E3 2014 Highlights: Microsoft Press Conference

By Jared Scott on June 12, 2014, 3:20PM EDT
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Though Microsoft was the subject of humiliation at last year's E3, they did not let their past mistakes hold them back at their press conference this E3. Microsoft revealed many new games ranging from new IPs, sequels, remasters, and even a revitalized series in the form of trailers, discussions, and live demos.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare opened up Microsoft's conference showing off eight minutes of gameplay which took place in a map of Korea. In Advanced Warfare, players will take control of a futuristic arsenal to bring down their foes and friends online beginning November 4th.

There were many other shooters at Microsoft's conference, of course, such as Warframe, a free-to-play shooter. It will make its way from the PS4 and PC to the Xbox One before the year's end. Steve Sinclair, the game's creative director, attributed the decision to port Warframe to the Xbox One to Microsoft's ID@Xbox Program.

Sunset Overdrive was given some time to shine with a trailer of the protagonist explaining the game's setting to the player. Also, a live demo of the game itself was featured. The demo of the open world featured parkour, energy drinks, guns that shoot fire-crackers, and a theme park full of chaos and fun. Sunset Overdrive will be available exclusively on the Xbox One on October 28th.

The Xbox One will receive exclusive content for another upcoming shooter, Evolve, which is being developed by Turtle Rock Studios. The first exclusive is access to the game's beta which begins this autumn. The rest of the content is a group of special DLC packs, but the exact details of their content was not discussed.

Tom Clancy's The Division made an appearance with both a video of the gameplay and the announcement that it's DLC will come to the Xbox One first, just like with Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.

Though not a Microsoft exclusive, Dragon Age: Inquisition made an appearance hinting at the importance of "chaos" which may be a new gameplay element. The featured trailer was narrated by a man marked by the chaos who revealed a world ravaged by an unending war.

The sequel to Square Enix's Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, was announced and showed off in a trailer. Taking place after the events of the first game and the comic series, Lara Croft will travel the globe to new locations as she makes new friends and comes to terms with being the Tomb Raider.

A second adventure for Lara was revealed, titled Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. A sequel to 2010's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, the game is upping co-op play from two player up to four. Not many details were revealed other than what was in its trailer.

Director David Eckleberry revealed Fable: Legends, the first four player co-op game in the series. Players will be able to play as hero or villain and can sign up for the multiplayer beta which begins this fall.

A brand new IP for Microsoft's Xbox One, Scalebound, was announced during the press conference. Developed by Platinum games, the trailer revealed a character fighting very large monsters side-by-side his own beast.

Studio Playdead, the developers of Limbo, released a trailer for their upcoming game, Inside. As with Limbo, Inside contains a very dark and frightful atmosphere and appears to take place in a concentration camp of sorts.

Capcom decided to take a friendly jab at itself when it announced Super Ultra Dead Rising Arcade Remix Hyper Edition DX Plus Alpha, a four player co-op DLC for Dead Rising 3 staring the cast of the previous Dead Rising games. It features many costumes and super abilities from some of Capcom's other franchises such as Mega Man Legends, Breath of Fire, Dino Crisis, Street Fighter, and Dark Stalkers.

Gamers were treated to a live demo of Assassin's Creed: Unity where its four player co-op was shown off. The four assassins quickly assisted in an uprising by the commons folk of Paris, France, as they infiltrated the meeting place of their target and threw him out to the people to be beheaded. Another trailer showed off the feature Controlled Descent that lets players climb and descent wherever they want. The special editions of Assassins' Creed: Unity were revealed as well.

Forza Horizon 2 was showcased at Microsoft's press conference and will be available on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Playground Games will head of the development of the Xbox One version while Sumo Digital will take the other. The creative director, Ralph Fulton, stated that there will be over 200 cars in Forza horizon 2 and clubs can hold 1000 members. Forza 5 Motorsport fans will be happy to know that they will receive the upcoming Nurburnring DLC for absolutely free.

A new Crackdown game is in development by a team led by the series' creator, David Jones. Other than a stylized trailer, the only details shared are that it's being made for the Xbox One, will feature online co-op, and will be out in 2015.

A live demo of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which lasted five minutes, showcased how players will hunt down monsters and rescue those being terrorized by bandits.

After mentioning how successful the reboot of Killer Instinct was, Microsoft revealed a trailer for the sequel of the cult classic Phantom Dust.

It's not really a Microsoft conference without Halo. That's why a new trailer for Halo 5: Guardians was revealed. The video introduced a new character who will be hunting for the missing Master Chief who has gone on his own to seek answers. Immediately after the trailer, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was revealed. It contains Halo 1 through 4 with the first two games being Anniversary editions.

What were your favorite moments at Microsoft's E3 conference? Did they go beyond your expectations? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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