Monday, November 13, 2006

Emergence Day has started; Marketplace content for limited time

Gears of War is already in the North American stores for a few days, but Emergence Day is far from over. Major Nelson today announced a free Gears of War gamerpic and theme that will be available on the Marketplace for a limited time.

De content can only be downloaded by Canadian, American and Mexican gamers, since those are the only countries the game has released yet. The ‘I played on Emergence Day’ gamerpic and theme will dissapear from the Xbox Live Marketplace at 11:59pm PT, so grab them while you can.

Xbox Live also starts celebrating Emergence Day today. Xbox Live Gold members in North America can download exclusive movies, win prizes and participate in various other activities.

Xbox Live celebrates Emergence Day with 24 hours of special events beginning at 12:01 A.M. on Sunday, November 12 on Xbox Live. Gold members in North America can join online tournaments, download exclusive videos, win cool prizes, and participate in variety of other activities:

Leaderboard tournament: The 24-hour leaderboard tournament winner receives a one-of-a-kind Gears of War branded guitar as well as an automatic bye to the finals of a global Gears of War tournament planned for 2007.
Hourly sweepstakes drawings: Prize giveaways mean you could win one of several Samsung HT-P29 Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound Systems.
Gamer pic and theme: Score the exclusive free Gears of War gamer pic and theme, only available on Emergence Day.
Game with Fame: Play with legendary heavy metal band and Gears of War fans Megadeth, the game’s lead designer Cliff Bleszinski, and other members of the Epic Games team.
New videos: Check out the never-before-seen videos including a special Emergence Day transmission from Cliff Bleszinski.
MTV Special: Watch the MTV “Gears of War: The Road to Launch” sneak preview.

Game with Fame Schedule
On Sunday, November 12, The Gears of War development team and some other surprise celebrities will be taking on the Xbox Live community to celebrate Emergence Day. Here’s your chance to see how the game is played by taking on the guys that actually built the game! Stick around, you don’t want to miss a chance to test your skills against Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski.

Dave Mustaine from Megadeth: Challenge this rock star (and avid gamer) at 3 P.M. Pacific / 6 P.M. Eastern. Look for the gamertag GWFMegadeth.

Epic Games Team: 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. Pacific / 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. Eastern. Be on the lookout for the gamertags below. The team members will be popping into existing games or inviting Xbox Live members into games throughout the evening.

EpicMarkRein: Mark Rein, Vice President
EpicRodF: Rod Fergusson, Producer
EpicLeeP: Lee Perry, Lead Level Design
EpicRayD: Ray Davis, Lead Programmer·
EpicJimB: Jim Brown, Multiplayer Level Design
EpicDevTeam1, EpicDevTeam2, EpicDevTeam3, EpicDevTeam4, EpicDevTeam5, EpicDevTeam6: Various additional team members
Cliff “Cliffy B” Bleszinski: 4 P.M. to 6 P.M. Pacific / 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. Eastern

To try your hand against Design Lead Cliff Bleszinski, be on the lookout for Xbox Live Gamertag EpicCliffyB.

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