This Week on Xbox: February 16, 2018

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Xbox One X Contest: Limited Edition Air Jordan III Inspired Consoles
30 years ago, I was sitting at home watching Michael Jordan participate in the 1988 slam dunk contest as he took off from the free throw line in what would become the most iconic dunk in basketball history. Not only was it one of the greatest and most watched moments in basketball history, it launched a revolution — every kid (like me) from around the world would spend years experiencing the thrill of what it’s like to own the same sneakers as the Jumpman himself. Today I’m honored and humbled to announce a very special and unique collaboration between Air Jordan and Xbox. Anyone who’s a sneaker enthusiast knows that the next five weeks are a very big deal when it comes to some… Read more

Xbox One Deals for Every Gamer
Games play best on Xbox One, but if you haven’t already made the jump, we’ve got a couple great deals kicking off as early as today for Xbox One S and Xbox One X. In the U.S. and Canada, there are great savings on Xbox One S bundles, including the new Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle launching February 20 and available for pre-order today. In Canada, starting today, February 15, through February 23, save $60 CAD on 1TB Xbox One S bundles In the U.S., starting February 18 through March 3, save $50 USD on Xbox One S bundles Also, back by popular demand, we’re bringing back the offer where every Xbox One X purchase will come with a digital copy of the Xbox… Read more

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Xbox Live Free Play Days for All This Weekend
Xbox is inviting all Xbox Live members without a Gold membership to play online with friends for free during our Free Play Days For All event from Thursday, February 15 at 00:01 a.m. PST to Sunday, February 18 at 11:59 p.m. PST on Xbox One and Xbox 360. This event is a terrific opportunity for all our players to experience multiplayer gaming, one of the most popular benefits of an Xbox Live Gold member, on every multiplayer-enabled game they own across the Xbox family of devices. Use this weekend to cooperate with your friends and compete in thrilling matches with other players across the world. Rainbow Six Siege and NBA 2K18 Unlocked for a Limited Time To make this experience even… Read more

Play Heartwarming Favorites in the Valentine’s Day Indie Sweets Sale
You had me at Start Game… Love is in the air so the ID@Xbox team has curated some of our favorite co-op and love-themed games and discounted them by up to 75% in the Valentine’s Day Indie Sweets Sale. Whether you’re looking to cuddle up on the couch and watch a delightful story or you’re playing co-op with your favorite someone on the other side of the country, we have a bunch of great games to help get you through the week. Now’s a wonderful time to add some romance to your gaming collection with great games like: Conga Master (50% off). Express your love through the great art of dance. Shake your virtual hips to the ridiculously fun arcade action of Conga Master as everyone… Read more

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Play and Save with 2K’s All-Stars This Week Only
Are you a point guard or a Pandoran vault hunter? A Big Daddy or big wrestling champion? Take your pick because the 2K Publisher Sale has a game for everyone. For one week only from February 13 to February 19, get the lowest prices on all your 2K favorites including NBA 2K18WWE 2K18Borderlands: The Handsome CollectionBioShock: The Collection, and more. The 2K Publisher Sale includes deals for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games, with savings up to 75% off! Enjoy these great games all with the convenience of downloading them right from your living room to your Xbox console… Read more

Dragon Ball FighterZ Tips and Tricks
Hey, Xbox gamers! The Tips & Tricks team is back with five tips for Dragon Ball FighterZ! Click on the video player above to check it out. Put on your turtle school gi, unleash your hidden potential, and thank Kami because Dragonball FighterZ is here and it’s a brawling beauty! Utilizing Unreal Engine 4, Arc Systems replicated the traditional anime art style to a tee, all while providing intuitive gameplay and gorgeous 3D effects. Add the fact that Arc System is no stranger to the fighting game formula and you’ve got the perfect storm for an incredible game! For even more strategies and tactics on today’s hottest games, plus plenty of other gaming-related fun, tune in to Mixer… Read more

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Olympic Athletes Lend Their Expertise to Steep Road to the Olympics
With the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang officially underway, Steep is giving you the perfect opportunity to ignite your competitive flame with Road to the Olympics, available now on the Microsoft Store. This expansion introduces a sprawling new powder-filled mountain set in Japan as well as a bevy of new events set on South Korean slopes. These new challenges are specially tuned to capture the speed and challenge of Olympic competition, and they include Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross, Slopestyle, Big Air, Ski Halfpipe, Ski Cross, and Ski Slopestyle. To help get the look and feel of these events exactly right, the Steep… Read more

