Microsoft Announce Line-Up For Comic-Con 2011

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Microsoft have today announced some of the upcoming Xbox 360 titles they will be showing off at Comic-Com 2011 in San Diego.

The stand-out Xbox 360 exclusives that will be on show include Gears of War 3, Kinect Star Wars, Kinect Sports: Season Two, The Gunstringer and Dance Central 2. Attendees will also be able to get early hands-on with highly anticipated third party titles such as Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Rise of Nightmares.

As if that wasn’t enough, Microsoft have also announced a few rather interesting panels featuring the creative minds behind Halo and Gears of War 3. The latter will, of course, include Mr Cliff Bleszinski himself.

For full details of Microsoft’s Comic-Con activities, please check out the excerpt from the press release below.

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,” “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” “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.

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 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.

Don’t forget to stop by the Xbox booth for opportunities to win coveted “Gears” giveaways throughout the week.

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 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. The Nerd Machine and the gang from Gears of War have collaborated on a limited edition t-shirt, available ONLY at NERD HQ for $25 during the weekend, then afterward at www.thenerdmachine.com, while supplies last.

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 Suvudu.com.

“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 comic’s 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.

Joint Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful place. Over 10 years of games industry experience on all sides of the fence and more! Huge Metal Gear fan and all-round geek.

@AsimTanvir

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