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Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized: A Plague Tale: Innocence

One of the biggest benefits of all that power in the hardware is giving developers the ability to make games that are Optimized for Xbox Series X|S. This means that they’ve taken full advantage of the unique capabilities of Xbox Series X|S, both for new titles built natively using the Xbox Series X|S development environment, as well as previously released titles that have been rebuilt specifically for the console.

In our Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized series, these creators share the behind-the-scenes accounts of how they’re optimizing their titles for Xbox Series X|S and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Executive Producer at Asobo Studio Brice Davin about optimizing A Plague Tale: Innocence for Xbox Series X|S.


Q: “What excites you most about developing and bringing A Plague Tale: Innocence to life on next-generation hardware?”

A: We’re super excited to bring A Plague Tale: Innocence to more players who have not yet experienced surviving the rats alongside our young heroes. It’s always a thrill to invite new people to our universe and share Amicia and Hugo’s journey with them. Of course, we are also happy to offer our fans the opportunity to join the adventure with their new console and relive the epic journey of initiation but in an enhanced and even more immersive version.

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Q: In addition to benefiting from the power and performance of Xbox Series X|S for quicker load times and other enhancements, what Xbox Series X|S features were you most excited to explore leveraging in the development of A Plague Tale: Innocence?

A: Besides the faster load times, we think the 4K resolution and 3D audio are a real plus for a game like A Plague Tale: Innocence.

Q: Why is your development team especially enthusiastic about these features?

A: A Plague Tale: Innocence is above all a narrative experience and the emotional story of family bonds and friendship in a brutal but splendid world. Dialogue and music are as key as graphics and here we can blend those into an optimal mix. We think having 4K graphics for the first time on consoles with the Xbox Series X will bring the most out of our universe. Thanks to 3D audio, both Xbox Series X|S takes immersion to the next level, served by the beautiful soundtrack, composed by Olivier Derivière, and the performance of our actors. We definitely think it is a compelling experience to live or relive, and it may change the way you perceive all the details of the world and the depth of Hugo and Amicia’s relationship as well as all our orphans’ tragic destiny. The players will also enjoy optimal load times and cross saves of course, giving more fluidity to players’ experience on the device they want.

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Q: How do you expect fans of A Plague Tale: Innocence will respond to playing it on Xbox Series X|S with these enhancements?

A: To us, having our game on the Xbox Series X|S is a way to gather different generations and types of players together around a universal tale. We hope the newcomers will share their experience with their relatives and find an echo of their own family bonds in this adventure. So many people identify with one of our orphans. It is very heartwarming when they contact us telling us they understood our story and were able to share this with the one they love. We invite them to watch and play together around their Xbox Series console. Why not join our community with as much enthusiasm and kindness as the first fans? It would be awesome to get their feedback and feelings as well!

Q: What does Smart Delivery mean for your game and how you’re bringing A Plague Tale: Innocence to fans?

A: A Plague Tale: Innocence on Xbox One is of course naturally backward compatible with Xbox Series X|S but we really wanted to offer our fans the HD version the game deserves, with enhanced visuals and smoother gameplay thanks to the 60fps. The title is also cross-save meaning your progression and your achievements from the Xbox One will carry over to the Xbox Series consoles. It’s a great opportunity to replay the game to achieve your 1000 Gamerscore if you missed a few flowers!

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Q: What does Xbox Series X|S development enable in current or future projects that you could not have achieved with the previous generation of consoles?

A: We have just announced the sequel to our first opus – A Plague Tale: Requiem, coming in 2022. 4K resolution enables us to craft the most beautiful and immersive action-adventure game we have ever dreamt of. It pushes the boundaries of our landscapes and helps us develop epic-scale, never-before-seen rat waves that the players will have to face. And that is just terribly exciting.


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Follow the grim tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo, in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history. Hunted by Inquisition soldiers and surrounded by unstoppable swarms of rats, Amicia and Hugo will come to know and trust each other. As they struggle to survive against overwhelming odds, they will fight to find purpose in this brutal, unforgiving world.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood is Unleashed and Optimized for Xbox Series X|S

Summary

  • The Elder Scrolls Online is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S, bringing a host of graphical and performance improvements free for all players.
  • Explore the wild swamplands and rolling hills of Blackwood.
  • The Prince of Destruction makes his move on Tamriel 800 years before The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

The forces of Mehunres Dagon emerge from the shadows, and the Prince of Destruction makes his move on Tamriel 800 years before The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in Blackwood, the new Chapter now available and Optimized for Xbox Series X|S with Smart Delivery support.

Explore the wild swamplands and rolling hills of a new zone, confront the schemes and ambitions of mortals and Daedra alike, and recruit combat allies with the new Companion system, ensuring you’ll never have to adventure alone again.

