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: iO
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Game Description: iO is a physics platformer in which you control a ball. By growing or shrinking the ball you can influence its speed and weight. Use these mechanics to gain momentum and make your way through the levels. Toy with the laws of physics, solve the puzzles and reach the exit as quickly as possible. Can you win the gold medal in all levels?

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Product Info:
Developer: Gamious
Publisher: Gamious
Website: iO
Twitter: @Gamious

Content: Ride 2
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Game Description: Discover, transform and test out the fastest and most iconic motorbikes in the world’s largest digital garage! More than 170 bikes, new models and categories, like the legendary Two-Strokes for real fans, the Supermoto with their ad hoc physics and the Café Racers with their retro style. Travel around the world in an unforgettable and extraordinary sequence of events: GP circuits, country tracks and city tracks. Over 30 tracks, including the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.

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Product Info:
Developer: Milestone S.r.l.
Publisher: Milestone S.r.l.
Website: Ride 2
Twitter: @MilestoneItaly

Content: Sniper Elite 4
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Game Description: Experience tactical third-person combat, gameplay choice and epic longshots across gigantic levels as you liberate wartime Italy from the grip of Fascism. Set in the aftermath of its award-winning predecessor, Sniper Elite 4 transports players across the beautiful Italian peninsula, from sun-drenched Mediterranean coastal towns, to ancient forests, mountain valleys and colossal Nazi megastructures. Covert agent and elite marksman Karl Fairburne must fight alongside the brave men and women of the Italian Resistance and defeat a terrifying new threat with the potential to halt the Allied fightback in Europe before it’s even begun.

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Purchase Sniper Elite 4 Digital Deluxe Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Rebellion Developments Ltd
Publisher: Rebellion Developments Ltd
Website: Sniper Elite 4
Twitter: @Rebellion / @SniperElite

Sniper Elite 4 Digital Deluxe Edition – this bundle includes the full game, season pass, Target Führer and Camouflage Rifles Skin Pack.

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 20 February 2017.

    

Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Battle Island: Commanders – Bonus Supply Pack* Add-On 85% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Overwatch: Origins Edition* Xbox One Game 17% DWG
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Rocket League* Xbox One Game 25% DWG
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Digital Deluxe Edition* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash Card* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Wheels of Aurelia* Xbox One Game 40% DWG
Pinball FX2 – Balls of Glory* Add-On 50% DWG
Jotun: Valhalla Edition* Xbox One Game 40% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V & Whale Shark Cash Card Bundle* Xbox One Game 60% DWG
Pinball FX2 – Aliens vs. Pinball* Add-On 50% DWG
The Final Station* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle* Xbox One Game 60% DWG
Pinball FX2 – Marvel’s Women of Power* Add-On 50% DWG
LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 45% Spotlight
LEGO Jurassic World Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
NARUTO STORM 4 – Season Pass Add-On 25% Spotlight
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Dragon Ball Xenoverse + Season Pass Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
FINAL FANTASY XV Xbox One Game 35% Spotlight
FINAL FANTASY XV Digital Premium Edition Xbox One Game 25% Spotlight
FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
NBA 2K17 Xbox One Game 35% Pub Sale
NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Xbox One Game 40% Pub Sale
NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Gold Xbox One Game 45% Pub Sale
NBA 2K17 200,000 Virtual Currency Add-On 20% Pub Sale
NBA 2K17 450,000 Virtual Currency Add-On 30% Pub Sale
NBA 2K17 All-Time College Bundle Add-On 50% Pub Sale
XCOM 2 Xbox One Game 50% Pub Sale
XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 50% Pub Sale
Mafia III Xbox One Game 50% Pub Sale
Mafia III Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 50% Pub Sale
BioShock: The Collection Xbox One Game 35% Pub Sale
Borderlands: The Handsom Collection Xbox One Game 67% Pub Sale
WWE 2K17 Xbox One Game 50% Pub Sale
WWE 2K17 Digital Deluxe Xbox One Game 50% Pub Sale
Battleborn Xbox One Game 75% Pub Sale
Battleborn Digital Deluxe Xbox One Game 75% Pub Sale

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. 

    

Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens* Games On Demand 40% DWG
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2* Games On Demand 50% DWG
LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII* Games On Demand 50% DWG
Deus Ex: Human Revolution* Games On Demand 67% DWG
LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM* Games On Demand 50% DWG
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD* Arcade 60% DWG
Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection* Games On Demand 75% DWG
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution* Games On Demand 80% DWG
LEGO Jurassic World* Games On Demand 50% DWG
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z* Games On Demand 75% DWG
Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi* Games On Demand 75% DWG
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair* Arcade 60% DWG
Pinball FX2 – Aliens vs. Pinball* Add-On 50% DWG
Pinball FX2 – Balls of Glory* Add-On 50% DWG
Pinball FX2 – Marvel’s Women of Power* Add-On 50% DWG
BioShock Infinite Games On Demand 35% Pub Sale
XCOM: Enemy Within Games On Demand 75% Pub Sale
BioShock Games On Demand 35% Pub Sale
BioShock 2 Games On Demand 35% Pub Sale
NBA 2K17 Games On Demand 50% Pub Sale
WWE 2K17 Games On Demand 50% Pub Sale
Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution Games On Demand 75% Pub Sale
Borderlands Games On Demand 50% Pub Sale
Mafia II Games On Demand 75% Pub Sale

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. 

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Content: How To Survive 2
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Game Description: Several years have passed since the original How to Survive events on Los Riscos’ archipelago. Now the local infection has turned into a worldwide pandemic. Everyone around the world, groups of people or lone wolves, try to survive one more day among the infected, attempting to recover a semblance of normal life. You find yourself in Louisiana and your survival chance starts by building a safe camp and becoming a skilled survivalist.

Features multiplayer (invite up to 16 players to access your camp and 4 of you can play simultaneously); randomized environments; create your own character and learn new and different skills to specialize as you level up and equip with scavenged and handcrafted armor, tools and weapons; new crafting system; night & day cycle and weather conditions.

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Product Info:
Developer: Eko Software
Publisher: 505 Games
Website: How To Survive 2
Twitter: @Eko_Software / @505_Games / @How2SurviveGame

Content: SMITE Season 4 – Season Ticket – Spring Split Bundle
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Game Description: Unlock SMITE and exclusive content at a great price with this bundle. You’ll kick off Season 4 of SMITE the right way – with the Spring Split Pass and 2500 bonus Fantasy Points. You’ll instantly unlock the Modern Mercenary skin for Nemesis, then earn Fantasy Points by picking the winners in SMITE esports and unlock more exclusive skins like Full Metal Vulcan. Includes SMITE: Battleground of the Gods full game, Modern Mercenary Nemesis, Fantasy Point Voting, 15 Team Worshiper Boosters and 2,500 Fantasy Points.

Note: If you have already purchased the Spring Season Ticket in-game with Gems, this purchase will unlock nothing.

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Product Info:
Developer: Hi-Rez Studios
Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios
Website: SMITE
Twitter: @SmiteGame

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

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Content: Vaccine
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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 (02/21/2017).

Vaccine is a new approach on Survival Horrors inspired by those of the 90s. You can choose between the two members of a special bio-hazard rapid response team, each starting with their own unique differential abilities. They are trapped in a strange house populated by dangerous mutated creatures, they will have to find a vaccine for another team member who is infected with a deadly virus. Unless you uncover the mystery of the house, every time you bring back the vaccine, the infected team member will relapse and you will be presented with a new randomly rebuilt house.

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