Xbox 360 at Comic-Con Brings Halo Universe, Kinect Star Wars, and Gears of War 3

July 14, 2011, By Christian Davis

Microsoft is going to have a great showing at this years Comic-Con.  With Panels for Kinect Star Wars, the Halo Universe, and Gears of War 3, it’s definitely a spot you don’t want to miss.

Here are the plans that Microsoft has in store for Comic-Con:

Xbox 360 Booth

  • Booth #5252, San Diego Convention Center
  • Preview: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Show Hours: Thursday, July 21 – Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get your first-hands on with Horde mode in the most anticipated juggernaut of the year, “Gears of War 3.” With groundbreaking innovations like boss battles, upgradeable fortifications, more diverse waves and enemies, and a deeper player progression system, Horde in “Gears of War 3” is poised to set a new standard for cooperative multiplayer action. So gather your brothers-in-arms and get ready to take the fight to the Locust Horde!

Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel

  • Edge Room – Hard Rock Hotel
  • Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gamers looking for the hottest action off the show floor can get early hands-on experiences with an array of the hottest upcoming titles for Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE Arcade and Games for Windows, including “Kinect Sports: Season Two,” “Dance Central 2,” “Batman: Arkham City,” “Rise of Nightmares,” “The Gunstringer,” “Age of Empires” and more.

“Kinect Star Wars” Panel

  • Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
  • Thursday, July 21, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Enter the Galaxy with studio head Jorg Neumann (Kinect Publishing) and lead producer Craig Derrick (LucasArts) as they discuss the eagerly awaited title with USA Today’s Mike Snider, sharing new gameplay from the iconic Star Wars universe, revealing an all-new mode and unveiling an exciting announcement. All attendees will receive a limited-edition poster.

Kinect Star Wars in the LucasArts Booth

  • Booth # 2913-L in the Star Wars Pavilion
  • Preview: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get your first hands-on with Kinect Star Wars. Fans will have a chance to live out the ultimate Star Wars fantasy and check out an all-new mode.

“Gears of War 3” Panel

  • Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
  • Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, executive producer Rod Fergusson, and special guest contributors to the “Gears” universe offer a look ahead at the most anticipated game of 2011. Moderated by X-Play (G4) co-host, Adam Sessler, the discussion will feature key announcements and a live game demo.

Xbox 360 at NERD HQ and “Gears of War 3” Panel & Signing

  • Jolt’n Joes
  • 379 4th Ave San Diego, CA 92101
  • Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m.

Xbox 360 is the official console at NERD HQ, a four day offsite Comic Con experience backed by Zachary Levi’s Nerd Machine. More than 20 Xbox titles will be playable throughout Comic-con at NERD HQ, including “Gears of War 3,” “Dance Central 2” and “The Gunstringer.” Also, be sure to join the team from Epic Games for a special “Conversation for a Cause” and signing event on Saturday, July 23 at 1 p.m.

Nerd HQ “Conversation” tickets are available for a minimum donation of $20 to benefit Operation Smile.

Writing in Video Games: In-Game, Novels, Comics, and Other Franchise-Building Offshoots

  • Room 32AB, San Diego Convention Center
  • Friday, July 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The biggest names in sci-fi/fantasy publishing and the video game industry area of in-game writing will get together to discuss their separate projects and unique experiences working in both worlds. Get your game face on with Greg Bear (“Halo”), Karen Traviss (“Gears of War”), David Gaider (“Dragon Age”), John Shirley (“Bioshock: Rapture”), Tony Gonzales (“Eve Online”), Frank O’Connor (“Halo” franchise development director at 343 Industries), Kevin Grace (managing editor of 343 Industries, “Halo: Evolutions”), and moderator Matt Staggs of

“Halo” Universe Panel

  • Room 6BCF, San Diego Convention Center
  • Friday, July 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Frank O’Connor, Kevin Grace, and others from 343 Industries, as well as special “Halo” guests Greg Bear and Karen Traviss, will discuss the first 10 years of “Halo” and offer a sneak peek into what’s next for the exciting sci-fi universe.

There and Play Again: Video Games to Comics

  • Room 23ABC, San Diego Convention Center
  • Friday, July 22, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

We all know that comic books have been fertile ground from which video game developers can harvest great characters and games. These days the tech has caught up with the art and we’re seeing that road run both ways. This panel includes video game and comic book industry luminaries intimately familiar with bringing a comics sensibility to games and transporting virtual, interactive worlds to the printed page. Join them to discuss what it takes to be successful in multiple dimensions.

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