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Xbox One Flash Sale Live Now For X019–See The Best Game Deals

During its X019 livestream, Microsoft announced a flash sale for quite a few great games, including some of this year’s biggest titles like Borderlands 3 and Gears 5. The sale is only live for the next 36 hours though, so if you want to take advantage of any of the deals, you’ll want to act fast. You can see the entire slate of game deals in the list below.

The majority of what’s on sale are the special editions of each game. Borderlands 3’s Super Deluxe Edition is nearly $40 off and includes all of the game’s upcoming DLC. Mortal Kombat 11 Premium Edition is 50% off and includes the game’s fighter-filled Kombat Pass, which includes the recently released Terminator and the upcoming Spawn and Joker. Both Destiny 2 expansions are also on sale.

While it mostly includes the Ultimate, Special, and Deluxe editions for Xbox One games, the sale does have some deals on the base versions. Control is available for $45, Kingdom Hearts III is now just under $20, and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds costs $13.40.

In related news, Microsoft also revealed its entire selection of Black Friday 2019 deals for Xbox One during its X019 livestream. Console bundles for the Xbox One X and Xbox One S are discounted, in addition to controllers, headsets, and more. Plus, be sure to check out our guide to all the best Xbox One deals for Black Friday–some of the below games may be even cheaper in a few weeks, so it’s worth cross-checking these flash sale prices with Black Friday’s Xbox One game deals before pulling the trigger now.

Lots Of Final Fantasy Games Coming To Xbox Game Pass; Kingdom Hearts Heads To Xbox One

Square Enix joined Microsoft for its X019 livestream to announce that a plethora of Final Fantasy titles are making their way to Xbox One via Xbox Game Pass next year. Additionally, classic and Kingdom Hearts titles will be available on the Xbox platform.

A few classic Final Fantasy titles will arrive on Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC starting sometime next year. These include Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, and Final Fantasy XII. Square Enix also confirmed that some newer entries will be available next year, including Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy XV.

Additionally, Square Enix said the Kingdom Hearts HD remastered collections are headed to Xbox One sometime in 2020. These include Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 HD Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Before wrapping up its announcements, Square Enix stated that demo for Kingdom Hearts III is available now on Xbox One.

Microsoft’s X019 livestream recently concluded. The company divulged a smorgasbord of news and announcements, including an Xbox One release date for Halo: Reach, the confirmation of Age of Empires IV, a bevy of Xbox Game Pass titles available right now, and much more.

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Halo: Reach Release Date Set For Xbox One Game Pass And PC

X019, Microsoft’s big event outlining the future of Xbox games, had several noteworthy announcements today. And Halo fans are getting a bit of a treat before year’s end, because Halo: Reach is coming to Xbox Game Pass next month, rounding out the Master Chief Collection. It’ll be available on December 3 this year for Xbox One and PC (through Steam as well).

Halo: Reach first came out for Xbox 360 in 2010 and was the last Halo game from original series developer Bungie. It’s a prequel that tells the story of Noble Team, a group of Spartans who gave it their all in the lead up to the beginning of the original game Halo: Combat Evolved. Reach is regarded as one of the high points for the franchise, and it’s been upgraded visually for this generation with native 4K support. You can see footage of the PC version in action below:

Halo: Reach will be part of the Master Chief Collection for both Xbox One and PC. However, this is the first game in the gradual rollout of Halo titles through the Collection for PC specifically. For all our coverage on all the things new for Microsoft games and Xbox One, check out the news coming out of X019:

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Frontier Announces Jurassic World Evolution: Return To Jurassic Park

During today’s X019 Inside Xbox stream, Frontier Developments debuted a trailer for a new expansion for Jurassic World Evolution. The trailer for Return to Jurassic Park gives us all kinds of nostalgic feelings, and makes us want to rewatch the first two Jurassic Park movies.

Frontier didn’t divulge too much about the upcoming expansion in the announcement trailer, but it did give us a release date. Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on December 10. If you want to learn more about Return to Jurassic Park, come back on November 26 for hands-on impressions!

Dontnod’s New Game, Tell Me Why, Promotes Transgender Equality

Today at X019, Xbox Games Studios announced a brand-new IP from French developer Dontnod, the makers of Life is Strange. Tell Me Why focuses on the close bond between two twins: Tyler and Alyson Ronan. A “true-to-life story” determined by player choice, Tell Me Why will entrust players with the emotionally challenging childhood of its protagonists as they come to grips with their past and grow into adulthood in Alaska.

“The core mechanic of the game is the special bond Tyler and Alyson share and is also a theme strongly anchored into the Dontnod storytelling approach,” says game director Florent Guillaume. “Over the course of the story, players will explore the identical twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the choices players make determine the strength of the twins’ bond – and the future course of their lives.”

Aside from the already inventive narrative approach, Tell Me Why pushes for inclusiveness as one of the twins, Tyler, is a transgender man.

“Microsoft and Dontnod have approached Tyler with a real commitment to authenticity,” explained Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD. “Tyler is a fully-realized, endearing character, whose story is not reduced to simplistic trans tropes. Creating a playable lead trans character –and taking such care to get it right –raises the bar for future LGBTQ inclusion in gaming.”

