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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for April 2020

Xbox Live Gold members will get their hands on free games like Fable Anniversary and Project CARS 2 on April 2020.

Amidst a global pandemic of COVID-19, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can get their hands on a new lineup of four games to stay indoors that becomes available on Xbox One consoles starting from today.

April will begin in a fast pace with a 2017 racing game and an RPG board game in first wave of games. Then two backward compatibility titles will be joining from third week to keep you entertained throughout the entire month.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for April 2020

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Project CARS 2
Having experience of working on Need for Speed series, developer Slightly Mad Studios brings intense racing action on spectacular tracks with gorgeous automobiles in Project CARS 2, published by Bandai Namco Entertainment.

A massive overhaul over first game, the sequel really shines in terms of realism a simulation game should have. There are a wide range of race cars, dynamic weather system and multiple game modes for curious players to explore around.

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Project CARS 2 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle
Two award-winning games bundled into one; Knights of Pen and Paper invite players to engage in regular pen and paper gameplay as participating characters and a game master who would lead you into battles that challenges you.

Rendered in pixel-art animation, these turn-based RPG titles by developer Seaven Studio are full of adventures and many cultural references. All of its released expansions are collected along with characters, enemies, locations and quests.

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Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Fable Anniversary
Expanding upon a young boy's journey into becoming a hero to people of Albion, action role-playing game Fable Anniversary is first-party Xbox game focused on player choices and an anticipated HD remaster of 2004 original.

It includes an extended re-released version The Lost Chapters, which features additional content. Aside from adventures of base game, it adds new areas, characters and quests to story, including previously deleted ones.

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Fable Anniversary on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Toybox Turbos
Taking table top games onto a new height, Toybox Turbos is a racing game of miniature vehicles from developer/publisher Codemasters, which is essentially a reinvention of popular Micro Machines series and has similar gameplay.

Rally across mini set-pieces thrown on indoor tables by choosing from a range of 35 different vehicles like ice cream vans, sports car or even taxi cabs with your friends in a four-player local co-op or in exciting online multiplayer mode.

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Toybox Turbos on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Live Gold can also opt to switch for Game Pass Ultimate service and get access to over 100 great games. This way, they can enjoy all perks of its own and an ever so extensive library of titles on PC and Xbox consoles each month.

Xbox Live Gold is offering a total value of $132.46 in Games with Gold for April 2020, yet it is seemingly not much exciting to all. Adding two racing games in one month may not sit well with many subscribers who are not into sports genre.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Sea of Thieves and SMITE on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days offers Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Sea of Thieves and SMITE for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members this week.

Get ready to ride in the weekend madness with return of weekly Xbox Free Play Days event for all members of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service to enjoy some great games on their console at the comfort of their home.

Starting right off from March 19, 12:01 AM PDT/3:01 AM EDT, Free Play Days invites you download and play Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Sea of Thieves and SMITE from Microsoft Store for free until March 22, 11:59 PM PDT/2:59 AM EDT.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Sea of Thieves and SMITE on Xbox Free Play Days

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Explore a legacy of Alexios and Kassandra in Ancient Greece that took place four hundred years before Assassin's Creed Origins. As descendants of King Leonidas, they inherit Spear of Leonidas but were thrown off a cliff due to a prophecy.

Odyssey lets you take part in large-scale fights, engage in naval combat or sends you after hidden treasures in unlikely places. By playing through this free weekend, players will be able to unlock Ezio's Roman Set at Ubisoft Club.

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Sea of Thieves will have its second anniversary shortly and this surely is a cause for celebration for all Pirate Legends. Set sails with your crew or go solo in search of distant lands for treasure hunting and occasionally fight Skeleton enemies.

Heading over to its sixth anniversary next week, free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game SMITE from Titan Forge Games and Hi-Rez Studios is a theatre of war for a variety of mythological deities across multiple PvP modes.

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When you realize that your time for fun and games in Xbox Free Play Days has come to an end for this week, you can keep playing by purchasing these titles at a discount and continue playing while carrying out all your in-game progress.

Standard, Gold and Ultimate Edition of AC Odyssey are all currently available at a whooping at 75% off to grab on. All of these three versions are Xbox One X enhanced and your ticket to an epic quest to of becoming a legendary Spartan hero.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Sea of Thieves: Heart of Fire Update Live Now

Latest free monthly content update Heart of Fire for Sea of Thieves adds new Tall Tale, weapons and more.

Due to last minute discovery of an issue, developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft Studios had to push back release of latest Heart of Fire monthly content update by a couple of days for 2018 action-adventure title Sea of Thieves.

