E3 2016: Microsoft Press Conference News Round-Up

By Ben Petchey

June 13, 2016

With two new consoles revealed, We Happy Few gameplay, Gears of War 4 and the announcement of Dead Rising 4, Gwent The Witcher Card Game and State of Decay 2, Microsoft has certainly come back fighting with their E3 press conference this year.

Unsurprisingly due to leaks, the new and slimmed down version of the Xbox One, simply named “S,” was revealed by Microsoft during its press conference.

The console will come with 4K support for video, high dynamic range support and a 40% smaller form factor. You can also sit it up vertically with a stand that will release the same time as the console.

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During the conference it was announced that Gear of Wars 4 would come to Windows 10 as well as the Xbox One.

The game will have cross-play and cross-buy, allowing for all achievements to carry over between the two versions.

We also got a good long look at Gears of War 4 in action.

You can check out the gory gameplay here.

During Microsoft’s press conference, the next chapter of the Forza Horizon franchise was announce, and much like its predecessors it would be simply called Forza Horizon 3.

The game will launches on September 27, and will be set in Australia. It will also include a co-op mode with up to four players, which is a first in the franchise.

You can check out the first trailer here.

It was also announced that Gears of War’s General Raam is now available as a playable character in Killer Instinct.

Check out his very own trailer here.

A new trailer for ReCore by Keiji Inafune and Armature Studios showed off the game’s gameplay off for the firs time.

The game also got an official release date of September 23 for North America and September 26 for Europe. It’ll launch on Xbox One and PC. It’ll also be “Play Anywhere,” which means that if you buy the game, you’ll own versions on both Xbox One and PC.

Check out the gameplay trailer here.

Some new Final Fantasy XV gameplay was shown off today during Microsoft’s E3 conference too.

The gameplay demo shows Noctis Lucis Caelum, the game’s main character and Co, take on a gigantic titan.

Final Fantasy XV launches September 30, but in the meantime, you can check out the full demo here.

Tom Clancy’s The Division couldn’t not recieve any news at E3, could it? A brand new trailer for the “Underground” expansion was released.

The Division’s “Underground” DLC will be coming to Xbox One first on June 28, following later on PC and PlayStation 4.

You can check out the trailer here.

Director of Programming Mike Ybarra announced a few new features for Xbox Live during the conference.

The first is clubs; they will allow you to subscribe to environments that allow you to hang out with your friends. Then there is a “looking for group” feature, that lets you find other players to play with.

Last but not least, there is “Arena,” a new competitive platform based on Xbox Live.

Check out the details here.

Playing Minecraft on PC but want to build some awesome structures with your friend on Xbox One?

Well now you can!  Microsoft, recent buyers of the Minecraft IP, have announced cross-play between all devices that run the game. The service is called Minecraft Realms. You can try Minecraft Realms for free today on Xbox Live.

Microsoft also announced that players of the Minecraft Pocket Edition can now download texture packs.

You can check out the original post here.

During the conference Phil Spencer revealed during the Xbox Design Labs custom controllers. With nearly every aspect of the controller customizable, there are more than 8,000,000 different color combinations.

You can check out the sleek trailer for the custom controllers here.

Following leaks, CD Projekt Red formally announced Gwent The Witcher Card Game, which is a full-blown multiplayer experience, for PC’s and consoles.

The game also sports a single-player campaign as well as a brand new visual upgrade.

The beta will come first to PC and Xbox One in September 2016 — players can register now at Playgwent.com.

You can check out the trailer here.

We Happy Few, an upcoming first-person survival video game developed by Compulsion Games, got a new gameplay video during the event.

We Happy Few is coming to Xbox One before any other console and will be available on Xbox Game Preview.

You can check out the creepy demo here.

Following leaks prior to the conference, Capcom finally announced Dead Rising 4. It will be exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10.

The game will come in Holiday 2016.

You can check out the reveal trailer here.

Bandai Namco announced that Tekken 7 will be coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Steam and will include a new story mode.

The game will come early next year, but Xbox fans don’t have to wait too long to play Tekken, as Tekken Tag Torunament 2 will be released for free to all Xbox Live Gold members via backward compatibility this week.

Check out the trailer here.

Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya and J.P. Kellams got on stage to show off Scalebound‘s crazy co-op gameplay.

You can check the gameplay here.

Rare’s Studio Head took to the stage to show off a new trailer and a some amazing Sea of Thieves co-op gameplay.

Sea of Thieves comes exclusively to PC and Xbox One.

Check out the trailer and gameplay demo here.

343 Industries showcased a really sleek trailer of Halo Wars 2 for Xbox One and PC. The game Will Launch on February 21 2017.

A beta has also started for all Xbox Live gold subscribers.

Check out the trailer here.

State of Decay, a third person zombie-survival horror video game developed by Undead Labs and published by Microsoft Studios, is getting a sequel.

State of Decay 2 was officially announced and will launch sometime during 2017.

Check out the trailer here.

I doubt there is anyone that didn’t see this coming with all the leaks. Phil Spencer officially introduced the new Xbox One code named “Scorpio” near the end of the conference.

It’ll bring 6 teraFLOPS of computing power with a 8-core CPU and over 320 Gb/s of memory bandwidth. It will also deliver “true 4K gaming and high fidelity VR.”

In the video presentation, developers also mentioned 60 FPS and “fully uncompressed pixels,” which would be the “highest quality pixels than anybody has seen.”

All accessories and games will also be compatible with previous models of the Xbox One. It will release in the holiday window of 2017 for an undisclosed price.

Check out the dramatic trailer for the Scorpio here.

Last, but not least, the independent games!

Check out the list of indie games coming to Xbox One:

  • Beacon — Monothetic
  • Below — Capybara Games
  • Blood Stained: Ritual of the Night — Inti Creates
  • The Culling — Xavient
  • Cuphead — StudioMDHR
  • Deliver Us the Moon — KeokeN Interactive
  • Everspace — Rockfish Games
  • FAR — Mixtvision Digital
  • Figment — Bedtime Digital Games
  • Flinthook — Tribute
  • For the King — IronOak Games
  • Hand of Fate 2 — Defiant Development
  • Outlast II — Red Barrels
  • Raiders — MercurySteam
  • Shadow Tactics — Daedalic Entertainment
  • Slime Rensher — Monomi Park
  • Stardew Valley — Chucklefish
  • Yooka-Laylee — Playtonic

Check out a flashy montage featuring all of the above here.

So there you have it. Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference. Not bad, eh?

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