Part of the epic Gates of Oblivion year-long storyline, Blackwood continues the story that began with the Flames of Ambition DLC in March, while remaining a compelling standalone adventure. You can acquire The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood on the Xbox Store right now, with both the Upgrade (including the new Chapter) and Collection (featuring the base game, previous Chapters, and the Blackwood Chapter) versions available in regular and Collector’s Editions!

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The Elder Scrolls Online is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S, bringing a host of graphical and performance improvements free for all ESO players on next-gen consoles.

This free upgrade unlocks the native power of Xbox Series X|S and allows you to choose between two unique modes: Performance Mode, which emphasizes frame rate by enabling 60FPS at 1440p resolution, and Fidelity Mode, which focuses on visuals by enabling 4k resolution at 30FPS.

All you need is an Xbox Series X|S and a copy of the game to receive the Optimized version. If you have instant-on power mode and auto-update games enabled, Smart Delivery will upgrade you to the Xbox Series X|S Optimized version in the background automatically. Otherwise, a prompt will appear when playing or launching the game to initiate the update.

Tamriel Awaits

Whether you’re an ESO veteran or brand-new player looking to start your adventures in Tamriel, the Blackwood chapter and Xbox Series X|S Optimized update will ensure you get the most out of your Elder Scrolls journey.

You can pick up The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood on the Xbox Store today — we’ll see you in Tamriel!

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The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood is the ultimate Elder Scrolls experience and includes the Base Game and all Chapters: • Blackwood (New for 2021) • Greymoor • Elsweyr • Summerset • Morrowind ESO COMES TO Xbox Series X|S – Experience the award-winning RPG like never before with game-changing features/enhancements such as 60-fps performance mode, advanced lighting and shadows, improved reflections, shorter loading times and more! ULTIMATE FREEDOM—Create your ultimate RPG character, play solo or adventure with friends, and determine your fate in an ever-expanding world. With no level restrictions, go anywhere, at any time in a truly open world. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the choice is yours. CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE—With a new tutorial, begin your adventure where you like: emerge from Coldharbour in the base game, battle Dragons in the Elsweyr Chapter, or get ready to face the Prince of Destruction Mehrunes Dagon in Blackwood, the latest Chapter. All content is accessible for new players, and you can switch adventures whenever you like. INCLUDES LATEST CHAPTER: BLACKWOOD—As part of the Gates of Oblivion adventure, a deal made with the Prince of Destruction comes due in Blackwood. Explore Imperial cities and murky bogs, uncover Mehrunes Dagon’s sinister plot, and never adventure alone with the new Companions system.

Author: Dominic Davies, Content Manager, The Elder Scrolls Online
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Human: Fall Flat Now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S Plus New Forest Level Out Now

Summary

  • Human: Fall Flat is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S with Smart Delivery support.
  • Cross play on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC following the new update.
  • Grab your friends and explore lush woodland and snowy hilltops in new level Forest!

Today, brand-new level Forest arrives in Human: Fall Flat. This Worldwide Workshop competition-winning dreamscape offers more than your average camping trip, with crashed planes to clamber over, heavy machinery to control and cold climate conundrums to solve.

Designed by community creator Jack, the new Forest level takes our Humans on a woodland tour with a difference, jam packed with fiendish minecart puzzles, mountain climbing and massive ravines to cross.

What’s more, Human: Fall Flat is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S with Smart Delivery support (existing owners can upgrade to the next-gen version for free), with a new update enabling players to cross play with friends on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC. Owners on Windows PC will also find their version of the game massively expanded from today with the levels Thermal, Factory, Golf, City, and Forest added for free!

There are now 17 levels in Human: Fall Flat and we’re still not done! We have lots of plans for the rest of 2021 including new level releases and skins all coming to your game, at no additional cost. Keep up to date by following us on Twitter @HumanFallFlat, our Discord channel here, or watch the latest trailers on our YouTube channel here.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the Human: Fall Flat community who help shape the future of our game.

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***NEW LEVEL ‘FOREST’ AVAILABLE NOW*** Crossplay with friends on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10. Includes 17 great levels. Over 25million units sold across all formats. The great outdoors is calling! Grab your friends and explore lush woodland and snowy hilltops in search of rest and relaxation in new level Forest! Mystery and mayhem are just round the corner, not to mention crashed planes and heavy machinery. Did somebody take a wrong turn? Human: Fall Flat is a hilarious, light-hearted physics platformer set in a world of floating dreamscapes. Each dream level provides a new environment to navigate, from mansions, castles and Aztec adventures to snowy mountains, eerie nightscapes and industrial locations. Multiple routes through each level, and perfectly playful puzzles ensure exploration and ingenuity are rewarded. This game leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title and the Xbox Series X|S title.

