As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, I am honored to share the work that team Xbox is doing in gaming accessibility. Accessibility options enable more people to play, and with an estimated over 400 million gamers with disabilities on the planet, we are committed to unlocking the potential for everyone to experience the joys and benefits of gaming. To achieve this, we focus on meeting the needs of our community in three areas:

  • Fostering a welcoming community through listening and support channels: We want to create a welcoming community where everyone can participate, feel included and play as they are. This includes providing the opportunity to give us feedback, have access to support and listen to a fellow community member.
  • Promoting Accessibility By Design: We believe that designing for the billions of people on this planet starts with designing for just one and extending to many, and
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Summary

  • Deluxe Edition content revealed for F1 2021.
  • F1 2021 Deluxe Edition includes three days of early access – start playing from July 13.
  • Iconic drivers will be available in My Team, plus more exclusive items for F1 2021 Deluxe Edition.

The illustrious history of F1 is full of icons from every decade and era, right through to today’s superstars, like Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, and Charles Leclerc. In F1 2021, the official video game of the Formula One World Championship from Codemasters and EA Sports, seven of those F1 icons will be yours to race alongside, with F1 2021 Deluxe Edition, along with plenty more exclusive content revealed today!

Iconic Drivers in F1 2021

Players of the Deluxe Edition, available to pre-order digitally right now, will receive the My Team Icons Pack, which includes seven iconic drivers across almost 40 years of F1 history. … Read the rest

Smite has teamed up with electronic music label Monstercat for a high-energy battle pass, now available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

The Monstercat Battle Pass features iconic electronic artists Slushii, Sullivan King, Noisestorm, and Koven and brings character skins, music themes, and more to the Smite universe.

Each Monstercat skin features music from the artist throughout the gameplay experience, replacing ability sounds with drum and bass, tropical house, and more.

The collaborative battle pass also unlocks four music themes, allowing players to completely replace Smite’s default soundtrack with Monstercat tracks including Slushii’s brand new song “Valhalla,” the gold-certified internet classic “Crab Rave” by Noisestorm, the romantic liquid drum and bass of Koven’s “Give You Up,” and the heavy-hitting grit of Sullivan King’s “Someone Else.”

Attention all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members: Get ready to rave with the Smite x Monstercat Starter Pass, free as an Xbox Game … Read the rest

Prepare for a battle between titans as the “Godzilla vs. Kong” collaboration begins at the start of the May update for World of Warships: Legends. The collaboration comes alongside new events, like revamped Ranked Battles and a campaign to earn a new French Battleship.

First and foremost is the legendary battle of monsters between Godzilla and Kong. Throughout the May update, you can get the unique commanders Godzilla and Kong with special effects and skills for your Japanese and American battleships, plus the exclusive premium ships Heat Ray and Primal to pair with them. Plus, the legendary titans tower over these ships in port, waiting to go into battle. Be sure to stock up on “Godzilla vs. Kong” camo and supplies before they’re gone!

World of Warships: Legends

Ranked battles are coming back with a new format that is sure to be interesting. As you progress through the ranks, it will become more … Read the rest

As the person responsible for the creative direction of Subnautica: Below Zero, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand what makes the highly esteemed original, Subnautica, tick. Below Zero has been built on top of a game that many know and love, but we’re not looking to play the same exact song each time. Below Zero must reflect the values that made Subnautica great, while also giving players something new and different.

Subnautica is many things to many people. If I had to describe it in a sentence, I might say it’s an open world, underwater, sci-fi, base building, survival-adventure game with a hint of primal terror. That doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue…

So, what’s different about Subnautica? What sets it apart from other survival games, and how do we approach design and development to make something special and unique?

For me, at its core, … Read the rest

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!


Celebrating 20 Years of Xbox
Do you remember where you were when you played your first Xbox game? It may be hard to believe, but this year will mark the 20th anniversary of Xbox. I’m proud to have been a… Read more

Free Play Days: NBA 2K21 and TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge 2
Show off your handles on the hardwood or your reflexes on the road, all in … Read the rest

Summary

  • Cosmic Top Secret game director Trine Laier turned her investigation on her parent’s work in the Intelligence into a unique video game.
  • Packaging tons of real stories and assets into a unique visual and gaming experience, the title won multiple awards and inspired the creation of a life-size event at the Cold War Museum of Denmark
  • Cosmic Top Secret is now available for pre-order on the Xbox Store for Xbox One with a 10% discount.

Making Cosmic Top Secret has been an amazing journey that all started with a pinch of curiosity. My dad was part of the Danish Intelligence during the Cold War and one day he accidentally told me that he worked on DASK, the first computer in Denmark. I got seriously intrigued, “What did he calculate on that machine?” But he refused to tell me, because of his lifetime confidentiality pledge. Rather dramatically, he said I … Read the rest

The magic of the Annis Hag may have been weakened, but the renewed battle within the Feywild continues with Neverwinter‘s Sharandar Episode 2: The Soul Keeper!

Following the defeat of Granny Necksnapper in Episode 1, the Illiyanbruen elves are focused on reinforcing their position in the Ruins of Malabog and seeking answers to the disturbing accounts coming from the Mended Grove (known previously as the Blighted Grove). In Episode 2, adventurers will once again assist the elves in uncovering information regarding the strange specters seen wandering among the trees of the grove; the bodies of these long departed Eladrin disrupting the rest of visitors and Illiyanbruen alike.

In this new installment of the Sharandar storyline, players are introduced to Mathilda Soulstealer, the Night Hag, when she boldly reveals herself during an attack. Retreating into the ethereal plane, the Night Hag will ultimately face daring adventurers in her own … Read the rest

Rogue Company Season Two starts now! Featuring an all new Battle Pass, new rogue, and more, this season of Rogue Company is shaping up to be our biggest yet – read on for all the exciting details about our Season Two update!

Rogue Company has always seemingly existed beyond the reach of the law – until now. All of that changes with the introduction of Mack, an unrelenting Justicar agent who will stop at nothing to bring those he’s charged with to justice. What happens when an elite vigilante force who considers itself above the law collides with a man who considers himself to be the very embodiment of the law? Find out in Rogue Company Season Two!

Mack’s main tools for law enforcement are Conviction and Objection – and we aren’t talking about courtroom maneuvering, we’re talking about his trusty guns, which can be used to lay down major … Read the rest

Summary

  • The cult classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors and its sequel make their long-awaited return in Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol!
  • Play Zombies Ate My Neighbors, where you appear in every demented horror flick ever.
  • Follow up with Ghoul Patrol, where you are terrorized in the Ghosts and Ghouls exhibit at the city library.

The cult classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors and its sequel make their long-awaited return in Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol! Play these classics from the golden age of 16-bit gaming with new enhancements and never before seen museum features.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Hey, where’s that scary music coming from? Yikes! It’s Zombies Ate My Neighbors, where you appear in every demented horror flick ever to make you hurl ju-jubes.

What are Zeke and Julie, our two wholesome teenage stars doing in a 16-bit game like this?! … Read the rest