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New this week for Xbox One: Final Fantasy XV, Steep

A new week of Xbox One releases is here, rounding off the month of November with another wave of triple-A titles. Although this month's lineup has been packed to the brim with top-tier releases, the pace won't be slowing down as we race into the holiday season.

Kicking off this week is the long-awaited next entry in the Final Fantasy series, 'Final Fantasy XV'. Ubisoft is also debuting its brand new extreme sports franchise 'Steep' this Friday, taking players on an adrenaline-filled ride through the Alps. Other notable releases include 'The Crew: Ultimate Edition' and 'The Dwarves'.

Our top picks this week:

Final Fantasy XV

After ten years in development, the latest entry in the main Final Fantasy series hits Xbox One this week. Final Fantasy XV follows Noctis Lucis Caelum and his three companions on a road trip across the earth-like world of Eos in an attempt claim back their homeland.

Diverging from some previous entries to the series, Final Fantasy XV reintroduces action-based combat, taking advantage of an expansive open world. Players can expect to explore the world using an array of methods – ranging from the group's car 'Regalia', to the series' iconic bird, Chocobos. The rich, diverse world of Final Fantasy XV is packed with places to visit, from expansive dynamic towns to the beast-inhabited wildlands.

The game also implements a major overhaul to the combat system, allowing players to take part in more action-orientated encounters. Unlike earlier titles which offered turn-based combat, Final Fantasy XV puts weapons and magic in the hands of Noctis, with a greater focus on timing and precise attacks.

Final Fantasy XV is available for Xbox One on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

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Steep

Ubisoft is also set to debut Steep this week – a brand new franchise centered around extreme sports. Taking place in a snowy open world, players will be given the opportunity to engage in various activities, from paragliding and wingsuit flying through the air, to skiing and snowboarding on the ground. Unlike many of today's sports games, Steep verges away from realism in turn of rewarding irrational tricks and techniques.

The game will also place a significant emphasis on its multiplayer component, expanding the game's horizons into an interconnected online world. Offering a world shared with other gamers, Steep's mountainous landscapes are designed to accommodate multiple players, making for a more dynamic online experience.

Steep lets players hit the slopes on Friday, December 2, 2016.

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Other releases this week:

Tuesday, November 29

  • The Crew: Ultimate Edition

Thursday, December 1

  • The Dwarves

Friday, December 2

  • Furi

What about you?

What are you looking forward to this week? Are there any games you're looking to pick up? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

8 Comments
  • Santa is getting me ffxv because I've been a good boy. Just means I can't play til 12/25. Eh... I have plenty of joy from battlefield 1 for now
  • We also have a Battlefield 1 update dropping soon with a new map!
  • Final fantasy ultimate collectors edition will be here tomorrow....buzz
  • Oof, I'm sure your wallet wasn't too pleased with that ;)
  • £189 plus Xbox elite plus 4k TV... All for one game haha
  • Steep is a massive disappointment. Boring, boring and boring again. I tried closed/open beta and the only positive thing is the nice graphic, but the game itself is very boring
  • I played the open demo on a pc maxed out on 1440p and I felt the graphics were very so so. Walking in the snow looked like something you would see in a game years ago and the trees are god awful. And yea, the game play is boring as can be. I wish it was a version of the arcade snowboarding games from the ps1/ps2 era with a lot better graphics.
  • From my recent experiences, it seems that it's also very dependent on the type of environment at the time