In preparation for the launch of Forza Horizon 2 on September 30th, we’re excited to announce that all Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy Forza Motorsport 5 for free this entire upcoming weekend. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT, Thursday, September 4 through 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sunday, September 7, Gold members in Xbox One markets can enjoy Forza Motorsport 5, in entirety and for free.
The Forza Motorsport 5 weekend will allow you to check out the full Forza experience with special in-game challenges, online play, and collect achievements and Gamerscore. After the weekend, you’ll have the option to purchase the game online from the Xbox Games Store or visit your favorite retailer and continue playing from where you left off.
Additionally, Turn 10 has some special events planned for the weekend; for more details on the click over to Xbox Wire.
As Xbox is headquartered in the Seattle area, PAX Prime is a special event for us. This year, we were thrilled to invite the Xbox faithful over to our house to play some games. Hundreds of you took us up on the offer; take a look:
At the event, we showcased 29 new and upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including Volgarr the Viking, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and the just-released Warframe. Couch co-op and competitive multiplayer was on full display, with titles like #IDARB, Chariot, Knight Squad, and SlashDash drawing crowds (and lots of shouting).
So we’d like to offer a sincere thank you to those who made the trip out to Redmond, including those who braved a rush hour ride on the Sunset Overdrive bus. Your enthusiasm and sheer numbers are strong encouragement for us to go big next year as well.
And, of course, we’ll keep all of you updated on when these games hit the Xbox Games Store.
In the coming weeks, all 103 Microsoft Stores will be hosting a series of in-store events to celebrate the launches of Madden NFL 15 and Destiny.
To kick off the launch of the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle and the start of the football season, 60 Stores in U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will be hosting tournaments for Madden NFL 15. Sign up for local challenges or watch the best in your area compete from Aug. 26 through Sept. 5. To find out more about tournaments check with your local store.
Additionally, on Sept. 6 all Microsoft Stores will host a Madden and NFL Kickoff Party just in time for the official opening weekend of football season. Attend the day long festivities, including hands-on gameplay, giveaways and a fun photo opp putting your face on the cover the game. The first 25 fans to pick up their copy of Madden NFL 15 this day will receive their very own NFL gift bag.
If you didn’t pre-order your limited edition Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle, which includes a copy of Madden NFL 15, you can pick one up during one of these store events. You can also trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your purchase.
Then, to celebrate Destiny’s upcoming launch, Microsoft retail stores will begin the countdown to midnight launch with events starting at 10 p.m. on Sept. 8 with early gameplay access, giveaways, food, drink, and more. You’ll have a chance to get your hands on the game before picking up your copy. Additionallly, Microsoft Stores offer a $10 gift card for pre-orders of any game in the Store, including Destiny, or $10 on Xbox Live if you order on MicrosoftStore.com.
Labor Day might just mean a long weekend for some, but for gamers, it’s PAX Prime time: four days of games, panels, and camaraderie with our fellow players. As is custom, Xbox has a lot planned – Washington is our home base, after all. Here are some highlights – find the full rundown over at Xbox Wire.
Thursday: ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House
PAX doors don’t officially open until Friday, but we know a lot folks get into town early. That’s why we’re inviting everyone over to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus to play some new and upcoming indies on Xbox One. The event starts at 6pm, and we’ll even give you a ride. Find all the details here.
For the 10th year in a row, it’s Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime! Like a fine wine that has gotten better with age, Major Nelson Radio goes down smooth and leaves no bitter aftertaste.
Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, lollip0p and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun.
Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.
Friday-Monday: Visit the Xbox Booth
The Xbox Booth [#412] is the place to play this holiday’s hottest blockbusters! We’ll be featuring hands-on Xbox One exclusives like Sunset Overdrive, remastered Halo 2 Anniversary and Forza Horizon 2, the highly anticipated Electronic Arts title Dragon Age: Inquisition and digital favorites like Ori and the Blind Forest, Killer Instinct, Project Spark, and Project Totem, plus various ID@Xbox titles.
We’re also leading panels, participating in Pinny Arcade, hosting a Halo Tournament with Twitch and giving PAX fans a way to put themselves in the world of Sunset City at the Paramount Theatre. Learn more about these activities plus more at our U.S. Events Website.
To learn more about what you’ll find when you visit the Xbox Booth, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Dragon Age Inquisition, click here.
General PAX Info
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, August 29 – 9:00 am to 6 pm (press only until 10:00 am)
Saturday, August 30 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 31 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Monday, September 1 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
See PAX website for extended event hours and other evening activities. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you starting this Thursday.
With tons of ID@Xbox titles coming in the next 12 months from some amazing independent developers, we simply couldn’t fit them all in the Xbox booth. So we decided to give them their own event, and you’re invited.
We’re throwing open the doors at the scenic Microsoft Campus – come see where we work, come play our games, and kick off PAX Prime weekend with hundreds of fellow gamers.
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Thursday, August 28th from 6:00 PM til 8:30 PM)
Where: Microsoft Building 92, 15010 NE 36th Street, Redmond, WA 98052 (directions here)
Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian)
What you can do: Play over 25 upcoming ID@Xbox titles. Talk to the devs. See the beautiful Xbox campus.
Admission cost: FREE
We know many of you will be in town for PAX Prime, and we’ve got you covered. We’ve commandeered the Sunset Overdrive bus to get you here – Overcharge included! Shuttles will pick up from the Seattle Convention Center area (map here!) at 430pm and 630pm, returning to the Convention Center at 8pm and 930pm.
NOTE: the bus has limited capacity, and are first-come-first-served. If you drive, we’ll have plenty of parking for you on-site.
See you next Thursday!
UPDATE: Here’s the confirmed list of playable titles at the event:
It’s been a busy day here at gamescom, as we’ve shared a lot of news and new trailers and gameplay demos with folks here in Cologne and around the world. For those of you perhaps just waking up in another part of the world, feel free to re-live the entire show at your leisure right here. If not, here’s an at-a-glance view of many of the day’s happenings:
Guten Morgen from Cologne, Germany, home of gamescom. In just a few minutes, we’ll be making announcements, demoing upcoming titles, and sharing new trailers with Xbox fans from around the world. This year, we’re streaming live on Xbox.com, your Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows Phone (download the app here) and on Twitch. Or just watch right here, beginning at 2pm local time (find out what time that is where you live by clicking here).
Be sure to keep watching after the briefing concludes, as we demo some of our biggest holiday titles live, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, and Sunset Overdrive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Forza Horizon 2
Ori and The Blind Forest
Super Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix
Madden NFL 15
Skylanders Trap Team
The Evil Within
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Dance Central Spotlight
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
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.
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.
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:
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)
What: Sunset Overdrive Event at Century City Microsoft Store hosted by Major Nelson
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.