Plus, the first 360 people thought the door will receive an Xbox 360 lanyard and a special Xbox LIVE rewards item. Stop down and join us!
Saturday, September 1st, 2012 from 9am – 10:30am
Xbox Meet up brought to you by Xbox LIVE Rewards
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub 1916 Post Alley, Pike Place Market Seattle, WA 98101 Look for the signs (Directions) Note: Approximately 7 blocks from the Convention Center. Look for signs near the entrance in Post Alley between Stewart and Virginia.
A quick reminder that ‘Curiosity’ is scheduled to touch down on the surface of Mars this weekend. In case you missed it, keep an eye out for the special Mars Rover section of your Xbox 360 dashboard right on the main page. From here you can take a quiz about the mission, learn about the incredible engineering that has gone into the mission and much more. Plus, from her you’ll be able to join NASA TV live from Mission control at the JPL during the final moments before landing. Don’t forget that while you are waiting for the big moment you can play the free Kinect Mars Rover simulator available for download and get a few achievements and Gamerscore.
I am travelling to Australia today to judge in the annual Imagine Cup competition. This year, I’ll be judging the finalists in the Game Design Xbox/Windows Category. That means that while I am on the road and working from Sydney I’ll be updating the blog and tweeting as usual although at what may appear to be strange hours due to the extreme time difference from my normal work cycle. Other than that, there should not be any interruption in regularity. I’ll be back in the US later next week.
Show Hours: Preview: Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12, – Saturday, July 14: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, July 15: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The full list of Xbox 360 Comic-Con International 2012 activities include:
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get early hands-on with the most anticipated blockbuster of the year, “Halo 4”! Comic-Con marks your first chance to play visceral and immersive multiplayer of “Halo 4.” So bring a friend and get ready to jump into the action!
Additionally, you’ll have a chance to receive special prizes at the booth and meet the creative visionaries behind “Halo 4” and “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” during special signing events. Check back here or Halo Waypoint for more details and exact times.
Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel Legends Room – Hard Rock Hotel 207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Get an early taste of the upcoming Xbox 360 blockbusters and Xbox LIVE Arcade titles with us. Be sure to stop by the Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock to play highly anticipated games like “Forza Horizon,” “Fable: The Journey,” “Dance Central 3,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Resident Evil 6,” “Borderlands 2,” “Hitman: Absolution,” “Sleeping Dogs,” “Deadlight,” “Wreckateer,” and more. And, after you try some of the new games, check out the HBO GO and Crackle apps on Xbox LIVE.
Xbox 360 at NERD HQ Block No 16 Union and Spirits 344 7th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 Thursday, July 12 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, July 13 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, July 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Xbox 360 is joining forces with Zac Levi’sNerd Machine again this year as the official console of NERD HQ, a four-day offsite experience exhibiting the best of technology, gaming and entertainment at Comic-Con. Check out blockbuster titles including the intense and reborn Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” a brand-new map from “Gears of War: Judgment,” “Hitman: Absolution,” and more playable titles.
The Fiction of “Halo 4” Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center Thursday, July 12, 4:45pm – 5:45pm
“Halo 4” heralds the return of one of gaming’s most iconic heroes, the Master Chief, in a new, epic sci-fi saga. Expanding and enriching the narrative, 343 Industries, with very special guests, will share how the development of stories across the Greg Bear Forerunner saga, the Karen Traviss Kilo-Five trilogy, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” “Halo 4” Campaign and “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” have become connective tissue for “Halo 4.” Don’t miss the exciting premiere of the “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” trailer as well as Q&A with our special guests! Panelists: Brian Reed, Franchise Writer, Armando Troisi, Narrative Director, 343 Industries, and “Forward Unto Dawn’s” director, cinematic director and writers (to be announced). Moderated by: Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director, 343 Industries.
“Gears of War”: Past, Present & Future Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center Friday, July 13, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
G4 TV Host Morgan Webb, will serve as moderator as legendary video game developer Epic Games comes together to discuss the past, present and future of the “Gears of War” franchise. The creative and technical minds behind one of the most successful game franchises in history will be on hand to share experiences with attendees. Panelists include: Epic Games’ Design Director Cliff Bleszinski and Director of Production Rod Fergusson, writers Tom Bissell and Rob Auten, and the voice of Baird, Fred Tatasciore. This panel will feature an extended Q&A session.
“Halo 4”: A New Campaign and “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” Room 6DE, San Diego Convention Center Saturday, July 14, 3:15pm – 4:15pm
“Halo 4” marks the beginning of a new saga in the blockbuster franchise that has shaped entertainment history and defined a generation of gamers. Developed by 343 Industries, get a glimpse at how they have taken “Halo 4” in new directions, introducing an ancient threat and the Master Chief’s greatest challenge, as well as an innovative and fresh new take on multiplayer in War Games and Spartan Ops. Panelists: Kiki Wolfkill, Executive Producer, Josh Holmes, Creative Director and Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director and others to be announce soon.
As you saw at E3, we have a solid line-up of games launching this holiday, along with other entertainment experiences. We’ve changed our approach a little, though. This year, Xbox will be focusing on smaller, more localized promotions and experiences for press, partners, retailers and customers around the world. Which means that as you might have seen on some of the news sites today, we won’t be taking part in gamescom or Tokyo Games Show this year.
Both are still important shows for the industry, and we do wish the organizers well.
