Spelunky 2 is out now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10! It’s also launching with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, so it’s the perfect time to play the sequel to the classic roguelike platformer that has delighted and frustrated so many players over the years. When the original Spelunky came out on Xbox 360 nearly 10 years ago, most game players had no idea what a roguelike was… and those that did thought of them only as turn-based dungeon crawlers. Through Spelunky, we were able to show people that the “roguelike formula” could be applied to other genres in a compelling way!
These days, there are lots of great roguelike-style games in almost any genre you can imagine. But I think Spelunky is still quite unique. For example, not many roguelikes let you blow up an entire level filled with treasure, get relentlessly pursued by angry shopkeepers you stole from, or become the “ball” in a game of catch between two yetis. None of which is scripted, by the way! With Spelunky 2, I wanted to expand on those unique interactive elements and create even wilder, more dynamic possibilities. Among other things, you’ll be able to ride mounts, navigate dynamic liquid physics, and encounter strange new characters that you can choose to help or hinder.
If you like difficult games, Spelunky 2 definitely has challenge in spades, but I always say that it’s just a backdrop for player creativity and exploration. A run in Spelunky 2 isn’t just another opportunity to reach the end, it’s also an opportunity to try new strategies, new items, and new routes (one thing that Spelunky 2 adds to the original formula is branching paths). You’ll also have to adapt to the new version of the world that’s been created for you by the random level generator. Because sometimes a plasma cannon appears in a crate on the first level and you just have to go with that flow!
There are so many ways to play the game, too. Do you enjoy cooperative play? Co-op mode is chaotic fun that offers plenty of chances to talk, plan, and then accidentally (?) knock your partners into deadly traps. But the ability to literally carry your friends and revive them in later levels means that players of all ages and experience levels can have fun together. You can also go head-to-head in the Arena, via our Deathmatch and Hold the Idol modes, and experience the mechanics of Spelunky 2 in a platform fighting game! All of our multiplayer modes accommodate up to 4 players and can be played locally or online.
From all of us on the team: we’re excited to be bringing Spelunky 2 to you on Xbox. Over the years, the series has built up a wonderful and supportive community of players who enjoy exploring the many nooks and crannies of the games, surprising even us, the developers, with what they’ve discovered – some of these exploits have even made their way back into the sequel. We can’t wait for you to join them and start telling your own story, especially now that Spelunky 2 is available with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass! Happy Spelunky-ing!
Spelunky returns in this greatly-expanded sequel to the original roguelike platformer! Meet the next generation of explorers as they find themselves on the Moon, searching for treasure and missing family. Spelunky 2 builds upon the unique, randomized challenges that made the original a classic, offering a huge adventure designed to satisfy players old and new. Explore the game alone, play locally with up to four players, or, for the first time, join up with friends online to unravel its mysteries together (or battle it out in competitive Arena modes).
Spelunky 2’s world is even denser than the one in the original game, offering more areas, characters, traps, and items, as well as new ways to interact with them (and for them to interact with each other). The world has expanded in other ways, too, with branching paths and multi-layered levels adding a third dimension to the classic 2d platforming gameplay.
The Deep Silver and Friends Sale is Setting January on Fire
- Deep discounts on Xbox Store!
- Saints Row, Metro, Chorus and many more all slashed for to kickstart 2022!
- Check out these games and more during the Deep Silver and Friends Sale from January 25 to January 31!
It’s time to start heating up the month of January with the Deep Silver and Friends Sale on the Xbox Store! With amazing discounts on top titles like Saints Row, Metro, Chorus, and others, you’re sure to find something great to help you kickstart gaming in 2022. Act fast! The Deep Silver and Friends Sale on the Xbox Store only runs from January 25 to 31. Learn more about some of the premiere games below and click here to check out all the games on sale.
The Metro Series (Save up to 80%)
With discounts of up to 80%, there’s never been a better time to enter the Metro and experience the critically acclaimed three-part saga. Metro 2033 Redux kicks off the series in the dark depths of the shattered metro system of a post-apocalyptic Moscow. Its sequel Metro Last Light Redux, is equally gripping with more deadly threats and external conflicts to challenge you. Finally, leave the tunnels behind you and explore post-apocalyptic Russia in the continent-spanning conclusion Metro Exodus and its two thrilling expansions – The Two Colonels and Sam’s Story.
