Xbox One E3 Media Briefing Was All Games — Including Crackdown, Halo
Fresh off the announcement that the Xbox One would see a Kinect-free edition for $100 less than its original asking price, Microsoft used its E3 2014 press conference to showcase a bunch of new games.
Among the biggest inclusions were Xbox One exclusives like Halo: Master Chief Collection, Crackdown, Scalebound and Phanton Dust, as well as a new addition to the Forza franchise and a fresh look at Fable: Legends.
Microsoft threw a ton of games and info our way, mostly in the form of tons and tons (and tons) of trailers, so we’ll try to keep this brief:
- Forza Horizon 2, an open world take on the driving franchise that will include tidbits like a full day and night cycle, dynamic weather, and the “drivatar” system that lets AI versions of players continue to rack up stats and compete against opponents while players aren’t actually playing the game. You’ll also be able to create “car clubs” that include as many as 1,000 players and drive the title’s compliment of 200 cars.
- Harmonix is releasing a digital-only new dancing title in Dance Central Spotlight, which will be available in September.
- Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac’s fast-paced third-person action title that looks like a cross between Ratchet & Clank and Tony Hawk, will include an eight-player cooperative “chaos mode” when it drops on Oct. 28
- Players of Project Spark will be able to create their own games that include Conker of Conker’s Bad Fur Day, in case that’s something you really want.
- Lionhead Studios’ Fable Legends is bringing four-player co-op to its action-RPG world, and the trailer shown off for the game also demonstrated that players can take on the role of the villain, dropping in traps, obstacles and enemies on the map from a top-down perspective — think Dungeon Keeper.
- In the run-up to Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Industries is putting out Halo: Master Chief Collection, a re-release of the four numbered Halo games that includes all their multiplayer content, which is set to launch on Nov. 11. (You can read more details in our write-up on the news here.)
- The original Xbox title Phantom Dust is getting an Xbox One reboot
- Platinum Games announced Scalebound, an Xbox One-exclusive title that looks to let players drive/control/otherwise kill things with the help of dragons. Designer Hideki Kamiya described it as “action at a whole new scale.”
- Microsoft also demoed a few indie titles (some of which have already been released on PC and other platforms), including side-scrollers Inside from LIMBO makers Playdead and Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studios.
- Crackdown is making a comeback, with developer CloudGine looking to “reimagine your open world gaming experience.” It’s coming in 2015 and will included dedicated servers for co-op.
Also appearing during the conference were new trailers for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Division, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as an announcement for the follow-up for Tomb Raider 2014, known as Rise of the Tomb Raider. We’ll be looking a little deeper into lots more titles as the show goes on, so stay tuned.