Microsoft E3 2014 Press Conference Round-Up, All Trailers and Info
The E3 kicked off with Microsoft’s press conference, and a plethora of new titles and new content of known upcoming games were revealed for their flagship Xbox One console. For those of you who missed any content, here’s a detailed roundup of what happened and what was revealed during Microsoft’s conference:
The conference kicked off with none other than a Call of Duty game, namely Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for Xbox One. The war-based first person shooter game is set in a not-too-distant future with the character swarming the towering skyscrapers that form the Time Square.
Notice how I used the word “swarming” – that’s because there are jump packs, futuristic weapons, mech-armor with futuristic weapons, mega tanks, and swarming drones that swarm. It’s all very Crysis-esque and Titanfall-esque, which is no surprise really. Yeah, there was a glimpse of Kevin Spacey too.
Next up was Turn:10’s “turn” to turn on the engines with their flagship racing franchise Forza with Forza Horizon 2. There was initial talk of Forza Motorsport 5 with the Nurburgring Circuit coming as a free DLC, available from today. The subject then quickly changed to Forza Horizon 2, which will launch in September this year.
The focus smoothly shifted from Forza to EvolvE, where Turtle Rocks Studio’s sci-fi themed first-person shooter game took over the big screen for a short period to show a new trailer with a set of seemingly well-trained hunters confronting an octopus-like monster. Epic plot twist: you were the octopus monster.
Nearly half an hour into the conference, we were treated with a trailer of Ubisoft’s new Assassin’s Creed: Unity, set during the 18th century French Revolution. The real highlight of this AC game seemed to be the four-player co-op, a feature previously unheard of in the title. Apart from that, we could easily spot some tangible improvements to the graphics and game mechanics, making the monkey-styled climbing and walking-through-the-crowd all that more exciting.
After a 10-minute interlude, we were introduced to another trailer of the visually appealing Dragon Age: Inquisition. The trailer itself was a montage of gameplay and CGI footage, showing off different characters, locations, companions, and an arsenal of weapons – nothing we haven’t seen before in an Inquisition trailer.
The action then quickly shifted from a serious Tolkien-styled setup to a not-so-serious and not-so-Tolkien styled Sunset Overdrive. You’re in a city filled with monsters, and it’s up to your insanely customized character to take them out in a casual “everything is awesome” kind of way (no, there’s no LEGO content in the game).
Sunset Overdrive wasn’t the wackiest thing we saw in the conference though – not even close. The mouthful and insanely random (yet strangely entertaining) Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper EX Alpha DLC for Dead Rising 3 is just as crazy as it sounds. No lame scribbling can do justice to the insanity that was displayed in the form of Super Ultra Dead… oh forget it.
The conference then dropped the insanity and went to more conventional, understandable stuff by introducing us to what Fable Legends has to offer. It’s not just a co-op update, as it’ll feature an additiona mode in which you can play the villain (sweet!).
We then got a brief introduction (or re-introduction for some of us) to Conker, the classic guy from N64’s Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Conker is a part of Microsoft’s ‘game maker’ Project Spark.
We then got the much wanted Halo treatment, with the announcement of a Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta on December 5, along with a short teaser trailer that had epicness written all over it. This was further followed by the release date announcement of the Halo: Master Chief Collection – a revamped version of the previous Halo games with all content unlocked. The collection will be released on November 11.
The major highlight of the conference was towards its later stages, as The Witcher 3 gameplay footage showed some sumptuous natural environment, fantastic high-intensity combat, superb visuals, and a hint of the womanizer capabilities that have been retained by Geralt when he tells a somewhat familiar face that he’d “be back after hunting down the Griffin”.
The Witcher 3’s brilliant gameplay footage was then followed by a somewhat uninspiring teaser trailer of Rise of the Tomb Raider. Yeah, the title has an awful resemblance to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but we’re hoping the game at least lives up to standards set by the predecessor from Crystal Dynamics.
The final stages of the press conference saw yet another brilliant bit of gameplay footage, this time from Tom Clancy’s The Division. Xbox One will be getting an early DLC for the game. Apart from that, the only thing we can tell you is to watch the trailer and enjoy the fantastically set-up gameplay.
Along with these titles, there was also the reveal of Dance Central Spotlight, a plethora of Indie games thanks to ID@Xbox One, and titles like Scalebound from the developers of Bayonetta, and Crackdown revisited by the original creator Dave Jones.
That’s pretty much it for Microsoft E3 2014 Press Conference. Do let us know that which of these announcements are you excited about?