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This Week on Xbox: March 19, 2021

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This Week on Xbox: March 19, 2021

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!


Xbox Game Pass Update - March 2021 - Wave 2

Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Outriders, Octopath Traveler, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, and More
It’s that time again! Pull up your “What to play next?” list and start re-prioritizing the games you want to play, because we’ve got a bunch of great new choices for you. Be a traveler, a pilot, a gangster, or even the occasional flower; you’ve got lots to choose from… Read more

EA Play is Coming to PC for Xbox Game Pass Members Starting Tomorrow
Since teaming up with Electronic Arts, we’ve been working to provide Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC members an EA Play membership at no additional cost. We want to thank the PC community for your patience over the past few months as we worked… Read more

Bethesda FPS Boost

Five Legendary Bethesda Titles Get the FPS Boost Treatment on Xbox Series X|S Today
Hot on the heels of officially welcoming Bethesda’s world-renowned studios to the Xbox family, we’re excited to announce that five of the biggest titles from their vast catalog of games – Dishonored: Definitive EditionThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special EditionRead more

Your War Against Hell Ends Now in Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods – Part Two
The Doom Slayer’s war against evil reaches its zenith in The Ancient Gods – Part Two, the second single-player expansion launching today for Doom Eternal on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Taking the battle to Hell’s final bastion, become the Doom Slayer one… Read more

Outriders

Outriders is Coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day One
We all got a taste of Outriders with the recent demo, so I’m thrilled to announce that Outriders will be available on Console and Android phones and tablets via Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) with Xbox Game Pass on day one. Starting April 1… Read more

Hawkeye and Xbox Series X|S Optimizations Now Available in Marvel’s Avengers
One of its most iconic members will join Marvel’s Avengers today in Operation Hawkeye: Future Imperfect when Clint Barton arrives as a playable character — and he’s bringing more than just his bow with him to the game. Optimizations for Xbox Series X|S… Read more

ID@Xbox and Twitch Team Up for First Indie Showcase on March 26
We at ID@Xbox, the Independent and Digital games publishing program for Xbox, love indie games. It’s in our blood. Technically, it’s also kind of in our name. Turns out our friends at Twitch also love indie games. When we found that out, we thought “we gotta collab!” So… Read more

Undertale Lands on Xbox Game Pass March 16
At long last, Undertale is coming to Xbox! For the first time ever, players on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S will have the chance to experience one of indie gaming’s most beloved role-playing games when it launches on Xbox Game Pass tomorrow, March 16… Read more

Xbox Wireless Headset

The New Xbox Wireless Headset Now Available Worldwide
We’re excited to welcome the latest accessory to the Xbox family: the new Xbox Wireless Headset. Launching today, the Xbox Wireless Headset offers best-in-class audio and chat performance, a comfortable and intuitive design, and unique experiences… Read more

The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos Available Now
The second and final story-driven expansion for The Outer Worlds is now available! For those who want to do more in the Halcyon colony, travel to Eridanos can now commence. Don’t expect a peaceful vacation, though! The iconic aetherwave actor, Halcyon Helen… Read more

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Xbox and Dwayne Johnson Bring ZOA Energy to Gamers
Two entertainment titans are partnering together once again: Xbox and Dwayne Johnson, and this time Johnson brought company. In a video today, he introduced the healthy warrior energy drink, ZOA Energy, which is available for purchase now at zoaenergy.comRead more

Get Your March Madness Fill with NBA 2K21 on Xbox Game Pass
March Madness is upon us and NBA 2K21 is the perfect way to celebrate the tournament. The Xbox One edition of the world’s most popular basketball simulation video game is now available on Xbox Game Pass, offering multiple avenues for college basketball fans… Read more

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Square Enix Presents: Recapping All of Today’s Gaming News
Earlier today, Square Enix debuted their new video program Square Enix Presents which showcased several new games and updates to the global gaming community. This series was just the first of its kind and the company will have more to share and reveal throughout… Read more

Composer Ryo Yamazaki: Creating Musical Happiness for Balan Wonderworld
We’re fast approaching the release of Balan Wonderworld! While I’m sure you might have heard snippets of the soundtrack already, today I’ll let you know a little bit more about some of the unique inspirations and challenges that I faced when composing the musical… Read more

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Join the Celebrations as Sea of Thieves Reaches Its Third Anniversary
This weekend marks three years since Sea of Thieves made its maiden voyage on Xbox One and Windows 10, and what a journey it’s been! Since our launch back in March 2018, over 20 million pirates have begun to chart their own tales of high seas adventure, and… Read more

