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It’s Good To Be Bad in First Disney Dreamlight Valley Update: Scar’s Kingdom

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It’s Good To Be Bad in First Disney Dreamlight Valley Update: Scar's Kingdom

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  • Disney Dreamlight Valley gets its first major content update: Scar’s Kingdom.
  • New unlockable cosmetics arrive in the second season of the Star Path that’s focused on Halloween and Disney villains.
  • Read about the Halloween Dress-Up Promotion for a chance to win a Disney Dreamlight Valley themed Xbox Series S.

Greetings everyone! Since I last posted, Disney Dreamlight Valley has launched into early access and the player response has been overwhelmingly positive. The Gameloft team couldn’t be happier, but we’re not going to rest on our laurels!

I’m excited to announce that today marks the launch of the game’s very first major content update: Scar’s Kingdom. The update adds the iconic villain from “The Lion King” to the game as well as a brand-new story campaign arc and friendship quests. And, to celebrate the season of all things bewitching and nefarious, today also marks the launch of the second Star Path season that’s focused on Halloween and iconic Disney villains, complete with all-new and exclusive clothing items, accessories, furniture, companions, and more!

In Scar’s Kingdom, the iconic savannah of the Sunlit Plateau is in peril. Once a thriving oasis, the Plateau’s lush greenery has dried up due to mysterious black magic blocking the life-giving waters from the Pillar of Nurturing. As you explore the area for a solution, you’ll discover an unexpected ally in need of help: Scar. The would-be-usurper of the Pride Lands finds himself trapped while The Forgetting ravages Dreamlight Valley and only through an uneasy alliance with the iconic villain can you bring the Sunlit Plateau back to its former glory.

Embark on an adventure in an all-new narrative experience as you delve deep into the mines of the Sunlit Plateau to discover the dark origins of the magic at play, all while dealing with Scar’s less-than-honest motivations. Is Scar really that concerned with saving the day?

Disney Dreamlight Valley Update: Scar's Kingdom Screenshot

The release of this new story focused update also comes alongside the launch of the second season of the game’s Star Path. This shocktacular new season is dedicated to all things Halloween and Disney villains. Befriend iconic villains, remove Night Thorns from their territory, and skulk around the Valley to unlock all-new and exclusive season cosmetics including outfits, accessories, furniture items, and more from some of the most iconic Disney films including Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland,” “Hercules,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Snow White,” and more. Does it pay to be bad? In this case, it just might….

Halloween Dress-up Promotion Asset

As an extra bonus starting on October 21 and running through November 1, we’ll have a special event called the Halloween Dress-Up Promotion where players can submit selfies of their best Halloween-inspired makeovers using the in-game Touch of Magic Tool, either in-game or the free Disney Dreamlight Valley Avatar Designer Tool on PC.

Once fashioned, players can share their creations on social media using #DisneyDreamlightValley and #DreamlightDressUp for a chance to win a Disney Dreamlight Valley themed Xbox Series S, two Xbox Wireless controllers inspired by Disney favorites Anna and Elsa a custom stand, and a magically ornate treasure chest. 20 runners-up will be able to win a 1-year subscription to Xbox Game Pass. For more information and official rules, please visit here.

Disney Dreamlight Valley Update: Scar's Kingdom Screenshot

As I said before, the entire team at Gameloft is beyond thrilled with the response to the game. We’re looking forward to seeing you get a bit villainous in both Scar’s Kingdom and the new second season of the Star Path. While it may not pay to be bad, you’ll at least be able to look the part thanks to the new villain-focused unlockable cosmetics and get a chance to save the Valley from their totally new and interesting perspective.

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Disney Dreamlight Valley

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$29.99

$26.99

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Welcome to Disney Dreamlight Valley’s early access! Show your love for Disney with exclusive outfits that celebrate the classic Disney Parks themes, along with beloved characters such as Mickey Mouse. This Founder’s Pack grants early access to the game and contains exclusive items.

Disney Dreamlight Valley is a hybrid between a life-sim and an adventure game rich with quests, exploration, and engaging activities featuring Disney and Pixar friends, both old and new.

Once an idyllic land, Dreamlight Valley was a place where Disney and Pixar characters lived in harmony—until the Forgetting. Night Thorns grew across the land and severed the wonderful memories tied to this magical place. With nowhere else to go, the hopeless inhabitants of Dreamlight Valley retreated behind locked doors in the Dream Castle.

Now it’s up to you to discover the stories of this world and bring the magic back to Dreamlight Valley!

