Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 22 January 2018.

These deals expired at 11:00 am UTC on Tuesday January 23rd 2018


Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
NBA LIVE 18: The One Edition Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
Grand Theft Auto V and Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack Bundle* Xbox One Game 40% DWG
L.A. Noire* Xbox One Game 25% DWG
Farming Simulator 15: Complete Edition* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Slender: The Arrival* Xbox One Game 80% DWG
Spartan* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Defunct* Xbox Play Anywhere 30% DWG
Farming Simulator 15* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – Official Expansion (Gold)* Add-On 33% DWG
Feral Fury * Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V: Megalodon Shark Cash Card* Add-On 15% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V, Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack and Great White Shark Card Bundle* Xbox One Game 40% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V & Great White Shark Cash Card* Xbox One Game 35% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V, Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack and Megalodon Shark Card Bundle* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Grand Theft Auto V, Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack and Whale Shark Card Bundle* Xbox One Game 45% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – Digital Deluxe Edition* Xbox One Game 40% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – 10 Gold REQ Packs + 3 Free* Add-On 25% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – 15 Gold REQ Packs + 5 Free* Add-On 33% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – 34 Gold REQ Packs + 13 Free* Add-On 45% DWG
Halo 5: Guardians – 7 Gold REQ Packs + 2 Free* Add-On 20% DWG
I, Zombie* Add-On 50% DWG
SwapQuest* Xbox One Game 30% DWG
Worlds of Magic: Planar Conquest* Xbox One Game 30% DWG
What Remains of Edith Finch Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
INSIDE Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
The Long Dark Xbox Play Anywhere 40% Spotlight
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty – Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
Octodad: Dadliest Catch Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Tacoma Xbox Play Anywhere 50% Spotlight
AER – Memories of Old Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition Xbox One Game 80% Spotlight
Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Azkend 2: The World Beneath Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Broken Age Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Broken Sword 5 – the Serpent’s Curse Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
Chaos on Deponia Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
D/Generation HD Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Decay – The Mare Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
The Deer God Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Demetrios – The BIG Cynical Adventure Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Dex Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
DreamBreak Xbox One Game 67% Spotlight
Echoes of the Fey: The Fox’s Trail Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
The Final Station Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Firewatch Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Jettomero: Hero of the Universe Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
Kholat Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Knee Deep Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Knock-Knock Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
LIMBO Xbox One Game 80% Spotlight
Mages of Mystralia Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
Metrico+ Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Monochroma Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Morphite Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Nevermind Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Planet of the Eyes Xbox One Game 35% Spotlight
Poi Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Rememoried Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
RiME Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
The Sexy Brutale Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Soda Drinker Pro Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Soul Axiom Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Steven Universe: Save the Light Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
Stories of Bethem: Full Moon Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Submerged Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
SUPERHOT Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
Teslagrad Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
The Fall Xbox One Game 80% Spotlight
The Little Acre Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Thimbleweed Park Xbox Play Anywhere 35% Spotlight
The Town of Light Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Trulon: The Shadow Engine Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Typoman Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Uncanny Valley Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 + FAR CRY PRIMAL Bundle Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Gold Edition Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY Primal – Apex Edition Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Season Pass Add-On 70% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Valley of the Yetis Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Hurk Deluxe Pack Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Far Cry Primal – Wenja Pack Add-On 60% Spotlight
Far Cry Primal Xbox One Game 70% Spotlight


Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Red Dead Redemption* Backward Compatible 70% DWG
Farming Simulator 15* Games On Demand 75% DWG
Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare* Add-On 50% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – IT Runner DLC* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – JCB* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – Lamborghini Nitro 120* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – New Holland* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – Niva* Add-On 33% DWG
Farming Simulator 15 – Official Expansion (Silver)* Add-On 33% DWG
Far Cry 4 Games On Demand 60% Spotlight
Far Cry 3 Backward Compatible 60% Spotlight
Far Cry 2 Games On Demand 70% Spotlight
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon Backward Compatible 60% Spotlight
Far Cry Classic Games On Demand 70% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 – Valley of the Yetis Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 – Hurk Deluxe Pack Add-On 60% Spotlight
FAR CRY 4 – Escape from Durgesh Prison Add-On 60% Spotlight
Far Cry 4 Season Pass Add-On 70% Spotlight
Far Cry Instincts Predator Games On Demand 70% Spotlight
Far Cry 3: Deluxe Bundle DLC Add-On 50% Spotlight

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

Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, shares some of the biggest moments in 2017 for Microsoft and the Xbox team.

