Chris Charla, Director of ID@Xbox, shares some news for Xbox Developers and gamers at GDC 2017. Check it out below:

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I love the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I just love it; the games, the people, the energy – GDC is one of the things that just makes you feel great about being in the game industry. It means so much to me personally, and also professionally as a proud member of Team Xbox.

For the Xbox team, GDC is among the best times to highlight new games – and there are some awesome new titles coming this year to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC through ID@Xbox – and it’s also a great place to catch up with new developers and old friends, listen to their feedback about all corners of Xbox, and also share a few pieces of news we hope fans will enjoy.

We have a few major developments to announce at GDC that bring new opportunities for game creators and awesome updates for players – and here’s how.

Introducing the Xbox Live Creators Program

Xbox is kicking off things this year by announcing the Xbox Live Creators Program, which empowers anyone to rapidly publish Xbox Live-enabled games on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, in a totally open way. With the Creators Program, anyone can integrate Xbox Live sign-in, presence, and social features into their UWP games, then publish their game to Xbox One and Windows 10. This means their title can see exposure to every Xbox One owner across the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio this holiday, as well as hundreds of millions of Windows 10 PCs, and millions of folks using the Xbox app on mobile platforms.

The Creators Program offers a straightforward way for developers to address a huge audience across Windows and Xbox One, with minimal additional development time. An important element is that developers can continue using the tools they’re already using today to create UWP games. Game engines with “out of the box” support for UWP games include Construct 2, MonoGame, Unity, and Xenko. The program works with retail Xbox One consoles, so you won’t need a dev kit to get started. For developers who want access to more Xbox Live capabilities and to gain additional development and marketing support for their game, they can enroll in the ID@Xbox program – even after their game ships.

On Windows 10 PC, games from the Creators Program will be available in the Windows Store. Xbox One offers players a more curated store experience, so games from the Creators Program will appear in a new, distinct Creators games section in the Store. This gives the best of both worlds – the curated store experience console players know and expect, and the opportunities that a totally open store experience offers as well. I’m stoked to see what developers create and offer the Xbox community with the Xbox Live Creators Program!

Starting today, we encourage developers to download and start using the Xbox Live Creators SDK at https://developer.microsoft.com/games/xbox/xboxlive/creator, where they can learn all the details of the program. The Creators Program is currently in preview, so the program will pilot with a select group of developers initially. We will be opening store publishing submissions to all developers soon.

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First Look at Xbox Game Pass

We’re continuing our commitment to give gamers more options to diversify and expand their library with games they love. Announced just yesterday, Xbox Game Pass is a new gaming subscription service that gives you unlimited access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible games on Xbox One – all for $9.99 USD per month. With great games from top industry publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft Studios, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and you will always find something exciting to play across all genres.

One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming or connectivity issues. In addition, all Xbox One games in the catalog – and related add-ons – will be available to purchase at an exclusive discount for Xbox Game Pass members, so you can make them part of your permanent library.

For developers and publishers alike, this is a new way to reach customers. Before the program rolls out to the broader community later this spring, we’ll be testing Xbox Game Pass with select members of the Xbox Insider Program with a very limited number of titles. If you’re in the Alpha ring of the Xbox Insider Program, you can expect to see the program on your dashboard labeled as Xbox Game Pass Alpha Preview (Test Catalog).

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Developers Getting to Know Beam

Beam is awesome. It’s fast, low-latency, interactive game broadcasting and it’s changing the way people can play, watch, and participate. In a world where the amount of people watching game streams rivals the audience of many prime-time TV networks, Xbox is making it easier and quicker to stream than ever before. We’re making Beam a feature of Xbox One and Windows 10, meaning anyone can be a game broadcaster with no extra software required.

What’s more, on Beam interactivity is about more than just the audience being able to chat with game broadcasters. Streamers can set up interactive buttons that do a range of things such as trigger on screen effects, music, in-studio lighting or even impact what is happening in the game itself. Building on this, today we shared preliminary details of the Beam Interactivity 2.0 SDK with developers – coming in March, this SDK will make developing interactive streaming features much easier and enable a wide range of new design scenarios. More details about this SDK will be published on the Beam blog and detailed in the Beam-specific GDC talk tomorrow. We’re excited about the growing list of developers who are signing up to build their games to integrate Beam in cool new ways and look forward to sharing more in the future.

