Gamescom 2015 has begun, and Microsoft commenced the huge gaming conference with some equally huge announcements involving the Xbox One. On top of some things that was already covered at their E3 conference back in June, the electronics giant revealed some new features to their console as well as some new games and a new engagement in the rising e-sports community.
First off, the long-awaited time-bending game from Remedy Entertainment known as Quantum Break has a release date. Set to come out April 5 2015, the new gameplay footage showed off some interesting game mechanics and the talented voice cast – which includes Shawn Ashmore, Aiden Gillen, and Lance Reddick. It was also revealed that a connected TV show will debut alongside the game.
Next we were given a look at Crackdown 3, with the studio showing off a supposedly 100% destructible environment – both in single and multiplayer games. Realtime Worlds also promised the game to have “20 times more computational power” than the Xbox One by utilizing Microsoft’s cloud service. There is not yet a release date, so let’s hope the game is given enough time to reach its bold vision.
Then Xbox announced that to expand on its all-in-one entertainment attitude it will be incorporating DVR functionality for free-to-air digital TV tuners within US and Europe starting next year. This will allow the Xbox One to record programs for streaming or download to any Windows 10 device in the household.
Microsoft further built the connection between their PC’s and gaming console by revealing that the new Xbox One dashboard is to be powered by Windows 10. Releasing in November, the new design is reportedly faster, easier to navigate, and even features a Windows 10 voice assistant by the name of “Cortana” for Kinect users, says The Verge.
The console will also finally receive backwards compatibility. The company stated that all future Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles – games that are offered for free to Gold users on a monthly basis which currently includes Gears of War 3, Bioshock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Plants vs. Zombies, and Dark Souls – will be playable on Xbox One.
Then Microsoft announced their excited return to the e-sports scene, with claims that Halo 5: Guardians is more competitive and the launch of a ‘Halo World Championship’ later this year where the winner will receive $1 million. Halo used to be a very tournament-affiliated series, but has since fallen out of the serious gaming scene and has been replaced by MOBA’s like League of Legends and even games like Call of Duty.
Finally, the return of the hit-or-miss Halo Wars game was displayed. Not much information was given about Halo Wars 2, but it is known that it’s being developed by the same studio behind Alien Isolation, and it’s coming out sometime next year.
So overall there was quite a bit to cover – and this was just Xbox’s conference. Additionally, we were shown Mojang’s new 2D Sci-fi action game, an RPG epic that’s packed full of dragons called ‘Scalebound’, Just Cause 3 (which will come bundled with Just Cause 2 since it is a part of Games with Gold), and a QWERTY keypad for the Xbox One controller. The console surely has come a long way in terms of features and its public perception, and with big reveals like the ones at this years Gamescom it seems to only be getting better from here on out.