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Microsoft (MSFT) Xbox Reveals Citizen Sleeper 2: Starward Vector

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Microsoft (MSFT - Free Report) -owned Xbox has announced an exciting update for the fans of Citizen Sleeper and those looking forward to the sequel, offering new gameplay elements and a deeper narrative experience.

Citizen Sleeper 2: Starward Vector will be available on Xbox consoles. Just like the original, it will be a day one Game Pass release, allowing subscribers to play on Xbox Series consoles and PC from the game's launch.

Citizen Sleeper has received a positive response from players since its launch on Game Pass over a year ago and it will continue to be available on the platform for the foreseeable future.

The sequel introduces new characters, including an ally named Serafin and antagonist named Laine. The story revolves around a sleeper trying to break free from the reliance on the drug called Stabilizer and facing challenges along the way.

Starward Vector expands on the dice-based RPG gameplay of the original by introducing a spaceship that players can use to explore the Starward Belt. Players can take on high-risk and high-reward contracts and build a crew to maximize their success.

As with the original game, storytelling and characters are central to Starward Vector. Contracts will have unexpected twists and tough choices while interactions with crew will be an integral part of the experience.

Hexport is one of the game's hubs, featuring unique locations, characters and stories. It is powered by old solar panels from the Solheim corporation, housing a trade hall, an industrial sector and the popular Bends bar, making it a great place to gather resources and crew members.

Xbox has introduced an episodic narrative series called Helion Dispatches, bridging the gap between Citizen Sleeper and Citizen Sleeper 2. A release date has yet to be announced for Citizen Sleeper 2: Starward Vector.

Gaming Lineup to Fend Off Competition

With some anticipated releases right around the corner and lots of games on the horizon in the coming months, a host of new games are set to fill up the Xbox Series X library. The lineup includes Starfield, CyberPunk 2077 Phantom Liberty and more.

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These updated games are expected to fend off competitors like Sony (SONY - Free Report) , Electronic Arts (EA - Free Report) and Nintendo, and boost gaming revenues in the rest of 2023 and 2024.

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Even though Microsoft faces tough competition from its competitors, it is expected to do well in the gaming market because of its high-quality immersive games and consoles.

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