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!

Content: SMITE Season 4 – Season Ticket – Fall Split Bundle
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Game Description: There’s no better time to enter the Battleground of the Gods than at the start of a new esports split! Unlock SMITE and exclusive content at a great price with this bundle. The Season Ticket Fall Split Bundle includes Evil Genius Cupid (Limited Skin), unlock SMITE esports voting (earn 30 FP for correct votes), 15 Team Worshiper Boosters, bonus quests for additional Fantasy Points, earn 20 FP for every match you win, earn 10 FP for every match you lose, plus 2500 Fantasy Points.

Purchase SMITE Season 4 – Season Ticket – Fall Split Bundle for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Download SMITE for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

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

Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, shares some details on the Creators Program and introduces the first round of indie titles featured in this program.

Back in March, we unveiled the Xbox Live Creators Program. Starting today, I’m excited to announce that any developer can directly publish their games to Xbox One and Windows 10. And, the first wave of games from the Creators Program are live right now for everyone on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs! This is an important step for Team Xbox as we continue to deliver a large and diverse lineup of games from creators big and small from around the world.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Creators Program, what it means for games to be available in the Creators Collection, why developers should signup, what gamers can expect, and look at some of the first games available starting today.

First, what is the Creators Program? Xbox empowers game developers large and small to create different types of games for every type of players. It’s all about offering a diverse range of games, and this program has that for sure! The Creators Program was established to enable developers to directly publish their games – any of their games – to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, with a simplified certification process and no concept approval required.

Developers that publish through the Creators Program have the freedom and independence to develop games that are truly unique, resulting in a collection with games that can be quirky and have varying degrees of polish, but are always interesting.

Here’s a quick look at the first titles that will be available via the program:

*Animal Rivals, Blue Sunset Games: Animal Rivals is an action-packed couch party game for one to four players. Drop into the game and fight for the Animalonia’s throne as one of the furry contenders in different mini-games and locations. Game itself presents a unique art style mixing the cartoonish looks and satire approach. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Block Dropper, Tresiris Games: Block Dropper is a fast paced, arcade style, 3D platformer. Try not to fall as you guide your character through the challenging single player mode or grab a friend to battle head to head in a local multiplayer Block Battle Arena. Tresiris is a small game studio based in Olathe, Kansas, who create fun and simple games with quality as their top priority. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Crystal Brawl, Studio Mercato: Gauntlet meets NBA Jam in Crystal Brawl, a 2v2 capture-the-flag local multiplayer game that melds fast action with MOBA-like strategy. Choose from a variety of characters with different abilities, with a notable twist: each character has a unique ability that alters the terrain. Experiment with different character combinations to uncover hidden strategies! Studio Mercato is an independent game studio based in New York City. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Derelict Fleet, Bionic Pony: Derelict Fleet is a fast-paced space combat game. You are tasked with defending a refugee fleet as you travel the stars searching for a new colony to call home. Bionic Pony is a small indie studio based in Tampa, FL that started making Xbox Live indie games in 2010. (Xbox One)

*ERMO, Nonostante: ERMO is a relaxing puzzle game featured with a calming and peaceful graphics. Immerse yourself in the landscapes and colors of ERMO and let you be carried away. You will learn the rules in a few seconds, but ERMO will catch you for hours. (Xbox One)

*GalactiMAX!, ONLYUSEmeFEET: In the vast darkness of space, GalactiMAX has the player shooting aliens for points to pierce the heavens in classic arcade shooter action! As more aliens are defeated, the player’s ship will increase in size and power. How big can this ship get?! (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*kubic, Pixel Envision Ltd: kubic is a relaxing optical illusion puzzle game based on M.C. Escher’s art, impossible objects and other geometric designs. The object is to construct the goal configuration from a number of pieces. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Space Cat!, GershGamesLLC: Shoot your way past an onslaught of enemies and bosses. Collect weapon upgrades like missiles, bombs, laser beams and much more. GershGamesLLC is a group of young hobbyists that makes for fun on the weekends. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

*Stereo Aereo, The Stonebot Studio: Stereo Aereo is an action rhythm game that is inspired by the pop-culture influences of the 80’s. You, the player, have to make sure that the mediocre space rockband Stereo Aereo, gets to their life changing concert, on time, in this comic styled sci-fi game. (Xbox One, Windows 10)

Where can you find the games? On Windows 10 the games are in the Games category of the Store. On Xbox One, the games can be found in the Creators Collection, a special section of the Xbox One Store which you can find in the Games section. Why a special section? We think it’s awesome to open up development to anyway with no barriers – no traditional certification, no “concept approval,” and no limitations. But we also listened to feedback from players, parents and developers who let us know they love the curated store experience on Xbox One. This gives us all the best of both worlds: A curated store and a fully open marketplace in the Creators Collection.

For developers, publishing games through the Creators Program is easy. First, you can take advantage of tools you’re already using; like a retail Xbox One console, the free Dev Mode Activation app from the Xbox Store, and game engines like Unity, Construct 2, MonoGame, and Xenko. Second, there are minimal barriers to the program; use a Microsoft Developer account which can cost as little as $20, download the Xbox Live Creators SDK, create your game, and then ship it through a short and simplified certification process. That’s it!

