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The Hosts
Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson Host Xbox Live Twitter
Interviews
Greg Foertsch Art Director for XCOM2

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 New Xbox One Experience dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or at 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: Warhammer: End Times Vermintide Collector´s 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 (10/4/2016).

The once proud city of Ubersreik lay in ruin at the hands of the dreaded Skaven army. Their ruthless invasion left few alive. All that stands in the way of the city’s ultimate fall is you and your team of misfit heroes. Team up with 3 friends and work together to cripple the ratmen’s forces and drive them out of the city. Assume the role of one of five heroes, and hack, slash, smash, burn and pierce the vile Skaven using a multitude of weapons.

Pre-order now and receive a free Collector’s Edition upgrade that comes with five unique hero hats (one per hero) and two exclusive trinkets which will all be available when the game launches. Xbox Live Gold Members save 10% – Limited Time Offer.

Play Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide Beta

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Back in July, we announced the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition (2TB) Bundle, and today, we are pleased to add two more console bundles to experience a new chapter in one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle will arrive in stores worldwide starting Oct. 11, and customers in the US and Australia will also have the option to get an Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle starting Nov. 1. Both bundles are available for pre-order starting today.

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Xbox One S is the only console available today with built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming plus High Dynamic Range for video and gaming. With all the biggest blockbusters this year, including more than 100 console exclusives, a growing catalog of more than 250 titles playable through Backward Compatibility on Xbox One and the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live, Xbox One S is the ultimate games and 4K entertainment system for all gamers. And the best part of all? It starts at $299.

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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle

To commemorate the upcoming Oct. 11 launch of Gears of War 4, we’re offering fans worldwide the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle. Priced at $349 USD, the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle comes with a 1TB hard drive to play all the biggest blockbusters in Xbox history, a matching new Xbox Wireless Controller with expanded range and Bluetooth support for Windows 10 PCs and a full-game download (bundles purchased at GameStop will include a physical copy of Gears of War 4; physical copies do not include Xbox Play Anywhere) for Gears of War 4. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, owning the digital copy of Gears of War 4 lets you play across both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, as all game progress, Gamerscore and Achievements are saved on and accessible through Xbox Live. Gears of War 4 also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) on Xbox One S, so fans will experience richer, more luminous colors and a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, bringing out the true visual depth of the battle against the Swarm.

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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle

In addition to the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle, we’re also offering a special edition deep blue console bundle with a 500GB hard drive and matching new Xbox Wireless Controller with expanded range and Bluetooth support for Windows 10 PCs. Exclusively available at GameStop and Microsoft Stores in the US (and at EB Games and Microsoft Stores in Australia) for $299 USD, the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle also comes with a copy of Gears of War 4 (as a physical copy in the US, and as a download token in Australia).

To top things off, for a limited time, when you purchase the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle or the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle, you’ll get the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War collection for Xbox One at no additional cost.

Pre-order Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle (500GB) from Microsoft Store

Pre-order Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle (500GB) from GameStop

If you can’t wait to get your hands on Gears of War 4 then be sure to pick up the previously announced Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle, while supplies last. This bundle provides fans with a truly unique way to experience Gears of War 4, as it includes both the Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller and Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition (which includes Early Access to the base game on Oct 7, the Season Pass and a host of bonus content).

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Never fight alone with the full suite of Gears of War 4 controllers available this holiday –the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Limited Edition, Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition and Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 JD Fenix Limited Edition. Check out your local retailer, including Microsoft Stores, for more information.

There are 2 versions of Gears of War 4 available for pre-order – Gears of War 4 and Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition.

Content: Axiom Verge
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Game Description: After a lab accident, a scientist awakens in a mysterious, alien world. Is this a distant planet? The far future? Or a complex virtual-reality computer simulation? Plumb the recesses of a large, labyrinthine world in order to learn its secrets and uncover your role within it. Discover tons of weapons, items, and abilities, each with their own unique behaviors and usage. You’ll need your wits to find them all. Combat bizarre biomechanoid constructs, the deadly fallout of an ancient war, and the demons of your own psyche. And finally, break the game itself by using glitches to corrupt foes and solve puzzles in the environment. Life. Afterlife. Real. Virtual. Dream. Nightmare. It’s a thin line. It’s Axiom Verge.

Buy now and save 10% – Limited Time Offer.

