Microsoft is to attempt to break the world record for the largest game jam held in a single location.
In association with Train2Game, students will come together at the university of Bedfordshire in the UK to create 'Metro' style games for Windows 8.
Microsoft's target for the 48-hour games development event is to attract 300 or more particpants.
Successfuly completed games may also be become available through the Windows Store upon the realse of Windows 8.
The event will be adjudicated by representatives from the Guiness Book of World Records.
"We're teaming with Train2Game not only to set a world record, but also to support gaming development in the UK,” said Microsoft Windows partners senior director John Richards.
“We're working with the students developing for Windows 8, as they are the future of the industry."
Train2Game course director Myra Smallman added: "This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to work with one of the most respected technology companies in the world.
"Microsoft is a major player in the video games industry globally and being part of this relationship will be incredibly positive for Train2Game students when they look for employment in the future.
"The students taking part will also be world record holders, a once in a lifetime opportunity."