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August 8th 2014, 1:00 pm PT

Follow Xbox Live from gamescom 2014

The world’s largest videogames event, gamescom, is just days away. Xbox is going big in Cologne, Germany next week, and for the first time, you’ll be able to follow along at home – LIVE.

ticket to gamescom

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE MULTIPLAYER WORLD PREMIERE FROM GAMESCOM:

Tune in on Monday, August 11th at 19:00 CET (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific) to see Sledgehammer Games present the exclusive live reveal of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer. More details can be found here, and I’ll set up a post on majornelson.com Monday with a video embed for easy viewing.

GAMESCOM 2014 XBOX BRIEFING AND AFTER SHOW:

For the first time, watch the gamescom Xbox Briefing live from wherever you are. The broadcast begins Tuesday, August 12th at 14:00 local time (which is 8am Eastern and an eye-opening 5am Pacific – set your alarm).

Immediately following gamescom 2014 Xbox Briefing, stay tuned for live playthroughs of some of our biggest holiday titles. Hosted by Major Nelson and AceyBongos. explore Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and more with the developers.

Watch everything on Xbox.com, your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone (download the app here) or on Twitch.


TWITCH XBOX BOOTH STREAMING:

We’ll be broadcasting live to www.Twitch.tv/Xbox direct from the Xbox booth from all gamescom long. We’re lining up a packed schedule of key first and third party Xbox One titles, including developer guest appearances. More details to come next week.


CONSTANT UPDATES:

Of course, I’ll be tweeting from @majornelson all week long, and updating this site. Xbox Wire will be previewing nearly every Xbox game at the show throughout the week, and look for daily videos on Xbox One and Xbox 360 Dashboard.

See you live on Monday!

August 8th 2014 at 1:00 pm | Events, gamescom | 89 comments

August 1st 2014, 5:01 am PT

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer World Premiere from gamescom

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.

August 1st 2014 at 5:01 am | COD, Events, gamescom | 82 comments

July 26th 2014, 8:59 am PT

Watch the Halo: Nightfall Panel Right Here

This year’s San Diego Comic Con has been a haven for Halo fans, with two panels packing the halls to learn more about Halo: Nightfall and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While Comic-con panels are rarely livestreamed, 343 Industries has now made the entirety of the panel available for viewing. Here, meet the stars and creators of Halo: Nightfall:

For those of you at San Diego Comic-con this weekend, be sure to drop by the 2nd floor of the Manchester Grand Hyatt to go hands on with dozens of upcoming Xbox One titles, meet some of the devs who are creating them, and get your hands on super-limited-edition collectibles. More details here.

July 26th 2014 at 8:59 am | Events | 15 comments

July 22nd 2014, 2:54 pm PT

No Comic-con Badge? No Problem. Join us Thursday in San Diego

We’re planning a lot of great stuff at San Diego Comic Con later this week. But what if you don’t have a badge (they do usually sell out in a fraction of a second)? Well, we’d still like you to see everything we’ve got on offer at the Xbox Lounge.

Xbox Lounge

We’ve been able to clear access for several dozen non-badged Xbox fans this Thursday night only. Drop by, play games that aren’t even out yet, and make everyone else jealous. Easy!

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Thursday, July 24th at 9:00 PM (open til Midnight)

Where: Manchester Hyatt San Diego, 2nd Floor, Seaport Ballroom
(look for the line labeled “Xbox Community/Major Nelson”)

Who: Xbox fans 21 and older (ID will be checked!)

What you can do: Play Sunset Overdrive, Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, Fable Legends, Ori and The Blind Forest, Madden NFL 15 and much more (!) Talk to the devs. See and be seen.

Attendance is limited, but if you do have a Comic-con Badge, feel free to drop by the lounge throughout the week.

See you Thursday!

July 22nd 2014 at 2:54 pm | Events | 13 comments

July 21st 2014, 11:59 am PT

Celebrate the Destiny Beta on Xbox this Wednesday

Are you ready for the Destiny Beta on Xbox? This coming Wednesday, we invite you to join us to help celebrate the launch of the beta everyone will be playing this week. Since we’ll be in San Diego for Comic-con, we’re inviting locals to join us at the San Diego Microsoft Store at Fashion Valley Mall.

