So, Gamescom has officially begun in earnest, and already there is an awful lot of stuff to be excited about. Microsoft started the event off strongly, showcasing an impressive number of upcoming Xbox One releases.
Some are recognizable titles, additions to already well-established franchises. Others are new, potentially very exicting forays for new developers. There's even a game that features dragons that looks like it might actually be worth playing. (God damn you, Lair.)
Here's a rundown of some of the stuff announced at Microsoft's press conference.
Quantum Break is the ambitious new title from Remedy Entertainment, the people responsible for Alan Wake- the narrative-driven third person shooter from back in 2011. Quantum Break is a game that focuses on temporal irregularities, with time-frozen enemies and a plot that seems to focus around the glitches in time.
The game features a star-studded cast, with Aiden Gillen (Littlefinger in Game of Thrones) and Dominic Monaghan (Merry in the Lord of the Rings) as supporting characters and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman in the X-Men movies).as Jack Joyce, the main character.
The gameplay trailer looks exciting, with beautifully rendered visuals and dynamic character animation. the combat looks exciting too, with Jack's ability to freeze enemies in time bubbles and manipulate time to dash rapidly across the map.
The game is scheduled for release on April 5, 2016
The first look at Crackdown 3 by Realtime Worlds was a brief glimpse of the game's potential, showcasing the massive scale of the new installation to the series. The trailer demonstrated entirely destructible environments, as buildings topple in adjacent buildings, bringing it all crashing down.
This is made possible, apparently, through the use of cloud computing, allegedly operating on a computational level 20 times higher than the power of the Xbox One. This is hugely ambitious, especially considering a cooperative campaign in the same open world city. There will be destruction aplenty, to say the least.
From developer Platinum Games (makers of Bayonetta and MadWorld) comes this new title that looks fucking awesome based on the gameplay trailer. It is reminiscent of Devil May Cry, with the spunky blonde-haired protagonist and flashy sword combos, but with the added element of a GODDAMN DRAGON for a partner.
The gameplay trailer shows a mix of modern and medieval themes, with the progtagonist squaring off against what appear to be knights with shield and sword, while wearing modern-looking headphones (with equalizer details on the surface of them). It looks like the dragon can be instructed where to attack, and the combat is tied between mid-range melee attacks to ranged bow shots.
The fantastical scope of the game also shines through in this trailer, as the size of the dragon indicates, as well as a larger enemy that almost rivals its size. The game is currently scheduled for a holiday 2016 release, and it looks like it's gonna be badass.
Those are really the most exctiing things talked about at the press conference this year. Everything else is cool information to have, but nothing that's really rustling jimmies.
Other things Microsoft talked about:
Backwards compatibility will come in November with 100 games ready to go
Halo 5 is desperately trying to be considered an E-sport
Halo Wars 2, the unasked for sequel, is a thing that's happening.
There's a new Halo 5 Xbox One Bundle coming. It's shiny.