Xbox E3 2015 press briefing recap

At Xbox’s E3 2015 press briefing, Microsoft announced so many games that we seriously thought about splitting this very recap into two parts. Here’s what happened:

Halo 5: Guardians to feature 24-player Warzone mode with AI adversaries, massive maps

343 Industries’ head Bonnie Ross debuted a new trailer for one of the game’s online modes, leading into a live co-op demonstration. You’ll be able to revive your teammates in co-op.

Ross also revealed Warzone, a 24-player multiplayer mode with AI controlled adversaries, and maps that are four times their counterparts. This is “the most ambitious Halo campaign to date,” according to 343 Industries executive producer Josh Holmes, offering seamless drop-in, drop-out cooperative play. You can watch the mode’s trailer above.

Single and multiplayer modes will run at 60fps, with an Xbox One-built engine.

Halo 5 will come to Xbox One on October 27th.

Recore is new Xbox One game from Keiji Inafune, Armature Studio

Recore, former Mega Man producer Keiji Inafune and Comcept and former Metroid Prime developers Armature Studio’s new game, was announced next. The game follows a nomad protagonist and a series of robotic sidekicks powered by a blue glowing core.

In the debut trailer (embedded above), the protagonist battled a series of robotic enemies, and her robotic, canine sidekick sacrificed itself to protect her. She later revived her partner-in-crime in a new body that took the appearance of a much larger humanoid.

The game is an Xbox One exclusive that’s set to launch next spring, according to Xbox head Phil Spencer.

Xbox One will be backwards compatible with Xbox 360


The Xbox One will be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games, according to Microsoft.

“The games you have invested your time and money in will be able to be played natively on your Xbox One.”

-Phil Spencer, Xbox head

Users will need to have the original disc, put it in the slot drive, and download a digital edition to the Xbox One. 100 games will be supported by this holiday season.

“We won’t charge you to play the games you already own.”

-Phil Spencer

Xbox One preview members can use a selection of games now, with the general public getting the feature in time for the holidays.

Here is the first batch of backwards compatible games, according to Microsoft:

  • Banjo Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Defense Grid
  • Geometry Wars Evolved
  • Hexic HD
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Kamco
  • Mass Effect
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Small Arms
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Toy Soldiers: Cold War
  • Viva Pinata
  • Viva Pinata: TIP

Fans can now express their beliefs on the games they want added to the program here.

Leading the pack with over 49,000 votes is Red Dead Redemption, the open-world western developed by Rockstar San Diego.

Other titles leading the fan vote include Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skyrim, Halo: Reach, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Xbox One Elite controller coming with swappable components, customizable layout

Xbox One Elite controller

Microsoft will release the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller later this year, according to the company, introducing a new d-pad, triggers, and swappable components. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller offers “limitless customization and pro-level accuracy.”

The controller promises hair-trigger locks, four back paddles, thumbstick sensitivy cures, and trigger min/max values, according to a controller video.

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller can be pre-ordered now here for an October release for $149.99.

Fallout 4


Bethesda revealed more new Fallout 4 footage during Microsoft’s keynote before dropping the announcement that PC mods for the game will be usable on the Xbox One version.

Fallout 3 will also be included with the Xbox One version of Fallout 4, according to Bethesda.

Powered armor’s HUD will get a visual upgrade, according to Bethesda.

A variety of weapons were also shown off in a demonstration given by the studio, going in greater detail than they did at their own E3 press conference.

Fallout 4 will come on November 10th.

Dark Souls 3 coming early next year

Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls 3 will launch in early 2016, according to publisher Bandai Namco. The publisher showed off a pre-rendered trailer for the game featuring the tagline “now only embers remain.”

Forza Motorsport 6 launching September 15 on Xbox One

Forza Motorsport 6 will launch on September 15, according to Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt.

Grennawalt introduced a new gameplay trailer (embedded above). The game will take players to 26 locations around the globe in over 450 cars, and will support 24-player multiplayer. Forza 6 will also run in 1080p at 60fps.

The game will be an Xbox One exclusive, and will feature the new Ford GT, Shelby GT350, and F-150 Raptor, through a partnership with Ford.