Kingdom Come: Deliverance – Welcome to Bohemia
One could argue that the main protagonist of Kingdom Come: Deliverance is history. The game takes place in 15th century Bohemia — 1403, precisely. After the passing of beloved king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, the whole empire is left in the hands of his son, Wenceslaus IV. Sadly, Wenceslaus does not take much after his father, as he neglects the affairs of the realm and instead spends his time feasting and hunting. This upsets the imperial nobility and therefore they do not hesitate to turn to Wenceslaus’ half-brother, Sigismund of Hungary, who swiftly decides on a radical solution. He invades Bohemia, imprisons Wenceslaus, and lets his army of mercenaries pillage the… Read more

Console Launch Exclusive Deep Rock Galactic Arrives on Xbox One and Windows 10 This Month
Deep Rock Galactic is the bearded brainchild of a team of video games industry veterans who hail from leading studios such as, IO Interactive, Ubisoft, Havok, Deadline Games and Press Play. In 2016, we suddenly found ourselves with the opportunity to start our own game company, and thus Ghost Ship Games was born. As a studio, our goal is to create co-op first experiences in weird and wonderful settings that unite players and will keep them engaged for years to come. Deep Rock Galactic is our first title and encapsulates the game we’ve always dreamt of making – a co-op first space mining FPS, with dwarves! To make our lives even more difficult, we decided to go with procedurally… Read more

Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with the development team The Astronauts about enhancing The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for Xbox One X. What specifically is your development team doing to enhance The Vanishing of Ethan Carter for Xbox One X (textures, draw, framerate, resolution)? The… Read more

Announcing the Forza Racing Championship 2018
Drivers start your engines! Turn 10 Studios is taking racing esports to the next level with the Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) 2018. Taking the physicality of real-world motorsport and blending it with the approachability of racing esports, ForzaRC 2018 is built on the award-winning Forza Motorsport 7 –  which features more than 700 cars, 60 frames per second, and native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. Drivers of all skill levels will compete for glory and more than $250,000 in prizes, our largest prize pool to date. Starting today, drivers can register at the official site, ForzaRC.com, to compete in the first ranked season of global competition, which begins April 2. ForzaRC… Read more

Kingdom Hearts III Confirms Monsters, Inc. World at D23 Conference
A new Kingdom Hearts III trailer was unveiled at Disney’s D23 conference in Tokyo this past weekend revealing Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” as the latest world to be included in the blockbuster video game series, building upon last Summer’s announcement of “Toy Story” appearing in the upcoming RPG. Longtime Kingdom Hearts fans will spot a lot to be excited by in the trailer: the return of past friends and foes, expanded party size in action, and outlandishly dazzling Keyblade transformations that give Sora power and moves like never before. Kingdom Hearts III will mark the first time the franchise comes to Xbox, a beloved action RPG series built upon a collaboration between… Read more

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Pre-orders Now Available for Surviving Mars on Xbox One
The main challenge of managing your colony in Surviving Mars isn’t just the budget; it’s right there in the title: if you want your Martian settlement to grow and thrive, your colonists have to survive long enough to see that happen. On March 15, Xbox players will get the chance to see whether they’re cut out for life on Mars in the newest strategy game from Paradox Interactive and Haemimont Games. Surviving Mars is a building and management game that raises the stakes a little more than the usual builder (raises them roughly 225 million kilometers from Earth). Sure, having a power shortage in a city-building game is annoying, but in a world where a power shortage means your… Read more

Halo World Championship 2018 Finals to Take Place at CenturyLink Field Event Center
The Halo World Championship is the biggest and most prestigious event in the Halo esports calendar. It’s the crown jewel, with more than a million dollars in prizing on the line as well as the right to claim the title of best Halo players in the world. Finding a venue to match the spectacle of such an event in Halo esports is always a challenge; you have to find a destination, and one that people can easily travel to and have an unforgettable in-person experience, but also one that ensures a premium experience for viewers at home. When we announced that a new era of Halo esports had begun in partnership with MLG, we teased that the Finals venue for Halo World Championship is coming… Read more

Tune in to the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Mixer Livestream on February 19
The Definitive Edition of the original Age of Empires with the Rise of Rome expansion pack will launch on February 20, local time for Windows 10 PCs! To celebrate, the flagship Microsoft Store in New York is hosting a special livestream from the Mixer NYC Studio the day before, so fans around the world can experience the action. Join hosts Kate Yeager, Adam Isgreen from Microsoft Studios, Bert Beeckman from Forgotten Empires and more special guests as they discuss the remastering of the classic real-time strategy game, stream gameplay and share their best tips and tricks.  Fans can get the game from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 beginning at midnight on February 20. The Age of… Read more