Heart of Fire free update is now rolled out on Windows PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One for eager pirates to let them take on new voyages, experience story-driven Tall Tales, earn Pirate Legend status, rewards and much more.

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Sea of Thieves: Heart of Fire Update Live Now

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Before going in-depth of major features added in Heart of Fire update, take a look at its official trailer below.




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This month, Duke is handing out special Athena's Run voyages only for Pirate Legends on behalf of Pirate Lord. It will send them in quest for precious treasures and if you are not legendary yet, tag along as part of someone else's crew.

You can be part of this adventure even if you are non-Legend and have spoils of riches to cash them in to mysterious stranger. Or you can go up against a Pirate Legends to take them down, instead of working together and steal their loot.

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Clash of Pirate Legends

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Pirate Lord encourages everyone to look for Athena's Treasures that includes objects like chalice of ancient fortune and keg of ancient black powder and more, which earns you gold and invaluable Athena's Fortune reputation.

Exchange enough treasures with mysterious stranger to unlock Commendations and Ghost ship cosmetics. Heart of Fire update also introduces throwable explosive weapons Blunderbomb and Chainshot to use against hostile enemies.

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Earn Rare Treasures

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Newest Tall Tale mission picks up from Seabound Soul storyline as Sir Arthur Pendragon is still seeking for location of Captain Flameheart at Devil's Roar to save souls of his lost crewmates, with two-timer Stitcher Jim following his trail.

Sea of Thieves: Heart of Fire free update adds fresh cosmetics, emotes and pets to Black Market. Much-requested Royal Sea Squirrel set has recently arrived on Pirate Emporium and there are discounts on many select items.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Reggie Fils-Aimé Joins GameStop

Former president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé is joining board of directors at GameStop next month.

As one of the largest retail chain in Western market, GameStop has a reputation of giving unfair deals to customers and using pushy sales tactics for years but recent years have lead them to close over 200 stores and losing $673 million in 2018.

In a press release on their official website today, former president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé has been announced to join GameStop board of directors alongside William Simon and James Symancyk from April 10, 2020.

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Reggie Fils-Aimé Joins GameStop

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Following rise of digital downloads and pressure from a larger market, GameStop is struggling to see good revenue for past few years now. It was revealed in January that sales for most recent quarter have gone down 25% than last year.

Company executives believe that upcoming release of next-gen video game consoles from Microsoft and Sony in holiday season 2020 can give them a much-awaited sales boost that they are desperately in need of to survive anymore.

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However, recent layoffs to a number of district managers throughout multiple stores to cut costs. This only suggests that there could be more in near future and remaining GameStop employees have to do additional work now.

William "Bill" Simon who previously served in several leadership roles at Walmart and former president and CEO of PetSmart, James "J.K." Symancyk with 25 years of experience in retail and consumer products will be joining Fils-Aimé.

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Simon has been appointed to audit committee and Symancyk is assigned to compensation committee. Together they will form a board of ten members to guide the company onwards though 2020 and further to turn things around.

Reggie Fils-Aimé joining board of directors at GameStop can become a redemption saga for this troubled retailer after all. His reputation and business skills can at least be helpful for the retailer to regain a positive image in gaming community.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Xbox Game Pass to Add NBA 2K20, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and More

Newest lineup for March includes NBA 2K20, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and more to Xbox Game Pass library.

Aiming to kick-off March 2020 with a bang on PC and Xbox One platforms, Xbox Game Pass readied up their latest lineup of great games to an already extensive library and it starts from March 5 to continue until next few weeks.

Game Pass subscribers can also jump on board with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, added to Halo: The Master Chief Collection. For those who don't have a membership already can sign up right now to try their first month for $1 only.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add NBA 2K20, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and More

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Mother Russia Bleeds | PC, Ultimate
Despite being a relatively new title that debuted on 2016, 2D beat 'em up game Mother Russia Bleeds from indie studio Le Cartel Studio and publisher Devolver Digital tries best to look a decade old classic in terms of its visuals outlook.

Players assume control of one of four lead characters, who were being experimented upon by an alternate 1980's Soviet Union government but they managed to break out high on a drug called Nekro and starts killing everyone on their way.

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Mother Russia Bleeds on Xbox Game Pass

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NBA 2K20 | Console, Ultimate
Latest installment of basketball simulation game series of NBA 2K is a close reflection of its real-life counterpart. Though developer Visual Concepts nicely remade its pro game, modes like My League almost feels as they neglected it.

Player control has been made easy and anyone can easily pick up basics without help from its tutorial mode. NBA 2K20 has a decent story mode but almost every playing aspects of the game is riddled with micro-transactions plague.