During E3 this year, we showed the biggest and most diverse Xbox games lineup ever. Many of those games are coming in 2018, and as gamers we cannot wait to share them with fans. Among Microsoft Studios exclusives games are new IP like Sea of Thieves (launching March 20), deep gameplay in fan-favorite franchises like State of Decay 2, and the explosive return of a celebrated franchise to Xbox with Crackdown 3 – all releasing on Xbox One and PC. That’s in addition to all the great ID@Xbox and cross-platform games (more on that below), and as well as other unannounced surprises to come.

As we prepare to step into the new year, it’s a great time to reflect on our favorite gaming moments of 2017 on Xbox and PC. We released the world’s most powerful console Xbox One X with the largest games lineup in Xbox history, including more than 1,300 titles and over 220 exclusives. Among those were incredible 2017 releases from Microsoft Studios, third party publishers and innovative independent developers, with over 85 specifically enhanced to take advantage of the power of Xbox One X. We also offered new ways for gamers to access content, interact with spectators and participate in the game development process.

The excitement capped recently with The Game Awards, where Forza Motorsport 7 took home Best Sports/Racing Game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds won Best Multiplayer Game, and Cuphead snagged three awards, including Best Independent Game.

Join us as we look back at our top 10 games moments of 2017.

  1. The World’s Most Powerful Console Launches

Reception to Xbox One X has been incredible and we’re so grateful for our fans. One of the things we’ve enjoyed most is seeing how developers are taking advantage of the world’s most powerful console, with 4K Ultra HD, HDR, Dolby Atmos and other exciting features and improvements. Xbox One X truly is the best place to experience games with many enhanced games available and more adding support as we move into 2018.

  1. The Biggest PC Game of 2017 Comes Exclusively to Console on Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds took the gaming world by storm in 2017. Over 25 million players experienced PUBG on PC and console fans got a shot at winning their own chicken dinners with its exclusive release on Xbox One as part of the Xbox Game Preview program last week. The reception from Xbox fans has been phenomenal with over one million copies sold in the first 48 hours alone. Through the Xbox Game Preview program, fans get to be a part of the development process, and PUBG on Xbox One will continually receive content updates including the new desert map, Miramar, optimizations, and more exciting stuff in the months ahead.

  1. Xbox Game Pass Opens up a New Way to Play

Launching Xbox Game Pass was a big moment for Xbox this year. Giving fans more options to diversify and expand their library of games, as well as discover new experiences has been important to us, which is what we set out to achieve with Xbox Game Pass. We have been excited by the amazing fan reaction and engagement with Xbox Game Pass, which gives unlimited access to over 100 great games on Xbox One.

  1. Xbox is the Best Place to Play Multi-Platform Games

This past year, we worked with fantastic publishers and developers across the industry to make Xbox the best place to play their games. Players responded by playing more than 1,870 third-party games for over 12 billion hours. The Xbox community demonstrated how Xbox Live is the fastest and most reliable gaming network by logging in more than 3.7 billion hours in multiplayer across games from our partners. This has inspired our partners to enhance over 80 Xbox One X games with any combination of benefits like faster loading times, higher resolution textures, HDR support or steadier framerates. We’re looking forward to a great 2018 full of new games and even more Enhanced games with our players and partners.

  1. Forza Motorsport 7 Sets a New Bar

Throughout the years, Turn 10 Studios has worked hard to push the award-winning Forza franchise to new heights, and the pinnacle (so far) was this year’s Forza Motorsport 7 – a game built from the ground up to showcase native 4K gaming at 60 frames per second on Xbox One X. It was an honor bringing the community the most comprehensive, beautiful and authentic racing game ever made. In September alone, more than 7.9 million unique players raced in the Forza community. Next up is the Xbox One X Enhanced version of Forza Horizon 3 coming January 15, and we’ll have more exciting news in the months to come.

  1. Original Xbox Games Join Backward Compatibility Collection

One of the big highlights this year was bringing Original Xbox classics into the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program. Compatibility is important to Xbox, to developers and their games, and our community. In 2017, we added 136 Xbox 360, 13 Original Xbox and seven enhanced Xbox 360 titles, which helped contribute to the more than 400 titles available today and 740 million hours of Backward Compatible games played to-date.

  1. Independent Developers Drive Innovation

Every year, we look back at all the great games released by independent developers around the world, and 2017 was a banner year for great independent games. First off, we launched the Xbox Live Creators Program in August and it’s already flourishing with more than 100 games playable on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs today. And ID@Xbox continues to be the home for creativity, innovation, and just plain rad games. From console exclusive Cuphead to Thimbleweed ParkWhat Remains of Edith Finch to Aer, or Fortnite to Tacoma, and favorites like Ark, Smite, Warframe and Rocket League ID@Xbox has fast become a super relevant way for independent developers to bring their creations to the Xbox One and Windows 10 community. With Deep Rock Galactic, Battlerite, The Darwin Project, Black Desert, Full Metal Furies, Robocraft, Below and hundreds of others in the pipeline for 2018, 2017 may get a run for its money!

