The Super Bowl is the biggest entertainment event of the year, and that means the fun extends far beyond MetLife Stadium this Sunday. Even if you’re not a lifelong fan of the Broncos or Seahawks – heck, even if you’re more into videogames than football – there may be something Super Bowl-related for you to enjoy. Here’s what Xbox will be up to this weekend, no ticket required.
Super Bowl Boulevard – Xbox has taken up residence on the most famous street in the nation. Drop on by to play games, enter sweepstakes, or take a selfie with a very special Xbox One console. Look for the Xbox tents on Broadway between 36th & 37th St. Open Wednesday through Saturday, Noon-11pm, free!
If you’re an Uber user in Manhattan, pay extra attention when booking a trip in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. If you hop in one of our luxury Xbox One SUVs, not only will you get a short free ride, you’ll also get a prize giveaway, with the chance to receive the grand prize of two tickets to Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII!. Look for the Xbox One option within the app this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, and see all the details over on Xbox Wire.
If you’re not in New York, fire up the NFL App on your Xbox One to participate in the final round of the NFL Playoff Faceoff. New Super Bowl-related questions await your prediction – don’t miss your chance to earn these special Achievements and to enter for a chance to win tickets to the *next* Super Bowl.
Additionally, look for Xbox at the Madden Bowl, on NFL Honors, and on NFL Fan Pass. Wherever you are, get the 7-layer dip ready and have a great Super Bowl!
This Friday December 20th at 6pm, I’ll be at the Microsoft Store at the Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico for my final Xbox event of the year. On site, we’ll have the Killer Instinct cabinet (with the Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightSticks) for you to play, as well as FIFA, Peggle 2 and more Xbox One titles. Prizes? Yup…we’ll have some of those as well including a chance for you to win an Xbox One during the event. I am also bringing a small number of consoles for purchase – so if you want to get your hands on an Xbox One for Christmas you may want to stop by.
9pm: Xbox One lands in South America, as Brazil is the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to welcome Xbox One. Bem-vindos! (Xbox Brasil Facebook, Twitter)
11pm: Xbox One Countdown to Launch kicks off on SPIKE, SPIKE.com, Xbox Live, Xbox.com and via GameTrailers.com and the GameTrailers app. Watch launch festivities from Times Square and Los Angeles, and enjoy a live performance from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
In the U.S., the ultimate midnight celebration will take place in Times Square in New York City. The world of Xbox One will come to life as zombies, Roman soldiers and supercars converge on the Best Buy Theater, where awaiting fans will be among the first in America to receive their consoles and countdown to midnight with great games, entertainment and special surprises. This is also place to come if you didn’t pre-order; we’ve got a couple thousand Xbox One systems for sale!
On the west coast, Xbox fans in Los Angeles are invited to make history at Milk Studios, which will be transformed into a gamer haven, with gameplay stations for Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct, and other Xbox One game titles. Fans will countdown to midnight amidst killer games, entertainment and special surprises. The first 500 people to purchase an Xbox One or Xbox One game will enjoy an exclusive concert with deadmau5.
Think you’ve got a Killer Instinct? You could have a chance to prove it at the Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter Tournament in select Microsoft retail stores on Xbox One launch night, November 21st.
One Grand Prize Winner in each store will receive the Ultimate Xbox One Gaming House, which includes an Xbox One, all launch night titles, 1 year of Xbox Live, PLUS a trip to Jacksonville, FL to play in a final showdown
on stage on Saturday, November 23rd, to determine the Killer Instinct Fastest Fighter Champion. Major Nelson will be on hand to personally bestow this Killer Instinct Championship Belt to our grand champion!
Registration is FREE and is on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6pm. Click on the participating store links to learn more:
How can you improve your odds of winning? Stop by your local Microsoft retail store today, check out Xbox One, and sharpen your Killer Instinct skills in preparation for the tournament. Major Nelson will be waiting for you in Jacksonville, FL on November 23rd to crown the ultimate Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter!
Later this week, I am headed to London for the Battlefield 4: Showdown. I’ll be commanding the US troops while Graeme Boyd, my counterpart in Xbox Europe, will lead the European team. The entire event will be played on Xbox One and streamed live on Xbox Live on Friday November 1st at 6:00pm local time in London (2 pm ET/11am PT) and available on demand shortly after the event. Tune in and get a first look at the Battlefield 4 Second Assault expansion pack, which debuts during the broadcast and brings four re-imagined Battlefield 3 maps to Battlefield 4.
