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Xbox One conference round up


Phil Spencer took to the stage to say that Xbox One would be the best place to play this year, citing games such as Assassin's Creed: Unity, GTA V, Destiny, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and FIFA 15.

He also mentioned 1st party titles such as Sunset Overdrive, Halo MasterChief Collection, Forza Horizon 2.

To start off, Spencer talked about FIFA 15 and its Legends Ultimate Team. You'll also be able to pre-order an exclusive Xbox One bundle which includes the console and the game from September 25.

More legends are also being entered into the game, expanding the roster to include other players such as Peter Schmeichel. Other players mentioned include the Laudrup brothers, Sir Bobby Moore, Roberto Carlos, Roy Keane, Alan Shearer and more.


Next up Microsoft focused on ID@Xbox titles such as Fruit Ninja 2, Massive Chalice, Inside, Knight Squad, Lovers in a Dangerous Space Time, No Time to Explain, Plague Inc: Evolved, Smite, SlashDash, Space Engineers and Spectra. There where more too, including the popular Threes, SpeedRunners, Superhot etc. All of these titles are coming first to console on Xbox One, with other platforms to follow.

Microsoft didn't really go into a lot of detail, although did pick out some titles such as Space Engineers which sees you play as an engineer fixing things in space. Superhot was another title shown off, the trailer for which just seemed to show its name off over and over again. The Escapist from Team 17 was also shown, a sim where you need to try and escape from prison using crafting materials. Smite was another game shown off, which is great is you love yourself some MOBA action. It seems to be a timed exclusive. To wrap things up for ID@Xbox a new Capy game was shown in the form of Below. It looked nice enough, although it's a bit hard to tell just how it'll play on console.

Next up, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hit the stage showing off a level known as Collapse, heading towards a car in the Golden Gate bridge you could almost sense what was going to happen next as the speeding car toppled, causing the solders to have to proceed on foot. This resulted in a large fire fight involving double jumps, helicopters, hover grenades and more. It all looks very nice and polished and dare we say fun. Then the bridge collapsed. Well the level was called 'Collapse' for a reason.

A limited edition Call of Duty: Advance Warfare Bundle will also be released which includes a custom designed console with sound effects, a 1TB hard drive and a day zero copy of the game.



Next was the announcement of an open Beta for Evolve, which will arrive early next year. The open beta is exclusive to Xbox One and there will be exclusive DLC when the game launches on 10th Feb 2015.

New gameplay was also shown using an eSports commentator, it was a bit of a snore listening to him to be honest, but the gameplay looks as stunning as ever.

Next up Phil Spencer took to the stage to talk about Rise of the Tomb Raider, but not before Phil promised us that he would be using the word 'exclusive' a lot. Which was a big shock when it was revealed that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be exclusive to Xbox One. That's right, it's not coming to PlayStation at all.


Here's an explanation.

“We consider all of you to be the lifeblood of Tomb Raider and the work we do at Crystal. I'd like to give you some insight into this decision, and why we feel this is the very best thing for the Tomb Raider sequel we're creating at the studio,"Crystal Dynamics head of studio Darrell Gallagher explained.

“Tomb Raider in 2013 was a success due in large part to your continued support. Our goal has always been to deliver something truly special with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Today's announcement with Microsoft is one step to help us put Tomb Raider on top of action adventure gaming.

“Our friends at Microsoft have always seen huge potential in Tomb Raider and have believed in our vision since our first unveil with them on their stage at E3 2011. We know they will get behind this game more than any support we have had from them in the past – we believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft.

“This doesn't mean that we're walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4.

“We know that there are probably many more questions and concerns. Please do send them to us, and we'll answer to the best of our ability. Meanwhile we're going all out to try and make something truly special - the most ambitious Tomb Raider game ever built.”

Quantum Break was the next game to be shown, finally allowing us to see some gameplay at long last. It's fair to say that Remedy Entertainment's title is looking pretty stunning and it certainly has some shades of Alan Wake about it. The time travel twist which has the game freezing time certainly adds a twist, especially since the main character jack can keep functioning when all around him has stopped. What's interesting is that time can come to live again at any time, so there is always danger, especially since the enemy can also function inside these time stutters, allowing them to don exoskeletons and shoot at him with their custom designed weapons.




It was also revealed that you can sign up for the multiplayer beta, Fable Legends multiplayer beta starts on 16 October and you can sign up via FableLegends.com today.



Frontier Developments is also bringing a game to Xbox One, a new franchise which is exclusive to Xbox One as it is being developed alongside Microsoft Game Studios. The game looks like some sort of Rollercoaster Tycoon with a space style twist. Ride them to the limits and down they'll fall. It's known as ScreamRide and it certainly looks different.



Forza was next up with news that Rolls Royce Wraith is coming Forza Motorsport 5. Following that, Forza Horizon 2 was next up, with the developer talking up the 200 + cars and the online more, which allows you to keep track of friends, create or find clubs and more.



Ori and the Blind Forest was the next game show. It looks pretty stunning and artistically beautiful. You can watch a video of that below.

Sunset Overdrive was next to be shown along with gameplay, before a Xbox One bundle was announced with a white Xbox One, extra DLC content and a copy of the game. It'll be £349.99.








The Master Chief Collection was also talked about, including all the content, maps and more. We also got a play through of one of the Halo 2 maps in classic mode, before we saw it switch to HD - it looks a lot better in HD.

Identical levelling to Halo 2 was also announced, as was news that people will be able to play Ascension and Sanctuary on the show floor. Some new footage was also shown.



Finally it was also revealed that you'll soon be able to pre-order and pre-download titles on Xbox One.

That was about it and it's fair to say there was one big shock in what was otherwise a pretty standard conference.

What do you think?