  1. Minecraft Becomes First Game Ever to Unify Players on PC, Mobile, and Console

2017 was a year focused on breaking down barriers for Minecraft. With the release of cross-device multiplayer in the Better Together Update, Mojang and the Minecraft team brought tens of millions of Minecraft players together on the game they love where they want, when they want and on the device they want. In 2018, Minecraft players can look forward to cross-device multiplayer on Nintendo Switch, a whole new world of under-the-sea adventures with the Update Aquatic, a spiffy new graphics engine powering the Super Duper Graphics Pack, and more.

  1. Mixer Unlocks New Interactive Streaming Experiences

For the Mixer team, 2017 was about community growth and innovation. We welcomed a ton of new streamers, expanded our existing communities and added new ones, and made huge investments in new features like 4-person Co-Streaming, Mixer HypeZone and our new mobile app for iOS and Android that make Mixer the best place to stream and watch for console, PC, and mobile gamers alike. Seeing communities, creators and game developers unite around new experiences on Mixer has been incredible – Telltale Games using “Crowd Play” enables the audience to control story decisions, for example, or developers using new means of interactivity in Minecraft, The Darwin Project, Death’s Door and more. 2018 will bring even more interactive games as well as new capabilities for streamers.

  1. Reinvesting in Age of Empires

Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with the community at gamescom this year was epic. We announced Age of Empires IV there, which has long been on many fan wish lists. Add that we are partnering with Relic Entertainment, one of the best RTS developers in the world, and there is a lot to look forward to with the storied PC franchise. It’s just the beginning, as Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launches early next year, and Definitive Editions of Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III are planned in the future.

  1. The SteamVR library comes to Windows Mixed Reality

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update brings mixed reality to your PC this holiday season, and along with it a catalog of over 2000 of the most popular VR games available with SteamVR. Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t require any external cameras or sensors, and set up in just minutes so you can enjoy the immersive action of the top VR games available today, along with all of the apps in the Microsoft Store.

On behalf of the entire Xbox team, thank you to all Xbox fans. You are what makes gaming on Xbox great and the motivation that drives our team. 2018 is going to be an amazing year, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out your own personal Xbox Year-in-Review to see how you gamed in 2017. Happy holidays!

This week kicks off gamescom 2017,  the “leading European trade fair for digital gaming culture and the meeting point for global companies from the entertainment industry and the international gaming community”. And yesterday, Xbox held their briefing to showcase all of the new hardware and games on display at this year’s gamescom. I wanted to provide a recap of all the news posts at Xbox Wire and videos posted on the YouTube channel so you can watch or rewatch all of the news from this event.

You can watch the full Xbox @ gamescom LIVE show here.

Here is a list of gamescom related news stories posted at Xbox Wire:

Bluehole, Inc and Microsoft Announce Expanded Partnership for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Forza Motorsport 7 Delivers the Ultimate PC Racing Experience

Xbox Game Pass Launches in 8 New Countries and Adds More Great Games this September

New Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundles Arriving October 10

Pre-Order the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition Now

Exclusive Trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War Featuring Foes Old and New

World’s Most Powerful Console Makes European Debut and Kickstarts Global Pre-orders

In Sea of Thieves, Xbox One and Windows 10 PC Players Can Embark on Their Pirate Voyages Together

ReCore Definitive Edition Brings Players HDR, New Adventures and T8-NK Corebot!

Introducing the Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle

Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare Launches on September 26

Here are the gamescom related videos posted on the Xbox YouTube channel:

We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s briefing and look forward to showing fans more this week when gamescom officially kicks off.

Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, shares some details about the Annual ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House. Read it below:

Hi everyone!

We’d like to welcome you to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus on August 31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our annual Pre-PAX ID@Xbox Open House! If you’re planning to join us, please RSVP to this Eventbrite invite to ensure we have you registered.

You can play more than 50 awesome new games from amazing independent developers from all over the world, including seeing some of the very first games running on Xbox One X and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets! We’ll also have a nice selection of first-party games from Microsoft Studios on hand too!

