Once again it’s Microsoft’s turn to take the stage in a presentation that delivered more than a few unleaked surprises. From Halo to Gears and the Xbox One S, here’s everything that got announced!
The big start to the show was the confirmation of the Xbox One Slim, a newer version of the original console with a 2tb hard drive, 4K support and a slimform white body. Current RRP is $299 USD, with local pricing to be announced ahead of it’s August release. It’s a very slick looking unit indeed.
Gears of War 4
Laura Bailey came out on stage to show off a coop campaign demo of Gears of War 4, fighting of waves of new enemies and a few new weapons. Releasing October 11th this year, a horde mode was also confirmed. Packed with corny lines, lightning storms and a ricochet chainsaw gun – what more could a fan ask for?
A limited edition elite controller was also announced, for players looking to bring a little more Gears to their everyday gaming.
Play Anywhere is Microsoft’s big move to unite Xbox One and Windows 10 gaming, allowing you to play games you own across both platforms. You’ll also earn achievements and be able to play with people on the other platform, which is a pretty cool step for gaming.
Killer Instinct has reached over 17 million players across Xbox One and Windows 10, and to celebrate this the game’s getting another Xbox classic character as a roster member. Gears of War’s General Raam is the next to step into the ring, and he’s free to play this week.
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 is coming to the Xbox and Windows 10 platform on September 27th, with Australia being the new setting. From the great ocean road to smooth highways, a gameplay demo showed off a bunch of different cars and environments to get fans excited. They also highlighted the cross platform play and ‘seamless’ lobby drop in.
We also got a little more of a look at Recore, showing off gameplay and the robot characters of the world. The almost Borderlands style character introductions were pretty impressive, but time will tell how it all turns out when it launches on September 13th.
Final Fantasy XV
During the conference we were treated to a new gameplay demo on the Xbox One for Final Fantasy XV, titled ‘Trial of titan’. This demo sees our heroes take on a seriously huge boss, but it felt kind of underwhelming watching the demo player get pummelled by the giant creature. The score for the battle may have been a saving grace, but for now, you can check out the action yourself below.
The Division: Underground
The first major expansion for the Division will be coming first to Xbox One come June 28th, giving players a chance to explore the New York underground in the wake of the Dollar Flu incident. Expect more during Ubisoft’s presser, but we were shown a brief overview trailer, linked below.
Xbox Live Updates
While not the most glamorous segment, Xbox Live took up a small chunk of the announcements, with upgrades like more servers worldwide, background music listening and language options kicking off right away. Cortana will be making the jump to the console, but the bigger things are set to drop in the near future.
This fall Xbox Live clubs, looking for group multiplayer services and a tournament platform called ‘Arena’ will debut on the ecosystem. The last one looks to push esports and online competition on the platform, with developers like Daybreak, HiRez and Wargaming already on board.
The indies got their short moment to shine during the conference with the announcement of Inside, a new title from the Limbo developers releasing June 29th. As a little bonus to celebrate, they’ve made Limbo free on the Xbox Live store until June 20th.
The rest of the indies were highlighted in a sizzle reel, including Cuphead, the Culling and Capybara’s Below. Plenty of rad stuff to look forward to here.
Last but not least, We Happy Few got a perfectly creepy gameplay demo. It has a real Bioshock vibe with plenty of unnerving hooks, launching as an Xbox Game Preview from July 26th.
CDProjekt RED’s fantasy card game is here in a big way, debuting at the Microsoft conference with an Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive beta arriving in September. The game will have crossplatform play from PC to console, as well as a single player campaign and for basic decks. If that’s got you keen, you can sign up for the beta now at playgwent.com.
Old men punching – the video game. Tekken is back with competitive and story modes, launching early 2017. A half cinematic, half gameplay trailer showed off some of the game’s fighting, with more to be announced in the coming months. Oh, and Street Fighter’s Akuma is in it, for some reason.
Dead Rising 4
Frank is back back baby, bringing a zany Christmas trailer and the announcement we’ll get the game in 2016. While not much more was shown, it’s plenty exciting to know that more Dead Rising is on its way.
Like dragons and huge bosses? Platinum Games’ Scalebound showed off a huge enemy crap spider, fought with a group of dragons and their riders. As the headphones go on the battle amps up, and it’s looking to be quite the popular title if twitter buzz is to be trusted.
Sea of Thieves
Rare’s pirate adventure gets a new trailer & a youtube commentary style gameplay trailer, highlighting the game’s multiplayer. It looks like a bit of fun to play with some friends, but I’m still not quite sure what the core game experience will end up being.
State of Decay 2
Undead Labs returns with a sequel to State of Decay in 2017, unveiling a teaser trailer that promotes teamwork in survival. We’ll likely see plenty of base building and scrap salvaging once again, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Halo Wars 2
A second trailer gave us a look at Halo Wars 2’s story, with a second trailer highlighting the week long beta for the game, free this week. The beta is available to download free right now on Xbox Live.
This is it, the bombshell. Project Scorpio is real and it’s coming holiday 2017 from Microsoft. Touted as the most powerful console ever, the machine will run at six teraflops, support 4K gaming and high fidelity VR. While we don’t know much more so far, we do know all games and peripherals will work across Xbox One, Xbox One Slim and Scorpio, with ‘no one being left behind’. It’s a bold move from Microsoft and crushes the rumoured specs of Sony’s Neo, so it’ll be very interesting to see how E3 develops after this announcement.
What a conference. Microsoft has stuck to their guns and built the Xbox and Windows 10 brands very strongly over the last year. With a whole host of new games, two new console announcements and the Play Anywhere initiative, Sony is going to have quite a hard time keeping up after that show.