Here we go…a special episode of This Week On Xbox plus a message from Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, about the games lineup coming to Xbox in 2017.

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Today is a big day for Team Xbox as we celebrate the worldwide launch of early access for Halo Wars 2. Since the launch of the original Halo Wars on Xbox 360 eight years ago, the passionate Halo community has been urging us to publish a sequel. I am incredibly proud of the action-packed experience the talented teams at 343 Industries and Creative Assembly have created on the biggest Halo battlefield ever.

From the in-depth, story-driven single-player campaign to the innovative and accessible Blitz mode, to the more traditional Deathmatch, Halo Wars 2 is designed for players of all skill levels to have fun. And, with Xbox Play Anywhere, players get both the Xbox One and Windows 10 PC versions of Halo Wars 2 with a single digital purchase, including shared progress and achievements across both platforms. I have been playing Halo Wars 2 behind the scenes for a few months now and the game feels like a return to what made the first Halo Wars great with a new take on RTS that will attract even more gamers to the genre.

2017 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years ever for Xbox gamers. We are preparing to launch the most powerful console ever made this holiday – Project Scorpio – along with a diverse lineup of games.  In fact, we are committed to delivering even more exclusive games for both Xbox One and Windows 10 this year than we launched in 2016.  I was very proud of our first-party lineup in 2016 and I am encouraged by an even bigger and more differentiated first-party lineup in 2017, starting with today’s launch of Halo Wars 2.

Our studio partners at Rare, Undead Labs and Sumo Digital/Reagent Games are working hard to develop exclusive Xbox One and Windows 10 games this year, from new IP like Sea of Thieves to all-new chapters of fan-favorite franchises like State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3. Sea of Thieves is currently in technical alpha and is taking a community-oriented approach that lets players participate in the development process, and both State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 are looking and playing great.  And of course, we’ll have more in store for you at E3 2017 in June.

I’m also excited about the return of two original Xbox classics coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this spring – Phantom Dust and Voodoo Vince. Fans of the original Xbox game Phantom Dust can look forward to the re-release of the original classic with Xbox Play Anywhere support and cross-play, as well as improvements to game balance and frame rate. And Voodoo Vince: Remastered is coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam through the ID@Xbox program. This new edition features high-fidelity visuals and Xbox Play Anywhere support, along with the classic gameplay and brilliant soundtrack fans know and love.

There’s a lot to look forward to this year from independent developers as well.  Between Cuphead – one of my personal favorites and an Xbox One console exclusive also coming to Windows 10 – and Below, Thimbleweed Park, Tacoma, Ark: Survival Evolved, We Happy Few and more, 2017 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the ID@Xbox program.

We are focused on building the largest games library in Xbox console history, which means our Xbox One Backward Compatibility lineup will continue growing this year.  We’ve delivered top fan favorites like Grand Theft Auto IV, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and the BioShock and Mass Effect trilogies to our catalog in recent months, and we’ll continue adding more  games throughout the year.

In addition to all the amazing exclusives, ID@Xbox and backward compatible games coming this year, I’m thrilled with the great games our third-party development partners are creating, including upcoming titles For Honor, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, TEKKEN 7, Mass Effect Andromeda, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Prey and Injustice 2.

With such a broad and varied roster of games and first party exclusives on the horizon, continuous improvements across Xbox Live, and the upcoming launch of Project Scorpio, 2017 is going to be an incredible year for Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers. On behalf of everyone at Team Xbox, thank you for your continued passion and support.

Phil Spencer
Twitter: @XboxP3
GT: P3


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Content: BOKOSUKA WARS II
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Game Description: More than 30 years ago “Bokosuka Wars” captured the minds of 80’s game enthusiasts across the globe. Now, an official sequel is finally here for Xbox One! We’ve taken the original style and flair of the original, and added a range of great new features including dynamic stages, a third warring nation, a new character “Hero”, and a 2 player co-op mode. This is the definitive sequel to the original classic!

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Purchase BOKOSUKA WARS II for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Pygmy Studio
Publisher: Pygmy Studio
Website: BOKOSUKA WARS II
Twitter: @PygmyOFFICIAL

Content: Riptide GP: Renegade
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Game Description: Experience the future of illicit hydrojet racing, where armored riders kick out death-defying stunts over massive waterfalls, dodge cops through public waterways, and boost at breakneck speeds across surging waves. You are a hydrojet rider, framed and cast out from the Riptide GP league, forced to race illegally through city waterways, flooded ruins, and churning factory machinery in an effort to reclaim your reputation and your title. Play through the single player career to unlock new vehicles, playable characters, and customization features as you take down bosses and build your crew. Then, take your skills online for the ultimate test as you battle opponents around the world in 8-player online matches. Challenge your friends for leaderboard supremacy in the ghost-racing challenge mode.