And of course, we’ll have some celebrity guests on hand as well, as well as our famous raffle — want to win a ticket to PAX, the super rare ID@Xbox Controller Pillow, or an Xbox One S? This is the place to do it!

No PAX Ticket Required to Attend!

This event is free and open to everyone (under 18 with parent or guardian, please)! It takes place at Microsoft’s Visitor Center in Building 92 in Redmond. We’ll also have bus service from the Washington State Convention Center (details below).

Here’s just a partial list of the games we’ll be showing:

  • PlayerUnknowns Battle Ground (PUBG) – Bluehole, Inc.
  • Black Desert – PearlAbyss
  • Cuphead – StudioMDHR
  • Ooblets – Double Fine/Glumberland
  • Aftercharge – Chainsawesome Games
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Figment – Bedtime Digital Games
  • Hello Neighbor – tinyBuild
  • I, Hope – Arconyx Games
  • Little Triangle – Dreamoji
  • Moonlighter – 11bit Studios
  • Mulaka – Lienzo
  • Mutant Football League – Digital Dreams Entertainment
  • Nine Parchments – Frozenbyte
  • OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes – Cartoon Network Games
  • Path of Exile – Grinding Gear Games
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet – Mercury Steam
  • Road Redemption – Dark Seas Interactive
  • Robocraft Infinity – Freejam
  • Steven Universe: Save the Light – Cartoon Network Games
  • Strange Brigade – Rebellion
  • Streets of Rogue – tinyBuild
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild – Avalanche Studios
  • Unruly Heroes – Magic Design Studios
  • Yoku’s Island Express – Team17 Digital Ltd.

There’s just too many to list! You’ll have to come to see the rest.


ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House
Microsoft Visitors Center
15010 NE 36th Street, Building 92, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA 98052
There’s free on-site parking

Complimentary buses from Stewart Transportation will also transport attendees from the Washington State Convention Center to building 92. The first buses will leave the convention center at 4:30 p.m. from their Bus/Shuttle stop area.

Note: Our facilities are ADA compliant. If you need additional accommodations to attend the event, please let us know by emailing

Don’t forget to RSVP here and we look forward to seeing you at our ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House!

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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!

Congratulations to Chris Charla and the rest of the ID@Xbox team and developers on reaching this milestone achievement. Chris shares some thoughts on the state of the ID@Xbox program below:

A little more than three years ago, we took to the stage at Gamescom to unveil a brand-new program for Xbox One. Our goal was to make sure Xbox players have access to the best, most diverse collection of games by making sure  we enabled developers of all shapes and sizes to self-publish their creations on Xbox One.

Today, thanks to the efforts of independent developers from around the world and the fans who support them, we’re proud to reveal that after an amazing month of releases that included console exclusive Beep Games’ Voodoo Vince: Remastered, console launch exclusives Thimbleweed Park from Terrible Toybox and Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition from Paradox Interactive, and dozens of others, we’ve surpassed 500 games released through the ID@Xbox program.

Today’s news is a cool milestone not just for us at ID@Xbox and the independent game developer community; it’s a milestone for everyone who loves great games. In 2016 alone, tens of millions of people played an ID@Xbox title on Xbox One or Windows 10 – what’s more, those players spent more than a billion hours playing ID@Xbox games.  We’ve seen some incredibly rad titles recently, from the critically acclaimed Firewatch from Campo Santo, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime by Asteroid Base, and of course Inside by Playdead (a big winner from the recent British Academy Game Awards). And let’s not forget other fan favorites like Superhot team’s Superhot, Night School Studio’s Oxenfree, Hi-Rez Studios’ Smite, Pit People from The Behemoth, Studio Wildcard’s Ark: Survival Evolved, Wizards of the Coast’s Magic Duels: Origins, Roblox Corporation’s Roblox, The Molasses Flood’s Flame in the Flood, Spotlightor Interactive’s Candleman, ToyLogic’s Happy Wars, Other Ocean’s #IDARB, and so so many more cool titles.

We’re also incredibly proud that ID@Xbox has helped developers bring games to Xbox and Windows 10 that are as diverse and interesting as the world of players that enjoy them. With games like E-Line Media’s Never Alone, Team17’s Beyond Eyes, Sassybot’s Fragments of Him, Bracket Games’ three fourths home, and many others tackling meaningful – and sometimes previously unattempted – subject matter, these developers are not only broadening the landscape of games players can enjoy, but offering inclusive experiences and perspectives that represent our worldwide community of gamers. With forthcoming titles like Culture Shock Gamers’ We Are Chicago and Arconyx’s I, Hope, this is meaningful, groundbreaking content we can’t wait to see more of.

