Grab a friend and play Gears of War 4 and The Crew 2 Standard Edition for free during the Xbox Live Gold’s Free Play Days event. Experience adrenaline-filled action as you take on the Swarm or the American motorsports scene. The Free Play Days event begins Thursday, April 25 at 12:01 a.m. PT and runs through to Sunday, April 28 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You can find and install the games here. To download on console, click on the Gold member area on the home dashboard on your Xbox One.

The games are also available for purchase so you can continue playing while keeping your Gamerscore and achievements earned in-game during the event.

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Gears of War 4 is back for an Xbox Live Gold Free Play Weekend. Return to Sera and play as the next generation of Gears of War heroes. If you’re new to Gears, go experience the Campaign, compete in Versus or survive the Horde with friends this weekend only. If you’re a returning fan, check out the Gilded RAAM Challenge and earn a character skin you can take over to Gears 5!

The Crew 2 Standard Edition

Learn more about The Crew 2 free weekend here.

Don’t miss out on this Free Play Day weekend! Learn more about Free Play Days here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire to find out about future Free Play Days and all the latest news on Xbox.

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Game Description: A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy. Never Fight Alone: Enjoy two-player co-op campaign with friends locally via split-screen or over Xbox Live. Player 2 can select either Kait or Del. Horde 3.0: Team up with four others and battle wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies by choosing your combat class, leveling up your skills and deploying fortifications anywhere on the map. Explosive Versus Multiplayer: Compete online in new and favorite game types, all at 60fps on dedicated servers. A new visible ranking system means fairer matchmaking for social, competitive and professional players alike.

Go behind the scenes with the Gears of War creators

Purchase Gears of War 4 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: The Coalition
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Website: Gears of War 4
Twitter: @MSStudiosBlog / @CoalitionGears / @GearsofWar

NOTE: Supports Xbox Play Anywhere: yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost.

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For more information on Xbox Play Anywhere, check out this article at Xbox Wire.

The next chapter in the Gears of War saga is upon us and to celebrate the launch of Gears of War 4, Xbox has created a number of Gears of War themed Xbox One S console bundles and accessories to accompany the game, which is available in Standard and Ultimate Editions. Those who purchase the Ultimate Edition get access to the game TODAY – four days before the standard release date.

Go behind the scenes with the Gears of War creators

I have a few different posts covering some of these items, but I wanted to consolidate it all into one post, and celebrate the Gears of War 4 launch even further by giving away a couple consoles, some of these accessories, and of course – copies of the game.

A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy.

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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition (2TB) Bundle

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle (1TB) from Microsoft Store

Gears of War Controllers

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Limited Edition

Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition

Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 JD Fenix Limited Edition

Gears of War Accessories

HyperX CloudX Revolver Gaming Headset – Gears of War 4 Edition

Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive – Gears of War 4 Edition

Marketing Instincts – Gears of War 4 – Limited Edition JD Fenix Controller Stand 2.0

Marketing Instincts – Gears Of War 4 – Limited Edition Crimson Omen Controller Stand 2.0

PowerA – Gears of War Component Kit for Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

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Gears of War 4 Standard Edition

Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition

Here are just a few of the prizes I’ll be giving away. Specific details about prizing provided below:

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  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is submit your answer to the question below using this form:

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Note: I’m using a new method for contest entry – Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

Grand Prize Winner:

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Bundle (2TB)
Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 JD Fenix Limited Edition
Marketing Instincts – Gears of War 4 – Limited Edition JD Fenix Controller Stand 2.0
Marketing Instincts – Gears Of War 4 – Limited Edition Crimson Omen Controller Stand 2.0
HyperX Gears of War 4 Revolver headset
Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive – Gears of War 4 Edition
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Second Place Prize:

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle (1TB)
Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition
Marketing Instincts – Gears Of War 4 – Limited Edition Crimson Omen Controller Stand 2.0
HyperX Gears of War 4 Revolver headset
Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive – Gears of War 4 Edition
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Runner Up Winners: 5 runner up winners will receive a digital Xbox One code for Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition + COG Tag

  • What are the rules?

Submit your answer to the question using the form above.

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

Deadline to enter is 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT on Friday, 14 October. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions – check the availability of Gears of War 4 for Xbox One in your Xbox LIVE region. Winners will be notified on or about 17 October. I will update this post with the grand prize winner after they have redeemed their prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. For faster notification, follow me on Twitter where I can DM you if you win. Only entries received at www.majornelson.com using the submission form will be considered.

 

UPDATE: The winners have all been notified via email and all of the prizes have been redeemed. Thanks to all those who participated. I have more giveaways planned, so keep checking back.

Congratulations to Jeffrey – Gamertag: SpergleDergle86 – for winning the first place prize.

Congratulations to Stephanie – Gamertag: MiiSS BRuTAL – for winning the second place prize.