Destiny Beta

We’ll be broadcasting the Destiny beta on Xbox One over Twitch from the store, before raffling off some great prizes to those in attendance. Bonus: the first 100 attendees will receive a code for the Destiny beta for Xbox, redeemable on Bungie.net.

Here’s everything you need to know:

When: Wednesday, July 23rd at 5:00 PM

Where: Fashion Valley Microsoft retail store in San Diego

Who: everyone is welcome

Once the broadcast is concluded, we’ll be sticking around with our friends at Razer for their event, which continues at the Microsoft Store until 11pm. They’ve got a lot planned, so be sure to find all the details here.

If you’re planning on attending, please let us know by RSVPing on this event’s page on Facebook. This event is free, and you don’t need Comic-con passes to attend. See you there!

If you miss us on Wednesday, make sure to swing by the Microsoft Store outside of the Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Hyatt.  They’ll be running Comic-con-only Xbox offers on-site, including console and pre-order game offers.

 

July 21st 2014 at 11:59 am | Events | 277 comments

July 11th 2014, 9:01 am PT

Killer Instinct at Evo This Weekend

This weekend, fighting game enthusiasts from around the world descend will on Las Vegas for The Evolution Championship Series. Evo is the largest fighting game tournament in the world, and Killer Instinct will play a big part again this year.

TJ Combo KIller Instinct

Killer Instinct is the only current gen fighter in competition. Here’s when its in action:

  • Tournament pools start at 10am Pacific Saturday 7/12
  • Semifinals begin at 6pm Pacific Saturday 7/12
  • Finals begin at 11am Pacific Sunday 7/13

For those of you at the show, we’ll have the latest build of Killer Instinct with TJ Combo available to play at the Mad Catz booth.

We’re also presenting a Killer Instinct Season 2 Developer Panel at 10am Saturday 7/12, where we’ll be presenting the season 2 philosophy, hearing from Iron Galaxy and Microsoft, and of course, answering questions from attendees. It turns out the panel was Friday.

For those who can’t make it to Vegas, we encourage you to watch from wherever you may be via the Twitch-hosted broadcast.

  • Click here to watch the initial pools and semifinals Saturday
  • Click here to watch the Finals on Sunday

July 11th 2014 at 9:01 am | Events, Xbox One | 10 comments

July 10th 2014, 12:20 pm PT

Xbox at San Diego Comic-Con

Comic-Con International: San Diego is the biggest, craziest, most awesome pop culture convention in the world – and from July 24-27, Xbox will be in sunny Southern California, bringing its A-game. These are the events to attend and games to play at the show.

Panels

See some previews for upcoming games, and learn the latest scoops from some of Xbox’s most talented developers. If you’re a gamer, you won’t want to miss any of these:

Halo: Nightfall First-Look
Thursday, July 24, 11:45AM – 12:45PM, Room 6BCF

Prepare for your next step in the Halo Journey with a deep-dive into Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions. Join 343’s Kiki Wolfkill (Executive Producer), Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director)along with key Halo: Nightfall cast and crew, and be among the first to get the details of the story and production.


The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive
Thursday, July 24, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Room 5AB

Join Xbox Live’s Major Nelson to get an inside look into the inspiration behind the vibrant and off-the-wall style of Sunset Overdrive, a new open-world action game coming exclusively to the Xbox One this fall. Audience members will be the first to see new Sunset Overdrive content illustrating the creative freedom the game offers players. Hear directly from Insomniac Games’s Drew Murray and Marcus Smith (Game and Creative Director, respectively) along with art director Jacinda Chew and lead character artist Gavin Goulden.


Halo: The Master Chief Collection Developer Panel
Friday, July 25, 10:15AM – 11:15AM, Room 6BCF

Join 343 Industries’ Senior Producer, Dennis Ries, and Franchise Director, Frank O’Connor, Certain Affinity’s President and original Halo 2 multiplayer and online design lead, Max Hoberman, and other guests for an in-depth conversation about Halo: The Master Chief Collection.  Fans can hear about what to expect from the highly anticipated compilation and discuss the efforts being made to bring the story of the Master Chief and Halo’s legendary multiplayer to a new generation.

