To celebrate the start of the NHL season, NHL 20 is available now through Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members this weekend! With more customization, new modes, and gameplay innovation, you can experience even more ways to demonstrate your skills.
You can find and install the game here on Xbox.com. In the Microsoft Store, you must be signed in to see the option to install with your Xbox Live Gold membership. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.
If you like what you’ve played and want to keep the fun going, you can purchase the game and continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event.
Before you lace ‘em up, here are five new things to look for in NHL 20:
- Signature Shots: Real Player Motion (RPM) tech-powered gameplay introduces Signature Shots that replicate your favorite NHL players’ real-world shot styles. Over 45 new shot animations make every attack a threat, and new passing and puck pick-ups create faster, fluid gameplay executed at full speed.
- All-New Eliminator Mode: A new mode in the World of Chel introduces winner-take-all competition. Take it on solo, until you’re the last player standing, or jump in with friends and compete to be the best in the barn.
- Ones Now: Play the fan favorite Ones mode offline and on-the-couch with friends, allowing you to compete up close and personal for head-to-head bragging rights.
- Squad Battles: For the first time ever, compete offline against squads assembled by the Hockey Ultimate Team community. Or, challenge the Featured Squad, which rotates each week and is assembled by NHL players, hot musical artists, hockey influencers, and superstar athletes from other major sports.
- Alumni Teams: Feeling nostalgic? Jump in with one of the games alumni teams, featuring players from the past.
- *Bonus*: Gritty!
Don’t miss out on this exciting Free Play Days for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest Xbox gaming news.
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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Rainbow Six Extraction, Hitman Trilogy, Death’s Door, and More
This announcement is dedicated to everyone who loves games, loves reading about games, or those people who click on links about games – this one’s for you. We’ve got more coming to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass soon; some are even available today! Whether you’re looking to squad up with your friends to take on a constantly evolving alien threat, become a world class assassin, or planning to brush up on your dog photography skills (we’ve seen them on Instagram!), we’ve got you covered. Let’s dig into the games!
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition (Cloud, Console, and PC)
Investigate murders, search for clues, and talk to your classmates to prepare for trial. There, you’ll engage in deadly wordplay, going back and forth with suspects. Dissect their statements and fire their words back at them to expose their lies!
Nobody Saves the World (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected]
Available on day one with Game Pass: When the ancient Calamity re-awakens, who can save the world? Nobody! (That’s you, you’re Nobody.) Master the art of transformation to become a Slug, Ghost, Dragon, and more. Combine your forms to create powerful hybrids and defeat the forces of evil. Join a friend for online co-op and save the world together! Plus, Ultimate members can play on mobile devices with touch controls with Xbox Cloud Gaming, no controller needed!
Death’s Door (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – January 20
Reaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous, but it’s honest work for a Crow. The job gets lively when your assigned soul is stolen, and you must track down a desperate thief to a realm untouched by death – where creatures grow far past their expiry and overflow with greed and power. Ultimate members can play on mobile devices with Touch Controls with Xbox Cloud Gaming, no controller needed!
Hitman Trilogy (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – January 20
Experience the World of Assassination trilogy and become Agent 47, a legendary assassin. Embark on a globetrotting adventure, where hyper-detailed missions are packed full of creative opportunities to take down your targets. Go loud with some serious firepower, steal a disguise, or play as a Silent Assassin. It’s all up to you.
Pupperazzi (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – January 20
Available on day one with Game Pass: This dog photography game puts your love for pups to the test. As you take better photos, you’ll unlock new breeds, camera lenses, chew toys, and accessories to dress up dogs with. Don’t just pet and play fetch – save your memories of those very good boys and girls on film.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction (Cloud, Console, and PC) – January 20
Available on day one with Game Pass: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction is a tactical co-op FPS for 1-3 players, featuring beloved Operators from the Rainbow Six universe. With deep gear and ability progression, over 90 weapons and gadgets, 12 ever-evolving maps, unpredictable enemy mutations, and 13 dynamic mission types, no experience is ever the same.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege: Deluxe Edition (PC) – January 20
Available now on Console and Cloud and coming soon to PC Game Pass. Experience explosive 5v5 gameplay, high-stakes competition, and thrilling PVP team battles with over 70 million other players worldwide. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege features an ever-expanding roster of Operators with unique skills, environment destruction as a tactical tool, and limitless opportunities to perfect your strategy.
Windjammers 2 (Cloud, Console, and PC) [email protected] – January 20
Available on day one with Game Pass: The best flying disc game of all time is back! With amazing hand-drawn graphics, crazy new moves, gameplay mechanics and awesome new characters and stages, Windjammers 2 is the sequel you’ve been dreaming of.
Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master (Console and PC) – January 27
Available on day one with Game Pass: Drum out high scores by playing along with Don and Ka in Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master! Choose from over 70 songs and play with friends in local multiplayer mode and online ranked matches. Light your drumming spirit on fire!
