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Content: Railway Empire 
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (01/29/2018 – 9:00 PM).

United States, 1830: The New World is in its ascendancy. Industry is booming, and the race is on to establish the most dominant and powerful rail empire in all of North America. It’s time to out think and outmaneuver your competitors as you lead your company into the 20th century!

Secure an exclusive custom paint job of the Super Hudson with your pre-order.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 08 January 2018.

These deals will expire at 11:00 am UTC on Tuesday January 9th 2018

    

Xbox One Deals Content Title Content Type Discount Notes Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain* Add-On 60% DWG God of Light* Xbox One Game 50% DWG Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass* Add-On 50% DWG Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings* Xbox One Game 70% DWG Marble Void* Xbox One Game 33% DWG Goliath* Xbox One Game 40% DWG The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing* Xbox One Game 67% DWG Hyperdrive Massacre* Xbox One Game 80% DWG Claire: Extended Cut* Xbox One Game 67% DWG 101 Ways To Die* Xbox One Game 50% DWG Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy* Xbox One Game 50% DWG Prison Architect: Psych Ward DLC* Xbox One Game 40% DWG Time Recoil* Xbox One Game 40% DWG Euro Fishing: Season Pass* Add-On 30% DWG Happy Dungeons – 1400 Happy Jewels* Add-On 50% DWG Diablo III: Eternal Collection* Xbox One Game 50% DWG Shantae: Half-Genie Hero* Xbox One Game 33% DWG Blackwood Crossing* Xbox One Game 30% DWG Adam’s Venture: Origins* Xbox One Game 67% DWG Super Comboman: Smash Edition* Xbox One Game 40% DWG Redout: Lightspeed Edition * Xbox One Game 33% DWG Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer* Add-On 35% DWG Happy Wars – 500 Happy Tickets* Add-On 50% DWG Reus* Xbox One Game 67% DWG

Here we go…the latest episode of This Week On Xbox.

Remember, you can watch the interactive version of This Week on Xbox from the Community section of the Xbox One dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or watch it on the Xbox YouTube channel (This Week on Xbox Playlist).

Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the show.

Content: Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (01/11/2018 – 9:00 PM).

FTSOC, short for FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA, is an air-combat action game based on the true events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that defended China against Japan in the China-Burma-India theatre of World War 2. Experience rarely depicted air-battles as you take on the role of headstrong fighter pilots, self-sacrificing transport navigators, and daring bomber crews and gunners of the AVG, the RAF, and the USAAF to repel the onslaught of the Japanese war machine. Dogfight skilled enemy aces using “hit and run” tactics, carry out breakaway air-strikes behind enemy lines, and take part in the defense of China’s critical supply-routes, from Rangoon up the Burma road, and across the deadly Himalayan “Hump”.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

Content: Winx Club: Alfea Butterflix Adventures
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Game Description: Experience a gorgeous Winx world, go on your own adventures, solve tricky puzzles, explore hidden secrets and get the latest Winx fashions too! Choose any of the Winx characters. Be fashionable, intelligent and brave! In this new and beautiful 3D Adventure set in Alfea College for fairies! – Seek out the mysterious keys, investigate new and exciting rooms and uncover hidden treasures. Collect over 150 exclusive Trading cards too.

Purchase Winx Club: Alfea Butterflix Adventures for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Tsumanga Studios
Publisher: Tsumanga Studios
Website: Winx Club: Alfea Butterflix Adventures
Twitter: @tsumangastudios / @playwinxclub

Content: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III
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Game Description: Reprise your role as Van Helsing, the fearless monster hunter, the star of this unique action-RPG set in an alternative Gothic-noir Europe (although we really shouldn’t ignore his charming, but deadly ghost companion, Lady Katarina). It’s time to return to Borgovia where you had already liberated the land from the tyranny of mad science, only to ignite the spark of a civil war, then grudgingly led the Resistance against the military genius who tried to destroy everything you had been working for.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is free for Xbox Live Gold members with January 2018’s Games With Gold

Purchase The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: NeocoreGames
Publisher: NeocoreGames
Website: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III
Twitter: @NeocoreGames

Content: Digerati Couch Co-Op Bundle Vol. 1
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Game Description: The Digerati Indie Darling Bundle includes three titles published by Digerati Distribution.

It’s better with a buddy! This bundle contains #KILLALLZOMBIES, Vertical Drop Heroes and Bleed, all of which feature local/couch co-op (as well as single-player modes).

#KILLALLZOMBIES – In the distant future, #KILLALLZOMBIES thrusts civilians into a sport of survival, where a ravenous zombie population is unleashed in the name of sports entertainment.

Vertical Drop Heroes – Vertical Drop Heroes is a procedural platformer RPG hybrid with roguelike elements, where your hero adventures through randomly generated stages.

Bleed – Bleed is an action-platformer focused on stylish, acrobatic dodging and fluid, challenging gameplay. There’s no filler — just you and your skills against seven levels of enemies, obstacles, breakneck set-pieces and inventive bosses!

