This Week on Xbox: February 19, 2021


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. Come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!


Immerse Yourself in the Future of Gaming Audio with the Xbox Wireless Headset
When we were designing Xbox Series X|S, we wanted to ensure that games feel true-to-life, load incredibly fast, and sound as if you were dropped in the middle of the action. We embraced spatial sound processing by including custom audio hardware to offload audio processing from the CPU, dramatically improving… Read more

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season Two Begin February 25
It’s shaping up to be a great year for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War introduces its content-rich Season Two, featuring four new maps, six free-to-acquire weapons, new Warzone points of interest, and best of all, the new Zombies experience, Outbreak. Here’s some of the content… Read more

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Making Backward Compatible Games Even Better with FPS Boost
When we were designing Xbox Series X|S, we knew we wanted to continue our commitment to compatibility we started back in 2015, enabling gamers to play their favorite titles from past generations on the new consoles. Nearly all titles benefit from next generation features like faster loading times and the ability to… Read more

Kill It With Fire Now Available for Pre-Order
Do you hate spiders? Would you be willing to destroy your immediate surroundings to live in a world with one less spider? Are you familiar with atomic weapons? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I have great news: Kill It With Fire launches March 4 on Xbox One. Savvy exterminators can burn 20% off the price… Read more

Second Extinction

Second Extinction Coming to Xbox Game Preview Spring 2021
Hello all! A lot has happened since our lead producer, Brynley, last spoke to you back in May 2020, when we had just revealed our Dino-guts stuffed shooter, Second Extinction, during the Xbox Series X First Look event. An event that saw us all at Systemic Reaction virtually huddled around our home-bound workstations… Read more

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Available Now
Hi everyone, Melos Han-Tani from Analgesic Productions here with some exciting news for the Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Xbox community — Anodyne 2 launches today for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on the Xbox Store! Anodyne 2 is a deeply personal 2D and 3D adventure filled with whimsical mystery… Read more

Ghostrunner

Ghostrunner Demo Available Now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
Try the first two levels of one of the best action games of 2020, but are you ready for the challenge? The Ghostrunner demo comes packed with over 30 minutes of intense cyber ninja action. Hone your killer instincts because this one hit one death cyberpunk masterpiece will have some incredible updates coming in 2021… Read more

Free Play Days – Fuser and Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr
Control the mix in your own virtual music festival and uncover the secrets of a fortress-monastery all in this weekend’s Free Play Days. Fuser and Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr are available for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, February 18 at 12:01 a.m. PSTRead more

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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is Stumbling Onto Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One This Summer
So, big news: I’m super-delighted to share that Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is officially coming to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One this Summer! Our whole team cannot wait to welcome Xbox players to the Blunderdome for all sorts of bean-based mayhem — it’s certainly been a while coming, but we’re here and couldn’t be happier… Read more

Welcome to Knockout City
Welcome to Knockout City, the dodgeballiest of multiplayer games, coming your way on May 21 to Xbox Series X|S (through backwards compatibility with enhancements), Xbox One, and PC. Knockout City is full of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed brawlers like yourself, ready to bean opponents with balls in a friendly (well, mostly friendly)… Read more

Stubbs the Zombie

Stubbs the Zombie Makes His Triumphant Return to Xbox This Spring
Stubbs here. That’s right, baby. I’m back and better than ever. Well, I’m actually exactly the same as I was back in 2005. I was already pretty great though, so there’s that. I’m here today to get you in on the ground floor of an exciting opportunity: Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse, an Xbox classic, is coming soon… Read more

No Man’s Sky: Companions Update Available Now
Our little Hello Games team had a big year in 2020, releasing six huge, free updates for No Man’s Sky. We are even more excited for what 2021 has in store! Today, we’re very pleased to release our first major update of 2021: Companions. Ever since travelers encountered their first creatures on their first planet in No Man’s SkyRead more

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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Dirt 5, Killer Queen Black, Wreckfest, and More
The team here at Xbox game pass is proud to present… video games! We’ve got new Perks, more games, and even more games you can touch. Coming soon to a download or streaming queue near you! So pick your quests, (turn in the one’s you’ve already done), and let’s get to the games… Read more

Save up to 60% in the EA Sale on the Xbox Store
The time has come, Xbox fans! FIFA 21Madden NFL 21Apex LegendsThe Sims 4, and many more Electronic Arts games are on sale as part of the Electronic Arts Sale on the Xbox Store for a limited time! Combine speed, skill, and savings up to 60% on EA’s top games! Here’s a couple of highlights to look for… Read more

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The Future of Game Accessibility on Xbox
Passion for game accessibility has grown exponentially among developers and gamers alike in the past decade. According to the ESA Foundation, there are nearly 46 million gamers with disabilities in the U.S. alone, so we’re heartened to see that game developers are actively seeking out resources that guide inclusive game design… Read more

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update 3: UK & Ireland Now Available for Free
In September, we shared our vision for continuously improving Microsoft Flight Simulator by bringing meaningful updates to the simulator on a monthly basis. Today, we are releasing World Update 3 and are thrilled to provide simmers a dazzling flight experience throughout the United Kingdom & Ireland… Read more 

The Blizzard Arcade Collection

Fire up the Time Machine: The Blizzard Arcade Collection Arrives Today
In celebration of Blizzard Entertainment’s 30th anniversary, we’ve recharged three of the very first games we ever developed — bringing forward all the history, hard work, and love that went into making them — and added a few extras. So, fire up the time machine and dive into the Blizzard Arcade Collection, available today on the Xbox Store… Read more

Next Week on Xbox: February 23 to 26
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! Here we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC as well as upcoming Xbox Game Pass and soon-to-be released ID@Xbox titles! Get more details on the games below and click their profiles for pre-order details when available (release dates are… Read more





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