Operation Backlog Completion 2018
Jun 112017

At Microsoft’s press conference, we should learn about the Xbox One Scorpio and see BioWare’s new IP, Anthem. What else does Microsoft have in store?

(In other news, a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer appeared last night, but we’ll discuss that another time.)

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Microsoft’s E3 2017 Press Conference

We expected a Scorpio reveal at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, and Microsoft began by officially unveiling it as the Xbox One X and discussing its powerful capabilities. It will be available on November 7. I never bought an Xbox One, so I don’t know if I’ll eventually get an Xbox One X.

But anyway, onward to the games!

They started with Forza Motorsport 7, which I’m not interested in, but then they moved on to announce Metro Exodus. I have yet to play the previous two Metro games, but it looks like it could be pretty cool.

The next trailer began with Ancient Egypt. That caught my attention right away. It turned out to be the next Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Origins. I’ve never played Assassin’s Creed, but this game looks interesting. It’s also not too far off, planned for an October 27 release.

Next, they announced Mixer, a new live streaming platform. With it, they revealed that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be coming to the Xbox One later this year. I haven’t played that one either (I’m not much of one for multiplayer), but I have friends who play it often.

A series of game trailers came next: Deep Rock Galactic Dive, a first-person shooter about space dwarves exploring procedurally generated caves; State of Decay 2; and a multiplayer game called The Darwin Project.

Next up, an announcement of cross-play for Minecraft, along with other Minecraft news. I’m not into Minecraft myself, but letting players on different systems play together is nice.

Dragon Ball took the stage with a new fighting game called Dragon Ball FighterZ. Fighting games aren’t really my thing. Neither are MMORPGs, although the next game shown, Black Desert, certainly looks pretty. They were followed, however, by an intriguing cyberpunk game called The Last Night.

The next game, The Artful Escape, also looks like it could be interesting (and musical). Now we were in the high point of the conference, as they followed with a game we’ve discussed previously, Bandai Namco’s Code Vein!

We still don’t know much beyond “anime vampire action game,” but it seems pretty cool.

Pirates followed vampires – new footage from Sea of Thieves. Rare’s shared world game is finally due out in early 2018. They showed a short segment of gameplay.

Tacoma got an August 4 release date next. I’m interested in Tacoma… but I also thought it was already out, so I’m not sure what I got it confused with.

From there, they moved on to cuteness and 3D platforming with Super Lucky’s Tale!

I remembered the title from when Lucky’s Tale came out as a VR game. It looks like this will be the non-VR version of the game… or maybe a sequel?

Cuphead also got a release date, as did Crackdown 3. Those announcements were followed by a short montage of indie games.

After that, they showed an RPG called Ashem that could be worth keeping an eye on.

Next, more Life is Strange!

Life is Strange: Before the Storm is a three-episode prequel that follows Chloe and Rachel. Since I played the original, I’m going to guess that this game will be very intense, emotional, and probably incredibly upsetting.

They showed some gameplay from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and talked about it, then moved to something completely different, a new Ori game. While I haven’t played Ori and the Blind Forest yet (I say that about too many series), Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks beautiful.

At this point, the press conference began to near its conclusion. They announced that Xbox Original titles will be coming to the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program, which is awesome! Then they returned to the Xbox One X briefly to mention its price, $499.

Finally, they closed with some gameplay from BioWare’s new IP, Anthem. It… looks okay, but I’m not really sold on it yet. We’ll see.

Overall, Microsoft’s E3 press conference was decently entertaining. There were many games I’m not interested in, but also several that look pretty cool, like Code Vein, Lucky’s Tale, and Life is Strange: Before the Storm (although there when I say “cool,” I mean it’s going to make me cry).

What did you think of Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference?

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