Gamescom 2014: Microsoft’s Xbox Briefing Recap

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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Microsoft's Xbox Press Conference Recap - Gamescom 2014

The Xbox One has been on the market for 9 months. As of right now, it’s far behind the PS4 and even trailing the Wii U. The good news is that Microsoft is willing to go all out in order to draw in gamers. This includes dropping the Kinect from the main Xbox One SKU. So, what else do they have in store? Let’s see…

After a cold opening that featured the latest trailer for Assassin’s Creed Unity (launcing October 28th), Phil Spencer and Gregor Bieler (Microsoft Deutschland team General Manager) welcomed everyone to the briefing. One of the first things talked about was the expansion of markets the Xbox One will be sold in. 29 new countries will be added, starting on September 2nd. In addition, a number of games were featured as coming later this year, which include Grand Theft Auto V and Destiny.

After the introduction, Spencer and the Xbox team talked about FIFA 15, which will be coming from EA. The game will be getting a special bundle in Europe for €399.99/£349.99 as well as have the Ultimate Team Legends content exclusive for Xbox. As many as 15 legends will be included in this content.

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Next, we have a look at the indies. Special attention was given to Space Engineers, Superhot, The Escapists, Smite, and Below. These games will be making their console debuts on Xbox One. Here’s a quick list of what else will be coming:

  • Blues and Bullets
  • Cuphead
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2
  • Funk of Titans
  • Ghost of a Tale
  • Goat Simulator
  • Gunscape
  • Massive Chalice
  • Inside
  • Knight Squad
  • Lovers in the Dangerous Spacetime
  • #IDARB
  • No Time to Explain
  • Plague Inc: Evolved
  • Rivals of Aether
  • SlashDash
  • Spectra
  • Pneuma: Breath of Life
  • Threes!
  • Volgarr the Viking
  • SpeedRunners

More was talked about Call of Duty: Advance Warfare. The guys from Sledgehammer Games, the developers this time around, were excited about what they were bringing to the series in terms of gameplay and story. This was followed by more gameplay of the game, which included things like shooting moving cars, flying grenades, and using a car door as a shield after ripping it off. The game will be coming November 4th with all DLC coming first to Xbox consoles. In addition, a limited edition Xbox One bundle will be coming to North American and European regions for €499.99/£429.99/$499.99. The console will include a 1TB hard drive.

Up next, we have a look at Evolve, which will have an exclusive beta coming this January to the Xbox One. A special match was shown during the briefing. The game will be coming February 10th, 2015.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Next, we a look at Rise of the Tomb Raider from Crystal Dynamics. This is the sequel to the rebooted Tomb Raider that was released last year. The developers announced that the game will be coming to Xbox next holiday season.

(NOTE: This was initially reported as an Xbox exclusive. Crystal Dynamics even made a post about how it would be exclusive. However, it seems that the exclusivity may be timed. Rumors that seem to be coming out of the studio state that the game will only be exclusive to Xbox for this holiday season. We’ll let you know when the full story is revealed.)

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Following that, we have a new look at Quantum Break from the developers at Remedy Entertainment. This is not only the first look we’ve had at it since last year but the first time we will see gameplay. It looks like the main character will be caught in an explosion that destroys an experiment and give him the power to manipulate time. Gameplay appears to be action oriented with controls similar to that of a normal third person shooter. As for story, time is breaking down and only the main character and his main enemies can continue moving in time stutters (which is what it’s called when time stops around him). No release has been given yet for Quantum Break.

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Fable Legends is up next. A multiplayer beta will be open on October 16th. You can sign up for it at fablelegends.com. In the meantime, they showed off a trailer that showed how you can play as the villain in the game, killing off the heroes of Albion.

Next is an exclusive debut of Screamride, which appears to be a ride building simulator. The game is coming from Frontier and will be available next year. Frontier hopes to turn this game into a new series. Check it out:

Turn 10 Studios is up next with more content for Forza Motorsport 5. The electric Renault Spark and cars from Rolls Royce will all be playable. Following this is another look at Forza Horizon 2, which will launch on September 30th. Special focus was put on the social aspects of the game.

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Afterwards, we get a new look at Ori and the Blind Forest. The game already wowed critics at E3, including us. Today, they showed off some of the gameplay. The game will be coming this holiday to Xbox One and PC.

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Following Ori, we get another look at Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac Games. The new trailer showed off some of the background to what’s happening, which includes a drink turning people into mutants and robots that the company behind it–Fizzco–use to take care of their problems. They also announced a White Xbox One bundle for Sunset Overdrive for North American and European markets for €399.99/£349.99/$399.99. The game will release on October 28th in North America and on October 31st in Europe.

Halo 3

343 Studios is up next with more on Halo. They talked about the Master Chief Collection, which will includes the live action series Halo: Nightfall. Following this, Halo 5: Guardians will be getting a three week multiplayer beta starting December 29th. In addition to the Master Chief Collection and the beta of Halo 5, they introduced the Halo Channel for Xbox One, which will have pretty much everything Halo and even launch the Master Chief Collection. The channel is coming this Fall.

Following the announcements, a quick demo of the Master Chief Collection was shown, featuring graphical and audio changes they made to Halo 2. A skill based ranking system will also be included, identical to what was in Halo 2. They finished the demonstrations by showing off a multiplayer battle in an updated Sanctuary map. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available on November 11th.

Wrapping up the show, Phil Spencer returned to talk about how you will be able to pre-order and pre-download digital games for your Xbox One. This will allow you to play new games right as they launch. Two of the first games to have this option will be Forza Horizon 2 and FIFA 15.


And that is it. What did you think about the conference? Leave your comments below.

NOTE: This article will be updated periodically as we get to all the information.

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