It’s a Lancer! It’s a Light Saber! It’s Microsoft at Comic-Con 2011!
If you’re one of the few lucky enough to be attending this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, California, then Microsoft is planning to bring the big guns with its Xbox lineup. There’s going to be plenty of Gears of War action alongside Halo, Kinect Star Wars, Dance Central 2, and a lot of other goodies for Xbox Live and Windows Phone too.
With your cape, incognito hero costume, and your wizard hat (don’t forget the robe too), grab a pen and write these numbers down because it’s about to get crazy. It’s no secret that Gears of War 3 and anything that says Halo on it will be the big draw. Here’s Microsoft’s full line-up in all its glory:
Wednesday, July 20th
– “Horde Mode” preview
It’s time to bring on the Horde. Fans lucky enough to be at the San Diego Convention Center will get a crack at Gears of War 3‘s newest mode. We’re looking at the best of the best when it comes to upgrades, boss battles, and player progression systems. Why all the teasing, Epic? Are you really that cruel?
– Kinect Star Wars preview
Are you excited to use the Force? A playable demo will be available for fans in attendance, and an all-new mode will be unveiled as well during the preview.
Thursday, July 21st
– Gears of War 3 Panel
Epic Games Design Director (and fan favorite) Cliff Bleszinski takes to the stage alongside executive producer Rod Fergusson and other Gears contributors to discuss the game, announcements, and give us another live demo to drool over.
– Kinect Star Wars Panel
Thursday seems to be the day of panels, as Star Wars joins the fray. With studio head of Kinect Publishing Jorg Neumann and lead producer of LucasArts Craig Derrick hitting the stage, they’ll be discussing the gameplay of Kinect Star Wars along with revealing a new game mode and a mysterious announcement.
Friday, July 22nd
– Halo Universe Panel
Friday is shaping up to be another panel day, as Frank O’Connor, Kevin Grace, and other key players from 343 Industries hit the stage to discuss the world of Halo, its anniversary, and what else we should expect from the upcoming trilogy and beyond. Maybe we can get some more info on Halo 4?
– “Writing in Video Games: In-Game, Novels, Comics, and Other Franchise-Building Offshoots”
It’s a writer’s dream come true. Well, if you like sci-fi, fantasy, and video game writing. The heavy weights from all that gather together to chit-chat about unique projects and their experience working in and out of the industry. Guests include Greg Bear (Halo), Kren Traviss (Gears of War), David Gaider (Dragon Age), John Shirley (Bioshock: Rapture), Tony Gonzales (Eve Online), Frank O’Connor (343i development director), and Kevin Grace (343i managing editor).
– “There and Play Again: Video Games to Comics”
Video games and comics clash and form alliances. Everyone borrows from everyone, and we sometimes have to find our muses in other people’s writings too. These days, we can see how video games borrow from comics, and comics borrow from games. The greatest in both the comic industry and the gaming industry sit down and chat about bringing comics to life, interactive worlds making the translation to paper, and how to be successful in between papers and pixels.