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NBA 2K20 on Xbox Game Pass

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps | Console, PC, Ultimate
Releasing day one on Game Pass, upcoming Metroidvania-style adventure game Will of the Wisps is an anticipated sequel to 2015 puzzle platformer title Blind Forest from developer Moon Studios and publisher Xbox Game Studios.

Guardian spirit Ori will explore new lands beyond the forest of Nibel with an owlet companion named Ku to learn secrets of lost ones. Uncover Ori's destiny in a hand-drawn narrative journey full of adventurous quests and puzzle solving.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps on Xbox Game Pass

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Pikuniku | Console, PC, Ultimate
A simplistic puzzle-exploration game that is rendered in plain 2D graphics style, Pikuniku by developer Sectordub and publisher Devolver Digital centers on its lead character Piku, who is a cute-looking weird red creature.

Piku wanders around a colorful world interacting with other bizarre personalities and tries to help them overcome their woes by embarking a great task of revealing deep roots of a major conspiracy to save this playful world.

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Pikuniku on Xbox Game Pass

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The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game | PC, Ultimate
Instead of sending players fighting forces of Sauron in Middle-earth, Fantasy Flight Interactive and Asmodee Digital presents a tactical card game based on LOTR fantasy lore that features many iconic heroes and story-driven quests.

You can pick your own battles at times but they all will eventually lead you to a predestined path. Aside from campaign mode and a few challenges, there are stories of ancient wolves, Gollum, Hobbits and other creatures of Tolkien's book.

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Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game on Xbox Game Pass

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Train Sim World 2020 | Console, PC, Ultimate
People who may or may not be a breakout genius like Sheldon Cooper in life, yet have a healthy dose of enthusiasm for trains will surely appreciate most recent release of Train Sim World immersive first-person simulator series.

TSW 2020 puts attention to detail of each locos and real-world routes with scenarios, tutorials and service timetables as well. You can now keep a close eye on every railway jobs out there through a newly added progress tracker.

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Train Sim World 2020 on Xbox Game Pass

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Meanwhile, don't miss out second beta testing phase for online team brawler title Bleeding Edge on console and PC. Then enjoy new free update State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition for a remastered zombie-killing experience and more.

Members of Xbox Game Pass service can join up with friends from PlayStation 4 on Black Desert Online using console cross-play. Also, you can try out titles like Deus Ex, Shenmue, Shenmue II and Thimbleweed Park before they leave soon.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for March 2020

Xbox Live Gold members to get their hands on free games like Batman: The Enemy Within and Sonic Generations on March 2020.

A brand-new lineup of free games is revealed today for members of Xbox Live Gold monthly subscription service. When March will finally arrive, these titles will become available to enjoy on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles.

Games With Gold for next month will kick-start with a Telltale classic and two backward compatibility will join on March 16. Aside from monthly games on a regular basis, subscribers can enjoy exclusive discounts on Microsoft Store.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for March 2020

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Batman: The Enemy Within
After an entire season of vigilante crime-fighting in Batman: The Telltale Series, players will step into role of billionaire Bruce Wayne as he goes deep undercover to investigate organized crime for a second season in The Enemy Within.

New threats like Bane, Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze and Riddler emerge from shadows to spread chaos across Gotham City. Batman witnesses former Arkham patient John Doe and slowly descend into madness to become The Joker.

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Batman: The Enemy Within on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
As fourth installment of Shantae video game series, Half-Genie Hero debuts as a 2D platformer where titular lead character fights enemies with her hair-whip attack or use her magical belly dance turn into various creatures to solve puzzles.

Throughout its stages are many hidden objects that you can only access when you transform into one of those creatures. Elephant form will let you push heavy obstacles, monkey can leap to high places and mermaid can swim underwater.

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
In a follow-up sequel to Lords of Shadow, protagonist Gabriel Belmont returns as Dracula to save humanity from Satan. There are some fun references of past games from Castlevania franchise and as well as some recurring characters.

Although Lords of Shadow 2 doesn't live up to legacy of its predecessor that much, it excels in combat. Also, developer Mercury Steam tried their best to move from a linear campaign and shift directive at open-world gameplay adventure.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Sonic Generations
Riding on recent success of Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie, right now is a good time unlike any to jump on board with 2011 side-scrolling platform game Sonic Generations by developer Sonic Team and publisher Sega.

Sent back in past through time paradox by a mysterious entity, Sonic and his sidekick Tails are forced to join their younger selves in a fight against Doctor Eggman, who has done the same to erase all history of their defeats at their hands.

