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Everything Microsoft announced at its XO18 Mexico City event

XO18 fan event. Microsoft is throwing a big fan bash in Mexico City, and it is making a lot of news announcements about new games, services, and acquisitions at its XO18 fan event. We've summarized what happened at the event here:

Above: Brian Fargo announces that Microsoft is buying InXile and he is not retiring anymore.

Image Credit: Microsoft

At the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo event, Microsoft acquired four development studios and opened a new one. And today, it has been announced in InXile Entertainment, the maker of the Wasteland and The Bard's Tale series. InXile's head is game pioneer Brian Fargo.

The deal is part of Microsoft's strategy, headed by executive Matt Booty, to bring more exclusives to the Xbox platform. As part of Microsoft's studios, InXile wants to "support and realize their ambitions for new and existing projects", Microsoft said.

The studio will continue to operate autonomously, with a focus on role-playing games.

"We're excited to have the team, the people, the boat," Booty said on stage. In a video, Fargo said, "I'm not retiring sooner," even though he announced.

Above: Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire hits the Fig crowdfunding platform today.

Image Credit: Obsidian Entertainment

So Microsoft said it is acquiring Obsidian Entertainment.

The Irvine, California-based Obsidian Entertainment was founded in 2003 by industry veterans from Black Isle Studios (similar to InXile). It quickly made a name for itself with the Xbox Exclusive Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Over the past fifteen years, the studio has delivered genre-defining RPGs to both console and PC through titles including Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Pillars of Eternity.

Microsoft said it wants to make its unique culture and build on its talent and vision to fully realize their creative ambitions. Both Obsidian and InXile wants to continue to operate independently.

Together, the two new studios bolster Microsoft Studios to now include 13 distinct development teams.

Crackdown 3 Chemical Plant

Above: Crackdown 3 Chemical Plant

Image Credit: Microsoft

Crackdown 3 will finally ship on February 15, 2019. So Microsoft showed Crackdown 3's Wrecking Zone multiplayer mode.

In Wrecking Zone, you can use your enemies to destroy your enemies. Developed by Microsoft Studios in collaboration with Sumo Digital and Elbow Rocket, Crackdown 3 wants to bring super-powered agents to New Providence, an action-packed open-world.

Your job is to take down a criminal corporation using an explosive set of weapons and abilities. You can play the campaign in single-player mode or in co-op with a friend.

Crackdown 3 is available at Xbox One and Windows 10 with Xbox Game Pass and Globally.

Microsoft wants to give the original Crackdown, enhanced for Xbox One, to all fans free of charge from now until November 30th. So Microsoft just got new content from Just Cause 4, Sea of ​​Thieves, State of Decay 2, and many more. Microsoft now has a full set of 327 titles enhanced for Xbox One X console.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has crossed 10 million daily active users.

Above: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Image Credit: PUBG Corp.

Microsoft said that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) wants to get its Xbox Game Pass, $ 10 a month.

Microsoft is adding 16 new games at varying dates to Xbox Game Pass, bringing the total to more than 100 titles. If you sign up today through January 3, you can get the first month for just $ 1.

Thief of Thieves, is available starting today. Ori and the Blind the Blind Forest, Kingdom Two Crowns and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. On November 22, Microsoft is adding Agents of Mayhem, MXGP3, and Thomas Was Alone. Aftercharge, Shriek Supermarket, Mutant Year Zero, Pathology 2, The Good Life, Void Bastards, and Secret Neighbor. Next year, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be added.

Black Friday deals

Above: Xbox Black Friday deals

Image Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft said it is offering $ 100 off select Xbox One console deals. Xbox One X wants to be available for $ 400. You can save $ 10 on Xbox wireless controllers, and there's a bunch of game discounts, like 35 percent off PUBG.

Forza Horizon 4 Fortune Island expansion

Above: Fortune Island

Image Credit: Microsoft

Ben Thaker-Fell, chief designer of the Forza Horizon series, announced the first expansion for Forza
Horizon 4, Fortune Island, which will be released on December 13 on Xbox and Windows 10 PCs.

It takes players to the British Isle's remote northern areas, where they fierce lightning storms, perilous cliff side dirt roads, and sweeping paved mountain switchbacks under the glow of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights).

Forza Horizon 4 players wants to be able to drive all five of Ken Block's high-powered, custom-built Ford
GymkhanaTEN, the 10th installment of the Gymkhana viral video franchise.

This year's Ford Forces Horizon 4 Ford Car Kit, the F-150 Hoonitruck and the 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth Group, arrived in Forza Horizon The 2017 Ford Fiesta RS and arriving in December is the 2016 Ford GymkhanaTEN Focus RS RX.