Buy now and save 70% – Limited Time Offer.

Purchase Digerati Couch Co-Op Bundle Vol. 1 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Various
Publisher: Digerati Distribution
Website: Digerati Couch Co-Op Bundle Vol. 1
Twitter: @DigeratiDM

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 01 January 2018.

These deals will expire at 11:00 am UTC on Tuesday January 2nd 2018

    

Xbox One Deals Content Title Content Type Discount Notes Worms Battlegrounds* Xbox One Game 75% DWG Lords of the Fallen Digital Complete Edition* Xbox One Game 70% DWG Fearful Symmetry & the Cursed Prince* Xbox Play Anywhere 10% DWG Guns, Gore and Cannoli* Xbox One Game 60% DWG Sine Mora EX* Xbox One Game 40% DWG Team17 Indie Collection* Xbox One Game 85% DWG Beach Buggy Racing* Xbox One Game 70% DWG Ginger Beyond the Crystal* Xbox One Game 67% DWG Coffin Dodgers* Xbox One Game 60% DWG Jotun* Xbox One Game 67% DWG Knee Deep* Xbox One Game 50% DWG Lords of the Fallen* Xbox One Game 70% DWG Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX * Xbox One Game 50% DWG Solar Shifter* Xbox One Game 67% DWG Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax* Xbox One Game 33% DWG Sublevel Zero Redux* Xbox One Game 50% DWG Super Toy Cars* Xbox One Game 50% DWG Tachyon Project* Xbox One Game 50% DWG The Bunker* Xbox One Game 50% DWG The Little Acre* Xbox One Game 80% DWG The Solus Projects* Xbox One Game 70% DWG Spintires: MudRunner Xbox One Game 25% Spotlight TRANSFORMERS: Devastation Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight TRANSFORMERS: Fall of Cybertron Xbox One Game 80% Spotlight

Content: Dustoff Heli Rescue 2
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Game Description: Take off with your rescue helicopter, be the hero chopper pilot, and save the life of the wounded soldiers in the battlefield. Fight against tanks and trucks firing their weapons at you and transport the friendly army back to their base. All in a well known blocky style in a family friendly mode, where humans never die, enemies always run away.

Purchase Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Invictus Games
Publisher: Invictus Games
Website: Dustoff Heli Rescue 2
Twitter: @InvictusGames

Here we go…the latest episode of This Week On Xbox.

Remember, you can watch the interactive version of This Week on Xbox from the Community section of the Xbox One dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or watch it on the Xbox YouTube channel (This Week on Xbox Playlist).

Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the show.

For the month of January, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III ($14.99 ERP) for free during the month of January. ZOMBI ($19.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from January 16th to February 15th.

  

On Xbox 360, starting January 1st, Tomb Raider Underworld ($19.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through January 15th. Then on January 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Army of Two ($14.99 ERP) for free through January 31st.

  

Read more about January’s Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

See last month’s Games With Gold here.

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Content: Boom Ball 3 for Kinect
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Game Description: It’s boom time again! Boom Ball 3 upgrades the classic Kinect ping-pong game with 50 scenic levels featuring a festival of cute cubic critters. Also includes improved 2-player mode and 3 new difficulty options for novices and veterans alike. Customize your paddles with pictures or take your own photos with Kinect. Suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes!

Purchase Boom Ball 3 for Kinect for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Virtual Air Guitar Company
Publisher: Virtual Air Guitar Company
Website: Boom Ball for Kinect
Twitter: @VirtualAirGtr / @BoomBallGame

The 2017 Xbox Countdown Sale runs from 22-31 December and features over 650 deals on Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games with savings up to 65% during the sale. Xbox Live Gold members save up to 10% more on most digital game deals during the Countdown sale. Get the first month of Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass for just $1.

 

Countdown 2017 – Daily Deal for 22 December Content Title Content Type Discount Notes Halo Wars 2: Standard Edition Xbox One Game 50% – 60% Countdown

These offers are valid for all Xbox Live members – Xbox Live Gold members save up to 10% more.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Countdown 2017 – Xbox One Deals

    

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes Call of Duty: WWII Xbox One Game 17% – 25% Countdown STAR WARS Battlefront II Xbox One Game 30% – 40% Countdown Cuphead Xbox Play Anywhere 15% – 15% Countdown Destiny 2 Xbox One Game 25% – 35% Countdown Assassin’s Creed Origins Xbox One Game 20% – 30% Countdown Middle-earth: Shadow of War Xbox Play Anywhere 30% – 30% Countdown FIFA 18 Xbox One Game 50% – 60% Countdown NBA 2K18 Xbox One Game 25% – 35% Countdown Madden NFL 18 Xbox One Game 50% – 60% Countdown Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Xbox One Game 30% – 40% Countdown

Content: Pinball FX3 – Zen Originals Season 2 Bundle 
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Game Description: The Zen Originals Season 2 bundle brings together another exciting mix of original digital pinball tables for Pinball FX3 for one low price. Season 2 features a blend of classic and new tables, all original creations by the talented pinball wizards at Zen. Season 2 features the following tables and packs: Iron and Steel Pack, Core Collection and Carnivals and Legends.