Author: Nick Powell, Product Manager, Curve Digital
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Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized: Warframe

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One of the biggest benefits of all that power in the hardware is giving developers the ability to make games that are Xbox Series X|S Optimized. This means that they’ve taken full advantage of the unique capabilities of Xbox Series X|S, both for new titles built natively using the Xbox Series X|S development environment as well as previously released titles that have been rebuilt specifically for the console. In our Inside Xbox Series X Optimized series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of how they’re optimizing their titles for Xbox Series X|S and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Digital Extremes Senior Producer Lesley Milner about making Warframe Optimized for Xbox Series X|S.


Q: “What excites you most about developing and bringing Warframe to life on next-generation hardware?”
A: I think first and foremost is the ability to bring a better gameplay experience to Warframe players. The power of the next-gen hardware means Warframe players can experience up to 4x faster loading times, 4K resolution and 60FPS – things that weren’t easily attainable previously without some type of compromise in other areas.

Q: In addition to benefiting from the power and performance of Xbox Series X|S for quicker load times etc. what Xbox Series X|S features were you most excited to explore leveraging in the development of Warframe?
A: We’re always looking for ways to give Warframe players the best gaming experience, and there are several awesome features we’re looking into for future development. One aspect we were excited to leverage was the ability to provide a cross-play experience across Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. In the past, moving to new hardware sometimes meant abandoning the friends you had made along the way (temporarily) until they had also moved over to the upgraded console. It has been exciting developing Warframe in a way that players don’t need to make those sacrifices, and everyone can enjoy playing together no matter which Xbox you own.

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Q: How will these enhancements impact a player’s experience with Warframe?
A: Warframe is an eight-year-old game (almost seven of those on Xbox One). Being able to bring fresh, new content to our amazing community has always been a top priority. Warframe players can still count on Digital Extremes to deliver quality content with frequent updates, now with improved visuals, audio, performance, and more!

Q: Why did your development team choose to focus on enhanced frame rate and increased resolution as enhancement areas for Warframe?
A: It was important to us that when our players stepped inside the game that it immediately felt upgraded from previous generations. Our goal was – and still is – to bring an experience that’s as immersive and impactful as possible to our players, to deliver the best experience through the Xbox Series X|S.

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Q: How do you expect fans of Warframe will respond to playing it on Xbox Series X|S with these enhancements?
A: We hope they love it! When I first started playing Warframe’s most recent update, Call of the Tempestarii, on Xbox Series X I was pretty blown away – from the quick resume into gameplay and fast load times into open worlds, to the awesome graphics and frame rate… it was like experiencing a whole new Warframe! We hope this brings the best gameplay experience possible to our players. And, this is just the tip of the iceberg… there’s so many possibilities to come for Warframe on Xbox Series X|S.

Q: What is it like developing on Xbox Series X|S?
A: Truthfully, it’s always a little scary developing for next-gen! But it’s a fun adventure getting our hands on powerful, new hardware. As I mentioned before, I feel we’ve only just begun. We at Digital Extremes are always looking at ways to improve Warframe, and now Xbox Series X|S presents us with much more opportunity to do so. I’m excited to see what the future holds!

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Q: Which enhancement were you most excited about to explore leveraging for Warframe on Xbox Series X|S?
A: Not to sound like a broken record but having Warframe run up to 60FPS in 4K with much faster load times has been pretty exciting to see unfold. I think I’m most excited about what’s still to come and how we can continue to unleash the power of Xbox Series X|S and bring an incredible experience to Warframe players.

Q: What does Smart Delivery mean for your game and how you’re bringing Warframe to fans?
A: The Smart Delivery feature has been great in terms of removing any confusion of which version a player should be choosing. Regardless of system – Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, or Xbox One X – players will always be provided the best version of Warframe possible. Smart Delivery is one of the many quality of life improvements that really makes a difference for the player’s experience, even before they get in game.

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Q: What does Xbox Series X|S development enable in current or future projects that you could not have achieved with the previous generation of consoles?”
A: We’re always looking for ways to get the most out of the hardware and give Warframe players the best gaming experience. Although we’re not able to share in detail today, we have lots of great plans for the future of Warframe and look forward to providing more details in days, weeks, and months to come!

Lastly, but most importantly, a huge thank you to our incredible community who has been with us on Xbox since 2014! Thank you to all the Warframe fans who continue playing Warframe on Xbox, and a resounding “Welcome!” to those who have just joined us. We look forward to continuing to bring you great content and sharing what the future has in store for Warframe on this powerful next-gen hardware.

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Warframe Now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S and Call of the Tempestarii Update is Live

Summary

  • Warframe is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S.
  • New Call of the Tempestarii game update is now live.
  • New upcoming anniversary live event with free in-game rewards.

We are so incredibly excited to finally announce that today is our official next-gen release and the launch of a new free game update, Call of the Tempestarii. To the global Xbox player community who’ve supported us since we started this journey on the Xbox One back in 2014, thank you! We now invite you and your friends to come celebrate with us, in-game, as we begin a new generation of Warframe, now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S.


