The gaming industry is big business and like the film production companies and TV networks they like to make a big splash and show off their upcoming games.
San Diego Comic Con is the place to be to try (and for free) the new and upcoming releases from Microsoft. But by far the biggest news that everyone wants to hear about is the HALO Digital Series, Film and HALO 5. The internet practically exploded as everyone pondered how they would do it? Who would be in it? Would it work? Once the Thursday panel comes along, expect a social media frenzy as everyone discusses what was said and shown with the upcoming HALO: Nightfall Digital Series.
After a long day on Thursday and Friday attending the XBox panels, why not head to the Xbox Gaming Lounge and try these games out:
Forza Horizon 2
Ori and The Blind Forest
Super Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix
Madden NFL 15
Skylanders Trap Team
The Evil Within
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition)
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Dance Central Spotlight
Kinect Sports Rivals
Event: Xbox Gaming Lounge
Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seasport Ballroon, 2nd Floor
Time: Thursday, July 24 – 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 – 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday, July 27 – 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Age: All ages
Have you long dreamed of owning your own custom made X-Box One console? Microsoft is offering 20 lucky people the opportunity to win one of 20 custom X-Box One consoles. Be the envy of your friends and family as you show off your new, exclusive and one of a kind console.
All you have to do for a chance to get your hands on one is:
1. Follow @Xbox on Twitter
2. Tweet the photo of your favorite console in the Xbox Gaming Lounge
Halo: Nightfall First-Look
Thursday, July 24, 11:45AM – 12:45PM, Room 6BCF
Prepare for your next step in the Halo Journey with a deep-dive into Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions. Join 343’sKiki Wolfkill (Executive Producer), Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director) along with key Halo: Nightfall cast and crew, and be among the first to get the details of the story and production.
The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive
Thursday, July 24, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Room 5AB
Join Xbox Live’s Major Nelson to get an inside look into the inspiration behind the vibrant and off-the-wall style of Sunset Overdrive, a new open-world action game coming exclusively to the Xbox One this fall. Audience members will be the first to see new Sunset Overdrive content illustrating the creative freedom the game offers players. Hear directly from Insomniac Games’s Drew Murray and Marcus Smith (Game and Creative Director, respectively) along with art director Jacinda Chew and lead character artist Gavin Goulden.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection Developer Panel
Friday, July 25, 10:15AM – 11:15AM, Room 6BCF
Join 343 Industries’ Senior Producer, Dennis Ries, and Franchise Director, Frank O’Connor, Certain Affinity’s President and original Halo 2 multiplayer and online design lead, Max Hoberman, and other guests for an in-depth conversation about Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Fans can hear about what to expect from the highly anticipated compilation and discuss the efforts being made to bring the story of the Master Chief and Halo’s legendary multiplayer to a new generation.
Digging E.T. – Behind the Scenes of the Xbox Originals Documentary, “Atari: Game Over”
Friday, July 25, 3:30PM – 4:40PM, Room 5AB
Comic-Con fans will get the first glimpse at “Atari: Game Over,” the Xbox Originals documentary that chronicles the fall of the Atari Corporation through the lens of one of the biggest mysteries of all time, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of hundreds of thousands of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Join Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, original Atari video game designer Howard Scott Warshaw (E.T., Yars’s Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark), two-time Academy Award winning executive producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”), Emmy winning executive producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”), director Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” and “Incident at Loch Ness”), Fuel CEO Mike Burns and more as they take fans behind the scenes and share an inside look into the making of this weird and wonderful film. Moderated by Larry Hyrb, Xbox’s Major Nelson.