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While most of us are slowly filtering back to work, idly daydreaming about the holidays that were over all-too-quickly, and wondering just how long before the next long weekend, Microsoft isn’t wasting any time. The publisher has hit 2016 running, with a stack of announcements for upcoming releases – get out your calendars, we’ve got some killer dates for you.

Fresh off the back of its biggest Xbox holiday season ever, Microsoft doesn’t want the momentum to die down. More gamers logged on to Xbox One and Xbox 360 during Christmas week 2015 than ever before, with more gamers using Xbox Live on December 28th than on any other day in Xbox history. Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President Of Marketing For Xbox explains that the Xbox One is currently outpacing the Xbox 360, making it Microsoft’s best-selling console to date.

2015 was a monumental year for Xbox – the biggest in our history – and we owe it all to our gaming community. We saw record global engagement and sales fueled by high demand for our greatest games line-up and hardware and accessories like the best-selling Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle and our Elite Controller. Every title in our exclusive 2015 holiday games line-up – Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – sold over 1 million units, and the number of Xbox One gamers who played Microsoft Studios-published titles more than doubled compared to 2014.

He also namechecked a few other achievements ticked off the list: More than 200 new features for gamers (including backward compatibility!), more than 350 games released or made playable on Xbox One, 6.6 million hours of Xbox One games streamed to Windows 10, 6.5 million votes cast on Xbox Feedback, 15 million hours of Xbox 360 games played on Xbox One… Each Xbox exclusive title that launched around the holidays has sold more than 1 million units – including Halo 5, Forza 6, Gears of War Ultimate Edition and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Meanwhile, the gamers did well too, racking up more than 77 billion Gamerscore and 4 billion Achievements in 2015.

As we close a record 2015 for Xbox, there is even more in store for gamers in 2016. With great new games, hundreds of additional titles coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility, a wave of investments in Xbox and gaming on Windows 10, new Xbox Live updates and features for the console including Cortana on Xbox One, 2016 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for gamers. Last year we were proud to offer you the greatest games lineup in Xbox history, and we are thrilled to see all the fun you’re having playing them.

Here’s a snapshot:

  • Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) – Multiplayer Beta in Spring 2016/Launch in Fall 2016
  • Quantum Break (Xbox One) – April 5, 2016
  • Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One & Windows 10) – Fall 2016
  • Crackdown 3 (Xbox One) – Multiplayer in Summer 2016
  • Fable Legends Open Beta (Xbox One & Windows 10) – Spring 2016
  • ReCore (Xbox One & Windows 10) – 2016
  • Sea of Thieves (Xbox One & Windows 10) – 2016
  • Gigantic (Xbox One & Windows 10) – 2016
  • Killer Instinct: Season 3 (Xbox One & Windows 10) – March 2016
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Windows 10) – Spring 2016
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (Xbox One & Windows 10) – Spring 2016
  • Cobalt (Xbox One, Xbox 360 & Steam) – Feb. 2, 2016

We are grateful to our passionate community of gamers on Xbox One. You are our inspiration and the soul of Xbox, and we look forward to sharing even more great gaming experiences with you in 2016.

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