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This week at PAX, we’ll be lifting the curtain on the next evolution of Horde mode arriving in Gears of War 4 – we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on.

Our plans go far beyond just talking about Horde though. Gears of War 4 is coming to PAX West with an armory full of events, activities and live streams for Gears fans to enjoy. If you’re at the show, come find us! Let’s talk Gears. We’d love your thoughts. Here’s what to expect over the PAX Weekend, whether you can make it to the show or you’re in the comfort of your own home.

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Gears of War 4 is taking over the PAX Arena with live gameplay at PAX!

On Friday September 2, tune in to see the world debut of a brand new Versus Multiplayer mode in Gears of War 4 – Arms Race. What’s Arms Race? Well that would spoil the fun now, wouldn’t it? This special event is ‘For The Watch’, a running gag between Penny Arcade’s Gabe and Tycho where they battle it out for the honor of taking home the fabled watch.

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Then on Saturday, prepare for an overload of Horde 3.0 gameplay in a very special race to be First to 50! We’ve invited guests from Xbox and two superstar squads to compete for the honor of being the first team to survive 50 brutal waves of the all-new Horde mode for Gears of War 4. Captained by GoldGlove and FemSteph, each squad will be composed of star Gears players, including Actabunnifoofoo, SoVindictive, GuyBlaze, VernNotice, Falloutt, ImCoty, LucyMaeGames and Crream). This isn’t an event you’ll want to miss and fans in attendance will also receive an exclusive, limited edition Horde 3.0 Poster designed by Tony Moore (known for his award-winning artistry in The Walking Dead comic series).

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If you’re at the show, head on over to the PAX Arena to join the fun in our live audience. There’ll also be some special giveaway swag on offer including:

  • Friday: T-Shirts, Pins and Physical Card Packs
  • Saturday: T-Shirts, Pins, Physical Gear Packs and a special Tony Moore poster

Saturday is also a great opportunity to come and talk to the myriad of developers from The Coalition who will be in attendance for First to 50. We’d love to meet you!

Finally, on Sunday fans are invited to sign up as teams of five to survive 10 waves of Horde on the PAX Stage for prizes. Teams who survive the first 10 waves can then make the decision to take the prize – or put it all on the line for a chance to win an even better prize by completing the next 10 waves of Horde as a team. Prizes will also differ based on the difficulty selected by each team.

All the action will be streamed on Twitch live at Twitch.TV/PaxArena, Twitch.TV/Xbox or Twitch.TV/GearsofWar. Add these dates and times to your calendars to make sure you don’t miss a beat:

  • Friday September 2, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm PDT
  • Saturday September 3, from 6:30pm PDT onwards
  • Sunday, September 4, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm PDT

PAX ATTENDEES

If you’ve secured your PAX West ticket, Horde 3.0 is waiting for you on the show floor! You’ll get 30 minutes to try and beat 10 waves of Horde 3.0 on Normal Difficulty with 4 squad mates, along with a coach from The Coalition to help you make the most of your time.

Every time you complete your Horde session at our booth, you’ll also walk away with one of our awesome Physical Gear Packs which unlock in-game content (and make for a great Gears collectible too!). We’ll also be giving away one of two unique pins every day of the show – keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter to find out more.

Head to the PAX Arena to really put your Horde skills to the test. The PAX Arena is the only place where you can take on the Swarm on Hardcore difficulty – be one of the first teams to beat all 10 waves within the allotted time, and you’ll walk away with some special Gears of War merchandise! Grab your friends and bring them to the Arena to see if you’re up for the challenge.

There’s also some additional Gears action to be found on the show floor thanks to our friends at Nvidia and Alienware. Head to their booth to play Gears of War 4 for Windows 10 in stunning 4K resolution, and battle the Swarm in a section of the campaign set during a Windflare. (Tip – Don’t throw grenades against the wind!).

There’s plenty more to come from our huge PAX Prime weekend, so stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the latest information. See you in Seattle!

It was a busy day preparing the Xbox booth for gamescom, one of the world’s biggest video game trade show events featuring over 800 exhibitors and 500,000 visitors from 50 different countries. I wanted to share some of the news and stories from today in this recap.