If you are near your computer, you’ll also want to hit up Xbox.com/e3 where you can watch the stream as well as participate in an interactive chat with other viewers that I’ll be hosting along with Julie Alexandria.
Regardless of how you watch it, it will be presented live and commercial free. Plus if you miss it…you’ll be able drop by Xbox.com/e3 after the briefing to watch a replay.
Following the briefing, watch the Xbox 360 dashboard for video coverage directly from the show floor.
Update: The streams will be available in all regions.
An Xbox LIVE Gold membership will be required to watch the stream on the console. Anyone can watch it via Xbox.com/e3
I’ll also be posting from the show floor to Twitter and Google Plus:
Today Spike TV announced that they’ll be carrying our 90-minute E3 Briefing ‘Xbox: Entertainment Evolved’ LIVE from LA next month. Tune in to Spike TV on Monday, June 4th at 12:30p ET/ 9:30a PT to catch all the news .
In addition, for the first time ever you’ll be able to watch the event on Xbox LIVE.
In lieu of a podcast this week, were going to do a Hangout On Air! Join us this Thursday April 19th at 10p ET/ 7p PT (What time is this in your time zone) where we’ll talk about what we’re playing, PAX East, take some of your questions and try to have fun for an hour or so.
Once we are live, I’ll post a link on Twitter or you can just add me to circle and you’ll see the Hangout pop up in your feed.
PLUS, this month I am trying something different. Since Google + has a limit of 500 comments on a post and you need to refresh the page to see new comments, I am also going to create a Cover It Live session (below) where we will take your questions and you can chat with others while watching the LIVE session.
I am hoping it provides a better experience than the G+ comments.
On April 11th, Xbox LIVE will stream an exclusive event directly to your Xbox 360 console – the Fourth Annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show, live from LA. Celebrating the biggest and best in hard-rock and heavy metal, fans can tune into watch this sold out show right from their living room, with live performances from Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, Slash and many more. This exclusive collaboration with Revolver Magazine signals the start of exciting new entertainment coming to Xbox LIVE. Starting today, fans can download the streaming app from Home, Video or Music on the dashboard. The pre-show begins at 9p ET/6pm PT and the show kicks off at 11p ET/8pm PT on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
This award show is available at no charge to all Xbox LIVE members in the following regions: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK and US. It will also be accessible for 24 hours on–demand for those with earlier bedtimes.
More information on the Revolver Golden Gods Award Show can be found here and on Facebook.
As you get ready to map out your plan of attack on the Boston Convention Center next week for PAX East 2012 – be sure to include the Xbox 360 Booth #524 (Expo Map, PDF) where you’ll find the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experiences for spring and summer in one huge space.
Get your hands on the first public hands-on for Steel Battalion Heavy Armor, the Kinect Sports: Season Two basketball DLC and a slew of Xbox LIVE Arcade games from Minecraft to Trials Evolution to the Kinect-enabled Wrecketeer. And be sure to check out the full schedule of panels.
Gamer & actress Felicia Day (Supernatural, The Guild, Eureka) makes her way to PAX East to talk with you about her latest endeavor Geek & Sundry, a new premium YouTube channel featuring original web-shows that showcase the best of indie geek culture. On Friday and Saturday, Felicia will sign autographs, show off her channel and play with fans on Xbox LIVE. Then, on Saturday night, she’ll be my special guest for the Podcast session.
Come on by the Fable Heroes demo every day between 1p and 2p to try and ‘Beat the Dev’ for your chance to win a Fable Heroes custom console. Be sure to bring three friends the rest of the weekend and experience the 4-person co-op mode.
Check back here for updates, and be sure to become a Fan of Xbox on Facebook to keep up with the latest and greatest details on all our activities at PAX East 2012. See PAX East website for information on tickets, event hours, programming details and directions.
For more details on all the great content we’ll be showing off this year, read on!
1p – 2p daily – come on by to “Beat the Developer” of the new Fable XBLA game ‘Heroes’ – winner takes home a custom Fable Heroes console!
LIVE Living Room:Felicia Day shows off her new venture Geek & Sundry on Xbox LIVE, plays ME3 and signs your stuff – come and see her Friday starting at 2p and Saturday at 11a.
Xbox LIVE is so much more than multiplayer gaming! There’s a huge variety of entertainment to choose from on Xbox LIVE, whether you’re in the mood for movies, sports, TV shows or music. Come to our booth to find out how Xbox can make your TV even more amazing, and try out some of our new LIVE apps like YouTube, UFC, Crackle and Syfy and many more!
Premium YouTube channel Geek & Sundry features the best of indie geek culture and the internet’s foremost geek voices. Founded by the producers of the hit web series The Guild, Geek & Sundry offers a diverse lineup of shows that create a hub for fans of comedy, gaming, comics, music, and literature around the world. Through compelling content and its powerful social media presence, the channel cultivates a thriving community amongst its viewers, allowing them to immerse themselves in nerd culture and connect with each other both online and off. See http://geekandsundry.com/press/ for more details.
Hands-on Gaming (Booth #524)
Kinect Sports: Season Two puts you in the game with six new sports and ground-breaking features that use the full-body play technology you can only get with Kinect for Xbox 360. With the all-new “Basketball Activity Pack” you can test your basketball skills by “making the shot”, “smashing the targets” or “completing the pass”! It makes for the complete sports experience – right in your living room!
