We are now just over two weeks away from the first Halo appearance on Xbox One! Today, 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games announced that Halo: Spartan Assault will be available worldwide for digital download on December 24th for $14.99. The Xbox 360 version will follow in January 2014.
Good news for those that have already purchased Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 – anyone who purchases the game on one of those platforms before December 15th will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99.
Please join me and members of the Xbox team to play a few of the Xbox One games that will be featured at PAX Prime the following day. That’s right, this is a a sneak peek at some of Xbox One titles launching later this year. In addition to the games and demos of the Xbox One controller, we also know that an Xbox Community event wouldn’t be complete without free giveaways.
Here are the details:
Where: The Microsoft Store, University Village(Directions) When: Thursday, August 29 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm Why: Come get a sneak peek of some of the Xbox One games being shown at PAX Prime and meet a few members of the Xbox team. Plus, take the Xbox One controller for a spin and experience the improvements we’ve made to the best controllers in gaming.
For those of you who like to save money, during the event you will receive $25.00 off a $75.00 purchase*. *Excludes Surface and Surface Accessories, Xbox One and Xbox One Accessories
Please note, the event is free and open to the public. You do not need a PAX ticket to attend.
I expect a large crowd, so we recommend you get there early. I look forward to seeing you there.
Update: The first 50 people who show up will get a free year of Xbox Live! Also, we’ll have 500 “World Of Tanks” beta codes on hand to giveaway as well.
Update 2: We’ll have Forza 5, Killer Instinct, Ryse, and Project Spark at the event to see and play!
Content:Action Packed Bundle Price: 1600 Microsoft Points Check availability in your Xbox LIVE Region Dash Text: This bundle includes five full Xbox LIVE Arcade titles: “The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile," "Bloodforge," "Dungeon Fighter LIVE,” “Islands of Wakfu,” and “Unbound Saga.” PLEASE NOTE: this bundle pack offers these games together at a discounted rate over individual purchases. The games in this bundle are available as individual downloads in the Xbox Games marketplace and are exactly the same. Be aware that it is possible to download the same game twice. If you already own one of these games there is no additional discount on this bundle, nor do you receive an additional copy of the game you already own. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.
Content:METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region Dash Text: METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE takes the renowned METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory by focusing on delivering an all-new action experience unlike anything that has come before. Combining world-class development teams at Kojima Productions and PlatinumGames, MGR REVENGEANCE brings two of the world’s most respected teams together with a common goal of providing players with a fresh synergetic experience that combines the best elements of pure action and epic storytelling, all within the expansive MG universe. The game introduces Raiden as the central character; a child soldier transformed into a half-man, half-machine cyborg ninja, equipped with a high-frequency katana blade and a soul fueled by revenge.
No new show this week. Instead I’ve uploaded a collection of my earlier shows that have never been re-released, including the very first show I ever did . It’s pretty loose and rough around the edges but you can hear my timely thoughts on Halo 2 , Pocket PC and more for about 11 minutes. Proceed at your own risk.
The rest of the collection has some pretty awesome moments, like Corporeal’s performance that opened our 2007 E3 Show (track 3 below), the exclusive interview with Ken Levine where he announces the original Bioshock Demo that surprised everyone in August of 2007 (track 29) Marty O’Donnell’s conversation about game audio in Halo 3 (track 38) and my interview with Ridley Scott (track 28) just to name a few.
You asked for more Claptrap sounds, and our friends at Gearbox Software have delivered once again. Below find 34 clips taken directly from the master files used in Borderlands 2. That means they sound great and make great notifications sounds your mobile or PC. Enjoy,
24 hours are gone and so are we. $5,333 raised for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Thank you all!
Hi, everyone! It’s e (@thevowel) here. As you may have heard on the podcast, I’m participating in Extra Life again this year. If you aren’t familiar with it, Extra Life is a gaming marathon in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
For $100 you can pick an Xbox 360 game that I have and I’ll play it for 30 minutes. I’ve got most of the Xbox 360 games released in the US so there’s a good chance that I can play your favorite game – or the game that you’d like to see me suffer through! Want me to play it for another 30 minutes? Double your previous donation – $100 for the first 30 minutes, $200 for the next 30, etc. -and I’ll do it. Note: I’m not going to play Kinect games – I’m committed to playing for 24 hours, and if you have me playing Dance Central for hours on end I’ll collapse long before that.