Earlier today, I teamed up with @AceyBongos to do a livestream of the Xbox booth. If you didn’t catch the stream you can watch it below:

 

The Xbox Wire posted a few stories related to gamescom and the titles that will be shown off in the Xbox booth. You can read them here:

Looking Back and Looking Forward at gamescom 2016

Thoughts from the Sea of Thieves PC Design Lead

Celebrating Three Years of ID@Xbox

Halo Wars 2 Comes to Europe: Thoughts from Creative Assembly

Gears of War 4 Showcased in Glorious 4K at gamescom

Forza Racing Championship Series Week 1 Results

If you’re attending gamescom and you want to try and get one of the 200 tickets to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016, you can find all of the details here. We’ll have more news stories, livestreams and other surprises over the next few days, so keep checking back here or follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss any of it.

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One of the best things about working on ID@Xbox at Microsoft is the opportunity to interact with game makers and creators on a daily basis. One of the others is being able to share our games with our awesome fans, especially those people who are pumped to check out new and innovative experiences. Over the past couple of years, we have brought those groups together at an awesome event called the ID@Xbox Pre-PAX Open House. It’s been so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again!

That’s right, for the third year in a row we’re inviting gamers to visit us on the Microsoft campus and help us kick off PAX West with the latest ID@Xbox games! We’re going to be showcasing more than 50 games, including some of the most highly anticipated upcoming titles, as well as some new surprises. Beyond that, you can pick up collectible pins from each of the games (while supplies last) and enter to win some great prizes. We hope you can join us!

For more information or to register for this FREE event – click here

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Thursday September 1st from 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Where: Microsoft campus — Building 92

15010 NE 36th Street

Redmond, WA 98052

United States

(directions here)

Who: Xbox fans 18 and older (under 18 allowed with parent/guardian)

What you can do: Play more than 50 upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including a number of newly announced and several that will be publically playable for the first time ever! Meet the developers and check out some of our most highly anticipated titles, including Outlast 2, Everspace, Cuphead, Pit People, and new content in ARK: Survival Evolved. See the Microsoft campus and stop by the Visitor Center to explore everything from the latest Microsoft Research innovations to the very first personal computer.

Admission cost: Absolutely FREE (PAX passes are not required)

Transportation: Parking is available for FREE on the Microsoft campus, and complimentary buses will also provide transportation from the Washington State Convention Center to building 92. The first buses will leave the convention center at 4:30 PM. There will be signs and staff wearing red shirts guiding people onto the buses driving between the convention center and Microsoft campus.

Confirmed ID@Xbox games include:

  • 140 – Carlsen Games
  • AER – Forgotten Key
  • ARK: Survival Evolved – Studio Wildcard
  • Armed and Gelatinous – Three Flip Studios
  • Axiom Verge – Thomas Happ Games
  • Beacon – Monothetic LLC
  • Blackwood Crossing – PaperSeven Ltd
  • Brawlout – Angry Mob Games
  • The Bunker – Splendy Games
  • Candle Man – Spotlightor
  • Cluster Truck – Landfall Games
  • Cuphead – StudioMDHR
  • Death Squared – SMG Studio
  • Deforms – Ready at Dawn
  • Earth’s Dawn – Rising Star
  • EVERSPACE – ROCKFISH Games
  • Flinthook – Tribute Games
  • Gas Guzzlers Extreme – Gamepires
  • GRIDD: Retroenhanced – AntabStudio
  • Knee Deep – Prologue Games
  • Mantis Burn Racing – VooFoo Studios Ltd.
  • Manual Samuel – Perfectly Paranormal
  • Mekazoo – The Good Mood Creators
  • Moonshot – Pump Action Games
  • Outlast 2 – Red Barrels
  • Pit People – The Behemoth
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet – Mercury Steam
  • Redout – 34BigThings
  • Refactor – NextGen Pants
  • Rescue Triangle – CottonGame
  • Rise and Shine – Adult Swim
  • Road Redemption – Dark Seas Interactive
  • Silence – Daedalic Entertainment
  • Slime Rancher – Monomi Park
  • Sniper Elite 4 – Rebellion
  • State of Mind – Daedalic Entertainment
  • Strength of the Sword ULTIMATE – Ivent Games
  • Super Slam Dunk Touchdown – Tipping Goat LLC
  • Superweights – Pompaduo
  • The Final Station – Do My Best Games
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 3 – Jackbox Games
  • We Are Chicago – Culture Shock Games
  • Warhammer: Vermintide – Fatshark
  • Westerado – Adult Swim
  • Western Press – Bandit-1

