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  1. It's 2015, folks. Brace yourselves and your wallets, because it's going to be a bumpy ride. If anything, this year is set to be another big one in regards to the amount of great games set to come out. From Sony to Microsoft to Nintendo, each of the Big Three all have major titles on the way, and the big third parties all have their big titles coming as well. But let's not forget indies as well as a number of small devs are churning out what will arguably be some of the best games this year as well. In light of this, we've polled a number of the GP staff, and here's what they're most looking forward to in 2015. Jason Clement - Editor-in-Chief - The Legend of Zelda (Wii U) Mainline console Zelda games are the Uncharted games of Nintendo. In the last decade we've only gotten two brand new entries so when a new one does release, it's an exciting time. What makes The Legend of Zelda for Wii U so anticipated by many is that it looks to deliver on taking the series to even newer heights with its massively open world, seamless gameplay-to-cutscene integration, and the best visuals the franchise has seen to date. We still have no idea what the story is at this point (or what the eventual subtitle will be), but if it can deliver on top of everything else, The Legend of Zelda for Wii U has the potential to be the best game in the series yet. Also looking forward to- - New Fire Emblem (3DS) - Star Fox (Wii U) Marcus Estrada - Managing Editor - American Truck Simulator Euro Truck Simulator 2 is one of those games that people think is a total joke until they give it a shot. After finally settling down behind the wheel of a digital big rig I understood and wanted to do nothing more than ferry packages between locations. Of course, I had no idea what any of these cities were. American Truck Simulator is poised to bring that same weirdly addictive trucking gameplay back but placed in a setting I'm actually familiar with. Sure, the sprawling countrysides may not be so different but I'll definitely have a better sense of scope if my goal is to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles or from Florida to Ohio. At least if things go according to plan, American Truck Simulator will be coming on February 20th! Also looking forward to- - Yakuza 5 - The Fruit of Grisaia Barrel - Staff Writer, Moderator - Bloodborne My thoughts on the Souls games have constantly fluctuated. I wouldn't really label myself as a hardcore fan of any particular entry but rather as someone who has become increasingly curious about the series moving forward. Yet, before I knew it, I've religiously played each entry with renewed interest due to their highly varied player progression, challenging bosses/scenarios, intriguing multiplayer integration, and thoroughly connected world exploration that feels genuinely rewarding (and not just a means to ride a horse in samey, bloated environments). Oh, and I also bought a PS4 much earlier than I intended to on the basis of playing the spiritual successor, Bloodborne, early. In any case, Bloodborne looks like a refreshing departure from its predecessors with its many sweeping changes to the combat mechanics and general setting, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Also looking forward to- - The Witcher 3 - Xenoblade Chronicles X Leah Santa Cruz - Staff Writer - Persona 5 Persona 4 was one of those games I randomly decided to buy and it was probably one of the best gaming decisions in my life. It's become one of my all-time favorites and it is a very important game to me. As such, Persona 5 is something that I am immensely looking forward to this year (and I RARELY get hyped for anything anymore). With Persona 5, I am hoping for more of the magic that Persona 4 brought while still being able to be its own unique thing. Just thinking about everything that Persona 5 has to offer gets me so excited, such as what the characters and story will be like. Now let's hope that it does come out this year and isn't delayed again! Also looking forward to- - Story of Seasons - Armikrog Julian "Ludono" Rittmayer - Staff Writer, Moderator - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Short is the list of franchises I still get hyped up about, and Metal Gear Solid ranks toward the top of that list. Each main entry in the series has been quite—pardon the pun—solid, and I have no fear that my faith in Hideo Kojima will be unfounded. Indeed, last year's bite-sized Ground Zeroes only added more fuel to the fire, giving us a taste of the reworked engine, the new controls and providing an excellent preview of what's to come! The closer we get to release, the more we find out about this game, with new-and-improved Metal Gear Online mode coming alongside The Phantom Pain. Some may say it's too early to call, but I can easily see this game becoming my Game of the Year down the road... Also looking forward to- - Resident Evil Revelations 2 - Rise of the Tomb Raider Jonathan Higgins - Staff Writer - Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker ATLUS, I love you. Both Devil Survivor: Overclocked and the original Devil Survivor 2 take up the #2 and #3 spots in my 3DS Activity Log (behind—you guessed it—Pokémon Y) with 415 hours across both games. They combine the best gameplay elements of Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest, and Pokémon. Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker features twice the content of the original version and a complete overhaul that does what Devil Survivor: Overclocked did for its original version from 2009. There will be voice-acting, outstanding visuals, and so much stuff to do that I“m bound to spend 200 more hours in modern-day Japan fighting demons as a bunch of high school kids. Also looking forward to- - Radio the Universe - Codename: S.T.E.A.M. Chris "WildCardCorsair" Garcia - Staff Writer - Splatoon It isn't every day you hear Nintendo reveal a new IP, and even rarer for them to tackle anything resembling a shooter, but at the end of the day Splatoon couldn't be more Nintendo-ish if it tried. The zany character designs, catchy tunes, and original approach to the arena shooter genre screams "must own" for me. And now with the latest Nintendo Direct we even have info on character customization, weapon availability and that sweet, sweet in-game hub. I don't even have an inkling of how many hours I'll likely be spraying paint all over everything like Jackson Pollock with Parkinson's. Not to mention it's another game for my Wii U; sounds like I'll be one happy clam. Also looking forward to- - Codename S.T.E.A.M. - Persona 4: Dancing All Night Which games are you looking forward to in 2015? Let us know in the comments!
