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Microsoft E3 2016 Press Conference Highlights

Microsoft opened this Monday with their big E3 press conference and they had quite a few big announcements and gameplay demos to show off.  I’ll once again be trimming out the brief lowlights of the conference in favor of just giving you the meat and potatoes of what we gamers love.  So without further ado, let’s get started!

1. Forza Horizon 3 is heading to the Outback!

Playground Games’ third entry into the Forza Horizon series was showcased heavily at the conference, as they revealed that the game will take the Horizon festival to Australia.  Naturally, this new aesthetic has added many new types of vehicles, including off-road buggies, to the game to compensate for the new landscape.  Horizon 3 will feature four player co-op across Xbox One and PC, and it will launch simultaneously on both platforms on September 27th.

2. Playdead Studio’s new game Inside is still kicking, and coming to Xbox later this month.

Inside was showcased at last year’s E3, and has been radio silent ever since.  Today, Playdead reintroduced the game and revealed that it is very much alive and practically done.  The game will be coming first to Xbox One on June 29, and PC on July 7th.

3. Two new Zombie games announced: State of Decay 2 and Dead Rising 4

Microsoft had two brand new zombie games to show off this year, with the announcements of both State of Decay 2 and Dead Rising 4.  State of Decay 2 was revealed with a partially cinematic and partially gameplay trailer that revealed it will come out in 2017.  Dead Rising 4 was revealed with a primarily gameplay trailer showcasing Frank West’s return to the lead role.  The game will take place at Christmas time, and probably not coincidentally, Dead Rising 4 is coming Holiday 2016.

4. Scalebound shows off 4 player co-op battles reminiscent of Monster Hunter

Platinum Games returned to E3 to show off Scalebound and it’s foru player co-op mode.  The gameplay featured the biggest boss battle that Platinum has ever created, with the players swapping between ground and dragon combat to fight the massive crab creature.  The gameplay wasn’t the quick action that Platinum is known for in games like Bayonetta, but appears more methodical like games like Monster Hunter.  Scalebound is due out on Xbox One and PC in 2017.

5. Halo Wars 2 gets delayed, but cools the sting with an Open Beta available right now

343 Industries’ Dan Ayoub took the stage to announce that Halo Wars 2 is being developed by both 343 and Creative Assembly (devs of Total War series), and will launch on February 21st of 2017, a delay from there initial Fall 2016 release window.  To cool the sting of the delay, 343 announced an open beta which is available right now on Xbox One.  The whole game will launch on both Xbox One and PC and it, along with all Microsoft Studios games revealed at the conference include cross-buy when bought digitally for play on both Xbox One and PC.

6. Gears of War 4 reveals a new co-op demo, special edition controller, and General RAAM in Killer Instinct

Rod Fergusson of the Coalition  brought out the big guns with an extended gameplay demo of the upcoming Gears of War 4.  The demo showed off the new swarm enemies and dazzling weather effects, including crazy lightning strikes, and a new weapon called the Buzzkill which shoot saw blades at enemies that can ricochet off walls.  The Coalition also showed off a limited edition Gears of War elite controller for Xbox One, and Iron Galaxy revealed that General RAAM, the antagonist of the first Gears, is available now for Killer Instinct.  Gears of War 4 launches on October 11th.

7. Sea of Thieves wows with insanely fun looking co-op.

Rare revealed the first gameplay for Sea of Thieves and it looks immensely fun.  The team at Rare invited community members in and split them into three teams to play the game.  They were given no tutorial, no instructions, and simply told to play.  What follows is an amazingly fun looking gameplay demonstration.  No release date or window was announced, but Rare did reveal they want to get fan feedback on the game as early as possible, so expect some sort of early access or alpha for the game.

8. Project Scorpio is real, and it is “the most powerful console ever made”, and Microsoft reveals a slimmer Xbox One, called Xbox One S

There have been rumors for months that Microsoft is building an Xbox 1.5 of sorts, that is more powerful than the Xbox One while not a new generation of consoles.  It is code-named Project Scorpio, and was confirmed to be real by Microsoft today.  It features of six teraflops of computing power, and the most powerful graphics processor in a console to date.  Microsoft also revealed the Xbox One S, a slim version of the current Xbox One console, that will feature 4K resolution and full HDR output (as will Scorpio).  Everything that works on Xbox One will work on Scorpio and One S, and likewise for anything that works on Scorpio will work on Xbox One.  “No one gets left behind,” Phil Spencer declared.  The Scorpio will launch in Fall 2017, and the Xbox One S this August.

