Next Week on Xbox: Upcoming Games, June 26 – July 2

Welcome to another edition of Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the great games coming soon to Xbox One. This week we have another batch of quality gaming content for you to enjoy on Xbox One like Valkyria Revolution, The Golf Club 2, and Marvel Heroes Omega to name just a few. Like every week, Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play these games and more in the coming days on Xbox One. So, without further delay, let’s take a look at what’s coming soon with Next Week on Xbox!

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The Golf Club 2 – June 27
With summer in full swing there’s no better time to sit down and golf! With better design tools, more realistic opponents, and community features like golf societies where you and your friends can play against each other (not to mention other players), The Golf Club 2 improves upon an already great golf game on Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto – June 27
Separated from the group and alone in the arctic, Prompto fights to discover the truth of his origin. Take down enemies with bazookas, ride the snowmobile, and snap selfies along the way! Included as part of the Final Fantasy XV Season Pass.

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Valkyria Revolution – June 27
With an engaging story full of political intrigue, a battle system that mixes real-time combat and tactical strategy, a gorgeous visual style, and more, Valkyria Revolution will immerse players into the front lines of a desperate war.

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Poi – June 28
A 3D platformer featuring two kids on a grand adventure to unravel the mysteries of the Milky Way Globe. Explore uncharted lands, compete in challenge levels, meet quirky characters and defeat comical creatures on a journey to become a master explorer.

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Crazy Strike Bowling EX – June 28
A family friendly bowling game featuring anime style characters and wacky bowling alleys. Play as Aiden, Mr. Jenkins or other cute characters and play in such unique locations like the pyramids of Egypt or the Amazon rainforest.

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Marvel Heroes Omega – June 30
One of the largest gatherings of iconic superheroes, villains, and locations from the Marvel Universe in gaming history. Band together with fellow adventurers in Earth’s mightiest action RPG, take the fight to Doctor Doom in an epic nine-chapter story campaign, and experience your favorite heroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Deadpool, and more!

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Ghost of a Tale (Game Preview) – June 30
Play as Tilo, a mouse and minstrel thrown into a perilous adventure. Ghost of a Tale is an action RPG where you must use stealth and cunning to explore the secrets of Dwindling Heights Keep and successfully navigate (and survive) its many dangers.

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AereA – June 30
In this music-themed action RPG, your mission is to find and return the nine primordial instruments to restore balance to the world. Solve puzzles, complete quests, and defeat bosses in this innovative game on Xbox One.

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Goliath – June 30
Welcome to the world of Goliath, an action-adventure about crafting giant robots and punching monsters in the face. Scavenge and explore ruined buildings from 1930s America that share space with wrecked pirate ships and the overgrown remains of spaceships from a far-flung future. Find the items you need to craft tools and weapons that will help you even the odd against the enormous creatures you confront.

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This Week on Xbox: June 23, 2017

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all 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 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 below. This week is a special look back at E3 2017! Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Pillars of Eternity Brings a New Generation of Role Playing to Xbox One on August 29
Earlier this year, our team at Paradox released our first game on Xbox One and the reaction blew us away. Turns out Xbox fans were eager to play more of the rich, replayable titles that our company is known for! Who could have guessed, eh? Well, good news: we’re thrilled to announce today that we’re pairing up with Obsidian Entertainment to bring the award-winning Pillars of Eternity to Xbox One… Read more

E3 Offers High Performance and Innovation in Gaming Hardware
All throughout the week at E3, it was apparent that great hardware has a key place in the PC gaming ecosystem, and it was thrilling to witness the amazing innovation.  At Microsoft, we believe our OEM partners build some of the most amazing high performance, innovative, and customizable gaming machines… Read more

Conan Exiles Coming to Xbox Game Preview August 16 With Free Expansion
By Crom! We’re very excited to share with Xbox One gamers everywhere that we’re bringing Conan Exiles to the Xbox Game Preview program on August 16! Not only that, we’re also releasing a massive free expansion update on the very same day that introduces a huge new land to explore, bringing the game out of the desert and into the cold, frozen highlands in the north… Read more

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Jump Into the Action of Dungeon Defenders II Today on Xbox One
Dungeon Defenders II is a unique blend of action RPG and tower defense. Once you build your towers, you and up to three of your friends can grab a sword, a bow, or even a laser shotgun and jump into the action! There’s loot to discover, pets to raise, locations to explore and more. We crafted a fun, cooperative experience for players to enjoy online or even on the couch with a friend… Read more

Get Exclusive Roblox Avatars and Bonus Robux Now on Xbox One
New to Roblox? Then we’ve got some awesome exclusive deals for you! Today, Roblox is debuting two brand-new starter packs featuring all the essentials you need to start powering your imagination. Both packs include the Roblox app itself, an Xbox-exclusive avatar outfit, and bonus in-app currency — all at a bargain price. Here’s a closer look at each pack…. Read more

ForzaRC Season 3: The Porsche Cup Winner Takes Podium at Le Mans
Tom Kristensen. Derek Bell. Jacky Ickx. All are legendary names who have graced the podium as winners of 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most prestigious endurance driving race. Michael Coyne, (20) from Blackburn, UK can be added to that illustrious list thanks to his victory in the inaugural Official Endurance Esports Category of the largest esports racing event in Le Mans history… Read more

