Later this year, Age of Empires IV will usher in the latest chapter of this long running and acclaimed RTS franchise, sending us back to the age of castles, kings, and empires. As part of the Age of Empires: Fan Preview event (check out the full recap here), we had a chance to sit down with Relic Entertainment’s Game Director Quinn Duffy and Narrative Lead Philippe Boulle as well as World’s Edge Director of Customer Voice Emma Bridle to talk more about the upcoming strategy game, its unique blend of history and gameplay, and how its passionate community has kept the series alive for over two decades.


Xbox Wire: Relic Entertainment has a strong pedigree of creating excellent strategy games (Company of Heroes, etc.). What experiences are you drawing from in developing those games that you’re bringing to Age of Empires IV? Is there a Read the rest

One of the biggest benefits of all that power in the hardware is giving developers the ability to make games that are Xbox Series X|S Optimized. This means that they’ve taken full advantage of the unique capabilities of Xbox Series X|S, both for new titles built natively using the Xbox Series X|S development environment as well as previously released titles that have been rebuilt specifically for the console. In our Inside Xbox Series X Optimized series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of how they’re optimizing their titles for Xbox Series X|S and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Senior Producer at Rebellion Steve Archer about optimizing Zombie Army 4: Dead War for Xbox Series X|S.


Xbox Wire: “What excites you most about developing and bringing Zombie Army 4: Dead War to life on next-generation hardware?”

Steve Archer: Being able to … Read the rest

In Unto The End you’re the intruder, not a hero trying to save the day. You can’t level up, switch classes, or find a magic sword. Survival is all about you. How you make it home, the opportunities you create, and the kind of challenges you face, all depends on your choices. Those choices (over a hundred of them) impact the items you get, supplies you gather, who you fight, and ultimately, the home you come back to.

When Unto launched in December, you could make it past many encounters without bloodshed. The new ‘Passive Run’ update, which is out now, allows you to get home without fighting or killing anything. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Nor is it an options setting allowing you to turn off fights. Rather, it’s a different kind of challenge, one defined by the decisions you make each step of the way.

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Summary

  • Luckslinger is a hip hop infused spaghetti western action platformer where luck affects the world around you.
  • Play as the nameless bounty hunter and help the town of Clovercreek with their bandit problem.
  • Luckslinger is now available for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

Luckslinger is a challenging action platformer with a luck mechanic and a hip hop soundtrack. The gameplay is challenging, making you savor every health point you have. It’s all about keeping your head cool in hot situations. And looking stylish while doing so.

I’m Donald, the game designer of Luckslinger. Our studio consists of a team of 3. After creating several smaller games we knew we wanted to create something bigger. A full game instead of small demo type games. So we came together and went through the game idea notes we had, looking for something we liked.

This is where the line “a … Read the rest

18 years ago, video game producer Hisashi Koinuma began work on the first game in the Samurai Warriors series. Little did he know at the time that his game would become one of the cornerstones of the Koei Tecmo catalog, and in 2021, he’d not only still be working on the franchise, but he’d be developing the game while working in his dual role as both producer and company president. We talked with Koinuma-san to find out more about his upcoming title, his favorite character, and what the new re-imagined experience will bring when the game hits Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S (via Backward Compatibility) in the U.S. on July 27, 2021.


Koei Tecmo: It’s the 17-year anniversary of the Samurai Warriors franchise. Why do you feel like this is the right time to bring the series back?

Hisashi Koinuma: Samurai Warriors has always been a passion project … Read the rest

With another thrilling Opening Day in the books, Major League Baseball fans around the world were treated to all the nail biters, dingers, and bat flips they could handle when teams took the field to kick off the 2021 season. But if you thought that was all the big news we’re bringing you this week, you’d be wrong!

We’re delighted to announce that MLB The Show 21 is coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one and will be available on April 20 for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, as well as on Android phones and tablets via Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) for Ultimate members. Both MLB The Show 21 Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S Standard Editions will be included with Xbox Game Pass so members will be able to play the best version of the game regardless of which console they’re on. And with cross-platform play … Read the rest

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 [email protected] titles! Get more details on the games below and click their profiles for pre-order details when available (release dates are subject to change). Let’s jump in!


Breathedge – April 6

Breathedge is an ironic outer space survival adventure game. Take on the role of a simple guy called the Man who is just carrying his grandpa’s ashes to a galactic funeral and suddenly finds himself in the middle of a universal conspiracy.


Lost Words: Beyond the Page – April 6

Lost Words: Beyond the Page – April 6

Interact with the words inscribed in the pages of a young girl’s diary to solve challenging puzzles, tackle unique platforming segments, and discover an emotional tale set across the vibrant world of Estoria in … 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!


MLB The Show 21 is Coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day One
With another thrilling Opening Day in the books, Major League Baseball fans around the world were treated to all the nail biters, dingers, and bat flips they could handle when teams took the field to kick off the 2021 season. But if you thought that was all the big news… Read more

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The Bloxy Awards have returned to Roblox! For those who are unfamiliar, the Bloxys are all about bringing our entire global community together to celebrate some of the greatest Roblox experiences, videos, and creators of the year. It’s a veritable showcase recognizing the incredible talent and creativity found on our platform, which supports millions of unique experiences.

For this year’s Bloxys, we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you a jam-packed, star-studded event that’s even bigger and more ambitious than ever before. Remember that mysterious ship that was docked for repairs in the official Bloxy Awards hub? Good news: it’s all fueled up and ready to set off on its maiden voyage across the Roblox Metaverse. You and your friends can hop aboard and embark on an immersive, first-of-its-kind journey into stunning worlds—both new and familiar—built from the ground up on Roblox. Meanwhile, we’ll be streaming the … Read the rest

Summary

  • Embr, the frenetic firefighting game from developer Muse Games and Curve Digital, is coming to Xbox this Summer.
  • Available Summer 2021 for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.
  • All Early Access updates coming to Xbox in one package.

Having brought its signature style of frantic, frenetic, and, yes, fantastically fun online multiplayer to Early Access on PC last year, Curve Digital and Muse Games can now announce that Embr will make the leap to Xbox One this Summer.

In Embr, you and your friends tackle blaze after blaze to earn tips from clients, picking up the ever-so-crucial 5-star rating to earn cash, upgrade tools, and hopefully become the ultimate ‘have-a-go hero’ firefighter. Want to make a little money on the side? Then you can also deliver takeout food on the fly with Embr Eats. Embrreally is the uber experience for anyone who wants to get to … Read the rest