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Recent Articles: Next Xbox Reveal
Microsoft’s Don Mattrick opened the “Next Xbox Reveal” by saying that Tuesday’s presentation was all about introducing the world to the Xbox One. Game announcements for the next generation console, including 15 titles in development at Microsoft Studios, would come at E3.
One of those games will apparently be the rebirth of a classic franchise from Rare’s stable. Speaking to Polygon, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said: “Fans of Rare and Rare IP I think will be pleased with what we’re going to show at E3. That historic IP that they’ve built I think can play a real important role on Xbox One.”
The GoldenEye and Donkey Kong Country developer was purchased by Microsoft in 2002, which also included most of their non-Nintendo published properties such as Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Killer Instinct, Battletoads, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and Jet Force Gemini.
So which one will it be? It’s anyone’s guess, but Microsoft did famously renew the Killer Instinct trademark earlier this year.
So what in the world is going on with the Xbox One and its used game policy? We’ve been following the story across multiple websites and with replies and counter-replies from multiple Microsoft sources. Who’s telling the truth? Who’s mistaken? Who’s just hoping this whole thing blows over?
We give it our best shot, but honestly, this might require a statement from Bill Gates to really sort it out… (more…)
When is a game announcement not a game announcement? When that game was announced weeks, or even months, ago for a console that we didn’t know the name of. But with Microsoft’s unveiling of the Xbox One, a few multiplatform titles that we all knew were in development for it can be officially “announced.”
Ubisoft will have two titles available for the Xbox One launch: Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The French publisher plans to release at least four additional games for the Xbox One during the system’s first year.
“The next generation of consoles will reinvigorate our industry and make it possible for us to deliver incredible new entertainment to gamers,” said Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our teams are using the innovations in connectivity, immersion and social gaming included in Xbox One to create original and memorable next-gen gaming experiences.”
Bungie has always loved the Xbox platform, so it’s not surprising that they’ve confirmed that Destiny will be released for the Xbox One. A release date was not announced. Square Enix and Eidos Montreal will sneak onto the Xbox One in 2014 with Thief. The stealth title will also make an appearance at this year’s E3 Expo.
“The team at Eidos Montreal is thrilled to confirm that Thief is coming to Xbox One. The next generation of home consoles allow us to create the best and the most immersive Thief game ever. The feedback we have received so far is simply amazing and we can’t wait to show more of Thief at E3 this year” said Stephane D’Astous, the General Manager of Eidos Montreal.
Finally, Battlefield 4 will challenge the latest Call of Duty during the Xbox One launch. More Xbox One titles will surely be announced in the lead-up to this year’s E3 Expo.
Xbox One Trailer: Call of Duty: Ghosts
The Call of Duty: Ghosts experience won’t be that different whether you play it on the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, or Xbox One. But if you do decide to upgrade to a next-generation system, it’s going to be a whole lot prettier. You can check out the trailer Activision’s Eric Hirshberg brought to the “Next Xbox Reveal” above, or you can watch the behind-the-scenes development video with Infinity Ward after the break.
Of course, I recommend watching both. (more…)
Microsoft didn’t have many games to show off at their “Next Xbox Reveal,” but what they lacked in quantity they certainly made up for in quality. Forza Motorsport 5‘s debut trailer is a truly impressive bit of “car porn.”
Forza Motorsport 5 will be an Xbox One launch game when Microsoft releases their next console later this year.
If you took anything away from Microsoft’s Xbox One presentation, it’s that Remedy’s Quantum Break looks incredible. You can check out the trailer above and you can read the game’s first marketing blurb right here:
Master time to survive the present… and save the future. From the creators of Alan Wake and Max Payne comes Quantum Break, a revolutionary entertainment experience that blurs the line between gameplay and television. With Quantum Break, the world will see a new generation of immersive entertainment, only possible on Xbox One.
Now, can someone tell me who the actress is that plays the mom? She looks so familiar but I can’t think of her name.
UPDATE: A commenter has pointed out the actress is Lauren Stamile, formerly of Community and the criminally underappreciated Off Centre (yes, really).
Meet the Xbox One in this video
If you want to gawk at Microsoft’s sleek new system, the Xbox One, and it’s improved controller and Kinect sensor, here’s your chance.
A nice high resolution poster of the console/controller/Kinect combo can be found at Major Nelson’s blog.
Don Mattrick has returned to the stage to confirm that the Xbox One will launch “around the world” later this year. And Mattrick wanted to remind everyone that more Xbox One games will be announced at this year’s E3 Expo.
Then he dropped a bombshell… nah… we all expected this. Mattrick confirmed that all downloadable content for Call of Duty: Ghosts will be released for the Xbox One first.
That’s all folks. See you at E3!