E3 2015: Xbox Media Briefing Highlights, Announcements, and video
Things started off with a cool montage of upcoming games using a cool CGI effect (how'd they get Lara Croft to stand next to Master Chef like that?) Surprises started off quickly with the appearance on Marcus Fenix.
The first game shown was Halo 5 of course, with a snippet of the 4-player campaign. Featuring two sets of Spartans with drop in gameplay, one led by Master Chief and the other by a newcomer; the highlight of what was shown was that the premise of the storyline carrying over into the multiplayer mode similar to Halo 4.
Next up was a completely new game from Kenji Inufane and Armature, Recore. Featuring a desolate sand filled post-apocalyptic environment starring a girl and her robot, this title looked a lot different from previous Xbox exclusives. What's most interesting about the spring 2016 title is the involvement of Kenji Inufane's Comcept with a title on a bigger scale than Mighty No 9.
ext up came the biggest announcement arguably, backward compatible Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One. Downloadable titles already bought will be instantly added to your library.
A new controller was shown, called the Xbox Elite controller. This is an official controller with features such as hair trigger...er triggers, and what I think is the biggest feature: Swappable parts.
Fallout 4 was shown again, mostly being a recap of what was shown last night at Bethesda's E3 pre-show. More of the battle suit gameplay was shown this time, and afterwards cross compatible mods between PC and Xbox One were announced.
Peter Moore from EA was up next to show off a few new features coming to EA Access. Aside from plugging the new backward compatibility from the 360, the existing game vault, early downloads of titles and discounts; the addition of Titanfall and Dragon Age: Inquisition was announced. Additionally, access to the vault is free for all Xbox Live Gold members this week in celebration of E3. After plugging their service, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was announced with a spring 2016 release date.
After casually dropping a Ford GT on the stage and showing off new Forza 6 footage, a few new trailers were shown. Dark Souls 3 was first, in CGI form, proving that From Software isn't loyal to any first party. Up next was Rainbow Six: The Division, and this time with gameplay footage. Ubisoft is also giving away the two previous Xbox 360 Rainbow Six Vegas titles with the purchase of the title.
A new Xbox One/ Windows 10 exclusive was shown, Gigantic. The graphics look colorful, but I was a tad disappointed that it was what looks to be another arena combat title.
A long ID@Xbox montage was shown, with numerous titles, making the successor to XBLA look just as exciting as the AAA titles. Cuphead would be my highlight, with the appearance of an old cartoon from the 30s with the mechanics of a 16-bit platformer.
Early access is coming to Xbox One, as Xbox Game Preview, and will even allow players to even tryout games before they join the early access for a title. In yet another surprise, this feature will be available today at 5pm Pacific starting with two titles.
Afterward, the first gameplay footage of Rise of the Tomb Raider was shown. It was pretty hard to believe that I wasn't viewing CG until a button prompt pop up. Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on November 10th 2015.
The rumor of the Rare collection was confirmed, with 30 games and launching on August 4th and will only cost $30. Some of the titles are full Xbox 360 titles, so the 30 titles represent a lot of the company's history. Afterward a new IP was shown from Rare, with nice colorful graphics that the company is known for. This game, called Sea of Thieves, reminded me a bit of the first Fable.
Vying for a huge presence in the VR arena, Microsoft is making alliances with Valve and Oculus Rift; in addition to finally showing off its Hololens experience. Taking over the living room through your kids, a new version of Minecraft was shown using the Hololens. A structure was put on the table and was able to be viewed from new perspectives.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition is a remaster coming out in August, with a beta available today. Ramping up for the next title in the series, simply called B, gameplay was shown from the Holiday 2016 release featuring a new protagonist. A female character was prominent too, showing that The Coalition is listening to audience feedback concerning previous games in the series.
The E3 2015 xbox pre-show had quite a few surprises and was quite an aggressive showing from Microsoft. With the promise of more surprises on the show floor, the other conferences have quite the act to follow
Video of the Media Briefing right here:
Microsoft will be returning to the Electronic Entertainment Expo with its Xbox E3 2015 Briefing at the Los Angeles Galen Center on Monday, June 15 at 9:30 AM Pacific Time.
Fans can look for the latest news on Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and more by tuning in to Xbox.com, Xbox Live and Spike TV. Or, if you’d rather, feel free to check back here for a recap of the highlights after the event.
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