And those are the big highlights from the Xbox One press conference, and I even left out a trailer for the upcoming game ReCore, which looks phenomenal.  The press conference was, in my opinion, the best Microsoft has put on in years.  What were your highlights?  Let me know in the comments!

by, Bobby Marquardt

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XCOM 2 coming to consoles this September

 

2K Games and Firaxis have announced that the second chapter in the revived XCOM franchise will come to PS4 and Xbox One on September 6th.  The console version is being developed by The Workshop, a studio who has worked on the current-gen versions of The Evil Within and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, as well as Sorcery for the PS3 and the Borderlands 2 DLC  Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage.  IGN reports that the reasoning for the third party studio working on the port is that 2K did not want to divert the resources of Firaxis, who are still working to patch the PC version that currently suffers from issues.

The console version will launch at $59.99, with a digital deluxe edition available for $74.99 that includes the Reinforcements pack (i.e. season pass).  The reinforcement’s pack  will be $19.99 as a standalone product.  XCOM 2 was acclaimed upon release, with Gamespot giving it a 9/10, GameInformer bestowing it a 9.5/10, and IGN rating it 9.3/10.  XCOM: Enemy Unknown was released simultaneously on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, making XCOM 2’s PC only release a bit of a surprise.  While Firaxis did not rule out the console release at the time, they sighted the low sales on consoles as a cause for the PC exclusivity.

This reporter’s opinion: I played XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Within on Xbox 360 so being able to pick up 2 for my console is going to be great.  I’ve held off on picking up XCOM 2 as of yet for financial reasons, so this is an awesome announcement for me.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Next week, buy an Xbox One and get any new game for free

Xbone get one game free promoBeginning on Sunday June 21st, gamers who purchase an Xbox One will receive another game for free, according to Xbox’s Major Nelson.  This offer, which will run through June 27th, is valid on both the 500GB models of the Xbox One and the new 1TB models of the Xbox One.  This also includes the bundles that come with games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection or the one that arrives with both Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Black Flag.  We don’t currently know what retailers will participate in this deal, but it is probably safe to assume that places like Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Gamestop will be involved.

As to what your free game can be, it’s seemingly totally up to you.  Major Nelson revealed it can be literally any new Xbox One title that’s MSRP does not exceed $59.99 (the standard price for a new game).  So, gamers who want the brand new Batman: Arkham Knight and an Xbox One are in luck as those are both apart of the promotion.  As the image above shows, it can also include games like Forza Horizon 2, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dragon Age: Inquisition, or the phenomenal Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.  Microsoft ran a similar promotion to this last year around the launch of Destiny, seemingly to combat the PlayStation 4 Destiny bundle.  It should be noted that the PS4 has a Batman: Arkham Knight bundle starting next week as well.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Microsoft announces Crackdown and Scalebound will be skipping E3 2015

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Head of Xbox Phil Spencer took to Xbox Wire today to announce that Crackdown, Scalebound, and Quantum Break will all be skipping E3 this year.  Spencer first touted the current lineup of games coming this year to Xbox One including Halo 5 Guardians, Forza Motorsports 6, and Rise of the Tomb Raider, while revealing that the other three AAA titles for Xbox One would be missing E3.  This isn’t all bad though, Spencer did reveal that we will get better looks at the three highly antiticipated titles at Gamescom.  Spencer wrote “We’ve decided to save some of our most eagerly-awaited future titles for gamescom in August. Rest assured that titles like Crackdown, Quantum Break and Scalebound will be front and center at gamescom along with new game reveals for both Xbox One and Windows 10.” 

Microsoft is holding their press conference on Monday the 15th at 11:30am Central time, and it will last for about 90 minutes.  During the show, expect gameplay demos of the likes of Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza 6, and probably titles like Fable: Legends, a Gears of War remaster, and the next title in the Gears of War franchise.  Of course, their will also be major third party titles shown as well, though Call of Duty may not be present like it was in past conferences.  I’ll be covering the conference and give readers a full recap of the proceedings afterwards.  What games are you most looking forward to at E3?  Let me know in the comments below!

by, Bobby Marquardt

Mega Man Legacy Collection announced, coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC this Summer, 3DS this winter

Capcom has announced that they will be bringing the first six Mega Man games to current generation consoles and PC this Summer.  The announcement came from Capcom’s Unity blog, with the Japanese publisher promising that in addition to the six games as we remember them from the 80s and 90s, buyers will get a challenge mode along with leaderboards and replays.  “Challenge Mode takes moments from each title and weaves them into a series of, well, challenges!” Capcom said in the announcement. “So things like ‘can you do these six areas strung together with one life bar’ or ‘try fighting all six Mega Man 1 bosses in a row.’ And to keep the quest for the best time alive, the top performers in each Challenge will have their replay data uploaded and viewable to everyone!”