  2. Given the long-winded nature of development on Tetsuya Nomura's games, it would seem to the regular fan that Kingdom Hearts III's release is still a way's off (at least another year or two), but according to Bill Farmer (Goofy's voice actor in the game), the much anticipated title may be closer to releasing than you think. Farmer mentioned on Twitter that Kingdom Hearts III would release in 2015, and after being pressed by a fan, he mentioned that that's what Square Enix keeps telling him. What's interesting about this is that he responded more than once about this to different fans, so it would seem he seems pretty certain about this. However, it's worth noting that, even with Farmer's quotes, a release in 2015 is far from confirmed at this point. Square Enix has yet to make an official announcement regarding the game's release, and while it's possible they may have projected for it to release in 2015 at some point, it could also just as easily (and very likely) be pushed back. In any case, take this with a grain of salt since it isn't official, but you can check out the Twitter exchange here. Source: kh13.com, @GoofyBill (via Twitter) Do you think Farmer could be right? Might we see Kingdom Hearts III in 2015 after all?
  3. Ori and the Blind Forest was one of the best looking new games shown during Microsoft's press conference at E3 2014; however, it looks like you'll be waiting a little bit longer to play it than previously expected. Moon Studios announced the delay on their website today, saying that they made the decision along with Microsoft Game Studios in order to put the final layer of polish on what they hope will be an "unforgettable experience." In the meantime, you can check out a new gameplay footage below. Ori and the Blind Forest will now be coming to Xbox One and PC in early 2015, with an Xbox 360 release following later in the year. Source: OriBlindForest.com What are your thoughts on the delay?
  4. Crystal Dynamic's much anticipated sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider might be another year away from release but, thankfully for fans, their follow-up to 2010's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light has just gone gold and is being primed for release soon. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, like the predecessor, will be more puzzle-oriented than the action-heavy main Tomb Raider series, and again feature such elements as mirrors, time bombs, twisting gears, falling platforms and more as you navigate the temple by yourself or with a friend. To celebrate the announcement of the game going gold, the development team has released a developer diary that details the puzzles that you'll encounter in the game; you can check it out below. Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris will release on Dec. 9 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Source: Press Release Are you looking forward to Lara Croft's return to a more puzzle-oriented game?
  5. For much of the year, Microsoft's Xbox One has been lagging behind the current console sales leader PlayStation 4, though if Microsoft's recent announcement about shipment numbers have anything to say about it, the Xbox One could be closing the gap between it and the PS4's sales. Not surprisingly, the Xbox One's recent limited-time price-drop from $399 to $349 (until January 3) has had a dramatic effect on sales momentum, with sales tripling from the previous week since the price-drop went in effect on November 2. Now Microsoft is reporting that 10 million Xbox One units have been shipped/sold to stores. Of course, this means that there are 10 million Xbox Ones out there, but that doesn't mean all of them have sold through to consumers just yet. Microsoft had sold 7.42 million units as of the end of September, but it's not hard to imagine that the company will sell through to 10 million by year's end (or before, due possibly to Black Friday). For now, it looks like the console war is evening up between Microsoft and Sony. As for Nintendo's Wii U, the number of units sold have passed 7 million as of the end of October. Source: Xbox Wire Are you more interested in buying an Xbox One now due to the current price cut?
