Now that this console generation has well and thoroughly started, it's time to see what Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have coming down the pipe. Microsoft got the E3 festivities off with their early morning conference, and here's a quick recap of the major news that dropped.
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare looks neat and future-y.
- Forza 5 will feature the Nurbergring.
- Assassins Creed: Unity will feature four-player co-op play for the first time in the series.
- The guy in Sunset Overdrive might have the worst haircut it's possible to have, which we'll all get to see up close and personal when it launches on October 28.
- Super Ultra Dead Rising 3' Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha will be available soon as DLC "only on Xbox Live." Features a bunch of Capcom costumes and UI upgrades, online co-op.
- Fable: Legends has what appears to be a neat dungeon master mode where you create challenges for the four co-op players.
- Project Spark will feature...Conker.
- Ori and the Blind Forest is a neat-looking game that seems influenced by Studio Ghibli. Very short trailer for it was all that we saw.
- Vice President Keith David introduced a trailer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will feature all of the so-far-released Halos (save for ODST and Reach) on the Xbox One. Playlists across multiple games, Halo 2 multiplayer "exactly as it shipped ten years ago." Achievements worth a total of 4,000 gamer score. Ships with access to the beta for Halo 5: Guardians.
- Inside is a new game from the creators of Limbo. Looks good and Limbo-y! "First on Xbox," so probably will hit other platforms afterward.
- A bunch of indie games will be coming to Xbox One, including Threes, Cuphead, and Mighty No. 9
- Rise of the Tomb Raider announced itself with what appeared to be a CGI trailer. Lara's in therapy now.
- Geralt will indeed be hunting in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
- From the creators of Killer Instinct comes Phantom Dust. Remake? New game? Trailer appeared to be CGI.
- Tom Clancy's The Division continues to be almost suspiciously good-looking.
- Platinum Games announces an Xbox One exclusive: Scalebound. CGI trailer, but it looks like it'll be some kind of character action game feature huge monsters to take on.
- New Crackdown game is, obviously, an Xbox One exclusive. CGI trailers seem to be a recurring theme here.
All in all, this was obviously intended to be a games-heavy show. Almost no mention of hardware news, TV functionality, sales, or anything else beyond the games, which is a bit refreshing after last year's conference. No mention of any Xbox 360 games, either, and very little mention of anything coming to PC. Also barely any mention of Kinect. They definitely have some good stuff coming down the pipe, but it would've been nice to see more of the freshly-announced games running in realtime rather than dropping CGI trailers, but that's E3 for you. What did you guys think?