The Xbox E3 media briefing is just around the corner. Xbox fans are hungry for information about the future of their console. Rumors, leaks and teasers have been floating around the internet for a while. Combining them paints a fairly clear picture of what to expect from the Xbox E3 event this year.
A document that supposedly shows the plans of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo for E3 was leaked earlier this week.
The leaked document’s origin seems to be Gamesfoda, a Brazilian gaming site. The image was then posted to Zelda Informer. From there, it spread.
Dan Hewitt, vice president of media relations and event management for the Entertainment Software Association, sent out an email to members of the media on Thursday: “It came to our attention this morning that false and inaccurate floor plans for E3 2014 are circulating on the internet. The images are incomplete and outdated, and therefore action and reporting should not take place based on them. We will release true and complete E3 2014 floor plans in the near future.”
The email could refer to the leaked document, but it’s more likely that it’s referring to the diagrams of the E3 show floor posted to NeoGAF earlier this week.
Of course, the document is simply a piece of paper. It could have been made by anybody. In the best-case scenario, the document shows exactly what all three big gaming companies are doing at E3. At worst, it’s a bunch of guesswork from someone not connected to the gaming industry. Take its information with a grain of salt.
Microsoft has been rolling out some impressive updates to Xbox and Xbox Live Gold this week.
First, Xbox One games are finally coming to Games with Gold starting in June.
Then, they announced that a Kinect-less version of the Xbox One will be available for $399 starting on June 9, with a standalone Kinect sensor planned for sale in the fall.
They also revealed that entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu will no longer require an Xbox Live Gold account to use.
Finally, Microsoft is planning huge discounts on games for Xbox Live Gold users.
Expect to hear more details about the Xbox One’s inclusion in the Games with Gold program at E3.
Microsoft may be saving the best for last with an even bigger announcement pertaining to Xbox Live for their Xbox E3 event.
There’s no doubt that the Xbox E3 media event will contain a taste of some brand new games.
Some of the potential games up for display at the Xbox E3 briefing have already made themselves known. Others are reasonable predictions based on past showings at Xbox E3 events.
Halo 5: Guardians was announced for a fall 2015 release earlier this week. Halo is undeniably one of the Xbox’s largest franchises, so expect heavy emphasis on Halo 5: Guardians at the Xbox E3 event.
“Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4,” said Bonnie Ross, general manager at 343 Industries. “That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine. Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.”
Microsoft showed off a Halo trailer at last year’s E3:
It’s prime time to see some gameplay for Halo 5: Guardians.
Titanfall is one of the biggest Xbox One titles right now, so look forward to a display of new content for the game at the Xbox E3 event.
Titanfall has already released one of its planned downloadable content packs, Expedition. There are two more DLCs planned, so one or both of them might see some action at E3.
Microsoft first showed off Quantum Break at their Xbox One reveal event last May.
Since then, there hasn’t been a lot of news about the game. Now is the perfect time to update gamers about a game that Microsoft thought important enough to reveal alongside their next-generation console.
Check out the trailer for the game from last year’s E3:
Gamers will almost definitely see some Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay at this year’s Microsoft E3 show.
Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, co-founders of Sledgehammer Games, said in a blog post on Friday, “The studio is buzzing with the excitement and looking forward to sharing more from our game with you.”
Last year, Microsoft showed off Call of Duty: Ghosts at their Xbox E3 conference. It makes sense that they would show off the next Call of Duty game this year.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the first Call of Duty game headed by Sledgehammer Games. They previously worked on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
At best, Microsoft will show a teaser trailer for the next Gears of War game at the Xbox E3 show.
Rod Fergusson, Black Tusk Studios’ studio manager, said the next Gears of War game is still in early stages. “We are in what we would call the concept/prototype stage, so again, we’re really super early,” said Fergusson in his podcast.
Hanno Lemke, general manager of Black Tusk Studios and Microsoft Studios, said in an interview with Xbox.com in January, “We hope to be able to share more news about Gears of War later this year.”
Gears of War is another big Xbox-only franchise, and E3 is the ideal time for Microsoft to share news like Lemke mentioned about its big franchises, so it would make sense to see something from the game at the Xbox E3 show this year.
In January, Epic Games, the original developer of the Gears of War franchise, sold the franchise to Microsoft. Microsoft assigned the development of future Gears of War games to Black Tusk Studios.
Expect some mention of DirectX 12 at the Xbox E3 presentation this year.
DirectX 12 means better hardware management for Xbox games. DirectX 12 is coming to games at the end of 2015.
The DirectX team promises 50% better CPU utilization, which means that games will be able to do more with the hardware on which they’re run.
Microsoft showed off a tech demo of DirectX 12 at the Game Developers Conference in March:
Now that Microsoft has started advertising DirectX 12, expect to hear more about it.
Xbox: Game On, the Xbox E3 media briefing, is happening on June 9 at 9:30 a.m. PDT. Gamers can watch the Xbox E3 event on Xbox Live, Xbox.com, Windows Phones and Spike TV.
Edited by Samuel J. Paul
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