Discover the Secrets of Dreamlight Valley
Free the Dream Castle from the insidious grip of the Forgetting, and unlock the unique Realms of well-loved Disney and Pixar characters. Each Realm has its own challenges, with puzzles to solve and friends to bring back to Dreamlight Valley. Free the Dream Castle from the Forgetting’s grasp and unlock the Realms of great queens and kings such as Anna and Simba. Each Realm contains unique challenges with puzzles to solve in the quest to bring friendship back to the Valley.

You’ll start your adventure in the Valley, but your journey will take you to infinity… and beyond! Explore what lurks in the Forest of Valor and brave the deepest caverns as you take on challenges from iconic Disney and Pixar heroes and villains. Who knows who—or what—you might discover.

Forge Friendships with Disney & Pixar Characters
Garden with WALL•E, cook with Remy or kick back and fish with Goofy. What better way to collect, craft, and rebuild the Valley than with a friend! From beautiful princesses to nefarious villains, every Dreamlight Valley resident brings their own story arc, quests, and rewards. Meet up in daily hangouts and make friends with some of your favorite Disney and Pixar characters.

Restore the Valley to Its Former Glory
Free the Valley from the grip of the Forgetting and return Dreamlight Valley to its former greatness by making it your own. In Dreamlight Valley, you can build the perfect neighborhood that is just for you with a fully customizable layout, creative landscaping, and thousands of decorative items.

Will you settle on the Beach next to Moana, or call Buzz Lightyear your next-door neighbor in the Plaza?

Express Your Disney Style
Bring out your inner princess, villain, or Disney bounder! Assemble unique outfits and decorate your home with thousands of fantastic items. Using the Touch of Magic tool, you can even create your own designs using Disney and Pixar decals!

With the in-game Camera, get ready to snap a sunset selfie with Rapunzel, a culinary creation with Remy or simply cherish a moment.

A Game in Constant Evolution
New content means that there’s always something fresh to explore. Meet new characters in the Valley, check out the latest clothing and furniture collections in Scrooge’s Store, and complete challenging in-game events! Be sure to dream your way back to Dreamlight Valley regularly to discover new adventures!

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Disney Dreamlight Valley — Deluxe Edition

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461

$49.99

This Founder’s Pack grants early access to the game and contains exclusive items.
This pack contains:

• Early Access to Disney Dreamlight Valley
• All the exclusive cosmetic items from the Standard Founder’s Pack
o 9 decorative items, 3 motifs & 2 wearable items
• 14,500 Moonstones* (in-game currency)
o These Moonstones can be used to activate the premium Star Path**, granting extra rewards for 5 seasons.
• Exclusive Deluxe Celestial Sea Turtle animal companion
• Exclusive Deluxe Clothing Set (5 wearable items)
• Exclusive Deluxe Ears Headband & Jersey (2 wearable items)
• Exclusive Deluxe Furniture Set (8 decoration items)
• Exclusive Deluxe Wall & Floor Coverings (2 decoration items)
• Exclusive Deluxe Design Motifs (3 motifs to use in the Touch of Magic tool***)

*Moonstones are an in-game currency that can be collected for free by performing tasks in the game or be purchased using real money. They are used to unlock the premium track of the Star Path (a battle-pass-inspired system that grants in-game cosmetic items as a player completes various tasks and missions). Moonstones can also be used to accelerate progress in the Star Path. Additionally, Moonstones can be used to purchase cosmetic items from the in-game store that will be added later on as part of early access.

**The Star Path is a season-based mission system inspired by the idea of a “Battle Pass” and used to reward players for completing various missions and tasks. The player has a full season to complete a set of duties to receive exclusive cosmetic items (clothing items, companions, furniture sets, etc.). The duration of a season will be determined during early access based on community feedback. The plan for now is to make each season last one month.

***The Touch of Magic is an in-game tool that allows the player to create custom T-shirts, backpacks, Mickey ears headbands, etc. Using a variety of colors, shapes and motifs, players will be able to create an infinite number of combinations and express themselves in unique ways!

For more details on the Founder’s Pack and its contents, please visit https://gameloft.helpshift.com/hc/en/66-disney-dreamlight-valley/

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Disney Dreamlight Valley — Ultimate Edition

Gameloft SE


849

$69.99

This Founder’s Pack grants early access to the game and contains exclusive items.

