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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Resident Evil 2 Remake Celebrates First Anniversary

Capcom is celebrating first anniversary for Resident Evil 2 Remake by sharing key-moments of game development.

Only a year ago, survival horror genre got its long-due remake of an original PlayStation classic title Resident Evil 2 by Japanese developer/publisher Capcom on all major platforms with amazing reception after years of fan pledging.

A zombie-ridden Raccoon City was built from ground up for protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield to step in. Familiar menacing faces like Mr. X. and a mutated William Birkin made their most-anticipated return as well.

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Resident Evil 2 Remake Celebrates First Anniversary

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Now these days, almost every other fan-favorite game is being remade and we are even getting a Resident Evil 3 Remake in months but RE2 will always be one of the finest examples of how a studio should approach things for such projects.

From official announcement by Capcom to its first trailer reveal on E3 2018, enthusiasm for this 1998 classic from fans has been immense. Going back to a redesigned RPD Police Station was a major trip to nostalgia lane for many players.

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On one year anniversary of the game, art director Satoshi Takamatsu, composer Shusaku Uchiyama, director Kazunori Kadoi and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi sat together recalling memorable moments from development.

Always been hearing from players of a remake, entire dev team struggled to figure out where to begin groundwork for reinventing an all-time classic like Resident Evil 2 and that time finally came a few years later when they were ready.

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Survival Horror Resurrected

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It even took some time for Capcom to come up with their "We Do It" announcement back in August 2015 as soon as they got this project greenlit because of their excitement and a relevantly small team begins development immediately.

As soon as they had their eyes on initial visuals of how gameplay will work with a shooting test on zombies and how their limbs can be taken off with precise gunshots, director Kazunori knew that this new design is special and would work.

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A Greenhorn Rookie

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Since a legion of players worldwide has already been devotees of original RE2, their biggest challenge in working was to stay true to its fundamental aspects while keeping things fresh and not to fail short on people's general expectation.

Art director Satoshi Takamatsu looks back at redesigning iconic characters as rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy, who made his series debut. His look, police outfit and other accessories are touched up, leaving shoulder pads behind this time.

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Redone From Scratch

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In case for college student Claire Redfield, slight changes are introduced to her original design to keep them modern yet realistic. Her love for bikes earned her a Harley-Davidson FXSTB Night Train and a redesigned red biker jacket.

Another prominent debutant mercenary Ada Wong posing as fake FBI agent has gone through more than a few rendition of her attire before settling on trench coat and dark glasses before taking six months to finalize her face model.

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New Look of Ada Wong

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Rather than being a cute little girl, Sherry Birkin got a bit of depth in her character than just a design upgrade. Same thing goes for her parents, Annette and William Birkin, who were former researchers for Umbrella Corporation.

From his entry scene to general design, the T-00 model Tyrant known as Mr. X has received his most striking form ever. His nigh-invulnerable nature in RE2 Remake and heavy footsteps has been reasons for players to be scared of him most.

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Iconic Monsters Return

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Composer Shusaku found his challenge in creating new score and sound design that would be a worthy improvement over original. Going back to the vibe of two decades back was not easy though but it was a memorable experience for them.

Director Kazunori admits not expecting to see an overwhelmingly positive response on E3 booth following official reveal, despite being just a remake of an old game and believes this is what has kept them on their toes to make RE2 great.

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Producer Yoshiaki remembers throwing a big party once Resident Evil 2 has gone gold and noticing each team members having an expression of an achievement that has finally lead them to that point of completion after so long.

All the hard work from every member of Capcom development team has paid off when Resident Evil 2 Remake received critical-acclaim from both critics and fans, selling over 4.7 million copies within a month as well.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap on Xbox Free Play Days

Free Play Days event offers Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate members this week.

This weekend, Free Play Days event has returned as usual to serve all Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. A bunch of new titles have arrived that members can enjoy on Xbox One consoles for free through Sunday.

Hitting off the steam from January 23, 12:01 AM PST/3:01 AM EDT, both Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip are going to be available for download and play until January 26, 11:59 PM PST/2:59 AM EDT.

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Wreckfest and Zombieland: Double Tap on Xbox Free Play Days

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Devoid of typical racing game formula, developer Bugbear Entertainment and publisher THQ Nordic goes with a vehicle ramming contest in Wreckfest where you see real-life physics taking toll for breaking rules on a range of combative cars.

Taking motorsport games to an extreme level, you can have fun smashing steel in career, multiplayer and custom events mode. Winning is not everything here but surviving after epic crashes on dirt track in a combative race is.

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Riding back off a successful sequel of 2009 zombie comedy, Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip is a co-op shooter title from developer High Voltage Software and publisher GameMill Entertainment that is played in a top-down perspective.