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Next Up for Windows Game Mode

Another new PC gaming feature we’ve seen lots of excitement around is Windows Game Mode. Last year, we set out to make Windows 10 the best Windows ever for gaming. With Game Mode, we’re taking a step forward to make the gaming experience on Windows even better. Game Mode aims to optimize your Windows 10 PC for an improvement in overall game performance, meaning increased framerates and increased consistency with some games. We’ve also added a new gaming section to your Windows System Settings, identified with an Xbox logo, to further improve your PC gaming experience. This is where you’ll find settings for Game Mode, Game bar, GameDVR and broadcasting as we begin to consolidate settings for gaming in this unified location where PC users are accustomed to accessing their settings. We’ll be sharing more on Game Mode and other Creators Update features in the weeks ahead.

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ID@Xbox Bringing More Xbox Play Anywhere Titles

We introduced the Xbox Play Anywhere program at E3 last year, the simple idea of owning a game and it being available to play on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC – one game, one price, two platforms. Along with having access to a single game on both platforms, players can start playing on one platform and pick up where they left off on another, and their saves, game add-ons, and achievements all travel between their devices. Xbox Play Anywhere already supports 10 titles, and another 16 have been announced to be coming soon, including new ID@Xbox titles being announced or demoed at GDC this week such as Full Metal Furies, Ooblets, Snake Pass, and RUINER, with more are on the way.

Gaming for Everyone

At GDC 2017, we’re continuing our work to make sure games are fun for everyone, and to make sure underrepresented voices are heard, by once again sponsoring and hosting events for Women in Gaming, Blacks in Gaming, Latinos in Gaming, LGBTQ Gamers and Gaming Accessibility. 2017 will mark the 17th year for the Women in Gaming Luncheon, the 12th year for the Blacks in Gaming Green Room, the second year of the Latinos in Gaming networking event and the first year for the LGBTQ in Gaming networking event. Additionally, Xbox is a Gold-level sponsor of the IGDA Game Accessibility Conference as well as the sole sponsor for the new IGDA Foundation’s Next Gen Leader program focused on retaining diverse talent in the industry. As we did last year, the ID@Xbox team will be honoring some independent developers who are using their craft to build awareness about some very important issues at the Independent Game Festival awards tonight – we hope you’ll tune into the IGF stream to learn more!

It’s going to be another amazing year for Team Xbox, and there’s still a lot more to come. Even more amazing independent games will come through ID@Xbox, we’re working hard to bring Arena and professional- and player-created tournaments to Xbox Live, and tons of new social features are in the pipeline. At GDC 2017 our message is clear: more games, new developer opportunities, and big new features for console and PC gamers. We believe providing the best tools for developers results in creativity, and more creativity results in the best games and gaming experiences for players. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

PAX Australia 2016 will be held in Melbourne, the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Victoria, from from 04 – 06 November 2016. This year, I have the honor and privilege of providing the opening storytime keynote on Friday morning. I can’t wait to share the presentation I’ve been working on, plus I have a small surprise planned for Xbox fans.

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I have 3-day passes to PAX Australia to give away to Xbox fans who live in the area or for those who are able to travel to the event. Each winner will get two 3-day passes so they can bring a guest along. Please note this is for passes only – all other expenses including travel and lodging not included.

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is submit your entry using this form:

PAX Australia Giveaway
  • What are the rules?

Register for the event using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 11:00 am ET / 8:00 am PT on Thursday, 03 November. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone.

Have fun and good luck. Hope to see you at the event!

NOTE: The PAX AUS badge giveaway is now over and all of the winners are being notified via email. Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned for more giveaways soon.

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Today, at an event in New York City, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Creators Update, a free update coming in early 2017 with a host of new features that empower people to create and share their experiences with others.  For gamers, the Windows 10 Creators Update will allow anyone to easily broadcast their gameplay and create their own tournaments on the fastest, most reliable multiplayer network – Xbox Live.

