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!

Red Dead Redemption 2 Available for Pre-order Today on Xbox One
Today we’re pleased to announce details for the Special Edition and Ultimate Edition of Red Dead Redemption 2, along with extra pre-order bonuses for all three versions and a unique assemblage of real-world collectibles inspired by the game. All pre-orders of Red Dead Redemption 2 will include this pair of Story Mode enhancements: War Horse: This handsome iron-grey-colored Ardennes War Horse can always be relied on in the heat of the battle. With greater courage and stamina than the average steed, this is a horse that knows how to keep its head under fire. The Outlaw Survival Kit: The Outlaw… Read more

The Biggest Xbox Sale of the Year Drops for E3 Week, Including $50 off Xbox One X and Much More
As if this week couldn’t get any more exciting with the anticipation of Xbox E3 announcements and news, it also marks the beginning of our Biggest Xbox Sale of the Year. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to buy an Xbox – that moment is now. Starting Thursday, June 7 you’ll find discounts on hundreds of games, accessories, Xbox Game Pass and Live Gold subscriptions, plus $50 off of ANY Xbox One. Offers include: $199 for 500GB Xbox One S console $249 for 1TB Xbox One S bundles $449 for Xbox One X console – the first time it’s ever been discounted Up to 75% off select games including first-time discounts on newly released titles such as Monster Hunter:… Read more



State of Decay 2 Exceeds 2 Million Players in Less Than Two Weeks
It has been incredible to see fans around the world supporting State of Decay 2 and we are excited to share that we have reached more than 2 million players in less than two weeks since our global launch on May 22. On behalf of the team here and our incredibly talented partners at Undead Labs, we want to thank the millions of fans old and new who have helped build such a strong community of players united in the fight for survival. With so many players enjoying the game, we’ve seen some interesting trends and data since our previous milestone of 1 million players. So far, survivors have eliminated close to 2 billion zombies! We’re also seeing lots of successful survivor stories…. Read more

Path of Exile Invites You on an Incursion
We are ecstatic to invite you to our latest expansion for Path of Exile. In Incursion, a new character, Alva Valai, presents you with a lucrative opportunity: to help her find the lost treasure-temple Atzoatl. There’s just one catch: the only way she can find it is to send you back in time, to the Temple of Atzoatl’s construction, and she can only do so briefly. These “Incursions” into the temple’s past are fast-paced combat-fueled fun, with diabolically quick decisions to make. Each Incursion presents you with the opportunity to shape the Temple of Atzoatl’s eventual layout in the present day, by allowing you to slay (or spare) its architects and open passages between the temple’s many… Read more



Destiny 2: Forsaken Will Take Players to the Lawless Edge of the Solar System This Fall on Xbox One
Destiny 2: Forsaken, the first major expansion of the award-winning Destiny 2 video game, will release worldwide on September 4, 2018. Destiny 2: Forsaken will be available for download on the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X. With two brand-new destinations to explore and new weapons, armor, and Supers to acquire, Forsaken takes players on an epic journey into the wild frontiers of our solar system where the lines between justice and revenge are blurred. Forsaken also features an all-new competitive and collaborative endgame activity, called Gambit. A first-of-its-kind for Destiny, Gambit is a new, hybrid 4v4 mode that merges both PvE and PvP experiences into an epic… Read more

Battle Through Two Epic Eras at Le Mans in the Spirit of Le Mans Pack for Project CARS 2
As the Spirit of Le Mans pack releases for Project CARS 2, we wanted to tell you a little about the cars and the story that are part of this legendary race. Coming to this pack are the three LMP1s that gave the world one of the most thrilling 24-hour battles in history back in 2016, the year Audi, Porsche, and Toyota fought it out to a finish that no one will ever forget. Spicing up the Pack even further, two of the most legendary cars from an era forever captured by actor Steve McQueen’s 1971 movie “Le Mans” are also included, alongside a faithful recreation of the Circuit de la Sarthe precisely as it was for that season’s race. That was the year before the classic Le Mans… Read more



Roblox’s Heroes Event Soars into Action on Xbox One
The limited-time Heroes event has arrived on Xbox One, Roblox fans! Trouble is brewing and new threats are emerging from the shadows. It’s time to embrace your destiny and show the universe what heroes are truly made of. Complete special in-game quests to snag exclusive virtual prizes now in Swordburst 2, Super Hero Life II, and Heroes! Swordburst 2 A recent addition to Roblox’s library of free-to-play games on Xbox One, Swordburst 2 takes players on an epic fantasy adventure like no other. You’ll battle armies of savage beasts, discover powerful new weapons, and explore vast… Read more

Putting the Madness in The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker, Available Now on Xbox One
Hello, Xbox fans! We are D’Avekki Studios, a new game studio run by myself, Lynda Cowles, and my husband Tim Cowles. We’ve been fans of Full Motion Video (FMV) games since the early 1990s, so we’re thrilled our own FMV, The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker, is out today on Xbox One. In TIMODD, you play a psychiatrist taking on the patients of the recently murdered Dr Dekker. One of his patients killed him and it’s your job to work out who did it! This is a murder mystery complete with Lovecraftian themes. In fact, our mantra during development was “Always play with their minds,” so if you end up questioning your sanity, we’ve done a good job! “Doctor, you’re late,… Read more



Xbox One Storytellers: Dontnod Entertainment on Vampyr
It’s hard to match the narrative scope and immersive experience that a compelling story-driven game has over other storytelling mediums, allowing players not only to fall into the world of a well-crafted story but to experience it firsthand. These types of games can empower someone with a new perspective or let us live a double-life as a superhero. Narrative-driven games allow us to become someone we’re not, which is perhaps the biggest reason we enjoy these experiences. Now, with the power of Xbox One X, creators can bring us even closer to their vision. With our Xbox One Storytellers series, we’ll sit down with some of the industry’s greatest creators to talk about the strength of… Read more

