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E3 2014: Microsoft Press Conference Recap

Jason Clement

This year, Microsoft came out with guns blazing. A number of great-looking world premieres, as well as the return of an IP or two got people talking.


Foregoing the talk of Xbox One's video and TV features, and even Kinect, this year was all about the games. Here's a look back at what was presented during the conference.





Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare


Kicking off the conference was an on-stage demo of the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Visuals seemed to be as sharp as ever on the Xbox One, making this the best-looking game in the series to date, likely. There was also a slew of flying, Matrix-esque robots flying the sky; what could they be? We'll find out soon enough.





Forza Horizon 2


After announcing some DLC for Forza Motorsport 5, Forza Horizon 2 is briefly discussed. Your drivatar from Motorsport 5 is instantly playable in Horizon 2, and the release date for the latter is announced as September 30th.







A new trailer for 2K's and Turtle Rock's Evolve. The four human classes you can play as were revealed to be Assault, Trapper, Medic, and Support; in addition to being able to play as the monster. Also, an exclusive beta will be coming to Xbox One this Fall, and DLC will also be arriving on the console first.





Assassin's Creed: Unity


Ubisoft showcased an on-stage demo of Assassin's Creed: Unity, which is set in Paris in 1789 during the French Revolution. Unity will be the first AC game where you'll be able to form your own brotherhood, joining up to three other friends in the game through Xbox Live.





Dragon Age: Inquisition


A brand new trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition was shown with dragons galore. The game is slated to release on October 7.





Sunset Overdrive


Insomniac Games gave us another look at their wild and crazy upcoming game, Sunset Overdrive, in which you get to create and customize your own protagonist and explore a wide open world where different human factions fight against each other in a world run rampant with mutants that have been infected by an energy drink.





Dead Rising 3 DLC


In one of the stranger announcements, new DLC was announced for Dead Rising 3 in the form of Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus a; yes, that is the actual name, which is evidently parodying Capcom's own love for convoluted titles and new versions of games. The DLC is arcade-like in nature and appears to let you use costumes of different classic Capcom characters.





Disney Fantasia Music Evolved, Dance Central: Spotlight


Harmonix briefly took to the stage to discuss Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved as well as announcing Dance Central: Spotlight which will be download-only. Both are coming this Fall.





Fable Legends


Lionhead discussed Fable Legends for a few minutes, showcasing the world's colorful and fairytale-like aesthetic, also announcing that you will be able to play as the villain as you orchestrate attacks on the heroes from a bird's eye view perspective. Also, a multiplayer beta is coming this Fall.





Project Spark


As one of the more anticipated Xbox One games in general, Project Spark was given another teaser trailer which showed the different possibilities of games that can be created with it, from fantasy to sci-fi and more. The teaser ended with Rare's Conker saying that players would be able to create a new adventure with him if they wanted to.





Ori and the Blind Forest


A brand new title called Ori and the Blind Forest by Moon Studios was announced through a teaser trailer. It looks pretty beautiful and similar in style to Child of Light.





Halo 5: Guardians


New teaser trailer for Halo 5 is shown. The story is said to be about Master Chief questioning authority and seeking the truth; also, another new character was shown that looked similar in style to Master Chief.





Halo: The Master Chief Collection


A collection of Halo 1 through 4 was announced (ODST and Reach are not included). All four games will be on one disc and playable from one seamless interface; they will all be unlocked from the get-go. The game will feature custom playlists where you can experience great moments from the games in any order you choose. Also, Halo 2 is getting the full Anniversary treatment (Halo 3 remains unremastered), it will have the original multiplayer, and over 100 multiplayer maps will be on the disc. Coming this holiday season.





Halo: Nightfall


While nothing was shown, Halo: Nightfall, a new live-action series produced by Ridley Scott was announced. It will introduce a pivotal new character that will be in Halo 5: Guardians.







Playdead's latest game, which looks similar in nature to Limbo, is shown in a brief teaser trailer. No release date or window is detailed.







An indie game sizzle reel is shown, showcasing games such as Mighty No. 9, Below, White Night, and more. Xbox dedicated to bringing many great indie games over the year.





Rise of the Tomb Raider


Crystal Dynamics showcases a new teaser trailer for the sequel to Tomb Raider. It shows Lara Croft talking to a therapist/psycologist while also cutting to moments of action.





The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


The Witcher 3 is demoed on-stage. Geralt runs through the open-world, and a gryphon hunting quest is shown.





Phantom Dust


A sequel/remake to Phantom Dust was announced through a short teaser video, which showed a young guy sitting down on a bench while the world goes dark around him. A girl appears with some sort of aura, he launches an energy ball at her, and then they start to fight.





The Division


This certainly isn't the first time we've seen Ubisoft's The Division, but it was demoed on stage, showing the squad-based gameplay with audio chatter between the players.







Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya took the stage to present their new Xbox One-exclusive title, Scalebound. Many giant dragons and beasts were shown, and one guy seems to have a bond with one of the dragons. The teaser ends with a giant Hydra-like creature being shown.







A trailer was shown for a game that was revealed to be a new Crackdown, which will be led by the original game's creator.


And that was it for Microsoft's conference. What did you think? Let us know below!

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