Purchase Axiom Verge for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Thomas Happ Games LLC
Publisher: Thomas Happ Games LLC
Website: Axiom Verge
Twitter: @AxiomVerge

Content: Zenith
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Game Description: Zenith is an action RPG that combines that feel of the golden era RPG games with a generous dose of humor and parody. The game counts with a solid story which unfolds in a fantasy world populated by dozens of unorthodox characters. Adventuring, exploring ruins, accidentally unleashing the apocalypse, saving the world… you’ve done it all, and so has Argus. And, frankly, he’s a bit fed up with the whole thing. He used to be a wizard, which was fine and all, but he’s in his 30s now, and he wants to settle down, get some peace and quiet. But that’s not easy to get with all those spike-haired buffoons dragging their giant swords around and ruining the pavement.

Purchase Zenith for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Badland Indie
Publisher: Badland Indie
Website: Zenith
Twitter: @BadLandGamesINT

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This weekend at TwitchCon, Xbox is partnering with EA to broadcast hours of action packed Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay right from the expo floor, and we’ll be joined on stream by some of your favorite Twitch and YouTube personalities. Watch as they squad up against TwitchCon attendees, and keep glued to the screen as you never know when we’ll be giving away Xbox Live Gold, EA Access membership, and Design Lab controller codes live on air.

In addition, make sure to tune in on Saturday at 1pm PDT to get an exclusive look at Battlefield 1’s Single Player gameplay. Eric Holmes, Design Director at DICE, will be on stream to expand on the exciting new content found in the recently released Official Single Player Trailer.

Check out the complete broadcast schedule and anticipated guest list below, and make sure to catch all the action via twitch.tv/xbox.

Broadcast Schedule:

  • Friday: 2 – 5pm Battlefield 1  /  5:30 – 8pm Titanfall 2
  • Saturday: 10am – 1pm Battlefield 1  /  1 – 1:30pm Exclusive Battlefield 1 Single Player Gameplay  /  2 – 5:30pm Titanfall 2
  • Sunday: 10:30am – 1:30pm Titanfall 2  /  2 – 5:30pm Battlefield 1

Guest List Slated to Include:

Alination, BFF – Recon, CodeName_Deus, CreamTV, Darkness429, DooM49, Duxativa, EatMyDiction1, ekolimits, FairlightExcalibur, GameSager, Giggle_Monster, GoldenboyFTW, IncredibleOrb, LEQIGN, LostAiming, Major Nelson, MugsTV, NukemDukem, Oolala87, PanikKontrol, Pansy, Sattelizer, Scarfino, Smokealoke, Sovindictive, Starsnipe, Stodeh, Tactical Pinup, TOMMYRAGE, TwoAngryGamersTV, Westie, Wolv21, Xfactor

One last thing. In addition to the live stream prize giveaways, we’re giving you an opportunity to win four Xbox One S consoles. One winner will take home an Xbox One S (2TB), an Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB), a custom Battlefield 1 Xbox One S (500GB), and a custom Titanfall 2 Xbox One S (500GB). To enter, simply follow @Xbox and RT the Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 #XboxSweepstakes Tweets.

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The Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB), features a military green console with matching stand and controller, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, High Dynamic Range, and one month of EA Access. It also Includes a full game download of Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, which allows you to start playing on October 18, the Hellfighter Pack, Red Baron Pack, and Lawrence of Arabia Pack, as well as five Battlepacks.

The TwitchCon 2016 Sweepstakes runs from tomorrow, September 30th, and will close on October 9th, 2016. No purchase necessary to participate.  Please visit https://rules.xboxpromotions.com/MSTwitchCon16 for full contest details and eligibility requirements.

Content: King’s Quest – Chapter 4: Snow Place Like Home
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Game Description: King’s Quest – Chapter 4: Snow Place Like Home is the fourth of five chapters in the new, critically acclaimed reimagining of the classic King’s Quest game series. In his latest adventure, King Graham recounts his most personal tale yet. When the magic mirror reveals the location of his one-true love, Graham must climb to daring new heights to save his future Queen. But what he encounters there might just send his notions of romance sailing out the window.

King’s Quest – Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember is required to play this content & is sold separately.

If you already own King’s Quest: The Complete Collection or Season Pass, DO NOT repurchase this content here or you will be charged again.