Today at the Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft showcased a first look at “Crimson Dragon,” the flight-based shooter from the creator of the critically acclaimed “Panzer Dragoon” series, and unveiled new gameplay for “Dead Rising 3,” the next blockbuster installment of Capcom’s award-winning zombie action series, coming exclusively to Xbox One on Nov. 22.
“Crimson Dragon” Takes To New Heights in Tokyo
Microsoft Studios, in partnership with Grounding and Land Ho! today unleashed new footage of “Crimson Dragon” for the first time at Tokyo Game Show. Created and directed by acclaimed developer Yukio Futatsugi (creator of “Panzer Dragoon”), the flight-based shooter features action-packed gameplay and a vibrant new user interface.
Launching exclusively for Xbox One for $19.99 (USD) on Nov. 22, “Crimson Dragon” enables you to harness a powerful dragon and take to the skies in this thrilling shooter where humanity has been driven to the brink of extinction on a planet ruled by dragons. It’s up to you and your friends to control the winged beasts as you battle for supremacy. Purchase and play “Crimson Dragon” before Dec. 31 and receive an exclusive dragon to help you rule the skies.
Capcom Showcases Co-op Multiplayer and Super-combo Weapons for “Dead Rising 3”
Microsoft and Capcom Vancouver enticed fans with a first look at co-op multiplayer and Super-combo weapons, a brand-new addition to the celebrated franchise.
In “Dead Rising 3’s” online co-op mode, you can take on the zombie horde with a friend over Xbox Live, with the ability to hop in or out of each other’s game at any time. When playing in a friend’s game, you’ll not only help them advance, but also contribute to your story progression and earn experience points that carry back into your own game. Any mission you finish in a friend’s game will also register as “complete” in yours, so you’ll never have to go back and replay a co-op mission to advance your single-player story, unless you want to experience it again.
Co-op players will assume the role of Dick, a wise-cracking trucker who sees the main character Nick Ramos as his best chance at getting out of the overrun city of Los Perdidos, and plays a key role in the “Dead Rising 3” story.
In addition to showcasing co-op, Capcom revealed Super-combo Weapons – a new tier of Combo Weapons that requires at least three components (and oftentimes multiple steps and blueprints) to craft, and features unique abilities that let you decimate crowds of zombies with devastating effect. Examples include the Ultimate Powershout, a deadly concussive horn made of traffic cones; the Ultimate Grim Reaper, a flaming scythe made of a katana sword, a scythe, a gas canister and a mask; and the Massive Bomb, a mini-nuke that obliterates every zombie in your vicinity – along with your clothes.
Not only are Super-combo Weapons ultra-powerful, but they can also be customized into a wide range of different variants with unique abilities. For example, the fan-favorite “Freedom Bear” from “Dead Rising 2,” a life-size stuffed bear turret armed with twin machine guns, can be customized into eight different variants in “Dead Rising 3” with modifications like grenade launchers, a push cart and a boombox lure to confuse the zombies. With hundreds of Combo and Super-combo Weapons, “Dead Rising 3” takes customization to the next level in the ultimate zombie sandbox and gives you and your friends a virtually limitless number of ways to fight back against the undead horde.
As you head to the Washington State Convention this week for PAX Prime 2013, be sure and stop by the Xbox Booths at #412, #422 and #432 for an great lineup of the latest and greatest games only Xbox One can offer. Below is an overview of Xbox activities you’ll find exclusively at the Xbox booth this Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2.
Imagine sixty stations featuring the most dynamic and intense driving, fighting and shooting anywhere on the show floor, all in One place. Add in a stage featuring demos of “Dead Rising 3,” “Project Spark,” “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Fable Anniversary” and a 7.1 surround sound “Forza Motorsport 5” racing rig. Need I say more. The list of games you’ll find at the Xbox booth is below.
Ryse: Son of Rome: PAX Primers will be among the first to play “Ryse: Son of Rome’s” co-op multiplayer experience: Gladiator mode. Set in the Roman Colosseum, Gladiator mode plunges you into the brutal world of gladiatorial combat, where you fight cooperatively with your friends against an ever-changing array of enemies, to the roar of thousands of spectators.