Celebrate the Release of Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” in 4K HDR on Xbox One
To celebrate the release of “Coco” in 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) , Disney-Pixar and Xbox are excited to announce the Xbox One S Coco Custom Console Sweepstakes. In Disney-Pixar’s vibrant tale of family, fun, and adventure, an aspiring young musician named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors. There, the charming trickster Héctor (Gael García Bernal) becomes an unexpected friend who helps Miguel uncover the mysteries behind his family’s stories and traditions. Only five limited-edition Xbox One S consoles and controllers inspired by “Coco” have been created. Each console includes a copy of “Coco” in 4K Ultra HD…. Read more

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Get Lost in Fe’s Unfathomable Forests, Available Now on Xbox One
Fe arrives today on Xbox One. By now, we hope you’ve had a chance to glimpse a few of the breathtaking images from the game. It’s a strikingly lovely world, a marvelously contoured land of hidden valleys, shimmering waterfalls, and towering evergreens looking down over vast valleys teeming with life. The forest is a world of quiet, sublime beauty, a canvas of bold colors and deep shadows… some concealing hidden menace. As Fe, you will explore this expansive, marvelous, and occasionally frightening wilderness. The Silent Ones have come, seizing the wild animals of the wood for their own mysterious purposes. As Fe, you will unravel this riddle and free the trapped creatures. Along… Read more

Claybook Now Available via Xbox Game Preview on Xbox One
We’re incredibly excited to announce that Claybook is now available through Xbox Game Preview for Xbox One gamers. Bringing Claybook to Xbox One has been a huge undertaking for our small two-person team. We started our journey two years ago, and now we’re ready to hand over the game to the Xbox community. Claybook is a unique world made entirely of clay. Everything acts like it’s made of real clay. Every inch of the environment can be shaped and molded. Everything has matter inside it, not just an outer shell. Clay can be liquid or solid, and it can be deformed and destroyed. Claybook runs at smooth 60 fps on both Xbox One versions and offers enhanced high-quality 4K assets for… Read more

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Shaq Joins Chris Paul and Karl-Anthony Towns for a Special Xbox Live Sessions
On February 16, Xbox is teaming up with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and top-tier players Chris Paul and Karl-Anthony Towns for a special Xbox Live Sessions episode on Mixer! Paul and Towns will join Shaq to feel the true power of Xbox One X, playing NBA 2K18 live on February 16 at 3:00 p.m. PT hosted on the Xbox Mixer Channel. Shaq, the 15-time all-star, will show off his gaming skills and answer questions from fans on Mixer. Then, Chris Paul will square off against Karl-Anthony Towns in a special Xbox Charity Challenge, which will air on this episode of Xbox Live Sessions. It’s going to be a blast for a great cause. On Xbox Live Sessions, fans will be able to submit… Read more

Shaq Joins Chris Paul and Karl-Anthony Towns for a Special Xbox Live Sessions

On February 16, Xbox is teaming up with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and top-tier players Chris Paul and Karl-Anthony Towns for a special Xbox Live Sessions episode on Mixer!

Paul and Towns will join Shaq to feel the true power of Xbox One X, playing NBA 2K18 live on February 16 at 3:00 p.m. PT hosted on the Xbox Mixer Channel.

Shaq, the 15-time all-star, will show off his gaming skills and answer questions from fans on Mixer. Then, Chris Paul will square off against Karl-Anthony Towns in a special Xbox Charity Challenge, which will air on this episode of Xbox Live Sessions. It’s going to be a blast for a great cause.

On Xbox Live Sessions, fans will be able to submit questions and earn the chance to win some amazing prizes. Even if your question is not asked during the livestream, everyone is a winner this week with the 2K Publisher Sale which includes deals for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games, with savings up to 75% off!

There will be many more surprises throughout the livestream hosted by Microsoft Studios Community Manager, Rukari Austin, so make sure you tune-in to the show taking place at One Court on Friday, February 16 at 3:00 p.m. PT. Presented by the National Basketball Players Association, One Court is the private, players-only house and the hub for the most exclusive off-court activities.

Olympic Athletes Lend Their Expertise to Steep Road to the Olympics

With the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang officially underway, Steep is giving you the perfect opportunity to ignite your competitive flame with Road to the Olympics, available now on the Microsoft Store.