Purchase Pinball FX3 – Zen Originals Season 2 Bundle for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: ZEN Studio
Publisher: ZEN Studio
Website: Pinball FX3 
Twitter: @zen_studios

NOTE: Supports Xbox Play Anywhere: yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost.

For more information on Xbox Play Anywhere, check out this article at Xbox Wire.

Content: ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 3 
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Game Description: METAL SLUG 3 is an action game released by SNK in 2000. It is actually the fourth entry in the METAL SLUG Series of games. Players will be able to use four different characters as they take to the battlefield with an array of weaponry. New Slugs such as a Drill Slug will also show up in gameplay, leading to even more fierce and exciting action!

Purchase ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 3 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: SNK
Publisher: HAMSTER Corporation
Website: ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG 3
Twitter: @SNKPofficial / @HAMSTER_Corp

Michael Powell, Product Marketing Manager for Xbox Live Gold & Xbox Game Pass, discusses the Season of Giving with Xbox campaign.

This holiday season is all about giving. Whether you’re giving time to loved ones, giving gifts to family and friends, or giving your stomach more food than it can handle, Xbox wants to make it easy to play together and give together. From December 21 to January 4, you can join Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold for $1 each! Also, you can share your love of gaming by gifting an Xbox Game Pass membership.

Not only are we giving our fans great deals, we have a great opportunity for the Xbox community to give back to kids across the world. Xbox is partnering with GameChanger to make a difference for children in hospitals. For each Xbox Game Pass membership purchased or gifted from December 21 to January 4, Xbox will donate $10 of Xbox Game Pass to hospitals around the world through GameChanger.

Here at Xbox we believe in accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. We also believe that our passionate and awesome community of Xbox fans love to make a difference in people’s lives. That is why we are incredibly excited and humbled to team up with GameChanger this holiday to positively impact the lives of children facing life-threatening illnesses. Over the past several years, Microsoft has partnered with GameChanger and other organizations to place hundreds of thousands of Xbox consoles in hospitals around...

Content: Outbreak: The New Nightmare
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until release date (01/02/2018 – 4:00 PM).

Enter an unforgiving survival horror experience as you fight for your life against oppressive odds. The horrors of Arzt Memorial Hospital were just the beginning of the outbreak. As the infection spread across the city, local law enforcement fell quickly. You now find yourself trapped in a hellscape with only a few remaining survivors. Scavenge the environment for supplies, face off against the undead and do anything it takes to survive. You have only one life. Make it count!

Pre-order now and save 20% – Limited Time Offer.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

Content: Raining Blobs
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Game Description: Raining Blobs is a fast-paced arcade puzzle game based around matching falling blocks. Matching blocks of the same color will link them together while matching blocks with stars in them will destroy the linked blocks. This game will put both your fingers and mind to a test of raw skill. Prove that you have what it takes to survive the endless blob rain!

Free trial gives you access to the whole game but limits your progress. Achievements and Leaderboards are disabled.

Purchase Raining Blobs for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Endi Milojkoski 
Publisher: Black Shell Media
Website: Raining Blobs
Twitter: @BlackShellMedia / @RainingBlobs

Content: Future War: Reborn
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Game Description: Future War: Reborn is the latest 3D TPS game about a post-apocalyptic war. You will control the full-fledged Genome Fighter to strafe enemies and sweep through battlefields with cutting-edge weapons, to defend human beings from hordes of dead walkers.

Purchase Future War: Reborn for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Good Games / Oxon Game Studio
Publisher: E-Home Entertainment Development
Website: Future War: Reborn
Twitter: @eHomeBJH /@FutureWarGame

Will Tuttle, Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, shares some of the biggest moments in 2017 for Microsoft and the Xbox team.

During E3 this year, we showed the biggest and most diverse Xbox games lineup ever. Many of those games are coming in 2018, and as gamers we cannot wait to share them with fans. Among Microsoft Studios exclusives games are new IP like Sea of Thieves (launching March 20), deep gameplay in fan-favorite franchises like State of Decay 2, and the explosive return of a celebrated franchise to Xbox with Crackdown 3 – all releasing on Xbox One and PC. That’s in addition to all the great ID@Xbox and cross-platform games (more on that below), and as well as other unannounced surprises to come.

As we prepare to step into the new year, it’s a great time to reflect on our favorite gaming moments of 2017 on Xbox and PC. We released the world’s most powerful console Xbox One X with the largest games lineup in Xbox history, including more than 1,300 titles and over 220 exclusives. Among those were incredible 2017 releases from Microsoft Studios, third party publishers and innovative independent developers, with over 85 specifically enhanced to take advantage of the power of Xbox One X. We also offered new ways for gamers...