Xbox One at E3: What to expect
The E3 build up for Microsoft has begun and Phil Spencer takes over as head of Xbox and the promise of games dominating the event has been made. “We are already over our 90 minute time limit and having to move stuff out of show,” Spencer said on Twitter, promising that we won’t be seeing much of the Microsoft executive team on stage this year. What can we expect to see though? Here are our predictions (some more ambitious than others):
It was teased last year and ever since Microsoft has been promising Halo will be making an appearance in LA this year. We’re expecting more than an appearance though as we suspect we’ll get our first look at gameplay (hopefully live) at Microsoft’s press conference. How much we see will really be dependent on just how far out the game is. Originally we were told Master Chief would return before the end of 2014. If we get to see only a few snippets then 2015 launch is much more likely.
Halo TV/Film teaser
Spielberg is working on a TV show and the latest we’re hearing is that Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free is trying to get a movie off the ground. A closer look at one or both of these projects as part of a Halo centerpiece to the conference is highly likely.
As we understand it Black Tusk Studios has only been work on the next Gears for as long as Microsoft has owned the IP, which is just a few weeks. As such any chances of seeing live gameplay are probably a little slim. We wouldn’t put it past Microsoft to put together a teasing CG trailer though that helps set the time, place and tone for this new era of GOW games.Will Marcus Fenix return? Will it be set around E-Day? We may get some clues in LA.
Lionhead has kept relatively quiet about its upcoming reinvention of the Fable series. With former City Of Heroes developers taking the lead at the studio, Fable is turning to co-op gaming to reinvigorate the franchise. We’ve had some small clues dropped through a cinematic trailer and small posts on the Lionhead blog, but we hope to see some live footage of this Xbox One game
Forza Horizon 2 announcement
No Xbox presentation at E3 would feel complete without a racing game presence and after the success of Horizon as Microsoft’s action tarmac churner we’re looking forward to seeing a sequel. There’s always an outside chance that PGR will return we guess.
ID@Xbox will be in full swing by June with releases coming thick and fast. Expect to see a nice montage video of some of the big hitters already out and on the horizon. Plus, we’re expecting a first look at some new games from some of the larger indie studios like Double Fine. There will be a lot of attention paid to this area of Xbox One if only because of how many games are coming in the next few months.
We’ve had our reveal trailer and another little tease from VGX last year, but now we expect Remedy Entertainment to take the stage and show us some live gameplay. Just how will all the time manipulation mechanics, live action sequences and third-person shooting all tie together? We hope to see all of it during the presentation. And a firm release date for 2014 too.
Another Xbox One exclusive previously teased, Sunset Overdrive has been very quiet since Insomnia revealed it. Now this multiplayer shooter and urban playground can step in and blow people’s minds as the next massive multiplayer shooter that everyone is going to want to play. The original trailer showed plenty of fast movement, comic action and crazy characters so if nothing else it will be a nice change of pace.
We’re sticking out necks out here a little since there’s been no word if this is really a thing or not, but if you look back over the catalogue of Xbox exclusives, Crackdown is the only title we haven’t heard anything about of late. We were big fans of the first two outings for this superheroic sandbox title and would love to see a return of its explosive action, cartoon physics and levelling system. Perhaps a new location beyond Pacific City would be nice too.