We are excited to announce that Summer Spotlight is back and bringing you some of the summer’s most exciting games. Over the next six weeks, the Xbox Store will be releasing over 25 new digital games to Xbox One. We have some of the most anticipated titles of the summer, including We Happy Few and INSIDE. This is also a great time to explore exciting new indie titles such as The Solus Project and Kingdom New Lands. Summer Spotlight has a wide variety of titles and different genres for fans to explore. From July 26 – September 5 we will be bringing you additional games every week, and I’ll be updating this post, so check back every Tuesday to discover new games to play!

To celebrate the Summer Spotlight, I will be giving away an Xbox One S, Xbox Elite Wireless Controllers and copies of every Summer Spotlight title. Details below!

But wait there’s more! Earn 4,000 Rewards Credits for diving into these releases featured in Summer Spotlight. Just spend $40 on featured game betas, previews, and digital releases Enjoy these great games with the convenience of downloading them right from your living room to your Xbox One! Click here for more information on the Xbox Live Rewards Summer Spotlight program.

Here are the confirmed Summer Spotlight titles:

15 July:
INSIDE
Hawken (FREE)
Kerbal Space Program
The Solus Project

19 July:
Sword Coast Legends

26 July:
We Happy Few (Game Preview)
Dungeon Punks
Hyper Light Drifter

27 July:
Action News Heroes

29 July:
Quatros Origins

02 August:

Risk Urban: Assault
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition + Shipwrecked Expansion
Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition

03 August:
Breach and Clear: Deadline
Dreamals: Dream Quest
Happy Dungeons (FREE)
Overcooked

05 August:
Cannon Brawl

09 August:
Kingdom: New Lands
The Banner Saga Complete Pack
Battleship
Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 1 and The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)

10 August:
Anode
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12 August:
Lies of Astaroth (FREE)
Momentum
Prison Architect All Day and A Night Edition (Bundle)

16 August:
UNO
Grow Up
Prominence Poker (FREE)

17 August:
Unnamed Fiasco
Baila Latino

19 August:
Slime Rancher (XGP)
F1 2016

23 August:
Worms W.M.D
Armikrog

24 August:
Valley

26 August:
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy (Coming Soon)
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call (Coming Soon)
Solar Shifter EX
Obliteracers

Look for the full list of titles soon. Be sure to follow me on Twitter to get daily and weekly updates, find out about special giveaways, and much more. Enjoy the kick off of our Summer Spotlight this week, and be sure to visit Xbox Wire over the next few weeks for in-depth looks at some of the biggest titles to play this summer!

Summer Spotlight Giveaway

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is watch the Summer Spotlight trailer below and register using the below form:

Summer Spotlight Giveaway

Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

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First Place Winner: The first place winner will receive an Xbox One SXbox Elite Wireless Controller and digital Xbox One codes for each title featured in Summer Spotlight (the Summer Spotlight featured titles are included in this post and will be update each week).

Second Place Winner: The second place winner will receive an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and digital Xbox One codes for each title featured in Summer Spotlight.

Third Place Winner: The third place winner will receive digital Xbox One codes for each title featured in Summer Spotlight.

  • What are the rules?

Register to enter using the guidance above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT on Tuesday, 06 September. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. Winners will be notified on or about 07 September. I will update this post with the grand prize winner after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

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The new Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle (1TB) we announced back in July is now available today from Microsoft and select retailers. In partnership with EA SPORTS, we’re offering the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle for fans in the U.S. and Canada. Packed with everything a football fan needs to get ready for the season, the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle comes loaded with a 1TB hard drive to play all the biggest blockbusters in Xbox history. This bundle also features:

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To celebrate today’s launch of Madden NFL 17 and the upcoming start of the NFL regular season on Sept. 8, and teaming up with EA Sports and the NFL, we’re excited to announce the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Custom Console Sweepstakes. Read more over at Xbox Wire.

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The new Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle we announced back in July is now available today from Microsoft and select retailers, and is the ideal way to dive into the world of Xbox One and the iconic Halo universe. The Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle comes with a 500GB or 1TB Xbox One S, matching Xbox Wireless Controller and five games between Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It’s perfect for those looking to relive the Master Chief’s epic journey or battle on the biggest maps in franchise history in Warzone multiplayer.

Both the 500GB and 1TB hard drive options for the Xbox One Halo Collection Bundle will be available at participating retailers, including Microsoft Stores, in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand for $299 USD and $349 USD, respectively. Note that, in the U.S., the 1TB hard drive option will only be available in very limited quantities at select Microsoft Stores and microsoftstore.com.

The Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle includes:

  • 500GB Xbox One S console
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Halo 5: Guardians disc
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection full game download

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// Larry Hryb // @majornelson

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Content: The Turing Test
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until 12:01 AM EST on the release date (8/30/2016).