Hop in with Columbus, Little Rock, Tallahassee, Wichita and more in a post-apocalyptic world taken over by an undead army. All you have to do to survive this global outbreak is to follow rules and use your arsenal of weapons wisely.

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Nearing closer to this weekly event, you can still keep playing these games to keep up all your in-game achievements and earned gamescores by simply purchasing them at a hefty discounted price using your membership.

Pick any of Standard and Deluxe Edition of Wreckfest up at 20% off or get Zombieland for a 40% lesser price. Whether you eventually decide to purchase them or not, at least give them a try when they are here for free before this Monday.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Project: Mara Announced

Hellblade developer Ninja Theory does a surprise reveal of their latest work-in-development titled Project: Mara.

Having delivered fan-favorite games like DmC: Devil May Cry, Heavenly Sword and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice in past, developer Ninja Theory has recently revealed their upcoming brand-new experimental title Project: Mara.

Trying to explore a new of storytelling in video game, their latest in-development game will largely focus on mental terror but instead of taking a fantasy-esque setting, Mara would set on real-world surroundings for a grounded experience.

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Project: Mara Announced

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A brief teaser trailer for Project: Mara is just released that offers a primary idea of its ominous story premise.




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Opening shot of the trailer begins with a shot of a corridor with heavy-breathing sound in background. A female character is seen fearfully looking around to get out and coming face to face with a startling dark reflection of her own.

Winning over accolades of best performer at Bafta Games Awards for playing Celtic warrior Senua who suffers from psychosis, German actress and video editor Melina Juergens is returning once again in latest Ninja Theory venture.

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Studying on many real-life events, developers are trying to create horrors that live deep beneath our psyche with accuracy. Entire clip drips with creepy vibe from both 2007 Spanish movie [•REC] and cancelled Silent Hills reboot.

Ninja Theory has been working on upcoming multiplayer 4v4 team brawler title Bleeding Edge for some time ever since they joined Xbox Game Studios back in 2018 and has also announced Senua's Saga: Hellblade II at The Game Awards 2019.

Xbox Game Pass to Add Indivisible, ScourgeBringer and More

Wrapping up January 2020, Xbox Game Pass brings new games like Indivisible, ScourgeBringer and more.

After adding a bunch of new titles in beginning of January 2020, Xbox Game Pass is bringing more for PC and Xbox One. Some of these great games are consoles only and some are available via Game Pass Ultimate for both platforms.

From January 23 to 30, four more new titles will be joining Game Pass lineup for members to enjoy. There are tons of fun-filled quests within its vast library of games to take on and earn some precious achievement points as well.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add Indivisible, ScourgeBringer and More

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Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour | Console, Ultimate
Aside from a means to get food, fishing is a relaxing hobby for many grown-ups and Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour just takes that pastime to next level by making players master their craft to become between and even compete with others.

Although many don't consider fishing as a sport, those who are serious about it sure does and they can have their way in career mode to be an elite influencer or play in custom multiplayer mode by setting own rules with friends online.

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Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour on Xbox Game Pass

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Indivisible | Console, Ultimate
Creators of critically-acclaimed 2D fighting game Skullgirls, developer Lab Zero Games has returned with action role-playing-platform game by teaming up with publisher 505 Games that nicely blends key-aspects of both genres.

Indivisible takes you to a journey of a girl named Ajna who goes after a warlord named Ravannanar, seeking revenge for burning her village down and attempts to do so by absorbing various incarnations using her mysterious powers.

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Indivisible on Xbox Game Pass

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ScourgeBringer | PC, Ultimate
A roguelite platformer game that has mix of hack and slash gameplay mechanics, ScourgeBringer from developer E-Studio and Flying Oak Games lives very much into the vein of popular indie titles like Celeste and Dead Cells.

When an ancient machine of unknown origin come threatening humanity, a female warrior named Kyhra took it upon herself to fight for salvation in a fast-paced metroidvania experience through procedurally generated deadly dungeons.

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ScourgeBringer on Xbox Game Pass

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Sea Salt | Console, PC, Ultimate
In a rater uncommon ground of playing an old god, indie action strategy game Sea Salt from developer/publisher YCJY Games lets players exact some divine vengeance on mortals of Earthly plane with nightmarish horde of minions.

Worshipping an eldritch sea god known as Dagon, those pesky humans will always defy their lord after their times of need finally expires, which will bring an inevitable doom upon them in form of many vicious creatures sent to them.

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Sea Salt on Xbox Game Pass

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Recent addition in Game Pass also includes new games like Children of Morta, Faster Than Light, Frostpunk, Grand Theft Auto V and Tekken 7. Also, you can Wasteland Remastered is coming soon and can be pre-installed from January 30.

Microsoft is currently offering an amazing deal of a 3 months Xbox Game Pass membership for only $1 for all newcomers. Singing up to this monthly service will allow you access to a collection of over 100 games on PC and consoles.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Dying Light 2 Delayed

Techland announced that Dying Light 2 to be delayed from its previously scheduled spring 2020 launch window.