With more than 2000 studios having dev kits in hand, more than 1000 games currently in development, and Project Scorpio coming later this year, the future is bright for both the gaming community and ID@Xbox program.  We’ve got an incredible slate of hotly anticipated ID@Xbox games – that you know about! – on the horizon including the hotly-anticipated Xbox One exclusive Cuphead from StudioMDHR, and console launch exclusives like Capybara’s Below, AURORA44’s Ashen, and Fullbright’s Tacoma. We can’t wait to share more ID@Xbox goodness with you soon.

A sincere thanks to all the developers and fans who have helped ID@Xbox reach this milestone. Every time I look at the games that have shipped, and the forthcoming titles coming through the program, I’m reminded that we’re really in a golden age for independent games — and the art form of games in general — and it feels great to be a part of helping those games come to Windows 10 and the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio later this year.

For more news about upcoming ID@Xbox titles, check out Xbox Wire – and be sure to follow Chris Charla (@iocat) and ID@Xbox on Twitter.

Here is a list of the ID@Xbox titles released on Xbox One and Windows 10 to date, with plenty more coming in the future:

10 Second Ninja X
1001 Spikes
101 Ways To Die
2020: My Country
6180 the moon
88 Heroes
A Pixel Story
Aaru’s Awakening
Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution
Action Henk
Action News Heroes
Active Soccer 2 DX
Adventures of Pip
Air Guitar Warrior
Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space
Alto’s Adventure
Amazing Princess Sarah
Among the Sleep
Animated Puzzles
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
AQUA KITTY UDX: Xbox One Ultra Edition
Aritana and the Harpy’s Feather
ARK: Survival Evolved (Game Preview)
Astroneer (Game Preview)
Awesomenauts Assemble!
Axiom Verge
Azkend 2: The World Beneath
BADLAND: Game of the Year Edition
Baila Latino
Bard’s Gold
Baseball Riot
Battle High 2 A+
Beach Buggy Racing
Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians
Beatsplosion for Kinect
Bedlam – The Game By Christopher Brookmyre
Beyond Eyes
Bike Mayhem 2
Blackwood Crossing
Blast Brawl 2
Blast ‘Em Bunnies
Bloons TD 5
Blue Estate
Blue Rider
Blue-Collar Astronaut
Blues and Bullets Episode 1
Bokosuka Wars II
Bombing Busters
Boom Ball 2 for Kinect
Boom Ball for Kinect
Breach & Clear: Deadline
Bridge Constructor
Bridge Constructor Stunts
Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse
Cannon Brawl
Carmageddon: Max Damage
Casey Powell Lacrosse 16
Cast of the Seven Godsends – Redux
Castle Crashers Remastered
Castle Invasion: Throne Out
CastleStorm – Definitive Edition
Cel Damage HD
Chime Sharp
Claire: Extended Cut
Clicker Heroes
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
Clouds & Sheep 2
ClusterPuck 99
Coffin Dodgers
Color Symphony 2
Commander Cherry’s Puzzled Journey
Cosmo Run
Crypt of the NecroDancer
Crypt of the Serpent King
Cubot – The Complexity of Simplicity
D/Generation HD
Dad Beat Dads
Dangerous Golf
Dark Arcana: The Carnival
Dead Effect 2
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
Death Squared
Death God University
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition
Doodle God: Ultimate Edition
Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
Draw a Stickman: EPIC
Drawful 2
Dreamals: Dream Quest
Dungeon of the Endless
Dungeon Punks
Dynamite Fishing – World Games
Earthlock: Festival of Magic
Eekeemoo Splinters of the Dark Shard
Electronic Super Joy
Emily Wants To Play
Energy Cycle
Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood
Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
Enter The Gungeon
Ethan: Meteor Hunter
Eventide: Slavic Fable
EVERSPACE (Xbox Game Preview)
Exile’s End
Extreme Exorcism 
Factotum 90
Fat City
Fenix Furia
Fermi’s Path
Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game
Fire: Ungh’s Quest
Four Sided Fantasy
Fragments Of Him
Friday Night Bullet Arena
Fruit Ninja Kinect 2
Full Mojo Rampage
Funk of Titans
G Prime Into The Rain
Gas Guzzlers Extreme
Anima: Gate of Memories
Gear Gauntlet
Gemini: Heroes Reborn
Ghost Blade HD
Giana Sisters: Dream Runners
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut
Gimme Five
Ginger: Beyond the crystal
Goat Simulator
Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition
Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride
Gryphon Knight Epic
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
Guns, Gore and Cannoli
Super GunWorld 2
GunWorld: Xbox One Edition
Hack, Slash & Backstab
Hand of Fate
Happy Dungeons
Happy Wars
Hard Reset Redux
Has-Been Heroes
HeartZ: Co-Hope Puzzles
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING
Horse Racing 2016
Hunter’s Legacy
Hyper Light Drifter
Hyper Void
Hyperdrive Massacre
I Am Bread
I, Zombie
In Between
In Space We Brawl: Full Arsenal Edition
Infinity Runner
Inside My Radio
Into the Belly of the Beast
Ittle Dew 2
Jet Car Stunts
Jotun: Valhalla Edition
