Celebrate the release of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero edition and take part in special events at all 104 Microsoft Stores on Sunday (yes, Sunday), November 2nd starting at 9 p.m. local time.

Ten Microsoft stores locations will also host special Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero events and create a full military-style atmosphere in-store including:

  • “Training Course” Recruitment Pass experience: check-in at five military-themed stations and be entered to win a new Xbox One Console.
  • An Army-themed “Mess Hall”: food to sustain your late night gaming, COD branded Mountain Dew Energy drinks and Doritos sampling, a live DJ and additional giveaways.
  • Combat zone gaming stations:  be among the first to play the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

If you pre-order Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare before November 3rd, you will receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. If you pre-order Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare online and are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, toward the Xbox Store. If you haven’t upgraded to an Xbox One console yet, there is also a promotion for $50 off any Xbox One, including the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare console. That is in addition to Microsoft Stores’ competitive trade-in offers of up to $100 toward an Xbox One.

You can head to any Microsoft Store to try out the game and purchase Call of Duty: Advance warfare, but these stores have a complete experience detailed above: Fashion Valley (San Diego, CA), Oakbrook Center (Oakbrook, IL), Park Meadows (Lone Tree, CO), St. John’s Town Center (Jacksonville, FL), The Shops at La Cantera (San Antonio, TX), The Woodlands (The Woodlands, TX), University Village (Seattle, WA), Walden Galleria (Buffalo, NY), Westfield Century City (Santa Monica, CA), Yorkdale (Toronto, ON).

I’ll be at the University Village store in Seattle this Sunday starting at 9pm, so see you there…

Gamescom week begins today, with the world premiere of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer broadcast live from Cologne, Germany.

Xbox Live’s Aceybongos and I will interview Sledgehammer Games,the creators of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare interviews and debut the new multiplayer trailer. Watch it all unfold below, or, if you’d like to watch from your living room, launch the live events player on your Xbox One or Xbox 360.

The event begins today at 19:00 CET (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific), so see you then.
UPDATE: the event has concluded, but you may enjoy a full replay here.

Here’s the just-released official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Reveal Trailer:

It’s officially August, and that means it’s nearly time for gamescom, the world’s busiest gaming convention. This year, we’re kickstarting our week in Cologne, Germany, with a live special you can enjoy at home.

Join me, Xbox Live’s Aceybongos, and the creators of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for the world broadcast premiere of the next generation of Call of Duty multiplayer during a special live event streamed on Xbox Live.

Tune in on August 11th 19:00 CET (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific) to see Sledgehammer Games present the exclusive live reveal of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer, featuring exclusive interviews and the world premiere of the new multiplayer trailer.

Here’s a taste:

We have plenty more planned for gamescom 2014, and we can’t wait to share more with you soon.

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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Nemesis, the fourth and final DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives first on Xbox Live next week. Take a look:

Here’s more info on Nemesis, courtesy of Activision:

Get the first look at Nemesis, the fourth and final DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Nemesis includes four Multiplayer maps: Goldrush, Subzero, Dynasty, and Showtime, a reimagined version of the fan-favorite Shipment from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

The four-part Extinction saga concludes with Episode 4: Exodus. Explore the biggest Extinction level yet and take on nearly every Cryptid species from previous episodes. You will also contend with the Ancestors – a powerful new enemy with mind control and psionic attacks.

Nemesis arrives first on Xbox LIVE on August 5th

Today, Activision and Infinity Ward are offering the first look at Invasion, the third DLC Pack available for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Invasion features four Multiplayer maps and the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative, Awakening. Have a look at the trailer:

Here’s more on those new Multiplayer maps:

DEPARTED – Set in a rural Mexican town amidst the Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) celebration, this medium-sized map features a classic three-lane design. The decorative streets, back alleys, and festive cemetery have plenty of cover for run-and-gunners, but still features some long-range engagements.

If you complete the map’s unique Field Order, you will unlock the Death Mariachi killstreak. Armed with dual wielding pistols, the Death Mariachi rampages through the map, turning your kills into your own squad mates. Celebrate the dead, just try not to become one of them!

PHARAOH – In an abandoned archeological site of an ancient Egyptian palace, where the pyramids create a formidable backdrop, this medium sized, complex multi-level map includes a collapsing monument, urns full of flesh-eating scarabs, and other surprises.

Within the Egyptian palace, you will battle through different chambers, a throne room, and temples ideal for close-quarters combat and short-range weapons, all under the watchful eye of Anubis, the half-jackal/half-human, protector of the dead. The more adventurous of you will be handsomely rewarded by exploring the deepest secrets of the site.

MUTINY – In a secretive cove on a remote Caribbean island, this mysterious inlet is not your ideal holiday destination. Harboring an eerie pirate hideout – complete with abandoned trading posts and prison cells – you’ll need to focus on speed and stealth as you find your way through the narrow and intertwining pathways.

Mutiny comes packed with many “treasures” for you to discover, such as the map’s unique killstreak – an escort of ghostly pirates who will happily send your foes down to Davy Jones’ Locker.

