Xbox news recap: Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay reveal, Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy teaser and more

Michael Cottuli

Mass Effect: Andromeda on Xbox One

Welcome to our weekly Xbox news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Xbox. Let’s get started.

Gameplay trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda debuts at the Game Awards

Mass Effect Andromeda, which is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated titles in modern gaming history, just got its first true gameplay trailer. The trailer premiered at the ever-expanding annual Game Awards, and showed off just about everything that Mass Effect fans wanted to see. The new combat system seems absolutely incredible, mixing the methodical ability-based tactical combat from the original trilogy with some of the dynamic action-based mechanics that were debuted in Bioware’s previous game, Dragon Age: Inquisition. We also got a look at dialogue, interrupts, and a few other things that long-time Mass Effect fans have been dying to get a look at.

Trailer releases for Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy

After they revolutionized episodic video game storytelling with the first season of The Walking Dead Game, Telltale has been getting deals for games at every corner. They released the teaser recently for the latest in their long string of licensed stories – this time, it’s going to be Marvels’ Guardians of the Galaxy that gets the Telltale treatment. Fans can probably expect the Tales from the Borderlands treatment for this lighthearted franchise, and considering Tales from the Borderlands was received as one of Telltale’s best ever games, that should be an exciting prospect. The teaser told us pretty much nothing about the game, so all we can do is wait and anticipate a bit more information.

Phil Spencer thinks 2016 was the “tipping point” for Xbox One’s success

The PlayStation 4 led pretty much the entire narrative when it came to console gaming these past few years. The release of the Xbox One S changed a lot of that, however, and Microsoft boss Phil Spencer thinks that 2016 was their “tipping point”. This year showed sales skyrocketing for Xbox, with the Xbox One S managing to be the best-selling console in Britain since its release. Things have undeniably been going well as Xbox seems to hit its stride, and time will only tell how Microsoft can convert that momentum into an even better 2017.

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 gets new update

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 just got the “Festive Edition Upgrade,” releasing a bunch of new content for the game in order to freshen it up for the people who haven’t played in a little while. The update is fairly substantial, adding in 2 new legendary characters, 1 festive customization pack, 200,000 PvZ coins, new modes, and a new interactive hub world called the “Backyard Battleground.” The update costs $14.95 for most customers, but EA Access members get a humble discount, with the update available at $13.95.

Teaser trailer releases for Star Wars Battlefront’s Rogue One: Scarif update

Did you think that EA was going to stop actively supporting Star Wars: Battlefront after  Star Wars: Episode VII came out? As it turns out, the game is continuing to get new updates as we come up on that movie’s anniversary – which is also about the time that the new Star Wars story, Rogue One, hits theaters. The new update is themed around Rogue One, and it just got a teaser trailer ffor those who want a taste. The update features two new heroes, access to the U-Wing, Jyn’s A180 Blaster Pistol, Orsson’s DT-29, as well as a few new star cards and power ups.

Here are some of the new games that came out this week:

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