Beam Integration Makes Game Broadcasting Easy and More Interactive

Today, gamers on Windows 10 PCs can enjoy seamless access to gaming features via Game bar (by pressing Windows key and G) like Game DVR, making it easy to share your epic gaming moments with your friends via Xbox Live. We’re excited to announce that, with the release of the Creators Update in early 2017, Game bar will allow gamers to start a Beam broadcast for any game almost instantly.

By bringing Beam to Xbox, we’re creating more interactive gaming experiences for both the player and the viewer on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, allowing you to watch live game streams and give you the ability to interact in real time with broadcasters. Best of all, Beam technology will be built right into Windows 10 and Xbox One, so anyone can become a game broadcaster.

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Arena on Xbox Live Adds Gamer-Generated Tournaments

Arena on Xbox Live (available in Preview today) brings the healthy fun of competitive gaming to everyone, regardless of skill-level. Today, we announced gamer-created tournaments are coming to Arena on Xbox Live, allowing you easily define the rules of competition by setting your tournament style, inviting friends and tracking tournament progress seamlessly across your devices, whether it’s on Xbox One or Windows 10. Creating and managing your own tournaments on Xbox Live has never been easier.

Arena on Xbox Live is powered by the world’s most advanced gaming community, uniting gamers across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and fueled by hundreds of thousands of servers to deliver maximum performance while reducing lag and cheating.

Plus, with new features like Clubs, Looking for Group and Arena on Xbox Live, and cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, we make it easier than ever to connect with people who have shared interests and have fun together on Xbox Live.

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Xbox One S is This Holiday’s Must-Have Console

The smaller and sleeker Xbox One S is available now, delivering more power, built-in UHD 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, and High Dynamic Range for video and gaming – all starting at $299. With Xbox One S, you get one of the top 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players on the market, giving you the ability to watch Blu-ray movies and stream video in stunning 4K Ultra HD with HDR, including content from partners like Netflix (available now) and Amazon Video (available later this year). With four times the resolution of standard HD, 4K Ultra HD delivers the clearest, most realistic video possible, making Xbox One S the console to buy this holiday.

What’s more, we’ve got a great lineup of Xbox One S bundles available for some of our top blockbuster titles this holiday, letting you get the most for your gaming dollar and choose the title and hard drive that’s right for you, with 500GB, 1TB and 2TB consoles.

Finally, audio enthusiasts will be excited to learn that bitstream audio pass-through including Dolby Atmos support is coming soon to Xbox One with our Blu-ray player.

For more on today’s announcements from the event, head over to the Windows Blog, where you can find more on the day’s biggest announcements, or read more at Xbox Wire.

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This weekend at TwitchCon, Xbox is partnering with EA to broadcast hours of action packed Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay right from the expo floor, and we’ll be joined on stream by some of your favorite Twitch and YouTube personalities. Watch as they squad up against TwitchCon attendees, and keep glued to the screen as you never know when we’ll be giving away Xbox Live Gold, EA Access membership, and Design Lab controller codes live on air.

In addition, make sure to tune in on Saturday at 1pm PDT to get an exclusive look at Battlefield 1’s Single Player gameplay. Eric Holmes, Design Director at DICE, will be on stream to expand on the exciting new content found in the recently released Official Single Player Trailer.

Check out the complete broadcast schedule and anticipated guest list below, and make sure to catch all the action via twitch.tv/xbox.

Broadcast Schedule:

  • Friday: 2 – 5pm Battlefield 1  /  5:30 – 8pm Titanfall 2
  • Saturday: 10am – 1pm Battlefield 1  /  1 – 1:30pm Exclusive Battlefield 1 Single Player Gameplay  /  2 – 5:30pm Titanfall 2
  • Sunday: 10:30am – 1:30pm Titanfall 2  /  2 – 5:30pm Battlefield 1

Guest List Slated to Include:

Alination, BFF – Recon, CodeName_Deus, CreamTV, Darkness429, DooM49, Duxativa, EatMyDiction1, ekolimits, FairlightExcalibur, GameSager, Giggle_Monster, GoldenboyFTW, IncredibleOrb, LEQIGN, LostAiming, Major Nelson, MugsTV, NukemDukem, Oolala87, PanikKontrol, Pansy, Sattelizer, Scarfino, Smokealoke, Sovindictive, Starsnipe, Stodeh, Tactical Pinup, TOMMYRAGE, TwoAngryGamersTV, Westie, Wolv21, Xfactor

