GAME NAME: Xbox One
RELEASE DATE(S): November 2013
E3 has kicked off this year with Microsoft showing off the new titles arriving soon for the Xbox One. It was a high-paced 2-hour conference, in which a flurry of first-party titles, exclusives, and other games demonstrated their gameplay features on the latest console.
The event started with the footage of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which introduced its open-world environment, allowing for new stealth opportunities. It also displayed horse riding, stunning graphics, and some snippets of their cutscenes. After that impressive trailer, the conference introduced the hosts, as they guided through over 20 games.
There was an explosion of Xbox One exclusives. The previously revealed games Quantum Break and Forza 5, came with their gameplay trailers and some additional details of their features. It also revealed some more Microsoft games, including a trailer for a new Halo sequel, which sees a cloaked Master Chief facing off a gigantic forerunner enemy. It was added that it will run on 60fps, a first for the franchise, and it will be released in 2014.
There’s a comeback of Crytek’s previously forgotten game Ryse, which showed off its QTE-based gameplay, set in Roman times; it was announced to be released as a launch title for the Xbox One. Another game making its return is Crimson Dragon, a spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon series; it has shown its gameplay trailer, which came without sound due to technical hitches, unfortunately.
There’s a teaser for Killer Instinct, which is going to be a Xbox exclusive, along with its special edition Fightstick. It is a name of Rare’s famous 2D fighter, which came on the Nintendo systems many years ago. Killer Instinct will be one of the games using ‘Xbox Broadcast’, which will stream using twitch.tv and Kinect. And Minecraft fans will be pleased, as the latest Xbox console will receive Minecraft: Xbox One Edition, which will promise features from both Xbox and PC versions, as well as more multiplayer additions and even bigger worlds.
There’s even more exclusives from third-party developers. Insomniac Games winds up Sony with a trailer for their new game Sunset Overdrive, showcasing an open-world environment, filled with exciting weapons, vibrant graphics, and crazy battles. Some gameplay has been released from Titanfall - from the makers of Call of Duty – where it shows off battles between soldiers, robots, and mechs. There’s also a new game called Dead Rising 3, which features a more serious environment, as well as the good stuff from the previous titles. Deadly Premonition developers reveals their new cel-shaded D4, Swords and Sorcery developer Capybara Games announces their new rougelike game Below, and Black Tusk has confirmed that they will be releasing their new game to Xbox One.
The other games that have been announced include the more-realistic Kinect Sports Rivals, a Xbox One version of the free-to-play PC game World of Tanks, a sandbox game Project Spark, and a CGI-styled sequel to Max and the Magic Marker, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. There’s also some gameplay trailers for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Battlefield 4 (which will run in 60fps), and Dark Souls II.
Here’s the full list of games mentioned in the conference:
- Kinect Sports Rivals
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- World of Tanks: 360 Edition
- Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
- Dark Souls 2
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Killer Instinct
- Sunset Overdrive
- Forza Motorsport 5
- Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
- Quantum Break
- Project Spark
- Crimson Dragon
- Dead Rising 3
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Battlefield 4
- Black Tusk’s Xbox One exclusive game
On a side note, the past conference [Xbox One Reveal] has mentioned that Microsoft has formed a partnership with EA Sports, as well as exclusive content for the Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Fantasia: Music Evolved is another Xbox One exclusive, which was announced a week ago.
The conference also has news for the Xbox 360, where it will receive a slimmer and quieter model, which will be available in stores soon. Xbox Live Gold Subscribers will also receive two free games to download every month before the Xbox One release, starting with Fable III, Halo 3, and Assassin’s Creed II.
Xbox One has been confirmed from the show that it will be released in November 2013, with a price of $499, or $299 for a subscription-based model.