This year Microsoft’s media briefing did not disappoint as Phil Spencer promised to devote the “entire briefing to games!” Immediately, you could hear the applause around the theatre. Last year, there was a lot of disappointment as Microsoft spent a lot of time talking about other features on the Xbox One like the Kinect and the TV features. They seemed to learn from this mistake as they enthralled us all with game after game!
Further excitement came when Spencer stated that all the games shown during their media briefing would first get add-on content on the Xbox One!
The briefing began with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We saw new footage that included gameplay. I’m not a huge fan of the Call of Duty franchise, but I may just check this one out. It also helps that Kevin Spacey is in the game. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be out on November 4, 2014. Here is the gameplay that was showed:
Dan Greenwalt, Creative Director, came onto the stage to talk about Forza Motorsport 5 and unveiled the “nuburgring” which is available TODAY for free to those that own the game. Ralph Fulton, Creative Director, presented Forza Horizon 2 which will be available September 30, 2014. The game will be in 1080p, have 200+ cars, include various weather conditions, and drivatars.
I’ve been highly anticipating with glee, Dragon Age: Inquisition. Microsoft and BioWare unveiled a new trailer for the game, which will be available October 7, 2014.
Another game that garnered a lot of excitement from the masses is Sunset Overdrive. We saw a bit about this game last year, but this year we got to see a lot more of this game! Ted Price, the Founder and CEO of Insomniac Games, came on stage to talk more about the game. Sunset Overdrive will be available October 28, 2014 and is exclusive to Xbox One.
Ori and the Blind Forest is a new IP from Moon Studios that looks absolutely stunning. I’d love to see more of this game before it comes out this fall, but so far I like what I see. Ori and the Blind Forest will be available Fall 2014.
A Microsoft briefing wouldn’t be the same without some Halo for us all! Bonnie Ross, Studio Head at 343 Industries, presented a spotlight on the much anticipated Halo 5:
Then we were presented with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The collection will include Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be out on November 11, 2014.
A very nice surprise to the mix was the Rise of the Tomb Raider world premiere! We will get to follow Lara Croft after the last installment to see how she rises from what she went through to become the character we know and love. Rise of the Tomb Raider is expected to be available Holiday 2015.
Ken Lobb, Creative Director at Microsoft Studios, expressed his passion for reviving games that garner cult audiences as classic games. He then presented Phantom Dust, an absolutely beautiful game.
Scalebound is a new IP that shows a lot of promise from Platinum Games. This game is one of my favorites so far from what I’ve seen at E3. It is absolutely beautiful and I would love to see more
Microsoft wrapped up the media briefing with Crackdown.
Other games that were shown included Evolve, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Dance Central, Fantasia Music Evolved, Fable Legends, Project Spark, Inside from Playdead, The Witcher 3, and The Division.
I’m VERY impressed with Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing. They brought it with the games and I even got a look at new games that definitely interest me.
To look at the rest of the trailers that were shown at Microsoft’s media briefing, check out their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjBp_7RuDBUYbd1LegWEJ8g.
Los Angeles: EA CEO Andrew Wilson unveiled a slew of upcoming games at the publisher’s E3 press conference. Most games were expected, including previews for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mirror’s Edge 2, Star Wars Battlefront, Sims 4, the new Battlefield Hardline, and several sports-themed games. However, the big surprise came with the confirmation that a new Mass Effect game is indeed being developed by BioWare.
It was during the middle of the conference that EA revealed a video montage of very early development for the new Mass Effect game. The preview emphasized new experiences instead of sticking with the old characters and places in the Mass Effect universe, even stating, “New places. New characters. New people to fall in love with.” Though a release date has not been announced yet, this press conference does confirm that gamers will indeed be getting a new Mass Effect game sometime in the future.
The biggest title of the conference was Battlefield Hardline. Taking the Battlefield franchise into a new twist of cops versus criminals, the preview looked fast-paced with a chaotic, alterable environment and classic Battlefield gameplay. Fans were delighted when the beta version of the game went live right at the end of the conference.
Dragon Age: Inquisition was also highlighted during the conference with a live cellist playing to game footage. Aaryn Flynn, General Manager for BioWare’s Edmonton and Montreal studios, introduced an in-game battle sequence and discussed the two different styles players can choose in the new Dragon Age. “One way to approach combat puts you into the heat of the action,” Flynn said, highlighting a quick, action-based real-time fighting style for the game where the party was fighting a dragon. “Another way to approach combat is to use the tactical camera,” he said, demonstrating a fighting approach that removes time from the battle and allows the player to more thoughtfully engage the enemy. Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out October 7, 2014.
Another much-anticipated game that the conference highlighted was Sims 4. The release date was finally announced for September 2, 2014. Rachel Franklin, executive producer for Sims 4, described the game as having, “Smarter Sims. Sims with personalities…You define your Sim’s personality.” Two major changes that were highlighted in the newest installment of the Sims include the ability to play with a Sim’s emotions and a gallery where players can easily add Sims created by other players into the game.
Besides the new Mass Effect, there were three other early teasers of games still in the beginning stages of developments included a new Star Wars Battlefront game that has been inspired from the look and feel of the three original movies. Another early look was for an unnamed Criterion Software game that allows players to drive or fly many different extreme sports vehicles. Mirror’s Edge 2 was also given a small nod, highlighting a few Parkour-like shots from the new game.
EA previewed five different sports games, including EA Sports UFC, EA Sports PGA Tour, EA Sports NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, and FIFA 15. Each game preview highlighted newer graphics, more emotions from the players, and better game play handling.
For MOBA fans (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), EA gave a preview of Dawngate, a team-oriented game that looks to give players a lot of options for characters and tactics.