Microsoft has had a tough time since last year’s E3. The company has spent the past 12 months correcting a series of missteps ranging from its used game policy, Kinect bundling and Xbox Live requirement for its entertainment apps.
“The most awesome stage”
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After originally billing the Xbox One as an all-in-one entertainment system, new Microsoft head Phil Spencer has promised to refocus the console on gaming. We’ll see if he can deliver this year when the show kicks off at 9:30am PDT.
…and so it begins!
9:45 Nurburgring track available starting today. Free for Fora Motorsport 5 owners.
9:47: Forza Horizon 2 coming September 30.
9:49: Evolve, a 4 vs. 1 FPS by the creators of Left 4 Dead.
9:50 Assassin’s Creed Unity. Set in 18th Century Paris. First time you can form your own brotherhood and join up to three friends on Xbox Live.
9:53: Watching four-player demo right now. Team of Assassins.
9:56: Four-player co-op is glorious assassin mayhem.
9:59: Dragon Age Inquisition will be out on October 7. Premiere content first on Xbox.
10:00: Microsoft’s showing off Sunset Overdrive now. Really highlighting the frenetic pace of the action.
Here’s a juicy quote from the main protagonist: “Here’s the situation; a contaminated energy drink has turned everyone into mutants. There are survivors, doing everything they can. to survive, but some of them are dicks… All this place needs is a hero, one who doesn’t just survive, but does it with style.”
10:03: If Insomniac Games can pull off the pacing of the game, Sunset Overdrive is going to be a wacky, hilarious ride.
10:05: Sunset Overdrive will feature an eight-player experience called Chaos Squad. Coming October 28th, exclusive to Xbox One.
10:06: Dead Rising 3: Arcade Adventure? 1-4 player co-op Old school Capcom arcade style.
10:09: Going hands-on with Fable Legends. Showing off a few different heroes for Fable. Four-player demo.
10:11: You can play as the villain in Fable Legends. Villain player controls the level from up above, like a “malevolent god.” Villain sets up all the traps in the level. Fable Legends multi-player beta begins this fall. Sign-up online.
Conker is coming to Project Spark.
10:18: Moon Studios trailer for a gorgeous platformer. It’s called Ori and the Blind Forest.
10:23: Dan Ayoub: Executive Producer of the Master chief Collection.
10:25: Features a single unified interface, all four games everything unlocked on a single disc. The collection will have custom playlists across different games. Full anniversary retreatment. Retouched every part of the game. Switch from new to classic at the touch of a button. Halo 2 Anniversary will contain the original multiplayer, exactly as it shipped.
10:26: Six iconic Halo 2 maps have been recreated. Showing gameplay on Ascension. Four-player. Spartans vs. Elites Master Chief collection has over 100 multiplayer map. Every map ever released on Halo 1-4. Running on the original engines, running at 1080P, 60 frames per second. The Master Chief Collection will ship with 4,000 gamer score for achievements.
10:28: Halo 5: Guardians Beta coming this holiday. Next generation arena multiplayer 60fps on dedicated servers. All new spartan abilities available in the Master Chief collection.
10:30: Microsoft showing off a selection of games from 2015 portfolio and beyond
First up: A game from Incredible studio coming in early 2015. They’ve been working on it for the past four years, Inside.
10:31: Playdead.com/inside. Xboxprogram director taking the stage. Microsoft ready to talk indies.
New indie games coming to Xbox One: Plague Inc, Knight Squad, White Night, EarthLock, Cuphead, Drifter, Lifeless Planet FRU, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Threes, Below.
10:35: World premiere: Rise of the Tomb Raider. Coming holiday 2015.
10:37: Showing off some new gameplay from The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. The demo takes place 10 hours into the game at the Witcher hunts a Griffin.
10:39: Can traverse any viewable location in the world, all the way to far-off mountain peaks.
10:42: Now he’s attacking the Griffin. Now he has a griffin head tied to his horse.
10:44: Microsoft rebooting another original Xbox game. Phantom Dust.
10:46: Next up: Tom Clancy’s The Division.
10:50: The Division is coming 2015, new content will arrive first on Xbox.
10:52: Now we’re looking at footage from Scalebound.
10:55: New Xbox exclusive: with an all-new campaign and multi-player: Crackdown. The team is led by the original game creator.
That’s a wrap.
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