E3 2014: Xbox offers up a banquet of games

Microsoft dedicates its entire 90-minute presentation to tons of games

Perhaps to erase any doubts about just how serious Microsoft is when it comes to showing that the Xbox One is a games machine and not just an entertainment hub, today at its E3 2014 media briefing the company went full throttle showing a plethora of games coming this year, next year and beyond.

Microsoft's Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, noted that Xbox shares "a common purpose with our friends at Sony, Nintendo" and all publishers to "showcase the potential of games."

Things began with Sledgehammer Games' Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which Spencer said is the "beginning of new era" for Call of Duty. Xbox gamers will be first to play all of the add-on content for the title. Up next, Dan Greenwalt of Turn 10 announced that the Nurburging course will be available starting today in Forza 5 for free. Additionally, the team showed off Forza Horizon 2, which is built on Forza 5's graphics engine, introduces a day/night cycle and dynamic weather. It launches on September 30.

After a trailer from 2K for Evolve, the next big spotlight was given to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity. "Explore our biggest playground ever," Ubisoft boasted. For the first time you'll be able to form your own brotherhood and join up to three friends on Xbox Live, the publisher said.

More big titles were then teased: Dragon Age Inquisition from BioWare (October 7), Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive trailer (Xbox One exclusive on October 28), Dead Rising 3 Arcade Adventure (up to 4 players online, all new DLC available now for Dead Rising 3), Disney Fantasia Music Evolved and Dance Central Spotlight (digital only game for Xbox One this September).

Another headliner for Xbox One will be Fable Legends. Lionhead's David Eckelberry said, "Our vision is more than for just a cooperative Fable." In the game you have the option of playing as the villain, which brings a whole new perspective to the game, basically letting you control the game from above like a malevolent god. The multiplayer beta begins this fall.

Project Spark was shown next. The game creation software is coming this holiday, and Microsoft teased Conker at the end of the trailer, as he chainsawed through a logo. "Almost 10 years without a new game, guess we'll have to make our own," Conker said.

For gamers with a passion for unique art styles, Microsoft then showed an Xbox One exclusive called Ori and the Blind Forest, which felt very much inspired by the great Miyazaki.

Then Microsoft transitioned to its biggest franchise of all: Halo. 343's Bonnie Ross came out to describe that Master Chief is about to begin "a deeply personal journey." Not only is Halo 5 coming, but on November 11, Microsoft will launch Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which enables fans to play through the whole saga. November marks the 10-year anniversary of Halo 2, so as part of the collection, the game is getting a full makeover treatment. Halo 2 Anniversary will recreate six iconic multiplayer maps with power of Xbox One. The Master Chief Collection also includes a Halo Nightfall digital video series, and perhaps the biggest selling point: access to the Halo 5 Guardians beta.

Following the Halo orgy, Microsoft went on to show what's coming in 2015 and beyond. First a trailer for Inside from Limbo dev Playdead was shown. It's first on Xbox in 2015. Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox, also took the stage to note that "hundreds of games are coming from independent devs" and they showed a quick trailer to tease some of those titles.

Other titles then shown included Rise of the Tomb Raider (holiday 2015), CD Projekt Red's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a new Phantom Dust from creative director Ken Lobb, Tom Clancy's The Division (new content first on Xbox One), Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya's next original game, exclusive to Xbox One, called Scalebound, and finally a new Crackdown game from David Jones. "Time to reimagine your open world gaming experience," Jones quipped.

Spencer then closed out the show, noting that it's Microsoft's "commitment to make Xbox One the best place to play games" and the company will "continue to invest to bring the best creators to Xbox One."

"We will continue to listen to you, our community, we will continue to make Xbox One for you. Thank you for helping us shape the future of the new Xbox," he closed.

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Latest comments (9)

Eric Leisy VR Production Designer, Nike3 years ago
Whatever happened to Remedy's game Quantum Break?

Anyway, lots of interesting things in the pipeline, but it does look like my X1 will essentially continue to sit dormant for another year.
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Julian Beck HR Consultant 3 years ago
Whatever happened to Remedy's game Quantum Break?
^^this. Apart from that a quite boring line-up. Except the Halo Remakes only "Sunset Overdrive" and "Forza Horizon 2" are real exclusives for release this year.
The other stuff continues the failed strategy of "Pseudo-Exclusives (Titanfall, Garden Warfare also PC) " like "Dead Rising 3" (coming to PC), new "Limbo gam" (not excl. only first on xbox), then they showed off like 5 totally multiplatform titles (Evolve, Assassin's Creed Unity etc.) which will likely be technically better on Sony's platform...really!?!
If Microsoft intended to achieve to "catch up" with Sony they needed several bombs for this holidays season and not 10 times mentioning "DLC is first on Xbox" :)

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
I'd imagine Quantum Break will be on the show floor or revealed during the actual show. it's "Day 0," remember. Maybe it's one of those "exclusive" games to be covered by one channel first? Eh, we'll see...
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
Microsoft did show off a wide range of games but I was actually quite disappointed that Microsoft seems to have forgotten that they are also the makers of a very successful system called the 360. Besides for a small amount of cross game offerings there was nothig exclusive mentioned for the 360. I understand that Microsoft wants to focus on the Xbox One business going forward but they still have 70+ million 360 owners who wouldn't mind new content either.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
I guess they didn't want to seem "old" despite the fact that yeah, a LOAD of 360 owners were probably sitting at home saying "so, whassup?"... Sony will show them how to treat their "old" gen customers in a bit (hopefully)...
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Nick Wofford Hobbyist 3 years ago
I was pretty happy with it. It was a good ratio of new IP with sequels, and some good reveals in there to boot. Good show.
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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance3 years ago
I thought it was a failure for the most part. Not much in the way of exclusives at all. The only thing that stood out for me was Sunset Overdrive, and even that seemed somewhat style over substance (just my perception). And I totally agree that DLC content "first on XBox" is totally lame. News flash - every platform has platform-specific or platform-first content (Assassin's Creed IV DLC islands come to mind). Not impressive overall.
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James Gallagher Marketing Manager, Futuremark Corporation3 years ago
Quantum Break is getting a full reveal at Gamescom, but there are hints of what's to come in Remedy's "reveal-announcement-teaser" trailer:
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 3 years ago
Microsoft has alot riding on Sunset Overdrive. I dont think they had the best E3 conference in terms of content, but they have managed to make alot more people interested in the console including myself. Im looking to buy a WiiU now, but Im very open to getting an XB1 at some point as well.
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