E3 2017: Survival Through Scrounging in State of Decay 2
Like a shot of adrenaline jammed into a barely-beating heart, State of Decay and its definitive Year-One Survival Edition brought new life to the zombie genre. Undead Labs’ fresh take on the walking corpse apocalypse proved there was more to surviving than simply filling flesh-craving creeps full of lead. While it afforded fans ample opportunity to put the mutated monsters in their place… Read more

Kick off Summer With a Free Gift When You Purchase an Xbox One S
Summer is just beginning, so start it right with an Xbox One S and a free gift! From June 18 through June 24, when you buy any new Xbox One or Xbox One S console, you’ll get an additional gift at no extra cost. The offer will be available at most major retailers in the United States, and each gift will vary. See below for the gift options that are available with your Xbox One or Xbox One S purchase… Read more

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Clever Combat and Quirky Characters Collide in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Early on in 2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz wakes from a 14-year coma to discover the Nazis have won the war. As we recently discovered during our hands-on session with its sequel, however, his situation is somehow even more dire at the start of this new story.

Picking up shortly after the concluding events of its predecessor, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus finds our Hitler-hating hero in such a weakened physical state that he’s confined to a wheelchair. More than just a story conceit, B.J.’s unfortunate situation is cleverly woven into the gameplay. To properly experience his pain and suffering, our health was capped at 50—down from the usual 100. In addition to managing this reduced life counter, we were also tasked with navigating the tight confines of a German U-boat from B.J.’s wheelchair.

Before long though, a machine gun landed in our lap and we were able to do what B.J. does best, albeit from a seated position. The combat felt as satisfyingly crunchy as ever, but the fresh perspective added a fun new twist on turning Nazis into pulpy puddles. As we quietly rolled around the craft’s claustrophobic corridors, we were able to silence some threats stealthily, while others fell under chaotic hails of our hand-cannon’s bullets.

Microwave traps—provided by B.J.’s old buddy Set Roth—also came in handy, as they essentially zapped our Hitler-heiling targets out of existence. Switches spread throughout the environment allowed us some control over these cool devices, but we learned the hard way leaving them on could also lead to our own disintegration. Once we mastered their use though, we had a literal blast luring clueless marks into their path before watching them get cooked.

On top of managing the microwaves to gain a strategic advantage, we had to get creative in moving B.J. to the boat’s upper levels. Because he was wheelchair-bound and the craft wasn’t outfitted with elevators, we utilized large spinning gears, moving conveyor belts, and other makeshift modes of transportation to get around. In one of the demo’s highlights, we were tossed from the chair while riding a conveyor belt, forcing a prone B.J. to clear a cluster of baddies as the machine pushed him forward.

While Wolfenstein II‘s clever combat and imaginative environmental exploration was the focus of our hands-on preview, the demo was also packed with engaging cut-scenes and character interactions. The last game’s excellent story—and amazing supporting cast—helped it stand out from other single-player shooters, and the sequel seems to be doubling down on those elements. In addition to a hilarious exchange with Set—who had a few choice words about our weakened state—we briefly reunited with B.J.s lady love Anya.

It was fan-favorite fuhrer Frau Engel, however, who stole the show. As frightening and sadistically funny as ever, the antagonist ultimately caught up with B.J. or, “Terror Billy”, as she affectionately refers to him. Before dealing with her prisoners though, Engel had a colorful conversation with her daughter, a timid young woman who’s accused of eating too much cake and generally serving as an ongoing disappointment to her ruthless mum.

Their exchange escalated when Frau forced an ax on her scared offspring, commanding her to behead one of B.J.s captured allies. The demo closed on this cliffhanger, leaving us anxious to learn where her blade will land and if she could potentially become an ally. More than that though, it reminded us just how adept developer MachineGames is at balancing epic, over-the-top action with absorbing storytelling and unforgettable characters.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus doesn’t hit til October 27, but based on our extremely polished time with the game, it’s already shaping up to be one of the year’s best shooters.

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Conan Exiles Coming to Xbox Game Preview August 16 With Free Expansion

By Crom! We’re very excited to share with Xbox One gamers everywhere that we’re bringing Conan Exiles to the Xbox Game Preview program on August 16! Not only that, we’re also releasing a massive free expansion update on the very same day that introduces a huge new land to explore, bringing the game out of the desert and into the cold, frozen highlands in the north.

Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game set in the brutal lands of “Conan the Barbarian.” Here you have been exiled to a harsh desert, where you must build and dominate the lands around you to survive. You can either play alone in single-player, in co-op with friends, or on a private or public online server populated with dozens of other players.

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The world we’ve built for Conan Exiles is huge. You’ll find forgotten lore and ancient ruins, survive thirst and starvation, battle terrible monsters, build castles and face off against enemy players as you battle for dominance. With the free expansion update, we’re adding over 50% to the available play area. The new lands are a huge departure from the sun-drenched deserts of the base game, and here you get to explore vast forests and towering mountain-tops. There’s new enemies, new resources, new building pieces, and much more.

