Right before Microsoft kicked off its E3 event, Graeme Boyd told us to expect games, games and... more games. True to his word, Redmond spent the full presentation talking about the new generation's latest games, including titles from the Call of Duty, Forza and Halo franchises. It was a massive list of announcements, and a huge day for any Xbox One owner. Did you miss all the fun? You can go back and read our liveblog right here, or simply read on for a full rundown of Microsoft's big E3 announcements.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Is Titanfall's world too far-flung into the future for you? Then pay attention to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the long-running franchise's new future-looking series. Microsoft's E3 briefing didn't nail down a specific year for the title, but it has all the hallmarks of an imagined future war: holographic gun readouts, magic flying grenades, mech suits, future tanks and augmented soldier armor.
Forza Horizon 2
Been playing Forza 5? You've already got wheels on Forza Horizon 2's tracks. This Xbox exclusive racer hits September 30th, and promises more cars, more tracks and a social experience that plays nice with your existing Forza 5 profile.
Been looking forward to Evolve, the futuristic team shooter from the minds that spawned the original Left 4 Dead? Looks like Xbox One owners will get first crack at the beta this fall, not to mention exclusive DLC. Not familiar with it? Read this and catch up, man!
Assassin's Creed: Unity
Find playing the part of a deadly Assassin a little too solitary? This is the game for you. Staged during the French Revolution, Assassin's Creed: Unity lets you team up with three friends for co-op
murder liberation activities.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Giant reptiles, spiders and fantasy landscapes are coming in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Microsoft showed off a gorgeous trailer teasing plenty of environments, tons of detail and, of course, dragons. Oh, and its DLC is hitting the Xbox first, naturally.
Looking for an action-packed cautionary tale about the contents of your favorite energy drink? That's Sunset Overdrive: Insomniac's brightly colored, free-running horde shooter with eight-player co-op support. This quirky action game is an attitude-heavy, completely silly, over-the-top monster romp, and we have to admit, it looks pretty fun. Oh, and it's an Xbox One exclusive.
Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha
And the award for the most excessive video game title of the decade goes to Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha, an Xbox Live exclusive based on Capcom's zombie apocalypse series. Dead Rising has always been a silly series, but this Arcade-style remix takes it to a new level, outfitting players with silly costumes sourced from all of Capcom's franchises. Not enough? Don't worry -- the more humbly named Dead Rising 3 will be getting new DLC later this year, too.
Fantasia: Music Evolved and Dance Central: Spotlight
Pick up an Xbox One before Microsoft axed its Kinect requirement? Put on your dance shoes: Harmonix just announced Dance Central: Spotlight. Harmonix head-honcho Alex Rigopulos bounced back and forth between teasing the title's downloadable return and reminding us that Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved is on the way, too. Plenty on the way for the rhythmically inclined.
Miss the land of Albion? Don't fret: It's back. The franchise's latest adventure features a multiplayer bent, highly stylized visuals and even the ability to play as the villain (in an isometric view, no less!) The game's multiplayer beta launches this fall: Check out FableLegends.com to sign up.
No, Project Spark isn't a new game announcement, but Microsoft found a reason to sneak it into its E3 presser anyway: Conker. For the unfamiliar, this quirky squirrel was the rude protagonist of Conker's Bad Fur Day -- a charming, if crude platformer from Rare's N64 days. Now the alcoholic antihero has found an exclusive home on Project Spark. Super weird, we know.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Not interested in making your own 3D, free-roaming video game? That's okay, Microsoft is showing off simpler games, too: Ori and the Blind Forest is a gorgeous, watercolored 2D platformer. It's cute, dark and potentially creepy -- everything we want out of the indie scene.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
If you read Engadget, you knew this was coming -- but Microsoft thought it'd be a good idea to make it official, too. Halo: The Master Chief Collection remasters the first four Halo games, but still keeps each game plugging along on their original engines. Meaning that you can get the exact same experience you had when each title was new, but with better graphics. It also has over 100 multiplayer maps and, wouldn't you know, exclusive access to Halo 5's multiplayer beta.
Dig the atmospheric wonderland of Playdead's Limbo? Then pay attention to Inside, the company's upcoming 2.5D puzzle platformer. The team didn't reveal much about this game, but it'll bring a creepy, dystopian prison experience to your Xbox One sometime next year.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Apparently Lara Croft's last adventure was pretty traumatizing, because the reboot's sequel starts with the hero in a therapy session. Don't worry though, she overcomes (or embraces?) her issues and charges right back into action: This game teases plenty of bow-slinging, tomb-raiding action -- but it won't be in your living room until holiday 2015.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
Geralt is back, and now he's wandering through a huge, open-ish landscape. Oh, and taking down huge mythical creatures, of course. This demo was overloaded with action, but it did stutter a bit in the heat of battle. Hopefully that frame rate drop will pick back up before it launches next spring.
Here's a franchise revival we didn't expect: Phantom Dust. This title was an action/strategy game for the original Xbox, and a bit of a cult classic. Unfortunately, Ken Lobb gave us few details to go on for the new game -- just a piano-backed battle between two magically glowing mages.
Tom Clancy's The Division
Looking for a tactics-laden, realistic shooter? The Tom Clancy brand has always delivered on that front. The franchise's latest game, The Division, teased us plenty last year, but it's back again with a desolate-looking train station, a holographic map overlay and a pretty well-destroyed Times Square. We were never much for kitschy tourism anyway.
If Dragon Age doesn't have quite enough mythical beasts for you, here's another game shock-full of 'em: Scalebound. Platinum Games' latest action series features a dragon-slaying archer who sports scaled armor, swords and a pair of Beats-style headphones. Makes sense -- the ancient craft of killing monsters had to come into the modern era eventually, right?
Fully destructible environments, cel-shaded weapons and lots and lots of explosions: Crackdown is back. There aren't a lot of details just yet, but the series revival seems to have player-controlled aircraft, remote explosives and the ability to destroy entire skyscrapers. Neat.
Not every game during Microsoft's presser got its own dedicated summary, but that doesn't mean we didn't get a peek. The outfit's ID@Xbox trailer (as seen above) teased a slew of indie titles, including Aztez, Forced, Knight Squad, White Night, Spectra, Cuphead, Hyper Light Drifter, Divekick, Habitat, Hellraid and tons more. It's a serious overload.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 500 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Camera / optical
- Video outputs HDMI
- Released 2013-11-22
Microsoft Xbox 1st-gen