All the news from Microsoft at E3 2017
Xbox One X unveiled, Crackdown 3 release date, Assassin's Creed's return and much more...
Microsoft took to the E3 2017 stage last night and didn't waste much time getting to business, so we won't either. Here's everything you need to know from Microsoft's E3 2017 presentation:
Xbox One X is coming this November
After more than a years worth of speculation, we finally have an official name and release date for Project Scorpio, which is now titled Xbox One X.
The updated Xbox One console is set to retail at Â£449 when it launches on November 7th. The 4K-ready console hopes to bring players over from rival PlayStation and make existing Xbox One gamers make the jump to newer hardware.
See the world premier trailer for "the most powerful console in the world" above.
Original Xbox games are becoming backwards compatible
Microsoft announced that they will be bringing games from the original Xbox console over to Xbox One, following the huge success of backwards compatibility support for Xbox 360 games.
Original Xbox games will be playable on Xbox One and Xbox One X later this year, and was one of Microsoft's big E3 surprises.
It is unclear whether the games will be updated to include achievements, and we're currently waiting on a full list of launch games for the programme.
Forza 7 revealed with 4K gameplay
It won't come as a big surprise, but Microsoft's first-party racer played a big part in the E3 2017 showing.
Forza Motorsport 7 was officially unveiled at the show with sparkling 4K / 60fps gameplay directly from Xbox One X. The game has made a six-year deal with Porche, and even brought a new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS on stage to celebrate the partnership.
Here's Microsoft's list of features from Forza 7:
- The best-looking, most realistic game we've ever created - Forza Motorsport 7 was built from the ground up for Project Scorpio to be an immersive true 4K and 60fps experience. Plus, with HDR and race conditions that change each time you return to the track, Forza Motorsport 7 was crafted as a visual masterpiece.
- The ultimate automotive playset - Forza Motorsport 7 features more than 700 ForzaVista cars to collect, race and customize and 30 racing environments with more than 200 ribbons. Plus, Forza Motorsport 7 offers more Porsche models than any racing game and an unparalleled portfolio of car manufacturers, including every premium brand. And for the first time in Forza's history, players can personalize their appearance with a massive race gear collection that includes hundreds of options spanning decades of race history and pop culture.
- Everyone can play, compete and watch - Forza Motorsport 7 continues in the footsteps of previous games by providing unprecedented tuning, new Assists and Mods to suit players of all skill levels. And thanks to the Forza Racing Championship esports league, enhanced spectating modes and Mixer integration, everyone can compete.
Minecraft gets cross-platform multiplayer on Windows 10, Xbox One, Mobile and Nintendo Switch
Minecraft players on Xbox One, Mobile, Windows 10 and Nintendo Switch will soon be able to interact with one another online. It will not come to PlayStation.
Microsoft confirmed that they will be adding 4K Minecraft support with the new "Super Duper Graphics Pack", and will unify Minecraft on Xbox One, Mobile, Windows 10 and VR - so that all editions share the exact same set of features, bringing a more complete overall Minecraft experience no matter which platform you play on.
The Super Duper Graphics Pack includes "features like dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, new textures for mobs and villagers, directional lighting, edge highlighting and more". It will only be available on Xbox One and Windows 10, "performing best on high-end PCs and the Xbox One X".
Sea of Thieves gameplay trailer confirms 2018 release
More gameplay for Rare's multiplayer Pirate title "Sea of Thieves" was shown off during Microsoft's E3 presentation, confirming a release window for the game.
Gamers that were hoping to see Sea of Thieves launch within the year for Xbox One X will be disappointed - the game won't come ashore until "early 2018".
See new Sea of Thieves gameplay in the trailer above.
Crackdown 3 launches this November
Following its first apperance back at E3 2014, Xbox exclusive Crackdown 3 finally has a release date.
Players will be able to jump back into the chaotic world of Crackdown on November 7th, alongside Xbox One X. It is confirmed as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, meaning your save will carry over from PC to Xbox One and vice versa.
Let actor Terry Crews reintroduce you to the world of Crackdown in the brand new gameplay trailer (embedded above).
Assassin's Creed Origins confirmed during Xbox show, 4K gameplay footage revealed
Following weeks of leaks and rumours, the next Assassin's Creed title has finally been confirmed, and it came during the Xbox E3 presentation.
Assassin's Creed Origins will be the next game in the series, and brings players to ancient Egypt - a setting which seems like a perfect fit for the series.
4K gameplay footage from Xbox One X introduces us to new protagonist Bayek, as he takes down enemies, rides horses, sails ships and slides down the pyramids on his arse.