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Xbox will give 200 lucky fans a one-of-a-kind experience at gamescom, the world’s largest video game consumer show. The Xbox gamescom FanFest Ticket will include:

  • An exclusive “Xbox FanFest Showcase” on Thursday Night, August 18, from 20:00 – 23:00 CEST at the Xbox Booth, Hall 8.  Experience all the games and cool surprises in the Xbox booth after the crowds have gone for the night.
  • Special Xbox day-time activity on Wednesday August 17.
  • Meet and greet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Swag bag full of Xbox-gaming content

How can I get my Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016 ticket?

The majority of tickets will be first-come, first-serve, one per-person, and be distributed Wednesday morning, August 17 in Cologne, Germany.  We will announce the location on Wednesday morning, August 17. Be sure to follow Xbox on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to find out the secret location.

When will Xbox make the announcement to line up and get an Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016 ticket?

Lineup location will be announced at 10:00 CEST, Wednesday morning, August 17.   Xbox FanFest tickets will be distributed in-person immediately after we reveal the location, in Cologne, Germany.  Be sure to follow Xbox on Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat to find out the secret location.

Is there an age-minimum to attend Xbox FanFest: gamescom 2016?

Yes, every ticket-holder has to be over 18 years of age. Parents with children under the age of 18 will not be allowed. We will require a valid, government-issued, picture ID (driver’s license, passport) as part of registration.

How many Xbox FanFest tickets can I get?

One ticket; one person – tickets are non-transferable and cannot be resold.

If I’m traveling to Cologne, are there hotel accommodations?

It’s up to the individual to pay for their own travel and hotel accommodations.

What if I can only spend a couple of days in Cologne; can you tell me now what the other surprises are for the rest of the week?

FanFest activities are only on Wednesday August 17th and Thursday, August 18th.

Will the 200 fans get tickets to attend the Consumer Days at gamescom (Thursday – Sunday)?

Xbox will not provide tickets to those days.

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Recently I had the opportunity to serve as the guest judge for a Halo-themed episode of the Food Network show, Cake Wars, and the episode is airing tonight at 9 p.m. EDT / 8 p.m. CDT.

In the episode, four awesome bakers face off to create cakes based on the Halo universe, with the winning contestant earning $10,000 and a trip for them and their cake to the Halo World Championship finals that took place this past March.

Tune in to the special episode tonight as I sit at the judges table along with Cake Wars judges Waylynn Lucas and Ron Ben-Israel to determine who will come out on top in a Halo match like none you’ve ever seen. Hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the confection creations!

For the sixth consecutive year, Xbox will be bringing great gameplay, first-look panels; and exclusive experiences to San Diego Comic-Con. I’ll be there hosting a few panels and meeting the fans, so if you’re going to be there, stop by, say hello and check out everything we have to show.

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) will take place from 21-24 July at the San Diego Convention Center.

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You can find Xbox in two different locations this year.

XBOX BOOTH LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Xbox Booth
San Diego Convention Center
Hall A #100
111 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
(Comic-Con badge required.)

9:00 AM – 7:00 PM PDT (Thursday – Saturday)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PDT (Sunday)

Xbox @ Nerd HQ
The New Children’s Museum
200 W Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

9:00 AM – 9:00 PM PDT (Thursday, Saturday)
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM PDT (Friday)

XBOX PANELS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

-Sea of Thieves: Art of Adventure
Thursday, 7/21/16, 10:30am – 11:30am, Room: 24ABC (San Diego Convention Center)
Comic-Con badge required.

-Gears of War 4: Creators, Characters and Cast
Thursday, 7/21/16, 2:15pm – 3:15pm, Room: 6BCF (San Diego Convention Center)
Comic-Con badge required. (I’ll be moderating this panel)

-Nerd HQ PANEL: Gears of War 4: Creators, Characters and Cast
Friday, 7/22/16, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Nerd HQ (The New Children’s Museum)
Nerd HQ badge required. Register here. (I’ll be moderating this panel)

-Halo Wars 2: Know Your Enemy
Friday, 7/22/16, 10:15am – 11:15am, Room: 6BCF (San Diego Convention Center)
Comic-Con badge required.

