So there’s a bunch of gaming types hanging around Cologne Germany this week to show off their wares. And Microsoft wasn’t about to skip out on the opportunity to strut their stuff on stage. These are the highlights from their press conference held on 12 August.
Things kicked off with a multi-platform game surprisingly in Assassin’s Creed Unity. The game is out on 28 October.
FIFA 15 was up next, and EA and Microsoft continue to prove their love for each other with exclusive content in FIFA Ultimate Team coming to the Xbox platforms. New Legends were revealed for FIFA Ultimate Team and an Xbox One FIFA 15 bundle announced for Europe.
There were plenty of indie titles shown off as part of the ID@Xbox Program including Xbox One MOBA, Smite and Goat Simulator. Yessss!
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare got another public display at Gamescom following its multiplayer reveal the day before. Xbox and Activision again announced that content will arrive first on the Xbox consoles and the second of three new bundles was also revealed. This one features an Xbox One console with a 1TB HDD and the ‘Day Zero’ edition of the game.
Evolve showed itself off on the new map Distillery with the game dated for 10 February 2015 and a beta for the Xbox One starting in January 2015.
Then Microsoft and Square Enix dropped the show stealer. Rise of the Tomb Raider will be out in the holidays of 2015… exclusively for the Xbox One. Yes. Only. On. The. Xbox.
The first live gameplay of Quantum Break was shown off, and it does look rather fantastic.
A beta for Fable Legends will be arriving on 16 October, while a new exclusive called ScreamRide was revealed, which appears to revel in scaring people on the most outrageous rollercoasters imaginable. The game will be available in spring 2015.
Then it was the turn of cars, cars and more cars. Apparently, 46 million miles have been done around the Nurburgring since the track was released for Forza 5 in June. It was also announced that available immediately and for free, six new cars would be available for Forza 5, including first-timers to gaming, the electric Renault Spark SRT_01E and Rolls Royce Wraith.
Forza Horizon 2 wants to be the “most social racing game ever made”. We just want to race with and against friends in easy to access lobbies. Oh. That’s what they meant.
Sunset Overdrive became the third game to feature in an Xbox One bundle. On 28 October in the US and 31 October in Europe you will be able to get a white console with the game and a day one DLC bundle. The game itself still seems a little nuts.
The final game of the conference was all about Halo. Included in the upcoming Master Chief Collection (Halo 1-4 on Xbox One) is Halo Nightfall, the live action series. The Halo Channel was also announced for Xbox One and Windows, which will give you easy access (including joining games) to everything Halo related. A partnership with Twitch was also announced, so showing off your Halo skills to the world may be easier than ever before.
It was also announced that the ranking system for Halo Master Chief Collection will be based entirely on the popular Halo 2 ranking system. And if that wasn’t enough, it was also confirmed that purchasing the Master Chief Collection got you access to the Halo 5 multiplayer beta starting on 29 December and running until 18 January 2015. The beta will run at 60fps and will feature dedicated servers to help “foster competitive gameplay”. [More…]
Phil Spencer ended proceedings by announcing that the most requested feature for the Xbox One was coming – the ability to pre-order and pre-download titles. It will roll out with Forza Horizon 2 with more to follow. **UPDATE** Phil Spencer has confirmed that the publishers will decide whether to support digital pre-orders and pre-downloads for their games on Xbox One.
And that was it. That Tomb Raider scoop may prove to be the winning factor for Microsoft at Gamescom this year.
Please note: This article may be updated with additional content from the press conference.