Gamescom 2015 Xbox Conference Highlights

Gamescom 2015 Xbox Conference Highlights

Please note some demos and trailers will be placed here when made available.

Microsoft’s Xbox conference has just concluded at Gamescom 2015 and featured plenty of announcements and some surprises for Xbox fans. The conference reiterated the importance of Windows 10 to the Xbox’s ecosystem including streaming to devices and the newly announced subscription-free DVR capabilities that allows you to record and stream live TV to any Windows 10 device. In addition, backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games will arrive in November and be free for all Xbox One users, plus Xbox 360 games that are part of Games with Gold will also be available to Xbox One users. But Gamescom is all about the games, and here are all of the announcements from the conference:

 

Quantum Break Gets a Release Date

Quantum Break will arrive on April 5th, 2016 and Microsoft’s conference also revealed several cast members in the game and companion live action TV show. The lead character of Jack Joyce will be played by Shawn Ashmore (X-Men 2) and other cast members include Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, Lost) and Aiden Gillen (Game of Throne’s Littlefinger). Another detail revealed was that the game would focus on the heroes while the show would focus more on the villains. Here’s the trailer for the game and show plus a demo:

 

Crackdown is Crackdown 3

Crackdown is now confirmed as being Crackdown 3 and new footage was also shown off at Microsoft’s conference. The trailer showed off impressive destruction and stated that this was possible through the cloud and will apparently use twenty times the processing power of the Xbox One. Co-op will obviously return and a multiplayer beta will arrive in 2016 for the Xbox One exclusive. Here’s the new footage:

 

Scalebound

A demo of Scalebound was shown off which sees the main character – Drew – fighting alongside his dragon to take down armed soldiers. The game has a light-hearted tone and is set in the world of Draconis. The title also contains 4-player co-op and will be released in Holiday 2016. You can see the demo for yourself below:

 

ID@Xbox and Game Preview

A number of PC titles were confirmed to be making their way to Xbox One including Cities: Skyline and point-and-click adventure game Thimbleweed Park. Another title was confirmed as Cobalt, the latest project from Minecraft’s studio, Mojang and will be available in October 2015. Cobalt is a hectic, co-operative arcade platformer. In addition, Minecraft for Windows 10 Beta is now available to all for free with a Mojang account.

 

Members of the Xbox Preview program will be able to play two more titles soon – ARK: Survival Evolved and We Happy Few. ARK: Survival Evolved sees players trying to survive against prehistoric beasts while We Happy Few (from the developers of Contrast) is a creepy, first-person game set in London. Check out the trailer for that game below:

 

Homefront: The Revolution and Halo Wars 2

Xbox One owners will receive exclusive early access to Homefront: The Revolution’s beta. The franchise has moved to a more open-world scenario and sees players fighting back against the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in an occupied United States. See the trailer here:

 

But perhaps the biggest surprise came at the end when Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer revealed one more game: Halo Wars 2. The game is being made by Creative Assembly (Total War series) and will be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10. Here’s the cinematic teaser trailer:

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider, Dark Souls 3, Forza Motorsport 6 and Just Cause 3

Other news includes a new trailer for Dark Souls 3 which shows off gameplay – check it out below.

A new demo was also show for Rise of the Tomb Raider:

Here’s a new explosive, action-packed trailer for Just Cause 3:

Here’s a look at Forza Motorsport 6 and its new weather system:

 

What do you think of the announcements? What games are you most excited for? Let me know by commenting below.

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