The Microsoft press conference from Gamescom 2015 didn’t come with any real fireworks, unless you count Just Cause 3’s many explosions, but it did come with some cool reveals.
The first game that caught our attention was Crackdown 3. At first glance, it seemed to be Yet Another Cartoony Shooter, but from what Microsoft showed us, the game has some really unique aspects which could make Crackdown 3 a lot of fun to play. A sandbox shooter from Reagent Games for the Xbox One, Crackdown 3 is set in a once glistening metropolis which has become overrun with crime and corruption. There seems to be a whole bunch of stuff going on, including verticality, cooperative multiplayer supporting up to four players, and 100% environment destructibility which is sure to create some really interesting gameplay mechanics. This one is due for a Summer 2016 release.
Next we saw Scalebound, which had my attention at dragons and the sheer gorgeousness of the game’s graphics. Sadly for me, it’s planned to be an Xbox One exclusive but it looks like a really neat game for Xbox players, for sure, with some awesome looking combat mechanics including the ability to morph into some kind of humanoid-dragon being for super strength with melee and ranged abilities, as well as the ability to actually scale larger beasties, all while fighting alongside your dragon companion in a vast open world. So the lead guy’s chatter was pretty annoying but with four-player co-op announced, it looks like one to watch!
Homefront: The Revolution
This one began with an awesome trailer, a young boy giving a stirring speech which slowly panned out to reveal a heavily dystopian society. It is Homefront: the Revolution, an open world shooter in which guerrilla soldiers are fighting for their freedom. The game will feature a co-op multiplayer mode, and Xbox One owners will have exclusive Early Access to an early Beta this Winter, with the game itself set to launch in 2016.
Halo 5: Guardians
While we don’t usually cover Halo on MMOGames, the Halo 5: Guardians part of the conference was pretty interesting as it showed off the game’s multiplayer mode which is always exciting. With vast maps clearly designed for fast-paced multiplayer, and more specifically, eSports, Halo 5: Guardians could very likely have some of the best Halo multiplayer yet. We also saw a little eSports match during the press conference which showed off what gamers can really do in the game’s maps. It really looks like one to watch.
The Microsoft conference also revealed that Ark: Survival Evolved is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 later this year, as well as Rivals of Aether and Starbound. There were some Forza 6 details, Halo World Championships, and another trailer for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. By the end, everybody was left wondering: “No new T-shirt, Phil Spencer? What does this mean?!” We may never know.Related: Crackdown 3, Gamescom, Gamescom 2015, Halo 5: Guardians, Homefront the Revolution, Microsoft, News, Press Conference, Scalebound, Shooter