The Saints Row Series (Save up to 80%)
The Saints Row franchise is also bringing the fun. Saints Row: The Third Remastered takes you on a journey with the Saints at the height of their power. The outlandish gameplay scenarios are pure escapism – take a tank skydiving, call in a satellite-targeted airstrike on a rival gang and fight against the oppressive fun-spoilers that are S.T.A.G.
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected takes the saga to another level, with the Boss of the Saints now President of the United States trying to save the world from a deadly alien invasion, all whilst trapped in a simulation. It’s as ridiculous as it sounds, but you’ll find yourself laughing along as you revel in the crazy characters and incredible in-jokes. You’ll also really enjoy the superpowers that allow you to do loads of silly things, like supersprint, jump high, explode things, and use telekinesis. It also boasts all 25 packs of DLC.
Chorus (Save 25%)
Recent release Chorus, a dark space shooter, sees its first discount with 25% off. You play as Nara with her starfighter, Forsaken, as she embarks on a personal journey of redemption. Fast-past, frenetic action awaits you – explore ancient temples, engage in exhilarating zero-g combat across the galaxy, and venture beyond our waking reality.
Kingdom Come Deliverance (Save up to 75%)
Save 75% on award winning RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, an open-world, realistic RPG set in the late Middle Ages. Bohemia – located in the heart of Europe, the region is rich in culture, silver, and sprawling castles. The death of its beloved ruler, Emperor Charles IV, has plunged the kingdom into dark times: war, corruption, and discord are tearing this jewel of the Holy Roman Empire apart. Amid this chaos, you’re Henry, the son of a blacksmith. Your peaceful life is shattered when a mercenary raid, ordered by King Sigismund himself, burns your village to the ground. By bittersweet fortune, you are one of the few survivors of this massacre. Now is the time to fight back! Get the Czech Game of the Decade Kingdom Come: Deliverance now and save up to 75%! See you on the battlefield!
Hot Wheels Unleashed (Save 30%)
Hot Wheels Unleashed is the fast-paced arcade racing game that brings the traditional fun of Hot Wheels chaotic gameplay on all main gaming platforms. Find the very best of the Hot Wheels universe at 30% discount on all the editions. Collect the raddest cars, drift, boost, jump (and crash) on endless crazy tracks, unleash your creativity with the Track Editor and the Livery Editor, and challenge your friends and family on the couch with the Split Screen Mode. Pure Racing Fun!
Hunt Showdown (Up to 75%)
And finally, don´t miss the amazing deals on the Hunt Showdown editions and DLC, now at up to 75% discount. Hunt: Showdown is a competitive first- person bounty hunting game based in 19th century Louisiana which comes with a unique mix of PvP and PvE elements. You’ll need to take down nightmarish monsters, as you compete for the bounties that with bring you glory & gear in this unforgiving- and unforgettable – online multiplayer experience.
Season 5 Kicks Off in the Latest Paladins Update
Since the very beginning of time, the Realm has been in peril. Be it calamitous threats rivaling the scourges of old, or the unbridled ambitions of evil men, fate has always conspired against the Realm. It was in defiance of this injustice that the Outer Tribunal was formed – bolstered by their mission to enact judgment and restore order. But for true justice to prevail, the order would need more than pious judges – they would need an Executioner. Enter: VII. VII is one whose past is chronicled upon the gravestones of the wicked. He is a collector of tithes made in guilty blood. He undertakes missions that would break most men & enforces justice with ruthless force and deadly precision. VII, the Right Hand of the Outer Tribunal, is the newest playable Paladins Champion!
VII is the newest flank Champion to join the Paladins roster. His heavy SMG allows for quick shifting between burst fire, automatic and mag dumping – making him a deadly force as he effortlessly adapts to his enemies attacks.
VII also instills fear with his other abilities, like Explosive Dodge, which allows him to quickly dive in a direction, dropping an explosive trap in his wake. VII’s Grappling Hook ability allows him to grapple to walls & stealth drop on his enemies. Finally, VII’s ultimate is Decree 77 – a deadly ability which allows him to target up to five enemies with his Mask & unleash devastating damage. When you’re on VII’s list, there is nowhere to hide from his brass masked gaze.
Alongside VII, there are exciting new updates coming to Paladins including an all new game mode – Siege: Beyond! Just like in Siege: Core, players will play against opposing teams to capture & secure the payload to earn points. However Siege: Beyond will feature rotating gameplay features called ‘Schisms’ which will allow players to experience classic Siege gameplay in new and exciting ways! Several rotating Schisms will debut throughout the year with the first Schism of 2022 will be an all-new Item Shop. This new Item Shop will give players more unique combinations of Items to choose from than ever before, ensuring no two Siege Beyond matches are ever the same!
