E3 2016 Microsoft Press Conference Summary
What’s up #TeamNinja, in case you don’t feel like sitting through the E3:2016 Microsoft Press Conference in its entirety, I’ve created a summary below:
- Dead Rising 4 is Christmas Themed
- ReCore Trailer; Release Date September 13th
- Halo Wars 2 Official Trailer
- State of Decay 2 Confirmed
- EA Access Players Get Battlefield 1 Even Earlier
- Minecraft New Update Allows Cross Platform Gaming
- Limbo Free on Xbox One; Inside Trailer and Release Date
- We Happy Few Coming to Xbox Early Access
- Sea of Thieves Gameplay Reveal
- Gwent; The Witcher’s Stand Alone Card Game
- Tekken 7 Trailer and Release Announcement
- Killer Instinct Gets a New Character
- Final Fantasy XV Gameplay for Xbox One
- Microsoft Play Anywhere Program
- Gears of War 4
- Forza Horizon 3
- Ark: Survival Evolved
- Xbox One S Confirmed
- More Features to Come to XBox Live
- Xbox Design Lab: Build-Your-Own Controller
- Xbox Project Scorpio Will be a Significantly More Powerful Version of the Xbox One
1. Dead Rising 4 is Christmas Themed
Dead Rising 4 is set to come out during the holidays 2016.
➡ For more information, check out the Dead Rising 4 Trailer post.
2. ReCore Trailer; Release Date September 13th
From the legendary creator Keiji Inafune, and the makers of Metroid Prime comes ReCore, an action-adventure crafted for a new generation. Join Joule Adams as she leads a group of Corebot companions on an adventure to save mankind in the dangerous world of Far Eden.
ReCore will be released September 13th on Xbox One and PC.
3. Halo Wars 2 Official Trailer
Microsoft announced that a weeklong beta for Halo Wars 2 on Xbox One starts today.
Halo Wars 2 will hit the shelves February 21, 2017.
➡ For more information, check out our Halo Wars 2 Beta post.
4. State of Decay 2 Confirmed
It’s confirmed. State of Decay is getting a sequel. In State of Decay 2, you’ll venture into a zombie-infested multiplayer world, “exploring your own unique story in a world that remembers the choices you make” trying to save not only yourself, but others as well.
State of Decay 2 is set to arrive in 2017 on Xbox One and Windows 10.
5. EA Access Players Get Battlefield 1 Even Earlier
Battlefield 1 will be available on October 13th for EA Access members, October 18th for players that purchase the deluxe edition and October 21st for everyone else.
6. Minecraft New Update Allows Cross Platform Gaming
Minecraft will be getting a new “Friendly Update” which will allow players to play together irrespective of what platform they are playing on. This was demonstrated at E3 when they showed footage of a three different people playing on a laptop, tablet, and on VR.
Two significant improvements specific to the “Pocket Edition” were also detailed. These are texture packs which let you change in-game aesthetics, and add-ons that allow you to modify the game world even further.
7. Limbo Free on Xbox One; Inside Trailer and Release Date
Limbo was originally released in 2014 and normally costs $9.99 to download from the store; however, it was announced that Limbo is now FREE on Xbox One.
Also coming from the developers of Limbo, Inside is launching June 29 exclusively for Xbox One.
The puzzle platformer spins a yarn about a child who is up against a malevolent organization bent on achieving world domination through morally dubious experiments on human subjects.
8. We Happy Few Coming to Xbox Early Access
A gameplay trailer for the We Happy Few, a singleplayer survival game was shown during the conference.
Set in an alternative 1960s Britain, citizens are all hooked on a happy drug,”Joy”. When our hero decides he wants to quit,.he finds out quite quickly that citizens do not deal well with disobedience.
We Happy Few will be released July 26th for Xbox One and PC.
9. Sea of Thieves Gameplay Reveal
Sea of Thieves throws you right into a life of a pirate. You are able to explore islands, presumably for loot, and drink grog on your ship. When it’s time to set sail, be sure to raise the anchor, drop your sails; and, with the help of some friends, navigate the high seas. Beware of other ships though or you’ll be in bombarded with a barrage of cannon fire in no time.
10. Gwent; The Witcher’s Stand Alone Card Game
Ever spend endless hours in The Witcher playing the card game in the tavern? Well, now you can spend endless hours in the standalone game. Gwent is currently scheduling their betas and the game is set to launch in September.
11. Tekken 7 Trailer and Release Announcement
Ever wondered how Akuma would fair in the Tekken world? Well, wonder no more!
Tekken 7 is slated to come out early 2017.
12. Killer Instinct Gets a New Character
General Ramm, the guy that we killed in the first Gears of War, is coming to Killer Instinct.
13. Final Fantasy XV Gameplay for Xbox One
➡ For more details, check out the Final Fantasy XV post.
14. Microsoft Play Anywhere Program
Microsoft introduced a new Play Anywhere program where players only have to purchase a single copy of a game and will be able to play it both on the Xbox One as well as Windows 10 PC. All progress and achievements will be linked/shared across both platforms.
Here is a list of the games announced at the press conference that will be Play Anywhere games:
Gears of War 4
➡ For more details, check out the Gears of War 4 Play Anywhere post.
Initial introduced to us during E3:2014, Scalebound was announced to have an unspecified 2017 release date. For the time being, let’s summon our pets and take on a big ass crustacean!
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 will be set in Australia in and will offer four player campaign co-op play and the greatest number of cars featured in a Horizon title. Forza 3 will allow for cross play and will be released September 27th.
Ark: Survival Evolved
It was announced that Ark: Survival Evolved will be part of the Play Anywhere Program. They also detailed the Redwood Biomes update and showed a spotlight of the new dinosaur; the Titanosaur.
15. Xbox One S Confirmed
The Xbox One S will retail for US$399 for 2TB version, US$349 for 1TB version and US$299 for a 500GB version w/o a controller.
➡ For more details, check out the Xbox One S detailed post.
16. More Features to Come to Xbox Live
Xbox live will be rolling out more features throughout the year.
➡ For more information, check out the Xbox Live Features post.
17. Xbox Design Lab: Build-Your-Own Controller
Microsoft is launching a new program called the Xbox Design Lab which will allow players to design and customize their own controllers. You’ll be able to choose the colour of just about every part of the controller and if you so choose, can also laser engrave some text on the front.
The controllers will be the new smaller Xbox One S controllers and will cost $79.99USD, plus an extra $9.99USD if you choose to engrave. Although they will not start shipping out till September, you can get started now on your design.
18. Xbox Project Scorpio Will be a Significantly More Powerful Version of the Xbox One
Microsoft stressed that “no one would be left behind” due to the hardware being “beyond generations.” This means that all future games will be developed for the Xbox One and Windows 10 in addition to Project Scorpio. This also means that developers will be able to create games with higher and tighter framerates.
➡ For more information, check out the Project Scorpio post.
That wraps up the summary. A lot of announcements but none that are Earth shattering.
What did you think about the press conference? Were you really hoping for something to be announced but wasn’t? What got you the most excited? Let us know in the comments below!