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Bethesda Announces Dishonored DLC: Death of the Outsider

Bethesda has announced some DLC for Dishonored 2 called “Death of the Outsider”. Get ready to enact some sweet sweet revenge this fall. This DLC is set to hit consoles on 9/15/17.

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Original Xbox Games Coming to Xbox Backwards Compatibility Program

Riding the success of Xbox 360 compatibility, Phil Spencer revealed that select original Xbox games will be coming to the Xbox One family of consoles through the backward compatibility program.

Along with this, previously released first- and third-party games will be getting updates for Xbox One X support.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps Announced

Following the success of Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was announced. The trailer, which was accompanied by a live piano player, set a somber tone, as a bright creature and an owl set forth on an adventure across multiple environments and worlds.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be exclusive to the Xbox family of consoles.

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Ashen Gameplay Revealed

Ashen will launch exclusively for Xbox consoles. The trailer showed off two players exploring a world of demons and mummies, as they tried to survive through melee combat. Enemies reacted to the light emitted by characters’ lanterns.  This suggests that light will play a an important role in the game.

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Terry Crews Introduces the World Crackdown 3

After a hyped-up Terry Crews set the tone, Microsoft showed gameplay and a new trailer Crackdown 3. The trailer showed off the crazy, combat, weaponry, and destruction that the franchise has been known for. The characters rapidly destroyed buildings, bridges, and vehicles.

Crackdown 3 will launch on November 7 exclusively on Xbox consoles and PC.

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Sea of Thieves Gets Extended Gameplay Trailer

Sea of Thieves was back at E3 this year with a gameplay trailer. The narrator introduced pirates aboard a ship before diving down underwater to explore a sunken ship. The trailer presented a humorous tone throughout.  After collecting some treasure from underground, and narrowly avoiding confrontation with a shark, we were back aboard the ship.

The trailer moved to an island, where players were able to explore freely, finding shortcuts, landmarks, and vistas. Pistols and shotguns were used to take out skeletons. The players found themselves underground after discovering a cave on the island. After exploring the cave and using a clue found on parchment, the characters discovered buried treasure; however, things quickly went south as more skeletons showed up. The other players in the party had to take out the skeletons since the player with the chest was unable to fight. On the beach, players still on the ship were able to provide cover fire as everyone made it back to the ship.

On the way to an outpost to trade the loot, the ship was attacked during a storm by another vessel. An intense ship battle turned ensued, with characters boarding the enemy ship and partaking in melee and pistol combat.

Sea of Thieves will launch on Xbox consoles in early 2018.

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Dragon Ball Fighter Z Gameplay Revealed

After being announced several days ago, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, a new 3v3 fighting game, was featured during Microsoft’s press conference.  The name was announced as Dragon Ball Z Fighters. The combat was fast-paced, with characters tagging in and out to create flashy combos and moves.

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Assassin’s Creed Origins Gets Reveal Trailer on Xbox One X

After many leaks and rumors, the first official trailer for Assasin’s Creed Origins was revealed. The trailer’s narrator introduced us to the beginning of the Assassins, as the brotherhood of killers was born. The playable character in the game was revealed as Bayek, who was introduced as an Egyptian sheriff.

Gameplay was then shown. Using an eagle, the trailer showed several environments before it returned to Bayek. He  rode into the first village Siwa, a village of stone and clay. Bayek used the eagle to mark enemies,and survey the area. After finding his target, Bayek did some classic Assassin’s Creed platforming, as he scaled a wall before taking out an enemy with his bow. Bayek, showing off his stealth tactics, used grass for cover.

Role-playing game elements were also shown, as Bayek found and equipped a bow with better stats. After dropping in on some enemies, Bayek took to melee combat.  It looked similar to old Assassin’s Creed combat, with Bayek dodging and deflecting incoming attacks.

Assassin’s Creed Origins will launch on October 27.

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Metro Exodus Coming 2018

After showing a teaser trailer yesterday, Microsoft revealed the return of the METRO series, with Metro Exodus, which will launch in 2018.

