In Seattle, there are espresso stands on every corner. In Boston, however, that’s not the case, at least not in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. While my first PAX East involved spending the majority of my time unsuccessfully looking for frothy bean-based beverages, I’m expecting this year’s festivities to go a bit more smoothly. That’s right, I’m already mentally prepared for the lack of caffeine-supplied energy jolts. I’m also physically prepared as my suitcase is currently cram-packed full of its canned, portable counterparts.
My PAX East preparations may have involved raiding the local coffee shop multiple times, but the rest of the team has been insanely busy planning our panel, securing mass amounts of swag and putting the finishing touches on new Halo 4 maps and game modes. While I’m certainly not going to reveal every last detail of our PAX East presence, I’ll happily fill you in on the basics. Read on to devour just that.
PAX East – a show exclusively for gaming – opens bright and early Friday morning at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For a small group of people, however, the party is getting started on Thursday night. Below are the details regarding our pre-funk festivities, playable booth experiences and multiplayer panel, the latter of which just may include a fun little surprise or two…
Mad Catz Unveiled: Thursday, 6PM-12AM
A private party thrown by our friends over at Mad Catz, Unveiled is an exclusive pre-PAX East event. We’ll be on deck, providing participants with a world-exclusive hands-on preview of upcoming Halo 4 Multiplayer content. We gave away tickets to this event on Monday and said we would announce the winners in today’s Bulletin so without further ado, the winners are @imthedorkkk, @MasterSundown, @Bighungry2x, @njbrodeur87, @Capitalism_Rox, @squirrelburrito, @AH_Booshy and @therealjlalor. See you Thursday night!
Halo 4 Multiplayer: Past, Present, and Future Panel: Friday, 5-6PM
You’ve played the Majestic Map Pack and may even have a chance to play the Castle Map Pack on the floor at PAX. Come prepared to hear our very own Kevin Franklin, Andy Dudynsky and Jessica Shea (hey, that’s me!), as well as Certain Affinity’s Tom Potter and special guest Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth discuss where we’ve been, where we are, and what is on the horizon for Halo 4 Multiplayer.
PAX East Floor Experience: Friday – Sunday, 10AM-6PM
PAX East is all about getting down and dirty with your favorite games and we’ll be allowing you to do just that in the Xbox booth, where numerous stations will have the not-yet-released Halo 4 Castle Map Pack loaded up and ready to go. We’ll be giving away swag to the first several hundred people in line, and we’ll also be hosting a Majestic-themed FFA competition where the last (wo)man standing will walk away with a GAEMS Halo UNSC Vanguard Personal Gaming Environment. We have three GAEMS cases in desperate need of good homes, so come back every day of the show for your chance to win one!
If you find yourself in the eastern part of Massachusetts this weekend, we hope you stop by and say hello. Should that not be in your future, however, we’ll be posting updates on both Twitter and Facebook, giving away a GAEMS case as part of our traditional Twitter Free Stuff Friday festivities, and maybe even posting a video or two so all of you, regardless of where you’re located, can stay up-to-date on all things PAX East and Halo. So, one way or another, we’ll see you this weekend.
While many of us will be at PAX East for the next few days, several core components of our sustain and services teams are staying behind, working hard to get everything detailed below officially ready for your perusal. Join Bravo as he takes you through the tweaks, changes and additions that are coming to Halo 4 Matchmaking on Monday.