E3 2015: Microsoft Conference

by Koushik Paul

Games List (In order of appearance):

Halo 5: Guardians
Release: October 27, 2015
Platforms: XB1

This is the first halo game made for XB1, taking advantage of the next-gen hardware. We were shown a small snippet of gameplay. Some great new features include 4 player co-op with in-game commands and fast paced gameplay.

Multiplayer was shown in a new game type, warzone. 24 players split into 2 teams, face off along with AI enemies in the mix.


Recore
Release: Spring 2016
Platforms: XB1 announced

A new IP from game director Keiji Inefune, most notable for Metroid Prime. We only got a CGI trailer though.

Fallout 4
Release: 11/10/15
Platforms: PC/XB1/PS4

Some new details were shown about Fallout 4 on xbox; particularly, that a copy of Fallout 3 will be included in Fallout 4 on XB1. In addition, mods created on PC for Fallout 4 will be transferable to use on the XB1 version.

EA access

EA sports games will be playable first to EA access members. Dragon Age Inquisition will soon be added to the “vault”. Finally, EA access will be free to all xbox live gold members this week.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

The sequel to the sleeper hit from a few years back was just announced in an in-engine trailer.

Forza Motorsport 6
Release: September 15, 2015
Platforms: XB1

Ford opened Forza 6 with their new Ford GT supercar. In-game footage was shown, and as expected, was beautiful.

Dark Souls 3
Release: Early 2016

Dark Souls 3 was announced through a GCI trailer.

The Division

We got another taste of the division with an in-engine trailer.

Rainbow Six Siege
Release: October 16, 2015

More Rainbow Six Siege shown with a few cool announcements: Rainbow Six Vegas and Vegas 2 will be included with every copy on XB1.

Gigantic

Beta: August 2015
New first-party MOBA.

ID@XBOX

Games shown:
Tacoma – 2016 – the guys who did ‘Gone Home’
Cuphead
Ashen
Beyond Eyes

Xbox Game Preview

Microsoft’s answer to Steam Early Access. Try out games still in development and support them by buying them early.
Games shown for preview:
Dayz
Ion – the Dayz devs

Rise of the Tomb Raider
Release: Holiday 2015
Platforms: XB1 annouced

We got some gameplay shown, but it was nothing really new.

Rare Replay
Release: October 4, 2015
Platforms: XB1

Basically the Rare collection. 30 epic classics in 1 disc.

Sea of Thieves

New Rare IP. Basically Pirates of the Caribbean.

Fable Legends
Release: Holiday 2015
Platforms: PC/XB1

Gears of War Ultimate Edition
Release: Holiday 2015
Platforms: XB1

The original Gears of War will be remastered for the XB1. Multiplayer beta running this week

Gears of War 4
Release: holiday 2016
Platforms: XB1

The show ended with a nice gameplay trailer for the next installment in Gears of War.

Hardware Announcements:

XB1 is now BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE!

Xbox 360 will now work on XB1 consoles digitally. 100 select titles will work with this holiday, with more being added over time. According to Microsoft, the only required to make a game playable on XB1 is for the developer to give permission. Compatible games already owned will begin showing up on the xbox live store. Discs of compatible games will trigger a download of the digitally compatible version on XB1.

This is currently only working for a select few titles for Preview members. It will be released to the public this holiday.

New XB1 Elite Wireless Controller

This new wireless controller features interchangeable parts as well as re-configurable buttons. It will be released October 2015 and will cost $149.

Oculus VR

Microsoft went on to talk more about its recent announcement about working with Oculus VR and the Rift.

Valve VR

Microsoft is now working with Valve VR to make sure that it is also Windows 10 compatible.

Hololens

Microsoft showed off its Hololens with an amazing Minecraft demo.

Overall Impressions:

Microsoft opened the show with their biggest game, Halo 5, which didn’t end up being their biggest announcement though. The fact that they could say that they finally got backwards compatibility to work on XB1 not only shows their skills as a software company, but their commitment to listening to their customers. It was the single biggest announcement of the conference and maybe even in all of E3. Smaller games were peppered all over the conference from ReCore to Cuphead. New initiatives such as the Game Preview program and some new info was shared about working with Oculus and Valve VR. Overall, the conference solidified Microsoft’s fall lineup with Halo, Tomb Raider, Fable, and Forza. With one bombshell announcement and smaller games featured, it puts xbox fans at ease to see that the future of Microsoft is looking brighter.

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