Microsoft E3 2014 Press Conference Recap
This year Microsoft decided to focus on the games with Phil Spencer stepping out and thanking the fans for their support. The conference started with games coming out in 2014 for the Xbox One. Both exclusive and third party titles as well. Here is a list below of the games that were shown.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare:
Showed off new gameplay with a campaign mission titled Induction, set in Seoul, South Korea. The character fought through the war-torn streets while showing off new technology, guns, and vehicles such as tanks and large exo-suits.
Forza Horizon 2:
The sequel to the hit racing game on Xbox 360 will support over 200 different cars, a day/night cycle, and dynamic weather effects that will all run at 1080p. It will also support fully dedicated servers and the inclusion of clubs in which to up to 1000 players can join. The game will be released on September 31st. Also announced was the new Nurburgring track, making its next-gen debut on Forza 5.
Evolve: With a new gameplay trailer that introduced a new monster, Microsoft announced exclusive DLC and an online beta for Xbox One.
Assassin’s Creed Unity:
The newest title in the ever popular franchise is announced as being only on Xbox One and PS4 with the inclusion of players being able to create their own Brotherhood, supporting four player co-op. Players can help their friends in 1789, France as the French revolution begins and heads roll.
Dragon Age: Inquisition: Showing off a new story trailer with the announcement of first premiere content only on Xbox One.
Sunset Overdrive: Insomniac Games own Ted Price, revealed the first gameplay footage for the game with the announcement of eight player co-op in a mode called Chaos Squad, where players can find loot and save the city. The game is due for release on October 28th, 2014.
Dead Rising 3 Super Arcade Ultra Edition: A goofy new addition to the hit Xbox One exclusive, allows players to play as their favorite characters in goofy settings to rack up points and fight crazy zombie types and bosses which is now available on Xbox One today for download.
Showcasing the first gameplay footage for the game, which allows for four players to come together to explore dungeons and fight all types of monsters and become heroes. On the other side of the spectrum is the ability for a player to be the villain with a top down perspective to create monsters and obstacles.
Ori: Blind Forest: A new adventure indie title from Moon Studios coming out in fall 2014.
Halo: Master Chief Collection:
Microsoft made a big reveal( that was revealed months before) that announced a collection of all four games in series from Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo 4, with Halo 2 getting the full anniversary treatment, and with the surprise of multiplayer coming back. Over 100 maps from the entire series will remain on their original engine and in 1080p 60FPS. Players can also make custom playlists of their favorite campaign missions from all four games to their liking and share it with their friends.
Halo 5: Guardians was given a small sneak peak, but not much more was still shown. Included in the collection is the new digital series by Ridley Scott, Halo:Nightfall.
Inside: A new game in development by Play Dead Studios to be released in 2015 in the style of Limbo as a young boy travels across a dark and dreary world.
Chris Carla, Director of ID@Xbox showcased a number of new indie titles coming to Xbox One over the next years from popular titles such as Aztez, Knight Squad, White Night, Mighty No. 9, and more.
The Rise of the Tomb Raider:
A world premiere trailer from Crystal Dynamics, revealed the sequel to the blockbuster reboot as Lara begins coping from the tragic events of the first game to become a survivalist.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: new gameplay was shown off as Geralt hunted down a griffon that showed off the new combat system and the world.
Phantom Dust: A new exclusive title to Xbox One headed by Creative Director Ken Lobb at Microsoft Studios.
The Division: After a year of anticipation by fans, brand new gameplay was revealed as four different players explored an empty New York on Christmas day. The players set up an ambush on other factions that have taken over locations throughout the city, with a planned release of 2015.
Scalebound: A new exclusive title from Platinum games and Hideki Kamiya, not much is known about the game except for the trailer that was shown where a young man is fighting large monsters and riding a dragon.
Crackdown: Last but not least a reboot of the popular Xbox 360 series was revealed to be developed by the original team with a brand new trailer, and set in Pacific City.