This pack contains:

• Early Access to Disney Dreamlight Valley
• All the exclusive cosmetic items from the Standard and Deluxe Founder’s Packs
o From the Standard Founder’s Pack: 9 decorative items, 3 motifs & 2 wearable items
o From the Deluxe Founder’s Pack: 1 animal companion, 10 decorative items, 3 motifs & 7 wearable items
• 20,000 Moonstones* (in-game currency)
o These Moonstones can be used to activate the premium Star Path**, granting extra rewards for 7 seasons.
• Exclusive Ultimate Regal Fox animal companion
• Exclusive Ultimate Clothing Set (2 wearable items)
• Exclusive Ultimate Ears Headband and Jersey (2 wearable items)
• Exclusive Ultimate Furniture Set (13 decoration items)
• Exclusive Ultimate Wall & Floor Coverings (2 decoration items & 2 color variants)
• Exclusive Ultimate Design Motifs (3 motifs to use in the Touch of Magic tool***)

*Moonstones are an in-game currency that can be collected for free by performing tasks in the game or be purchased using real money. They are used to unlock the premium track of the Star Path (a battle-pass-inspired system that grants in-game cosmetic items as a player completes various tasks and missions). Moonstones can also be used to accelerate progress in the Star Path. Additionally, Moonstones can be used to purchase cosmetic items from the in-game store that will be added later on as part of early access.

**The Star Path is a season-based mission system inspired by the idea of a “Battle Pass” and used to reward players for completing various missions and tasks. The player has a full season to complete a set of duties to receive exclusive cosmetic items (clothing items, companions, furniture sets, etc.). The duration of a season will be determined during early access based on community feedback. The plan for now is to make each season last one month.

***The Touch of Magic is an in-game tool that allows the player to create custom T-shirts, backpacks, Mickey ears headbands, etc. Using a variety of colors, shapes and motifs, players will be able to create an infinite number of combinations and express themselves in unique ways!

For more details on the Founder’s Pack and its contents, please visit https://gameloft.helpshift.com/hc/en/66-disney-dreamlight-valley/



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Play The Game Awards Nominees Today with Game Pass

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Play The Game Awards Nominees Today with Game Pass

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  • 16 of this year’s Game Awards nominees can be played right now with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem, Dune: Spice Wars, No Man’s Sky, Return to Monkey Island, and more are available now. Starfield, nominated for Most Anticipated Game, will arrive next year.
  • Play hundreds of high-quality games and join Game Pass now to get your first month for just $1. Details here.

Good news! It’s Game Awards season. Even better news! Game Pass members can play 16 of the nominees right now, with a 17th — Bethesda Game Studios’ Starfield — still to come next year. Taking place on Thursday, December 8, the Game Awards celebrate the very best of gaming in the last year, and there have been some incredible nominees included as part of Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass in 2022.

From beautiful experiments in interactive storytelling, to soundtracks perfect for emptying the ranks of Hell, and much, much more, make sure to check out our list of every single Game Awards nominee included in Game Pass:


As Dusk Falls
Nominated: Games for Impact, Innovation in Accessibility

While As Dusk Falls is nominated for its extensive accessibility features (full details here), few titles go to go so far to reach people who don’t normally play games at all. In our experience, agonizing over decisions with a friend or loved one who doesn’t identify as a gamer is a unique and memorable experience, made easier by the fact that players can bypass the controller in favor of an app on their phone. Going further, seamless Twitch integration allows a huge group of viewers to influence decisions in-game, an endlessly entertaining metagame. But even if your preferred way to play is solo, controller in hand, As Dusk Falls’ frequent, meaningful decision making elevates the narrative genre in thrilling, edge-of-your-seat fashion.

Citizen Sleeper Nominated: Games for Impact

Citizen Sleeper
Nominated: Games for Impact

Citizen Sleeper gives you a lot to unpack during its narrative RPG journey, living out a life on the run as a digital consciousness in an imperfect artificial body. At its core, you’re trying to break free from your corporate owners who want their investment back – but you’re not the only one hiding out on remote space station, The Eye, from those eking out a living, to bounty hunters, to fellow refugees. Citizen Sleeper weaves a tale that’s both an allegory for capitalism gone awry and the persecution of the weak by those in power. Holding this game steady is an exceptionally told, deeply human core story, with a tangible world and compelling characters to befriend, betray, or simply exist beside. That story isn’t done being told just yet. Following the free DLC Flux and Refuge, the next piece of Citizen Sleeper’s story is set to arrive next year.

Dune: Spice Wars Nominated: Best Sim / Strategy

Dune: Spice Wars
Nominated: Best Sim/Strategy

It has been many years since we last set our real-time strategy feet on the planet of Arrakis in the classic Dune: 2000 (featuring the legendary John Rhys-Davies as the Atreides Mentat). The wait was worth it. Dune: Spice Wars is a true return to RTS form featuring a world full of giant sand worms, political intrigue, ruthless warlords, and the all-powerful spice that flows through everything — including your keyboard and mouse. It’s still in Game Preview, set for a full release in 2023, but what we’ve played so far has us excited for what’s to come from developer Shiro Games.