We’ve already got some time sponsored:
8-9AM: Borderlands 2 (thank you Kristy & Randy Pitchford!)
9-9:30AM: Avatar: The Last Airbender (thank you @keithkline!)
PAX Prime in Seattle kicks off later this week, and Xbox will be there in a big way. Be sure to stop by our booth [#412] where we will have yet-to-be-released titles spanning console, Kinect, PC and mobile. Don’t miss playing every single one of Microsoft Studios’ major core franchises – including the most anticipated title of 2012, Halo 4 – some of our highlighted XBLA titles and the hottest content from our third-party publishing partners – all in one place!
In addition to playing some of holiday’s upcoming blockbusters, you can get a sneak peek at some of the new Xbox Games on Windows 8 from Microsoft Studios, and check out the amazing creativity of our independent developer community as part of the Dream.Build.Play competition.
Here is what you’ll find when you visit the Xbox Booth #412 at PAX Prime this year:
Halo 4 Get up close and personal with Halo 4’s fast-paced and addictive multiplayer! Everyday we’ll rotate through an exclusive selection of maps, game modes, and never-before-seen content that we know you’ll love to get hands-on time with! Hone your Halo skills, play with (or against) your friends, and see what innovations in store for you when Halo 4’s launches on November 6th. In the meantime, go behind the scenes to check out how this masterpiece was made in The Magic of Halo 4.
Forza Horizon Come get hands-on with the “best racing game” of E3 according to Electronic Gaming Magazine. In Forza Horizon, you get the freedom of the open road, high intensity action and moment to moment gameplay surrounded by a festival atmosphere, all set to the hottest music curated by one of the world’s biggest DJ’s. Forza Horizon is speed, style and parties on the open road, and can be yours come October 23rd.
Gears of War: Judgment**Updated** Debuting and playable this week at PAX Prime in Seattle is the new multiplayer experience Free-For-All, recently revealed in a cover story in OXM. FFA throws team tactics out the window as each player battles for survival and kills versus all other players. This highly anticipated prequel to the Gears of War saga hits March 19, 2013. Not excited yet? Revisit our E3 trailer, start up your lancer and we’ll see you at PAX Prime.
Fable: The Journey All the power and the magic are in your hands with Fable: The Journey, launching October 9th. Come see what all the fuss is about, from the deep storyline to the heart-pounding action all set in the picturesque world of Albion that fans have come to know and love in the “Fable” franchise. Some lucky folks will walk off not only blow away by the fun to be had with Fable: The Journey, but also with a token for a Fable avatar t-shirt! Kill time between now and PAX by checking out the newest video documentary called “Telling the Tale.”
Xbox LIVE Arcade We’ll also have the newest Xbox LIVE Arcade games from Microsoft Studios. Be sure to check out the open world zombie-survival game, State of Decay; free-to-play title, Happy Wars; follow-up to the smash success, Crash Course 2; and multiplayer racing sensation, Avatar Motocross Madness.
Resident Evil 6 Come play the latest Resident Evil 6 demo at PAX 2012. Featuring 3 separate scenarios to choose from you can try to escape the infected Ivy University campus as Leon S. Kennedy, tackle a building size B.O.W. with Chris Redfield, or clear out the J’avo infested streets of Lanshiang, China as Jake Muller. Blending action and survival horror, Resident Evil 6 promises to be the dramatic horror experience of 2012.
Tomb Raider Lara Croft has already proven herself to be a survivor after escaping a violent shipwreck onto a mysterious island and a disorienting underground encounter where a tribe of island inhabitants tried to capture her. Get hands-on with Tomb Raider as Lara takes her first steps on the island, discovers a lifeline in the form of her iconic bow, and sets out to find her shipwrecked friends.