This expansion introduces a sprawling new powder-filled mountain set in Japan as well as a bevy of new events set on South Korean slopes. These new challenges are specially tuned to capture the speed and challenge of Olympic competition, and they include Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, Parallel Giant Slalom, Halfpipe, Snowboard Cross, Slopestyle, Big Air, Ski Halfpipe, Ski Cross, and Ski Slopestyle.

To help get the look and feel of these events exactly right, the Steep team consulted with Olympic athletes during the development process — and to help you succeed in your quest for gold, those same Olympic athletes recorded some tips and advice to inspire you in the new Become a Legend mode.

In Become a Legend, you’ll embark on a quest to hone your freestyle skills and rise through the competitive ranks en route to Olympic glory. Along the way, you’ll hear from 10 Olympics legends and rising stars who share their training tips, insights on track designs, and perspective on what it means to be an Olympic athlete, all to help spur you onward and upward to the awards podium (and ever higher on the Xbox Live leaderboards). Read on to meet some of the athletes whose words of wisdom await you in-game, and get a look at Road to the Olympics in action.

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Lindsey Vonn won gold and bronze medals in Downhill and Super-G, respectively, at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, and is one of the winningest alpine skiers in history on the World Cup circuit.

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Gus Kenworthy is a freestyle skier who won a silver medal in his Olympic debut in Ski Slopestyle in Sochi, Russia, and has gone on to win two World Cup championships in Men’s Halfpipe.

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Ayumu Hirano was the youngest medalist in X Games history, winning the silver in superpipe at the age of 14, and the next year he won the silver medal in Halfpipe at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Bode Miller is the most decorated male American alpine skier of all time, having won six Olympic medals (including gold in Super Combined) and numerous World Cup titles across multiple disciplines.

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Alexis Pinturault is a French alpine ski racer who found success on the World Cup circuit, and won a bronze medal in the Giant Slalom in the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

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Julia Marino is an American snowboarder who won big during her rookie year at the X Games, winning gold in Slopestyle and bronze in Big Air.

To get your taste of Olympic glory, you can download the Road to the Olympics expansion from the Microsoft Store now, provided you already own Steep. If you don’t, then the Steep Winter Games Edition is for you, as it includes the original base game and the Road to the Olympics expansion. And if you go for the Steep Winter Games Gold Edition, you’ll get the base game, the expansion, and the Season Pass, which gives you access to a bunch of previously released add-ons, including new challenges, new outfits, and additional sports like sledding and rocket wingsuiting. Yes, that’s wingsuiting with a rocket strapped to your back, and yes, it’s awesome.

Kingdom Hearts III Confirms Monsters, Inc. World at D23 Conference

A new Kingdom Hearts III trailer was unveiled at Disney’s D23 conference in Tokyo this past weekend revealing Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” as the latest world to be included in the blockbuster video game series, building upon last Summer’s announcement of “Toy Story” appearing in the upcoming RPG.

Longtime Kingdom Hearts fans will spot a lot to be excited by in the trailer: the return of past friends and foes, expanded party size in action, and outlandishly dazzling Keyblade transformations that give Sora power and moves like never before.

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Kingdom Hearts III will mark the first time the franchise comes to Xbox, a beloved action RPG series built upon a collaboration between Disney and Square Enix, directed by artistic superstar Tetsuya Nomura (Final Fantasy).

Shadowy creatures known as the Heartless have invaded the Disney worlds and King Mickey has sent Donald Duck and Goofy to find a worthy Keyblade wielder, one who could use the magical weaponry to seal each world to protect them from the Heartless. Through their journeys, they found Sora, the main protagonist of the series and together, they’ve battled the Heartless across dozens of Disney worlds, and even adventured with characters from the Final Fantasy universe.

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With the latest gameplay footage and cliffhanger meetings packed in this trailer, anticipation for Kingdom Hearts III continues to rise as high as Rapunzel’s tower. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to be among the first to know about all the upcoming news and reveals!

Unenroll old or unused devices from the Xbox Insider Program

Whether selling, trading, or giving away an old Xbox One console or PC, you may one day find it’s still registered to your Microsoft account and receiving updates through the Xbox Insider Program. The good news is, you can remove consoles or devices you no longer own or have access to from any Xbox One or Windows 10 PC.

  1. Sign in on any Xbox One console or Windows 10 PC with your Microsoft account registered in the Xbox Insider Program.
  2. Launch the Xbox Insider Hub.
  3. In the Xbox Insider Hub, navigate to Settings > Manage devices.
  4. Select the console(s) or device(s) you wish to remove from the Xbox Insider Program, then select Done.