The trailer showed a snowy, barren city before shifting underground. The player  explored a tunnel environment, collecting resources, before being attacked by rabid dog-like creatures. After fighting them off with a shotgun, the player made his or her way outside into run-down town. Sporting a crossbow, the player killed more vicious dog-like creatures killed,before a large bear appeared, forcing the player to run, zipline, and catch a train to safety.

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Forza 7 Launches on October 3rd

After revealing the Xbox One X console, Microsoft showed Forza 7. The trailer displayed the power of the console, showing multiple environments, cars, and weather conditions.

After the trailer, Microsoft revealed — on stage — of a brand new 2018 Porsche 911 G2RS. The car was then shown in game on a track in Dubai. The game will run natively in 4K and at 60 fps.  The dynamic weather system was also shown, as the trailer shifted to the cockpit view. The game will feature more than 700 cars.

Forza 7 will release on Xbox One S, Xbox One, Xbox One X, and PC on October 3, 2017.

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Official Project Scorpio Headset Revealed

With the reveal of Project Scorpio quickly approaching at E3, more information about the console, and now its accessories are coming out. Today, the first licensed Scorpio headset, the LS35X was revealed.

The headset is set to launch this holiday season. It will connect wirelessly to Scorpio. LucidSound, the makers of the headset have said that it will also work with PCs, the original Xbox One, and the Xbox One S.

 

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Project Scorpio Needs First-Party Support

Last week, Digital Foundry released the full specs, and their impressions of Microsoft’s upcoming Scorpio console. As promised back at E3, it looks like they will be fulfilling the promise of the most powerful gaming console to date. The console will feature a CPU that is 30 percent faster than the Xbox One, and a GPU that is 4.6 times more powerful.  The Forza Motorsport 6 engine was used to demo 4K gaming at 60 frames per second. It is no doubt an impressive machine. However, for many gamers, the question isn’t about the number of teraflops it has, but the games they can play on it. Scorpio needs first party games to drive its sales at its initial launch. Unless Microsoft can expand their first party lineup, Project Scorpio will not reach its true potential.

There are three factors to consider when looking at the Scorpio and its first party lineup. What games have been confirmed, what is likely coming along with the Scorpio, and unannounced projects.

2017 Releases:

It has been confirmed that Xbox One games will be playable on Scorpio. The console is slated for a 2017 release date. The path forward for Microsoft would appear to be show Scorpio at E3 and then announce a holiday launch. So the first factor to consider with first party games coming to Scorpio are games that are already in development. When you start looking at the list of exclusives that have been announced for 2017, it leaves something to be desired. Keep in mind that this isn’t the full list, but just the major games:

  • Tacoma(Spring 2017)
  • Cuphead (Mid-2017)
  • Crackdown 3 (2017)
  • Phantom Dust (2017)
  • Sea of Thieves (2017)
  • State of Decay 2 (2017)

Tacoma and Cuphead are both exciting Indie games that I look forward to playing. I have been a fan of the side-scrolling shooter going back to the days of Metal Slug in the arcades. The pace of Cuphead looks to be hectic, to say the least, and the art style brings memories of the great cartoons of old. Gone Home was an amazing experience and seeing what that team can do with a space setting puts Tacoma in a great place. However, neither of these games are console sellers. They should be the icing on the cake of the major console exclusives.

This leads us to the other four games on this list, as well as Halo Wars 2 that just came out last month. The destruction that is possible in Crackdown 3 looks incredible. An open-world game where pretty much everything and anything can be blown up and torn to shreds. However, the way this game is being released is odd, to say the least. Not only does the game not have a firm release date beyond this year, but the multiplayer is coming out before the single-player campaign. What will be the gap between these two parts? Sea of Thieves looks to be a hilarious multiplayer experience based on the previews and gameplay demos that have been released. But can a multiplayer adventure game be a console seller like an Uncharted 4, Persona 5, or God of War? Much like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 is another multiplayer centered experience. Not only that, but how much traction will it gain in the heavily watered down open-world zombie market?

