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
Moonhunters
Gigantic Ultimate Bundle

July 21
Conga Master

July 25
Fable Fortune
Infinite Minigolf
Aven Colony
Fortnite

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
Tacoma
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
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Hello Neighbor (pre-order)

August 16
Circuit Breakers
Conan Exiles (Xbox Game Preview)

August 18
Thumper

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!

Here we go…the latest episode of This Week On Xbox.

Remember, you can watch the interactive version of This Week on Xbox from the Community section of the Xbox One dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or watch it on the Xbox YouTube channel (This Week on Xbox Playlist).

Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the show.

Content: Thumper 
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Game Description: Thumper is rhythm violence: classic rhythm-action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle. Brave the hellish void and confront your nemesis: a maniacal giant head. Scream down the endless track and crash through punishing obstacles with simple, airtight controls. Hurtle forward, master new moves, reach overwhelming velocities, and survive epic boss battles. Every crushing impact is interwoven with a pounding original soundtrack. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must conquer rhythm hell.

Purchase Thumper  for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Drool LLC
Publisher: Drool LLC
Website: Thumper
Twitter: @ThumperGame

Content: Caveman Warriors 
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (09/21/2017 – 9:00 PM).

Jump back in time and free your inner caveman. Smash heads in this cooperative platformer game. Play solo or team up with up to 4 players. Inspired by games like New Super Mario, Joe & Mac, Metal Slug, Castle Crashers and Trine. Choose one of the playable characters, but don’t worry! You can change your character at anytime in the game and play with them all!

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Content: Mages of Mystralia
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (08/24/2017 – 9:00 PM).

In the kingdom of Mystralia, it takes more brains than brawn to succeed. You will face down giant, powerful creatures and navigate treacherous terrain. You will encounter puzzles that confound even the wisest of the old sages. And you must overcome obstacles put in place by people who do not want you to succeed. The story was written by bestselling author Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms fantasy world for Dungeons and Dragons, which served as the basis for games like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, as well as about 170 fantasy books.

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Content: Blacksea Odyssey
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (08/22/2017 – 9:00 PM).

Enter the Blacksea Odyssey, a violent top-down rogue-lite space shoot ‘em up RPG brimming with colossal creatures and runic technologies. Explore dangerous, interstellar spacescapes as you hunt enormous space-behemoths with a harpoon and rune-infused spears. Unlock fierce space-huntsmen and collect runes to customize your spear and space-board to hunt as you please in the deadliest competition in the universe – the Blacksea Odyssey!

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Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, posted some news about what Xbox has planned at gamescom this weekend. Details below:

gamescom is just around the corner and we can’t wait to kick the week off with Xbox @ gamescom Live this Sunday.

Don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9:00pm CEST / 8:00pm BST / 12:00pm PDT so that you can be the first to hear the latest news on highly anticipated games coming to the Xbox family and Windows 10. We’ll have world premiere trailers and, of course, more about the most powerful console ever made, Xbox One X.

What’s more, you can sign in to your Microsoft account at Mixer.com and you’ll be in with a chance of winning lots of great prizes and be able to ask questions to the teams behind your favorite games. We’re excited to show you what we’ve been up to since E3, so be sure to tune in!

Here’s more info on Xbox @ gamescom Live and our other gamescom activities this weekend and into next week.

Xbox @ gamescom Live – Sunday, August 20 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

This year’s show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos), Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee), and Julia Hardy (@itsJuliaHardy). They’ll have news to share, games to show off, will sit down to talk with developers from fan favorite studios and play some of the year’s hottest games yet to be released. The stream will be hosted on Mixer.com and via the Mixer app. We’ll have three URLs for the show, the countdown for which begins one hour before the livestream begins.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live – Monday, August 21 at 9:00pm CEST / 12:00pm PDT

On Monday, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with a special livestream event in Cologne, alongside some of our biggest fans. The livestream will celebrate the rich history of the beloved PC game series, as well as give fans a first-look at Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, the beautifully remastered edition of the classic strategy game. We’ll be talking all things Age of Empires with some of the legendary developers who worked on the games as well as sharing some exciting news that you won’t want to miss – watch on the Age of Empires channel on www.mixer.com/AgeofEmpires or through the Mixer app.

Xbox Booth @ gamescom

Gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth when gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22. We’re back in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse, North entrance, this year and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to play a wide collection of the games coming to Xbox over the next 12 months. See below for the show opening times:

  • Tuesday, August 22 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
  • Wednesday, August 23 – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Thursday, August 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Friday, August 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST
  • Saturday, August 26 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. CEST

Finally, for our fans in Germany, we’ve got another surprise. Today, we launched the German versions of Xbox Wire. Joining Xbox Wire en Espanol, which launched at E3, the site will be bringing our news daily to our biggest German fans in their native languages. Check in often for global and local news and features.

Throughout the week, we’ll be tweeting, live streaming and sharing news and content via social media – twitter, snapchat, Facebook, Mixer, etc, most often using the hashtag #XboxGC. Whether in person or online, you won’t want to miss what we have in store this year!

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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Content: ACA NEOGEO MAGICIAN LORD
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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
Website: ACA NEOGEO MAGICIAN LORD
Twitter: @SNKPofficial / @HAMSTER_Corp