Back in July, we announced the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition (2TB) Bundle, and today, we are pleased to add two more console bundles to experience a new chapter in one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. The Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle will arrive in stores worldwide starting Oct. 11, and customers in the US and Australia will also have the option to get an Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle starting Nov. 1. Both bundles are available for pre-order starting today.

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Xbox One S is the only console available today with built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 4K video streaming plus High Dynamic Range for video and gaming. With all the biggest blockbusters this year, including more than 100 console exclusives, a growing catalog of more than 250 titles playable through Backward Compatibility on Xbox One and the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live, Xbox One S is the ultimate games and 4K entertainment system for all gamers. And the best part of all? It starts at $299.

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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle

To commemorate the upcoming Oct. 11 launch of Gears of War 4, we’re offering fans worldwide the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle. Priced at $349 USD, the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle comes with a 1TB hard drive to play all the biggest blockbusters in Xbox history, a matching new Xbox Wireless Controller with expanded range and Bluetooth support for Windows 10 PCs and a full-game download (bundles purchased at GameStop will include a physical copy of Gears of War 4; physical copies do not include Xbox Play Anywhere) for Gears of War 4. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, owning the digital copy of Gears of War 4 lets you play across both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, as all game progress, Gamerscore and Achievements are saved on and accessible through Xbox Live. Gears of War 4 also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) on Xbox One S, so fans will experience richer, more luminous colors and a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, bringing out the true visual depth of the battle against the Swarm.

Pre-order Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle (1TB) from Microsoft Store

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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle

In addition to the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle, we’re also offering a special edition deep blue console bundle with a 500GB hard drive and matching new Xbox Wireless Controller with expanded range and Bluetooth support for Windows 10 PCs. Exclusively available at GameStop and Microsoft Stores in the US (and at EB Games and Microsoft Stores in Australia) for $299 USD, the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle also comes with a copy of Gears of War 4 (as a physical copy in the US, and as a download token in Australia).

To top things off, for a limited time, when you purchase the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle or the Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle, you’ll get the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War collection for Xbox One at no additional cost.

Pre-order Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle (500GB) from Microsoft Store

Pre-order Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Special Edition Bundle (500GB) from GameStop

If you can’t wait to get your hands on Gears of War 4 then be sure to pick up the previously announced Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Limited Edition 2TB Bundle, while supplies last. This bundle provides fans with a truly unique way to experience Gears of War 4, as it includes both the Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller and Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition (which includes Early Access to the base game on Oct 7, the Season Pass and a host of bonus content).

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Never fight alone with the full suite of Gears of War 4 controllers available this holiday –the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Limited Edition, Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Crimson Omen Limited Edition and Xbox Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 JD Fenix Limited Edition. Check out your local retailer, including Microsoft Stores, for more information.

There are 2 versions of Gears of War 4 available for pre-order – Gears of War 4 and Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition.

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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.

Watch on Twitch

Watch on Beam

Watch on Facebook

Watch on YouTube

Watch at Xbox.com

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.

The countdown to October 11th has officially begun as Gears of War 4’s Launch Trailer releases today. Featuring never-before-seen action…and a few surprises.

25 years ago, Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad made Sera safe for tomorrow’s generation. His son JD has lived with that peace, until now. A new threat called the Swarm has emerged and now JD, along with his friends Del and Kait, must fight together and survive the night.

Narrated by John DiMaggio, the voice of Marcus Fenix, the new trailer features high-intensity action orchestrated by a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” as performed by Lissie. You can also catch the trailer’s television debut later tonight during Monday Night Football on ESPN (5:30PM PT/8:30PM ET).

With the October 11 launch date just a few short weeks away (or on October 7 with early access for Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition owners) Gears of War 4 encourages players to ‘Never Fight Alone’ by teaming up with a friend through cross-platform co-op gameplay on Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms. As Gears of War 4 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, you’ll be able to play across both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, as all game progress, Gamerscore, and Achievements are saved on and accessible through Xbox Live.

For more on Gears of War 4, stay tuned to Xbox Wire and GearsofWar.com.

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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!

The new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Gears of War 4 Limited Edition is now vailable for Pre-Order (but probably won’t be for long).

Crush the competition with this limited-edition controller, featuring a gritty, battle-weathered design, arsenal of swappable components, and Hair Trigger Locks. Choose from a variety of Gears-themed thumbsticks, D-pads, and paddles, and use the accessories app to tweak trigger sensitivity, button mapping, and more. Includes one unique multiplayer lobby emblem and three Gear Packs for special in-game items.

Pre-Order Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Gears of War 4 Limited Edition

Release date: 10/4/2016 

What’s in the box:

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller—Gears of War 4 Limited Edition
Gears of War themed carrying case
Set of 4 metallic red paddles
Set of 6 thumbsticks: standard (2), tall (2), and domed (2)
Set of 2 D-pads: faceted and standard
Custom red and black USB cable
Downloadable code for unique multiplayer lobby emblem and 3 Gear Packs
AA batteries
Quick Setup Guide and Product Manual

For more information about the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Gears of War 4 Limited Edition