What is Probably Coming:

The lack of single-player Xbox exclusives leads right into the second category when looking at the relationship between Scorpio and Microsoft games. What games are we likely to see announced at E3 and beyond?

Halo 6:

With the launch of the new console, I think it is safe to say that we will see the next installment of the Halo series. Halo 5: Guardians was first revealed in 2013 and was released 2 years later in October of 2015. Between Halo 4 and Halo 5, there was a three-year gap. So it seems plausible we could see an announcement of Halo 6 at E3 with a potential release in time for the expected launch of Scorpio in late 2017. For Scorpio to not launch with one of its most reliable titles seems like a critical mistake. At the very latest, it makes that a new Halo would be out in the first quarter of 2018.

Gears of War:

Gears of War 4 was just released last year. The game which started the new story of JD Fenix, the son of Marcus(the main character from the original trilogy) puts Gears on solid ground. The campaign was well received and there is an overall feeling that it puts the franchise on solid ground from a single-player standpoint. And of course, the Gears of War Horde Mode is still one of the best, if not the best in the industry. Since we are less than a year from the anniversary of 4’s release, the next installment in the series is still probably a few years out. I don’t expect we will see much if anything of Gears of War 5 at E3 this year.

Forza Motorsport:

Forza Horizon 3 was a reminder of how fun an open-world arcade racer can be. Australia was a perfect setting for the franchise, allowing for a combination of dirt, beach, jungle, and city racing. The variety of cars, from Ferraris to off-road buggies gave players vast possibilities and let them tackle events and races using the cars that they saw fit.

Since Horizon was the most recent game, it is fair to assume that the Forza Motorsport series is up next. Unlike the arcade feel of Horizon, Motorsport provides the simulation feeling for the hardcore racing fans. Seeing as how the Forza Motorsport engine was used to demo Scorpio to Digital Foundry, and the games have consistently been on a two-year cycle dating back to the original game in 2005,  it seems like a safe bet that Forza Motorsport will be ready to go this year.

Is that Enough?

 Halo, Gears of War, and Forza will help drive the sales of Scorpio. They are reliable staples of the Microsoft exclusive lineup. However, that reliability also is the reason that they won’t be enough to keep up with Sony and their expanding list of exclusive games. These are known quantities. Gamers know that they are coming. The thing that separates Sony from Microsoft in terms of exclusives is that PlayStation has supplemented the known with surprises. Horizon: Zero Dawn, Nioh, Spiderman, Detroit: Become Human, God of War, Days Gone,  Yakuza, Uncharted 4 and the upcoming expansion Lost Legacy are just some of the games that highlight the balance of known and unknown that Sony has been able to balance. This leads right into the third factor for the Scorpio.

How Many Unannounced Projects Does Microsoft Have?

Even though it was received with mixed reviews, Recore is a game that I applaud Microsoft for releasing. It was a risk, a new franchise. These are the types of projects that Microsoft needs to continue to try in an effort to find the next great franchise for Scorpio. For a long time, Scalebound looked to be that game. A massive RPG featuring dragons, magic, multiplayer, and a protagonist wearing headphones was something different. It didn’t fit the mold of any game that Microsoft has had as an exclusive in a long time. Even if it didn’t turn out to be a success, it was another project that showed how Microsoft wanted to expand their library. Unfortunately,  with its cancellation, we will never know if Scalebound could have the next great exclusive for Xbox. Quantum Break is another game that is out in the world. The blend of third person shooter and tv show was a unique idea that I would love to Remedy Entertainment take another crack at.

The Road Ahead:

Phil Spencer and the rest of the Xbox team have acknowledged that first-party success is needed for Xbox to continue to thrive. The challenge they have in front of them is not relying on the known quantities to be the heart and sole of Scorpio. With the announcement of the Scorpio, hopefully, we will see the reveal of new games and new ideas that balance out Halo, Gears, and Forza. The expansion of its first party lineup for the launch of the Scorpio is the key to Microsoft’s success. This is a challenge I hope they are ready to take on and push gaming forward in the way that they are capable of doing.