Digging E.T. –  Behind the Scenes of the Xbox Originals Documentary, “Atari: Game Over”
Friday, July 25, 3:30PM – 4:40PM, Room 5AB

Comic-Con fans will get the first glimpse at “Atari: Game Over,” the Xbox Originals documentary that chronicles the fall of the Atari Corporation through the lens of one of the biggest mysteries of all time, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of hundreds of thousands of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Join Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, original Atari video game designer Howard Scott Warshaw (E.T., Yars’s Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark), two-time Academy Award winning executive producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”), Emmy winning executive producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”), director Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” and “Incident at Loch Ness”), Fuel CEO Mike Burns and more as they take fans behind the scenes and share an inside look into the making of this weird and wonderful film. Moderated by Larry Hyrb, Xbox’s Major Nelson.


The Xbox Booth & Lounge

Whether you’re in the convention center hanging out at the Xbox booth (booth #100) or down the street at the Xbox Lounge in the Manchester Grand Hyatt (1 Market Place), we’ve got over two dozen different games to check out. Come by to play an unparalleled line-up of games that will all be heading to Xbox One consoles later in 2014 or check out our entertainment offerings.

  • Sunset Overdrive
  • Evolve
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Fable Legends
  • Ori and The Blind Forest
  • Super Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix
  • Madden NFL 15
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • The Evil Within
  • The Crew
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)
  • Killer Instinct
  • Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Project Spark
  • Minecraft
  • Powerstar Golf
  • Project Totem
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • #IDARB
  • Fenix Rage
  • Dance Central Spotlight
  • Titanfall
  • Forza 5
  • Kinect Sports Rivals

Xbox Tournaments Powered by MLG. As the exclusive sponsor of the Comic-Con Lounge, Xbox is teaming up with Major League Gaming (MLG) to bring eSports to Comic-Con. From July 24-27, the Xbox Gaming Lounge will host a variety of walk-up-and-play tournaments for

Titanfall

,

Killer Instinct

, and

Forza Motorsport 5

. The tourneys are designed for all Comic-Con attendees, gamers, and aspiring competitors. MLG commentator Chris Puckett will provide play-by-play commentary for walk-up gamers, who will also have the opportunity to play against MLG pros and YouTube stars. Tournaments will be broadcast on the MLG apps for Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as MLG.tv and MLG mobile apps.

Killer Instinct

tournaments will take place Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Forza Motorsport 5 tournaments will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Titanfall tournaments will take place Thursday from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m and Friday and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Xbox Gaming Lounge is located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt (One Market Place, Seasport Ballroon, 2nd Floor).

In addition to the events listed above, we’ve also got a few surprises in store for the show. Stay tuned for more news on SDCC.

Remember: Since the Panels and Xbox Lounge are official parts of  the Comic Con schedule, you will need a Comic Con badge to attend.

July 10th 2014 at 12:20 pm | Events | 18 comments

July 5th 2014, 7:01 am PT

Watch the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Panel Today at Noon Central

Today, at RTX in Austin, 343 and Certain Affinity are presenting an exclusive look at the development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The developers will be discussing the design and vision of the project, with original Halo 2 development stories from lead Halo 2 multiplayer designer/Certain Affinity president Max Hoberman.

If you can’t join us at the Austin Convention Center today, we invite you to watch live from wherever you are on Twitch:

Watch live video from RTXlive2 on www.twitch.tv

It all starts at Noon Central Time (click here to see start time where you live)

There’s plenty more over on Halo Waypoint. Enjoy!

 

 

July 5th 2014 at 7:01 am | Events, Halo | 40 comments

June 11th 2014, 9:21 am PT

Play Sunset Overdrive Tonight in LA

Unless you managed to win your way in, E3 is closed to the general public. That’s why Insomniac Games is taking the Sunset Overdrive E3 show floor experience outside of the LA Convention Center for tonight only! Join us at the Century City Microsoft store to be among the first gamers to go hands on with this upcoming Xbox One exclusive’s newly revealed Chaos Squad. Attendees will also have the chance to meet the Insomniacs that make Sunset Overdrive as well as Xbox Live’s Major Nelson.

As with any Xbox event, we’ll be raffling off Xbox One consoles and other fun giveaways in the store, including cans of ice cold Overcharge Delirium XT! (Yes, seriously)

Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One

What: Sunset Overdrive Event at Century City Microsoft Store hosted by Major Nelson

Where: Microsoft retail store at Century City10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

When: Wednesday, June 11th – 6 to 9pm (this means TONIGHT)

Bonus: Pre-order Sunset Overdrive at the Microsoft Store Century City Event and get a limited edition poster you can get the Insomniac devs to sign! Plus, get a $10 Microsoft Store gift card, 2 exclusive melee weapons and secure your copy of the Day One Edition, which includes a bonus gun, outfit and the Hardcore Hammer.