Forza Motorsport 5: North American fans will get their chance to go hands-on in the “Forza Motorsport 5” pits and experience this year’s biggest automotive journey starring the world’s greatest cars and tracks. This is your chance to experience the all-new physics engine and take one of the fastest cars in the world, the McLaren P1 on the fan-favorite Laguna Seca race track.
Battlefield 4: Known for their world-class multiplayer, DICE is bringing Battlefield 4’s epic 64-player battles, vehicular combat and all-out warfare to North American fans this week. Gamers will have a chance to go hands-on with the “Siege of Shanghai” beta launching in early October. With the release of Battlefield 4 this holiday, players will experience an all-new level of destruction and dynamic environments with a game-changing concept called Levolution, and for the first time for Battlefield console gamers, 64-players running at 60 frames-per-second on Xbox One. #BF4
Killer Instinct: “Killer Instinct” is back again with classic characters, an enhanced combat system and vivid graphics – reimagined for a new generation on Xbox One. We expect nothing but the best from a title with a pedigree as one of the most beloved fighting games of all time.
And of course there will be other surprises at the booth, including games that I’m not at liberty to divulge . . . yet. Update: Titanfall and Lococycle are both playable on the show floor.
Now playing: Friday through Monday, the Xbox booth will feature four marquee titles: “Dead Rising 3,” “Project Spark,” “Kinect Sports Rivals” and “Fable Anniversary.”
Starting at 10:00am and ending at 6:00pm, 30-minute demos will rotate through the following schedule:
Kinect Sports Rivals: We’re planning to make a big splash with the “Kinect Sports Rivals” demo, showcasing the Champion feature (where even I can look athletic) and a new sport made possible with the all-new Kinect technology – Wake Racing (where I don’t look athletic).
Dead Rising 3: The team from Capcom Vancouver is onsite to show fans a demo from the third installment in the blockbuster Dead Rising franchise, available exclusively this November for Xbox One. The demo will feature a special look at the huge variety of combo vehicles in the game like the devastating RollerHawg, a hybrid between a motorcycle and a steamroller that can be used to mow down every zombie in its path. Visit the Xbox booth to see all the zombie-killing fun in action, and pick up some fun audience giveaways.
Project Spark: The darling of any industry insider, gamer, indie enthusiast, or recovering Minecrafter. “Project Spark” empowers creators to build, play, and share whatever they can imagine and create in the game. It’s simple, powerful, fun, and powered by a dynamic community for endless opportunities to play and create!
Fable Anniversary: “Fable Anniversary” is the spectacularly remastered version of the bestselling RPG on the Xbox, filled with new content including an updated interface, and achievements to bring the best “Fable” experience to the fans. Whether you’re a “Fable” fan old or new, you’ll be able to experience all the magic of the game that started it all on the show floor!
Halo 4 Global Championship
The battle continues at PAX Prime with the Halo 4 Global Championship powered by Virgin Gaming at Benaroya Hall! Come check out the tournament all weekend long and witness the world’s best “Halo” players battle to claim the title of “‘Halo 4’ Global Champion” and the coveted $200,000 (USD) grand prize. Plus, I’ll be hosting a live stream (that will be available on the Xbox dashboard) of the finals on Sunday from 4p-6p.
Don’t forget to watch this trailer from the newly announced Tom Clancy title “The Division” – I am also happy to announce that partnership with Ubisoft “The Division” will also bring exclusive content to Xbox One.
PLUS We’ve got a live show from the Xbox Booth on Thursday starting at 6pm local time. It will be available to watch LIVE (and on demand following the show) directly on your Xbox 360.
This will be the first time we’ve showcased Xbox One en masse to a European audience. And it will be the first time Xbox One has shown up on a main stage since E3 in June. We all know that a lot has changed since then. So we’re looking bring the latest and greatest content, builds and stories to our friends in Europe. Phil Spencer and Phil Harrison will be everyone’s host for the week. And we have a ton in store for you:
Xbox Media Showcase As Phil Spencer said last week, we’re hosting an small invite only media event on Tuesday, 20 August where we’ll share some news and give media a chance to experience gaming on Xbox One first hand. There is no live stream, but I’ll be posting the news here on my blog and on Twitter using #Xboxgamescom . Keep an eye on Xbox Wire as well.