Next-Gen Graphics, Sound, and Performance

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Our overhauled rendering engine enables dynamic real-time lighting effects and volumetric shadows creating our most immersive experience yet at 4k resolution and 60fps on Xbox Series X, 1080p and 60fps on Xbox Series S. Whether it’s trickling real-time light sifting through moving trees as you traverse an open world or beams of starlight reflecting off your new Railjack as you engage in epic ship-to-ship space battles, Warframe looks better than ever. We also implemented a new sound system across all systems adding a new level of sonic depth and audio detail to a variety of spaces. 

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Thanks to a combination of the lightning fast SSD available on Xbox Series X|S and our own internal improvements, loading times are much faster on the next-gen consoles so you’ll spend less time waiting and more time playing. Additionally, because we’re a cross-generation game, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One system cross-play keeps you connected to your friends so you can continue to enjoy online cooperative action together. 


Our First Next-Gen Update

It seems fitting to start this new chapter with a new story, new gameplay, a new Warframe, and improved gameplay systems that are currently live but in need of refinement, such as our Railjack mode. Call of the Tempestarii takes the space fantasy to new heights by putting you at the helm of a colossal spaceship called the Railjack. Customizable, upgradeable, and dangerous, the Railjack battleship gives you the opportunity to pilot, fight, command a crew, and wield an unstoppable weapon against your enemies.

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For those of you who have played before, you’ll know how dramatic and helpful these improvements will be, starting with one of the largest challenges our players face, owning a Railjack! The once steep requirements of becoming a Railjack Captain have been removed. You can now visit relays to access drydocks or acquire a Railjack through the market.

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Your valuable feedback has helped guide these improvements. Re-worked Command Intrinsics and Avionics Systems, and hire-able AI crew members gives you more control over the experience, a much-requested change. AI crews can be recruited, leveled up, and customized to improve single-player missions so you don’t have to wait for matchmaking. You can just jump right in, assign pilot duties, defense turrets and upkeep!  


New Next-Gen Gameplay

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The new Railjack systemdelivers more of what you’ve asked for… our iconic close-quarter-action combat, large ship-to-ship battles, and space exploration. We’ve renovated and simplified countless systems to reduce the grind and requirements so you can more easily collect, fight, and explore the Origin System. Once you set out, you’ll notice that space flight is integrated with the larger universe of Warframe — more diverse game modes, streamlined rewards and new missions. We also integrated Necramechs for you to equip a mech-like killing machine to obliterate enemies on Railjack missions. 


New Warframe

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Here we are releasing our 46th Warframe. It’s incredible just how far we have come and just how much more there is to look forward to. Sevagoth, our latest Warframe, deals heavy damage and supports teammates with health by reaping enemy souls. Its second form builds up energy in a Death Well meter, for you to then unleash as its “Shadow” dealing melee damage as you effortlessly sweep across the battlefield tearing enemies to pieces.


New Story-Driven Quest

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In the all-new story quest, which is our first space-bourne quest, you’ll find yourself heeding the call of a sinister ghost ship that leads you and your crew into unfulfilled prophecies, harrowing encounters, and deadly Corpus ship attacks. You’ll forge through Void Storms that challenge your stewardship and combat skills while confronting the Corpus fleet and Vala Glarios, bent on a mission of revenge.


8th Anniversary Live Event Celebration

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Later this month, you can redeem a free Dex Rhino Skin upon login. And each week during the event there will be new weekly alerts you can play through to unlock weapons, slots, armor, skins, Syandanas and more. 


Free for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Members – The Warframe: Excalibur Jade Bundle

If you’re an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you can also redeem the Excalibur Jade Bundle at no cost. Included is the Excalibur Jade Skin, Excalibur Jade Noggle, Tonkor Jade Skin (includes Tonkor grenade launcher), Liset Jade Skin, Jade Daedalus Armor, Capala Jade Sigil, and a 7-Day Affinity Booster. 

Warframe has grown from a single tileset into a sprawling universe of action and excitement over the last eight years. Whether it be the addition of a new open world, a player created Warframe or our new revamp of existing systems like Raijack, your passion and feedback have and always will push us to do more and do better.  

Here’s to the beginning of another chapter. See you in-game, Tenno. 

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Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimized: Zombie Army 4: Dead War

One of the biggest benefits of all that power in the hardware is giving developers the ability to make games that are Xbox Series X|S Optimized. This means that they’ve taken full advantage of the unique capabilities of Xbox Series X|S, both for new titles built natively using the Xbox Series X|S development environment as well as previously released titles that have been rebuilt specifically for the console. In our Inside Xbox Series X Optimized series, these creators will share the behind-the-scenes accounts of how they’re optimizing their titles for Xbox Series X|S and what that means for the future of gaming. Today, we’ll be chatting with Senior Producer at Rebellion Steve Archer about optimizing Zombie Army 4: Dead War for Xbox Series X|S.