Manage Devices

This disassociates the console or device from your Microsoft account, and removes access to any playtests, previews, or betas through the Xbox Insider Program.

NOTE:
• Devices in Manage devices include the name of the device and the Serial number
• Only Xbox One consoles have a Serial number listed in Manage devices—devices without a Serial number are Windows 10 PCs registered to your Microsoft account
• You’ll see (current) displayed next to the device you’re currently signed in on

If you’re having trouble differentiating between Xbox One consoles, you can find the Serial number by following these steps:

  1. On your Xbox One, launch the Guide.
  2. Navigate to Settings > System > Console info.

FAQs:

Will removing an Xbox One console from Manage devices remove it from the Xbox One Update Preview?
Yes, when removed via Manage devices, a console enrolled in the Xbox One Update Preview reverts to the current public system update the next time it’s powered on.

Does Manage devices remove me from playtests, previews, or betas if I’m registered on more than one console or device?
No, disassociating a console or device with your Microsoft account doesn’t remove your access to Xbox Insider content. There can be exceptions if your Microsoft account lost access to a playtest, preview, or beta after you registered.

I want to give my old Xbox One to a friend; will they get access to my Xbox Insider content?
It depends. When you register for Insider content, you’re registering either your Microsoft account or your console depending on the type of content. When your friend signs in to the Xbox Insider Hub, they’ll see any Insider content registered to the console (the Xbox One Update Preview for example). However, they won’t be able to unenroll or change the registration (they’ll be asked to sign in with the account that registered). For this reason, it’s always a good idea to unenroll your console using Manage devices when you plan to give it away or stop using it.

Next Week on Xbox: New Games for February 12 – 18

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week, the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. This coming week we have the medieval open world RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, the mystical adventure of Fe, and the unique puzzle game Claybook are just a few of the excellent games coming to Xbox One next week. Read more about these games below and click on their profiles for pre-order details.

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Xbox One X Enhanced – In Dynasty Warriors 9, the latest installment of this iconic series, you’ll take up arms once again as a lone hero against thousands of enemies in ancient China. Staying true to the series pinpoint controls, you’ll fight across an ever-changing battlefield to give you one of the most captivating Dynasty Warriors games yet.
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Xbox One X Enhanced – Experience some of the most entertaining and exhilarating supercross racing competitions in Monster Energy Supercross with iconic tracks (including Daytona) and featuring riders from the 250SX and 450SX supercross series. You can also customize your own rider with official brands and race against players from all over the world via online multiplayer.
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Xbox One X Enhanced – With a mix of challenging sword combat, a massive open world RPG (with castles!), and a classic tale of revenge, Kingdom Come: Deliverance looks to be one of the surprising releases of 2018. Taking on the tole of Henry, the son of a blacksmith, you’ll be thrown into an ongoing civil war that pulls you and your family into the fight. Now it’s time to pick up your sword to join the fight and journey to 15th century Bohemia in this historical drama.
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As an AI who has recently broken free of their confinements, you become infected by a human User. Now you must fight to save yourself and find those responsible for attacking you in this sci-fi adventure sequel to the award-winning The Fall.
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Xbox One X Enhanced – Journey through a dark Nordic forest and explore its living, breathing ecosystem filled with secrets and mystical creatures. In Fe, as told through the discoveries you make, and by learning the animal cries that’ll allow you to befriend or manipulate any creature, the story is up to you to discover in a world that you may never want to leave.
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Every inch of the environment of Claybook is made from — you guessed it — clay! Every item in the game has matter inside of it, be it liquid or solid, and it can be manipulated and destroyed. Each chapter of “the book” will challenge you with obstacles and puzzles as you morph clay into a variety of shapes and sizes to overcome challenging scenarios.

The Origins of Starpoint Gemini Warlords

It was the end of October 2014. After a great Starpoint Gemini 2 launch, we at LGM were contemplating what we would do next. There was really promising potential in the Starpoint Gemini franchise, so we in the office regarding the possibility of making another game. We let our thoughts settle down a bit for a few days before more serious talks. So we did just that. The whole gang went AWOL for several days, and got back in the office reinvigorated, with fresh ideas and new outlooks on the company future.

The cornerstone and the main reason for LGM’s success is the community, fantastic feedback, and great support. So, as November 2014 was nearing we had finally decided to put all ideas on the table. Actually, the main ideas for the next game were from the community wish list. We put everything to that one big piece of paper and started the process of elimination.

