A year after showing the world what its Xbox One was capable of as a media entertainment device, Microsoft shifted its focus to games at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
The next generation consoles are hitting their stride and it’s evident in the amazing visuals and immersive game-play. Leading the way on the Xbox One are: first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which looks stunning and will include new content first on Xbox; Assassin’s Creed Unity, now set during the French Revolution; wacky comedy / action game Sunset Overdrive; the action-adventure Fable Legends, a new Forza title, and what every Xbox owner was waiting and hoping for Halo: Master Chief Collection, a box set with remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 all running in 1080p at 60 frames per second. The Halo: Master Chief Collection also includes an invitation to beta test the online mode for Halo 5: Guardians, which starts in December. And that’s just a taste of the games that Microsoft revealed during its 2-hour presentation.
Microsoft also showed its commitment to independent games developers, featuring a number of new indie games in development, in addition to the heavy dose of titles from major publishers. This year’s early favorites look to be platformer Inside from Limbo developer Playdead and Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studio, which they’ve described as a Super Meat Boy and Metroidvania hybrid.
Besides the strategic decision to skip the entertainment content, there was also no mention of the Kinect. The full Xbox E3 press event can be seen on the Xbox@E3 2014 site.