Kinect Star Wars – Launched on April 3rd by LucasArts. Step into Star Wars and experience a new galaxy of physical gameplay. Pilot a starfighter, race speeder bikes and even become the ultimate Jedi, and enjoy more adventures by yourself or with friends. Feel the Force when you are the controller. Watch the latest trailers and get more information about the game or the Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars console bundle here.
Steel Battalion Heavy Armor is happy to announce its first consumer hands-on experience at the PAX East Event in Boston, MA from April 6-8. On display at both the Microsoft and Capcom booths, the game will feature a uniquely immersive warfare gaming experience at each location. At the Microsoft booth, gamers can try their hand at the visceral New York City beach landing stage as they make their first stand to retake their homeland. At the Capcom booth, gamers will take to the streets as they experience a never before seen stage, “Old York City”, pushing them to risk life and limb for a downed comrade. On top of the hands-on gameplay that will be available, visitors can experience a fully thematic booth experience and receive tattoos, T-shirts, and even enter to win a brand new Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle (one awarded per day). Steel Battalion Heavy Armoris an exclusive Kinect for Xbox 360 first person action game that releases in North America on June 19.”
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition – After 4 million purchases in its alpha and beta stages, the PC gaming phenomenon Minecraft comes to Xbox 360. Imagine it, build it! Minecraft for Xbox 360 lets you create worlds from the comfort of your sofa. Play alone or play with your friends. Explore, build and conquer! At night monsters come out, so make sure to build a shelter before that happens. After that, your world is your imagination. Turn your hours into minutes with Minecraft for Xbox 360!
Deadlight – In an apocalyptic world where existence is futile, a solitary man treks the American west coast. Survival is the measure of all. In an alternate vision of the 1980s, a mysterious disease has decimated mankind, transforming people into killer automatons. During his odyssey, Randall Wayne will find other survivors, men and women who are no more than ghostly remnants of a fading society, a flame in the desert fighting extinction.
Trials Evolution by RedLynx, Ltd. Is the follow-up to the smash hit "Trials HD". The game will have you flipping, climbing and racing your way across levels that span both indoor and outdoor tracks, or building your own level using the new level editor that lets you share your creations with anyone on Xbox LIVE.
Fable: Heroes is an action-packed hack-and-slash adventure set in the “Fable” universe and will launch this spring on Xbox LIVE Arcade. It offers a fresh spin on the “Fable” franchise, taking playful competition to the next level with four player co-op, time trials and leaderboards on Xbox LIVE. In “Fable Heroes” players work together to defeat enemies while also competing with each other to collect gold coins, which will level up their character and unlock unique items in “Fable: The Journey” when it launches later this year.
Bloodforge — It is an ancient world of myth and legend. Powerful gods rule and vicious tribes swear allegiance to them. One warrior stands free: Crom. He has given up battle in favor of his family. The gods brutally decide to drag him back in to their fight, leaving Crom with only one option: Revenge.
Crimson Dragon – Embark on a 3D dragon flight shooter as you control your dragon with Kinect to take on massive and hostile alien creatures. Train your dragon to learn new skills, and take on massive enemies in numerous quests. Combine several dragon types with more than 150 skills to challenge the quests how you see fit. Once online, invite your friends for a co-op attempt at the quests. Collaboration with your teammates may yield unseen new skills! Now, with Kinect as your reigns, command your dragon to take on the skies!
Wreckateer – Step up to Kinect for Xbox® 360, young squire, and join the ranks of the Wreckateers™, the finest medieval demolition service in all the land. By the King’s orders, you will be charged with demolishing unwanted castles across the kingdom. Wielding the Ballista, a giant medieval crossbow, you will use your body to steady your aim, fire and guide magical shots mid-air. Using a vast array of ammunition including the Flying Shot, the Explosive Shot, the Speed Shot and many more, Wreckateers will be tasked with bringing massive castles occupied by grubby goblins crumbling to the ground. Featuring a robust single player campaign, local multiplayer mode, and Xbox LIVE leader board support ensures your entire family will have an endlessly royal good time.
Dust: An Elysian Tail — Set in the beautiful yet mysterious world of Falana, this game chronicles protagonist Dust’s journey to liberate an oppressed village, and rediscover his past. He is aided by an ancient sword, Ahrah, and his helpful if unreserved sidekick, Fidget. Meticulously hand-animated and painted, this episode of Elysian Tail welcomes exploration, platforming, and above all else, mastery of a fighting system that rewards skilled gamers.
Do a fly-by of the Xbox booth and you’ll also get to experience the all new thrill of the recently released “Microsoft Flight.” Take to the skies in a thrilling and visually stunning PC adventure that captures the powerful freedom of Flight. Immerse yourself in a variety of exciting missions or chart your course through the skies – your flying style is up to you. Stop by to experience a sneak peak at the next content pack which has you mastering the wilderness and extreme weather of Alaska!
Major Nelson Podcast! Saturday 6:00pm – 7:00pm | Manticore Theatre Join the crew with as we hang out, and talk about games, PAX and whatever else we think of. Plus, Stepto will also be joining us. Special Guest Felicia Day will also drop by to say hello.