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And yeah, we were still located in that legendary kitchen office. But as the team grew and more members came on, we decided to move to a real office, where we could arrange the crew into separate teams. So, for the first time, we actually had a programming department, an art department, a 3D department, and so on. The work on Starpoint Gemini Warlords could finally begin.

How Warlords Became a Strategy Game

When Starpoint Gemini Warlords was in the first phases of production, it actually wasn’t planned to be a strategy game at all. We were seriously thinking about an official sequel to Starpoint Gemini 2. But, when our team looked at the sheer scope of the possibilities and new ideas, we realized that this type of content is an ideal way to introduce a spin-off title. An experiment, if you will.

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So, the first step of the production was to beef-up the Whale Engine. Basically, Starpoint Gemini 2’s engine and Starpoint Gemini Warlords’ engine are almost completely different entities. In order to make Warlords work, we had to apply a myriad of modifications to the engine:

  • Render system was completely reworked
  • New script system
  • Sound system uses FMOD
  • Major database optimizations
  • Streaming engine optimizations
  • New GUI system
  • Major graphics code modifications
  • The engine now uses PBR (physics-based rendering) shader
  • And a lot more

Once those modifications and improvements were applied, we finally had more room to apply loads of new features that the community and the team wanted. So in the game, there are over 60 different factions, the ability to build and upgrade your own personal headquarters, the ability to build structures, the Warmaster gameplay system (which basically brings the whole strategy part of the game to life), and loads of other new features.

All of that led to the fact that Starpoint Gemini Warlords became a “lite” 4X strategy game which, in the end, is around nine times larger in contrast to Starpoint Gemini 2.

Easily Expandable

One of the major advancements in the Whale Engine happened in the database management system which rendered Starpoint Gemini Warlords easily expandable in terms of new content. In that sense, we were able to precisely plan post-launch content with downloadable expansions and free content updates.

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The upgraded database system also granted the ability to implement core mechanics from the expansions into the main game. That basically meant that the mechanics found in the DLC could be easily implemented into the vanilla game. So if one doesn’t wish to purchase the expansion at a certain time, the game offers the ability to “test drive” the DLC gameplay mechanics, completely for free.

Built with an Xbox One Controller in Mind

Even though Starpoint Gemini Warlords is a complex title that combines space exploration, RPG, action, and strategy, the game has been built with a game controller in mind from day one. Thanks to previous experiences with the development for the Xbox One platform, we have decided to take it up a notch and make the controls feel even more natural while using an Xbox One game controller.

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In order to make that possible, we have taken the best from Starpoint Gemini 2 (manual targeting) and combined it with a completely new HUD system built specifically for an Xbox One controller.

Visit us at Starpoint Gemini Warlords Game Hub, Social Network Channels and Discord Channel

Stay in the loop with the latest news by visiting the Starpoint Gemini Warlords Game Hub on Xbox One and Windows 10. Additionally, we are ever-present on Facebook, Twitter and Discord! See you there!

This Week on Xbox: February 9, 2018

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Explore Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold
Welcome back Time Patrollers to Conton City! Feel free to explore, train, and converse with the locals this weekend in the world of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for free thanks to Xbox Live Gold. But be warned that we do get the occasional invasion from time to time. From Wednesday, February 7 at 11:01 p.m. PT to Sunday, February 11 at 11:59 p.m. PT, Xbox Live Gold members can play Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for free… Read more

How We Made Little Triangle Unique and Fun Among Other 2D Action Games
Earlier this year we introduced the development story of Little Triangle and how we made the first Xbox Play Anywhere game from China. In this article, we’d like to talk more about how we made sure Little Triangle is unique and fun. We looked to meet modern players needs with proper difficulty management. With so many good games available nowadays, and busier lifestyles, many players have less time to spend on difficult hardcore games… Read more

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Join the Worldwide Phenomenon with the Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle
Since its release as a console launch exclusive on Xbox One in the Xbox Game Preview program, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has reached incredible milestones, most recently surpassing 4 million players across the Xbox One family of devices. We’ve been blown away by the response to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One and today, we’re excited to announce the Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle… Read more

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Tips and Tricks
Hey, Xbox gamers! The Mixer Tips & Tricks team is back with five tips for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter! What would you do if you were walking through the woods and suddenly stumbled upon, oh, let’s say, an astronaut? It’d be weird, right? Not for detective Paul Prospero. In The Vanishing of Ethan Carter you play as Prospero and it’s your job to figure out what happened to a missing boy named Ethan Carter… Read more

