E3 2016: Microsoft Press Conferenceon June 13, 2016 by Kitsumeda
Microsoft opened big this year with its Xbox conference showing off a new and improved version of Xbox One while closing with the rumored upcoming Scorpio console. However not everything was about hardware. Microsoft made sure to leave a lot of time for new and exciting titles upcoming titles.
Xbox One S
Microsoft unveiled the new Xbox One S, which is 40% smaller and has an internal power-supply. In addition it features HDR, 4K support for videos and will be on offer for $299 for the 500GB model. Considering the size of the previous console, this update couldn’t have come sooner.
Gear of War 4
Gears of War 4 will be among the first games to feature both Xbox One and Windows 10 cross-play and cross-buy. Starting later this year every co-op game will support cross-play between players on these two platforms.
Killer Instinct will be getting various new characters, including characters from Battletoads, Halo and Raam from Gears of War.
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon demonstrated how cross-platform play will work with Xbox One and Windows 10. For the first time in the series players will be able to engage in a 4 player co-op campaign. Forza Horizon 3 will be available on September 26th this year.
ReCore was teased last year. Finally we get a glimpse of gameplay in this post-apocalyptic game.
Hajime Tabata, the director of the Final Fantasy series, has walked on stage to show-off a massive titan boss battle in Final Fantasy XV. The player had a hard time battling this monstrosity. Final Fantasy XV will be available on September 30th this year.
The Division Underground
The Division Underground is the newest expansion for the game and will be available on June 28th.
While the trailer for Battlefield 1 was already on EA’s press conference, we cannot but be impressed by how the game looks. It will be refreshing to once again play a shooter set in the past.
Minecraft Realms is the newest update of Minecraft, featuring cross-play between various platforms. While Minecraft isn’t a new title, we were more than a little surprised when John Carmack came up to the stage playing Minecraft in VR.
The creators of Limbo will be bringing a new indie game called Inside, out on June 29th. Celebrating its launch, Limbo will be free starting today.
Microsoft didn’t forget about indie developers with their [email protected] This program allows smaller developer to self-publish their creation. Check out their sizzle real bellow.
We Happy Few
In this dystopian world people take joy, a drug which takes all your worries away. The game begins when our protagonist decides to skip his daily dose. We Happy Few will be console first on Xbox One.
Bandai Namco is bringing us Tekken 7. The trailer has Heihachi Mishima facing off against Street Fighters Akuma. The game is set for a 2017 release date.
Dead Rising 4
The ultra-popular zombie survival horror game will be returning this winter on Xbox One.
Hideki Kamiya made his way to stage, grabbed a controller and showed-off the biggest boss battle Platinum games has ever made, a giant enemy crab. It looks amazing. Scalebound will be coming to Xbox One in 2017.
Sea of Thieves
Initially unveiled during last year’s E3, Rare is making a truly co-operative pirate experience.
State of Decay 2
Microsoft announced State of Decay 2, the sequal to 2013’s zombie fighting, base building, survival title. Expect this title in 2017.
Halo Wars 2
The original Halo Wars was an excellent RTS for Xbox 360. Microsoft finally unveiled its successor which will be coming on February 21st. Those who cannot wait can dive in the week-long beta starting as of today.
Microsoft closed its press conference by teasing its new platform only known as Project Scorpio. While nothing was shown, they promised a true 4K experience with games running at 60fps. Scorpio is boasted as being the most powerful console ever, with a total of 6 teraflops.