Microsoft at Gamescom 2013

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What has Microsoft revealed at Gamescom 2013? What little secrets did they keep and only let the attending media and VIPs get first hand access to?

This stuff…

The rumours were true – for Europe at least. If you pre-order the Xbox One, you will get FIFA 14 chucked in for free. Gratis! Niks! Apparently, the Xbox One is also the “home of football”. By that, Microsoft means you will also be getting exclusive content on the Xbox versions of FIFA 14 Ultimate Team. Exclusive legendary players in gold packs including Dennis Bergkamp, Freddie Ljungberg and Ruud Gullit will be available, with additional legends in the future including Pele, Patrick Vieira and Gary Lineker.

A premium edition of the Xbox One has been announced, which will include a download code for Call of Duty Ghosts. It was also announced that the Xbox One version of Call Of Duty: Ghosts will feature dedicated servers, and will use the cloud to run them. A new multiplayer mode called ‘Blitz’ was shown off on the multiplayer map, Chasm (a ruined city street setting). It is an objective based mode and uses teleporting…

Xbox One will feature free indie self-publishing. The initiative – called the ID@Xbox Program – will allow each registered developer to receive two development kits at no cost, and developers will have access to the full power of the console, cloud services, Kinect and the Xbox Live toolset, which includes Xbox SmartGlass, multiplayer, Achievements and Gamerscore, among other things. Applications to the will be accepted from 20th August at www.xbox.com/id.

There are no application fees, and as with Xbox 360, there are no fees for certification or title updates. A global support team, headed up by ID@Xbox director Chris Charla will be available to developers. Microsoft will locate all the games together on the Xbox One Store, and promise “rich search scenarios” when using Kinect voice search to ensure easy discoverability. [More on Eurogamer]

Ubisoft has promised exclusive Xbox One content for The Division – both before and after the game’s release. No details were given on what that might include, but expect additional missions we guess.

Lionhead Studios announced Fable Legends, which allows you to be the hero or the villain. In the game, you “will never be alone. You can play the game single player, with a party of three A.I companions that follow your lead. Or, you can play cooperatively with up to three of your friends to discover the game’s quests and content.” The game is set 400 years before the first game, during the series’ Age of Heroes and SmartGlass integration will allow another player to act as a villain – setting traps and interacting with a 4-player hero party via a top-down perspective. Screenshots here.

Ubisoft lifted the lid – and confirmed – a Kinect exclusive fighter called Fighter Within with this trailer. There are also a few screenshots available here.

Another Kinect exclusive was Kinect Sports Rivals, which featured scary realism. Yourself. In. The. Game. Watch.

Minecraft developer Mojang revealed their new game Cobalt for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Two PopCap titles – Peggle 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will launch first on Xbox One. Peggle 2 will be an Xbox One launch title, while Plants vs. Zombies will arrive next year.

Crytek has announced that Xbox One exclusive Ryse features co-operative multiplayer mode called Gladiator, which sees players teaming up in a Coliseum to take on an “ever-changing horde of enemies”. Screenshots here.

Microsoft has over 20 titles ready for the Xbox One launch, and this is the list:

Xbox One launch titles include:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
  • Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
  • Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
  • FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
  • Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
  • Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
  • NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
  • Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
  • Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
  • Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)

**UPDATE**

Killer Instinct has been detailed and priced. The Xbox One exclusive fighting game is free-to-play and will be available at the console’s launch with up to six characters. You can download the game for free with one character with extra fighters available at a cost of £3.99/€4.99 each.

Otherwise, you can buy the Killer Instinct Combo Breaker pack, which will include six launch characters, as well as granting early access to two post-launch DLC fighters. This will cost £16.99/€19.99. Finally there’s the Killer Instinct Ultra Edition (“the best value”), which includes the six launch fighters, early access to the two DLC characters, accessory packs, extra costumes and the original Killer Instinct arcade game. [More on Xbox Wire] Screenshots here.

Zoo Tycoon has been detailed and screenshots released. If “cuddly” hyenas and reptiles are your thing, details can be found on CVG.

Project Spark will be getting personalised voice and motion capture. [More on Xbox Wire]

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood has been announced for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. [More on AllGamesBeta]

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