Help Us Launch Sunset Overdrive Tonight, Live

We’re now just a few hours away from the North American launch of Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive. Tonight, Insomniac Games’ Founder and CEO Ted Price and Game Director Drew Murray will join me to kick off the celebration in style, live on Twitch.

Watch live video from xbox on www.twitch.tv

Starting at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific (click to see what time that is where you live) you’ll hear directly from the developers, get your questions answered live, and see lots and lots of Sunset Overdrive – even if you’ve been watching livestreams of Sunset Overdrive over the past several days, you won’t have seen this gameplay.

And, as usual, we’ll be throwing a few surprises into the stream. So get your questions ready, and we’ll see you tonight.

Microsoft retail stores are celebrating the launch of Sunset Overdrive with a series of in-store events and giveaways. Every store will hold a raffle with great prizes on the line, such as controllers, Xbox Live Gold memberships, Xbox music passes, and the Xbox One consoles.

Sunset Overdrive Controller Stand

Additionally, six of the largest Microsoft stores locations will go full Sunset City; to match the WonderTown Land atmosphere in Sunset Overdrive, the Stores will have a Sunset City insipired carnival atmosphere with a photo opp, a DJ outfitted as the hero, as well as Surface demo tables and special raffle entries for giveaways and more. The following stores will have the full Sunset Overdrive experience: Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA), The Streets at Southpoint (Durham, NC), Century City (Los Angeles, CA), Dadeland Mall (Miami, FL), Mall of America (Minneapolis, MN), and Metropolis at Metrotown (Vancouver, Canada)

All Sunset Overdrive launch events take will begin at 10 p.m. on this coming Monday, October 27th.

Microsoft retail stores also have the following exclusive pre-order offers for Sunset Overdrive:

  • If you pre-order Sunset Overdrive in store before Tuesday, Oct. 28, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. If you pre-order online and are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, towards the Xbox Store..
  • With Sunset Overdrive pre-orders through Microsoft Store, users will get exclusive melee weapons Acordes de la Muerte and The Hangover as an added bonus to the Day One Edition. They’ll also receive an exclusive white controller holder with the pre-order of the Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle.
  • Everyone who pre-orders Sunset Overdrive bundle receives a special controller stand to match your new, white Xbox One system.
  • Trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.
  • The first 100 customers who pre-order Sunset Overdrive in each store will receive a special edition t-shirt

There are over 100 Microsoft retail stores in the US and Canada. Find your nearest location here.

Xbox at Brasil Game Show

From E3 to gamescom to Tokyo Game Show, we’ve been running full-speed to game events around the globe. This week we arrive at our next milestone: Brasil Game Show 2014. BGS takes place in Sao Paulo, October 9-12, and it’s the biggest gaming event in Latin America.

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For those of you in Sao Paulo, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to meet our developers, play the best lineup of games and take in all the frenetic delights our industry has to offer. The team is bringing an awesome games line-up for the Xbox booth.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • When: Thursday, October 9 through Sunday, October 12, 1:00-9:00 PM BRT
  • Where: Expo Centre Norte, Sao Paulo, Rua José Bernardo Pinto 333
  • What you can do: Play at any of our 70 game stations running more than 20 upcoming Xbox titles. Talk to the developers. Get the latest news from our partners.
  • Games: Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, EA Sports FIFA 15, UFC, Project Spark, Killer Instinct, Happy Wars, Minecraft Xbox One Edition, ScreamRide, Ori The Blind Forest, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Disney Infinity Marvel, Lara Croft the Temple of Osiris, ID@Xbox titles, Ryse: Son of Rome Legendary Edition, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Just Dance, Dance Central, Kinect Sports Rivals

For anyone not lucky enough to be in Sao Paulo, keep an eye on @XboxBR for regular BGS updates.

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Forza Horizon 2 launches next week, and Microsoft retail stores are planning activities to mark the occasion on Day 1 and beyond. On Tuesday, September 30th – launch day – at least the first 25 customers to pick up their copy of the game at each of the 104 Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will receive a Forza Horizon 2 gift bag.

PreOrder Audi Forza Horizon 2

If you pre-order Forza Horizon 2 in store before Tuesday, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. A pre-order will also net you a Microsoft Store-exclusive in-game code to unlock the Audi RS 4 Avant in-game.

Additionally, select Microsoft retail stores will have Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheels available for purchase at $99.99, while supplies last.

Microsoft Stores across the country will also host gameplay tournaments from Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 5. To find out more about tournaments, contact your local store.

If you don’t want to compete, you can try the game, pick up a copy of Forza Horizon 2, and get a custom Forza photo taken. You can also trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.

Destiny is mere hours away from launch on Xbox One and Xbox 360, and we know many of you want to play as soon as possible. Join us tonight for the midnight launch party at your local Microsoft retail store and be among the first to experience Destiny.

As you might expect, you’ll be able to grab your copy of Destiny at midnight, but attendees will actually be able to go hands-on earlier, as Destiny stations go live in-store starting at 10 P.M. local time.

Bonus: the first 100 people to pick up their pre-order will get an exclusive Destiny swag bag, and we’ll also raffle off prizes and serve snacks for guests.

If you don’t already have an Xbox One, there are a number of specials going on this week as well. Pick up an Xbox One at the Microsoft Store and you’ll receive a $50 Xbox Gift Card AND a FREE game, for a limited time only.  Microsoft Stores are also offering a $100 credit if you trade in your old Xbox 360 towards your Xbox One purchase.

Nearly every store in the US and Canada is participating this evening, so check here to find your nearest Microsoft Store location: msft.it/destiny

If you can’t make it out to a launch event tonight, we invite you to join us for a live Twitch broadcast of Destiny, beginning 9pm Pacific/Midnight Eastern. We’ll be broadcasting from the Bellevue, Washington store (just a few blocks away from Bungie HQ), and playing through the early hours of Destiny. We might even toss a few giveaways into the chat stream as well…

Want to play with us? Join the Major Nelson Xbox Clan here, and we’ll see you tonight!

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.

 

Xbox at PAX Prime 2014

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.

PAX Event

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.

Saturday: Major Nelson Radio at PAX Prime

Sphinx Theatre

Saturday, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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.