Microsoft’s E3 2017 Roundup
Kicking off today’s round of conference, Microsoft just went live with their E3 announcements for the year! They opened up with the Xbox One X, the official name for the codenamed “Project Scorpio”. The list of features include:
- 12 GB GDDR5 memory
- 326 GB/s memory bandwith
- 8 million pixels
- Dolby Atmos Sound
- Wide Color Gamut
- Backwards compatibility with all Xbox One titles and accessories
The X is also advertised as the smallest Xbox to date, and is available for preorder today at $499. Its release date is November 7th.
Microsoft also rolled out 42 games, with 22 of them promised to be Microsoft exclusives.
The first game announced was Forza Motorsport 7, which debuted alongside the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Forza Motorsport 7 will be released October 3 of this year.
We also got to see the next installment of the Metro franchise, Metro: Exodus, from 4A games. The trailer starts off from a first-person perspective, showing off the mutated rats and bears that became a staple in the Metro. The game, though not confirmed, also appears to be open world. The game is expected to be released in 2018.
Next up, Microsoft announced Assassin’s Creed: Origins. The game is set in Egypt, and expected to launch for Microsoft and Sony on October 27th. Along with the trailer, we got to see some extended gameplay, including some combat mechanics and the main character, Ba Yek, sneaking around.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was announced as a Microsoft exclusive, coming in late 2018. The game launched on Steam earlier this year, and it’s unclear whether it will be available for other consoles after its launch.
Deep Rock Galactic was also announced as a Microsoft exclusive, and supports up to four players in co-op.
Next, State of Decay 2 got an extended trailer, and a release window for Spring 2018. Like the first game, the sequel also allows players to build shelters and recruit other survivors.
The Darwin Project, a new, Hunger Games-esque game was announced as a Microsoft exclusive. The trailer showed a number of players hunting each other, which a sportscaster narrative the action from above.
In addition to new games, Microsoft announced big changes to Minecraft. Minecraft’s community marketplace was advertised, along with new announcements for cross-platform play, a 4K update, and a super graphics pack.
Confirming leaks from yesterday, Microsoft also announced Dragon Ball Fighter Z, featuring chaotic 3v3 fights. The game is expected to be released in early 2018.
Months after the Black Desert’s immersive character creator circulated, the MMO was announced as a Microsoft exclusive for early 2018.
The Last Night is another exclusive announced, showing off side-scrolling, pixel art in its gameplay.
The Artful Escape, the continuation of Kickstarted game The Artful Escape of Francis Vendretti, was announced as another exclusive. The game features a number of musical elements in its gameplay. According to the trailer, it’s getting released “when it’s damn ready.”
The next game, Code Vein, is an anime-style post-apocalyptic vampire survival game.
Microsoft gave an extended trailer to Rare’s Sea of Thieves, another exclusive. The co-op game got a 10-minute demo, showing its treasure hunting and ship-combat elements. The game is expected for an early 2018 release.
Tacoma, from the developer of Gone Home, got a trailer and a release date of August 2. The game will be a launch exclusive, and features an augmented reality system.
Super Lucky’s Tale, another Microsoft exclusive was also announced. It’s a cute-looking platformer that brings up a ton of Banjo-Kazooie and Yooka-Laylee vibes.
Microsoft also announced Cuphead, a cute, retro-animation themed platformer, for September 29, exclusive on Microsoft.
Next up is Crackdown 3, which got announced with help from Terry Crews. The open-world sandbox game is getting released on November 7th, in time for the Xbox One X.
Microsoft also showed off Ashen, an exclusive RPG. As of yet, there hasn’t been a release date.
Next, they announced Life is Strange: Before the Storm from Square Enix, expected to be released in August. The game is a three-episode prequel.
Middle Earth: Shadow of War was announced for October 10, 2017. The game features an open world, and mind control elements to recruit and manipulate creatures on your way through assaulting fortresses. The trailer shows gameplay and combat mechanics.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps was also announced as an exclusive, with piano accompaniment. As of yet, the game has no release date.
The last, extended game that Microsoft showed was Anthem, previously teased at the EA press conference yesterday. Anthem will feature an open world, and large-scale world events for you to combat in your “Javelin”, a customizable suit with superhuman capabilities. Anthem is expected to have a 2018 release.
Microsoft also included a rapid-fire list of the games being released from their ID @ Xbox program, including:
- Unruly Heroes
- Path of Exile
- Surviving Mars
- Fable Fortune
- Robocraft Infinity
- Dunk Lords
- Minion Masters: Forced to Duel
- Dark and Light
- Strange Brigade
- Hello Neighbor
- Conan Exiles
Microsoft finished up with announcements about their backwards compatibility program. The program is officially expanding to Xbox Games, and 4K updates will be given to Gears of War 4, Forza, Halo Wars 2, and Minecraft. Additionally, Ghost Recon, Resident Evil VII, and Final Fantasy 15 will all be updated as part of the Xbox One: Enhanced program.
So, what do you think of Microsofts lineup? Do you see yourself shelling out for the Xbox One X? Keep up with us for info about E3 announcements and games as they come!