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Sonic Generations on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Xbox Live Gold has offered a nice mix of free games for March 2020 that will be a delight for many casual players. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can download and play these Games With Gold offerings as well when they are out.

Live Gold members can also sign up for Game Pass Ultimate, which has all of its features and access to over 100 great games. Game Pass keeps adding new titles for console and PC platform, so there is always something new to try out.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One Version to Get Free Xbox Series X Upgrade

CD Projekt Red will use Smart Delivery feature of Xbox Series X to offer free upgrade for Cyberpunk 2077 on Xbox One.

After an unexpected delay of release earlier this year, developer/publisher CD Projekt Red is currently prepping up for their hotly anticipated role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 for all major platforms on 17 September, 2020.

In light of major reveal of upcoming Xbox Series X specs by Microsoft most recently, CDPR has announced that players who purchase CP2077 on Xbox One console will get free upgrade for next-gen console version following release.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One Version to Get Free Xbox Series X Upgrade

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Earlier today, Microsoft has announced highlights and specs for Series X to include a Smart Delivery feature, a technology that let players access any game from four generations of consoles using backwards compatibility.

It will allow people to buy a game only once and then getting to play the right version of that game on Xbox One or Xbox Series X. Microsoft will apply this feature for all of Xbox Game Studios releases and let developers to join as well.

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CD Projekt Red announced to take advantage of Smart Delivery feature for free Xbox upgrade of CP2077.


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CD Projekt Red was first to respond to this and announce to deliver a free version of Cyberpunk 2077 for Series X console to owners of Xbox version copy, adding any or every performance and technical improvements if required.

Since there was no obligation or whatsoever for CDPR to do so and yet they willingly choose to put gamers first. This pro-customer move is a step towards right direction for video game industry and received immense praise on social media.

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While Xbox users cheers over this great news, PlayStation 4 owners are wondering whether they are going to get the same treatment or not but CD Projekt Red probably would reveal their plan after Sony confirms PlayStation 5 specs.

Microsoft is trying to make it easy for players to step into their next console generation and CDPR is on their regular consumer-friendly self as they prepare to launch Cyberpunk 2077 later this year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One platforms.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sea of Thieves: Crews of Rage Update Live Now

Rare Studio adding blazing new host of content in monthly free update Crews of Rage for Sea of Thieves.

Time for Pirates across all seas to jump in joy as developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft Studios just rolled out monthly free content update Crews of Rage for 2018 action-adventure game Sea of Thieves on available platforms.

Crews of Rage will be introducing new treasure Chests and encounter with Ashen skeleton enemies at Devil's Roar. Latest update goes live for players on Windows PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One from today, February 19, 2020.

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Sea of Thieves: Crews of Rage Update Live Now

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Rare Studio also dropped a new trailer featuring some changes and key-features of recent monthly update.




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Sea of Thieves is getting heated up with newly added fiery cursed chests called Chest of Rage and Duke is ready to send you after new Bounty Voyages so you can find these boxes holding souls of lost pirate crews trapped within.

Fueled by their impulsive emotions, those unstable trunks can explode anytime and set your ship on fire if you are not careful. Simply sinking them into sea for a while or putting a bucket of water is what it takes to cool them down.

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Cursed Chest of Rage

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Chest of Rage can be used in fighting against a horde of deadly skeleton foes or hand them over to Masked Stranger on Reaper's Hideout for a handsome payout as she is more than happy to take your troubles and pay you in double gold.

There are five Tomes of Resurrection locked in chests that belong to final set of Ashen Tomes. Collect these scorching texts from Molten Sands Fortress or fighting Ashen Guardians and take them to Duke to unlock special cosmetics.

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Reaper's Heart Pets

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A wide range of new items like cannons, emotes, hulls, musical instruments and sails have arrived on Black Market for your character and ship. Pirate Emporium will offer you Reaper's Heart cursed pets of dark magic as trusty companion.

Players can finally change physical outlook their character using Pirate Appearance Potion for 149 Ancient Coins or $1.49 only. You can either randomly select a set pirate avatar from available variety or take time building your persona.

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Molten Sands Fortress Roars

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Except for Molten Sands fortress at Devil's Roar, activity among all skeleton forts has been muted down lately. Ashen Skeletons have gathered there under leadership of a Skeleton Lord and taking him down earn you hefty rewards.

Sea of Thieves player community has just an impressive $76,205.90 amount by purchasing Pathfinder Sails sets for charity organization SpecialEffect that helps people with disabilities by making gaming more accessible to them.