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Next Week on Xbox: January 31 to February 4

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Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! In this weekly feature, we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC as well as upcoming Xbox Game Pass and soon-to-be released ID@Xbox games! You can get more details on these games below and click their profiles for pre-order details when available (release dates are subject to change). Let’s jump in!


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Xbox Game Club – 2021 in Review

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2021 was an eventful year for members of Xbox Game Club. For those you don’t know, we’re a community of Xbox gamers who play, share, and discuss a new featured game every week or two. I’m a Senior Community Manager on staff for the program and that means I have the awesome responsibility of playing our featured games and helping facilitate our book club-style conversations about them.

While Xbox Game Club officially kicked off in 2020, 2021...

Franchises Like Guitar Hero and Skylanders Could Benefit from Xbox Acquisition, Activision CEO Suggests

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Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick suggests that Microsoft will be able to do more with certain franchises than they've been able to until now.​


Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has captured the vast majority of headlines in recent days, and understandably so. With an acquisition of this scale, there’s no shortage of questions being asked about a number of things. Many of these, unsurprisingly, have to do with...

Free Play Days: Yakuza 3 Remastered, Yakuza 4 Remastered, and Yakuza 5 Remastered

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Celebrate Kazuma Kiryu’s saga this weekend with Free Play Days! Yakuza 3 Remastered, Yakuza 4 Remastered, and Yakuza 5 Remastered are all available this weekend for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play from Thursday, January 20 at 12:01 a.m. PST until Sunday, January 23 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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Rainbow Six Extraction Available Now with Xbox Game Pass

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A deadly, mutating parasite threatens all of humanity, and it’s up to you (and up to two friends) to stand against it in the new tactical co-op shooter, Rainbow Six Extraction. Available now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, Extraction launches with full cross-play, cross-save, and cross-progression, making it easier...

Hitman Trilogy Brings the World of Assassination to Xbox Game Pass

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Summary​

  • The Hitman Trilogy is available now with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.
  • All three games from the award-winning World of Assassination trilogy are included, with regular free updates to come in Hitman 3 – Year 2.
  • Become Agent 47, the world’s most creative assassin, and embark on a globetrotting...

Sony Expects Microsoft to “Abide by Contractual Agreements and Ensure Activision Games Are Multiplatform”

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Microsoft will be completing the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, but Sony expects them to still launch multiplatform games to fulfil contractual obligations.​


Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and how they choose to handle exclusivity of future games released by the new studios will be one of many ways that that’s likely going to impact the industry in significant ways. So far, Xbox boss Phil...

Xbox Boss Confirms “Intent to Honor Existing Activision Agreements and Desire to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation”

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"Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship," says Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who recently had conversations with Sony leadership.​


Since Microsoft’s recent announcement of the looming acquisition of Activision Blizzard, questions about how exclusivity for the latter’s releases will be handled once the deal is finalized have been asked frequently. Many have wondered if future Call of Duty...

Death’s Door, Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master Coming to Xbox Game Pass

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Update: Microsoft has officially confirmed that both titles will be coming to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass subscribers in January.​


Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Death’s Door will be coming to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass on January 20th. Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master arrives on January 27th. Title that will be leaving on January 31st include:

  • Cyber Shadow (Cloud...

Xbox Backward Compatibility’s Success Has Been Instrumental for Game Preservation, Says Exec

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In an interview with TechRadar, Xbox's Jason Ronald talked about the influence of backward compatibility on the industry at large.​


In a recent interview with TechRadar, Xbox’s Director of Project Management Jason Ronald talked about the impact of the Xbox Backward Compatibility program on the industry, and how its success has helped make a bold statement about the preservation of games.

Ronald says that the team has learnt a...

Microsoft Agree to Acquire Activision Blizzard

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Creators of Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft and more join Team Xbox​

Microsoft is excited to have the chance to work with the amazing, talented, dedicated people across Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, Beenox, Demonware, Digital Legends, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Major League Gaming, Radical Entertainment...

PlayStation Files Patent for New Controller Feature

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A new Sony patent describes functionality for the c-stick on the controllers, that would allow users to adjust the height of the thumbstick to their desired height.​


It seems PlayStation has been busy ensuring more choices for their console users in the way they use the accessories. Most of these changes are subtle, minor, yet very useful and add some much-needed accessibility to the controller.

For instance, as per a new...

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