Oh, and because we know the only thing worse than a town full of violent, Overcharge-powered mutants is LA traffic, we’re setting up a ride on the baddest bus ever to hit Santa Monica Boulevard.

The Sunset Overdrive bus will make a visit to the West Hollywood Gamestop location (7100 Santa Monica Blvd #115, West Hollywood, CA 90046) today from 4-5pm, then roll over to the Century City event (return drop-offs at 730pm and 9pm). It only seats 40 people, so you’ll want to be at Gamestop early enough to grab a spot.

More details on the Facebook event page here. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.

See you tonight!






June 11th 2014 at 9:21 am | E3, Events | 31 comments

June 4th 2014, 2:04 pm PT

Major Nelson’s Pre-E3 Event at Century City: Know Before You Go

Last week, we detailed all of the ways that you can join us at E3. Today, we want to follow up with some more details about the Microsoft Store event this coming Sunday where we’ll be raffling off access to the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing.

Xbox E3

By utilizing a raffle system, we’ve optimized the event to minimize waiting for fans – there’s no reason to spend your whole weekend camping out. Everyone who arrives by 11am will have an equal chance of gaining entry to Monday’s big event. Additionally, we’ll have a number of ID@Xbox titles for attendees to play at the Microsoft Store, including the innovative Fru and #IDARB’s 8-player madness. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fan event if we didn’t raffle off some other goodies as well. OK, here are all the relevant details:

What: Major Nelson’s Pre-E3 Event at Century City

Where: Microsoft retail store at Century City – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

When: Sunday, June 8th – Raffle starts at 11am, in-Store event from 1 to 3pm.

Xbox E3 Media Briefing ticket raffle details (read carefully!):

The line for the Xbox E3 Media Briefing ticket raffle opens at 11am in the courtyard on the side of LensCrafters near the Microsoft store at Century City mall (there will be signs directing you from the Microsoft Store). Camping is not allowed (or necessary!). Every person who enters the line beginning at 11am will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win an Xbox E3 Media Briefing pass.

100 winners will be selected via raffle for a pass to the E3 Media Briefing:

  • We will have a raffle drawings every 15 minutes after the line opens at 11am until 12:45pm.
  • First raffle: 11:15am
  • Last raffle: 12:45pm

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be 18 to attend the press briefing. No exceptions – ID will be checked!

What happens if I do not win an E3 Media Briefing pass, may I still attend the event?

Customers who do not win the E3 briefing passes will be encouraged to come to the store for the event from 1-3pm with Major Nelson. We will have new and unreleased ID@Xbox titles to play, and other fun giveaways in the store for customers to participate in.

More details on the Facebook event page here. Any questions? Ask away in the comments.

We look forward to meeting you on Sunday!






June 4th 2014 at 2:04 pm | E3, Events, ID@Xbox | 33 comments

May 30th 2014, 11:33 am PT

Here’s How to Join Xbox at E3 2014

With E3 less than two weeks away, the Xbox team is hard at work getting ready to show the world what we’ve got in store for the future. We can’t wait to share more with those of you watching from home or the office, but we also realize that some fans might want to do more than just watch. Although many E3 events are closed to the public, we know that a lot of our fans live in the greater Los Angeles area and would love to take part in celebrating all things Xbox. To that end, we’ve put together a number of great events taking place throughout the week of E3, both in LA and online. We hope to see you there!

E3 show view

Microsoft Store Pre-E3 Event (Sunday, June 8 from 1-3pm, line opens at 11am)
Have you always wanted to attend the Xbox E3 Media Briefing? This is your chance! One hundred people who attend this event at the Century City Microsoft Store will be granted access (via raffle) to Monday’s Xbox E3 Media Briefing event and Xbox: E3 Briefing Post Show. While you’re at the Microsoft Store, go hands on with ID@Xbox titles as a sneak peek of what’s on the E3 show floor – before E3 even gets underway. We’ll share more specifics next week.