Purchase King’s Quest – Chapter 4: Snow Place Like Home for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store
Purchase King’s Quest : The Complete Collection for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase King’s Quest – Chapter 4: Snow Place Like Home for Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store
Purchase King’s Quest : The Complete Collection for Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: The Odd Gentlemen
Publisher: Sierra
Website: King’s Quest
Twitter: @TheOddGentlemen

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On Oct. 11, a new saga for one of gaming’s most celebrated franchises will kick off with the worldwide launch of Gears of War 4. To commemorate this special event, we’re inviting fans around the world to join the festivities by tuning into Gears of War 4: Live, a live broadcast that begins at 3 PM PT (10 PM UTC) on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Ninety digital copies of the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition will be given away during the 90-minute broadcast, allowing winners to play four days before the game’s worldwide launch on October 11.

Hosted by Paul Scheer (The League, Children’s Hospital), Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Scott Robison (Mr. Sark), Justine Ezarik (iJustine) and me, the broadcast will feature interviews with the game’s creators, including The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson, as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes, exclusive gameplay, a special project by British inventor Colin Furze, and the reveal of hip-hop phenoms Run the Jewels’ in-game multiplayer characters.

The livestream will be broadcast on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox.com, YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and Beam. At the Gears Art exhibition this Saturday, Oct. 1, invites will be distributed to fans to join the studio audience for the Gears of War 4: Live broadcast on Oct. 5.

“Gears of War 4 is the beginning of a brand-new saga for the franchise that is loved by millions, so we wanted to make sure all of our fans around the world could participate in our launch celebration,” said Aaron Greenberg, head of game marketing at Xbox. “We hope you’ll tune into our live broadcast and help celebrate the best Gears game yet and Xbox’s biggest launch of the year.”

Tune in for Exclusive Gameplay, Special Featurettes and Announcements

 The Gears of War 4: Live broadcast will connect millions of fans around the world, allowing viewers to watch, comment and virtually participate. The program lineup includes:

  • Run the Jewels Make Their Gears of War 4 Renowned hip-hop duo Killer-Mike and El-P join The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson to premiere the first look at their in-game multiplayer characters.
  • Voice Actors’ Round Table. Join the voices behind JD Fenix and Kait Diaz – Liam McIntyre (Spartacus, The Flash) and Laura Bailey (Halo 5: Guardians, Final Fantasy XIII) – as they talk about the story of Gears of War 4 and how they approached the challenge of bringing a new generation of heroes to life for one of gaming’s most iconic franchises.
  • Recreating a Gears Renowned YouTube creator Colin Furze offers an inside peek at how he created a real-life version of Gears of War’s iconic weapon.
  • Gears of War: State of the Universe. Since our last installment of Gears, a lot has happened on Sera. This retrospective piece will run fans through the entire story to refresh and whet fans’ appetite for the first chapter of a new Gears
  • Gears Ink 2.0. Join tattoo artist Steve Soto as he inks a member of the Gears of War team live during the show.
  • The Art of War. Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a special exhibition at the Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles, featuring never-before-seen images from the Gears of War universe including concept art from Gears of War 4 and original artwork inspired by the series.
  • Gears An inside look at how some of the most dedicated and passionate Gears fans in the world created some of the most stunningly intricate and authentic costumes you’ve ever seen.
  • An exploration of the deeper side of Gears of War’s lore, highlighting the history of the planet Sera and the genocide of the Locust.
  • PAX “First to 50” Competition Highlights. Relive all the best moments from the “First to 50” competition at PAX Prime as guests from Xbox and two superstar squads – captained by GoldGlove and FemSteph, and comprised of players including Actabunnifoofoo, SoVindictive, GuyBlaze, VernNotice, Falloutt, ImCoty, LucyMaeGames and Crream – compete to survive 50 brutal waves of the all-new Horde 3.0 mode.

Following the Gears of War 4: Live broadcast, fans can check out a special 90-minute “post-show” livestream on all the channels that carried the broadcast, including Twitch. The post-show program will feature creator commentary, live gameplay, and an eSports exhibition.

  • Gears of War eSports Live Showcase – OpTic Gaming vs Infinity. In a battle of Gears eSports titans, the current top ranked team and a famed legacy top ranked team face off in a live competition to see who will dominate in Gears of War 4’s new heart-pounding competitive mode, Escalation. 

For more information on Gears of War 4, visit Xbox.com or follow @GearsofWar.