Forza Horizon 4 Fortune Island wants to be available as part of the Forza Horizon 4 Expansion Bundle
which provides players with two game expansions at a reduced cost of $ 35. Owners of Forza Horizon
4 Ultimate Edition and Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Add-Ons Bundle wants to receive Fortune Island at no
additional cost.

Minecraft Marketplace expansion

Above: Minecraft's Cats and Pandas.

Image Credit: Microsoft

Helen Chiang, head of Minecraft, said the game has now surpassed 91 million monthly players.

She showed off the contributions of one partner, PixelHeads, to the Minecraft Marketplace. There are now a total of 77 partners who have driven more than 13 million purchases for their creations since the marketplace launched last June.

Viewers so got a look at the history behind Cats and Pandas in Minecraft, which will be released next month. There's a new game coming, dubbed Minecraft Dungeons.

Battle rival crews at The Arena at Sea of ​​Thieves

Above: Sea of ​​Thieves

Image Credit: Microsoft

Sea of ​​Thieves wants to see its fifth free content update since launch. The Arena wants release in early 2019, with a new competitive game that allows players to test their piracy skills in fast-paced matches against rival crews.

Each match is a journey to treasure that brings together all the most exciting elements of Sea of ​​Thieves. The Arena also includes a new-tavern area together with a new Trading Company – the Sea
Dogs – which wants to offer new goals, rewards and opportunities to progress to Pirate Legend.

State of Decay 2's free Zedhunter pack

Above: Zedhunter is the new expansion for State of Decay 2.

Image Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft released the next content pack for State of Decay 2 launching November 16: The Zedhunter Pack.

This new pack adds the powerful and silent crossbow as a new zombie slaying weapon along with additional melee weapons, facilities, blood plague consumables, and gameplay updates like
the ability to respect your skills into the main game.

State of Decay 2 has four million players, and Microsoft wants to make Zedhunter available for free to all of them. The Crossbows let you take out zombies quietly without bringing a horde down upon you.

Void Bastards exclusive

Above: Void Bastards

Image Credit: Blue Manchu

Inspired by BioShock and System Shock 2, Void Bastards is a strategy shooter that wants to test your wits as well as exercise your aim. It is coming to Xbox as a console launch exclusive.

In the game, your job is to lead the misfit prisoners of the Void Ark through the derelict spaceships and myriad dangers of the Sargasso Nebula. You have to choose where to go, master combat, manage ship controls, scavenge supplies, and craft improvised tools. The campaign will last 12 to 15 hours.

Void Bastards wants to come to Xbox Game Pass coinciding with its launch on Xbox One. It's coming from developer Jonathan Chey's Blue Manchu, a new studio in Australia, and Humble Bundle.

Other announcements

The Forge expansion

Above: Shadow of the Tomb Raider's The Forge expansion

Image Credit: Microsoft

There are downloadable content expansions for Tomb Raider in the first of seven month updates. The first one is called The Forge, and it has new attack modes and weapons.

Microsoft said there are also visual enhancements coming from EA for Battlefield on the Xbox One X game console. The game will support 4K Ultra HD and HDR on the Xbox One X.

Above: Hideaki Itsuno

Image Credit: Microsoft

Capcom showed off Devil May Cry's 5 Void Mode, a training mode. It lets you experiment with moves and attacks. You can practice in The Void mode without damaging your Devil Breaker ability. You can use the Sweet Surrender Devil Breaker to heal yourself in combat, and you can thus use Mega Man's arm in the game.

Bandai Namco has added two new Dragon Ball fighters – SSGSS Vegeta and Golden Frieza – to the Jump Force roster. These characters want to have super-powered modes and special moves.

Kingdom Hearts III revealed Winnie the Pooh as a new character. Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII to its backward compatibility list for the Xbox One X.

Above: Fortnite wants to get mouse and keyboard support on the Xbox One.

Image Credit: Microsoft

Next week, Xbox One support for the mouse and keyboard will arrive next week. There are a bunch of new games like Fortnite, Vigor, War Thunder, Xmorph Defense and others. Fortnite wants only match players in the same match, meaning it does not mix mouse-keyboard and Xbox controllers in the same match. It wants to be effective on November 14. Razer wants some accessories available, starting at CES in January.

And the Xbox Adaptive Controller will be available in 17 new markets in 2019.

Chris Charla of Microsoft said that ID @ Xbox now has more than 1,000 games available, and they have played more than 4 billion hours. He said some of the exciting new ones are Ooblets, Tunic, and Winter of Arcade (with multiple games).

Above: #GiveWithXbox wants help gaming charities.

Image Credit: Microsoft

Lastly, Microsoft's #givewithXbox campaign wants to donate $ 5 of Xbox's products for every photo shared on social media about "what gaming together means" with the hashtag. The donations will be split among four inspirational charities: Child's Play, Gamers Outreach, Special Effects and Operation Supply Drop.


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