Xbox Wire: “What excites you most about developing and bringing Zombie Army 4: Dead War to life on next-generation hardware?”

Steve Archer: Being able to bring the realistic 4K visuals at a smooth 60FPS. Prior to this new generation of Xbox consoles, we had to compromise visual quality to achieve 60FPS or we allow the player to keep the visual quality high but with a 30FPS cap. The pure power of this new generation of hardware allows us to remove that compromise; this is a big plus for our game and for our players.

Xbox Wire: In addition to benefiting from the power and performance of Xbox Series X|S for quicker load times etc. what Xbox Series X|S features were you most excited to explore leveraging in the development of Zombie Army 4: Dead War?

Steve Archer: Every console generation transition remains an exciting proposition after all my years in the games industry. I’m privileged to get hands on with new hardware and brainstorm with colleagues on how we can tackle this new beast. In the case of Zombie Army 4: Dead War, we considered the needs of our players and what we could do with the time we had available ahead of our target release date. The experience of playing in ZA4’s visually rich game world at 60FPS with super responsive controls can’t be underestimated. The consistent frame rate makes the action feels so smooth. And cross-generation saves ensure players can get back into the action seamlessly on whichever console generation they are playing on. This is the very start of our journey and we look forward to harnessing the newfound power and feature set this new generation gives us.

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Xbox Wire: How will these enhancements impact a player’s experience with Zombie Army 4: Dead War?

Steve Archer: Coupled with the great audio that’s already in the original release, we hope the resolution and FPS increases will further immerse players into the game. The responsiveness 60FPS and 120FPS gaming gives the player over 30FPS is a huge benefit for a lot of players and you can really feel the difference when the zombie hordes ramp up – you will need all of your skills to fight your way out of that tight spot!

Xbox Wire: Why did your development team choose to focus on increased resolution and higher frame rates as enhancement areas for Zombie Army 4: Dead War?

Steve Archer: Based upon user feedback it was the obvious choice. Initially we were only going to support 4K at 60FPS, but when that went relatively smoothly, we started thinking about 120FPS. Being a producer I’m able to ask these questions of the team and they stepped up and delivered. The user base for 120Hz TV’s is relatively low now but because we are planning on long term support for ZA4, this helps to future proof the game in this area.

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Xbox Wire: How do you expect fans of Zombie Army 4: Dead War will respond to playing it on Xbox Series X|S with these enhancements?

Steve Archer: As a package, the reduced load times from the SSD, the atmospheric visuals, booming explosions, and responsive controls gives the player an enhanced Zombie Army experience that is new to this generation of consoles. With the game now on Xbox Game Pass more players will get to experience the game for the first time which is very exciting for us.

Xbox Wire: What is it like developing on Xbox Series X|S?

Steve Archer: As soon as we decided we were going to do the Xbox Series X|S enhancements and we made resources available the project came together quickly. So far  the experience has been great with Microsoft offering support when needed. At this stage we are just scratching at the surface of the consoles’ future potential. These initial enhancements put us in a great place going forwards as we continue to support Zombie Army 4 with additional content and quality of life improvements. Longer term, we look forward to incorporating these changes into the development of our future titles.

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Xbox Wire: Which enhancement were you most excited about to explore leveraging for Zombie Army 4: Dead War on Xbox Series X|S?

Steve Archer: That’s a good question. Now that we’ve achieved our original goals, we’ll have to see what we can squeeze into this year’s roadmap before committing to anything publicly. The team I have a working extremely hard creating content for Season 3 which will be launching soon.

Xbox Wire: What does Xbox Series X|S development enable in current or future projects that you could not have achieved with the previous generation of consoles?”

Steve Archer: For me as a gamer, a title with zero loading screens and beautifully rendered environments is the end goal. Loading screens can be informative (a place to give tips to the player), but they break the storytelling and immersion of content you’re playing so hopefully they will be relegated to history.


Thank you, Steven, for taking the time to talk to us today. You can play Zombie Army 4: Dead War today on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One with Xbox Game Pass. You can also pick it up today for purchase on the Xbox Store. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for future developer features with our Inside Xbox Series X|S Optimizes series.

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Hitler’s hordes are back for more in this spine-chilling shooter from the makers of Sniper Elite 4! Abominable occult enemies, epic weapons and a harrowing new campaign for 1-4 players await in 1940s Europe, as you fight to save humankind from undead Armageddon! The resistance have defeated Zombie Hitler and cast him into Hell – but the dead rise once again with greater hunger than before! Continue the alternate history of Zombie Army Trilogy in huge new levels, and uncover a sinister plan that takes the Survivor Brigade across Italy and beyond! Experience genre-defining ballistics, build the slayer that suits you and harness the power of fire, lightning and divine essence as you upgrade your guns to fight back against the dead. When the horde surrounds you, tear them apart with enhanced melee combat and flesh-rending takedown moves!