Immortality Nominated: Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Performance (Manon Gage)

Immortality
Nominated: Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Performance (Manon Gage)

Nominated for three awards, it’s safe to say Immortality has been a winning experiment into how to use good ol’ fashioned Full Motion Video to create a thoroughly modern game. A story earned by you, not told to you, Immortality plays out across three time periods, and three different films, with startling performances from its actors, none more so than its lead, Manon Gage. The deeper you dig (using frames of the films themselves to discover new clips), the darker things become — until eventually you realize that this is by no means the mystery you went in assuming it was. Immortality earns its Mature rating and strays from the typical “choose your own adventure” style, becoming something you’ll never quite have played before, both in style and substance.

A Memoir Blue Nominated: Games for Impact

A Memoir Blue
Nominated: Games for Impact

A Memoir Blue tells the story of a star athlete and the bonds shared between a mother and daughter and is a tranquil option to some of the more tense, skill-based games you may have been playing — perfect for when you just want to relax and unwind. The game is an interactive narrative, steeped in symbolism, beautifully rendered with a variety of art styles, and featuring a splash of puzzle and point-and-click adventure elements. Its story of familial love, childhood reminiscence and musings on the nature of success have earned it a deserved spot in the Games for Impact category.

Metal: Hellsinger Nominated: Best Score and Music

Metal: Hellsinger
Nominated: Best Score and Music

When you have a game featuring the vocal talents of Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), and Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), it’s easy to see how this excellent rhythm action game secured a nomination for Best Score and Music. While yes, the soundtrack does indeed kick ass, it’s when you’ve started to fire your rhythm-based attacks to the double-bass beat that the harmonious — and very metal — destruction takes shape, sending you tearing your way through hordes of demonic creatures, and seeking vengeance through the domain of Hell.

No Man’s Sky Nominated: Best Community Support

No Man’s Sky
Nominated: Best Community Support

No Man’s Sky served up yet another incredible year of content for its players, who have been able to experience four massive (and free) updates in the form of Sentinel, Outlaws, Endurance, and Waypoint. With that level of support, it’s easy to understand how it’s been nominated in this category. Hello Games’ galaxy-sized sci-fi sim remains one of the most unique and expansive gaming worlds that you can play in today, and only continues to grow, with community features to try out, tons of quality-of-life improvements, and even space whales.  It’s been said so often that it’s becoming a little clichéd, but there honestly hasn’t been a better time than now to play No Man’s Sky.

Norco Nominated: Best Debut Indie

Norco
Nominated: Best Debut Indie

By turns maudlin and almost hilariously bizarre, Norco wears the skin of a ‘90s point-and-click adventure but implants a novelistic tale of the near future. The story of Kay, who returns home to her industry-ravaged hometown after the death of her mother, Norco weaves together climate change, the proliferation of AI, late-stage capitalism, and even folk-horror into the most singular gaming story of the year. Even among those heady concepts, it’s a deeply personal game, both for its characters and, you sense, its small team of first-time developers.

A Plague Tale: Requiem Nominated: Game of the Year, Best Performance (Charlotte McBurney), Best Action / Adventure

A Plague Tale: Requiem
Nominated: Game of the Year, Best Performance (Charlotte McBurney), Best Action/Adventure

Anything you’ve heard about A Plague Tale: Requiem likely started with the rats. While a playthrough of the story will have you encountering literally millions of the filthy little rascals, it’s the human cast of Amicia, Hugo, and some surprising new faces that truly stands out. The evolution of the main characters after the first game (brought to bear by some wonderful acting performances), and the towering scale of what they explore and endure has stayed with us weeks after completing the journey. A must play.

Return to Monkey Island Nominated: Innovation in Accessibility

Return to Monkey Island
Nominated: Innovation in Accessibility

The unexpected and thrilling return of Guybrush Threepwood and the zombie pirate LeChuck was perhaps gaming’s most nostalgic new game this year. Fittingly, the newest installment of the iconic point ‘n’ click adventure series also saw the return of the iconic series’ creator Ron Gilbert, joined by co-writer Dave Grossman, bringing their sense of humor and singularly hilarious puzzles to a technicolor Caribbean that has seen considerably better days since we last saw it. Daring pirates will swash and, indeed, buckle with an evolution of classic adventure game controls, adding context-sensitive interactions, reactive dialog trees, and an easy-to-use inventory system to help make pirating a breeze. These features and more helped secure this nomination for Innovation in Accessibility.