FIFA Soccer 13 Winner of the prestigious E3 Game Critics award for “Best Sports Game”, FIFA Soccer 13 captures the unpredictability of real-world football, ensuring no two matches play the same. The game features breakthrough gameplay innovations that create a true battle for possession across the entire pitch and deliver freedom and creativity in attack, as well as engaging online features and live services that connect fans to the heartbeat of the sport—and to each other—through EA SPORTS Football Club. FIFA Soccer 13 is Football’s Social Network, where fans connect, compete and share with millions of others around the world.
Dream.Build.Play 2012 Challenge Dream.Build.Play is Microsoft’s global competition that challenges independent game developers to create new and innovative games for Xbox 360 and new this year, games for Windows Phone. With over 350 entries from 42 countries, this year’s competition was tougher than ever. Stop by the Dream.Build.Play station to find out who took home the top honors as we showcase the top four Xbox 360 and top four Windows Phone winners. Winners of the Dream.Build.Play competition will share $112,500 in cash prizes and have the opportunity to become part of the Registered Developer Program (RDP).
I’ll be participating in two sessions of GAME SHOW NIGHT! At 7pm I’ll be a guest on Blankety Blank and then at 9pm, a member of the audience (it could be you!) and I will team up against Sony’s Sid Shuman and a member of the audience in Super Password!
Halo Reborn Pegasus Theatre Saturday, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 343 Industries discusses the evolution of the Halo franchise and the challenges and opportunities Halo 4 presents in innovating within the beloved Halo universe. Join the creators, artists and designers of Halo 4 as they show off some of those evolutions and reveal even more secrets and features of the weapons, vehicles, gameplay and characters that you’ll see when this legendary franchise returns.
Content:Sleeping Dogs Game Demo Price: Free Availability:Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region Dash Text: Welcome to Hong Kong, a vibrant and sprawling metropolis. As undercover cop Wei Shen, you are tasked with infiltrating and taking down a Triad empire from within. Keep your cover intact and navigate between your duty to the badge and the code of honor of the triads. Download the demo now to experience a sneak peek at the brutal martial arts combat, exhilarating free-running, and intense gunfights offered by Sleeping Dogs.
…and right now Major’s on a plane somewhere over the Pacific. Without internet access. I’m pretty sure he said something about my keeping an eye on the blog while he’s gone, too.
Now, I don’t know about you but in my opinion “keeping an eye on the blog” means “talk about whatever you want”. I’m not quite sure that’s what Maj had in mind, but he’s on a plane without internet access right now.
He’s a Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler mix, and he’s 80 pounds of solid muscle. He was a rescue, and he’s about 2.5 years old. There’s nothing in the world he loves more than fetching a tennis ball out of a lake, river, or ocean.
I’ve also got two cats, one of whom just turned 18 – but that’s another blog post.
Who else is looking forward to Spelunky on XBLA tomorrow? I haven’t played it yet, but it looks AWESOME.
Content:Summer Stars 2012 Demo Price: Free Availability:Check availability in your Xbox LIVE Region Dash Text: Whether playing solo in the expansive career mode or competing with friends in the addictive four player multiplayer modes, Summer Stars 2012 brings you an exciting arcade-style sporting experience. Take on a huge variety of summer sports and special challenges and see if you’ve got what it takes to bring home the gold this summer!
We tried a Hangout On Air yesterday. Below is the archive of the full hour and sixteen minutes. Not sure how often we’ll do this. It certainly won’t replace the podcast, but it may be perfect for those weeks when we can’t all get together in the same place. Tell us what you think in the comments
Content:Rayman Origins – Demo Price: Free Availability:Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region Dash Text: Download the demo of Rayman Origins and immerse yourself in this gorgeous 2D platfomer! Explore the lands of the Gibberish Jungle and Gourmand Land and discover or rediscover the magical universe and legendary 2D gameplay that captured the hearts of millions of fans.
Content:Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Demo Price: Free Availability:Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region Dash Text: Jump into a storybook adventure with the Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster demo. From innovative game developer Double Fine Productions comes a storybook adventure of whimsical discovery and outrageous fun, featuring popular Sesame Street characters and quirky, new monsters! This Controller-free gaming experience is full of life lessons, like building friendships, sharing and conquering fears. Perfect for kids, and fun for the entire family! Drop-in/drop-out co-op is ideal for parent/child or sibling play. Join the fun! Full game coming October 2011 exclusively on Kinect™ for Xbox 360®.