The Elder Scrolls Online to be Optimized for Xbox Series X|S on June 8

Arriving June 8 as a digital download, The Elder Scrolls Online will be Optimized for Xbox Series X|S and will utilize the native power of the consoles to dramatically boost the game’s fidelity and performance. These visual enhancements include improvements to the game’s draw distance, antialiasing, reflections, lighting, and more. When running in Performance Mode, Xbox Series X|S players can even run the game at 60 frames per second!

And thanks to Smart Delivery, this major overhaul to the game’s visuals and performance will be 100% free for all players who make the move to the powerful Xbox Series X|S consoles.

Blackwood Prologue

The Optimized version of the game arrives in tandem with the Blackwood Chapter and Update 30 on June 8, but you can begin the story that takes you to this new zone and adventure right now with the launch of the Blackwood Prologue. Free for all current ESO players, this prologue questline has players team up with Eveli Sharp-Arrow and the Dremora Lyranth to investigate the operations of a new cult. What you uncover in these two new quests will set up your adventures in Blackwood and the rest of the Gates of Oblivion storyline!

The Elder Scrolls Online to be Optimized for Xbox Series X|S on June 8

The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood is this year’s major chapter release and features a new zone to explore, new stories to experience, and introduces the new Companion System, allowing you to explore Tamriel with an NPC who will fight by your side and have their own unique character and quests.

The Elder Scrolls Online to be Optimized for Xbox Series X|S on June 8

Free Play Days and Sale

Thinking about exploring Tamriel for the first time? You can try The Elder Scrolls Online out for yourself right now with our Free Play Days Event! Live until April 13, you can get access to the ESO base game (that includes 23 zones, four classes, and the main storyline) and begin your adventures (Xbox Live Gold required). Finally, should you wish to continue your story beyond the Free Play Days Event, you can also pick up the base game and last year’s Greymoor Chapter, part of the Dark Heart of Skyrim adventure, at 67% off!

With the upcoming Blackwood Chapter and the Optimized for Xbox Series X|S update on June 8, and the Free Play Days event and sale now live, this is the perfect time to jump into The Elder Scrolls Online on Xbox — we’ll see you in Tamriel!

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The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood is the ultimate Elder Scrolls experience and includes the Base Game and all Chapters: • Blackwood (New for 2021) • Greymoor • Elsweyr • Summerset • Morrowind Pre-purchase now to begin your adventure immediately in the base game or previous Chapters and gain instant access to the Nagahide Welwa Ravager Mount, plus bonus content at launch: • Dremora Kynreeve Outfit • Deadlands Wamasu Pet • 1× Iron Atronach Crate, including exclusive randomized loot • 3× Blackwood Treasure Maps • 2× Experience Scrolls, granting Double XP ULTIMATE FREEDOM—Create your ultimate RPG character, play solo or adventure with friends, and determine your fate in an ever-expanding world. With no level restrictions, go anywhere, at any time in a truly open world. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the choice is yours. CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE—With a new tutorial, begin your adventure where you like: emerge from Coldharbour in the Base Game, battle Dragons in the Elsweyr Chapter, or get ready to face the Prince of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon, in Blackwood, the latest Chapter. All content is accessible for new players, and you can switch adventures whenever you like. INCLUDES LATEST CHAPTER: BLACKWOOD—As part of the Gates of Oblivion adventure, a deal made with the Prince of Destruction comes due in Blackwood. Explore Imperial cities and murky bogs, uncover Mehrunes Dagon’s sinister plot, and never adventure alone with the new Companions System.

Dominic Davies, Content Manager, The Elder Scrolls Online

Descenders to be Optimized for Xbox Series X|S This Summer

Hey everyone! It’s Pip here, marketing lead at publisher No More Robots, and I’m here to finally announce something that loads of you have been asking us for: Descenders on Xbox Series X|S! We’re thrilled with what the new Xbox consoles are capable of and are excited to bring Descenders into the next generation.

We’re also happy to announce that this Summer, Descenders’ owners will be able to upgrade to a brand new, optimized version of Descenders for Xbox Series X|S at no cost via Smart Delivery. The team has been working hard to make this version packed full of upgrades that players have been asking for, and we can’t wait for you to hit all our improved trails with more friends than ever before!

Descenders

8 Player Lobbies and Cross-Play

When we first launched Descenders multiplayer, we had no idea how popular it would be! It’s been amazing watching more and more lobbies appearing and more groups conquering career mode together, so we’ve decided to get even more players into the party on Xbox.

With Xbox Series X|S, you’ll be able to make lobbies for up to eight players – double the lobby sizes compared to Xbox One. Now more players can journey with you to the deepest reaches of Volcano or whip with you on the Moon. Because you’ll now be able to include more people in your lobbies, you’ll also be able to play alongside Xbox Game Pass on PC and Steam players using brand new cross-play! Get ready for more players from all over the world to join you!