Xbox Booth (Hall 6) Our gamescom booth is the largest we’ve ever had. The team has worked tirelessly to make sure every piece of available space is filled with the latest game content for you to play. And not only will there be hands-on, you will also have the chance to see how Kinect and SmartGlass really adds to the gaming on Xbox One.
Stop by our booth to check out “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” “Killer Instinct,” “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Project Spark,” “Dead Rising 3,” to name a few, and we will also have the first-ever hands-on with “FIFA 14” on Xbox One– perfect timing as football leagues worldwide are just kicking off. And let’s not forget the Xbox 360 – we’ll also have the remake of “Fable,” “World of Tanks” and an awesome selection of partner titles – all to be revealed at the show.
At the heart of the booth is our official Xbox Stage and the schedule that is bursting at the brim. For those attending we’ll advertise our agenda at the start of each day and it will contain some solid content and tons of swag. If you need a bigger incentive to drop by, we’ll be giving away Xbox Ones during the show – every hour, on the hour – but you must be present to win.
If you are at Comic Con in San Diego this weekend, Xbox has a full schedule of activities including one of the very first opportunities to get hands on time with Xbox One games like Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza 5, Halo: Spartan Assault and more at the Xbox One Lounge.
PLUS you’ll also have an opportunity to win an Xbox One. From Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21st we will be giving away an Xbox One console each day to a lucky San Diego Comic-Con attendee who visits the Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Room in the Grant Hyatt Hotel. (Must have a San Diego Comic-Con badge to participate. Need not be present to win. See the Xbox Lounge for full Official Rules)
To enter, all you need to do is bring your San Diego Comic-Con Expo pass with you to the Xbox Lounge at the Grand Hyatt and register your information. Entries are accepted once a day. At the end of each day, a winner will be randomly chosen to receive an Xbox One console after it launches this November.
Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego 1 Market Pl., San Diego, CA 92101 Manchester Ballroom Hours: Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Next week, Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be at the 44th annual Comic-Con International in San Diego with the best gaming franchises and new IPs. If you are attending SDCC next week and want to check things out, here is a list of our activities:
Xbox Booth #100 at the San Diego Convention Center Hours: Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.Stop by our booth to be among the first to get your hands with Xbox One games like “Ryse: Son of Rome” and “Killer Instinct” and more. Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Manchester Ballroom, 1 Market Pl., San Diego, CA 92101 Hours: Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In addition to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games being shown at the Xbox Booth at the Convention Center, the Xbox Gaming Lounge located just down the street in the Grand Hyatt will also feature more than a dozen titles, including “Dead Rising 3,” “Halo: Spartan Assault,” and for the first time ever, hands-on demos of “Halo 4 Champions Bundle,” plus hands on with games from 2K Games, Capcom, Disney Interactive, Konami, Ubisoft and Warner Brothers Interactive. Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to check out these great games all in one place.
(A San Diego Comic-Con Expo pass is required for entrance to the above)
Inside the Looking Glass: Building “Halo” Worlds and Wonders, Past, Present and Future Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center Thursday, July 18, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Spartans Unite! Join Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director), Dan Ayoub (Executive Producer), and other 343 Industries guests as they celebrate and discuss the exciting new addition to the “Halo” universe (“Halo: Spartan Assault”), the new comic-book series from Dark Horse Comics (“Halo: Initiation”), along with some “Mega” surprises.
Bringing the Roman Empire to Life on Xbox One: The Creation of “Ryse: Son of Rome” Room 7AB, San Diego Convention Center Thursday, July 18, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Spend 60 minutes with award-winning studio Crytek to learn about the making of “Ryse: Son of Rome,” one of the year’s most anticipated blockbusters coming exclusively to Xbox One this November. An epic action-adventure story of struggle, brutality and heroism, “Ryse: Son of Rome” follows a fearless Roman soldier named Marius Titus who joins the army to avenge the slaying of his family and emerges as a hero who must fight to save the Roman Empire. Fans will learn key story details, hear about the technology making “Ryse” possible, and receive a limited edition printed comic book that will prepare them for the intense adventure they will embark on this holiday.
