Microsoft announces new Xbox One titles at E3

News Aaron Birch 10 Jun 2014 - 21:42

Microsoft has enthralled E3 with its latest press conference, but could it make amends for past mistakes?

You could say Microsoft had a lot of work to do this year at E3, and right from the off it was clear that it had listened to the fans, stating that this year's conference was all about the games. And, true to its word, that's what Microsoft's briefing delivered.

The expected selection of big releases, both first and third party were covered, including the always Microsoft-present Call of Duty, with a look at Advanced Warfare. Forza: Horizon 2 was shown, along with Evolve. Assassin's Creed: Unity was shown, looking every bit the next gen title, as was Dragon Age: Inquisition. Sunset Overdrive looked tasty, and we got another look at Fable Legends.

Despite not being quite as big as many may have thought, Project Spark was shown, promising more features, like co-op missions. Hopefully it's a creation tool that'll continue to grow and offer everyone the chance to create their own games.

As we expected, though, a major focus of the conference was on flagship Xbox title, Halo. Halo: The Master Chief Collection was revealed. Contrary to rumours of a Halo 2: Anniversary edition, this isn't just going to feature a remastered edition of the second game, but all four major Halo releases on a single disc. That's Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. All of these will run at 1080p and the collection will feature over 100 multiplayer maps (including some new maps for Xbox One), with a service running on dedicated servers. It's a Halo fan's dream come true. Halo Nightfall, a live action series was also revealed.

That wasn't all for big reveals, and Microsoft officially unveiled a title we all saw coming – Crackdown 3. Rise of the Tomb Raider was also teased, depicting Lara's first adventure after her origin story reboot, and Platinum Games announced its new IP, Scalebound.

There was a big push for indie games on the Xbox One, and over 350 developers are working on games for the platform, including promising titles such as Inside, Cuphead and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime.

We saw more of Tom Clancy's The Division, and excitingly, Microsoft confirmed the return of Xbox classic, Phantom Dust, remade and reworked for Xbox One.

That's some of the highlights to what was a much improved showing from Microsoft. We got what the company promised, and that's games, a lot of them. Click below to watch the entire conference.

Microsoft press conference (jump to 30 minutes for the actual conference)

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I'm really excited for the Halo collection, because I'm a massive Halo fan. Otherwise, I wasn't completely amazed by Microsoft's line up. Sunset Overdrive has great potential but a lot of these games, as awesome as they are (Tomb Raider, The Division!) will probably turn up on PS4, running smoother and looking better. I notice that both Microsoft and Sony are really pushing everything into 2015, leaving 2014 surprisingly sparse of big next-gen games. Who would have thought we'd be talking about Last of Us: Remastered vs. The Halo Collection? Throw in GTA and it seems like this may be the year of the remaster.

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