On top of that, the collection will feature a digital database filled with every type of enemy you may face in the game.  Capcom included this to help players improve against enemies they may be stuck on. “For example, say you’re tired of playing all the way to Quick Man just to lose over and over. With the database, you can hop directly to him and practice that buster run until you get it down to a science. Then it’s off to the full game for the real deal!”  The collection will also include a digital museum, filled with sketches and art and other materials from the six games’ developments.  The title is being worked on by Digital Eclipse, who previously ported Marvel vs Capcom 2 to Xbox Live Arcade and PSN.  It will cost $14.99 and release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One this summer, with a Nintendo 3DS release to follow this Winter.

Capcom will be streaming the title at E3, and attendees will be able to play the games a few months before it launches.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Fallout 4 announced! Here is our first look at the highly anticipated new entry of Fallout!

The wait is finally over.  Today, Bethesda finally announced Fallout 4 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC and made the announcement with an in-game trailer showcasing the title’s new location: Boston.  Take a look.

Boston has been the long rumored home of Fallout’s fourth main installment, with it going by the name “The Commonwealth”.  Fallout fans likely recognize the name from Fallout 3’s quest “The Replicated Man” where you could help an android escape from his pursuers from “The Institute” (Likely MIT).  Androids were able to escape thanks to one of the Commonwealth’s other faction “The Railroad” who work similar to the Underground Railroad did during the pre-Civil War USA’s south.

Rabid fans can pre-order Fallout 4 right now on Bethesda’s website, with no release date currently officially announced.  According to IGN, initially Bethesda’s site had the release date listed as “TBA 2015” although they have since told IGN that “We haven’t released a date.”  It would be unlikely for the game to officially announced and release less than six months later, as Skyrim was officially announced two years before it’s release, and Fallout 3 was revealed first at E3 2007, before it’s October 2008 release.  Though that’s not to say it’s impossible.  Bethesda has likely been working on the game since at least 2011, if not earlier, and games like Little Big Planet 3 and Far Cry 4 were both announced at E3 2014 and released that Fall.

I’ll do my best to keep you folks updated on all things Fallout 4, and look for the world gameplay premier during Bethesda’s E3 Press Event on Sunday June 14th at 9pm eastern time.

This reporter’s opinion: OH MY GOD IT’S REAL AND IT LOOKS AMAZING.  I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!! Realistically, I highly doubt we see the game this year.  I would have expected a release date or window at the end of the trailer if it was coming this year.  My guess?  May 2016 or October 2016.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Standalone Xbox One Kinect coming this October for $149.99

kinect xbox oneToday, Microsoft announced the release date of Kinect for Xbox One is October 7th, and it will retail for $149.99.  The announcement came from a post to Xbox Wire, where the staff wrote “When we announced the new Xbox One option, we also shared that we would deliver a standalone Kinect sensor for people that chose to purchase the sensor at a later date.”  Microsoft went on to highlight the many things that Kinect can do for gamers, including it’s gameplay functionality as well as additional services available through voice commands.

The choice to unbundle the Kinect from Xbox One came earlier this year, shortly after Phil Spencer became Head of Xbox.  At the time of that announcement, Spencer said “There’s a lot about Kinect that I love, but we’ve also heard from people that they just like to play games with a controller in their hand and hey play multiplayer through Xbox Live.  And what we wanted to do, was for those people make sure that there’s a version of Xbox that meets that exact needs that they have.”  Since then, Microsoft has practically abandoned the Kinect, with little mention of the device during it’s E3 press conference, and next to no new titles being announced for it.  They have also unveiled two new bundles for the Xbox One at the $399 price point.

This reporter’s opinion:  This price point seems doomed to fail from the beginning.  This is $25 more then the Xbox 360’s Kinect is selling for, and they still had trouble selling that device.  To me, this is Microsoft really finally moving on from Kinect.

by, Bobby Marquardt