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Available Now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
We’re bringing you some amazing tower defense and action RPG combat with our newest installment, Dungeon Defenders: Awakened. With millions of players that have taken up arms to defend Etheria throughout the Dungeon Defenders franchise… Read more

Free Play Days - March 18

Free Play Days – Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Dirt 5
In this weekend’s Free Play Days, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can conquer off-road tracks across the globe or squad up and breach into explosive action. Dirt 5 is available to play from Thursday, March 18 at 12:01 a.m. PDT until… Read more

Crimson Heist Brings Explosive Drones to Rainbow Six Siege
Whether you’re going behind enemy lines or creating a massive rotation hole, the new remote-controlled explosive drones coming to Rainbow Six Siege are here to make an impact. They belong to Flores, the new attacking Operator arriving with the launch of… Read more

Age of Empires: Fan Preview Broadcast Coming April 10
Wololo! The Age of Empires team is so excited to announce today that we’ll be celebrating the franchise with a new event, Age of Empires: Fan Preview. The event will consist of a half-hour broadcast kicking off at 9 a.m. PT on April 10 and will be hosted on… Read more

Slaughter Aliens and Fix a Broken World in Space Robinson
Your unmanned space shuttle crash lands outside Colony 21, where you’re supposed to make some desperately needed repairs. Unfortunately, the planet has a bit of an alien problem and the locals aren’t too friendly — so you’re going to have to… Read more

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Scarlet Nexus: Futuristic Tech and Psychic Abilities Stylishly Unite on June 25
Scarlet Nexus
 is the upcoming Japanese Action RPG from Bandai Namco Studios, led by two members of the Tales of Vesperia team: Kenji Anabuki, and Keita Iizuka. The world of Scarlet Nexus is set in an alternate and perilous future… Read more

Atlas: Journey from the Maelstrom
It’s been a wild ride since we set sail last Summer to renew the Atlas journey! We’re going to take a look at how the Game Preview journey has been so far and see what’s on the horizon! At our journey onset we introduced The Maelstrom map, giving… Read more

Samurai Shodown

Samurai Shodown is Now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S
From its creation in 1993, the Samurai Shodown series has redefined weapon-based fighting games. 11 years after its previous installment, the series welcomes in a completely new game. Always evolving, the series known for its breath-taking battles and stunning… Read more

An Absurd Medieval Open World Awaits in Rustler, Coming to Xbox Later this Year
Ever dream about wreaking havoc as a medieval thug? Soon Xbox fans will be able to when Rustler, an old-school action sandbox game set in an even older school era, rides its way to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One later this year. Embark on an incredible historically… Read more

The Elder Scrolls Online: Flames of Ambition

The Elder Scrolls Online: Flames of Ambition Has Arrived
With the Flames of Ambition DLC game pack and Update 29 both now live on Xbox One, your Gates of Oblivion year-long adventure begins!You can get access to the Flames of Ambition DLC with an active ESO Plus membership or by acquiring it with… Read more

Neverwinter: A New War for Sharandar Has Begun
Old threats, now vanquished, leave room for rebuilding, for new growth, and for new foes. The Feywild calls upon adventurers once again in Neverwinter’s new module: Sharandar. Divided into three episodes, the newest content release brings a new storyline… Read more

Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets First Highly-Complex 3rd Party Airliner from Aerosoft
Microsoft Flight Simulator is the latest entry in Microsoft’s longest running franchise with a history of 38 years, but it is not just a popular simulator – it is also a development platform. Today, we are proud to announce that the team at Aerosoft, in close collaboration… Read more

Idle Champions Presents: A Unique Interactive Dungeons & Dragons Livestream Experience
We’re very excited to be able to tell you about “Idle Champions Presents,” a unique interactive Dungeons & Dragons livestream experience. Idle Champions players on Xbox can make in-game decisions that will impact a series of live… Read more

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The Wild Rules in Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 6: Primal
We have some good news! With your help, Agent Jones has successfully contained the Zero Point! Now other news… The containment of the Zero Point has caused reality as we know it to break down, destroying much of the technology on the Island. What does… Read more

Citadel: Forged with Fire – Balarok’s Revenge: The Spirits of Umbrus Available Now
Balarok’s Revenge: The Spirits of Umbrus is Now Live on Xbox One! Greetings to all our wizards, mages, and magical folks of Ignus, the day has finally come the next epic chapter in Citadel’s scrolls is now live – but hold on! That’s not all. The ever anticipated… Read more