Pre-Show/Green Carpet (Monday, June 9 at 9am PT)
New this year, we are inviting fans to be part of the excitement at the Galen Center in the final minutes before the show kicks off. Tune in to our live stream on Xbox.com or Xbox Live for an exclusive pre-show featuring sneak previews and interviews with our development partners and celebrity fans as they arrive at the Galen Center and walk the green carpet.

Xbox E3 Media Briefing (Monday, June 9 at 9:30a PT)
Details on this post from earlier in May.

Xbox: E3 Briefing Post Show (Monday, June 9 at 11:15am PT)
Tune over to Twitch.tv/xbox immediately following Xbox: Game On for a live, fan-centric “post-game show.” Xbox leaders and developers seen on the Media Briefing stage will talk more about what was just shown and will answer questions from Twitter and the live studio audience. Guests include Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox), Chris Charla (ID@Xbox), Yusuf Mehdi (Microsoft Devices & Studios), Ted Price (Insomniac Games), and Bonnie Ross (343 Industries). Details on how to submit questions for the Post Show will be revealed soon.

Sunset Overdrive Event at Century City Microsoft Store hosted by Major Nelson (Wednesday, June 11 from 6 – 9pm)
Insomniac Games is taking the Sunset Overdrive E3 show floor experience outside of the LA Convention Center for one night only! Join us at the Century City Microsoft store to be among the first gamers to go hands on with this upcoming Xbox One exclusive. Attendees will also have the chance to meet the Insomniacs that make Sunset Overdrive and Xbox Live’s Major Nelson. Ice cold Overcharge Delirium XT awaits! (Yes, seriously)

ID@Xbox on Twitch (Tuesday through Thursday during E3 show hours)
While the Xbox E3 booth is open, we’ll be broadcasting what you want – straight gameplay. Every day, we’ll focus on two different ID@Xbox titles, with many of the developers stopping by to chat with viewers. We’ll also be taking many other titles over to the Twitch E3 booth throughout the week, so keep an eye on the main Twitch channel as well. The full broadcast schedule will be revealed at the beginning of E3 week.

Xbox.com/E3 is also a great place to catch up on the latest news.




May 30th 2014 at 11:33 am | E3, Events | 72 comments

May 6th 2014, 7:00 am PT

Here’s How to Watch the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing

Another May is upon us, which can mean only one thing: E3 is just a few short weeks away. Today we’re confirming that Xbox: Game On, the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing, will take place Monday, June 9 beginning at 9:30 AM PDT.

E3 show view

During the briefing, you’ll be treated to everything from in-depth looks at previously announced games to trailers for our unannounced games coming in 2014 and beyond. You can stream Xbox: Game On live beginning on June 9 at 9:00 AM PDT with our pre-show coverage on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and Windows Phone globally. You can also watch Xbox: Game On on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 9:30 AM PDT.

We’re also planning a number of fan-centric events both before and after Xbox: Game On for those fans that are in LA and for those who are watching around the world. Stay tuned for more details on those activities as we get closer to E3!







May 6th 2014 at 7:00 am | E3, Events | 150 comments

April 28th 2014, 5:59 am PT

Watch, Hear, and Re-live the Big Atari Dig as it Happened

We found him!

Three decades after it was rumored that thousands of unsold Atari 2600 games and accessories, highlighted by E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, were secretly dumped in a New Mexico landfill, the urban legend has been confirmed. Hundreds of fans and media attendees gathered in Alamogordo as a loader dug deep into the earth in search of evidence. After just a couple of hours and 30 feet of debris passed by, E.T. once again saw daylight.

For those of you who couldn’t make it out to New Mexico, Xbox Wire has full coverage of all the goings-on. Cameras were rolling for the filming a documentary on the event that will be airing soon, but I brought my own crew to bring you this inside look at a once-in-a-lifetime event. Enjoy:

As it turned out, folks around the world were following along with the dig via Twitter. Here are a few of our favorite moments as the first cartridges were brought to the surface in real time:

 

 

Photo collection from the dig (click pics to see them in full resolution):












April 28th 2014 at 5:59 am | Events, Industry | 23 comments

April 21st 2014, 6:46 pm PT

Join Us in Uncovering Videogame History

This weekend, you’re invited to join us in digging into the greatest mystery in videogame history: are there really millions of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari cartridges buried in the New Mexico desert?

