Microsoft was the third kid at bat to hit a home run with gamers at E3. And hit a home run they did. Xbox’s Phil Spencer started off the show by letting the gamers know that lots of exclusives for the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms will be announced. This pleased the crowd and me as well. Most of these games were announced last year, so this was NOT a conference full of new IPs just popping everywhere. This conference was about cementing the future of Xbox and the games that will push the platform to new heights. A lot of stuff was announced, so I will give a couple sentences about the game and/or Xbox One updates.
The Xbox One S (S for Slim) was officially announced. Leaks of the new console were everywhere a day before the conference, but people were still excited to see the official reveal on the main stage. Xbox One S comes in 3 versions (500GB for $300, 1TB for $350, and 2TB for $400). Xbox One S launches early August. You can preorder now!
Gears of War 4 was the first game to grace the stage. Gears of War 4 looked amazing at last year’s E3 and it still looks awesome now! The gameplay video showed off the classic gears gore, but with some fresh graphics and weaponry. There is an all new Horde mode (Horde 3.0). Also, Marcus Fenix is back! He was revealed at the end of the gameplay video. Gears of War 4 will be released on October 11, 2016.
Killer Instinct made an appearance to announce that RAAM from the Gears of War franchise will be a playable character. He is playable during E3 week for free.
Forza is one of the most attractive looking racing games around and Forza Horizon 3 is no different. People on stage demoed the game while the speaker was giving his comments about it. The game looks cool and fun. Forza Horizon 3 races towards its release on September 27, 2016.
ReCore left everyone in bewilderment at last year’s E3, but now we have more gameplay and information about the character. The main protagonist, Joule, was accompanied with some awesome sidekicks. Mack is a robotic dog that has an electo-dash ability to destroy enemies, Seth is a robotic spider that Joule can use to grapple onto to traverse to other areas, and lastly Duncan is a robotic gorilla aptly nicknamed “Heavy Hitter”. You pretty much guess what he is good at. ReCore hits store shelves on September 19, 2016.
The long awaited Final Fantasy XV made an appearance with a realtime gameplay demo against a GIGANTIC boss! I was never into Final Fantasy, but I know there is a huge fan base for this franchise, so I hope this next installment lives up to their expectations. Final Fantasy lovers can geek out with the release of Final Fantasy XV on September 30, 2016.
The Division is having its first expansion entitled, Underground, which will release on June 28, 2016. Umm…that is all for that.
The wildly anticipated Battlefield 1 made other press conference appearance with a new gameplay trailer. Basically, Battlefield 1 is going to give Infinite Warfare a run for its money even more so. Get your German warplane engines ready for Battlefield 1 launches on October 21, 2016.
So Xbox’s Larry Hryb released a video discussing an upcoming Xbox One update June. I guess Xbox wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page, so they announced (again) Cortana, Xbox One Background Music, and a language selection setting will be available soon. The new stuff are the new ways to connect with your friends and other people online. “Clubs on Xbox Live” will be a new way to meet with other gamers who have similar tastes in games and play styles as you. “Looking for Group” is “like a WANT ad” where the player can send out a message asking for people to help them with something in-game. Lastly, “Arena” is the competitive hub that allows players to host competitions and developers as well for their games.
Back to games now, Minecraft will now support cross-platform play between Xbox One, Android, IOS, and VR.
Side note you personalize Xbox One controllers now. $80 for regular personalization and $90 with engraving.
Independent games (which is still a very loose term) are important. Inside comes from the studio of Limbo. Inside seems promising, so I may check it out when it releases on June 29, 2016. We Happy Few made an appearance with a very creepy trailer. It looks like Bioshock because of the art style, but trust me, it is not. We Happy Few releases July 26, 2016.
Gwent players around the world your prayers have been answered. Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is happening and it comes with a single-player campaign. I have a friend who was very excited for this announcement. No release or price has been set, but I am guessing a Fall 2016 release with a price between $20 to $30 more than likely.
Dead Rising 4 has a brand new holiday themed trailer. Don’t worry. The constructive destruction of zombies is still alive and well! Slaughter and explode your way through hordes of zombies this Holiday season.
The stylish, yet Devil May Cry-esque looking character in Scalebound showed himself in a new co-op campaign gameplay trailer. I extremely excited for this game, so my fingers are crossed for it to be good.
Sea of Thieves was shown off last year, but this time a fun gameplay demo reel was presented to the audience. You can drink, you sail the ocean blue, and you drown by too much cannon fire at your ship. Cannot wait to play it with my friends.
State of Decay 2 had a trailer. I honestly do not know much else about this game, but I guess it appeals to some gamers to justify a sequel.
The real-time strategy Halo Wars 2 had a very dark toned cinematic trailer which got the crowd pretty hyped. You can sign up for the week long beta which takes place between June 13-20 (of this year).
Last, but not least Microsoft discussed the ever so mysterious Project Scorpio. This new xbox will support 4K resolution and high-end VR support all running on 6 Teraflops of computing power. Project Scorpio is set to be release in the Holiday of 2017.
So, if you made through this blog post then I wholeheartedly thank you. Microsoft did not announce really anything new, but it did give gamers reassurance that the games of last year and still be worked on (expect for Fable Legends which I am still upset about). Good job Microsoft. Just don’t cancel anymore games and/or studios between now and the release of Project Scorpio!