Online Gaming Communities and ‘Real Life’ Relationships Friday 10:30am – 11:30am | Cat Theatre Panelists include: Derek ‘DSmooth’ Nolan [Co-Founder / Host, 2old2play / 2old2type Radio], Faith ‘Phoenix’ Harrison [RTX Event Organizer / Frag Dolls Biz Dev, Rooster Teeth / Ubisoft], James Stevenson [Community/Marketing Lead, Insomniac Games], Jon ‘Weezul’ Long [Social Media Manager, Seagate Technology], Alexis ‘Tart’ Hebert-Ruiz [Community Manager for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Microsoft], Will ‘raczilla’ Kinsler [Community Manager, Epic Games]
From Lurker to Leader Friday 8:30PM to 9:30PM | Arachnid Theater Panelists include: Kelli Dunlap [Content and Community Manager, GrifballHub], Jeff Easterling [Administrator, Halo.Bungie.Org], Barbara Dunkelman [Community Manager, Rooster Teeth Productions] and Eric Doty [Community Manager, Xbox LIVE]
Last week in San Francisco, we held a special media event to show off some upcoming Xbox 360, Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE Arcade, Games for Windows and Windows Phone titles. Keep any eye on the Inside Xbox channel on the Xbox 360 dashboard for the video coverage that will go up later today. Until then, here are some of the highlights from the press release:
“Halo 4” (343 Industries) – Get an exciting first look at this year’s most anticipated blockbuster, “Halo 4,” through a behind-the-scenes video on HaloWaypoint.com. Launching worldwide this Holiday, “Halo 4” takes the iconic franchise in a bold new direction with the return of Master Chief, and the beginning of a new saga.
“Forza Horizon” (Playground Games) – “Forza Horizon” is a fast-paced, pick-up-and-play racing game and the newest entry in the Forza Motorsport franchise. Available this Fall, the game is being created in partnership with acclaimed racing development studio Playground Games.
“Forza Motorsport 4” (Turn 10 Studios) – Available this Spring, the Porsche Expansion Pack for “Forza Motorsport 4” will contain 30 modern and classic Porsche vehicles fromthe iconic German manufacturer, seven of which are new to the “Forza” franchise.
“Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City” (Slant Six Games, Capcom) – Program the Nemesis and unleash devastating attacks on your opposing squad in an exclusive fifth online competitive multiplayer versus battle available only for Xbox 360.
“Gears of War 3” (Epic Games) – The curb-stomping fun continues with the release of the “Forces of Nature” map pack for “Gears of War 3” on March 27. Included in the game’s Season Pass or available for 800 Microsoft Points, “Forces of Nature” will feature five maps, new characters, new weapon skins and a 250 Gamescore. Also, starting March 27, “Gears of War 3” will be available through Games on Demand.
“Dragon’s Dogma” (Capcom) – Explore the woodlands surrounding a collapsed fortress and battle against its fearsome inhabitants, including a monstrous Cyclops, a vicious Chimera and a savage Drake Dragon. Additionally, purchasers of the Xbox 360 version of “Dragon’s Dogma” will be able to redeem a token and download the “Resident Evil 6” demo globally on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace 60 days earlier than on any other platform, starting July 3.
“Darksiders II” (THQ/Vigil Games) – Explore non-playable character gameplay interaction with exclusive fiction reveals from the vast Makers Realm in “Darksiders II.” Fans who pre-order the game will receive a complimentary upgrade to the Limited Edition, or can pick up the Collector’s Edition.
Kinect on Xbox 360
“Fable: The Journey” (Lionhead Studios) – From the creative geniuses at Lionhead, “Fable: The Journey” is a whole new way to experience the deep storyline, heart-pounding action and picturesque world of Albion. “Fable: The Journey” launches this Fall on Kinect for Xbox 360.
“Mass Effect 3” (BioWare, Electronic Arts) – Step into the role of Commander Shepard and use voice controls to direct squad mates during battle and command weapon selection to quickly engage in combat. “Mass Effect 3” supports dozens of commands to interact with the world and the characters, without pausing the action.
“Kinect Star Wars” (Microsoft Studios) – In “Kinect Star Wars,” available April 3, Star Wars fans can physically hone their Jedi skills, wield the power of the Force in their hands, pilot iconic ships and vehicles, rampage as a vicious rancor monster and dance with iconic Star Wars characters.
“Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13” (Electronic Arts) – Featuring a more immersive Masters Tournament experience as well as Kinect for Xbox 360 integration, the world’s number one golf video game is back with “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13.”
“Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor” (Capcom) – Launching on June 19, fight side by side with your comrades and retake Manhattan Beach from the enemy. Defend your infantry and blast every VT that crosses your path!
“Kinect Rush: A Disney•Pixar Adventure” (Microsoft Studios) – Pixar fans will be able to scan themselves into an avatar based on their favorite character from Disney•Pixar’s "Up" and venture into the vast interior of the Spirit of Adventure. Players will also team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Cars” and “Toy Story” to solve puzzles and uncover secrets.
“Dance Central 2” (Harmonix)– Experience new add-on songs from electro-pop sensations LMFAO, including their hit single “Party Rock”.
“Kinect Sports: Season Two” (Rare Studios, Big Park) – Launching worldwide on April 3, the all-new basketball game add-on content puts players’ basketball skills to the test by shooting, passing, and scoring with the new activities.
Xbox LIVE Arcade
“Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” (4J Studios, Mojang) – Coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade in Spring 2012, “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” brings the global PC phenomenon to gamers for the first time on any console platform.