Games published through the Creators Program have access to the full set of social features from Xbox Live, including sign-in and presence, use of your Gamertag, leaderboards, access to your Activity Feed, Game Hubs, Clubs, Party Chat, Game DVR, and broadcasting on Mixer.

As an open program, Creators Program games don’t have access to Achievements, Gamerscore, or internet multiplayer. To access those features, professional developers can go through the ID@Xbox program. Of course, there’s a path for games to move from the Creators Program to ID@Xbox during development (or even after they reach the Store) if a developer decides they want to add Gamerscore, Achievements, or internet multiplayer.

While ID@Xbox was designed for professional game developers who wish to use the full set of Xbox Live features through a full certification process, the Creators Program makes publishing a game accessible to anyone. Whether they’re small or budding studios, hobbyists, makers, teachers and students, or if they’re just learning the ropes – the Creators Program is a simplified way to create and ship games to the Xbox community.

We hope players will enjoy the games in the Creators Collection. You’ll find creative games, some familiar styles, and some brand-new experiences; really, whatever these imaginative developers chose to make. Gamers can expect the Creators Collection on their Xbox One, and the Window Store on their PC, to regularly add new games as developers finish their work. And these are unfiltered games directly from the developers themselves, so your feedback is of course welcomed.

This is just the beginning. We’ll be sure to spotlight more of the diverse array of Creators Program games that catch our eyes right here on Xbox Wire. I can’t wait to see all the games that these developers will create, and of course, I can’t wait to play them. Stay tuned for more, and in the meantime, have fun!

Content: ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96
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Game Description: THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96 is a fighting game released by SNK in 1996. A total of 27 playable characters are available. New game mechanics such as the Emergency Evasion, short and mid-hops make their entry for the first time in the legendary Series, adding a new depth to the fights. The story focuses on the second chapter of the Orochi trilogy.

Purchase ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: SNK
Publisher: HAMSTER Corporation
Website: ACA NEOGEO THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96
Twitter: @SNKPofficial / @HAMSTER_Corp

Content: Redout: Lightspeed Edition
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (08/29/2017 – 10:00 AM).

Redout is pure Anti Gravity racing, a tribute to the classic arcade racing monsters. It’s designed to be an uncompromising, fast, tough and satisfying driving experience, soaked in that vertigo that stands at the core of the genre. Conquer a Single Player campaign that spans more than 100 events, 11 game modes and 30 racetracks. Unlock 7 racing teams, 4 racing classes, ship upgrades and 12 power-ups. Then move on to Online Multiplayer and prove your reflexes and cold blood against the world, or challenge a friend in Split Screen local multiplayer.

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Content: Absolute Drift: Zen Edition
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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).

This is a driving experience like no other. Journey from apprentice to master drifter as you hone your skill in a gorgeous minimalist world. Travel from airports and docks to a floating metropolis in search of new cars and ever greater challenges. Chill out to over 3 hours of electronic music by C41 and Nyte. Push yourself to the limit on drifting tracks and wild mountain roads while you work to unlock trophies and elite Midnight events. Drift alongside ghosts of the top players in the world, or refine your skill by out-scoring your own ghost. Your driving skills will be challenged at every turn until you finally become a master drifter.

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Starting today, Spotify is available on Xbox One in 34 markets around the world. The new integration means that millions of Xbox One gamers can now choose the perfect music from Spotify to provide a fresh gaming soundtrack every time.

Just download the Spotify app from the Xbox Store to choose your personalized gaming experience. You can choose from your saved music, search the full Spotify catalog of 30 million tracks, or browse the pre-curated gaming playlists in the ‘Gaming’ hub.

And, to celebrate the launch of Spotify on Xbox One, I even created my very own curated playlist.

Simply play your music on demand with your Xbox One controller, whether you are a free or a Premium Spotify user. Worried about interrupting your game? Don’t be! You can also control playback on your Xbox wirelessly from the Spotify app on your phone, tablet or desktop using Spotify Connect.

Creating your personalized gaming soundtrack has never been easier.

Download Spotify Music – for Xbox app here.

For more information, check out the official Spotify website.

Content: Mega Man Legacy Collection 2
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Game Description: The Blue Bomber is back in this second collection of classic Capcom titles! Featuring faithful reproductions of Mega Man 7, 8, 9, & 10, this collection spans the iconic series’ evolution and retro revolution. Take on the nefarious Dr. Wily and his diverse Robot Masters in these timeless 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit adventures! Also included are the additional modes originally released as DLC for Mega Man 9 and 10, featuring extra stages and playable characters. For anyone who wants a little extra help with these challenging classic platformers, you now have the option to reduce the amount of damage received.

Purchase Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 Combo Pack for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Digital Eclipse
Publisher: Capcom
Website: Mega Man
Twitter: @MegaMan

Content: Batman: The Enemy Within
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Game Description: In this latest chapter from the award-winning studio behind Batman – The Telltale Series, both Bruce Wayne and Batman will be forced into precarious new roles. The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions. Which of Batman’s new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?

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Purchase Batman: The Enemy Within – Episode 1 for Xbox One from Xbox Games Store

Purchase Batman: The Enemy Within – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Website: Batman – The Telltale Series
Twitter: @telltalegames