More

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Miracle on the Sea of Thieves: How a Single Idea Powered a 10-Year Journey

SummaryOn the fifth anniversary of Sea of Thieves, we spoke to key members of the team to learn about the very first ideas that sparked this project.This retrospective includes never-before-told stories about the game’s creation.Stay to the end to learn about everything Rare has on offer for the game’s fifth anniversary.

If you listen to enough developers talk about how they made their games, you’ll hear a phrase pop up repeatedly. It will sound something like this:...

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Florent Maurin, narrative designer, The Pixel Hunt

In The Wreck, All Your Choices Prepare you for the Very Last One

This 3D visual novel presents you with choices that matter… Just not in the way you think

It’s become kind of a trope associated with interactive narratives in games: supposedly, for them to be good, all the decisions the player makes should have a radical impact on the story itself. If not, some people go as far as to pretend the choices “don’t matter”, therefore leading to an unsatisfying experience. We thought about that a lot when we designed The Wreck, and...

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Sos Sosowski, Solo Developer, McPixel

New McPixel 3 Levels Announced

Now you can save the day in even more ridiculous ways!

Hi! I’m Sos Sosowski, the creator and solo developer behind McPixel 3. I am excited to announce that this march, you will be able to enjoy all new adventures of the titular hero on Xbox! But first, let me tell you more about the game, because there’s a whole lot to do there!

Is This the Way to Save the Day?

McPixel is not your regular superhero. While he tries to save his own skin in the most unpredictable way,...

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David Ventura, Creative Director at Ichigoichie

Funky 1990s Sokoban/Strategy Mashup Backbeat is Now on Xbox

SummaryBackbeat is now available for purchase on XboxExperience a fresh mashup of the puzzle and strategy genresRelive a homage to classic 1990s ensemble dramedies

This is my second title launching on Xbox and it’s really cool to see how much our company has grown since Hexagroove: Tactical DJ in 2020.  The first time around was a great experience but there was so much more I wanted make more accessible and inviting.  In Backbeat we designed the interface from the ground...

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for March 20 to 24

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!

Great New Games Spotlight has officially kicked off and we’re excited to bring you a ton of games every week for the next six weeks — more than 100+ new games will launch on Xbox Series X|S...

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Dave Hulegaard, Sr. Brand Manager, Versus Evil

Stray Souls: The Psychological Horror Game You Didn’t See Coming

SummaryStray Souls pays homage to classic games in the horror genre, while crafting an experience for the modern era.Designed to be completely immersive and unsettling to keep you on your toes!Coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S this fall.

I absolutely love horror, but it takes an awful lot to scare me. Jump scares are all well and good for a quick startle, but I’m always looking for those experiences that will stick with me long after the credits roll. I’m talking...

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Joe Neate, Executive Producer at Rare

Season Nine Arrives as Sea of Thieves Celebrates Five Years at Sea

SummarySeason Nine is the latest Sea of Thieves content update, available March 16 and free for all players with Xbox Game Pass and across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10/11 and Steam.Enjoy discovering the gifts of the Chest of Fortune, exploring new Legendary Voyages, and earning ever more riches and rewards.A new Deluxe Edition released to mark the fifth anniversary offers the option of extra goodies to equip from the outset.

Season Nine of Sea of Thieves has arrived,...

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Kyle Ocean, Business Planner, Xbox

Free Play Days – Anno 1800, Session: Skate Sim, and Autonauts

Whether you are creating your own cities during the industrial age, kick flipping your way into the weekend, or autonomizing your own colony, you’ll have plenty to play during Free Play Days! Anno 1800, Session: Skate Sim, and Autonauts are available this weekend for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, March 16 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until Sunday, March 19 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. 

How to Start Playing

Find and install the games on each of the...

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: What to Do on Your First 50 Turns

SummaryWe’ve assembled some starter tips to help during the early phases of Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.From scouting early and often to clearing out those pesky barbarian camps, this guide will help establish your footing within this epic turn-based strategy game.Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is available now with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, and Cloud.

Now that Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is available with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, and Cloud, many of you may be...