Scorn Nominated: Best Art Direction

Scorn
Nominated: Best Art Direction

Leading up to its release, we were looking to answer the question of what Scorn is. First-person adventure game? Shooter? A little of both? We explored that question with the game’s developer at launch, but it wasn’t until we started playing and diving into world that we understood quite how that the game wanted us to feel something more than fit neatly into a specific genre. A lot of that emotion while playing can be drawn from its outstanding visuals, pulling you into its nightmarish, bio-technological world almost immediately, and pitting you against bizarre creations and one (literally) puzzling encounter after another.

Starfield Nominated: Most Anticipated Game

Starfield
Nominated: Most Anticipated Game

Saying that Starfield is a “Most Anticipated Game” is just scratching the surface of how excited we are to jump into this massive open-world universe. Most of us have spent a considerable amount of time in Bethesda’s other iconic open-world RPGs (looking at you Skyrim), so the chance at being able to explore a slew of worlds makes us incredibly excited about the experiences that are in store. We’ll have more to share in the coming months about Starfield – which will be available on day one with Game Pass — here on Xbox Wire.

TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge Nominated: Best Action Game, Best Multiplayer

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Nominated: Best Action Game, Best Multiplayer

Grab your nearest controller and jump into this retro-inspired beat ‘em up that brings back memories of token-filled arcade machines, greasy pizza, and bizarre, oversized mouse mascots. TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is some of the most fun we’ve had this year either online or via couch co-op, battling back Shredder’s goons and shouting “Cowabunga!” at the television. It’s arcade nostalgia at its finest, with an awesome soundtrack, beautiful pixel art, and tons of unlockables that round out a complete arcade experience in your home. It shouldn’t be missed.

Total War: Warhammer III Nominated: Best Sim/Strategy

Total War: Warhammer III
Nominated: Best Sim/Strategy

With a mix of both real-time and turn-based elements, along with the epic Warhammer Fantasy license on full display, Creative Assembly’s third and most accessible entry in its unique Total War series allows you to take control of a massive army of Chaos Gods, humans, Daemons, or other outlandish legions as you attempt to conquer the Realm of Chaos. Sure, there are diplomacy options should you wish to talk your way to victory, but we prefer negotiating with a massive army, one that can vanquish even the most powerful of gods and lay waste to the mightiest of militias [lets out guttural roar]. It’s a truly titanic end to a trilogy that’s helped redefine the grand strategy genre.

Two Point Campus Nominated: Best Sim/Strategy

Two Point Campus
Nominated: Best Sim/Strategy

The follow-up to the warmly received Two Point Hospital has us looking back on our university experience thinking: did we have enough fun? Guiding college students to success in courses such as Gastronomy and “Funny Business” while ensuring they have facilities to eat, sleep, play, and poop may sound like a lot. Thankfully, the way Two Point Campus chunks objectives into bite-sized steps means it feels less like a weed-out course and more like a chill elective. Plus, you can plop a Crazy Taxi arcade machine right in your student’s dorm… why didn’t our school’s dean think of that?

Tunic Nominated: Best Indie, Best Action/Adventure, Best Debut Indie

Tunic
Nominated: Best Indie, Best Action/Adventure, Best Debut Indie

Don’t be fooled by Tunic’s cute little fox hero character and whimsical art style; this game’s soul-crushing difficulty may lead to controller-throwing fits of rage. Thankfully, the game has a few tricks to aid in your journey. If you manage to survive the first hour or so, you’ll be treated to an amazing experience, especially if you enjoy a challenge and figuring things out on your own. Its brilliant level design is sure to make you smile as you discover hidden paths and shortcuts, but the game’s real treasure is the creative in-game guide you compile along the way, simultaneously offering a never-before-seen approach to puzzle design and a gorgeously nostalgic look back to game manuals of yore.

Vampire Survivors Nominated: Best Debut Indie

Vampire Survivors
Nominated: Best Debut Indie

Sink your teeth into one of the year’s biggest surprises and a legit game of the year contender. This instantly gratifying, gothic rogue-lite (survivor-like?) will have you weaving through hundreds… nay… thousands of pixel skeletons, mummies, zombies, werewolves, and more as you strive to survive as long as you can. The unlockable levels, awesome power-ups, and unique heroes add to an already very strong replay dynamic that will keep you coming back for more – you haven’t seen anything until you get to the last couple of minutes of run, trust us.



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