Purchase Riptide GP: Renegade for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Vector Unit
Publisher: Vector Unit
Website: Riptide GP: Renegade
Twitter: @vectorunit

 

NOTE: Supports Xbox Play Anywhere: yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost.

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For more information on Xbox Play Anywhere, check out this article at Xbox Wire.

Content: LEGO CITY Undercover 
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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 (04/04/2017).

In LEGO CITY Undercover, play as Chase McCain, a police officer who’s been tasked with going undercover to hunt down the notorious – and recently escaped – criminal Rex Fury and putting an end to his city-wide crime wave. With two player co-op, friends can explore the sprawling open-world metropolis that is LEGO City, with more than 20 unique districts to investigate, car thieves to bust, hilarious movie references to discover, vehicles to drive, and hundreds of collectibles. LEGO CITY Undercover brings together witty, original storytelling with signature LEGO humor to create a fun-filled experience for players of all ages to enjoy.

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Content: Table Top Racing: World Tour
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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 (03/10/2017).

Get behind the wheel of 16 ultra-cool, fully tunable miniaturized racing cars and take on 32 race tracks and some devious opponents through a comprehensive Championship Mode and a multitude of Special Events. Get online for an 8 player multi-player battle and become the ultimate Table Top racer! Crush your enemies using cunning Power-ups and unique Wheel Weapons and blast your way to victory! Miniaturized, combat racing has never looked so good or been so much fun.

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Content: Eekeemoo Splinters of the Dark Shard
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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 (03/03/2017).

In this awesome third person adventure game you will help Eekeemoo rescue his friends from the clutches of the evil Dark Shard! Your quest will take you deep into the Dark Shards four corrupted splinter worlds. You’ll help Eekeemoo solve puzzles, complete tasks, battle monsters, the legions of the undead and hugely terrifying boss monsters! Take heart though! As you find and release each of Eekeemoo’s friends (there are 4 unlockable characters with different powers) you will be able use their powers to solve next set of problems.

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Content: We Are The Dwarves
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Game Description: The Dwarven stars are slowly dying– putting the race at the edge of extinction. Deliverance is poised upon three Dwarven astronauts who are sent on an expedition to find a new star in the depths of the Endless Stone. Take control of Forcer, Smashfist, and Shadow as they explore the unknown territories of the stone universe while meeting new civilizations and ancient monsters from the deep layers of space. We Are The Dwarves is an action-based tactical adventure with active pause (extreme slowdown of time) placing you in control of three Dwarven astronauts.

Purchase We Are The Dwarves for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Whale Rock Games
Publisher: Whale Rock Games
Website: We Are The Dwarves
Twitter:  @wearethedwarves

Content: Trulon: The Shadow Engine
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Game Description: Enter a world of steampunk and magic by experiencing the debut title of the Trulon series. The adventure RPG is based on a new novel from Jak Koke, an award-winning author who is known from the best-selling Shadowrun trilogy, The Dragon Heart Saga. Featuring a unique card combat system that combines traditional deck management with random elements, the tactics are intuitively activated using over 50 cards in an easy to play way. This makes both RPG veterans and new players feel immediately at home.

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Purchase Trulon: The Shadow Engine for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Kyy Games
Publisher: Headup Games
Website: Trulon: The Shadow Engine
Twitter: @KyyGames / @HeadupGames

Content: Warhammer Quest
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Game Description: Based on the classic tabletop game, Warhammer Quest is an addictive mix of role-playing and strategy. Lead your group of brave adventurers through the perilous dungeons of the Warhammer World in the search for wealth and glory! Level up your party of heroes. Loot weapons, armor and mysterious artifacts from fallen enemies. Crush Orcs, Goblins, Trolls and more ferocious enemies! What perils lurk in the darkness? Only the mightiest warriors will survive.

Purchase Warhammer Quest for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Rodeo Games, Twistplay
Publisher: Chilled Mouse
Website: Warhammer Quest
Twitter: @TwistplayUk / @RodeoGames / @chilledmouse