One last thing. In addition to the live stream prize giveaways, we’re giving you an opportunity to win four Xbox One S consoles. One winner will take home an Xbox One S (2TB), an Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB), a custom Battlefield 1 Xbox One S (500GB), and a custom Titanfall 2 Xbox One S (500GB). To enter, simply follow @Xbox and RT the Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 #XboxSweepstakes Tweets.

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The Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle (1TB), features a military green console with matching stand and controller, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, High Dynamic Range, and one month of EA Access. It also Includes a full game download of Battlefield 1 Early Enlister Deluxe Edition, which allows you to start playing on October 18, the Hellfighter Pack, Red Baron Pack, and Lawrence of Arabia Pack, as well as five Battlepacks.

The TwitchCon 2016 Sweepstakes runs from tomorrow, September 30th, and will close on October 9th, 2016. No purchase necessary to participate.  Please visit https://rules.xboxpromotions.com/MSTwitchCon16 for full contest details and eligibility requirements.

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On Oct. 11, a new saga for one of gaming’s most celebrated franchises will kick off with the worldwide launch of Gears of War 4. To commemorate this special event, we’re inviting fans around the world to join the festivities by tuning into Gears of War 4: Live, a live broadcast that begins at 3 PM PT (10 PM UTC) on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Ninety digital copies of the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition will be given away during the 90-minute broadcast, allowing winners to play four days before the game’s worldwide launch on October 11.

Hosted by Paul Scheer (The League, Children’s Hospital), Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Scott Robison (Mr. Sark), Justine Ezarik (iJustine) and me, the broadcast will feature interviews with the game’s creators, including The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson, as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes, exclusive gameplay, a special project by British inventor Colin Furze, and the reveal of hip-hop phenoms Run the Jewels’ in-game multiplayer characters.

The livestream will be broadcast on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox.com, YouTube, Twitch, Facebook and Beam. At the Gears Art exhibition this Saturday, Oct. 1, invites will be distributed to fans to join the studio audience for the Gears of War 4: Live broadcast on Oct. 5.

“Gears of War 4 is the beginning of a brand-new saga for the franchise that is loved by millions, so we wanted to make sure all of our fans around the world could participate in our launch celebration,” said Aaron Greenberg, head of game marketing at Xbox. “We hope you’ll tune into our live broadcast and help celebrate the best Gears game yet and Xbox’s biggest launch of the year.”

Tune in for Exclusive Gameplay, Special Featurettes and Announcements

 The Gears of War 4: Live broadcast will connect millions of fans around the world, allowing viewers to watch, comment and virtually participate. The program lineup includes:

  • Run the Jewels Make Their Gears of War 4 Renowned hip-hop duo Killer-Mike and El-P join The Coalition Studio Head Rod Fergusson to premiere the first look at their in-game multiplayer characters.
  • Voice Actors’ Round Table. Join the voices behind JD Fenix and Kait Diaz – Liam McIntyre (Spartacus, The Flash) and Laura Bailey (Halo 5: Guardians, Final Fantasy XIII) – as they talk about the story of Gears of War 4 and how they approached the challenge of bringing a new generation of heroes to life for one of gaming’s most iconic franchises.
  • Recreating a Gears Renowned YouTube creator Colin Furze offers an inside peek at how he created a real-life version of Gears of War’s iconic weapon.
  • Gears of War: State of the Universe. Since our last installment of Gears, a lot has happened on Sera. This retrospective piece will run fans through the entire story to refresh and whet fans’ appetite for the first chapter of a new Gears
  • Gears Ink 2.0. Join tattoo artist Steve Soto as he inks a member of the Gears of War team live during the show.
  • The Art of War. Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a special exhibition at the Nucleus Gallery in Los Angeles, featuring never-before-seen images from the Gears of War universe including concept art from Gears of War 4 and original artwork inspired by the series.
  • Gears An inside look at how some of the most dedicated and passionate Gears fans in the world created some of the most stunningly intricate and authentic costumes you’ve ever seen.
  • An exploration of the deeper side of Gears of War’s lore, highlighting the history of the planet Sera and the genocide of the Locust.
  • PAX “First to 50” Competition Highlights. Relive all the best moments from the “First to 50” competition at PAX Prime as guests from Xbox and two superstar squads – captained by GoldGlove and FemSteph, and comprised of players including Actabunnifoofoo, SoVindictive, GuyBlaze, VernNotice, Falloutt, ImCoty, LucyMaeGames and Crream – compete to survive 50 brutal waves of the all-new Horde 3.0 mode.