  6. In recent days, Ubisoft has revealed that all versions of the upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity will be locked at a standard 30 frames-per-second (fps); a controversial decision to many fans given that the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and high-end PC's should be very capable of running the game at 60 fps if a game is optimized for it. What's sure to add more fire to the flame is Ubisoft's newest reasoning on the matter—it simply looks better to them that way. In an interview with TechRadar, Nicolas Guérin, world level design director on Unity stated: "At Ubisoft for a long time we wanted to push 60 fps. I don't think it was a good idea because you don't gain that much from 60 fps and it doesn't look like the real thing. It's a bit like The Hobbit movie, it looked really weird." Guérin also suggested that the industry is collectively dropping the 60 fps standard since it's hard to achieve and is "not that great" in terms of rendering quality of the picture and image. Unity's creative director, Alex Amancio, similarly stated that 30 fps "feels more cinematic" and that it feels better for everyone at that rate, also adding that it allows them to push the limits of everything more that way. However, he does note that 60 fps is ideal for shooters; just not for action-adventure titles. Source: TechRadar What do you think? Does Ubisoft have a point in their reasoning, or do you disagree with the way it's being handled?
  7. The world got its first updated look at Final Fantasy XV last week with new video footage surfacing from the Tokyo Game Show last week, but how far along is the actual game development? According to Kotaku, the game's director, Hajime Tabata indicated that the game's progress stands at roughly 55% complete. Tabata also mentioned that this percentage only represents the last two years since he first joined the project, saying that the development could be looked at in two parts—before he joined on, and afterward. He also made mention that there were a few matters that had complicated the development, such as switching platforms entirely as well as the three different teams working on it (gameplay team, CG team, and the game engine team) not being unified until recently. With the game now at 55% and after some two years, it stands to reason that there may be at least another 1-2 years left (if not more) before the game finally releases. For now, Square Enix has announced plans to release a demo for Final Fantasy XV with the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD when it releases next year on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Source: Kotaku Are you surprised at where the progress stands on Final Fantasy XV's development at the moment?
  8. Wondering when you'll be able to get your hands on Square Enix's upcoming HD port of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD? Good news, friend; the game now has official release dates for North American, Japanese, and European territories. As previously suspected, it will arrive in 2015, and, in recent Square Enix fashion, will release in March. More specifically, March 17 in North America, March 19 in Japan, and March 20 in Europe, making it a near-worldwide simultaneous release. Interestingly enough, it will also mark the third official Final Fantasy (fourth, if you count the recently released Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call) released in a year and half's time, following the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. In other related news, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata is now the sole director overseeing the remaining development on Final Fantasy XV. Source: Press Release Are you excited for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD's release next year?
  9. In the long wait for Final Fantasy XV's release, some news emerged today regarding its status. One big announcement was that Tetsuya Nomura, the game's original director, will no longer directing production on the title. Instead, its co-director, Hajime Tabata (director of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Type-0) will take over the reins of that position. As for Nomura, Square-Enix mentioned that he will focus his efforts on other titles now, including Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda commented that Tabata and the rest of the Final Fantasy XV development team are working towards completion on the game's production and ensuring the "highest quality Final Fantasy title to date." Though IGN notes that Nomura's new focus is part of a development restructure within Square Enix, one has to wonder if management was unsatisfied with the slower nature of the progress on Final Fantasy XV over the years (it was originally announced in May 2006 under the name Final Fantasy Versus XIII before being publicly changed to its current title a few years back). One thing for certain is that his increased focus on Kingdom Hearts 3 can only be a good thing for fans having previously helmed the first two games and with the series effectively being his brainchild. In the meantime, a new trailer was released for Final Fantasy XV at TGS 2014 showcasing some impressive visuals. Source: IGN What are your thoughts on Nomura leaving FFXV's production, and what did you think of the new FFXV trailer?
  10. Aaaaaand the other thing I saw that excited me incredibly was the reveal of this game. This means we potentially have up to 3 Resident Evil games launching in 2015. Resident Evil REmake HD, Resident Evil 7 (confirmed to have been in the works since October of 2012,) and now this. Again, like the Persona 5 announcement trailer, let's discuss. I wanted to make a few separate threads for these just because when you have one big news post it can tend to get a little cluttered in terms of comments. I know it's literally just a concept trailer that shows nothing except that the game exists, but I'm happy it does. Revelations was a step back in the right direction in terms of Resident Evil. While it may not have been perfect, and I actually would have preferred it as Co-Op, it definitely impressed me. How about you guys? Thoughts, concerns, comments?