In Case You Missed It
Spelunky 2 (Cloud) [email protected] – Available now
This challenging roguelike platformer offers you immense freedom to carve your own path through its randomly-generated caves and ruins. Exercise your creativity and through your actions, tell a unique story each time you play. Uncover the secrets alone or with friends! Learn more about the game here.
The Anacrusis (Game Preview)(Cloud) [email protected] – Available now
The Anacrusis is a four-player, cooperative first-person shooter set aboard a massive starship stranded at the edge of explored space. Team up with your friends in an infinitely-replayable fight against alien hordes to unlock perks, weapons, and new ways to play that you can share with your team! Learn more here.
DLC / Game Updates
Far: Changing Tides Pre-Install – Available now
Set sail for a new journey in Far: Changing Tides, coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC on March 1! Members can start their pre-install today to be ready to play at launch. Learn more about Far: Changing Tides here!
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks
We hear you like Halo Perks, so we’re going to give you more Halo Infinite Multiplayer Perks. Check out these brand-new Perk offers below that you can go claim now via the Perk gallery on your Xbox console, Windows PC, or the Xbox Game Pass mobile app for iOS/Android.
Halo Infinite: Pass Tense Warthog Bundle – Available now
Customize your multiplayer arsenal with the exclusive “Pass Tense” Warthog Vehicle Coating, four 2XP Boosts and four Challenge Swaps!
Doom Eternal: Raze Hell with Three Cosmetic Packs – Available now
Grab three cosmetic packs now and fight the hordes of Hell in style in Doom Eternal’s epic campaign and Battlemode, or show off your player and weapon skins in the campaign’s Photo Mode.
World of Tanks: Premium Trifecta Bundle – Available now
Dominate the battlefield with three premium powerhouse tanks, bristling with devastating weaponry! Seven days of Premium Time plus 850 Gold round out this bundle for the ultimate tanking experience.
Xbox Touch Controls Added to Nine More Games
Ultimate members, we’ve added Xbox Touch Controls to nine more games ready to play from the cloud today! Play over 100 touch-enabled games with cloud gaming on the Xbox app for Windows PCs, Xbox Game Pass mobile app on Android devices, or Xbox.com/play on your Windows PCs and Apple phones & tablets, no controller needed.
- Anvil (Game Preview)
- Exo One
- The Forgotten City
- Nobody Saves the World
- One Piece Pirate Warriors 4
- Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator
- Stardew Valley
- Death’s Door (January 20)
Leaving January 31
The following games will be leaving the Game Pass library soon, so don’t let these games leave without a proper send off! Remember to use your membership discount to save up to 20% on these games before they go!
- Cyber Shadow (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Nowhere Prophet (Cloud, Console, and PC)
- Prison Architect (PC)
- Xeno Crisis (Cloud, Console, and PC)
That’s a wrap for January! I’ll be going into stasis for the next couple of days until Rainbow Six Extraction comes out, please wake me up when it’s time to fight some aliens. As always, be sure to follow us on @XboxGamePassPC and @XboxGamePass for updates when these games are available. Catch you next time!
Welcoming the Incredible Teams and Legendary Franchises of Activision Blizzard to Microsoft Gaming
Creators of Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Spyro, Hearthstone, Guitar Hero, Crash Bandicoot, StarCraft and more join Team Xbox
As a team, we are on a mission to extend the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet. We all know that gaming is the most vibrant and dynamic form of entertainment worldwide and we’ve experienced the power of social connection and friendship that gaming makes possible.
As we pursue that mission, it is incredibly exciting to announce that Microsoft has agreed to acquire Activision Blizzard.
Over many decades, the studios and teams that make up Activision Blizzard have earned vast wellsprings of joy and respect from billions of people all over the world. We are incredibly 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, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Toys for Bob, Treyarch and every team across Activision Blizzard.
Until this transaction closes, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will continue to operate independently. Once the deal is complete, the Activision Blizzard business will report to me as CEO, Microsoft Gaming.
Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog. We also announced today that Game Pass now has more than 25 million subscribers. As always, we look forward to continuing to add more value and more great games to Game Pass.
The fantastic franchises across Activision Blizzard will also accelerate our plans for Cloud Gaming, allowing more people in more places around the world to participate in the Xbox community using phones, tablets, laptops and other devices you already own. Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward.
As a company, Microsoft is committed to our journey for inclusion in every aspect of gaming, among both employees and players. We deeply value individual studio cultures. We also believe that creative success and autonomy go hand-in-hand with treating every person with dignity and respect. We hold all teams, and all leaders, to this commitment. We’re looking forward to extending our culture of proactive inclusion to the great teams across Activision Blizzard.
Around the world, there is no more exciting venue for fun and connection than video games. And there has never been a better time to play than right now. As we extend the joy and community of gaming to everyone, we look forward to welcoming all of our friends at Activision Blizzard to Microsoft Gaming.
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