The Turing Test is a first person puzzler that explores the phenomena of consciousness and challenges the meaning of human intuition. Take control of Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency (ISA), and progress through a narrated story of introspection and morality whilst uncovering the hidden mysteries of Europa. Delve into The Turing Test’s human interaction puzzles and arm yourself with logical and methodical thinking. Take on tests designed in such a way that only a human could solve them. In an evolving story based on mankind’s inherent need to explore, protect and survive; players search deeper into Europa’s ice crusted core and transcend the line between man and machine.

Content: Madden NFL 17
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Game Description: Take your team all the way in Madden NFL 17 and put yourself at the center of your team’s Championship run in Franchise mode, delivering new ways to play and more decisions to make. Arm your team for gridiron glory on both sides of the ball with innovative ball carrier feedback cues, defender fake out mechanics and a new, authentic defensive AI system.

Try it FREE

Purchase Madden NFL 17 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: EA Tiburon
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Website: Madden NFL 17
Twitter: @EA / @EAMaddenNFL

Content: Armikrog
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Game Description: Armikrog is a unique stop motion clay animated point and click adventure game from the creators of Earthworm Jim and the Neverhood. Unravel the mysteries of the fortress that holds Tommynaut and his blind alien talking dog Beak-Beak captive through exploration and puzzle solving! Features loveable characters designed by Doug TenNapel creator of the Earthworm Jim and developed by creators of The Neverhood, Ed Schofield and Mike Dietz.

Buy now and save 10% – Limited Time Offer.

Purchase Armikrog for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Versus Evil
Publisher: Versus Evil
Website: Armikrog
Twitter: @vs_evil / @Armikrog

Content: Worms W.M.D
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Game Description: Worms W.M.D is the best worms experience ever. Work your way through 30 campaign levels of increasing difficulty using the huge arsenal of new and classic weapons at your disposal. Use new vehicles to cause chaos amongst the enemy ranks and use buildings to gain the tactical advantage as you try to dominate the battlefield! Take on up to five opponents in hilarious all-out tactical worm warfare with up to eight worms each, either in local or online multiplayer, including ranked play. With 80 weapons and utilities at your fingertips, this is Worms at its chaotic best!

Available until September 6th, this Edition of Worms W.M.D includes the Worms W.M.D All-Stars Pack, featuring an army of guest stars from some of the hottest games around!

Purchase Worms W.M.D for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Team17 Digital Ltd.
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd.
Website: Worms W.M.D
Twitter: @Team17Ltd

Content: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
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Game Description: The year is 2029, and mechanically augmented humans have been deemed outcasts, segregated from the rest of society. Now an elite covert agent, Adam Jensen is forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with an arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

For a limited time, purchase Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on Xbox One and receive Deus Ex: Human Revolution and The Missing Link Add-on, playable now on Xbox 360 and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility.

Purchase Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Digital Deluxe Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Eidos Montreal, Nixxes Software BV
Publisher: Square Enix Limited
Website: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Twitter: @EidosMontreal / @SquareEnix / @DeusEx

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Digital Deluxe Edition – this bundle includes the full game plus season pass, extra in-game mission, Covert Agent Pack – digital novella, comic book, artbook, & OST Sampler.

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 29 August 2016.

    

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Trials of the Blood Dragon Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Mirrors Edge Catalyst Xbox One Game 40 – 45% DWG
Elite Dangerous Standard Edition Xbox One Game 35% DWG
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition Xbox One Game 60% DWG
Unravel Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Alekhine’s Gun Xbox One Game 60% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 Xbox One Game 67% DWG
GunWorld 2 Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Titanfall Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Letter Quest / Three Fourths Home / Paranautical Activity Bundle Xbox One Game 60% DWG
Elite Dangerous: Commander Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 40% DWG
JumpJet Rex Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Homefront: The Revolution Xbox One Game 40% DWG
Homefront: The Revolution Freedom Fighter Bundle Xbox One Game 50% DWG

These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

    

Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Skate 3 Games On Demand 75% DWG
SSX Games On Demand 67% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 Games On Demand 67% DWG
Bound by Flame Games On Demand 75% DWG
RAW Arcade 75% DWG
Mars: War Logs Arcade 75% DWG
Contrast Arcade 75% DWG
Farming Simulator Games On Demand 75% DWG
Faery: Legends of Avalon Arcade 80% DWG

These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Content: Jotun: Valhalla Edition
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until 12:01 AM EST on the release date (9/9/2016).

Jotun is a hand-drawn action-exploration game set in Norse mythology. In Jotun, you play Thora, a Viking warrior who died an inglorious death and must prove herself to the Gods to enter Valhalla. Explore vast regions of Norse Purgatory to find runes to unleash the jotun, giant Norse elementals. Fight them using only your massive two-handed axe, the blessings of the Gods and your skills!

Pre-Order and save 10% – Limited Time Offer.