E3 2014 – Microsoft Media Brief

Firstly, my overall thought is: wow. Just wow. Some of the trailers for these games were masterpieces that blew my mind. Visually stunning and captivating. A lot games were announced as Phil Spencer decided that this media coverage would be solely for announcing games. There have been more than a handful of upcoming releases to get excited about. Within this article will be a brief overview of the games announced, with a little more detail about the ones that I’m personally excited about.

One of the first announcements that immediately caught my attention was for Assassin’s Creed Unity, developed by Ubisoft. This will release only on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and is due on 28th October 2014. This next installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise is set in 18th century Paris during the French Revolution, where you and 3 of your friends on Xbox Live can form your own brotherhood to complete quests. Watch as you and your colleagues hide, sneak, distract, and fight to eliminate your target. The teaser trailer has astounding graphics and certainly left me impressed.

Split screen showing the multiplayer element of Assassin's Creed Unity.
Assassin’s Creed Unity

Dragon Age Inquistion, developed by Bioware, at E3 showcased a chilling and beautiful trailer with visually stunning gameplay, scenes, and a soundtrack that only heightens the haunting feeling evoked by the voice-over. The landscapes are magnificent and vast, detailed and each their own graphics artwork. It is no secret that I have a love for Dragon Age, and the more I see of Dragon Age Inquisition the more I want to play. This one is out October 7th in the US, October 10th in the UK on the PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4.

David Eckelberry presented Fable Legends (Lionhead Studios). Multiplayer Beta coming soon November 2014, Xbox Only. Gain a team of heroes with multiplayer capabilities as you strive to recover an ancient artefact from a magical land. There are also opportunities for co-operative experiences with a chance to be the villain, as you control the world from above like a cruel god deciding what the heroes face in terms of monsters and spells. The script is humourus, and graphics are stunning.

Vivanne holding a blade to someone's neck in Dragon Age Inquistion
Dragon Age Inquisition

Sunset Overdrive, exclusive to Xbox One, begins with a dramatic scene of a soldier on his own fighting for survival. He’s heavily outmanned and quickly running out of bullets. The sombre scene changes into something out of a cartoon world. It is vibrant, funny, and exciting to watch. The soldier’s saviour breaks the 4th wall with amusing narration that explains what is happening. The story is based in Sunset City where contaminated energy drinks have given rise to mutants. Insomanic Games have brought us a game that definitely seems worth the money. Release date is 28th October 2014.

Meanwhile, Sledgehammer Games announced Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, allowing us to see more of the gameplay and storyline of the latest Call of Duty game. The trailer shows a deployment pod getting hit, with an overview of the advancements they have made in gameplay, which include an enhanced player immersion experience. Watch a fellow comrade’s arm get trapped in an enemy aircraft while planting an explosive… before he is blown up. Followed by the shrapnel from the explosion impaling you, and causing your arm to be taken off. This is truly a combat game must-have that will be released on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 from the 4th November 2014.

View from the pod in the trailer
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

It doesn’t end there. There is so much more going on in the Microsoft gaming world. Including Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt where the advancements on Witcher 2 are more than noticeable. Everything looks better, flows better, and has more depth in the landscape than previously seen. This releases 24th February 2015,  to be available on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

One of the bigger announcements was that the Master Chief Collection heads to the Xbox One on 11th November 2014. This collection will contain the Halo 1 through 4 in a contained package, all for Xbox One players. Not only that, those who purchase the Master Chief Collection will gain access to the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians. The multiplayer beta for this will be released this December to celebrate Halo and all it has done for the Xbox Franchaise.

The list of upcoming games continues:

  • Evolve – Exclusive Beta and DLC on the Xbox One
  • Forza Horizon 2 – Release date Sept 30th 2014
  • Rise of The Tomb Raider – 2015 release date
  • Scalebound – By Platinum Games. Exclusive to Xbox One
  • Crackdown – For the Xbox One only
  • Tom Clancy’s: The Devision – 2015 release date
  • Project Spark – Release date of Fall 2014
  • Ori and the Blind Forest – Stunningly beautiful platform game.

The Independent Developers section was also explored (Microsoft offers free developers kits and support for independent developers to release their games onto the Xbox market). The vast range of games of varying styles was astounding and exciting. Some of the games include: Plague Inc Evolved, Drifter, Lifeless Planet, Fru, Woolfe, and Hellraid. That is a small sample of the selection of games shown.

Overall this year is going to see a sizable release of games that will make you wonder how you to pay for all of these, because let’s face it, we pretty much want the majority of these games. I certainly do. I certainly will have to buy an Xbox One now. It’s not a bad thing, just another good reason to buy it. Microsoft showed a range of visually stunning and magnificent games that either I look forward to playing, or watching develop.

About the author

Susie Cumberland

Susie is from the dark side of Nottingham and is a Research Data Analyst. She spends her free time watching movies, killing things in games, and pretending to work. Also, Susie has her own science based craft business called Astrodoodles. She is a keen doodler of space things. She can be found floating around on twitter @susiecumberland

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