The Summer Spotlight is back and it’s time to celebrate! From July 25 to September 4 the Xbox Store will have over 30 new games coming to Xbox One, including the most anticipated titles of the Summer like Fortnite, Tacoma, and Sonic Mania. That means new games every week, so be sure to check my blog or the Xbox Store every Tuesday to discover all of the new games to play.

To celebrate the Summer Spotlight, I will be giving away an Xbox One S, accessories, copies of every Summer Spotlight title + more. Details below!

Here are the confirmed Summer Spotlight titles:

July 14
Serial Cleaner

July 19
What Remains of Edith Finch
Gigantic Ultimate Bundle

July 21
Conga Master

July 25
Fable Fortune
Infinite Minigolf
Aven Colony

July 26
Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure
Gridd: Retroenhanced
Pressure Overdrive

July 28
Super CloudBuilt
Cyber Complex

August 01
Resident Evil Revelations (pre-order)
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
Dead Alliance (pre-order)
The Long Dark

August 02
Vostok Inc

August 03
Cuphead (pre-order)

August 04
The Way
Mr Shifty
Race Arcade

August 08
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
Batman: The Enemy Within – The Complete Season
Sine Mora EX
BLACKHOLE: Complete Edition

August 11
Jump, Step, Step

August 15
Sonic Mania
Ken Follett’s The Pillars Of The Earth
Hello Neighbor (pre-order)

August 16
Circuit Breakers (coming soon)
Conan Exiles (coming soon)

August 18
Thumper (coming soon)

NOTE: Actual release dates and availability may change or vary by region.

This post will be updated as new titles are added and/or released. Be sure to follow me on Twitter to get 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!

Also, Xbox Live Rewards members can earn 4,000 Rewards Credits for diving into these releases featured in Summer Spotlight. Click here for more information on the Xbox Live Rewards Summer Spotlight program.

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

Check out the prizes:

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 are the rules?

Register to enter using the guidance above. Click here to see the full list of Microsoft Major Nelson Promotions Official Rules.

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, 05 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 06 September. I will update this post with the winners after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Content: Path of Exile First Blood Bundle
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (08/24/2017 – 2:00 PM).

Earn devastating skills and valuable items as you fight your way through the dark continent of Wraeclast. With unrivaled character customization, Path of Exile is an award-winning online Action RPG created by hardcore gamers, for hardcore gamers.

The ultimate starter pack to begin your journey through Wraeclast. Includes 200 points, the First Blood Weapon Effect and an Extra Stash Tab


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Game Description: MAGICIAN LORD is a side-scrolling action game released by SNK in 1990. This fantasy action game was one of the launch titles on NEOGEO. Control the magician Elta on a journey to save the world from Gal-Agiese, who came back to life once again.

Purchase ACA NEOGEO MAGICIAN LORD for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: SNK
Publisher: HAMSTER Corporation
Twitter: @SNKPofficial / @HAMSTER_Corp

Content: Conan Exiles
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Game Description: This game is a work in progress. It may or may not change over time or release as a final product. Purchase only if you are comfortable with the current state of the unfinished game.

Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game set in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian! Survive in a hostile world, build your kingdom, and dominate your enemies in both single and multiplayer! Start with nothing but your bare hands and forge the legacy of your clan, from simple tools and weapons to gigantic fortresses and entire cities. Wage war using swords, bows, siege weapons, and even take control of giant avatars of the gods and lay waste to your enemy’s cities in epic scenes of destruction.

Try it FREE

Purchase Conan Exiles for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Funcom
Publisher: Funcom
Website: Conan Exiles
Twitter: @funcom / @ConanExiles

Content: Pankapu 
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (09/19/2017 – 9:00 PM).

Jump into a neo-retro adventure with Pankapu: a taste of 90’s platformers in an oneiric world. Pankapu is a narrative action-platformer that takes place in the dreams of Djaha’rell, a child troubled by a tragic incident. Upgrade your skills, find new competencies, switch your Aegis in real time in order to get rid of Nightmare’s invasion: “Fight for the safety of your land, dear Dreamkeeper” Told in the manner of a fable read to a child, the game has two levels of reading: the tale of Pankapu, epic and naïve, and the one about Djaha’rell’s life, in the real-world, dark and tragic.