The entirety of Tell Me Why will release in Summer 2020, despite being an episodic adventure broken into three parts. The game will be free to those with Xbox Game Pass and available for purchase on Xbox One, Windows PC, and Steam.

If you’d like to know more about Dontnod’s prior releases be sure to check out our reviews of Remember Me, Vampyr, Life is Strange, and Life is Strange 2.

Rare Works Its Whimsical Magic In The New World Of Everwild

During today’s X019 presentation, Executive Producer Louise O’Connor at Rare announced the studio is currently in production on its newest IP, titled Everwild.

The game’s first trailer reveals the journey of three characters as they interact with a mythical world where strange beasts roam an unfamiliar place. In classic Rare fashion, the game was designed with a gorgeous array of colors and striking character designs. Outside of the few shots of the different biomes, the trailer did not reveal combat or what players can expect gameplay-wise when Everwild eventually releases.

In a press release, studio head Craig Duncan also stressed that the game is in the early stages of production and did not give fans a release date for Rare’s first new title since Sea of Thieves.

For more on today’s major Xbox announcements, be sure to check out Obsidian’s new game Grounded and how Dontnod’s newest title, Tell Me Why, will promote transgener equality.

Obsidian Announces Microscale Survival Game, Grounded

Hot off the heels of the successful RPG The Outer Worlds, Obsidian Entertainment has announced another offbeat project: a survival game where players explore a microcosm of our world. 

Grounded is a co-op survival friendly survival game where up to four players are shrunken to the size of an ant and then tasked with gathering supplies to build a camp while fending off threats from the local insect population.

“Grounded offers our unique take on survival games, creating an unforgettable experience,” says game director Adam Brennecke. “It’s a perfect setting to flex our creative muscles. We want to create a versatile sandbox where players can create their own memorable experiences.”

Stay tuned for more on this special project which is set for early access this Spring on Xbox One and PC through Microsoft’s Game Preview and with Xbox Game Pass programs. Read our recent preview here

Watch Microsoft’s X019 Celebration Livestream Here

X019 is Microsoft’s annual Xbox celebration, and the publisher is set to make a few exciting announcements in the coming hours. A special Inside Xbox stream is set for 2pm CST, and you can watch it right here, so don’t go anywhere.

Could we get some new details on Project Scarlett? Will we get another peek at the next Halo game? Could we see some unannounced projects? We don’t have long to find out. What are you hoping to see? Put it in the comments section below.

You can also watch the stream at Xbox.comMixerTwitchFacebook, and Twitter. Keep your eye on Game Informer for all the big announcements.

How to watch the Free Fire World Series 2019 – Dot Esports

The biggest tournament to date for Garena: Free Fire is just around the corner.

Twelve teams from around the world will battle it out this Saturday for their share of the $400,000 prize pool. The Free Fire World Series 2019 will be held at the Barra Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Nov. 16.

Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament.


  • Eight rounds will be played on the two classic maps of the battle royale game: Bermuda and Purgatory.
  • The first round will be played on Bermuda, while the second will be played on Purgatory. This order will repeat until the eighth match.
  • A “Booyah!” will grant 300 points while a kill grants 20 points. Subsequent rankings will grant lesser points.
  • The team with the highest points after eight rounds will be crowned the champion of the Free Fire World Series 2019.


The first seeds from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, North America, Latin America South, Latin America North, Chinese Taipei and Malaysia, India MENA, Europe, and Russia will be making their way to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the World Series. As the host, the top two Brazilian teams will be participating in the tournament.

  • Dranix Esports (Indonesia)
  • Team Flash (Vietnam)
  • Corinthians (Brazil)
  • Arctic Gaming Mexico (North America)
  • Infinity Esports Mobile (Latam North)
  • Samurai Team (Latam South)
  • LOUD (Brazil)
  • Illuminate (Thailand)
  • Sbornaya ChR (EU/Russia)
  • LGDS (Taiwan/Malaysia)
  • Nawabzade (India)
  • Infinity_YT (MENA)


The tournament will be streamed on YouTube in 10 different languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Hindi, Thai, Indonesian, Arabic, Russian, and Vietnamese. Fans can tune in on Nov. 16 to watch all the action unfold live at the Barra Olympic Park. A live performance by Brazilian DJ and record producer Alok will also be held at the World Series.

Minecraft Hour of Code Lesson Focuses on AI – T.H.E. Journal


Minecraft Hour of Code Lesson Focuses on AI

Microsoft’s latest Hour of Code tutorial is providing educators with resources to teach their students the basics of coding and how to prevent forest fires using Minecraft. The lesson is inspired by Microsoft’s AI for Earth team that develops open-source tools using artificial intelligence to solve environmental challenges.

Teachers can download Minecraft: Education Edition, access a downloadable lesson plan and watch a video tour of the Microsoft Hour of Code world.
In a free one-hour online course, educators can learn how to facilitate an Hour of Code lesson and earn a Microsoft Educator badge. Students can also access other Minecraft lessons on

More information on how to download the new Minecraft: Education Edition lesson plan is available on Microsoft’s website.

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