Tom Clancy’s The Division gets Xbox One-exclusive beta this fall


Xbox One players will be able to play a beta of Tom Clancy’s The Division this fall, according to Ubisoft America president Laurent Detoc.

The Division is scheduled to launch in 2016.

Rainbox Six Vegas series free with Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox One

Rainbow Six Vegas backwards compatibility

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will come with Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2 for free, according to Detoc.

Rainbow Six Siege will launch on October 13th.

Titanfall, Dragon Age: Inquisition coming to EA Access

EA Access

Titanfall and Dragon Age: Inquisition are coming to EA Access, according to EA chief operating officer Peter Moore.

Titanfall is available now while Dragon Age: Inquisition will come at the end of the summer.

EA Access is available now for $5/month or $30/year.

Fullbright’s Tacoma coming first to Xbox One, Windows

Fullbright’s next game Tacoma will debut first on Xbox One and Windows, according to studio co-founder Steve Gaynor.

Gaynor also introduced a new trailer for the game (embedded above).

Tacoma is also coming to Linux and Mac.

Ashen is a Xbox One open-world role-playing game

Ashen, a new Xbox One action role-playing game about a wanderer “in search of a place to call home,” was revealed at Xbox’s E3 2015 press briefing by developer Aurora44.

Ashen is set in a world without sun, where national light comes from eruptions that cover the land in ash. The game is about forging relationships with other characters in the open world, according to Aurora44’s Derek Bradley.

Long Dark, Elite: Dangerous both on Xbox One

Xbox Game Preview

The Long Dark and Elite: Dangerous are now on Xbox One through Microsoft’s new Xbox Game Preview service, according to ID at Xbox director Chris Charla.

Xbox Game Preview will also gamers to purchase and play games while they are being developed.

Shelter and DayZ are also slated to launch on the platform.

Rise of the Tomb Raider coming to Xbox One November 10

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider will launch November 10th on Xbox One, according to developer Crystal Dynamics.

The game will also come to Xbox 360 through Nixxes Software.

Ion, Dean Hall’s next game, coming to Xbox Game Preview

Dean Hall, DayZ’s creator’s, next project Ion will be available first through Xbox Game Preview.

“I wanted a game that wasn’t a game. For the past year I have been working with a team to make my prototype into a long-term project. We have the technology to create this universe, but you – through Xbox One Game Preview – will govern its destiny.”

-Dean Hall, DayZ, Ion creator

Rare Replay coming to Xbox One with 30 Rare games for $30


Battletoads, Perfect Dark, Banjo Kaooie, Viva Pinata and 26 other Rare-developed games are coming to Xbox One through the Rare Replay collection. The collection will include 30 Rare games for $30, according to Microsoft.

The collection will draw upon games from the studio’s 30-year history, including games like Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts, RC Pro-Am, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Snake Ratle and Roll, Blast Corps, and the ones mentioned above.

Rare Replay will come to Xbox One on August 4th.

Sea of Thieves is a Rare-developed Xbox exclusive

Pirate-themed Sea of Thieves is Rare’s next big project. The game is “the most ambitious game” it has produced, according to the studio. A trailer was also shown off, showing naval battles and multiplayer elements.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition brings original to Xbox One August 25th

Gears of War Ultimate Edition

Gears of War Ultimate Edition, a remastered version of the original Gears of War, is coming to Xbox One on August 25th, according to developer The Coalition’s head Rod Fergusson.

Gears of War 3’s gameplay features will also apply to the remastered game, and characters from later games in the series will be available in multiplayer.

Gears of War 4 coming to Xbox One in holiday 2016

Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 is coming to Xbox One next holiday season, according to Fergusson.

Unannounced Kinect games in development internally and by third parties: Loftis

Xbox One Kinect

The Kinect camera and microphone array is not dead despite what you might think, according to Xbox global games publishing general manager Shannon Loftis.

“[The Kinect]’s still an option for gamers and it still powers what’s special about how you can navigate the dashboard. They wanted a choice and they got a choice.”

-Shannon Loftis, Xbox global games publishing general manager

Kinect is still coming to Windows 10, according to Loftis, and there are still unannounced games coming for the motion controller in the fall.

“[Kinect]’s still a going concern. More creators than you might expect are now engaging with Kinect for Xbox One.”

  • Shannon Loftis




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