Revealed back in E3 2018 at Xbox press conference, upcoming survival horror game Dying Light 2 from developed by Techland and published by Square Enix was originally set to arrive on spring 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

However, CEO of Polish studio Techland, Pawel Marchewka has recently stated in an official announcement that their anticipated open-world zombie action game has now been delayed indefinitely from its previously scheduled date.

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Dying Light 2 Delayed

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Although currently in works to be released on current generation gaming platforms, studio chief technology officer Pawel Rohleder confirmed to have plans to make Dying Light 2 a cross-generation game in an interview back in July 2019.

There is still no word on how this delay would affect its release on next-gen consoles like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It is also possible that Techland may be planning to launch the game for platforms from both generations.

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CEO Pawel Marchewka has lately posted current studio update on official Twitter account of Dying Light.



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Despite aiming for an initial spring 2020 release window, development team had to push back to deliver what they intended. They didn't a renewed launch period just yet and have promised to share more details in coming months.

Dying Light was an unexpected success in 2015 and its follow-up sequel Dying Light 2 has been one of the biggest AAA-title of Q2 2020. Techland has hired former writers from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt team to work on its narrative-based gameplay.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Xbox Game Pass for PC to Add A Plague Tale, Gris and More

Xbox Game Pass for PC is starting off January 2020 by adding new games like A Plague Tale, Gris and more.

After debuting back in during E3 2019, a considerably vast library of games was added to Xbox Game Pass for PC. Although still in beta stage, there are nearly 200 titles in collection for its members and many of them are new releases.

Lucky for you, a major nominee from The Game Awards 2019 for "Best Narrative" category and a winner of "Games for Impact" group is listed among upcoming latest lineup of high-quality indie titles announced for Game Pass on PC.

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Xbox Game Pass for PC to Add A Plague Tale, Gris and More

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A Plague Tale: Innocence | PC, Ultimate
Embark a tragic journey of noble young girl Amicia de Rune during dark times of the Hundred Years' War where she is being hunted down by an invading English army as she tries to get her little brother Hugo to doctor Laurentius.

Players need to heavily rely on stealth to avoid getting killed by Inquisition soldiers in this 2019 action-adventure horror game. At that time, a ravenous horde of rats spreading plague can become a tool of their salvation and survival.

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A Plague Tale: Innocence on Xbox Game Pass for PC

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Children of Morta | PC, Ultimate
This story-driven action RPG game from developer Dead Mage and publisher 11 Bit Studios is about a family of heroes. It gameplay mechanics has a blend of action-adventure with roguelike elements and some role-playing aspects.

You will be taking on evil swarms of Mount Morta in single-player or local co-op mode leading an individual character. Members of Bergson family will join raiding procedurally generated dungeons as they are unlocked via player progression.

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Children of Morta on Xbox Game Pass for PC

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Gris | PC, Ultimate
In a world of puzzle-platformer by developer Nomada Studio that is rendered in beautiful watercolor drawings, players assume the role of a girl named Gris who lands onto a colourless Earth after waking up on palm of a huge female statue.

Though often time your objectives are not very clear apparently but you will figure them out eventually on each level. Through actions and exploration, each part of the world would change with a new color and is reflected on its score too.

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Gris on Xbox Game Pass for PC

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Those who have a subscription to Game Pass Ultimate can access all titles on PC platform as well as the ones available on console. It comes bundled with Xbox Live Gold and its multiplayer features along with a large catalog of great games.

Microsoft has an exciting ongoing offer to try out a 3 months membership of Game Pass by spending only $1 for first-time subscribers. Xbox Game Pass is currently giving PC gamers one of the best deals possible for their precious bucks.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Zombie Army 4: Dead War Overview Trailer

Rebellion studio has released a "101 Trailer" for upcoming Zombie Army 4: Dead War, highlighting major features.

Coming out only within a few weeks on February 4, 2020, survival horror third-person shooter game Zombie Army 4: Dead War from developer/publisher Rebellion Developments is set to arrive for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Dead War is a major step up from 2015 Sniper Elite series spin-off Zombie Army Trilogy and as a sequel to its add-on predecessors. Recently, a new overview trailer has been released shortly ahead of its anticipated release next month.

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Zombie Army 4: Dead War Overview Trailer

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In a newly released 6-minute long 101 trailer, Rebellion attempts to give you a roundup of ZA4: Dead War.




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Latest trailer for Zombie Army 4 dives deep inside its story premise and some gameplay aspects in overall. It all begins in 1945 when Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler summoned an army of living dead to avoid defeat by desperately executing "Plan Z".

Though they have left Europe in ruins but F├╝hrer was defeated by members of Resistance and was thrown into the fiery pits of Hell. His undead followers kept roaming around even after a year until a new force of darkness came out.