Edited On 12 Aug, 2014

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ukdazza's avatar
ukdazza 2 years ago
Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One?! Wow. Wonder how many millions that cost! Such a let down for Sony and Tomb Raider fans. The 1TB Xbox One makes sense, likely to become a main SKU (non CoD associated) shortly after I'd expect. I knew early adoption was a silly move... already lost £££'s on value and now a bigger better machine - and I haven't really had that many games to play on it yet.
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
You know you could just buy an external HDD which is far bigger still than what they are giving you for about £50. It makes sense for them to buy exclusiveness for Tomb Raider though I don't quite agree with it. If you fancy a laugh though you should go to the IGN comments on it.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Early adoption for any piece of hardware is is all about novelty and is never worth it
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
It also depends on how the exclusiveness went down, if it is similar to Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U then I don't see the issue ( I doubt it is otherwise it would have probably been an E3 announcement.)
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Tbh I think Bayo 2 will be released on non Ninty platforms
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Not right away, a year after release maybe. Oh & I called the Halo5 bata with Master Chief Collection
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
Possibly but you know what I mean though with Nintendo helping fund the game. I also reckon Tomb Raider will be on PC at least, similar to Dead Rising and Ryse.
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
I am sure they announced the Halo 5 beta with the collection at E3.
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Bindiana 2 years ago
Bayonetta 2 wouldnt of been made without Nintendo. Tomb Raider was always going to be made. I cant think of any other multiplatform series that has been bought like this.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
They did help fund it since Sega didn't want anything to do with it but if you noticed during Treehouse the Sega logo was on display and during the developer interview it sounded like it wasn't going to stay exclusive forever. Maybe i'm just reading too much into it though
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
I can think of one. Dead Rising 3 (Although not the same caliber of series)
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 2 years ago
Doh forgot about dead rising but the first one wasnt on PS3 either so that one has kind of been more Microsoft oriented.
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
Did Sony not do the same with Final Fantasy as the first 6 were on Nintendo until Sony got 7? It generally doesn't happen which is good.
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Bindiana 2 years ago
Not sure what the deal was with Final Fantasy but Final Fantasy wasnt multiplatform as you said it was just on Nintendo, they werent on Sega consoles as well.
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Kaysar 2 years ago
The Tomb Raider exclusivity is a big win for Microsoft (although at what fiscal cost?). Should help them claw back the gap the PS4 has made, assuming they don't have an ace up their sleeve tonight (maybe they've got Halo 6 exclusivity? :P )
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
Thats true I suppose. I feel that if they had announced that the new Tomb Raider was exclusive at E3 when it was first announced it wouldn't have been as bad as waiting a few months after it was announced.
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Bindiana 2 years ago
The other thing is Square Enix could well be pissing off there own Japanese fans as Microsoft are almost non existant there so a lot of Japan wont play it.
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
Is Tomb Raider big in Japan though?
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
I think that was more Square going where the Hardware was than anything else. Coupling that with the fact that fact that thier other titles were big Playstation sellers and the N64 was still using Cartridge media (just spitballing)
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
It was big enough for them to release Japanese dub DLC
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Bindiana 2 years ago
Yeah think you might be right regarding the Cd based media is why they jumped to Sony remember reading that somewhere.
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
The Tomb Raider exclusivity is actually incredibly gross as it was announced at E3 as being for XB1/PS4/PC, so MS have literally paid to have the other two versions cancelled. No "MS rescued this project from cancellation" BS like there was with Dead Rising 3 and Titanfall... this is simply the worst kind of exclusive you can get in all honesty. Really low desperation play by MS here imo. " Tbh I think Bayo 2 will be released on non Ninty platforms " - Never going to happen. There are Sega employees who were posting on Gaf that Bayonetta 2 was dead only a couple of months before Nintendo announced it, and they were as shocked as anybody thatit was revived. Nintendo have paid for that one themselves completely, so you'd better believe they'll have a cast iron exclusivity claim on it.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
That is why I said Imight be reading too much into it
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DynamiteWhyte 2 years ago
Tomb Raider is Microsofts attempt at going head to head with Uncharted which will release around the same time.
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superniceguy 2 years ago
Also TR could be because Bungie and Halo made the Xbox a success, and Tomb Raider made the Playstation a success. Bungie is now on playstations side, and Tomb Raider is now on Xbox side. Acquiring TR is compensating for Destiny. During the N64 days I always wished the N64 got Tomb Raider, as it would have done the game good, with better 3D gameplay graphics. I never played Tomb Raider on PS1, played it on PC, as did not like PS1 graphics. I can still play the first Tomb Raider on my current PC. Now after 18 years Playstation lose their main icon. Mwahahahaha!!
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
"Tomb Raider made the Playstation a success." - I know this is probably just willful ignorance on your part, Tony, but Playstation made Tomb Raider a success, not the other way around. The series is nowhere near as popular as it once was, either.
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
"Tomb Raider is Microsofts attempt at going head to head with Uncharted which will release around the same time" - Most likely. Uncharted is going to absolutely slaughter the game in sales though. Uncharted 2 and 3 both sold something like double what the last Tomb Raider did each, and Tomb Raider was released on 5 seperate platforms, UC2 and 3 were on one!
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superniceguy 2 years ago
Depends on point of view really, as I was mainly a N64 gamer than a PS1 gamer, Tomb Raider was the only PS1 game I wished would come to the N64. Tomb Raider 2 and 3 was only on PS1, was not even on Sega Saturn.
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inspector 74 2 years ago
Pretty drab conference really wasnt it boys and girls really dissapointing just same ole same ole.Microsoft surprised a lot of people including me at E3 but from what ive seen of MS and from what ive seen of Sony this time round Sony got it very rite and Xbox got it very wrong

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