FAVELA – Favela is a refreshed version of the fan-favorite Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 map of the same name. Years later, the favela has seen substantial cosmetic changes – buildings once under-construction are now complete, while others have not aged as gracefully as others with the passage of time, and are now in a state of disrepair.

With narrow passageways, multiple housing complexes, and abandoned storefronts, there is also plenty of opportunity for shorter range weapons as you navigate this Brazilian shantytown.

Extinction continues its storyline with Episode 3: Awakening. Descend into an alien underworld and strike at the mysterious puppet-masters behind the Cryptid invasion. Three new Cryptid species await players, along with some familiar enemies and allies.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion arrives first on Xbox – next Tuesday, June 3rd.






The 2014 Call of Duty Championships, presented by Xbox, are on NOW. With teams from around the world battling it out for their share of $1 million in prize money, the competition is sure to be fierce. Here’s how you can follow the action live:

  • Catch opening-round qualifiers action today and tomorrow on MLG.tv and the MLG app on Xbox Live. Rounds start at 9am Pacific.
  • Watch the championship finals on Xbox Live, Sunday at 3pm PT/6pm ET on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

In between matches, learn about the teams in the competition over on Xbox Wire, or join in the conversation on Twitter using the #XboxCoD hashtag.

Devastation, the second DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts,  debuts April 3, first on Xbox. This pack features four unique multiplayer maps, an all-new tactical 2-in-1 weapon, and Episode 2: Mayday – the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative.

Here’s a bit more intel we’ve received on these maps:

  • RUINS: A mountaintop Mayan ruin overrun by the jungle, Ruins’ skyline is dominated by an ominous volcano on the brink of eruption. The central temple provides a key overwatch position, and adds verticality to the subterranean sections beneath the temple’s foundations. These underground sections, cliffside trails and stairwells create a myriad of pathways and flanking routes so players will never be far from the frantic action.
  • BEHEMOTH: Situated on a massive bucket-wheel excavator (BWE), one of the largest vehicles ever created, Behemoth is a narrow, multi-level map. Long sight lines open Behemoth up to longer-range weapons, while BWE’s core walkways offer tight interior control rooms, ideal for those who prefer close-quarters combat. The map’s multiple levels gives players flanking opportunities so there will rarely be an opportunity to focus solely on your cross-hairs.
  • COLLISION: Having collided with a New York bridge, the resulting wreckage of this cargo ship provides the setting for Collision. With the mangled remains of the bridge, burnt out vehicles, and shipping containers strewn across the deck, this map provides the ideal theatre for tight, close-quarters combat.
  • UNEARTHED: Inspired by Dome, the fan-favorite map from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Unearthed drops players at the heart of an alien dig site. Unearthed lies amidst the shadows of mysterious ancient statues, and at its heart is an ancient meteorite – the focus of the excavation.

Moving on to Devastation’s new weapon, The Ripper: This unique weapon provides players with two different configurations: medium to short-range capability as a Sub Machine-Gun (SMG), and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle (AR), giving maximum flexibility to adjust to a variety of map types and tactics.

And finally, the Extinction experience continues with Episode 2: Mayday. In the aftermath of Episode 1: Nightfall, the Quick Reaction Force team is sent in to investigate a high-tech ghost ship adrift in the South Pacific. In Episode 2: Mayday your team will need new weapons and new tactics to deal with the insidious wall-crawling “Seeder,” and the skyscraper-sized monstrosity known as the “Kraken.” To survive, players must explore the ship’s cavernous environment, scavenge supplies and construct improvised weapons and traps from blueprints found onboard.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation, available April 3rd, first on Xbox.

This Week’s Xbox Live Store Deals

Here are this week’s Call of Duty-themed games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 3 March 2014.

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Games on Demand 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Season Pass Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Cyborg Pass Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Games on Demand 60%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 01 Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 02 Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 03: Chaos Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 04: Final Assault Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Apocalypse Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Revolution Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Uprising Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Vengeance Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Nuketown Zombies Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Extra Slots Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Dragon Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Graffiti Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Party Rock Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Bacon Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Benjamins Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Pack-A-Punch Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombies Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Rogue Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Aqua Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Dia De Muertos Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Viper Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Kawaii Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Jungle Warfare Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Breach Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Coyote Pack Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Glam Pack Add-On 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals of the Week are for Xbox Live Gold members.

Call of Duty: Ghosts’ first DLC, Onslaught, arrives this Tuesday only on Xbox LIVE. Nightfall is part of the Onslaught package, the first of four Extinction episodes. Take a look:

More on Nightfall: At a remote facility in the Alaskan wilderness, the shadowy Nightfall Program has been researching the origins of the “Alien” threat. When the scientists lose control, a small team of elite soldiers must retrieve the intel, exterminate hordes of hostile creatures, and survive a three-story tall terror unlike anything they’ve faced before.

To view the entire Onslaught package, including its multiplayer maps and the Maverick dual-purpose rifle, click here.