“Wreckateer” (Iron Galaxy) – “Wreckateer” uses Kinect for Xbox 360 to put players in control of a massive castle-wrecking ballista. With the help of Wreck and Tinker, players can travel the land and destroy 60 castles infested with goblins using six magical projectiles.
“Fable Heroes” (Lionhead Studios) –“Fable Heroes” delivers a fresh spin on the “Fable” franchise with an action-packed hack-and-slash adventure on Xbox LIVE Arcade.
“Trials Evolution” (RedLynx/Ubisoft) – Coming soon are new “Trials Evolution” maps in the next dimension of the smash-hit, award-winning “Trials HD.”
“Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD” (Robomodo, Activision) – Activision’s “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD” for Xbox LIVE Arcade takes the best elements of “Tony Hawk Pro Skater” and “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2” and upgrades them with sharp visuals and fresh content.
“South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge” (South Park Digital Studios, Other Ocean Interactive) – Scott Tenorman is back and he wants revenge! Play multiplayer with Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny to take on Tenorman and his army of Ginger robots before they destroy South Park!
“Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” (Hidden Path Entertainment, Valve) – The all-new “Demolition” mode in “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” delivers a fast-paced game experience made up of tight small maps to get into the action quickly.
“Quantum Conundrum” (Airtight Games, Square Enix) – Enter a new dimension – the heavy dimension – in the latest environment-bending feature in the quirky, first-person puzzle game “Quantum Conundrum” from Square Enix and Airtight Games.
“Bloodforge” (Climax Studios) – “Bloodforge” combines devastating melee, ranged and magical attacks to deliver a fast-paced, bloodthirsty, brutal combat experience available exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade.
“Deadlight” (Tequila Works) – “Deadlight,” a brand new experience for Xbox LIVE Arcade, is a narrative-driven puzzle platformer set in the post-apocalyptic 80s devastated by a zombie epidemic.
“Diabolical Pitch” (Grasshopper Manufacture) – Available beginning April 4, Kinect for Xbox 360 turns living rooms into playing fields and the “Diabolical Pitch” is the main attraction.
“Joe Danger: The Movie” (Hello Games) – Race jetpacks against hoverboards and skis against skidoos in all-new multiplayer modes in “Joe Danger: The Movie.”
Xbox 360 Hardware
Xbox 360 Kinect Family Bundle – The Xbox 360 Kinect Family Bundle features everything a family needs to get started playing together. Available globally beginning February 28 for $299, the bundle includes a limited edition all-white Xbox 360 4GB console, white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller, “Kinect Sports,” “Kinect Adventures,” and a three month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold—the complete Xbox 360 experience.
“Microsoft Flight” (Microsoft Studios) – Available to download for free at www.MicrosoftFlight.com, “Microsoft Flight” is a new Windows PC game that lets players jump into the thrill of flight with no special hardware or past experience. This Spring, fans will be able to purchase the Journey to Alaska Pack, the second in a series of expansion packs for the game with over 1.2 million square miles of captivating scenery, additional missions and new aircraft.
“Carcassone” (Microsoft Studios) –The award-winning tile-based board game “Carcassonne” is coming to Windows Phone! With the online multiplayer, Xbox LIVE achievements, leaderboards and more, this game never gets old.
“Civilization Revolution” (2K) – Award winning Sid Meier’s “Civilization Revolution” is coming to Windows Phone! Build, Discover, Rule the world.
“DODONPACHI” (CAVE)– An original shooter by Arcade veteran CAVE is arriving for Windows Phone. Can you handle EVAC Industries’ Maximum Bullet Simulator.
“GeoDefense Swarm” (Microsoft Studios) –The fast-paced tower defense game “GeoDefense Swarm” for Windows Phone gives the power to obliterate a horde of vibrant, vector-styled enemies with multiple weapons of choice.
“Gerbil Physics” (Microsoft Studios) – In “Gerbil Physics,” a physics-based puzzle game that blows up buildings made of gerbils for Windows Phone, it’s all about adorable destruction.
“Pinball FX2” (Microsoft Studios) – “Pinball FX2” for Windows Phone features new tables and all-new features including a state-of-the-art physics model and a connection to your Xbox 360 “Pinball FX2” scores.
“Pirates!” – Available now on Windows Phone, Sid Meier’s “Pirates!” is an exciting high-seas adventure overflowing with intense pirate action and a treasure chest of gameplay riches!
“Pro Evolution Soccer 2012” (Konami) – This spring, the unrivalled and award-winning football simulation from Konami is entering a new season on Windows Phone!
“Shoot 1UP!” (Microsoft Studios) –This Spring, an armada of ships is coming to Windows Phone in “Shoot 1UP.”
“Wordament” (Microsoft Studios) – In the world of “Wordament” for Xbox LIVE, Windows Phone word searchers across the whole Internet compete on the same board, in real-time, to get the highest score.
If you would like to watch the last Microsoft CES Keynote but can’t join us in Las Vegas…don’t worry! The Keynote will be streamed LIVE on the Microsoft Facebook page tonight at 9:30p ET/6:30p PT/0230 UTC.
This week, Xbox 360 and Kinect make their debut at New York Comic Con, the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Drawing in over 96,000 attendees in 2010, this event is the second largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the country.