In addition to Siege: Beyond, the legendary Rambo enters the Realm as February’s exclusive Prime Gaming Reward! Live for nothing or die for something with this bombastic new skin for Viktor, available to all Xbox players when you link your Hi-Rez and Prime Gaming accounts!
This update also includes an all new Abyss Hunter Academy Event Pass, a new Ranked Reward Will.0 Skin, new Limited Time Modes, and more! Track down your enemies as VII, crush demons with the Abyss Hunter Academy Event Pass, or lock and load as Rambo in the Season 5: Schism update, available now in Paladins across all Xbox platforms! Download today.
Join 50+ million players in Paladins, the free-to-play fantasy team-based shooter sensation. Wield guns and magic as a legendary Champion of the Realm, customizing your core set of abilities to play exactly how you want to play.
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Kick off 2022 with Smite Season 9
Cast the dhatura petals and beat the nakara drums! Smite Season 9 is live on Xbox today featuring Shiva’s influence on the Battleground.
Revealed in the Smite Season 9 keynote, Shiva will be the first Season 9 God – available in February 2022. For now, behold Shiva’s temple beside Mount Olympus on the new Conquest map. Go forth and amass the offerings to the Obelisks, the brand new jungle objective that grants Indra’s Scepter buff to the first team to activate it. Collect offerings from marked jungle camps, the den of the nagas, or steal them from the Obelisk of your enemy.
Alongside these new mechanics comes changes to our Relic system with two divergent Tier 3 upgrades for each Relic, allowing for greater strategy and diversity when assembling your build. Season 9 also introduces powerful Glyph items, a powerful 4th tier of items that adds a new passive ability in addition to the item’s base effects. Critical hits have also been given a rework, making criticals deal less damage per hit, and also be less dependent on random chance. Finally, a multitude of Relics, Items, and Starters have undergone tweaks to create more dynamic and balanced options for choosing your match loadout.
It’s been a long time since Smite featured a new game mode, but at last the newest permanent map, Slash, is joining the lineup. Mixing mechanics of both Siege and Clash, this Maya and Egyptian-inspired map hosts four recruitable Juggernaut camps and features a large central zone inhabited by a boss. Subjugate the Juggernauts to your will and choose which lane to focus their attacks. Slay the mighty Jungle Boss Apophis and receive his powerful buff. Tear down the enemy’s towers, turn their phoenixes to ash, and destroy their Titan to win the game.
This update also includes the Hellfire Syndicate Battle Pass, an all-new Season Pass that unlocks limited Ascended Skins for each Season 9 God, the Dharmic Era Event and more! Xbox players can get a head start on the new season with the Season 9 Starter Pass, FREE for all Game Pass Ultimate Subscribers. The pass pays homage to our newest cinematic, including the Gods Bellona, Merlin, Tiamat and their Voice Packs, a Daily Deal Token, 3 Battle Pass XP Boosters, the Battle Maiden Bellona Skin, the Arcane Advisor Merlin Skin, and the Azure Sea Tiamat Skin.
We’re stepping up our game with a Season focused on refining the player experience for everyone, from casual players looking for a quick game to ranked competitors shooting for Masters. With a new Conquest map, all new game mode, a year-long Season Pass, a sinfully sizzling Battle Pass, and exclusive perks for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, now is the perfect time to start the new year on the Battleground of the Gods!
Enter the Battleground of the Gods
Join 35+ million players in SMITE, the world’s most popular action multiplayer online battle arena. Become a legend of myth, enter the Battleground of the Gods, and play FREE now!
Unleash each deity’s unique strategies, legendary weapons, and earth-shattering powers. Rain lightning down upon your foes as Zeus, assassinate from the shadows as Loki, or transform and trick your foes as the Monkey King, Sun Wukong. Which God will you choose?
Unlike other MOBAs, SMITE puts you directly onto the battlefield with a third-person action viewpoint. From blind-side ambushes to aimed shots, a new pantheon of strategic possibilities awaits.
Never played a battle arena before? Don’t worry. Auto-buy, auto-level, and the deathmatch-like Arena mode let you jump right into divine MOBA action. Aspiring pro? Top the ladders, join a competitive team, and you too could be playing at the SMITE World Championship.
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