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
Vostok Inc (coming soon)
Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure (pre-order)
Gridd: Retroenhanced (pre-order)
Pressure Overdrive (coming soon)

July 28
Super CloudBuilt (pre-order)
Cyber Complex (pre-order)

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: Runbow
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Game Description: Get Ready to Runbow! Runbow is a fast-paced action party game for up to 8 players locally and 9 players online. Platforms and obstacles appear and disappear with each swipe of the background color, so if you can’t see something, IT DOESN’T EXIST! Players can go head-to-head in Run, Arena, and King of The Hill, or hone their skills on their own in Adventure or The Bowhemoth.

Runbow is FREE for Xbox Live Gold members until 15 August as part of the Games With Gold program

Purchase Runbow for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: 13AM Games
Publisher: 13AM Games
Website: Runbow
Twitter: @13amgames

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

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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: Cyber Complex
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (07/27/2017 – 9:00 PM).

Cyber Complex is a unique mix of Strategy, Tower Defense and Arcade elements in a 60s-style Sci-Fi setting. Let’s call it a #PAC-TICS Game! Be part of the resistance and unveil V-Eyes conspiracy plans. Log yourself into the cyberspace grid and learn how to capture Clusters, produce helping Nodes and avoid enemy Scanners! Select between Campaign, Survival, Local 2P Coop / Versus modes and evolve your Pac-Tics! Hack through infinite different stages and bossfights. Unlock Mods and upgrade your H4C-Kit to match your playstyle.

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Content: Infinite Minigolf
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (07/25/2017 – 5:00 AM).

Create and play on an unlimited amount of minigolf courses in Infinite Minigolf, a never ending minigolf experience from the experts at Zen Studios! Take part in competitive tournaments and challenges, unlock and utilize powerups, and experience unique gameplay, amazing graphics, and more wrapped up in the coolest minigolf game available. Infinite Minigolf crafts an astounding minigolf experience with accurate physics, dazzling graphics and detailed environments, each one with a distinct visual theme and gameplay features.

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Content: Serial Cleaner
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Game Description: Step into the polished shoes of The Cleaner, a professional crime scene cleaner for the mob. There’s no business like the cleaning business, and right now business is booming…Sneak around crime scenes avoiding detection from the guarding cops as you vacuum up blood, hide bodies and remove evidence in this 70’s styled, fast paced, 2D action/stealth game.

Purchase Serial Cleaner for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: iFun4All
Publisher: Curve Digital
Website: Serial Cleaner
Twitter: @iFun4all / @CurveDigital

Content: DeadCore
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Game Description: DeadCore is a First-person Platformer blending exploration, speedrunning, and puzzles. Following the successful release on PC in 2014, DeadCore is now coming to Xbox One! After falling endlessly through powerful magnetic storms you wake up in a desolate world. Your memory erased, you start exploring this place surrounded by void as cryptic messages appear around you. Suddenly, you spot a gigantic Tower emerging from the mists. You soon understand that in order to find the answers you need, you must climb all the way to the top.

Purchase DeadCore for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: 5 Bits Games
Publisher: Grip Digital s.r.o.
Website: DeadCore
Twitter: @5BitsGames / @Grip_Digital

Here at Xbox, we’re still buzzing from our fans’ reaction to our news at E3 – from the unveiling of the Xbox One X to the 42 games shown on our stage. But we’re only just getting started.  Today, we’re pleased to announce that in August we’re coming to Cologne, Germany for gamescom 2017. This will be the first time Xbox One X will be on the ground in Europe and we’ll have a huge line up of 27 playable games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PC from developers around the world, including Forza Motorsport 7, Age of Empires Definitive Edition and Sea of Thieves.

Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to throughout the week:

Xbox @ gamescom Live

Tune in on Sunday, August 20, at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT to a special Xbox @ gamescom live show to get latest news and announcements on Xbox One X.

The show will be hosted by Graeme Boyd (aka @AceyBongos) and Xbox Germany’s Maxi Graeff (@GMaxee). 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. There will even be a few surprises and giveaways along the way, so be sure to tune in on mixer.com or watch via the mixer app.

Age of Empires @ gamescom Live

On Monday, August 21, starting at 9:00pm CEST, 12:00pm PDT, Microsoft 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 this bona fide classic we announced at E3 last month.  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 fans will not want to miss – watch on mixer.com or through the mixer app.

We’ll share more details on how you can attend in person very soon.

Xbox FanFest @ gamescom

We will again be hosting an Xbox FanFest experience for our fans who are attending gamescom 2017. FanFest will begin on Tuesday, August 22nd.  We will be sharing more details on our plans soon and look forward to seeing you there!

Xbox Booth @ gamescom

When gamescom officially opens at the Koelnmesse on Tuesday, August 22, gamers in Germany will be able to get hands on Xbox One X for the first time at the Xbox booth. 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

And 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!

For more information and coverage about Xbox @ gamescom 2017 – check out Xbox Wire.