If you’ll be in the New York area and want to check things out, here is all you need to know about the biggest games for Xbox & Kinect and where you can find them at NYCC.
Xbox 360 Booth #322
As usual, we worked with Microsoft Studios and our fantastic third-party partners to bring NYCC attendees content they can’t play anywhere else. Stop on by the booth to try your hand at:
Dance Central 2: Sequel to the best-selling dance game for Kinect™ for Xbox 360® features a killer new soundtrack, revamped Dance Battle and import capability!
The Gunstringer – Launched on 9/13 by Twisted Pixel Games, “The Gunstringer” features Kinect-based targeting, shooting and melee as you guide The Gunstringer on his quest for vengeance against the posse that betrayed him and left him for dead. For more details on the game and to watch the trailer, click here.
Halo: Anniversary : Created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a spectacularly remastered version of the original Halo campaign.
Mass Effect 3: Go weapons-hot in a fully immersive sci-fi epic that reacts to every decision you make.
Various XBLA titles including:
o “Orcs Must Die” – Launched on 10/5, this fantasy action-strategy game by Robot Entertainment features two dozen deadly weapons, spells and traps to defend twenty-four fortresses from twelve enemy types including ogres, hellbats and of course, orcs! For more details, click here.
o “Trials Evolution” – “Trials Evolution” by RedLynx, Ltd. Is the follow-up to the smash hit "Trials HD". The game will have you flipping, climbing and racing your way across levels that span both indoor and outdoor tracks, or building your own level using the new level editor that lets you share your creations with anyone on Xbox LIVE. For more details on the game and to watch the trailer, click here.
Keep your eyes peeled for our Windows Mobile Brand Ambassadors, who will happily trade you some fun giveaways for a few minutes of your time playing our suite of fantastic games available on Windows Phone through Xbox LIVE! Some new games they’ll be featuring:
o “Burn the Rope” – launched on 9/28 by Big Blue Bubble Inc. “Burn the Rope” is a challenging game where you try to burn as much rope as you can in each level. There is a catch! The fire only burns upwards, leaving you to tilt and turn your phone to keep your flame alive!
o “Chickens Can’t Fly” – shipping this fall by Amused Sloth. Join the ranks of our scientists and see what chickens are capable of! Conduct experiments throughout 4 laboratories and answer questions such as : Is there life after the butcher? Is chicken afraid of ghosts? Does frozen chicken get dizzy? When you’re confident of your skill, try Survival mode or take part in the Global Weekly Challenge!
o “Kinectimals” – shipping this fall by Frontier Studios . This irresistible mobile experience gives you the chance to use your smartphone to visit Lemuria and play with, care for and fall in love with your very own Kinectimal cub. The bond between you and your cub grows ever stronger as you find Cap’n Blackwood’s treasure, and use it to open up even more fun together.
o “Orbital” – shipping this fall by BitForge. A challenging and addicting puzzle game. Shoot as many orbs into space and destroy them to get the ultimate high score. Challenge yourself or your friends and become number one.
o “Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp” – shipping this fall by Signal Studios and Krome Studios. Wage war on a tiny scale in “Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp” which brings the fun and addictive shooting gallery mini-games from “Toy Soldiers: Cold War” exclusively to your Windows Phone! Additionally, earn bragging rights in Cold War on Xbox 360 through an integrated mobile leaderboard
This morning we sent out an email to journalists with details about our TGS Announcements. I thought you’d like to see the highlights first hand:
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We’re about to enter one of the most exciting holiday seasons for Xbox 360 and Kinect worldwide. And today we kick off the 2011 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) with updates to Forza Motorsport 4, Dance Central 2, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Gears of War 3, among many other titles.
Core gamers who’ve been fans for years – and families who are new to the console – will find the most anticipated titles of the season for Xbox 360 and Kinect on hand and playable at TGS. The show is expected to attract entertainment enthusiasts from around the world, and provide the ultimate gaming experience in Japan this year.
Some of Xbox’s biggest blockbuster titles including Forza Motorsport 4, Gears of War 3, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and two Xbox Live Arcade titles – Diabolical Pitch and Haunt – will be on display for the first time in Japan.• For Forza Motorsport 4, Turn 10 Studios will reveal that the game will include four legendary Japanese tracks – Motegi, Fujimi Kaido, Tsukuba and Suzuka – when it launches on Oct. 11 in North America, Oct. 14 in Europe and Oct. 20 in the rest of the world.
Seven new tracks for Dance Central 2 will be unveiled as a part of the 40+ songs that will be available on-disc:
Mary J. Blige – Real Love
Chingy – Right Thurr
Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On
Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On
New Boyz – You’re A Jerk
Atlantic Connection and Armanni Reign – Reach
Remy Ma – Conceited (There’s Something About Remy)
• Sports fans will be able to put on some downhill skis or step into the batter’s box as the bestselling franchise on Kinect – Kinect Sports: Season Two – will showcase Baseball, and debut Downhill Skiing and the new Challenge Play mode at TGS.
• Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will add the classic Halo 2 map ‘Headlong’ to its growing cavalcade of multiplayer arenas. And 343 Industries will reveal new details for the upcoming Halo: Reach title update, including the launch of beta playlists on Oct. 4.
TGS is also about marking the Xbox commitment to Japan, which is home to some of the most legendary games creators in our industry. One of the most important aspects of the Xbox business in Japan is the relationship with our third party development houses, and the news from those creators is plentiful:
In addition to the five titles from Japanese creators announced at last year’s Tokyo Games Show, Microsoft will announce that Happy Wars, a new title from Toylogic, will be coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade.