JumpJet Rex
Kaiju Panic
Kerbal Space Program
Kick & Fennick
KickBeat Special Edition
Kill The Bad Guy
King Oddball
Kingdom: New Lands
Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker
Knee Deep
Knight Squad
Kung-Fu for Kinect
LA Cops
Land It!
Layers of Fear
Leo’s Fortune
Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered
Level 22
Lies Of Astaroth
Lifeless Planet: Premier Edition
Line of Defense Tactics
Lost Sea
Lovely Planet
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Magic Duels
Magnetic: Caged Closed
MagNets: Fully Charged
Maldita Castilla EX – Cursed Castile
Mantis Burn Racing
Manual Samuel
Masquerade: The Baubles of Doom
Massive Chalice
Mega Coin Squad
Mimic Arena
Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Momonga Pinball Adventures
Monkey King Saga
Monkey Pirates
Mount & Blade: Warband
MX Nitro
Mystery Castle
Neon Chrome
N.E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Nightmares from the Deep 2: The Siren’s Call
Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
Ninja Pizza Girl
No Time To Explain
Oceanhorn – Monster of Uncharted Seas
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
OlliOlli2: XL Edition
One Hundred Ways
Organic Panic
Pang Adventures
Paranautical Activity
Party Hard
Perfect Woman
Pier Solar and the Great Architects
Pinball Arcade
Pinball FX2
Pix the Cat
Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic
Pixel Piracy
Plague Inc: Evolved
Pneuma: Breath of Life
Pool Nation FX
Prison Architect: Xbox One Edition
Project Root
Pumped BMX +
Punch Club
Pure Chess Grandmaster Edition
Pure Hold’em
Pure Pool
Q*bert REBOOTED: The XBOX One @!#?@! Edition
Quantum Rush: Champions
Quatros Origins
Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut
Quest of Dungeons
R.B.I. Baseball 16
R.B.I. Baseball 17
R.B.I. Baseball 14
R.B.I. Baseball 15
Reagan Gorbachev
Rebel Galaxy
Replay: VHS is not dead
RevErsi Quest
Riptide GP: Renegade
Riptide GP2
Rise & Shine
Rivals of Aether (Game Preview)
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX
Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing
Rock Zombie
Rocket League
Rocket Riot
Rogue Legacy
Rogue Stormers
RWBY: Grimm Eclipse
Saturday Morning RPG
Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark
Shadow Complex Remastered
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Shift Happens
Shovel Knight
Shred It!
Siegecraft Commander
Silence – The Whispered World 2
Sixty Second Shooter Prime
Sky Force Anniversary
Skyling: Garden Defense
Slain: Back from Hell
Slender: The Arrival
Slice Zombies for Kinect
Slime Rancher (Game Preview)
Snake Pass
Sniper Elite 4
Snooker Nation Championship (Game Preview)
So Many Me
Soda Drinker Pro
Solar Shifter EX
Song of the Deep
Soul Axiom
Sparkle 2
Sparkle Unleashed
Speedboat Challenge
Spy Chameleon
Squid Hero for Kinect
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy
Stardew Valley
Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax
Starpoint Gemini 2
Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
SteamWorld Dig
Steel Rain X
Stern Pinball Arcade
Stick it To The Man
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
Stories of Bethem: Full Moon
Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut
Sublevel Zero Redux
Subnautica (Game Preview)
Super Dungeon Bros
Super Mega Baseball Extra Innings
Super Mutant Alien Assault
Super Night Riders
Super Party Sports: Football
Super Time Force
Super Toy Cars
Sword Coast Legends
Table Top Racing: World Tour
Tachyon Project
Talent Not Included
Tennis in the Face
Tetrobot and Co.
The Assembly
The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga 2
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth 
The Bridge
The Bug Butcher
The Bunker
The Deer God
The Escapists
The Escapists: The Walking Dead
The Fall
The Final Station
The Flame in the Flood
The Golf Club
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
The Inner World
The Jackbox Party Pack
The Jackbox Party Pack 2
The Jackbox Party Pack 3
The Jackbox Party Trilogy
The Little Acre
The Living Dungeon
The Long Dark (Game Preview)
The Magic Circle: Gold Edition
The Park
The Sexy Brutale
The Solus Project
The Sun and Moon 
The Swapper
The Swindle
The Turing Test
The Witness
The World 2: Hunting BOSS
Thimbleweed Park
Thomas Was Alone
Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops
Toby: The Secret Mine
Toto Temple Deluxe 
Tower of Guns
TowerFall Ascension
Toy Odyssey
Trulon: The Shadow Engine
Uncanny Valley
Unnamed Fiasco
Use Your Words
Vertical Drop Heroes HD
Volgarr the Viking
Wand Wars
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
Warhammer Quest
Wasteland 2 
We Are Doomed
We Are The Dwarves
We Happy Few (Game Preview)
Westerado: Double Barreled
Wheels of Aurelia
Whispering Willows
World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap
Worlds of Magic: Planar Conquest
Worms Battlegrounds
Worms W.M.D
Yasai Ninja
Zombie Army Trilogy
Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition
Zombie Vikings

Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, shares some news for Xbox Developers and gamers at GDC 2017. Check it out below:


I love the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I just love it; the games, the people, the energy – GDC is one of the things that just makes you feel great about being in the game industry. It means so much to me personally, and also professionally as a proud member of Team Xbox.

For the Xbox team, GDC is among the best times to highlight new games – and there are some awesome new titles coming this year to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC through ID@Xbox – and it’s also a great place to catch up with new developers and old friends, listen to their feedback about all corners of Xbox, and also share a few pieces of news we hope fans will enjoy.

We have a few major developments to announce at GDC that bring new opportunities for game creators and awesome updates for players – and here’s how.

Introducing the Xbox Live Creators Program

Xbox is kicking off things this year by announcing the Xbox Live Creators Program, which empowers anyone to rapidly publish Xbox Live-enabled games on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, in a totally open way. With the Creators Program, anyone can integrate Xbox Live sign-in, presence, and social features into their UWP games, then publish their game to Xbox One and Windows 10. This means their title can see exposure to every Xbox One owner across the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio this holiday, as well as hundreds of millions of Windows 10 PCs, and millions of folks using the Xbox app on mobile platforms.

The Creators Program offers a straightforward way for developers to address a huge audience across Windows and Xbox One, with minimal additional development time. An important element is that developers can continue using the tools they’re already using today to create UWP games. Game engines with “out of the box” support for UWP games include Construct 2, MonoGame, Unity, and Xenko. The program works with retail Xbox One consoles, so you won’t need a dev kit to get started. For developers who want access to more Xbox Live capabilities and to gain additional development and marketing support for their game, they can enroll in the ID@Xbox program – even after their game ships.

On Windows 10 PC, games from the Creators Program will be available in the Windows Store. Xbox One offers players a more curated store experience, so games from the Creators Program will appear in a new, distinct Creators games section in the Store. This gives the best of both worlds – the curated store experience console players know and expect, and the opportunities that a totally open store experience offers as well. I’m stoked to see what developers create and offer the Xbox community with the Xbox Live Creators Program!

Starting today, we encourage developers to download and start using the Xbox Live Creators SDK at, where they can learn all the details of the program. The Creators Program is currently in preview, so the program will pilot with a select group of developers initially. We will be opening store publishing submissions to all developers soon.


First Look at Xbox Game Pass

We’re continuing our commitment to give gamers more options to diversify and expand their library with games they love. Announced just yesterday, Xbox Game Pass is a new gaming subscription service that gives you unlimited access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games on Xbox One – all for $9.99 USD per month. With great games from top industry publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft Studios, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and you will always find something exciting to play across all genres.

One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make them part of your permanent library.

For developers and publishers alike, this is a new way to reach customers. Before the program rolls out to the broader community later this spring, we’ll be testing Xbox Game Pass with select members of the Xbox Insider Program with a very limited number of titles. If you’re in the Alpha ring of the Xbox Insider Program, you can expect to see the program on your dashboard labeled as Xbox Game Pass Alpha Preview (Test Catalog).


Developers Getting to Know Beam

Beam is awesome. It’s fast, low-latency, interactive game broadcasting and it’s changing the way people can play, watch, and participate. In a world where the amount of people watching game streams rivals the audience of many prime-time TV networks, Xbox is making it easier and quicker to stream than ever before. We’re making Beam a feature of Xbox One and Windows 10, meaning anyone can be a game broadcaster with no extra software required.

