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Microsoft E3 2014 Press Conference Recap
E3 has finally begun this year and Microsoft kicked things off with a mixture of new IPs, new titles and some old favourites who made an appearance. One thing is for sure: the conference was highly games focused and showed off quite a lot of the future. In case you missed any of it or just want to have another look at the next year of Microsoft titles, here’s a recap of all the Microsoft E3 action. Be warned: there’s a lot of trailers and a lot to cover!
Happy Wars: In case you missed this little bit at the start, Happy Wars will be coming to Xbox One pretty soon. After over 7.5 million downloads, it’s getting a little bit of a remake with cross-platform 4-player split screen action, new characters and even newer gameplay. Zombies seem to be making a bit of an appearance too, so make sure to watch out for that.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is continuing the Call of Duty partnership with Xbox by offering Xbox players the first chance to get future DLC and kicked off the biggest gaming event of the year with some action-packed footage, filmed straight from the Xbox One. The game is set to come out on the 4th November 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC, and you can have a look at the new footage below.
Forza Motorsport 5 players are getting a great new freebie starting today: all 16 miles of Nurburgring will be making a fully-redesigned to 100% specifications appearance. And what makes this announcement even better is that it’s available for free starting today. The track features exact details to the millimeter, so make sure you download it now!
And while we’re talking about Forza, the latest title made a beautiful appearance: Forza Horizon 2. The game features over 200 cars and is built on the Forza 5 engine, complete with dynamic weather and day/night cycles. Not only this but you can create clubs with up to 1000 members and has dedicated online servers. And you can get all this in full 1080p. The most important announcement about this game is the release date, which isn’t that far away: Forza Horizon 2 will be available on Xbox One from 30th September 2014. You can check out the action-fueled E3 trailer below.
Turtle Rock Studios, creator of Left for Dead, announced their new title Evolve at the start of the year and you might have seen some of the snippets released so far. In true L4D versus style, you play 4-v-1 matches of Hunters against Monster, leveling up to unlock new skills and abilities. There’s an exclusive beta coming to the Xbox One this Fall, and Xbox players will also be getting DLC first before PS4 and PC players. You can currently pre-order the title, and while you’re waiting have a nosey at the E3 trailer which we have below.
An exciting title a lot of people have been waiting for is Assassin’s Creed: Unity, set in 18th Century Paris during the French Revolution. It’s the biggest game to date with hundreds of quests, activities and rewards for you to play around with. The game gets even cooler with the ability to form your own brotherhood, with up to 4-player multiplayer gameplay across Xbox Live. In the E3 trailer you can see 4 Assassin’s working together with the whole event ending in a beheading. Assassin’s Creed: Unity is currently being worked on by 9 studies as well as Ubisoft Montreal and was specifically designed for next-generation consoles, which will make Xbox One and PS4 owners happy.
Sunset Overdrive made a bright and colourful appearance with the dev team arriving in a pimped-out bus and an action-packed gameplay video. The Xbox One exclusive title will be coming out 28th October 2014, and one of the E3 trailers showed a multiplayer mode called Chaos Squad, which is an 8-player experience where you cooperatively earn loot and save the city, and the experience culminates in Night Defense, where you defend your base against the mutants. Make sure to check out the game trailer, as it looks set to steal the title of one of the best trailers at E3 this year.
Capcom made a highly entertaining announcement for Dead Rising 3 at the E3 conference, revealing Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha, the new Streetfighter/Dead Rising crossover DLC that is available now! It allows for up to 4 players online where you cosplay as your favourite Capcom characters, with super moves, power ups and bonus stages. It’s a little crazy, which you’d probably expect with Dead Rising franchise, and it’s all in honor of Capcom’s 31st Anniversary. Make sure to check out the trailer, because it’s pretty insane.
Disney Fantasia Music Evolved will be coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this October, while the newest Dance Central title, Dance Central Spotlight, will making it’s way onto Xbox One exclusively and features a set of upgrades, including the ability to dance to your favourite chart hits in no time thanks to faster technology.
