While many could watch the live stream of the event at home through Twitch, we wanted to ensure that the briefing announcements made their way to everyone!
At the Microsoft's E3 2014 Media Briefing, we were given special bracelets. As the hype of the show started, they lit up in since throughout the crowd. This was such a great touch to begin the show. The media briefing started with Phil Spencer taking the front and center stage. He stressed "games". From the last conference, where we remember "TV, TV, TV," Microsoft was sure to stress "games, games, games," and Spencer opened the show. Throughout the show, video clips of people shared their favorite "games" of all time for further emphasis on the fact that Microsoft is focusing on the gamers.
Xbox owners will be the first to play the add on content for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In the gameplay footage, the graphics look beautiful as they showed a city under siege. They showed the usage of cycle grenades and demonstrated linking to drones. The demo was gorgeous and is definitely a game to be excited about.
Dan Greenawalt, Creative Director took the stage to discuss Forza 5: Motorsport.
Nurburgring will be making it's next-gen debut and is a 16 mile track. It will be available today as a free download. Forza Horizon 2 has been announced and the Lamborghini Huracan is included in a promised much longer list of cars available to the player in "stunning 1080p". It will be available on September 13th.
The briefing highlighted Evolve, the new game coming from the creators of Left 4 Dead. Play as a Medic, Support, or even step into the tentacles of the creature and play as the monster.
Assassin's Creed Unity will be able to form your own brotherhood with three additional friends to play together. The setting takes place on the eve of the Revolution in 1789 Paris. The trailer highlighted just how the team can work together to take out guards and make their way through the the elements and take out a ballroom of the enemy. This will definitely bring back the Assassin's Creed franchise by adding this four player coop feature. Another one to be excited about.
Who can forget about Sunset Overdrive? Bringing the hype, Ted Price took the stage after a quick trailer, to show a demo...but wait, it's better than a normal demo. Ted Price played the demo for us, rather than anyone else. He made his way across the city to a checkpoint, taking out mutants along the way. Chaos Squad will allow 8 friends to play the game cooperatively and will be available on October 28th.
DLC for Dead Rising 3 will include some awesome outfits of beloved Capcom characters. This was a great touch to the franchise.
Dance Central Spotlight will be coming in September that will be a download-only game. The announcement was not as powerful as we would've liked, but we knew we could expect something DC related. We will keep you posted as we get our hand...no wait- feet on the floor with the game.
Fable Legends multiplayer beta will begin this fall.
Project Spark was brought back to announce, not only galaxies, but Conker in the game.
Ori and the Blind Forest was announced with a trailer to be available this fall. The trailer was a very artistic trailer that was full of emotion. We will bring you more on this, as well.
Bonnie Ross of 343 Studios talked about stepping into the shoes of Master Chief and taking his journey with him...his past and his future. On November 11th, the entire Master Chief saga will be available as Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Everything will be unlocked and will be on one disc, including being able to play your favorite parts all over again. Halo 2 will get an anniversary edition and will include the multiplayer exactly the way we loved it. Every map ever released will be running 1080p and 60 frames per second. Plus, it will include a 4000 Gamerscore.
Halo 5 Guardians beta will be out this holiday and will be available in the Anniversary Edition of Halo 2.
Everything we saw today will be out this year. With that being said, what's coming in 2015?
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
- Phantom Dust
- Tom Clancy's: The Division (new content first on Xbox One)
- Platinum Game's newly announced title, Scalebound
- Crackdown 3
- Playdead, the company behind Limbo, showed a trailer for their new title, Inside.
Some teasers included:
- Knight Squad
- White Night
- Splash Dash
- Lovers in a Dangerous Space time
- Mighty No. 9
- Woolfe Grin
The conference was full focus on games and trailers with dismemberment! All in all, Microsoft brought it this year! We look forward to getting our hands on some of these titles on the showfloor and sharing our impressions!
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