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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.

For the month of October, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings ($19.99 ERP) for free during the month of October. The Escapists ($19.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from October 16th to November 15th.

  

On Xbox 360, starting Saturday, October 1st, MX vs ATV Reflex ($29.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through October 15th. Then on October 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download I Am Alive ($14.99 ERP)  for free through October 31st.

  

Read more about October Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

See last’s month’s Games With Gold here.

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.

 

Content: Toy Odyssey
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Game Description: Toy Odyssey is a Metroidvania style action-platformer that takes you back to a world made from the nightmares of your childhood. Join Brand, an action figure come to life. in his fight against the darkness to save his owner, Felix. Nightmares are only the start of his troubles. Brand needs to uncover the secrets of the house before it’s too late. Explore the entire house, combat chaos, and save other toys in the battle against evil. Create a huge arsenal and upgrade any items you find. Build the ultimate bedroom fortress to keep the darkness at bay. Unravel the house’s mysterious past, and learn to overcome all odds.

Purchase Toy Odyssey for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Hiker Games
Publisher: Digital Smash
Website: Toy Odyssey
Twitter: @HikerGames / @DigiSmashGames / @ToyOdyssey

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Content: Firewatch
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Game Description: Firewatch is a single-player first-person mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness. The year is 1989. You are a man named Henry who has retreated from your messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio—your only contact with the world you’ve left behind. But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.

Purchase Firewatch for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Check out my interview on Major Nelson Radio with Sean Vanaman, Co-founder of Campo Santo – the creators of Firewatch.

Product Info:
Developer: Campo Santo
Publisher: Campo Santo
Website: Firewatch
Twitter: @camposanto / @Firewatchgame

Content: LASTFIGHT
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Game Description: LASTFIGHT is bringing 2v2 3D fighting back to your living room! Pick up any available object in one of the 8 stages and teach your opponents a lesson! Play in local multiplayer mode, for up to 4 players, or one-player story mode, with a cast of 10 characters inspired by the comic book LASTMAN. LASTFIGHT is the perfect game to play with friends on your couch. Each level has specific bonuses and objects to hurl at your opponent. Will you manage to resist the temptation of the ANITRANS to win?

Buy now and save 10% – Limited Time Offer.

Purchase LASTFIGHT for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: PIRANAKING
Publisher: PIRANAKING
Website: LASTFIGHT
Twitter: @lastfightgame

Content: Batman: Return to Arkham
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Game Description: You may pre-download this game, but it will not be playable until 12:01 AM EST on the release date (10/18/2016).

Return to Arkham and experience two of the most critically acclaimed titles of the last generation – Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, with fully remastered and updated visuals. Batman: Return to Arkham includes the comprehensive versions of both games and includes all previously released additional content.

Batman: Arkham Asylum exposes players to a dark and atmospheric adventure that takes them into the depths of Arkham Asylum –Gotham City’s high security psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. Use Batman’s legendary gadgetry, strike from the shadows, and confront The Joker and Gotham City’s most notorious super villains.

Batman: Arkham City sends players soaring into Arkham City – a heavily fortified sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City. Batman Arkham City introduces a brand-new story that draws together an all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as new and enhanced gameplay features.

Content: Batman – The Telltale Series – Episode 2: Children of Arkham
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Game Description: Enter the fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne and discover the powerful and far-reaching consequences of your choices as the Dark Knight. In this gritty and violent new story from the award-winning creators of The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series, you’ll make discoveries that will shatter Bruce Wayne’s world, and the already fragile stability of a corrupt Gotham City. Your actions and your choices will determine the fate of the Batman.

 

Purchase Batman – The Telltale Series – Episode 2: Children of Arkham for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Batman: The Telltale Series – The Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Batman – The Telltale Series for Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Website: Batman – The Telltale Series
Twitter: @telltalegames

The day racing fans have been waiting for is nearly upon us: Forza Horizon 3 is almost here! If you’ve pre-ordered (or purchased) the Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition, you’ll be able to start your engines on September 23 with early access. If you grabbed the Deluxe or Standard versions of Forza Horizon 3, you can hit the road starting on September 27. To get you pumped for some gorgeous high-speed action, the team at Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios has released the official launch trailer for Forza Horizon 3. Check it out above!

This time out, you’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in some amazing cars. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you. Explore the Horizon Festival’s largest and most diverse world ever. Drive through the vast desert and rocky canyons of the Outback to lush, wild rainforests, and the sandy beaches and gleaming skyscrapers of Australia’s Gold Coast.

The new trailer also shows off just a few of the amazing cars you’ll be driving in Forza Horizon 3. Choose from over 350 of the world’s greatest cars, each of them recreated with ForzaVista detail, including full cockpit views, working lights and wipers, and new vehicle types bringing all-new driving experiences never before seen in Forza.

There are 3 versions of Forza Horizon 3 available for pre-order –  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 the Forza Horizon 3.

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

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

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So you’re thinking about getting a brand new Xbox One S console? If you’re a Minecraft player, we think you’ll be happy to meet the Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle. It has all you need to build, survive and explore with the latest Xbox hardware. We’ve included over 230 character skins, 3 texture packs and 7 Mash-up packs alongside the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition game so you can let your survival and creative skills run wild. If you play Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, this is the perfect bundle to make the upgrade to Xbox One S. You can transfer your existing Xbox 360 worlds over to the Xbox One Edition, and enjoy building new ones that are up to 16 times bigger.

Purchase Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle (500 GB) from Microsoft Store

The Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle includes:

  • Xbox One S console (500 GB) with built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and 4K video streaming plus HDR for video and gaming – so you can experience richer, more luminous colors
  • New Xbox One S wireless controller with expanded range and Bluetooth support for Windows 10 PCs
  • Minecraft: Xbox One Edition download code, with enhanced performance and 16X bigger worlds compared to the Xbox 360 Edition
  • Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack download code, which features the Festive Mash-up Pack, Halo Mash-up, Fantasy Texture Pack, Natural Texture Pack, City Texture Pack, Battle & Beasts Skin Pack and Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
  • Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Builder’s Pack download code, which includes Biome Settlers Skin Pack, Cartoon Texture Pack, Candy Texture Pack, Plastic Texture Pack, Pattern Texture Pack and the Greek Mythology Mash-up
  • Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta download code
  • 14 day Xbox Live Gold trial membership

The bundle is available now at participating retailers in the United States and Canada, including Microsoft Stores and microsoftstore.com, for $299.99 USD or local equivalent, with the following markets becoming available shortly thereafter:

  • October 11, 2016: United Kingdom, Western Europe & Central Europe
  • November 1, 2016: Australia & New Zealand
  • Coming Soon: Asia & Latin America

Whether you’re crafting weapons to fend off dangerous mobs or placing blocks to build the grandest of castles, we’re looking forward to offering you an outstanding experience on Xbox.