Microsoft and Xbox One gave a press conference today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) where games like Halo 5, Fable Legends, Forza Horizons 2 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare headlined the occasion. E3 is an event held every year with much anticipation. The trade fair is where computer and video games are often first mentioned with new trailers, content, maps and more being unveiled all at the same time. E3 is usually held in late May or early June at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The topic from Xbox today was games, including an almost non-stop video barrage of content which consisted of a variety of games, most of them exclusive to the One. Last year, Xbox focused almost entirely on the seamless transition between games, movie, TV and music that the Xbox One offers as part of its effort to be an “All-In-One” console. This year, Microsoft dedicated their press conference to assuring gamers that the company has not forgotten about them.
The first demo and video they brought out was from the acclaimed series Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which looked amazing graphically but did not seem to have many improvements in actual game play. Next was Forza Horizon 2, which will be running at full 1080p and locked in at 30 frames per second. It will have the largest roster of drivable cars ever as well as dynamic weather conditions making the races different on every occasion. Forza will be released on September 30th, 2014.
Other games discussed today at E3 which are slated to be released for Xbox One, besides the big name franchises of Halo, Forza, and Call of Duty include a new Tomb Raider game, a new Tom Clancy game called The Division, and a game by Platinum games called Scalebound, where the player can transform into an armor-plated, sword-wielding warrior who battles giant monsters like hydras while riding a dragon.
2K, the company which made Left 4 Dead, showed off Evolve. It is a sci-fi shooter where four players are working together to hunt a monster in an enormous cave system. There is also an option for one to play as the monster and hunt down the soldiers by using tactics to isolate them for easier assassinations. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a role-playing action game, was shown as well as another new game called Crackdown 3, a third-person shooter set in the future. Ubisoft’s Vincent Pontbriand showed off Assassin’s Creed Unity. It is set in 18th century Paris and allows the gamer to create their own brotherhood and play in groups of up to four people, which is a new feature for the franchise. Dragon Age: Inquisition by Bioware, with exclusive content for the One, was also announced.
The biggest news of all was for Halo fans. Xbox One will have a Master Chief collection that will be released on November 14, 2014, that will include all of the Halo titles from the original Combat Evolved all the way through Halo 4. There will be a single seamless interface and all content will be unlocked from the initial onset of the game, giving the ability to make custom playlists to play the greatest moments in Halo history.
Also, Halo 2 will have their original multiplayer with iconic maps being improved graphically for the 10-year anniversary celebration of the game. It will, of course, also have the dual-wield ability that was loved by many in the online gaming community. Another interesting aspect of the press conference by the Halo team was a cinematic video series called Halo Nightfall directed by the famed Ridley Scott that will give additional background information between the end of the Halo 4 series and the beginning of the Halo 5 series. Lastly, it was announced that this December there will be a beta released called Halo 5 Guardians that will have the online multiplayer content running on dedicated servers at 60 frames per second.
Xbox One has said they will continue to release more news at E3 during this week in addition to the information on big hit franchise games like Halo 5, Forza, and Call of Duty. Microsoft promised to continue to invest in new creators for the Xbox One and said they are doing everything they can to make Xbox Live the only place to play the most anticipated game franchises out on the market.
By B. Taylor Rash