E3 2018: Explore a Hand-Crafted Solar System in Outer Wilds, Coming Soon to Xbox One
Outer Wilds is an open world mystery where you explore a solar system trapped in a 20-minute time loop. Over the last three years, our development team has grown far beyond the initial few who worked on the alpha when it was a student project, but our main priority has always been to support the original vision for the game. Inspired by the unusual combination of backpacking through national parks and the dangers of the vast darkness of space, Outer Wilds is a game about exploring for the sake of… Read more



Shift Your Imagination with Shift Quantum’s Level Editor on Xbox One
At last! Today marks the long-awaited launch of Shift Quantum, our cyber-noir puzzle platformer, which is the dystopian brainchild of us folks at Fishing Cactus and Red Panda Interactive. We wanted Shift Quantum to be more than just a puzzle game, where we aim to draw you into the world, give you purpose and ask questions. Shift Quantum’s core creates perspective duality by inverting the world between black and white, but we wanted to deliver this conflicting two-sided existence beyond more than just the aesthetics. During development, we paid particular attention to the details; making it an interesting, rewarding and challenging experience. Shift Quantum’s Level Editor is… Read more

Reveal Your Controversial Opinions in the Mature Party Game Awkward on Xbox One
Everyone at Snap Finger Click is really excited for the release of our brand-new party game, Awkward! Awkward is a bit different from our previous party games, Act it Out! and It’s Quiz Time. While we’ve so far concentrated on family-friendly titles, Awkward is our first release made for grown-ups. The game asks you questions, designed to spark debate, which your fellow players must guess the answer to. At first, the questions start off quite tame such as whether you think pineapple belongs on pizza, or whether you prefer cake or ice cream for dessert. However, as the game progresses, the questions ramp up in awkwardness. The seeds for Awkward were first laid when I started… Read more



Play Destiny 2 Free This Weekend Only with Xbox Live Gold
Journey across the solar system, defeat the Red Legion, confront Ghaul, and reunite humanity in this epic action shooter! This weekend only, all Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy Destiny 2 for free during Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days. Starting Thursday, June 7 at 9:00 a.m. PT and running through to Sunday, June 10 at 11:59 p.m. PT, Xbox Live Gold members in Xbox One markets can play one of the biggest games available today on Xbox One. In the sequel to Destiny, humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the… Read more

Jump into NBA 2K18 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold
Take a break from watching the NBA Finals this weekend and hit the court with NBA 2K18 during Xbox Live Gold Free Play Days. Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy NBA 2K18 for free and enjoy a limited time discount on this fantastic sports game and its virtual currency. Starting Thursday, June 7 at 9:00 a.m. PT and running through to Sunday, June 10 at 11:59 p.m. PT, Xbox Live Gold members in Xbox One markets can play the most critically acclaimed basketball video game. During the weekend you can build up your career in NBA games, hit the courts in The Playground, join the Pro-Am circuit, or explore an all-new open neighborhood setting. As mentioned earlier, you’ll also have the option… Read more



Rockstar Classics Now Available via Xbox One Backward Compatibility
Today we’re introducing a trio of classic Rockstar titles for Xbox 360 into the Backward Compatibility catalogue on Xbox One: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Midnight Club: Los Angeles Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis As always, you’ll be able to play each of these games on Xbox One through the disc you already own, or you can purchase them digitally in the Microsoft Store. For GTA: San Andreas, both the original Xbox and Xbox 360 versions will be backward compatible. While game saves for the original Xbox version will not transfer, owners of that version will get upgraded to the Xbox 360 version of the game featuring higher resolution, enhanced draw distances, and… Read more

Embrace the Greatest Warframe Test in the Cinematic Quest The Sacrifice
For the third time, we here at Digital Extremes are embarking on a passionate project in Warframe we call a Cinematic Quest. The Sacrifice, the next in our Cinematic Quest library, continues to explore the burning questions, “Who are the Tenno? What is a Warframe?” and the more recent, “Why did the Lotus leave me?” In our fifth year of Warframe, we’re taking the necessary time to construct and deliver that passion. We readily admit we’re holding back from telling you too much upfront: We don’t want to spoil anything! But it’s fair to say that The Sacrifice’s storyline will thrust… Read more



E3 2018: Announcing Open World Action Game Generation Zero Coming Soon to Xbox One
To be able to finally announce the game that you’ve been working on is not only the most wonderful but also the most harrowing of experiences for a game developer. Here is a project that you’ve poured your heart and soul into for a longer period of time, and the moment of truth finally arrives – what will the rest of the world think? This is especially true for Generation Zero, being our first self-published action game with no external parties involved. In short, this means that we call all the shots but also carry all the risks. The creative freedom that follows along with this makes it all worth it though, as our small but brilliant team gets to truly express their passion and… Read more

The Walking Dead: The Final Season Available to Pre-Order Now, Coming to Xbox One August 14
It’s officially the beginning of the end. Earlier this week we launched the first trailer for The Walking Dead: The Final Season, and now the full season is available for pre-order on Xbox One for $19.99. Episode one of four will arrive on the Microsoft Store August 14, but if you pre-order the game any time between now and then, you’ll not only receive access to each episode of The Final Season as it becomes available, you’ll also receive The Walking Dead Collection – The Telltale Series for Xbox One… Read more


Source: This Week on Xbox: June 8, 2018 - Xbox Wire