While the dig (and resulting Xbox Entertainment Studios documentary) is the focal point of the weekend, it’s also a fine time to celebrate the last 30 years of gaming. To that end, we’d like for you to join us this coming Friday in Alamogordo, New Mexico for a retro fan meetup. The details:

What’s going on: Prep for  the big dig by playing classic Atari games, courtesy of Gamers Anonymous. Enjoy complementary food and soft drinks, and we’ll be raffling off prizes, including Xbox One games and an Xbox One system.

Where: Gamestop 516 1st St, Alamogordo, NM 88310 (map)

When: Friday, April 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Please note, the event is free and open to the public.

Then on Saturday morning, the main event gets underway. Make sure you’re there by 8:30am for check in as we kick off the dig with director Zak Penn at 930am.

We’ll also be giving away t-shirts to the first 250 people and canteens to the first 75 people at the dig site, so you’ll definitely want to set an alarm for that.

ET Tshirt ET Canteen







April 21st 2014 at 6:46 pm | Events | 76 comments

April 3rd 2014, 9:07 am PT

Join Us, New England! Microsoft Store Event Invitation

The Event is over. Thanks to everyone who came by to say hello! See you at PAX East

As we detailed earlier this week, Xbox has a lot going on next week for PAX East: games to play, panels to attend, and one special event open to everyone, whether they’re going to PAX or not.

To kick off the big gaming weekend in Boston, we’re holding a community gaming meet-up next Thursday, April 10th at the Microsoft retail store in nearby Natick, MA. We’ll have a number of new and unreleased games for you to play, including the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved.

Fantasia

We’ll also be raffling off great prizes, including a Titanfall Xbox One system and a pair of 3-day passes to the completely sold out PAX East expo. Sound good? Here’s everything you need to know:

When: Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM
Where: Natick Mall Microsoft retail store in Natick, MA
Who: everyone is welcome

Kinect Sports Rivals StrikeSuit Zero #IDARB Age of Mythology: Extended Edition

Games available to play:

  • Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Kinect Sports Rivals
  • ID@Xbox titles:
    • #IDARB
    • Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut
  • Age of Mythology: Extended Edition (Microsoft Surface Pro)

Bonus for you early arrivers: we’re giving away a year of Xbox Live Gold for the first 50 people!

If you’re planning on attending, please let us know by RSVPing on this event’s page on Facebook.

This event is free, and you don’t need PAX tickets to attend. See you there!

April 3rd 2014 at 9:07 am | Events, ID@Xbox, PAX | 7 comments

March 31st 2014, 10:04 am PT

PAX East Primer: Here’s Everything Xbox in Boston

PAXEAST

Moving this post to the front page for the weekend for easy reference

As you get ready to map out your plan of attack for PAX East 2014 at the Boston Convention Center from April 11th – 13th, be sure to include the Xbox presence (booth #524) in your agenda.

From the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare to Titanfall, we’ve got something for everybody. Catch up with some of our most engaged members of the Project Spark community (and try it out for yourself), or go hands on with ID@Xbox titles Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut.

Check back here for updates, and be sure to follow @Xbox and the  #PAXEast hashtag on Twitter  to keep up with the latest details on all our activities at PAX East 2014.

No tickets? No worries – you can still join us at a special event at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store on Thursday, April 10th. For more details on all the great content we’ll be showing off this year, read on:

Special Events

Microsoft Store Xbox Event – Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM | Natick Mall, MA

Before heading into the 70,000 human abyss at the Convention Center, let’s kick off PAX East together, New England! Join Xbox’s Major Nelson on Thursday, April 10th at 7pm at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store for the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved. Attendees will also get to play unreleased ID@Xbox games, the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals, and enter to win prizes including a pair of tickets to the sold out PAX East event.

Great news – you don’t need PAX tickets to attend, everyone is welcome! See you there.

Panels

Project Spark – Playing is Creating: How to transform from an everyday gamer to a creative visionary with Project Spark – Saturday, April 12th 12:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Have the dream of creating your perfect game? Interested in seeing what an engaged and passionate community can create? Do you love playing new, different, and unique games? Join Team Dakota as we share the vision and reality of the limitless possibilities of Project Spark. We will showcase some of the amazing games, worlds, and content that our community has created. Learn more about Project Spark: Where Players Create and Creators Play. Currently available in beta and launching soon on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8.1!

