E3 2015 Press Conference Coverage – Microsoft
Next on the list is the first of the Big Three, Microsoft. As such, we expect Microsoft to pull out the big guns considering their position in lagging behind Sony market-wise. We also know that some of the bigger hitters like Quantum Break, Crackdown, and Scalebound wouldn’t be there.
With that in mind, did Microsoft put on a good show? With some strong contenders and hardware features, yes they did.
Much like Bethesda with Doom, the best way to kick off Microsoft’s conference is with Halo 5 Guardians. We’ve gotten some details recently regarding 4-player drop-in/drop-out co-op and playing as both Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris, and we’ve seen the multiplayer beta gameplay. Here, we get to see premiere single-player gameplay showing off new enemies and a new antagonist. Titanfall seems to be infused as well in the multiplayer mode Warzones, which is similar on the surface.
The first of several new IPs was Recore, being developed by Keiji Inafune and the developers of Metroid Prime at Armature. It was just a CG trailer, so we don’t get much or a glimpse beyond the girl character and her robot dog. The robot appears to have an interchangeable core, allowing it to assume different bodies. The project is planned for Spring 2016
The most surprising announcement from Microsoft has to be that backwards compatibility is coming to the Xbox One. Xbox 360 games on Xbox One will run natively and just like their original platform. You’ll be able to play multiplayer with other Xbox 360 users and can take advantage of Xbox One features like Screenshots and broadcasting. 100 titles will be available Holiday 2015 with more rolling out later, and it’s free if you own the game.
A new variant of the Xbox One Controller was also shown, called toe Xbox One Elite. It functions the same as a normal controller, but has performance tweaks, interchangeable parts, back side paddles, and rebindable controls.
Fallout 4 Showcase
Not really much new here, but it was revealed that Fallout 4 on Xbox One will support PC mods, so that’s pretty cool!
More content is coming to EA Access, as CEO Peter Moore came on stage to say. Titanfall and Dragon Age: Inquisition are in the pipline for the Vault, and EA Access is open to all Xbox One Gold players for the week of E3. As expected, EA also showed off a new game, and that is Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. So, if you liked the first one, you’ll probably like this one.
Forza Motorsport 6
Same as Fallout 4. Not really much new here, but there was an extravagant car lowering onto Microsoft’s stage, so there’s that. Forza Motorsport 6 will be released on September 15th.
The previously leaked Dark Souls III is now confirmed, at least in trailer form. Like Recore, there’s not much else to go on here. The way it was shown implies that Dark Souls III is an exclusive, I’m not really sure. But hey, it wouldn’t be the first Xbox “exclusive” Microsoft has managed to grab.
Following in EA’s footsteps was Ubisoft, eager to show more Tom Clancy game footage. A new trailer for The Division was shown with in-game assets, detailing the story of the world and not much else. Xbox One will be getting an exclusive Beta for the game in December. Second was another trailer for Rainbow Six: Siege, with the announcement that the Xbox 360 games Rainbow Six: Vegas and Vegas II will be compatible with the Xbox One and will be included with the latest installment. Rainbow Six: Siege launches on October 13th.
Another original IP is coming to both Windows 10 and Xbox One called Gigantic. It is a free-to-play… something. Honestly not sure if it’s a MOBA or not, but we’ll get the chance to see for ourselves when the Beta launches in August.
As excpected, we get our reel of indie games clamoring to join the Xbox library through the ID@Xbox program. From the lineup shown, games like Ashen and Beyond Eyes look rather compelling. Nothing beats Cuphead, though, and it’s the stand-out indie so far.
Xbox Game Preview
In line with the indie initiative, Microsoft announced its Early Access program called Xbox Game Preview. It’ll be functionally similar to Steam Early Access, where you have to opportunity to help games develop. All games are free to demo, so already this is vast improvement over Steam’s service.
As promised, we also got some extended gameplay footage of the next Tomb Raider. It’s pretty much what you expect, albeit it looks like there are actually tombs in this game. Still not sure whether or not Rise of the Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive or a permanent one. I think it’d be nice to know that.
It’s been some time since Rare’s been able to make something other than Kinect Sports games. Now, Rare’s next project, Sea of Thieves, appears to be an online swashbuckling adventure game, potentially in the vein of things like Monkey Island. It looks to have promise, but even if that’s a dud, we’ve got a Rare collection coming in the form of Rare Replay. This collection has 30 classic Rare games for $30 and will be coming this August.
Not really anything new here, just confirmation that Fable Legends will be free-to-play and supports cross-play on Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Another surprising reveal (but not in the way you’d think) is Microsoft’s partnership with Valve VR. Even though they’ve already partnered with Oculus and have the Hololens, nothing can stop the VR train! For the PC scape it makes sense, but not for the Xbox One.
Luckily, Microsoft did manage to recover from that flub with their Minecraft Hololens demo. At first, it seemed token, but once the actual game screen was displayed on a tabletop, It seemed tailor-made for Minecraft, but I’m curious to see what other applications an augmented reality device can utilize.
In an unsurprising finale, Microsoft revealed that the first Gears of War is getting a remaster with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. This version will run at 1080p/60fps and a public beta is available now for Xbox One owners.
Alongside this was the world premiere of Gears 4, Besides what was shown in the demo, not a lot is known. It looks like Gears 4 will have a new protagonist, and will have a new threat, as the monsters in the gameplay didn’t really resemble the Locust.
That was pretty much it. Along with the games covered, we did get a few confirmations on the validity of certain rumors. Firstly, the Silent Hills rumor seems pretty much debunked at this point, unless they plan to show that later at Gamescom. Second, no Call of Duty was shown, giving credence to the rumor that the Xbox exclusivity deal with Call of Duty is ending.
Now, we’ll have to wait and see what the others of the Big Three have to show, but first, we’ve got EA and Ubisoft to worry about. EA’s conference is today, the 15th at 4:00PM EST, followed by Ubisoft’s at 6:00PM EST.Source: YouTube/E3 E3 2015 - Bethesda