Microsoft opened Gamescom 2015 today with an attractive lineup of new game reveals for Xbox and Windows 10, taglining the unveiling as the greatest lineup in Xbox history which also expands into 2016.
The company debuted world-premiere gameplay of anticipated exclusives like Crackdown 3, Scalebound and Killer Instinct Season 3, alongside a new gameplay demo of the heavily anticipated Quantum Break, which looked very good. Unexpectedly, Microsoft also announced Halo Wars 2, exciting new strategy game packed with fast-paced action, massive battles and an all-new Halo story, coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall 2016.
Shawn Ashmore, lead actor for Remedy Entertainment’s “Quantum Break,” surprised fans as he took the stage with Remedy’s Creative Director Sam Lake to discuss and showcase the game’s latest time-amplified gameplay features.
By popular fan request, Xbox announced DVR for Over-the-Air TV which is coming to Xbox One as a subscription-free service next year. Once Xbox One is set up for over-the-air TV, Xbox One owners will be able to record their favorite TV shows, movies and sporting events and store them onto a hard drive, so the amount of recorded content is only limited by the size of the drive.
Today the Microsoft revealed more 2015 games news and gave fans an in-depth look at the top games available this fall:
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Crystal Dynamics gave fans their first look at one of the expansive hubs gamers will be able to explore in the highly anticipated “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” before showing off Lara’s new guerilla combat skills and the awe-inspiring Prophets Tomb, filled with secrets to be discovered when the game releases this November, exclusively on Xbox.
Forza Motorsport 6 – Turn 10 Studios announced four additional tracks coming to “Forza Motorsport 6,” each built from the ground up for this generation — Circuit of the Americas, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Sonoma Raceway and Germany’s famous Hockenheimring — as well as all-new Forza Race Leagues that offer competitive 24-player multiplayer on dedicated servers.2
FIFA 16 – Electronic Arts shared a look at “FIFA 16,” detailing the full roster and new features coming to FIFA Ultimate Team Legends, and reminded fans that EA Access members3 will get exclusive early access to the game beginning Sept. 17, only on Xbox One.
Rainbox Six Siege – Ubisoft provided a look at the German CTU featured in its upcoming multiplayer shooter. Gamers who purchase the game on Xbox One will exclusively receive both “Rainbow Six Vegas” and “Rainbow Six Vegas 2.
Other Key Announcements:
- Mojang announced that since the launch of “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” beta less than a week ago, players have traveled more than 826 million meters in-game; the equivalent of circling the earth 20 times.
- Xbox One Backward Compatibility Launches in November with 100 Xbox 360 Titles and Games With Gold Support
- Since the announcement of Xbox One Backward Compatibility at E3 2015, fans have cast over 3 million total votes on Xbox Feedback for the Xbox 360 titles they’d like to play on Xbox One.
- Xbox One preview members have logged more than 83 years playing Xbox 360 backward-compatible titles on Xbox One.
- “Gears of War” and “Shadow Complex” are the newest titles playable on Xbox One today through Backward Compatibility.
- Xbox One will be the only next-generation console to offer backward compatibility for free this November. With more than 100 Xbox 360 titles and hundreds more to follow.
- All future Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles will be playable on Xbox One, meaning Xbox Live Gold members will have more free games to play each month on Xbox One.