Following the Gears of War 4: Live broadcast, fans can check out a special 90-minute “post-show” livestream on all the channels that carried the broadcast, including Twitch. The post-show program will feature creator commentary, live gameplay, and an eSports exhibition.

  • Gears of War eSports Live Showcase – OpTic Gaming vs Infinity. In a battle of Gears eSports titans, the current top ranked team and a famed legacy top ranked team face off in a live competition to see who will dominate in Gears of War 4’s new heart-pounding competitive mode, Escalation. 

For more information on Gears of War 4, visit Xbox.com or follow @GearsofWar.

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The wait is almost over for Forza Horizon 3!

This Saturday, September 24, Xbox and Ford Performance will host the Forza Horizon 3 LA launch event at the Petersen Automotive Museum from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. to 1 a.m. UTC). The event will feature a meet-and-greet with Ken Block, hundreds of cars on display, free food and giveaways, live music from Peanut Butter Wolf and DJ Flow and the opportunity to go hands-on with Forza Horizon 3 before its September 27 release on Xbox One and Windows 10.

The event is free to the public (online RSVP required) and will be streamed worldwide on twitch.tv/forzamotorsport.

I will be there too, so if you see me – stop by and say hello.

Forza Horizon Car Meet

Owners of classic, custom, and exotic cars are invited to join the car meet on the museum parking deck, featuring hot rides from Forza fans and Los Angeles car clubs from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. PDT. Finalist cars will be identified during the meet that will be showcased during the Forza Horizon 3 LA launch later in the afternoon. Ken Block will choose his favorite cars, and the owner of the winning vehicle will receive a custom Xbox One S console and a copy of Forza Horizon 3. In addition, fans will be able to get up close with the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor race truck from Ford Performance.

Meet Ken Block

Ken Block, race car driver and star of the Gymkhana series – whose Gymkhana NINE was inspired by showcase events in Forza Horizon 3 – will be meeting with fans and taking questions on the live stream.

Fans will have the opportunity to take photos with Ken’s “daily driver,” a 2017 Ford Focus RS.

Twitch Live Stream

Fans from around the world will be able to take part in the live stream on Twitch.tv featuring Turn 10 Studios Community Director Brian Ekberg (@mechberg), Ken Block, me and many of the top Forza players from around the world showing their skills off in Forza Horizon 3. This live stream will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT.

The Petersen Automotive Museum

Recognized as the “world’s greatest car museum” by Top Gear magazine, the Petersen was dramatically transformed this year by a $90M renovation that included the addition of the Forza Motorsport Racing Experience, allowing visitors to race cars from the museum’s collection on the world’s most legendary tracks.

This is the third major Forza event this year hosted by the Petersen, following the North American debut of the Forza Horizon 3 cover car and the Michelin 24 Hours Forza Challenge.

The Petersen is a charitable organization supported exclusively by member donations and memberships. Several levels of memberships are available, including the Forza Motorsport Pass which includes exclusive benefits and privileges including after-hours Forza competitive gaming events.

Forza Horizon 3 is available for pre-order with 3 versions to choose from: Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition. Click each link for more details or see below.

Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition – this bundle includes Forza Horizon 3.

Forza Horizon 3 Deluxe Edition – this bundle includes Forza Horizon 3, Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack and VIP Membership.

Forza Horizon 3  Ultimate Edition – this bundle includes Forza Horizon 3, Motorsport All-Stars Car Pack, VIP Membership and Car Pass. This bundle also provides early access to the game starting on 23 Sep.

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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.