Looking for FM4 information? Check out this press release that should get you ready for more Forza Motorsport 4 news at E3.
Gear up for the highly anticipated launch of “Forza Motorsport 4” by pre-ordering today
This fall, the highest rated racing franchise of this generation returns with “Forza Motorsport 4”, the biggest racing game of the year. Starting today, fans can pre-order the game at U.S. retailers for $59.99 (US ERP). For even more incentive to pre-order, Turn 10 Studios confirmed today that fans who pre-order “Forza Motorsport 4” at participating U.S. retailers will receive a token to unlock one of the following five cars, while supplies last:
• Available at Amazon.com- Subaru Impreza WRX STI: The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is the highest standard-edition trim in the Subaru compact car line. The STI is recognized as a speed demon on race tracks, winning first place at Super GT in 2008. • Available at Best Buy- BMW 1 Series M Coupe: Reaching top speeds of 250 km/h, the 1 Series M Coupe is the high-performance version of the famed BMW 1 Series Coupe. • Available at GameStop- Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: The creation of Italian automaker Alfa Romeo and first introduced at the March 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Giulietta contains an exclusive Quadrifoglio Verde configuration with a 1.7L turbocharged engine that will steer you to victory. • Available at Wal-Mart- MINI John Cooper Works Clubman: MINI enthusiasts around the world rejoice! The JCW Clubman sports a 1.6-liter four-cylinder MINI engine that has been tuned and turbocharged to include 208 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. • Available at Target – Honda CR-Z EX: The Honda CR-Z EX is Honda’s sport hybrid with an ultra-modern and sporty look, featuring 16” wheels and tires, low-to-the-ground stance and swooping bodywork. Additionally, its six-speed manual transmission makes it the only hybrid with three pedals.
This same list of cars is available in other regions worldwide and more information for those regions is coming soon.
Rev up for the Limited Collector’s Edition For “Forza” fans who crave the VIP treatment, a Limited Collector’s Edition will also be available. Stay tuned for more details on the exclusive content the Limited Collector’s Edition will offer.
Be one of the first to purchase “Forza Motorsport 4” and receive the “Ship Bonus” car pack A limited quantity of “Forza Motorsport 4” games at retail will include an exclusive in-game car pack available at launch that boasts five incredible cars for fans to race, tune, paint and share. This car pack, limited to the first production run of “Forza Motorsport 4” game discs, will include:
• Ford Mustang GT Coupe 1965: Take to the road in this classic American stallion, one of Ford’s most successful launch cars behind the Model A. • Koenigsegg Agera 2011: “The Agera–from the Swedish verb “to act”–celebrates 15 years of Koenigsegg’s uncompromising philosophy of making dream cars.” • Lexus SC300 1997: A classic personal luxury coupé, the SC300 combines a powerful racer with a 225hp I6-powered engine. • RUF RGT-8 2011: The spectacular RGT-8 is powered by a 4.5-liter V8 engine that has been fine tuned to deliver unmatchable sports car power and curb appeal. • Tesla Roadster Sport 2011: For luxury car fans, the Roadster Sport is electric heaven. Get behind the wheel of this electric two-seater and go zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with a peak rating of 288 horsepower.
Prepare to hit the road in a Ferrari 458 Italia, the “Forza Motorsport 4” cover car Today Turn 10 Studios is also revealing that the cover car for the standard edition of “Forza Motorsport 4” is the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Ferrari 458 Italia is an 8-cylinder two-seater berlinetta with a mid-rear mounted engine, and represents a genuine break with the past in terms of Maranello’s previous high-performance sports cars. The Turn 10 team has worked closely with Ferrari to include every intricate detail of the Ferrari 458 Italia in the game, from its sleek aerodynamic design to its exquisitely modeled 4499 cc V8 engine, offering players the most realistic driving experience off the track.
“The Ferrari 458 Italia was a perfect fit for the ‘Forza Motorsport 4’ hero car. It has the ideal blend of style, creative flair, cutting-edge technology and power that makes it just as gorgeous to look at as it is thrilling to take to the track,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director of Turn 10 Studios. “We’ve worked closely with our partners at Ferrari to bring this amazing car to life in your living room.”