Xbox Reveals Black History Month Plans, Including Free In-Game Content

Microsoft has today pulled back the curtain on its plans to celebrate February's Black History Month, which includes a selection of free in-game content, special streams and curated game selections.

In State of Decay 2, players will be receiving a cosmetic t-shirt inspired by and building from the NAACP’s campaign, “We Are Done Dying,” and by the themes of hope and overcoming adversity as a community. This shirt will additionally be made available for sale at the Xbox Gear Shop from February 8th to March 1st.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is also getting a Black History Month Nameplate, allowing players to "showcase their pride in their own identities, celebrate Black History Month and continue to drive a culture of inclusion in gaming."

BHM Halo

Minecraft: Education Edition is offering four new lessons and a free demo experience to assist educators to teach students about the history of Civil Rights and the ongoing struggle for social justice and racial equity.

Elsewhere, Microsoft Rewards will allow you to donate to several organisations supporting Black communities, and Xbox programming on Twitch will be focused around Black History Month throughout all of February.

"At Xbox, we are committed to building the most inclusive community on the planet, where everyone can experience the joy and connection of gaming and bring their authentic selves to the action.

In 2021, we will be celebrating Black History Month by offering captivating gaming experiences, highlighting the contributions of influential Black and African American developers and creators, while raising awareness of important causes that matter to Black communities."

There's much more taking place throughout the month, so for a full rundown, head to Xbox Wire.