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Chastity Vicencio, Editorial Communications Manager, Ubisoft

Build an Empire in Anno 1800, Available Now on Xbox Series X|S

Anno 1800 Console Edition is now available on Xbox Series X|S, and you can play the award-winning city-building strategy game for free from now until March 23. If you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription or an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, you can also access Anno 1800 Console Edition on your Xbox Series X|S through the Xbox Free Play Days event from now until March 24. During the Free Week, you can play all of Anno 1800’s main content, and if you want to continue...

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Minecraft is Now Available for Early Access on Chromebook

Summary Related:
Minecraft Update 1.20 Gets a Title: The Trails and Tales Update
Mega Man X DLC Available Now in the Minecraft Marketplace
Introducing Minecraft x Crocs

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It’s Time to Party with Modern Warfare II

SummaryWith the release of Season 02: Reloaded, Modern Warfare II now has a wealth of Party Modes to jump into and play with friends.We’ve put together some of our favorite tips to help give you an edge across Infected, Gun Game, Grind, Drop Zone, All or Nothing, and One in the Chamber.From March 16 through March 20, 2023, Free Access players can battle across six Multiplayer maps and a variety of game modes alongside the first Co-Op Raid. Details here.

As the seasons begin to usher in...

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Sabine Neuser, Narrative Designer, Deck13

Atlas Fallen: Brand New Details Emerge After the Action-RPG’s Gameplay Reveal

SummaryDiscover the world of Atlas Fallen and the factions that inhabit itUncover new information about The Sun God, Thelos, and the caste system they imposed on humanityFind out more about what kind of hero you will play as and about the odds you’ll be facing

Hello everyone, I’m Sabine Neuser, Narrative Designer at Deck13. Our game Atlas Fallen releases May 16, it’s a superpowered third-person action-RPG where you’ll play as a hero who rises against a tyrannical...

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Joe Skrebels, Xbox Wire Editor-in Chief and Adam Fletcher, Blizzard Senior Manager – Community Management

Diablo IV: Talking the Open Beta With the Game’s Director

The gates of hell are creaking open, and the Diablo IV Open Beta is almost upon us. Beginning this Friday, March 17 for those who have pre-ordered the game (and starting on March 24 for everyone else), the Beta will offer a huge amount to play ahead of the game’s launch of June 6 – and will even offer rewards for the final game to those who pass its many challenges.

Ahead of the Open Beta, we caught up with Game Director Joe Shely to learn about what’s in store – and...

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Parker Wilhelm - Content Manager, Bethesda Softworks

Ghostwire: Tokyo Is Coming to Xbox – Play the All-New Spider’s Thread Update April 12

In a flash, nearly every living human in Tokyo disappears as a menacing fog creeps in. As Akito, a lone survivor of this supernatural catastrophe, it’s up to you to team up with an unlikely ally: the spirit of a detective known only as “KK.” With the power to combat the otherworldly Visitors taking over the city, it’s up to just you two to save the world of the living in Ghostwire: Tokyo, coming soon to Xbox!

Available April 12 for Xbox Series X|S with Xbox Game Pass,...

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Yared Admasse, Influencer and Community Manager at Whitethorn Games

Uncover an Insidious Plot in Environmental Thriller The Forest Cathedral, Out Now on Xbox

Hey Xbox Wire readers! I’m Yared from Whitethorn Games, and I’m here to share a little info about our latest release, The Forest Cathedral, which launched today on Xbox Series S|X!

While you may know us from the many cozy, heartwarming titles we’ve published, such as Calico and Lake, The Forest Cathedral takes a slightly darker direction. The game, while still adhering to tranquil, low-stress gameplay, evokes a more unsettling, eerie feeling that approaches the realm of...

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Valheim (Game Preview) Journeys to Console for the First Time Today with Xbox Game Pass

SummaryThis brutal exploration and survival game, available today for the first time on console, is inspired by Norse mythology where you can craft powerful weapons, construct longhouses, and slay mighty foes.We checked in with Iron Gate Studios about adapting Valheim (Game Preview) to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, and how they designed it to be 1:1 to the Windows PC version.Valheim (Game Preview) is now available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC with Game...

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