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Xbox Helps Falcon Get Back into Gaming
Xbox and Marvel Studios are teaming up to help Sam Wilson / Falcon (Anthony Mackie) get caught up on what he missed after getting blipped out of existence for five years. Following the events of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam returns… Read more

R.B.I. Baseball 21 is Available Now
R.B.I. Baseball 21 is back and better than ever, with brand new features to help you start a legacy, change the game, and play your way. You asked for it, you got it! For the first time in the history of the R.B.I. Baseball franchise, you can create your own player… Read more

Paradox Insider

Paradox Interactive Announces Next Slate of Content for Xbox Gamers at Paradox Insider 2021
Strategy and management game fans on Xbox have a lot to be excited about in the coming months. We just shared an “inside” look at what Paradox has cooking for Xbox players during our Paradox Insider show over the weekend, and we bet there is at least one… Read more

A First Look at Dark Alliance Gameplay and the Verbeeg
Montreal is a city that knows something about winter. And though we at Tuque Games are looking forward to a long and beautiful summer, we have been hard at work channeling our experience with ice and snow into recreating Icewind Dale, the frozen northern… Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: March 23 to 26
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 ID@Xbox titles! Get more details on the games below and click their… Read more

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Let’s Sing ABBA: When Karaoke Meets Disco

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Let's Sing ABBA: When Karaoke Meets Disco


Players have been asking us for years to include more ABBA in Let’s Sing. We listened and made a special edition that will satisfy all your wishes — but we didn’t stop at the songs.


When you think about pop music, there are a lot of artists that come to mind. Some are one-hit-wonders, others have one or two successful albums. And then there are the artists and bands that shaped the genre into what it is today with their songs being seared into collective consciousness. One of those bands is, without a doubt, ABBA.

So, if you think about, it really only made sense for us to honor one of the most successful and influential pop bands of all time with their own special entry into the Let’s Sing series. Everyone knows at least some of their songs, probably even by heart without even realizing it. And we have also been asked for years to include more ABBA into our games. So by popular demand, here it is: Let’s Sing ABBA!

Picking the songs for this edition was easy and hard at the same time, simply because there are just so many hits to choose from! A few were of course absolute no-brainers. From the first moment it was completely unthinkable not to include the likes of “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” or “Super Trouper” in the playlist. From there on out, it was more of a question of “What don’t we include?”

A testament to that is the fact that we broke our own rules, at least a little bit: Usually, the international version of a Let’s Sing game includes 30 songs. However, Let’s Sing ABBA includes 31 — because we wanted to add a song from their newest album Voyage, which they released in 2021. So our karaoke players get 30 classic hits that take you right back to the era of platform shoes, flared pants and disco balls and one new hit, “I Still Have Faith In You.”

But we knew that we couldn’t stop there. To let people experience Let’s Sing the ABBA way with more than just the songs, we overhauled the interface and also the avatars to look a little bit more like the band members. Play long enough and you will unlock iconic outfits that are sure to give your next performance an additional boost of confidence.

Other than that, Let’s Sing ABBA comes with single and multiplayer modes, leaving no excuses for people not to join in. I you want to get a head start and practice on your own? We’ve got you covered. Want to get into a singing competition for the ages with some friends? Done. You’re looking for a special challenge? Our mixtape mode is definitely for you — no two playlists in this dynamically generated mode are the same.

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We got a glimpse of the fact that we had made the right choice with Let’s Sing ABBA during gamescom: Even more people than we could have possibly hoped for stopped by to step into our karaoke box and belt out some disco tunes, also cramming more people in there than we thought possible. Needless to say, all of them were leaving with big smiles on their faces once they were done. Mission accomplished on our end. Thank you for the music so far and we can’t wait to see some great performances on social media!

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Let’s Sing ABBA

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After a 40-year break, ABBA is back! So why not perform some of the band’s biggest hits in your own living room to celebrate their triumphant return to the stage.
Travel back to the glory days with hits like “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” and “Waterloo”. Get some friends together to party with “Dancing Queen”, the musical number “Mamma Mia” or rock out to “I Still Have Faith In You”, the lead track from their brand-new album.

Features
• A strong playlist with 31 songs: 30 popular classics from the 70s and a new hitsong from the new album Voyage
• Dress up your Avatars in iconic ABBA outfits
• Seven exciting game modes: Legend, Classic, Mix Tape 2.0, Jukebox, Feat., World Contest and Let’s Party
• Perform the ABBA classics with your friends! With fours mics and 4 smartphones, up to eight players can join in on the fun in the Let’s Party mode.

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