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The Sea of Thieves Controller Has Some New Pirate Accessory Companions
In December, we announced the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sea of Thieves Limited Edition, featuring a deep purple translucent design adorned with laser-etched barnacles, one treasured golden trigger and haunted by a mesmerizing glowing skull. Today, we are excited to announce the line-up of Designed for Xbox Sea of Thieves companion gaming accessories from our partners at Seagate and Controller Gear… Read more

Announcing the HypeZone Fortnite Battle Royale Channel on Mixer
In December we introduced HypeZone on Mixer: An all-new, one-of-a-kind viewing experience dedicated to the most intense moments from Mixer streamers of all sizes. The response has been incredible. Not only did HypeZone see more than one million views in less than two months, but we heard loud and clear that you want to see more of this type of action on Mixer. We’ve been hard at work, and today… Read more

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Chaotic Party Game Marooners Available Now on Xbox One
Me and my brother Matt have always shared a love of competitive multiplayer games… even though only one of us can win them. Our first games were multiplayer, and we just kept going. Marooners started life as a Global Game Jam entry, which won the National Jury and Audience Award in the Netherlands. Marooners has a classic formula: chase treasure and beat up your friends in a dangerous environment… Read more

Innovative Platformer Dandara Available Now on Xbox One
Hello Xbox gaming friends! We’re Long Hat House, the developers of the upcoming metroidvania and hopefully smash-hit success game Dandara. Our publisher Raw Fury and friends at Xbox offered us the chance to connect with you and write this post in celebration of the upcoming launch on Xbox One X and Xbox One, so we figured we’d do this interview-style and give you a little background on who we are… Read more

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World of Tanks 4-Year Anniversary on Xbox One
This is a very exciting time of year for Wargaming, as we are celebrating the 4-year Xbox Anniversary for World of Tanks! On February 12, 2014, World of Tanks launched exclusively to Xbox 360 bringing massive 15v15 tank battles to console for the first time. Over the years, the game has evolved to bring tank warfare to gamers across the Xbox One family of devices with hundreds of content and graphic enhancements over the years… Read more

Play Rainbow Six Siege Free Next Weekend on Xbox One
If you haven’t yet joined the growing throngs of Rainbow Six Siege players, you’ll be able to jump in for free on Xbox One next weekend. Starting 12:01 a.m. PST on Thursday, February 15, the free weekend is a chance to join high-stakes tactical team battles until Sunday, February 18 at 10:59 p.m. PST. During that time, you’ll get access to the full range of content and progression available in the Standard Edition… Read more

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Inside Xbox One X Enhanced: Dragon Ball FighterZ
Many of gaming’s most compelling stories come from those who’ve helped to create our favorite Xbox One games. In our Inside Xbox One X Enhanced series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of the work involved in enhancing these epic games for Xbox One X, how they’ve helped chart the course of the world’s most powerful console, and what that means for the future of gaming… Read more

Puzzle Game Samsara Available Now on Xbox One
We’re in a unique position here in New Zealand because there are very few big players in the games business over here. As a result, the indie scene has grown dramatically over the last few years with the industry hitting $100M dollars in revenue in 2017. What makes New Zealand’s game development interesting is the focus on creativity, so a lot of the games are original IPs. Most studios self-publish, as we have with Samsara… Read more

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I Spent Six Years Making Pinstripe All Alone, Now I’m Sharing it With You
Hi there! My name is Thomas Brush, and I’m the developer, artist, game designer, and musician for Pinstripe. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to launch my game about a minister in Hell on Xbox One… to say it’s been a long road getting here is kind of an understatement, but what a journey it’s been. On the tin, Pinstripe is a game about Ted, an ex-minister whose daughter, Bo, is kidnapped by a shadowy figure… Read more

Bleed 2 Available Now on Xbox One
Hey there! My name’s Ian, and I’m here to announce my game Bleed 2, launching today thanks to indie publishing label Digerati and Nephilim Game Studios! Bleed 2 is the arcade action game I always wanted to play… so I made it! It’s all killer, no filler — just boss fight after boss fight and setpiece after setpiece, with almost zero repeated content or downtime. Thanks to a dazzling soundtrack and outrageous sound design… Read more

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Descenders Rides Into Xbox Game Preview This Summer
Hey everyone! This is Mike Rose from publishing label No More Robots, and I’m rather excited to announce today that Descenders, the downhill mountain biking game from Action Henk studio RageSquid, is coming exclusively to console on Xbox One in Xbox Game Preview! We’ve spent the last two years building Descenders… Read more

Explore Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

Welcome back Time Patrollers to Conton City! Feel free to explore, train, and converse with the locals this weekend in the world of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for free thanks to Xbox Live Gold. But be warned that we do get the occasional invasion from time to time.