Descenders

Visual Upgrades

From forest trails to shivering glaciers, there are some gorgeous environments throughout Descenders. For Xbox Series X|S we wanted to use as much of the next-gen power as possible to make each track in the game more immersive and lifelike. We’ve increased the amount of foliage (which means more trees to crash into!), improved the terrain and shadow quality, as well as greatly improved the draw distance in each world and park.

Alongside the brand new SSAO features, motion blur, and greatly improved anti-aliasing, Descenders’ graphics are crisp and clear, so it’s easier than ever to get immersed as you bomb down the hills and hit the dirt trails!

Descenders

Resolution and Speed

With this update, Descenders on Xbox Series X|S will have two new graphical modes — a crisp 1080p, 60 frames per second mode to make tricking your way down our trails smoother and more fluid than ever before, and a 4K, 30fps mode on Xbox Series X, and 1440p, 30fps mode on Xbox Series S, to experience each world and its stunning environments in the best resolution quality possible! No matter which mode you choose, Descenders on Xbox Series X|S really shines, and we’re excited to see everyone hitting the trails together!

We can’t wait to release the Optimized for Xbox Series X|S version this Summer, and we hope you’ll join us in full 4K glory across Highlands and beyond!

Descenders

Descenders

Descenders

No More Robots

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Xbox Game Pass
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Descenders is extreme downhill freeriding for the modern era, with procedurally generated worlds, and where mistakes have real consequences. Will you lead your team to glory and become the next legendary Descender? • Procedurally generated worlds: Take on different jumps, slopes and hillbombs every time you play • Freestyle bike controls: Control every subtle movement of your rider, with an in-depth physics system made for slick whips and scrubs • Risk vs reward: Push your rider for massive scores and combos — but bail too many times and you might lose it all • Build your Rep: A fully-featured online Rep system lets you show off your worth, and earn new bikes and threads • Become the next Descender: Can you survive the game in a single run, and reach the ranks of the legendary Descenders? Pick a Team, Become a Legend In Descenders, your team is your life. When you pick a side — Enemy, Arboreal or Kinetic — you’ll be bound together with other players who choose the same side as you. Grab your bike, pick your team, and attempt to live up to the legend of your Descender. Will you join the die-hard, trick-frenzy ranks of Team Enemy, the proficient, off-road stylings of Team Arboreal, or the high-octane, speed-is-everything Team Kinetic? • Wear your team’s colors and apparel with pride, and receive exclusive team gear • Your Rep points go towards your team’s total Rep, and exclusive prizes are awarded to the top team • Gain access to your team’s exclusive channel on the Descenders Discord server

Pip Hoskins, Marketing Lead, No More Robots

Three Nacon Publisher Games Now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S

This month, we at Nacon are proud to release three games optimized for Xbox Series X|S: Monster Truck ChampionshipHunting Simulator 2, and Tennis World Tour 2 – Complete Edition. Since all these titles came out first on Xbox One last year, today we will focus on the optimizations made for next-gen consoles.


Monster Truck Championship: Bigger Just Got Better

Monster Truck Championship, the first monster truck simulation, is coming at you in 4K 60FPS on your Xbox Series X, and 1440p 60FPS on Xbox Series S. With improved graphics, there’s never been a better time to get stuck into 25 circuits spread across different cities in the United States via several game modes: freestyle, race, drag race, destruction, online mode (up to 8 players), and of course, a thrilling career mode! Thanks to these new improvements, you’ll be able to react quickly to your opponent’s moves and get a better read on your truck’s physics.

Pick your favourite among 16 available trucks and customize up to 50 different elements to impose your Style! Monster Truck Championship also offers a Rebel Hunter edition featuring exclusive content such as a vehicle, a livery, and an additional circuit.

Show your opponents what kind of driver you are as Monster Truck Championship is available now on Xbox Series X|S.


Hunting Simulator 2: The Next Generation of Hunting

The art of hunting is very demanding. It requires precision, knowledge of the terrain, and the best equipment.

The outstanding power provided by Xbox Series X|S makes this even more immersive, with stunning 4K resolution on Xbox Series X, 1440p support on Xbox Series S, and a silky-smooth constant 60 FPS on both platforms. This level of performance means that when aiming at animals, you can smoothly track them and land that perfect shot!

Hunting Simulator 2 is available now on Xbox Series X|S. But that’s not all! After months of upgrades and new content based on player feedback, let us introduce our final DLC: A Ranger’s Life.

Protect and Preserve 

Besides perfecting the hunting experience, we wanted to give you a chance to discover the life of nature’s modern wardens: The Park Rangers. In A Ranger’s Life, the new expansion for Hunting Simulator 2, you play Harry, a Park Ranger in Colorado, and explore a vast area around your hut to find and treat animals, control the escalation of invasive species, and preserve the health of your environment.

This new premium content will be available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on March 25. For first-time players, we will also release the Hunting Simulator 2 Elite Edition on the same day, a bundle including the base game and all its additional content.


