E3 2014: Microsoft Media Briefing Recap

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E3 2014 is officially here and the first press conference is Microsoft’s which this time around decided to focus on just games. There are a lot of announcements, trailers and gameplay demos to mention, so if you haven’t had a chance to watch Microsoft’s press conference yet, here’s what you missed. By the way, you can watch the press conference and all the preview and post coverage on Xbox.

  • Add-on content for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be available first on Xbox One. The game will be out on November 4th, 2014.
  • Forza Motorsport 5 received a free track which you can download right now.
  • Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One features new cars, a day/night cycle, 1080p visuals, dramatic weather and driveatar support. The open-world action game will be out on September 30th, 2014.
  • Evolve‘s beta and downloadable content will be available first on Xbox One.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which is set in 18th century Paris during the French Revolution, supports up to four players and in the game those players have the ability to create their own brotherhood.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s DLC will be available first on Xbox One. The role-playing game launches on October 7th, 2014.
  • A trailer and gameplay demo for Insomniac Games’ Sunset Overdrive were shown during the press conference. Some of the game’s features include open-world action, customizable characters, single-player and eight-player cooperative campaigns, unconventional weapons and punk music. The game will be out on October 28th and this is an Xbox One exclusive.
  • Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition is a thing that exists. The game, which celebrates Capcom 31st anniversary, supports up to four players online and there are super moves, bonus stages, power-ups, costumes from popular characters and more.
  • Harmonix announced Dance Central Spotlight, a digital-only Xbox One exclusive.
  • Lionhead Studios’ Fable Legends has a new gameplay demo. In the video, four players cooperate to defeat a monster, but a fifth player can fulfill the role of a villain.
  • Project Spark is coming this holiday season. For the uninitiated, this game features various tools so that players can create levels and minigames. There will be both single-player and cooperative campaigns and Conker the Squirrel from Conker’s Bad Fur Day will be in the game.
  • Moon Studios revealed Ori and the Blind Forest. The game will be an Xbox One exclusive.
  • The rumors were true! 343 Industries confirmed Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One which compiles Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 in one disc. The collection is coming on November 11th, 2014 and will have a playlist mode so that you can play the Halo series in the order you prefer. More importantly, Halo 2 will receive the anniversary treatment and the remake will include the game’s original multiplayer mode. Finally, all games will run at 60 fps, 1080p and there will be dedicated servers.
  • A live-action TV series based on the Halo series was announced. The upcoming series is called Halo Nightfall.
  • Halo 5: Guardians‘ beta is coming this holiday season. The game will run at 60 fps and there will be dedicated servers.
  • ID@Xbox announced some of the indie games that will be coming out soon as part of their program. These include Inside, Massive Chalice, Below, Aztez, Knight Squad, White Night, Cuphead, Hyper Light Drifter, Slash Dash, Fru, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Mighty No. 9, Threes, Phoenix Rage, Woolfe, 20, Hellraid and more.
  • Rise of the Tom Raider is coming to Xbox One.
  • Developer CD Projekt RED showed a gameplay demo for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
  • Phantom Dust is coming to Xbox One.
  • A new gameplay demo for Tom Clancy’s The Division was part of the press conference.
  • Platinum showed their latest game, Scalebound.
  • Crackdown is coming back and the game will be an Xbox One exclusive.

I appreciate the fact that Microsoft focused on just games as part of their press conference. This time around, the company didn’t even mention new applications, software or even hardware news, which is both surprising and a nice change of pace, since previous press conferences tended to be slow and boring. It’s worth mentioning that barely any of the games mentioned are coming to Xbox 360 and PC, so it’s fair to assume that Microsoft is focusing on Xbox One for the time being. My favorite game of the Microsoft Press Conference? Sunset Overdrive. What about you?