What’s more, on Beam interactivity is about more than just the audience being able to chat with game broadcasters. Streamers can set up interactive buttons that do a range of things such as trigger on screen effects, music, in-studio lighting or even impact what is happening in the game itself. Building on this, today we shared preliminary details of the Beam Interactivity 2.0 SDK with developers – coming in March, this SDK will make developing interactive streaming features much easier and enable a wide range of new design scenarios. More details about this SDK will be published on the Beam blog and detailed in the Beam-specific GDC talk tomorrow. We’re excited about the growing list of developers who are signing up to build their games to integrate Beam in cool new ways and look forward to sharing more in the future.


Next Up for Windows Game Mode

Another new PC gaming feature we’ve seen lots of excitement around is Windows Game Mode. Last year, we set out to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. With Game Mode, we’re taking a step forward to make the gaming experience on Windows even better. Game Mode aims to optimize your Windows 10 PC for an improvement in overall game performance, meaning increased framerates and increased consistency with some games. We’ve also added a new gaming section to your Windows System Settings, identified with an Xbox logo, to further improve your PC gaming experience. This is where you’ll find settings for Game Mode, Game bar, GameDVR and broadcasting as we begin to consolidate settings for gaming in this unified location where PC users are accustomed to accessing their settings. We’ll be sharing more on Game Mode and other Creators Update features in the weeks ahead.


ID@Xbox Bringing More Xbox Play Anywhere Titles

We introduced the Xbox Play Anywhere program at E3 last year, the simple idea of owning a game and it being available to play on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC – one game, one price, two platforms. Along with having access to a single game on both platforms, players can start playing on one platform and pick up where they left off on another, and their saves, game add-ons, and achievements all travel between their devices. Xbox Play Anywhere already supports 10 titles, and another 16 have been announced to be coming soon, including new ID@Xbox titles being announced or demoed at GDC this week such as Full Metal Furies, Ooblets, Snake Pass, and RUINER, with more are on the way.

Gaming for Everyone

At GDC 2017, we’re continuing our work to make sure games are fun for everyone, and to make sure underrepresented voices are heard, by once again sponsoring and hosting events for Women in Gaming, Blacks in Gaming, Latinos in Gaming, LGBTQ Gamers and Gaming Accessibility. 2017 will mark the 17th year for the Women in Gaming Luncheon, the 12th year for the Blacks in Gaming Green Room, the second year of the Latinos in Gaming networking event and the first year for the LGBTQ in Gaming networking event. Additionally, Xbox is a Gold-level sponsor of the IGDA Game Accessibility Conference as well as the sole sponsor for the new IGDA Foundation’s Next Gen Leader program focused on retaining diverse talent in the industry. As we did last year, the ID@Xbox team will be honoring some independent developers who are using their craft to build awareness about some very important issues at the Independent Game Festival awards tonight – we hope you’ll tune into the IGF stream to learn more!

It’s going to be another amazing year for Team Xbox, and there’s still a lot more to come. Even more amazing independent games will come through ID@Xbox, we’re working hard to bring Arena and professional- and player-created tournaments to Xbox Live, and tons of new social features are in the pipeline. At GDC 2017 our message is clear: more games, new developer opportunities, and big new features for console and PC gamers. We believe providing the best tools for developers results in creativity, and more creativity results in the best games and gaming experiences for players. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

It was a busy day preparing the Xbox booth for gamescom, one of the world’s biggest video game trade show events featuring over 800 exhibitors and 500,000 visitors from 50 different countries. I wanted to share some of the news and stories from today in this recap.

Earlier today, I teamed up with @AceyBongos to do a livestream of the Xbox booth. If you didn’t catch the stream you can watch it below:


The Xbox Wire posted a few stories related to gamescom and the titles that will be shown off in the Xbox booth. You can read them here:

Looking Back and Looking Forward at gamescom 2016

Thoughts from the Sea of Thieves PC Design Lead

Celebrating Three Years of ID@Xbox

Halo Wars 2 Comes to Europe: Thoughts from Creative Assembly

Gears of War 4 Showcased in Glorious 4K at gamescom

Forza Racing Championship Series Week 1 Results

If you’re attending gamescom and you want to try and get one of the 200 tickets to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016, you can find all of the details here. We’ll have more news stories, livestreams and other surprises over the next few days, so keep checking back here or follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss any of it.