Tennis World Tour 2 – Complete Edition

Tennis World Tour 2 – Complete Edition: The First Tennis Game Made for Xbox Series X|S

Tennis World Tour 2 – Complete Edition features multiple technical improvements. The power of the new generation of Xbox consoles allows the game to offer improved graphics, visual effects, and the addition of ray tracing. Loading times have been significantly reduced, and you will be able to play at 60 FPS in 4k on Xbox Series X, and 1440p on Xbox Series S.

The Complete Edition includes all the DLC released on the Xbox One version. Compete in the Roland-Garros and other world-renowned tournaments, play as one of the 48 pro players on the roster, or start your own legacy; customizing your player with many official outfits and equipment in Career Mode.

The Complete Edition will also carry over all the improvements brought by our updates to the Xbox One version, adding signature moves for many players on the roster and doubles tournaments.

Finally, owners of the Ace Edition on Xbox One will receive a free update to the Complete Edition on Xbox Series X|S. Starting from March 25, connect to your Microsoft account and go to the store page of Tennis World Tour 2 – Complete Edition to claim your free upgrade. All upgrade mechanics can be found on our Facebook page.

Tennis World Tour 2 – Complete Edition releases on Xbox Series X|S on March 25 worldwide, except for the Americas, coming March 30.


That’s all we have for today, thanks a lot for reading! More Nacon titles are coming to Xbox platforms in the future, so see you soon!

David Talmat, Marketing Manager, Nacon

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 characters has been taken to new heights with amazing visuals and sound design.

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Joining the roster of 13 fan-favorite warriors comes 3 original characters new to the story. Also, Samurai Shodown III protagonist Shizumaru Hisame joins the fight alongside Gongsun Li from the popular mobile game Honor of Kings. This latest installment takes place one year before the events of the original Samurai Shodown game, where tensions are still hot in the land of the rising sun.

Samurai Shodown is Now Optimized for Xbox Series

Samurai Shodown is brimming with classic SamSho concepts like the Rage Gauge, Lightning Blade, and devastating Super Special Moves to destroy your opponents with! Feel your heart race being moments from death, only to turn the tables in one fell swoop.

Samurai Shodown

Players on Xbox Series X|S can now enjoy Samurai Shodown at a smooth 120 FPS, creating a fighting game experience like no other. Samurai Shodown also supports Smart Delivery, allowing owners of the Xbox One version to upgrade to the Xbox Series X|S version for free.

Samurai Shodown

A variety of fan-favorite characters from previous games have also made their glorious return as DLC. Continuing off from the DLC Season Passes 1 and 2, Season Pass 3 is slated to launch today, March 16.

Samurai Shodown

The team and I hope players look forward to more updates coming to Samurai Shodown on Xbox.

SAMURAI SHODOWN (Standard Ver.)

SAMURAI SHODOWN (Standard Ver.)

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SAMURAI SHODOWN (Standard Ver.)

SNK CORPORATION

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Description: This is SAMURAI SHODOWN’s main game. Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) required for multiplayer on Xbox One. Title description: SAMURAI REBOOT! A brand new SAMURAI SHODOWN game takes aim for the world stage! SAMURAI SHODOWN has enjoyed worldwide success as a blade-wielding fighting game series since its first release in 1993. 11 years have passed since the last series installment, and it is now time for SAMURAI SHODOWN to return in a brand-new game featuring high-end visuals and gameplay! Faithfully reproducing the game mechanics and atmosphere that contributed to the success of the series, SAMURAI SHODOWN includes a revolutionary feature that learns players’ game actions and patterns in order to create CPU-controlled “ghost” characters. With its story set one year before the very first installment, warriors and combatants from various backgrounds and with their own goals are about to battle to fulfill their destinies! ■Carrying on the Legacy The new game aims to bring the same tense and exhilarating battles that the series is known for. Intense and epic battles are back! ■Evolving the Presentation Using the power of UNREAL® ENGINE 4, the series is able to achieve a level of detail never before seen for a totally new visual experience! ■A Revolutionary new AI system Using revolutionary Deep Learning AI, the game will learn from player tactics and create Ghost characters which players around the globe can share and fight against.

SAMURAI SHODOWN SEASON PASS 2

SAMURAI SHODOWN SEASON PASS 2

SAMURAI SHODOWN SEASON PASS 2

SNK CORPORATION

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■This pack includes 4 DLC characters for the game SAMURAI SHODOWN. Content included in this pack: DLC character “MINA MAJIKINA” DLC character “SOGETSU KAZAMA” DLC character “IROHA” DLC character “WARDEN” *DLC characters can also be purchased separately. Please be careful not to make duplicate purchases. * The main game (sold separately) is required. Online multiplayer on Xbox requires Xbox Live Gold (subscription sold separately).

Yasuyuki Oda, Chief Producer, SNK Corporation