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E3 2014: Microsoft Conference Recap

by on June 9, 2014
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Microsoft presented their conference today at E3 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Est) and 9:00 a.m. (PT). Here’s a recap of everything that they showed and to expect from their company in the coming months.

Microsoft Reveals Forza Horizon 2 Release Date & Trailer

Microsoft announced today that they will be releasing Forza Horizon 2  for Xbox One & Xbox 360 on September 30th, 2014.

Playground Games will be trying out online connectivity, and a sandbox style world. And in the first time in the series there will be an all new weather system, nighttime racing, and plenty more for their new Forza spinoff game.

Below is the new E3 Trailer for Forza Horizon 2:

Halo Collection And Halo 5 Beta Announced

Microsoft revealed at their E3 2014 press conference that they will be releasing a “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” as well as when to expect the Halo 5 beta.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes all 4 Halo adventures with master chief, this includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, and Halo 3 and 4. All 4 of these amazing games for $60 in one package, coming November 11th for Xbox One. Most importantly though is that included within this game will be a beta key to start playing Halo 5.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

In this game you will be able to play the original 2001 campaign in the original visuals or updated 1080p graphics running at 60fps. Also, for the first time ever, you will be able to play Halo: Combat Evolved multiplayer online with other players. The reason to be excited is that this online mode will be kept in its original form, none of the newer age Halo online multiplayer modes will be able to taint the original.

Halo 2 Anniversary

In Halo 2 you can expect the same great multiplayer maps along with all 23 DLC map packs included into it, even all the old ‘tricks and glitches’ should still work in these online modes. Also found in this game will be prologue and epilogue cut scenes that will tie into Halo 5 and enhanced Xbox One visuals.

Halo 3 & 4

Overall not much has changed with these games, no enhanced visuals or anniversary edition changes.

Sunset OverDrive Release Date Announced

Microsoft revealed that Sunset Overdrive will release on the Xbox One October 28th. The developer Insomniac has also confirmed an 8-player online co-op mode called “Chaos mode.

Alongside this announcement they provided us with this trailer:

As well as this gameplay demo:

Xbox One Exclusive Scalebound Announced

Microsoft revealed that Platinum Games’ newest game is called Scalebound and is being described as a game where players ‘fight giant dragons and other monsters.’

Microsoft had this to say at their conference about this game. “The next great adventure from critically acclaimed developer Platinum Games and renowned game director Hideki Kamiya, Scalebound transports you to a distant, hostile world. You’ll come face to face with fearsome creatures, including a formidable dragon — and the bond you forge with this awesome predator will prove crucial to the survival of both worlds.”

Check out the E3 2014 trailer for Scalebound right here:

Rise of the Tomb Raider Revealed

Crystal Dynamics showed the next installment in the tomb raider series in their brand new game “Rise of the Tomb Raider” coming Holiday 2015.

Microsoft had this to say about this new game: “In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider,” also that it would be “Featuring epic, high-octane action moments, Rise of the Tomb Raider will take gamers to multiple locations around the world filled with exploration spaces that are some of the most beautifully hostile places on earth. In addition, after hearing the cry from fans loud and clear, the game will put the tombs back into “Tomb Raider” all in the franchise’s gritty Survival-Action style.”

You can check out this games release trailer right here:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Along with a few minutes of gameplay for the new Call of Duty the only other news announced for this was that Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be the first to receive DLC Microsoft announced.

Fable Legends Beta Coming Holiday 2014

Microsoft revealed today that the Xbox One exclusive, Fable Legends, will be receiving a beta key “sometime later this year” along with a full release hopefully by the end of 2014.

Fable Legends is set 400 years before the first Fable game and is only playable online, taking use of Xbox One’s cloud system.

Phantom Dust Coming Back To Xbox One

Microsoft has announced that their popular 2005 Xbox game ‘Phantom Dust’ will be coming to Xbox One.

Not many details were given about this game but Microsoft described it at their conference as “a reimagined version of the beloved classic with all-new gameplay and graphics.” Phantom Dust was a game that combined strategy, action, and cards to help create a unique experience that really separated it from other games and helped it be remembered as a cult classic. Hopefully we’ll be able to get more information on this game as the show goes on.

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Crackdown 3 Exclusively On Xbox One

Microsoft showed today the third installment of Crackdown today at E3, this time around it will be “fully playable in co-op.”

Microsoft described this game as “a new iteration of the groundbreaking open-world action series that features a whole new campaign”

Check out this CG trailer for Crackdown 3 right here:

Evolve Trailer And Exclusive Content Coming to Xbox One

Microsoft provided us with a new trailer for their new game Evolve, which is a multiplayer first-person shooter/adventure game from Turtle Rock Studios, the same developers behind Left 4 Dead. Also Microsoft revealed that the Evolve Beta and DLC are coming first to Xbox One.

Check out the new Evolve trailer right here:

The Division Gives Unique Content To Xbox One First

Not much else was announced about Tom Clancy’s The Division other than a gameplay demo and also an announcement that Xbox One users will be receiving exclusive content first Microsoft said. The Division is a game that combines elements from 3rd person shooters along with elements from MMORPG’s creating what seems to be a new unique experience that got gamers hyped up since E3 2013.

Check out the latest Division gameplay Demo right here:

Other Announcements

Warframe Announced For Xbox One – Warframe is a 3rd person free-to-play co-op shooter that will be coming to Xbox One later in the year.

– “A Ton” Of New Indie Games Are Coming To Xbox One – This one is pretty self explanatory, Microsoft revealed a bunch of new indie games that are coming to Xbox One in a way to show their support for indie game developers.

– Dragon Age: Inquisition “Premiere Content” Coming To Xbox One – Microsoft announced today that “premiere content” will be coming to Xbox One users first for the new game Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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