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​Microsoft Teases New Technologies, Updates, Xbox Game Pass For 2019

​Microsoft Teases New Technologies, Updates, Xbox Game Pass For 2019

While reminiscing on a "banner year for Xbox," Microsoft touched on a number of games, updates, and plans that are set to roll out in 2019.

Starting with new releases, the tech giant's first-party titles Crackdown 3, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Gears 5, Gears Pop! and Minecraft: Dungeons will all come to Xbox One this year.

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And in January alone, the Xbox Game Pass, a subscription service that unlocks a wealth of old and new games, will see the addition of "more than 10 titles, including three anticipated day-and-date titles."

Over 100 new games were added into the Xbox Game Pass in 2018. Credit: Microsoft
Over 100 new games were added into the Xbox Game Pass in 2018. Credit: Microsoft

The Rare-developed Sea of Thieves, the first Microsoft Studios title to enter Game Pass on the same day it released, and the fastest-selling new Xbox IP of this generation, welcomes a new mode called The Arena early 2019.

First announced during X018, The Arena will give players a fresh, competitive PvP element for their pirate exploration, as well as a new tavern area and Trading Company called the "Sea Dogs".

[email protected], a programme that enables independent developers to self-publish titles for Windows and Xbox One, offers a number of new releases. This includes the likes of The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti, Tunic, and ATLAS.

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The post later teased "what all the Microsoft Studios development teams are working on," such as "new Microsoft technologies" - perhaps a nod to the whole xCloud streaming service thing? Studios will also deliver "content for new platforms and services like Xbox Game Pass," and "exclusive games that turn players into loyal Xbox fans."

"We are committed to expanding the Microsoft Studios franchises players already love and investing in new, exclusive content for every type of gamer," Xbox say - Fable 4, maybe? "We're excited to see the teams maximise their potential at Microsoft and can't wait for what the future has in store."

What do you think about this news? What do you want to see from Xbox in 2019? Are you excited for the Sea of Thieves updates? What about the Game Pass? Let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

Topics: Xbox One, Entertainment, Game Pass, Microsoft, Technology, Trailer

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

 

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