Game Preview is about constantly improving the game, adding new content, and testing new mechanics and is a great opportunity for us as developers to work with players on creating the game we all want to play.

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Since its start in Early Access on PC, we have updated Conan Exiles many times, squashed lots of bugs, and introduced a ton of new content like dungeons, siege weapons, a dyeing system, new building pieces, new furniture, grenades, and more. Because the game has had the time to mature for several months now on PC, Xbox One gamers will play a game that’s bigger and better than ever before.

Conan Exiles will be in Xbox Game Preview until sometime in Q1 2018, when we plan to launch the game in full, and will be an Xbox One X Enhanced title when the console launches this Fall. We hope you’ll join us on this Game Preview adventure on August 16, and that you’ll not only have a ton of fun playing the game, but provide us valuable feedback that will help us create a better and more robust game. For more information about Conan Exiles, be sure to stay tuned to Xbox Wire and visit us a ConanExiles.com.

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GET EVEN is available now on PS4, XB1, and PC via…

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Cole Black wakes up in an old, abandoned asylum. He is confused and his sole memory is the attempted rescue of a teenage girl with a bomb strapped to her chest. With a strange technology fused to his head – used to read and replay human memory – Black travels into the depths of his own mind to discover the truth about his past.

Jump Into the Action of Dungeon Defenders II Today on Xbox One

Dungeon Defenders II is a unique blend of action RPG and tower defense. Once you build your towers, you and up to three of your friends can grab a sword, a bow, or even a laser shotgun and jump into the action! There’s loot to discover, pets to raise, locations to explore and more. We crafted a fun, cooperative experience for players to enjoy online or even on the couch with a friend. I’d like to provide you with an insider look as to what inspired our choices for the game as well as some pro-tips on how you can get started defending Etheria.

We originally released Dungeon Defenders II as an early access title on PC, but we’ve always wanted to get the game into the hands of our Xbox fan base. We’ve had an amazing Xbox community since we released the first Dungeon Defenders on Xbox 360 in 2011, so we leapt at the opportunity to bring the game to Xbox One with an exclusive Megalodon pet (can you say “Sharknado!?”), an exclusive weapon, and a limited-time exclusive map.

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For Dungeon Defenders II, we set out to improve the hero action gameplay from the first game. We focused on making the action more visceral and fun while still retaining the core tower defense gameplay that fans enjoyed. Those who played our first game will notice we kept a lot of the towers and defenses from our core set of heroes while sprinkling in new ones here and there. We also added some brand-new heroes to the mix.

Our first new hero, the Abyss Lord, is based on one of the most popular additional heroes from Dungeon Defenders, the Summoner. He uses his dark magic to summon skeletal defenses and twists our main bosses’ dark power against their own units. Our other heroes include our awesome cybertronic Series EV2, our mischievous Gunwitch, our volcanic Lavamancer, our Snake God appeasing Mystic, and our nature-friendly Dryad from Terraria. Yes, that Terraria! We released a crossover content pack loaded with Terraria weapons, the Dryad hero, and a whole map based on one of our favorite games. All of that is in the game at launch for fans of both games to enjoy! We’re even releasing a new gender-swapped version of our Monk at launch, the Initiate.

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So now that you have a brief idea of what’s in our game, I’d like to impart some tips for getting ready to play! First of all, I highly recommend utilizing our “How to Play” menu that’s accessible from the Main Menu or the Pause Menu. This contains our tutorial mission and several videos that will help you succeed. I can’t emphasize enough that if you’re struggling, you should check out the videos. Additionally, you can view the plethora of YouTube creators, Mixer streamers and Twitch influencers to stay up-to-date with the latest pro-strats in our game.

One of the pro tips I’ll surface here is to use a blend of different heroes. Each hero, except for the Gunwitch, features a unique set of defenses that are available for players to use from the start of the game — utilizing a mix of these towers is the way to guarantee success. My personal build that I use through campaign (and into our end-game Chaos difficulty) is a blend of our Squire and Monk defenses. I use the Squire’s Spike Blockades to wall off a lane from enemies, then occasionally I’ll place a Ballista behind it to fire down the path, hitting multiple enemies in its wake. Then I’ll switch over to the Monk and place Flame Auras. You can overlap these auras to create effective “kill zones” for enemies in front of your walls, and you can build some deeper in the lane to take care of ranged enemies. Finally, I use the Monk’s Skyguard towers to defend against any aerial threats that arrive. Once you start delving into our end-game difficulties, you’ll encounter enemies that will require you to change up your defense, but I won’t spoil what the answers to those are!

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We plan on continuing to develop and update Dungeon Defenders II for a long time after launch. In the short term, we’re exploring a sort of Endless Survival mode that will continue to test and challenge our end-game players. Our long-term plan is to explore additional gameplay content and heroes to add to the game, as well as continuing to iterate on the feedback that we receive from our community. We really like to listen to feedback to make our game the best that it can be, so contact us on our official forums or our Facebook and Twitter pages, and let’s talk about all things Dungeon Defenders II!

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