Titanfall – Looking Back & Moving Forward – Saturday, April 12th 4:30PM | Main Theatre

Come meet members of Respawn Entertainment, including co-founder and CEO Vince Zampella, Producer Drew McCoy, Lead Designer Justin Hendry, Software Engineer Jon “Slothy” Shiring, and Community Manager Abbie Heppe, as they revisit the making, the launch, and the future of Titanfall.

Major Nelson Radio – Live! – Saturday, April 12th 6:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Hello New England….we are baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Major Nelson Radio returns to PAX East with more fun than ever before. We hope.

Join Larry Hyrb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of the studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun. Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.

Hands-on Gaming & Entertainment

Kinect Sports Rivals – Built for the power of Xbox One, Kinect Sports Rivals captures your likeness as a champion and plunges you into a world of sports competition. Sign up to compete against friends, rivals, and the entire world in the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship for a chance to win the grand prize of ten thousand dollars cash and a trip of a lifetime.

Titanfall – Winner of Over 85 Awards – Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines pure adrenaline, wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. Stop by, as we’ll be featuring 24 stations for you to get hands on time with what GameSpot called “A Leap Forward for Shooters”.

Project Spark – The ultimate creation game that lets anyone build unique and instantly playable levels, experiences, and worlds, Project Spark will showcase exciting new content on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 at PAX East. In addition to Team Dakota, the development team behind Project Spark, providing hands-on and guided demos of the game, several of Project Spark’s superstar community members will showcase their own games and levels created within the game. Consumers who come by the booth and try the game for themselves can receive an exclusive “Pinny Arcade” pin (limited quantity).

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare will be showcasing the Garden Ops mode, which pits four Plant team members against waves and waves of zombies and bosses who are out to destroy your garden, featuring content from the Garden Variety Pack update including a new map, a slew of additional character upgrades, and a host of fresh Pirate Zombies for players to face in the Sharkbite Shores map. Boss Mode allows players to employ SmartGlass to support their teams with a top-down view of the battlefield, employing enemy intel, health drops, revive stations and explosive artillery strikes. Players will also have a chance to receive The Super Duper Pack and Craaazy Pack giving players a mix of customization and consumable items, and are guaranteed to include at least one Uncommon item, one Rare item, and a high likelihood of a Rare character piece.

ID@Xbox – Recently highlighted at GDC, ID@Xbox is how independent game developers participate in the momentum of Xbox One. We’re showing off two of the titles – Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut in the Xbox Live area of the booth.

Twitch – With Twitch on Xbox One, you can broadcast and watch your favorite games live. Just say “Xbox, Broadcast” to show the world what you’re playing. Once you’re done broadcasting, use Twitch to watch the games you love, chat with the players you follow, or even join a broadcaster’s game.

Also playable: Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome & Killer Instinct

Other Recommended Fun

State of Decay – Booth #1039

For the first time, come play “Lifeline”, the new DLC for State of Decay, at the Undead Labs booth (#1039) during PAX! State of Decay is the hit zombie survival game which fans have turned into a multi-million unit franchise. Available on both Xbox 360 and Steam*, Lifeline will put you into the boots of Greyhound One — a military unit sent to ground-zero of the zombie apocalypse to rescue a group of scientists who might be the key to fighting the plague. *State of Decay game required, sold separately.

Powerstar Golf- Booth #836

Powerstar Golf will reveal a brand new course for the first time at PAX East! Play the course at Ubisoft’s Booth (#836), where Powerstar Golf will be one of the titles featured in Ubisoft’s “The Next Level” Tournament. Also, make sure to watch the trailer playing throughout the weekend in the booth.

Killer Instinct: MLG-hosted tournament — Booth #862

Fighting game enthusiasts at PAX East 2014 will have a chance to flex their competitive muscles playing Killer Instinct on Xbox One for the chance to win a variety of great prizes at the Turtle Beach booth (#862). Gamers in attendance can register for one of the 32 open slots available for each of the 3 days. All gameplay will happen on the Xbox One, using Killer Instinct FightSticks and customized Turtle Beach XO SEVEN headsets. All participants will also receive an exclusive Killer Instinct FightStick pin!