  11. Big news coming out of Microsoft's press conference at Gamescom 2014 in Cologne today, and perhaps the biggest piece yet is the revelation that the much-anticipated Tomb Raider sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will in fact be exclusive to Xbox One. Crystal Dynamic's Darrell Gallagher spoke out on the announcement and what it means for the brand. "We believe this will be a step to really forging the Tomb Raider brand as one of the biggest in gaming, with the help, belief and backing of a major partner like Microsoft," Gallagher mentioned. "This doesn“t mean that we“re walking away from our fans who only play on PlayStation or on PC. Those are great systems, with great partners, and amazing communities. We have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris coming to those platforms this December, and Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is available on PS4." What isn't entirely clear is if Rise of the Tomb Raider will be exclusive for to Xbox One for life or if it's a timed exclusive. GTTV's Geoff Keighley has mentioned that the official line given to press is that the game is "exclusive to Xbox One for holiday 2015," giving possibly some hope to fans that they may eventually see it come to PC and PS4 sometime after that. For now, we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, Rise of the Tomb Raider is set for release only on Xbox One this upcoming holiday season. Source: IGN, Twitter (Geoff Keighley) What are your thoughts on the news about Rise of the Tomb Raider being exclusive to Xbox One?
  12. Jason Clement

    Resident Evil Remake Coming in 2015

    It was originally remade for the Gamecube some 12 years ago but now Capcom is finally remaking the original Resident Evil for the modern era. This new versioin of the game will feature enhanced textures, resolutions, 1080p support on next generation consoles, classic and enhanced control schemes, the option to choose 4:3 or 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios, and even remastered sound with 5.1 surround support. Of course, the story involves the origin of the whole saga, with the player taking on the role of S.T.A.R. team members Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as they investigate the disappearance of Bravo Team in Raccoon City and must survive their way through the mysterious mansion there. No release date or pricing has been announced just yet, but you'll be able to buy Resident Evil digitally in early 2015. Source: Press Release Are you interested in replaying Resident Evil on today's consoles?
  13. Mass Effect producer, Michael Gamble, took to Twitter today to get fans input for the upcoming Mass Effect title. His tweet reads, "Help us make the next Mass Effect game the best one yet. Id appreciate it if you folks did this short survey..." The survey, which can be found here, asks fans a number of questions about their gaming habits, their favorite aspects of the Mass Effect franchise, and even whether or not they cosplay. Clearly, Bioware is interested in getting an idea of what gameplay elements are most important to RPG fans and to what degree they are dedicated to the franchise. Exploration was also mentioned throughout the survey suggesting that this could play an expanded role in the upcoming game. Michael Gamble and other Bioware staff will be hosting a panel at San Diego Comic Con this year titled, "Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect." The panel will talk about how the next entry in the franchise has evolved but also how it maintains it's roots to the previous trilogy. If you answered yes to the cosplay questions in the survey and will be at Comic Con, show up and show your support Saturday, July 26 at 2 pm. For the rest of you, stay tuned to Game Podunk for more on this and other gaming news. Source: Michael Gamble Twitter What is the aspect of Mass Effect (if any) that makes the franchise special to you?
  14. Earlier today, Deep Silver announced that they would be letting fans decide what to include in the Dead Island 2 Collector's Edition. A survey has been posted on Google Docs listing 28 Dead Island related items and asks fans to rate them from 1 (Do not want) to 5 (I need this!). The most liked options will presumingly be included in the CE. In addition to the usual content items (steelbook, figurines, digital content) there are some really cool, original ideas. Among them are a Dead Island 2 beach towel, a zombie flag of California, a do-it-yourself weapon crafting kit and oh.. a real zombie. While the real zombie might just be a joke, the other options are legitimate and interesting. This is a great way for publishers to bring their fans the best quality content in a collector's edition and sell more of them at the same time. Dead Island 2 releases on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC in Spring 2015. Did you take the survey? What do you want most?
  15. Marcus Estrada

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  17. Lara Croft is back but not without some baggage. Yesterday Microsoft announced Rise of the Tomb Raider during their E3 press conference. In the trailer, Lara is undergoing some psychiatric therapy to presumingly deal with the events that transpired in Yamatai. While Lara often struggled through the Tomb Raider reboot, it looks like she will begin to embrace who she is in Rise of the Tomb Raider. According to Microsoft, "In the next chapter of her journey, Lara must use her survival skills and wits, learn to trust new friends, and ultimately accept her destiny as the Tomb Raider." Tomb Raider hits next gen consoles holiday 2015. Is holiday 2015 too far away to get pumped for Lara's next adventure?