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Dead War invites brave newcomers and veteran players into a terrifying campaign mode that expands upon multiple levels. There will be no shortage of deadly zombie hordes to face off on your own or in 4-player co-op mode.

Aside from regular recruits from legion of dead, there is some overly unhinged one that belongs to elite class. Some of these crazies will wield weapons like chainsaw, flamethrowers and heavy machine guns to use them against you at will.

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Beware of Zombie Sharks

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This undead plague has infected more than Nazi human flesh and has managed to corrupt War Machines present in battlefield. It has tainted almost everything it touched and now you have to look out for giant zombie sharks in waters.

Of course, players will be given a number of weapon choices to fight back like primary rifle and secondary shotgun to shoot off those nasty skulls or blow up their testicles and enjoy watching it in slow-motion with X-Ray Kill Cam feature.

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Those who wants to take time with their kills can switch to pistol for landing more accurate shots. Unlocking special ability for any and each weapons through playing will allow survivors to deliver a powerful overkill move on enemies.

Set up targets in a line to blow up couple of heads at once in quick-fire or choose melee attack when cornered. This will give you time to fend yourself and restore health but don't forget to use special melee finishing for a larger group.

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Taking advantage of your surrounding environment, distract those nasty bastards with trigger decoys that are set to explode. Also set off electrified floors to incapacitate a pack or dice them all up by activating a whirling propeller blade.

Player arsenal has items like grenades, mines and trip-wires to lure enemies into traps or use divine energy to damage them. Thanks to a deep progression system, there are 100 ranks to upgrade your character and customize their loadout.

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Undead Airman Pack Pre-Order Bonus

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Activating special perks and skills will particularly come in handy to deal with minions of Hitler. Find precious weapon upgrades to expand your armory as well as special execution moves alongside various cosmetic items and emotes.

Finally, there will be a Horde mode to test the abilities of a survivor to overcome great odds. Tackling through wave after waves of undead will advance you to new levels and offer you exceptional rewards for your efforts.

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Receive pre-order bonus Undead Airman Character pack with Standard Edition or any version of ZA4. To get additional campaign levels, outfit, skins and weapons bundle along with base game, purchase Super Deluxe Edition for $79.99 only.

In less than a month, Zombie Army 4: Dead War is scheduled to launch on all confirmed platforms. PC version of the game will remain a timed exclusive to Epic Games Store for a year before Rebellion releases it on Steam.

Sea of Thieves: Legends of the Sea Update Live Now

Rare Studio is kicking in a new decade for Sea of Thieves with latest free monthly content update Legends of the Sea.

Stepping into a New Year and a decade, developer Rare Studio and publisher Microsoft Studios have things planned for their 2018 action-adventure game Sea of Thieves that starts with a free monthly content update on PC and Xbox One.

Packed with more adventurous exploration and collectible bonus treasures, new Legends of the Sea storied update is going live on all available platforms and for members of Xbox Game Pass as well from today, January 14, 2020.

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Sea of Thieves: Legends of the Sea Update Live Now

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Have a brief look at some key-features put together by Rare Studio for players this month in a latest video.




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Bilge Rats' leader Duke is back after long and he has some precious Gilded Voyages for you that will only last for a limited time. Interested pirates can choose only one of them from his list to take part in but it will deliver enough rewards.

Take your earnings to Trading Companies as usual or reap double amount of gold by taking them to excavation site on Reaper's Hideout. Seek out Masked Stranger there and offer your loot to get double rewards, just as Duke promised.

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Be on lookout for newly added set of Ashen Tomes simply lying around in the wild and guided by mean Skeleton crews. Take them to Ashen Guardians and Key Masters within in-game world to unlock them and get all five Tomes of Fire.

Of course, Duke didn't return empty handed without bringing newest cosmetics for pirates that includes full Aristocrat Ship set, Corsair Sea Dog and Parrot Clothing options that he is ready to hand you over in exchange for those.

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A new legendary NPC named Umbra has resided at Lagoon of Whispers and she has many rumours that you can start tracking right away. Her clues will be found in your Commendation list and they will lead you in places to investigate.

With her help, complete those certain rumours to get exclusive Commendations, Doubloons, Titles and tattoo sets. More riches are waiting in a variant of Reaper's Bounty Chests offering vast wealth, which you can spot from a golden beam.

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"X" Marks the Spot Sails

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Jumping in on first week of Legends of the Sea will earn players "X" Marks the Spot emote for free along with matching sails. Be sure to play before January 22 to receive these entitlements until they return back in February update.

Most recently, Sea of Thieves has crossed a staggering 10 million players and became one of the most successful titles of current Xbox generation. Newcomers can easily get started with Maiden Voyage mode for a tutorial-like experience.