A demo of Project Draco from Grounding will be shown for the first time to media in an exclusive setting.
Diabolical Pitch (announced at TGS 2010 as codename D) from Grasshopper Manufacture, and Haunt from NanaOn-Sha, will be playable at Microsoft’s booth. Diabolical Pitch will be released on Xbox LIVE Arcade next year.
Next week, Gears of War 3 launches. While many local events will be taking place, on Monday, September 19th, I’ll be at the marquee event in New York City. Join me at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, to be broadcast live during a special episode of GameTrailers TV featuring special guest Aisha Tyler, and airing from 11:30 p.m. – 12:01 a.m. local U.S. time on Spike TV. Attendees will be among the first to play “Gears of War 3” before it hits retail shelves at midnight, compete in tournaments for exclusive prizes, meet the game’s developers, and see an exclusive concert in the Best Buy Theater featuring VMA Best New Artist nominee, Big Sean. Fans in the New York area will also be able to participate in a scavenger hunt to secure VIP access to the event and win coveted “Gears of War 3’s” swag, including Limited and Epic editions, and more.
I wanted to share a cool opportunity to participate in an upcoming Xbox LIVE charity event on October 1, called “Gaming and Giving for Good” (G3) to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. G3 encourages Xbox LIVE members to come together and raise money with the help of family and friends for every hour spent gaming online. Anyone interested in participating will need to register at Xbox.com/g3 and will receive a free Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for the weekend to play their favorite games.
Xbox has also partnered with GameStop to help drive participation across the country and host in-store events with celebrities to raise awareness for the effort. GameStop and 2K Games have already raised more than $70,000 USD for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in advance of the online event, while Hulu, EA, Capcom Entertainment, Square Enix and other partners have also pledged their support.
This is a great excuse to get online and play with your friends, all while contributing to a worthy cause.
We hope to see you there.
Those interested in raising money, donating or learning more about G3 can visit www.xbox.com/g3 to register and find more information.
With way more content than could possibly fit in one booth, Xbox 360 can be found in five different places at PAX this year, including four booths on the main show floor and over Halo Fest.
Celebrate everything Halo at Halo Fest, the largest Halo experience ever (located on the 3rd floor of the Annex in the Convention Center.) Information on Halo Fest including panels, schedule & programming can be found either on IGN [our event media partner] or by checking into Halo Waypoint. You can also follow Waypoint on twitter for up-to-the-minute information! Remember: your PAX pass gets you free admission to Halo Fest, so drop by and check it out!
Outside of Halo Fest, here is the full list of the Xbox 360 / PAX Prim activities this year.
Xbox 360 Booth #412 Come on by to get your hands on Gears of War 3 Horde mode, the first US consumer hands-on for Forza 4, and the recently released Age of Empires Online, PLUS Electronic Arts’ upcoming sports releases Madden 12 and FIFA 12.
Xbox 360 Booth #432 Mass Effect 3 has landed… in the Xbox 360 booth! Come on by to check it out, along with a slew of Xbox LIVE Arcade titles: Trials Evolution, Skulls of the Shogun, Crimson Alliance, Splatters, Orcs Must Die, Ms. Splosion Man, Retro City Rampage, Sonic CD, War of the Worlds and Trine 2.
When you’re done giving those a shot, sharpen your blade and take on the Attack of the Fruit Ninja Challenge. You’ll have the chance to win a custom Xbox 360 console and Windows Phone, a Kinect sensor, Fruit Ninja Kinect and fruit for a year!
Xbox 360 Booth #232 Our Kinect-dedicated booth continues to deliver the most anticipated Kinect titles of 2011 utilizing our incredible controller-free technology. Come by to try Kinect Sports: Season2, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Kinect Star Wars, The Gunstringer and Xbox LIVE Arcade titles Hole in the Wall.
We’ll also be showing Sega’s Rise of Nightmares and kicking off a zombie-spotting promotion that could award you exclusive prizes including a copy of the game. Keep your eyes peeled for Rise of Nightmares’ zombies straight from the game wandering around PAX, then snap and tweet their photo along with the hashtag #RiseatPAX for your chance to win!
Xbox 360 Booth #145 Dream. Build.Play 2011 Challenge Dream.Build.Play is Microsoft’s global competition that challenges independent game developers to create new and innovative games using XNA Game Studio. Stop by the booth to play the 21 amazing Semi-Finalist games, and find out who will take home the top prizes on Sunday. Winners of the Dream.Build.Play competition receive a share of $75,000 in cash prizes and the opportunity to receive an Xbox LIVE Arcade publishing contract.
Panels We have four fantastic panels at PAX Prime this year designed to unravel some of our mysteries as well as have a lot of fun. See you there!
@XboxSupport: Customer Support in 140 Characters or Less Wolfman Theatre Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm What is the Elite Tweet Fleet? Come meet and chat with members of Microsoft’s @XboxSupport Twitter handle about the joys and challenges of providing support for Xbox and Xbox LIVE in less than 140 characters. Members of the Tweet Fleet and Forums Support team will be on hand to answer questions and discuss helping customers through social media.