  18. Final Fantasy Type-0 is a game that RPG fans have been wanting to see released outside of Japan for a long time, and now Square Enix is making dreams come true today by announcing that an HD version of the game will be localized for release in North America on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game's director Hajime Tabata mentioned that the voice of Western gamers was instrumental in the decision to release the title State-side. Also announced for Western release is the currently-in-production Final Fantasy Agito (already released in Japan) for iOS and Android devices. Agito features a war-torn land called Orience, where players will create their own customized character (including choosing gender, hairstyle, and more) as they aim to become Agito, which is the prophesied savior of Orience. The game will be provided as a free download with in-app purchases. For now, neither game has a confirmed release date or window, which seems to allude that they may be 2015 (or beyond) titles, but it's exciting to know that both are on the way nonetheless. Source: Press Release Are you excited that Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy Agito are releasing in the West?
  19. The team at Swedish developer DICE revealed the first footage of Star Wars: Battlefront during EA's E3 presentation today. The trailer presented detailed the developer's journey in creating a Star Wars game that fans will love. They visited the Lucas Archives as well as the original filming locations to capture every minute detail from the original movies. Not only that but they wanted to understand the "emotions they evoked." Unfortunately, the trailer ends teasing more in spring 2015. While that is a long way off, what they have thus far is impressive. Here is the teaser trailer fresh from E3: The other Star Wars projects EA has in development were not shown during the presentation which is somewhat disappointing. It's possible that they are waiting until closer to the release of Episode VII in 2015 to show more. For now, stay tuned to Game Podunk for all your Star Wars news. Excited to finally get a glimpse of next gen Star Wars?
  20. "Great stories are timeless and they'll last forever." In the past, Bioware has created detailed universes for gamers to explore, experience and enjoy. Today during EA's E3 presentation they continued that legacy by revealing the next entry in their Mass Effect franchise and announcing a completely new IP. In Mass Effect, players will experience the universe as they never have before. The developers at Bioware Montreal are aiming to give fans what they want which is something fresh and new. They want to take players to the galaxies they haven't seen before. One developer summed up the game simply by saying, "New places, new characters, new people to fall in love with." There will be some familiarity however as N7 Armor and a Krogan warrior can be spotted in the trailer. In addition to their work on Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Bioware announced that they are developing a new IP. Under the roof of Bioware Edmonton, it is being built new from the ground up. "It's a chance to have clean sheet-design," said one designer, "Start from the most fundamental principles you can have." Not much else was shown on the new game as it is in the early stages of development. Check out the full Bioware E3 trailer below. For more on this and everything out of E3 stay locked on Game Podunk. Excited for more Mass Effect?
  21. Jason Clement

    E3 2014: Microsoft Press Conference Recap

    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. Evolve 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. Inside 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. ID@Xbox 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. Scalebound 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. Crackdown 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!