Assassin's Creed Origins is out October 27th for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Worth the wait? Let us know!
BioWare debuts multiplayer-shooter "Anthem"
BioWare is entering the world of MMO-like multiplayer shooters with new IP "Anthem", which looks to take on games such as Destiny and The Division.
Anthem was revealed with Xbox One X gameplay, showing players and interact with a huge sci=fi inspired open world, encountering big monsters and looking out for epic loot.
Players will take to the sci-fi setting of Anthem as Freelanchers, exploring behind the walls of human civilization. The trailer does it more justice than I can, so check it out!
Metro Exodus announced for Xbox One and PC
Metro is set to make a return to Xbox One and PC, as Metro Exodus was officially unveiled during Microsoft's E3 2017 showing.
Players familiar with the series already know the score - you'll be tasked with surviving the apocalypse in the Metro of ruined Moscow, and will have to explore, sneak and kill if you're to survive.
Exodus introduces new protagonist Artyom, who leads a group of rangers in a quest that will take them across Russia to try and find life in the East. You'll encounter a full year of seasons throughout the game, including nuclear winter. It's due to release in 2018 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Here's a list of featured directly from Deep Silver:
- Embark on an incredible journey - board the Aurora, a heavily modified steam locomotive, and join a handful of survivors as they search for a new life in the East
- Experience Sandbox Survival - a gripping story links together classic Metro gameplay with new huge, non-linear levels
- A beautiful, hostile world - discover the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness, brought to life with stunning day / night cycles and dynamic weather
- Deadly combat and stealth - scavenge and craft in the field to customize your arsenal of hand-made weaponry, and engage human and mutant foes in thrilling tactical combat
- Your choices determine your comrades' fate - not all your companions will survive the journey; your decisions have consequence in a gripping storyline that offers massive re-playability
- The ultimate in atmosphere and immersion - a flickering candle in the darkness; a ragged gasp as your gasmask frosts over, the howl of a mutant on the night wind - the game will immerse and terrify you like no other
Dragon Ball FighterZ announced with gameplay trailer
Fans of the Dragon Ball Z series will be happy with the look and feel of Dragon Ball FighterZ, currently in development at Arc System Works.
The new 3-on-3 fighter stays remarkably true to its source material, featuring gorgeous animation and cell-shaded graphics.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is going to be an Xbox One console exclusive
Popular battle royale-style title PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox, as was announced in a new 4K Xbox One X trailer for the game.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is one of the most popular games on streaming platforms such as Twitch and has enjoyed an incredibly successful release, drawing in gamers with 100 player "last man standing" gameplay.
As a timed exclusive, the game will likely make its way over to PS4 some time after its November 17th release on Xbox One. See 4K gameplay above.
State of Decay 2 revealed for Xbox One X
It wouldn't be E3 without a new zombie game, would it?
State of Decay 2 follows a band of survivors as they traverse a post-apocalyptic world. The series will hold onto its perma-death mechanic, meaning that once you die, you'll stay that way and need to start again from scratch.
The map size for the game has been increased, now featuring 3 new maps that are each the size of the original State of Decay. You can play it on PC and Xbox One consoles in early 2018.
Cuphead is coming this September
The wait is nearly over for those of us that have been eager to jump into 2D platformer "Cuphead".
Cuphead is coming to PC and Xbox One this September 29th, Microsoft has confirmed. The announcement came alongside a new trailer, naturally.
The game picked up a lot of interest when first revealed back in 2014, notably for its appealing 1930s inspired art.
Life is Strange to receive a three-part prequel
Good news if you've been longing for more Life is Strange - players will revisit Max and Chloe this August in Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
Before the Storm is set three years before the events of the first game, and players will step into the shoes of 16 year-old Chloe Price.
Life is Strange 2 is currently in development at Dontnod, but we're yet to see any footage from the sequel.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is in development
And finally, in possibly my favourite announcement from the Microsoft E3 2017 show, it was confirmed that Ori and the Blind Forest will receive a sequel.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps task players with discovering the "mysteries beyond the forest of Nibel," and uncover the "hidden truths of those lost, and unravel Ori's true destiny."
Microsoft's Moon Studios is once again taking control of the project, and hopes to mimic the critical success of the first game. See the first look at Will of the Wisps above.
That about wraps it up for Microsoft at E3! We'll leave you with the following montage of all this year's biggest games.
What was your highlight from Microsoft's E3 2017 showing? What did we miss? Leave a comment and keep an eye on GameSeek for more E3 round-ups. We'll be adding all the latest hardware and software from E3 2017 throughout the week!
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