By Jeff Neuenschwander / June 9th, 2014
Last year, Microsoft was absolutely destroyed by Sony at E3. The effects of the conferences could be felt far and wide as Microsoft was sent reeling, with managers going into panic mode and gamers voicing complete disapproval of the company. Eventually, Microsoft did make the necessary adjustments, but the damage was done.
This year, Microsoft comes in looking to improve its position of third place for home consoles. They’ve already made some positive changes with Phil Spencer now at the helm but they still need to revitalize a fan base that was decimated last year and try to woo gamers to the brand. Can they do it? Let’s find out.
The presentation begins with a bang (or thousand) as they open with footage for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The game will be multiplatform but will DLC coming first to Xbox owners. The game will release November 4th.
After the demonstration, Turn 10 appeared to talk about Forza Motorsport 5. The game will add on the Nurburgring course for free today. In addition, they talked about Forza Horizon 2. Horizon 2 will release September 30th.
Following Forza was Evolve from 2K Games. DLC and Beta will be first on Xbox One. Evolve will release October 21st.
Up next was Ubisoft talking about Assassin’s Creed Unity. This was the world premiere of this new installment. And from the looks of things, there is co-op, with up to four people working at once. No release date was announced during the conference.
The next game came from EA’s BioWare studio, Dragon Age: Inquisition. The game will release on October 7th.
Following Dragon Age was the latest look at Sunset Overdrive, which debuted last year during Microsoft’s E3 conference. But instead of just a trailer, they did a gameplay demonstration for the audience. The game will also feature 8 player gaming. Sunset Overdrive will release later this year on October 28th.
Up next is a Dead Rising 3 Arcade for Xbox One, DLC for the original Dead Rising 3. This will include all the heroes from the Dead Rising series as Capcom celebrates 31 years. The DLC is available right now.
Harmonix was up next, talking about Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved. The game will release October 21st, 2014. Along with that, Harmonix also showed off the latest edition of Dance Central. This new installment will feature a rotating list of hits and will be digital only. Dance Central Spotlight will release this September.
Up next, we have Fable Legends. It is the latest game in the Fable series, set 400 years before the first game. Multiplayer was shown off for the game. They also talked about how you can be a villain in the game. The Beta will start this fall.
After Fable, Project Spark was shown off for a bit. Having been in Beta since March, the game is getting close to its full release. In addition, Conker from Conker’s Bad Fur Day will appear in the game.
Next, we have Moon Studios showing off a beautiful game called Ori and the Blind Forest (I think; whoever was directing this decided not to show the title when it appeared). The game will release this Fall.
Following the awesome reveal of the small title, we get the latest look at Microsoft’s big hitter, Halo. Bonnie Ross of 343 Industries introduced Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which includes all four numbered games. The game will also include all the multiplayer maps that appeared in those games. The Master Chief Collection will release on November 11th. In addition, the game will include Halo: Nightfall, a series created by Ridley Scott. As for the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, the game will have a Beta coming in December.
After Halo came Phil Spencer, new Head of Xbox, to show off some of the games coming in 2015. First up is Playdead’s Inside. The game will be coming early next year. A number of new indie games were also revealed to be coming to Xbox One. Those that were shown off were Aztez, Knight Squad, White Night Earthlock, CUPHEAD, Hyper Light Drifter, Lifeless Planet, FRU, Lovers in a Dangerous Space Time, Mighty No. 9, GRAVE, Threes, Fenix Rage, Woolfe, Hellraid, and Below.
Following this was the world premiere of the latest Tomb Raider game. The game, known as Rise of the Tomb Raider, is slated for a Holiday 2015 release.
Following Tomb Raider was CD Projekt RED with The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. New gameplay was shown off, showing how to track monsters after you’ve injured them. The Witcher III will release next year.
After The Witcher III comes a new reveal: Phantom Dust. This is a reboot of the original game that released on the first Xbox back in 2004 and 2005. The game will be coming next year.
Tom Clancy’s The Division was up next from Ubisoft. This was a shooter shown off last year at the end of Ubisoft’s conference. More gameplay was demonstrated. New content will come first to Xbox One.
Next up is PlatinumGames and Hideki Kamiya as they reveal Scalebound. The game appears to some sort of mix between Monster Hunter and Sentai shows. It will release exclusively on Xbox One.
One final reveal comes in the form of Crackdown. I believe this was teased last year but this is the first real look we get at it. It will release exclusively on Xbox One.
And that is it. What did you think of the conference? Did Microsoft convince you to buy an Xbox One? Are you still not convinced? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
And, just like with any event like this, we will be updating this article periodically with more info, images, and trailers as they become available.
Special thanks to Brandon Rose for the oprainfall @ E3 2014 image.
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