  22. Oh Microsoft, what will become of you? Having decided to do brief research it has occurred to me that a handful of games and information have since been leaked. As such, it is important at the outset to understand the direction this list is under. I will instead utilize this space to focus on what we know about Microsoft's press conference and what I predict (e.g. games, ideas, attitude, etc). While this is a predictions list in some sense, I am expecting to strike out on some—although I am hoping for the best. Further, each prediction will be annexed with a exposition that is roughly, for the sake of brevity, one paragraph in length. And without further adieu, here are GP's predictions for Microsoft's press conference. Halo 5: Guardians It's no surprise to Halo fans that the latest title has been delayed—after all, regardless of who is working on them there tends to be a three year gap between each subsequent release. Despite its new 2015 release window, Microsoft needs Halo to be at the fore of every gamer's thought. As a result, its appearance is inevitable, but I believe we can expect to see—or at least hear about—an emphasis on the game's multiplayer. Gears of War: Lazarus By way of the leak back in May, Lazarus is one of the many titles rumored to be revealed at Microsoft's E3. Rumor or not, it certainly makes sense for both Microsoft and the Xbox One. The original Gears is the fifth best-selling Xbox 360 title. Its successor, Gears of War 2, was the seventh best selling video game of 2009. Gears of War 3 sold over three million copies within its first week—higher than the previous two games—and helped the franchise, according to Microsoft, earn over one billion dollars worldwide. Money, money, and more money. As the possibly controversial name implies, the game is rumored to reboot the series as a means of effectively restoring the Gears series on the Xbox One. Sunset Overdrive Admittedly, I forgot this game existed until I sat down and did some research for this article. It's an open world third-person shooter developed by the team at Insomniac Games. Per usual new IP tradition the game will feature agile combat that promotes wallrunning, zip-lines, and other parkour influenced shenanigans in a world that heeds verticality. If last year's E3 trailer is anything to go by, the game's aesthetic mirrors that of, dare I say, Serious Sam in both its presentation and violence. Forza Horizon 2 No one asked for it, or even expected it, but Horizon 2 is very much a thing. Two different teams will be developing and releasing the title on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One respectively. The game will take place in Europe and is once again music-centric. Further, Horizon 2 will finally introduce the long awaited weather system into the Forza franchise . I look forward to rally racing in the rain, provided of course this is not also an option in Forza 6... because I would rather be doing it there... Fable Legends Considering how fun, but disappointing the last two entries have been, I am weary of growing excited over yet another Fable game and yet here I am swooning. Details on the game are relatively scarce, but it is a co-operative focused action-RPG. To be fair, what else does one need to know? Gamers can take control using the Kinect, but Lionhead is focusing on controller-based gameplay. With the Kinect one will be able to utilize voice commands when he or she takes control of a villain with the aim of conquering one of the game's hero through the use of ordering minions around. A beta is set to launch this year and I would not be surprised if a date is given at E3. Identification: The Three (3) C's of Marketing I often compare the state of Microsoft and the Xbox One to my High School years—lost, identity searching, and fumbling about between different clicks and personalities. As a result, I feel somewhat sympathetic toward them. Last year's E3 was a disaster for Microsoft and over the course of past year, like good little boys and girls, they have done their best—by means of reversing and re-reversing statements made during E3 2013—to clean up after themselves. As a result it would appear as if Microsoft has no idea what the Xbox One is. Subsequently, I have no idea what the Xbox One is. Does anyone? Is it an inclusive media machine or is it a gaming hub—is it both, can it be? If their regular, almost laughable, flipfloppery proves anything, it is that Microsoft knows that this year they must be clear, concise, and consistent. If not for the sake of appealing to gamers—their market—then I expect them to abide by these rules so that the worries of their stockholders are subdued. Crackdown 3 The original Crackdown was released in 2007 and by the end of the year sold one and a half (1.5) million copies worldwide—I mean how else was anyone going to get into the Halo 3 beta? Brilliant marketing aside, the game was incredibly enjoyable and received favorable reviews. Its sequel was released in 2010 and while sales are harder to disclose, it too was welcomed and enjoyed. It would seem appropriate for Microsoft to bring the game to the Xbox One for a variety of reasons. Open world games are becoming as prolific as the FPS—OK, so this is maybe an overstatement. At any rate, Crackdown was/is the ultimate open world game because it promoted the use of superpowers and co-operative play. While this prediction is perhaps more along the lines of wishful thinking, I believe now—and not later, for various reasons perhaps to be divulged at a later date—is the perfect time to announce a new Crackdown title. Indie Games (& Project Spark) It is no secret that Microsoft and Xbox in general have had issues in the past with indie game developers. However, all that has supposedly been pushed aside with the Xbox One. I expect to see more information about Project Spark—a program that essentially lets players become developers and create their own indie titles. I also would not be surprised if Microsoft showed off Below, Gunscape, and Wulverblade as part of an upcoming indie game montage to further cement the new ideologies of the company. Rare Microsoft has within their possession one of the most adamantly adored development teams. If recollection serves, this relationship is somewhat obscure and involves some odd, poorly explained, use of the Kinect. I am not sure whose idea this union was, but I suspect that to—like all things Microsoft E3 2013—be undone. It is such that I predict we see a new IP from Rare, or in the least some sort of HD remake of a classic. Who knows, maybe it will have some Kinect-based voice commands and optional motion controls. It would most certainly be amusing to, while playing a potentially new Conker game, shout profanity and perform obscenities in the direction of my television. At any rate, Microsoft has a unique team on their hands; a team that in the long run will convince non-Xbox gamers to buy the One. It only makes sense for them to put them forward and into the fray. What predictions do you have for Microsoft's conference? Let us know in the comments below!