Major Nelson Radio: Live! Unicorn Theatre Friday 6:30pm – 7:30pm Join me, e, lollipop and Stepto as they record the podcast with you, the studio audience. Fun WILL be had.
We Make Xbox and Xbox LIVE. Ask Us Anything Unicorn Theatre Saturday 5:00pm – 6:00pm What does it take to work on Xbox? How do we determine what cool features to add? What was it like in the early days of creating Kinect? Who has the highest Gamerscore? Ask us anything. We mean it! Join an expert panel moderated by Xbox LIVE’s own Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb as the people who work on creating the Xbox itself, as well as Xbox LIVE, take your questions.
Running Xbox LIVE Unicorn Theatre Sunday 4:30pm – 5:30pm Ever wonder what it takes to run a world-wide entertainment service? Join members of the Xbox LIVE operations team as we walk you through the history and present of Xbox LIVE. Learn about the early days of the service, see what it’s like to prepare for a major game launch, get a look inside how teams making the hardware and software have to take into account how it all comes together on Xbox LIVE, and how we take into account safety and enforcement. Hear some great stories over the past 9 years of the service. We promise we won’t get too technical on you too! (PLEASE NOTE: This presentation will not include Q&A as we encourage you to join us for our separate open Q&A session)
General PAX Info EXHIBIT HALL HOURS Friday, August 26th, 2011 – 8:30am to 6pm (press only until 10am) Saturday, August 27th, 2011 – 9:30am to 6pm Sunday, August 28th, 2011 – 9:30am to 6pm
See the PAX website for extended event hours and other evening activities.
If you’ll be in San Diego next week for Comic Con (or just happen to be in the area) then we’d love to see you at our Tweet up! This year,we’re teaming up with Zachary Levi (NBC’s ‘Chuck’) and his NERD HQ to kick off the show in a big way.
Next week, we’ll be at the 41st annual Comic-Con International in San Diego with a full slate of activities. If you are at the Con, stop by the Microsoft booth (#5252) where we will have one of the first hands-on experience with the new Gears of War 3 Horde mode. You can also visit the Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, to get an early taste of eagerly awaited Kinect and Xbox 360 titles.
The full list of Xbox 360 Comic-Con International 2011 activities include:
Xbox 360 Booth Booth #5252, San Diego Convention Center
Preview: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Show Hours:
Thursday, July 21 – Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get your first-hands on with Horde mode in the most anticipated juggernaut of the year, “Gears of War 3.” With groundbreaking innovations like boss battles, upgradeable fortifications, more diverse waves and enemies, and a deeper player progression system, Horde in “Gears of War 3” is poised to set a new standard for cooperative multiplayer action. So gather your brothers-in-arms and get ready to take the fight to the Locust Horde!
Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel 207 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Edge Room – Hard Rock Hotel
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Gamers looking for the hottest action off the show floor can get early hands-on experiences with an array of the hottest upcoming titles for Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE Arcade and Games for Windows, including “Kinect Sports: Season Two,” “Dance Central 2,” “Batman: Arkham City,” “Rise of Nightmares,” “The Gunstringer,” “Age of Empires” and more.
“Kinect Star Wars” Panel Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 21, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Enter the Galaxy with studio head Jorg Neumann (Kinect Publishing) and lead producer Craig Derrick (LucasArts) as they discuss the eagerly awaited title with USA Today’s Mike Snider, sharing new gameplay from the iconic Star Wars universe, revealing an all-new mode and unveiling an exciting announcement. All attendees will receive a limited-edition poster.
Kinect Star Wars in the LucasArts Booth Booth # 2913-L in the Star Wars Pavilion
Preview: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Don’t miss the opportunity to get your first hands-on with Kinect Star Wars. Fans will have a chance to live out the ultimate Star Wars fantasy and check out an all-new mode.
“Gears of War 3” Panel Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, executive producer Rod Fergusson, and special guest contributors to the “Gears” universe offer a look ahead at the most anticipated game of 2011. Moderated by X-Play (G4) co-host, Adam Sessler, the discussion will feature key announcements and a live game demo.
Writing in Video Games: In-Game, Novels, Comics, and Other Franchise-Building Offshoots Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The biggest names in sci-fi/fantasy publishing and the video game industry area of in-game writing will get together to discuss their separate projects and unique experiences working in both worlds. Get your game face on with Greg Bear (“Halo”), Karen Traviss (“Gears of War”), David Gaider (“Dragon Age”), John Shirley (“Bioshock: Rapture”), Tony Gonzales (“Eve Online”), Frank O’Connor (“Halo” franchise development director at 343 Industries), Kevin Grace (managing editor of 343 Industries, “Halo: Evolutions”), and moderator Matt Staggs of Suvudu.com.
“Halo” Universe Panel Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Frank O’Connor, Kevin Grace, and others from 343 Industries, as well as special “Halo” guests Greg Bear and Karen Traviss, will discuss the first 10 years of “Halo” and offer a sneak peek into what’s next for the exciting sci-fi universe.
There and Play Again: Video Games to Comics Room 23ABC, San Diego Convention Center
Friday, July 22, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. We all know that comic books have been fertile ground from which video game developers can harvest great characters and games. These days the tech has caught up with the art and we’re seeing that road run both ways. This panel includes video game and comic book industry luminaries intimately familiar with bringing a comics sensibility to games and transporting virtual, interactive worlds to the printed page. Join them to discuss what it takes to be successful in multiple dimensions.