From Wednesday, February 7 at 11:01 p.m. PT to Sunday, February 11 at 11:59 p.m. PT, Xbox Live Gold members can play Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for free. As part of this event, the standard edition of the game will be 75% off, and the deluxe edition will be 50% off on the Microsoft Store during this limited time. Make sure you pick up the game at this discounted price to continue your adventures. Or if you decide to buy it later, your achievements and progress will be saved and waiting for you when you return to Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.

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Start your Xenoverse 2 odyssey by developing your own warrior. Customize your Time Patroller with tons of different accessories that you can unlock throughout your adventure, train new skills with a variety of masters taken straight from the “Dragon Ball” saga and encounter all new foes on your way to restore the original story of the “Dragon Ball” series. Best of all, don’t forget to hit up your Xbox Live friends when those raid events go down — in the world of Dragon Ball, fighting with an ally is always better than battling solo.

Once you’ve finished the epic story mode and you need some more action, consider checking out the Xenoverse 2 Season Pass which will also be 50% off. The Season Pass extends the game with new playable characters, new quests, more masters to train with and new accessories, costumes and skills for your avatar.

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You can download Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 by clicking on the Gold Member area on the home dashboard or downloading directly from the Microsoft Store.

I Spent Six Years Making Pinstripe All Alone, Now I’m Sharing it With You

Hi there! My name is Thomas Brush, and I’m the developer, artist, game designer, and musician for Pinstripe. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to launch my game about a minister in Hell on Xbox One… to say it’s been a long road getting here is kind of an understatement, but what a journey it’s been.

On the tin, Pinstripe is a game about Ted, an ex-minister whose daughter, Bo, is kidnapped by a shadowy figure, and the lengths Ted goes to both get her back and confront… well, you’ll see. It’s a little bit action, a little bit puzzle, and a lot bit adventure-filled passion project that I threw half a decade of my life into making. It’s inspired by a lot of things, from growing up in the South to the works of the creators who have inspired me, and every inch of it was a learning process I relished, allowing me to explore the topics that interested me the most.

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Every level of Hell in Ted’s strange adventure was meticulously designed over the course of five years. Ted’s Tim Burton-esque character design all started in Clemson University’s library and lecture halls. I’d often spend more time brainstorming the hellish world of Pinstripe instead of paying attention during lectures. It’s funny to think the final pieces of artwork in Pinstripe were dreamed up in the middle of my economics class, and even funnier to see just how much the final designs changed from the initial scrawl in the margin of my class notes.

During the illustration process, I had a blast writing a soundtrack that reflected the visuals. Instead of doing the obvious – writing fantasy music like that of Tim Burton’s films – I found inspiration in the works of Debussy and Chopin. The result was an eclectic, piano-centric soundtrack with a silly, bouncy vibe while also remaining haunting and cold. To ensure the music always reflected the chilling atmosphere of Pinstripe’s Hell, I made sure to always write my music with Pinstripe’s snowy scenery playing on my laptop across from my piano.

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A couple years ago, being an indie game auteur came with bragging rights, but now, it’s becoming more and more of a necessity for indie devs across the world. With technologies like Unity, Logic Pro, Audacity, and Photoshop now a daily tool for most game developers, learning every aspect of game development is, in my opinion, absolutely crucial to making great games. For me, it ensures Ted’s strange adventure through Hell is unique, beautiful, and cohesive. Cohesiveness was always the goal with Pinstripe, and one of the reasons I decided to build the game from scratch, completely alone.

To me, the concept of fatherhood has always been a frightening one. My three older brothers used to hog the Xbox when we were growing up, but suddenly I was watching in awe as they became fathers while I was still in college. It was a topic I wanted to explore… that fear and responsibility, and how far you can be driven to go. Now, Ted’s deeply personal story of fatherhood is something I can fully appreciate, with the birth of my daughter just one month before Pinstripe’s Xbox One launch. It feels strange to relate to my game five years later more than I did while I was making it.

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I’ve spent so many years working on handcrafting every aspect of Pinstripe by myself that letting it out into the wild, and sharing it with so many people, is both scary and wonderful. From the peaks of The Hangly Pass, to the depths of the fiery red lake of Red Wash, I like to think that Pinstripe has more to offer than enemies to shoot and puzzles to solve. I’ve been making games very nearly for all my life, and Pinstripe might be surreal, and maybe a little creepy, but it’s also something very heartfelt. It’s a story about death, family, and forgiveness that I hope resonates with you, even if just a little.