E3 2015 | Microsoft Press Conference Wrap

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So what did Microsoft pull out of the bag this E3? Well, they pretty much proved they weren’t quite dead yet in the console war and dropped a number of impressive reveals that had somehow managed to avoid early leaks.

Please note, this article will be updated continually with any relevant information as it becomes available.

Halo 5: Guardians

Obviously the game that would kick the Microsoft/Xbox press conference off. Halo 5: Guardians will feature the biggest maps ever implemented in a Halo game for up to 24 players and AI controlled adversaries, with the map Warzone shown off.

An AWOL Master Chief and all sorts of intrigue were revealed in the campaign trailer of the much anticipated continuation of the Halo franchise, which is available from 27 October 2015.

ReCore

Keiji Inafune and Comcept then announced first-party exclusive Recore for the Xbox One which will be available in spring 2016.

Backward Compatibility

And then Phil Spencer dropped the unexpected bombshell. The Xbox One would be backward compatible with the Xbox 360. It will allow players to play any games they own on disc by using the retail versions as a download key and multiplayer will be available for the games between Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Some titles are already available for those in the Xbox Live Preview program with everyone else gaining access later this year. It will feature more than 100 games on launch with more being added in the future.

Xbox Elite Controller

A new controller was revealed which offers gamers plenty of customisation options including: trigger sensitivity and button mapping. The d-pad also looks a little (well, a lot) different, but the controller is built to withstand many hours of intense gameplay.

Fallout 4

Bethesda’s Todd Howard took to the stage to proclaim “player freedom” was a major development goal and that the game is expected to be “bigger than Skyrim.” While he meant in terms of the world size, we’re pretty sure it will be bigger than Skyrim in terms of sales too…

Most excitedly, the Xbox One version of the game will support mods created on PC, and Fallout 3 will be included with Fallout 4 on Xbox One. Hooray!

EA Access

EA Access now features Titanfall with Dragon Age: Inquisition hitting this summer, but if you’re still unsold on the subscription concept from EA and Xbox, then for this week, you can try it for free if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member.

Then Peter Moore hung around to show off Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, and ruin the announcement for EA’s own conference.

Forza 6

Releasing 15 September, the game will feature 24-player online lobbies and some features such as weather that have been missing from Forza while featuring in almost every other game. There will be over “450 Forzavista cars” and 26 world-famous locales featured in the game.

Dark Souls 3

Intriguingly, the reveal and announcement of Dark Souls 3 was during the Microsoft press conference. We have no idea why it’s intriguing to be honest.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Dark Zone of the game got a multiplayer reveal. The game still looks awesome. A beta for the game will hit the Xbox One first this December.

Rainbow Six Siege

More Tom Clancy. This time in the form of the tactical shooter series which launches on 16 October. The exciting part is that both Rainbow Six Vegas and Vegas 2 will come with Siege. Another hooray.

ID@Xbox

The indies got their chance to shine with plenty of titles revealed, as well as an Early Access style program for the Xbox One, where you will be able to try before you buy.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The latest Lara Croft title arrives 10 November and is exclusive to Xbox One. For some time at least.

The Rare Collection

Pretty much what it says on the tin and coming 4 August. Also known as Rare Replay. Either way, it’s a rare collection. Or Rare collection.

Rare also revealed Sea of Thieves which almost reveals all in its title. Yes, there are pirates.

Fable Legends

Free-to-play. And that’s all that’s important right? It’s also cross-compatible and cross-play between Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Xbox and Oculus

So rather than have their own VR headset, Oculus and Xbox are working together to make Windows 10 “the best platform for VR.” If you want more details on this, hit up VG24/7.

HoloLens

A new version of MineCraft is being built for HoloLens (play anywhere, anytime). We think the real test of HoloLens will be with platform games. Falling to your death would never get old…

Gears of War

And then it was time to end things with one of Microsoft’s big guns. With a chainsaw on it. Alongside the Gears of War Ultimate Edition announcement, the next entry into the Gears of War series is scheduled to arrive in the holiday of 2016 and while we will call it Gears of War 4, it is officially called Gears 4. So that’s all your chainsaw needs sorted for another two and a bit years then.

With that, some might have been left to wonder where Quantum Break, Crackdown and others may have been, but there’s always Gamescom. Many were proclaiming a win for Xbox at E3 after their press conference, and while we hate choosing winners and losers, there are plenty of reasons to be very excited for the coming years if you enjoy playing games.

Videos

A number of videos that have appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel, so we thought they deserved a home here, even though they missed the conference itself.

 

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