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Content: Circuit Breakers
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Game Description: Go back to the 1980s: Shoot, Explode and Explore in this frenzied top down arcade blaster with a modern twist for the Xbox One. Become a supreme warrior or co-op with up to five friends to rid the universe of a ruthless intergalactic robot army. Far in the future, advances in artificial intelligence have created the first truly sentient robot ‘System 2’. Fearing for its safety it escapes into deep space where on a distant planet it begins building a robot army and plotting the inevitable invasion of its former masters.

Purchase Circuit Breakers for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Triverske
Publisher: Excalibur Games
Website: Circuit Breakers
Twitter: @Triverske / @Excalpublishing

Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, shares some details about the Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House. Read it below:

Hi everyone!

We’d like to welcome you to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus on August 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our annual Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open House! If you’re planning to join us, please RSVP to this Eventbrite invite to ensure we have you registered.

You can play more than 50 awesome new games from amazing independent developers from all over the world, including seeing some of the very first games running on Xbox One X and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets! We’ll also have a nice selection of first-party games from Microsoft Studios on hand too!

And of course, we’ll have some celebrity guests on hand as well, as well as our famous raffle — want to win a ticket to PAX, the super rare ID@Xbox Controller Pillow, or an Xbox One S? This is the place to do it!

No PAX Ticket Required to Attend!

This event is free and open to everyone (under 18 with parent or guardian, please)! It takes place at Microsoft’s Visitor Center in Building 92 in Redmond. We’ll also have bus service from the Washington State Convention Center (details below).

Here’s just a partial list of the games we’ll be showing:

  • PlayerUnknowns Battle Ground (PUBG) – Bluehole, Inc.
  • Black Desert – PearlAbyss
  • Cuphead – StudioMDHR
  • Ooblets – Double Fine/Glumberland
  • Aftercharge – Chainsawesome Games
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Figment – Bedtime Digital Games
  • Hello Neighbor – tinyBuild
  • I, Hope – Arconyx Games
  • Little Triangle – Dreamoji
  • Moonlighter – 11bit Studios
  • Mulaka – Lienzo
  • Mutant Football League – Digital Dreams Entertainment
  • Nine Parchments – Frozenbyte
  • OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes – Cartoon Network Games
  • Path of Exile – Grinding Gear Games
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet – Mercury Steam
  • Road Redemption – Dark Seas Interactive
  • Robocraft Infinity – Freejam
  • Steven Universe: Save the Light – Cartoon Network Games
  • Strange Brigade – Rebellion
  • Streets of Rogue – tinyBuild
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild – Avalanche Studios
  • Unruly Heroes – Magic Design Studios
  • Yoku’s Island Express – Team17 Digital Ltd.

There’s just too many to list! You’ll have to come to see the rest.


ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House
Microsoft Visitors Center
15010 NE 36th Street, Building 92, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA 98052
There’s free on-site parking

Complimentary buses from Stewart Transportation will also transport attendees from the Washington State Convention Center to building 92. The first buses will leave the convention center at 4:30 p.m. from their Bus/Shuttle stop area.

Note: Our facilities are ADA compliant. If you need additional accommodations to attend the event, please let us know by emailing

Don’t forget to RSVP here and we look forward to seeing you at our ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House!

Content: Sonic Mania
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Game Description: Experience the ultimate celebration of past and future in Sonic Mania, an all-new 2D Sonic adventure running at a crisp 60FPS with stunning HD retro-style graphics. Multiple playable characters give you the ability to go explosively fast as Sonic, soar as Tails, or power through tough obstacles with Knuckles’ brute strength. You can re-live the Sonic of the past with an exciting new twist on classic zones while fighting against new bosses and Dr. Eggman’s evil robot army. Go head to-head with players in Competition Mode or play in Co-Op Mode with a friend.

Purchase Sonic Mania for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Christian Whitehead, Headcannon, PagodaWest Games
Publisher: SEGA
Website: Sonic Mania
Twitter: @SEGA / @sonic_hedgehog

Content: Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two – Episode 2
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Game Description: Jesse and the gang survived the Sea Temple, but they brought home a little more than they bargained for: a lost adventurer, a powerful device, and a colossal enemy capable of grinding Beacontown to dust. There may be more to this fearsome foe than meets the eye, but to find out, Jesse — together with a few trusty friends — must embark on another adventure, this time into the icy unknown…

Episode two of a five part episodic game series.

Purchase of this additional content requires Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two – Episode 1.

Try it FREE

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two – Episode 2 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two – Season Pass (Episodes 2-5) for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) for Xbox One

Product Info:
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Website: Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two
Twitter: @telltalegames