The Future of Xbox Gaming Revealed Room 6A, San Diego Convention Center Saturday, July 20, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For this Panel, yours truly will be moderating as developers from some of the most innovative and celebrated studios on the planet discuss building the biggest blockbuster games for Xbox One. Microsoft Studios’ Justin Robey, Turn 10 Studios’ Dan Greenawalt, Capcom Vancouver’s Josh Bridge, Microsoft Studio’s Ken Lobb and Rare’s Nick Burton will reveal how they are engineering their games to take advantage of the unique attributes of the new platform. Learn how the cloud, the new Kinect sensor, and the powerful and flexible architecture will enable an entire new generation of AAA game titles.
The Video Game Culture of Zombies: How “Dead Rising 3” on Xbox One Kicks Off a New Generation of Mayhem Room 5AB, San Diego Convention Center Saturday, July 20, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
From TV and books to video games – especially video games! Come join games and pop culture experts to discuss how zombies have invaded our lives through every avenue of entertainment. Fans will get behind-the-scene insights on the making of “Dead Rising 3” from the Capcom Vancouver team and see gameplay from the upcoming Xbox One exclusive launch title, hear from internationally renowned author and zombie expert Max Brooks and learn Game Informer Senior Editor Jeff Cork thoughts on zombies in video game culture. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Chobot from G4’s Attack of the Show and X-Play, and IGN.
(All panels require a San Diego Comic-Con Expo pass to attend.)
Xbox Partner Activities
Xbox Booth Appearances from Crackle’s Two Upcoming Originals –“Cleaners” and “Extraction,” including Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”) and Jon Foo (TEKKEN), among others Xbox Booth #100 at the San Diego Convention Center Saturday, July 20, 10 – 11 a.m.
Autograph signing with the Cast of Hulu Original Series “The Awesomes,” including “Saturday Night Live’s” Seth Meyers Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101 Manchester Ballroom Saturday, July 20, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Hulu Panel sponsored by Xbox: “The Awesomes” Screening Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 Indigo Ballroom Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join our friends at Hulu for a VIP screening of the first episode of the highly-anticipated original series “The Awesomes.” If you can’t make it Saturday, Xbox Live has you covered with an exclusive preview of the show starting on Thursday, July 25, a week before it is available anywhere else.
(A San Diego Comic-Con Expo pass is required for all the partner activities listed above.)
We’ve rounded up some familiar faces in the gaming industry to join me for our "Xbox @ E3" Live Coverage that will happen this week. Sign into Xbox LIVE on your console and join us Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week for a live one-hour show each day from the show floor. During each hour we’ll take a closer look at some of the announcements, interviews with developers, game play and more.
Update: Today we announced “Killer Instinct” is coming to Xbox One. We will have it to play tonight at this meet up!
Also: The first 300 people there tonight will get a limited edition “Sunset Overdrive” t-shirt
If you are in the Southern California area, we’ve got a special Xbox Community meet up scheduled for Monday, June 10th at the Microsoft Store in Century City. Join me and members of the Xbox team as we show off Xbox One to the public for the first time. Plus we’ll also have hands-on time with the new Xbox One controller.
I may have one or two other surprises there as well
Here are the details:
Where: The Microsoft Store, Westfield Century City in Los Angeles (Directions) When: Monday, June 10th from 7:30pm – 9:00pm Why: Come meet members of the Xbox team and see the Xbox One with your own eyes, plus take the Xbox One controller for a spin and see (and feel) for yourself the improvements we’ve made to one of the best controllers in gaming.
The event is free and open to the public but we expect a crowd, so I recommend getting there there early.
The full show will be available later in the day for viewing via video on demand on Xbox.com and Xbox LIVE.
PLUS That Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I’ll be hosting a live one-hour show from the show each day. During each hour we’ll take a closer look at some of the announcements, interviews with developers, gameplay and more.
If you are in the LA area and you want to attend the Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing on Monday, June 10th at The Galen Center on the campus of USC this is your chance. I’ve got 250 tickets to giveaway so you can watch the show and see for yourself the games we have planned for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Deadline to enter is Monday June 3rd at 12n PT. If you are chosen, an email will be sent to you after this time with information on how to obtain your pass. Due to the way the registration works you’ll only win one pass.
Some details: Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email. If you are randomly chosen, you’ll win a single pass to they event. You must be able to be in Los Angeles on the morning of June 10th by 8:30am. Winners will not receive tickets to E3 show floor or any other related events. Winner must be over 18 due to the M rated content that will be shown at the briefing.
Update: The contest is now over. Check your email, winners have been notified!