Twitch – Booth #936

Make sure you swing by the Twitch booth (#936) to catch Capcom Pro Tour action throughout the weekend. Twitch will also be giving away awesome swag bags to the first 250 people who come check out how easy it is to stream on next generation consoles including Xbox One. Can’t make it? Watch it all from the Twitch app on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Age of Mythology Extended – Booth#492

The Battle for Heaven and Earth Begins again!  After the successful release of Age of Empires II :HD, Microsoft Studios is now bringing you Age of Mythology Extended an updated combination of the award-winning Age of Mythology and the Titan expansion.  Stop by the Age of Empires booth (#492) where you will be able to demo Age of Mythology: EX before it’s release or have your picture taken in the OneDrive photo stand and earn their your own Anubis Pinny Arcade pin and AOM:EX kraken bandana (while supplies last).

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Update:

Saturday at 11am in the Que Room: Your chance to have a poster signed by a Titanfall Respawn developer
Saturday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer
Sunday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer

March 31st 2014 at 10:04 am | Events, Industry, PAX, Xbox One | 26 comments

March 28th 2014, 1:28 pm PT

Here’s How to Watch this Weekend’s Call of Duty Championships

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.

March 28th 2014 at 1:28 pm | COD, Events | 23 comments

March 18th 2014, 4:12 pm PT

ID@Xbox at GDC

GDC is in full swing here in San Francisco, making this a perfect time to update you on the ID@Xbox program.

Today, we’re showing 25 games coming to Xbox One through ID@Xbox, developed by teams all over the world. These titles include a wide range of genres, with many of them taking advantage of Xbox One features such as local 8-player gameplay and Kinect integration. Check out the full list of titles over at Xbox Wire.

Look for ID@Xbox game titles in the Xbox Games Store in the coming weeks, but if you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can try them today!

Join us at Loft One San Francisco (530 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107) beginning at 7pm, and be the first to go hands-on with these awesome indies. No GDC badge needed. We’ll even be raffling off some new Xbox One-compatible headsets.

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More details here. Hope to see you tonight, and we’ll have more info on these games closer to their respective release dates.

March 18th 2014 at 4:12 pm | Events, ID@Xbox, Xbox One | 82 comments

March 14th 2014, 11:00 am PT

Join Us for an ID@Xbox Play Session Next Week in SF

GDC is quickly approaching, and we have some ID@Xbox games to share during the event. As you may have seen, Chris Charla recently unveiled the latest wave of ID@Xbox developers and we’re excited about what these new updates will mean for gamers on Xbox One. So excited, in fact, that we’re inviting Xbox fans to come play them – next week!

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This coming Tuesday, March 18th, we’re hosting the ID@Xbox Showcase in San Francisco to go hands-on with ID@Xbox titles for the first time.  Come enjoy the experience with refreshments, developer access, and new ID@Xbox games in a great lounge setting. Sound good? (Hint: it is)

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Tuesday, March 18th beginning at 7pm. Your session will last approximately one hour.

Where: Loft One San Francisco (530 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107)

Note: The Loft isn’t a huge venue (we can fit approximately 50 fans in at a time), and this event is 1st come, 1st served. After one hour, we will clear the venue and allow a second group of about 50 fans in to play.

See you next week in San Francisco!

March 14th 2014 at 11:00 am | Events, ID@Xbox, Xbox One | 8 comments

March 10th 2014, 11:09 am PT

Watch the Titanfall Launch Live

The line is already forming, the stage is nearly set, and Titanfall launches… TONIGHT.

While you’re waiting for midnight in your neck of the woods, why not join us live from SXSW in Austin? Both in-person or on Twitch, we’ll be celebrating Titanfall’s release from 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Watch right… here:

Watch live video from xbox on www.twitch.tv

Here’s what to look for tonight: developer walkthroughs of new Titanfall maps, answering fan questions, and unveiling an amazing new collaboration in the Titanfall universe. We’ll also be holding Twitter contests throughout the stream, we’ll announce how to enter during the broadcast.

I’ll be hoisting the even along with GameTrailers TV and Spike TV host Geoff Keighley, and Twitch’s Jon Carnage. Special guests include Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella, Abbie Heppe, and Joel Emslie, Yusuf Mehdi, the legendary team from Rooster Teeth Productions and Xbox Live Gamerscore and achievement leader Stallion83,

Whether in-person or streamed on Twitch, we look forward to celebrating with you tonight!

March 10th 2014 at 11:09 am | Events, Titanfall, Xbox One | 69 comments

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