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 coming soon!

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 program.

Here are the confirmed Summer Spotlight titles included in the Rewards program and out this week:

15 July:
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 (coming soon)

29 July:
Uno (coming soon)

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!

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 01 August 2016.

    

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR Xbox One Game 70% DWG
Battlefield Hardline Criminal Activity Add-On 100% DWG
The Escapists Xbox One Game 66% DWG
Sheltered Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Worms Battlegrounds Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Killer Instinct Character – Aria Add-On 80% DWG
Knight Squad Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Bridge Constructor Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Starpoint Gemini Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016: Digital Exclusive Bundle Xbox One Game 33% 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. 

NOTE: Here are this week’s Xbox 360 Deals With Gold sales. If the sales aren’t reflected when you click the link, keep checking back – they should show up soon.

    

Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Battlefield Hardline Criminal Activity Add-On 100% DWG
Alien Breed Arcade 75% DWG
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Games On Demand 33% DWG
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Games On Demand 75% DWG
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 Games On Demand 25% DWG
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Games On Demand 50% DWG
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD Edition Games On Demand 50% DWG
METAL GEAR SOLID 2 and 3 HD Games On Demand 50% DWG
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Games On Demand 50% DWG
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Games On Demand 75% DWG
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Arcade 50% DWG
Frogger Arcade 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. 

Content: We Happy Few
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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.

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who don’t take kindly to people who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.

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Purchase We Happy Few for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Compulsion Games
Publisher: Compulsion Games
Website: We Happy Few
Twitter: @CompulsionGames

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Play over 100 console exclusives on the highly anticipated, newly designed Xbox One S, featuring 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, and High Dynamic Range for games and video. With all the biggest blockbusters this year, plus Xbox 360 backward compatibility titles, and the most advanced multiplayer network, Xbox One S is the ultimate games and entertainment system – starting at $299.

Today, we’re announcing the first set of 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S bundles, the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle and the Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle. Both bundles arrive in stores on August 23 and are available for pre-order starting today.

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Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle

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, a full-game download of Madden NFL 17, seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs and one month of EA Access for $349 USD / $449 CAD. And now for a limited time, when you purchase the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle, you’ll get a promotional code for 20 percent off your next order at NFLShop.com (bundles purchased at GameStop will include a physical copy of Madden NFL 17).

Pre-order Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle from Microsoft Store

Pre-order Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle from Amazon

 

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Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle

In addition to the Xbox One S Madden NFL 17 Bundle, we’re also offering the Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle, 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. We’ll have more to share about 500GB and 1TB Xbox One S bundles in additional markets next month.

Pre-order Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle from Microsoft Store

Pre-order Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle from Amazon

We’re continuing to offer our fans the best choices to enjoy the games they want to play, with the people they want to play with and on the devices they want. Whether fans suit up as a Spartan or an NFL quarterback, we look forward to offering them the ultimate gaming and entertainment experiences on Xbox.

Content: Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 7: Access Denied
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Game Description: As Jesse, you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, you and your friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 7: Access Denied for Xbox One

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – Individual episodes or bundled versions for Xbox One

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – Episode 7: Access Denied for Xbox 360 (Coming Soon)

Purchase Minecraft: Story Mode – Individual episodes or bundled versions for Xbox 360

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

Content: Dungeon Punks
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Game Description: Dungeon Punks is a fast paced Action RPG with a unique Tag-Team fighting system and Local Player vs. Player Brawl Mode. Adventure awaits whether you’re going solo, playing with friends, or beating each other to a pulp in one of the many battle arenas! Total mayhem is bound to break loose as you blast your enemies senseless with crazy magical spells and custom combo attacks.

Purchase Dungeon Punks for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Hyper Awesome Entertainment
Publisher: Hyper Awesome Entertainment
Website: Dungeon Punks
Twitter: @DungeonPunks

Content: Hyper Light Drifter
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Game Description: Echoes of a dark and violent past resonate throughout a savage land, steeped in treasure and blood. Hyper Light Drifter is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best 16­ bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale. Easy to pick up, difficult to master; enemies are vicious and numerous, hazards will easily crush your frail body, and friendly faces remain rare.

Purchase Hyper Light Drifter for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Heart Machine
Publisher: Heart Machine
Website: Hyper Light Drifter
Twitter: @HeartMachineZ

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For the month of August, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate ($59.99 ERP) for free during the month of August. WWE 2K16 ($39.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from August 16th to September 15th.

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On Xbox 360, starting Friday, August 1st, Spelunky ($19.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through August 15th. Then on August 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Beyond Good & Evil HD ($14.99 ERP) for free through August 31st.

  

Read more about August Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.

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