E3 2016 Microsoft Highlights – Part #3
The day 2 starts with E3 2016 Microsoft conference. Two simultaneous conferences in LA and London. Microsoft kicked off E3 Monday with expanded Xbox features, lots of new gameplay, but undoubtedly the biggest announcement was the reveal of two new versions of the Xbox One: the slimmed-down Xbox One S and a more powerful Xbox code-named Scorpio.
Here are the highlights of MICROSOFT CONFERENCE:
Xbox One S Announced
Microsoft opened its conference by revealing the Xbox One S, a slimmed down version of the current Xbox One. The new iteration is 40% smaller, supports 4K, and features a slightly tweaked design.It comes in Fall and costs $299.
Xbox Play Anywhere Initiative Outlined
Microsoft outlined Xbox Play Anywhere, a new initiative that allows players to buy a game on Xbox One and play it on Windows 10, and vice versa. But there’s more: you’ll be able to share achievements and progress across platforms.
The Gears of War 4 will support cross-play across the two platforms on the campaign, multiplayer, and new horde mode.
Forza Horizon 3
Horizon 3 will be set in Australia in Playground Games’ “largest and most diverse” open world yet. The sequel will offer four player campaign co-op play for the first time and the greatest number of cars featured in a Horizon title.
FORZA HORIZON 3 will be released on Xbox one and Windows 10 on Sept 27,2016.
This game was announced last year. After a year long silence we get to see the gameplay of this exclusive game.
ReCore will be released on September 13 on Xbox one and Windows 10
The Division: Undergound DLC
The Division’s next DLC Underground is set to release for the Xbox One on June 28. Underground is the first of three paid DLC expansions announced for The Division, with another expansion, Survival, expected to release this summer.
Limbo developer PlayDead’s next game. And to celebrate the release PlayDead’s previous game, the widely acclaimed Limbo, will be available for free on Xbox One until June 20th and on Steam June 21st and 22nd.
LATEST UPDATE: THIS GAME HAS RECEIVED 10/10 RATING BY IGN AND 8< IN ALL OTHER REVIEWS.
Xbox Receives 6 New Platform Features
Lots of new features were also announced for the Xbox Live platform, including the ability to listen to background music, the integration of Cortana, and language region independence.
The three big new features are the ability to create Clubs – groups of people you most want to play with; Looking for Group, which allows you to search for specific players – say, someone who wants to build an epic Game of Thrones Minecraft creation with you; Arena – a network for competitive gaming.
Customisable Xbox One Controllers
Microsoft announced Xbox Design Lab, allowing players to design and order their own Xbox One controllers.
Design Lab will allow buyers to customise the colours of individual components on an Xbox One controller, as well as add bespoke laser engraved text.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Announced
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s collectible card game, Gwent, is getting its own game.
Announced at Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference with a live-action trailer, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game will feature a full single-played campaign and cross-platform multiplayer. Developer CD Projekt is also redesigning and improving the visuals.
Minecraft Realms Announced
Mojang introduced Microsoft Realms, which will allow players across Xbox One, Windows 10, iOS, and Android to play Minecraft together.
Several add-ons are also coming to Minecraft: Pocket Edition later this year, including city texture packs and adjustable villager AI.
According to the Minecraft team, this is the “first step towards a fully modifiable Minecraft.”
Tekken 7 is coming early 2017 and will be on both Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, Game Director Katsuhiro Harada announced at Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference.
Harada also announced that Xbox Live Gold members can download Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for free during the week of E3.
Dead Rising 4 Announced
Although leaked images surfaced last week, Microsoft confirmed Dead Rising 4 today, and that the protagonist will be Frank West, the star of the original Dead Rising.
The game will be set around Christmas, and will also release around the holiday season this year. It also looks as crazy as ever before. Check out the new trailer:
Scalebound Now Coming to PC
Platinum’s ambitious action game Scalebound will be now be released on PC as part of the Xbox Play Anywhere scheme. The game’s director, Hideki Kamiya, also took to the stage to show-off Platinum Games’ “biggest ever boss fight”. Take a look for yourself:
State of Decay 2 is coming sometime in 2017. The sequel will once again take place in the Trumball Valley. During the trailer, the tagline “Nobody survives alone” appears, indicating it will feature co-operative play. Here’s the announcement trailer:
Halo Wars 2 Release Date Announced
343 Industries Studio Head Dan Ayoub revealed that Halo Wars 2 will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on February 21, 2017.
The Halo Wars 2 beta for Xbox One was also confirmed for June 13 to June 20 and is live now.
Xbox One Project Scorpio Revealed
After months of rumours, Microsoft closed its conference by confirming the existence of a more powerful version of the Xbox One, code-named Project Scorpio. The console is due out Holiday 2017.
Microsoft’s Scorpio demo reel confirmed that Fallout 4 VR and other “premier VR” experiences would come to Project Scorpio. No specific Xbox VR hardware announcements were made.
On stage, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that all Xbox One peripherals would be supported by Project Scopio and that all Xbox One games will be playable on the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S, and Project Scorpio with the goal being that “no one gets left behind.”
“Project Scorpio will be the next addition to the Xbox One family, and it is ultimately the next step in delivering our vision of gaming beyond generations,” Spencer stated. When it ships next year we believe it’ll be the most powerful console ever built.”
WE HAPPY FEW
This trailer was the most impressive one. It is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retro futuristic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who don’t take kindly to people who don’t abide by their not-so-normal rules.
It was the most creepy and scary trailer.
‘We Happy few’ is set to release on July 26,2016 on Stream and Xbox Preview.
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Author Bio: Shaik Rafae is a writer who loves the gaming industry and is a proud Gamer and owner of an Xbox one. He is also a full-time student pursuing B.Tech in CSE with a passion towards Writing and Gaming.