Microsoft is bringing back its ‘X0’ moniker for a fan-focused event experience being hosted in Mexico City this weekend. It will be accompanied by an all-new special edition broadcast of Inside Xbox, during which the company will share the latest on Xbox products leading into the holiday season. That includes news, interviews, deals and more, with special guests like Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty, Minecraft Studio Head Helen Chiang and many more to be all featured on the show.
The Inside Xbox broadcast, which airs on Saturday, November 10th at 1pm PST (4pm EST, 9pm GMT), will have news to share on Crackdown 3, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and of course, Forza Horizon 4. On a social media post promoting the upcoming event, Microsoft teased that the show will feature “Gymkhana vehicles coming to Forza Horizon 4,” but no further details were specified. Last week, the 1991 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford Escort Cosworth and the 1977 Hoonigan Gymkhana 10 Ford F-150 ‘Hoonitruck’ were both added to Forza Horizon 4 at no additional cost for Car Pass holders.
It’s worth noting that Forza Horizon 4’s first major post-launch content expansion is due out in December 2018. Microsoft has already promised that it will include “a new world location, vehicles and gameplay.” This expansion is included in the Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition, with a second due out in the first half of 2019. Microsoft hasn’t specified when we’ll see the first expansion for Forza Horizon 4 showcased, but a tease or full-fledged reveal at the X018 event this weekend wouldn’t be a huge surprise. It would also make sense, considering the event is focusing on new experiences coming to Xbox later this year and in early 2019.
“Were gonna have a big beat this November with X018, and we’re bringing back the X0 moniker, and we’re gonna be in Mexico City for this big holiday beat, and we want to try and bring all our fans with us,” Microsoft’s General Manager of Xbox Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg told me in an interview at the Forza Horizon 4 launch celebration in Goodwood, England. “And that’s the great thing about the tech and the experiences today is that we can share things, we can stream things, we can share experiences, we can pre-capture stuff, we can also stream real-time.”
“You can watch from your stream, watching Inside Xbox, and get some of the best seats in the house to everything, and we think that’s pretty unique, and so how do we bring that to life throughout the year and at these big milestone events,” the marketing exec added regarding Microsoft’s X018 event.
During the broadcast, Microsoft will also have over a dozen game announcements for its Xbox Game Pass subscription service, along with “a surprise or two” that it’s keeping tight-lipped until the show this weekend. Between all that, and the ability to unlock free in-game items for Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4, there’s plenty of reasons to tune in to what Microsoft is calling its “biggest episode of Inside Xbox yet.”
With X018, Microsoft aims to deliver a big holiday beat leading into 2019 and of course, the launch of Crackdown 3, which is currently slated for a February 2019 release following numerous delays. Ahead of the event, Microsoft has made the original Xbox 360 version of Crackdown free to download from the Xbox Store. It’s also Xbox One X Enhanced, with support for native 4K resolution on Microsoft’s latest console – which celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this week.
Check back on FullThrottle Media over the weekend for all the news from X018, including the latest on Forza Horizon 4 and more. With that in-mind, don’t forget to tune in live to the show on Saturday, November 10th at 1pm PST (4pm EST, 9pm GMT) over on the official Xbox Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter channels.
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