For more information about Nerd HQ and/or to register for events, visit the Nerd HQ website.

For more information about San Diego Comic-Con, visit the official website here.

For more information about Xbox at San Diego Comic-Con including a look at the titles we’ll be showing off, visit the Xbox.com events page.

San Diego Comic-Con is one of the country’s biggest and longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention and one of my favorite industry events I always look forward to attending. Hope to see you there next week.

 discusses gamescom 2016 and what Xbox fans attending the event can expect. Details below:

It’s under five weeks until gamescom 2016 and I’m excited to share the news that Xbox will give our fans the opportunity to get hands-on with the most anticipated titles for 2016 and 2017, across Xbox and Windows 10.  From our stellar lineup of blockbusters, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Halo Wars 2, ReCore and Sea of Thieves, to a host of ID@Xbox titles including We Happy Few, Everspace and Cuphead, we can’t wait for our fans to play. This year we’re also in a brand new location – you’ll be able to find us in Hall 8 of the Koelnmesse near the north entrance.

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While we will not be hosting a media briefing this year, we’re planning a new and more intimate Xbox FanFest experience for our fans across Europe and worldwide attending gamescom 2016.  We will be sharing more details on our gamescom 2016 Xbox FanFest soon.

We had a record-setting E3 and we were overwhelmed by the response.  Xbox unveiled a new family of Xbox One devices, a host of new Xbox Live features and Xbox’s biggest games lineup ever on Xbox One and Windows 10. We also announced Xbox Play Anywhere, a new program which lets gamers buy a game once and play it on both their Windows 10 PC and Xbox One. Our E3 announcements showed Xbox’s commitment to offering gamers a future that goes beyond console generations and one that offers them the choice and freedom to play the games they want, with the people they want and on the devices they want.

At gamescom 2016 we’re excited to bring even more of these experiences into the hands of our fans.  gamescom is always one of my favourite shows, and I’m excited to attend and spend time with everyone in Cologne.

Here’s to a great show, bis bald!

See below for the show opening times.

The Xbox booth at gamescom
Wednesday, August 17 – 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CEST (press/trade only day)
Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19 – 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CEST
Saturday, August 20 – 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CEST
Sunday, August 21 – 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. CEST

It’s that time of the year again: E3 is just a few weeks away! That means now is the perfect time to start sharing some of our plans for one of the gaming industry’s biggest annual events.

Today, we’re announcing the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will take place Monday, June 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from in-depth looks at previously-announced games to trailers for our unannounced titles coming in 2016 and beyond. You can watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing live beginning at 9:30 a.m. PDT on June 13 on Xbox.com, the Xbox Twitch Channel, via the Xbox Live Events Player on Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, or on the big screen at your local Microsoft store. You can also watch the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing on Spike TV in the U.S. and Canada at 9:30 a.m. PDT / 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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For more Xbox news at E3, we’re also happy to share that we’ll be bringing back Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3 – from breaking news and exclusive announcements to trailer reveals and interviews with game creators. I will be hosting the one-hour show with Graeme Boyd, Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos, and will include a variety of guest stars and prominent industry figures. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3 will air on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT, and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel.  Each show will also have interactive experiences created just for fans watching live on Xbox One.

This year, Xbox is partnering with Twitch to bring gaming fans wall-to-wall coverage of the entire week of E3. Go behind the scenes, catch the latest announcements, and watch the best Xbox games in real-time. You’ll be able to watch everything on the Xbox Twitch channel from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, June 15, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 16.