Lionhead Studios also took to the stage to present Fable Legends, a 4-player title where can you work together as different character classes, but have the option of playing as one of the villains as well. As the hero, it’s your quest to make it to the end of the level, avoiding traps and enemies the Villain places. As the Villain, it’s your job to stop the heroes (that may sound a little obvious) using a horde of mythical creatures. A multiplayer beta will be coming out this fall, so keep an eye on that if you like the game.
Project Spark, announced at last year’s E3 conference, finally showed a little more footage at this year’s E3 and will be coming out to Xbox One and PC. It’s currently had over 1 million creators in the Beta, and features both multiplayer modes and a co-op campaign where you create and share your very own gaming worlds. It’s currently available on PC now. Also at the end of their E3 trailer, Conker made an appearance, suggesting that the character would be featured in the game somehow.
A new title that made an appearance is Ori and the Blind Forest, which featured a beautiful and seemingly sad trailer. The only information revealed at the moment is that it is coming exclusively to Xbox One this fall, and looks like a cute platformer, but we’ll keep you updated as more information comes out.
Perhaps some of the biggest reveals from the Microsoft conference regarded the Halo franchise. 343 Industries announced that Halo 5: Guardians will be heading into a beta this Christmas season (what better present could you want?) and the multiplayer is set to play in 60 FPS complete with brand new Spartan abilities. Another character is visible in the trailer, known as Marlo or Agent Lock, and you find out more about them in Halo: Nightfall and Halo 5: Guardians. Wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise now, right 343 Industries? The beta will be purely the multiplayer modes, and you can check out the trailer for that below. Keep an eye on it, as it’s probably going to go pretty quick.
The second Halo announcement helps to bring the franchise to the next generation of gamers: Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be coming to Xbox One on 11th November 2014 and is the only place where you can play the entire Master Chief saga on the new gen of consoles. The title contains Halo Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4. To make it even better, it features custom multiplayer playlists which combine epic moments from all the games and combines them together with a unified UI that has everything unlocked from the very beginning. Halo Nightfall will also be included, which is a digital series produced in collaboration with Ridley Scott. This series is slated to show the story beats that lead up to the events of Halo 5. The collection will feature the Halo 5 multiplayer as well, and will cost $60 when it comes out.
The final Halo announcement, which is related to the new Collection, is that Halo 2 will be getting a HD anniversary remix and the entire game has been retouched. You can switch between the classic and new versions with a single button, and the disc also contains all the Halo 2 mutliplayer in it’s glory. 6 of the maps have been remade with Xbox One technology, including Ascension, and there are over 100 multiplayer maps in total with dedicated servers, all in 1080p and with 4000 extra Gamerscore. Halo fans will be very happy after E3 2014.
Playdead, the makers of Limbo, also presented their new title, Inside, which will be debuting early 2015 on Xbox One. [email protected], which provides the free dev kits and support to companies to start developing on Xbox One, announced over 19 titles that will be coming to the console in the near future.
A new Tomb Raider game was also announced, Rise of the Tomb Raider, which looks set to continue the franchise after the latest title, along with the confirmation of a second new title, Tomb Raider and the Temple of Osiris, an up-to-4-player co-op adventure set in Egypt. More details of this title will be coming soon.
A new title that nobody seemed to expect came from Platinum Games called Scalebound, which is an Xbox One exclusive title. A release window and details haven’t really been given other than a pretty epic trailer featuring dragons and a hydra-like creature, but it definitely looks like a title to keep an eye out on. You can have a look at the trailer below (and yes, it’s been said that the character looks a little bit like Dante).
The conference also had appearances from The Witcher 3: Wildhunt (which showed the character hunting a Griffon, special abilities to track the creature, and a map bigger than The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim), Phantom Dust (which will be an Xbox One exclusive), The Division (which boasts new content coming first to Xbox One) and Crackdown, which has a new campaign that is fully playable in co-op, a new multiplayer experience and will be coming exclusively to Xbox One.
So there you have it, the recap from the Microsoft E3 2014 conference and it seems to have been a pretty good mix of new IPs and familiar faces. But don’t take our word for it, let us know what you thought of the Microsoft conference by leaving a comment (we love comments as much as we love games). Were you expecting something else to be there, or did something take you by surprise? Keep checking back for our recaps of the other conferences, as well as opinions on how they went and on the games themselves.