Jun 15, 2015

E3: Microsoft Conference Overview

In the past Microsoft has been known to push hardware more than software. This year as requested by fans Microsoft stepped up the software portion of their conference, showing trailers and demos for multiple first and third-party games.

Note: Some of the games that were shown during Microsoft's conference were covered in greater detail in other conferences. Those games will mentioned there unless they had platform specific news.

Microsoft started their conference showing off their heaviest hitter, Halo 5 Guardians. In addition to divulging tidbits about the campaign, they also revealed the new Warzone multiplayer mode. Warzone pits players against each with computer AI minions similar to Titanfall.

They then showed off a trailer for Recore, a new game made by the creators of Mega Man and Metroid. The trailer showed a woman accompanied by her robot companion, but any gameplay details were not revealed.

Another trailer for Fallout 4 was shown. Fallout 4 will be cross-compatible between Windows 10 and Xbox One. Additionally, people who buy Fallout 4 for the Xbox One will get Fallout 3 for free.

A trailer for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was shown.

Forza Motorsport 6 was announced. The game is going to have over 25 locations and over 400 cars and is going to be released September 16 of this year.

Trailers were shown for Dark Souls 3, Gigantic, Rainbow Six Siege, Cupcake, Tacoma, Ashen, and Beyond Eyes. Gigantic will be going into beta, while people who purchase Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox One will get Rainbow Six Vegas and its sequel free.

Microsoft showed another trailer, this time for new IP Ion from the creator of DayZ. While gameplay was not gone into detail, Ion's players appear to have the ability to swap bodies.

Rise of the Tomb Raider was shown and will be released in November on the 10th,

In honor of their 30th anniversary, Rare is releasing a collection called the Rare Replay. It contains 30 games from across their library, including Banjo Kazooie and Conker's Bad Fur Day. Rare also showed a new IP called Sea of Thieves, where players will be playing together as pirates.

Fable Legends showed a trailer and a relative release date of early 2016. They didn't go into further detail.

The Gears of War Ultimate edition, which was leaked before Microsoft's conference, was confirmed. The HD remake of the first Gears of War will run at 60 fps and is available on August 25th.

Gears of War 4 was shown with gameplay and is coming out sometime in the holiday of 2016.

In addition to their multiple game and release date announcements, Microsoft revealed a new controller with programmable buttons. A new program, called Xbox Game Preview, is going to allow Xbox One owners to play games still in development. The early users of this new program are DayZ and The Long Dark.

Most exciting to Xbox One owners, Microsoft also revealed backwards compatibility is coming to the Xbox One. 100 initial games will be available to play on disc or from on demand this holiday.

Conference Ranking: A
Microsoft went into very little detail on the games that were shown, but the announcement of backward compatibility and the number of games shown gave a huge credibility boost to Microsoft. Software was far more important to them at this E3 and it was what the fans wanted most.

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