Finally, if you’re in LA during E3 week, we’ve got something even bigger for you. Once again, Xbox will be giving 500 lucky fans a ticket for exclusive access to Xbox FanFest: E3 2016. The Xbox FanFest: E3 2016 is from Monday, June 13, through Wednesday, June 15. Tickets will include:

  • Entry into the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing on Monday, June 13th, 9:30 a.m. PDT at the Galen Center
  • Access to a special Forza Motorsport event at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Monday afternoon, June 13th.
  • A can’t-miss “Fan Celebration” event on Tuesday evening, June 14th, at the Premiere House at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center.
  • A custom-built backpack filled with gaming swag
  • Play time with all-new exclusives and our biggest blockbuster games coming this holiday
  • The chance to meet some of the industry’s top developers, leaders and influencers.
  • Even more surprise events during the week.

Today, we’re happy to share some new details on just how you can go about taking part. First, as with previous Xbox FanFests you’ll need to be over the age of 21 and have an Xbox Live gamertag. Next, you’ll need to get a ticket. Fans can line up at the Microsoft store at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles starting on Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 p.m. PDT. Credentials will be distributed to the first 500 fans in line, then FanFest tickets will be distributed to credential holders the following morning, Sunday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m. PDT. The Microsoft store is located at 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Lining up will take place near the Food Court, located on level 2. Be sure to hit the official Xbox FanFest: E3 2016 page for complete details and an FAQ.

We’re also excited to share information on more of what you’ll receive if you’re one of those 500 lucky fans. In addition to already announced goodies like entry into the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing and a custom-built backpack full of gaming swag, FanFest attendees will be invited to a special Forza Motorsport event at the Petersen Automotive Museum on the afternoon of Monday, June 13 and a can’t-miss “Fan Celebration” event on the evening of Tuesday, June 14 at the Premiere House at Regal LA Live.

Of course, we’ve still got plenty of awesome E3 experiences for those fans that can’t make it to Los Angeles for FanFest. Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, our live news show that covers all things Xbox at E3, will air on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT, and can be streamed live on Xbox One, on Xbox.com (both on your desktop and on mobile), on Xbox 360, and on the Xbox Twitch Channel. Today, we’re excited to reveal that Jessica Chobot and Julia Hardy will be joining Graeme Boyd (Xbox Live’s Acey Bongos) and I as hosts of the show.

You’ll also be able to catch an Xbox Briefing Post-Show Special with Geoff Keighley and other surprise guests on the YouTube Live @ E3 show. The dedicated 30-minute Xbox show kicks off Monday, June 13 at 4 p.m. PDT and will break down and dive deeper into some of the hottest news coming out of our briefing.

Head on over to the Xbox E3 Online Experience for more information, as well as rules and regulations, on Xbox FanFest: E3 2016. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

These are just a few of the activities Xbox has planned for the week, so stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest updates on E3 2016!

Whether you’re attending PAX East or following from home, you can join in the fun and enter to win an Xbox One and custom controller featuring designs inspired by Gears of War 4, Quantum Break, Overwatch, Mirrors Edge Catalyst, and IGN.  Best of all there’s no purchase necessary!

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Snap and share a photo of one of our custom controller designs with #XboxSweepstakes or retweet @Xbox’s #XboxSweepstakes post during the sweepstakes, which runs from April 21 through April 24.  For more details and all of the legal stuff, be sure check out the Official Rules.

If you’re at PAX East, stop by the Xbox Booth (we’re in 5044 and 6044) to check out these custom controllers in person and play some of the most anticipated upcoming titles and new releases.  We’ll be featuring Gears of War 4, Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 6 Porsche Expansion, Mirrors Edge Catalyst, Overwatch, and Cuphead.

Get immersed in the year’s most unique gaming experience at our Quantum Break photo booth or visit our unique ombre styling salon in honor of our new ombre fade finished controllers, Dusk Shadow and Copper Shadow.

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Events:

Gears Esports Pro League Season 2 Finals starting Saturday April 23rd at 11:00 am at the ESL stage or tune in on Twitch.

Major Nelson Radio Podcast Panel starting Saturday, April 23rd at 4:00 pm in the Dragonfly theater. Details here.

Out of the Shadows: Inside Gears of War Multiplayer with The Coalition panel starting Sunday, April 24th 10:30 am in the Albatross Theater. Details here.

Halo Championship Series Pro League Invitational starting Sunday April 24th at 11:30 am at the ESL stage or tune in on Twitch. Details here.

Check out the Xbox Events Page for full details and all of the latest on Xbox at PAX East. Hope to see you there!