E3 2015 Recap - Xbox

Xbox was first up today! Check out all the latest E3 news from Microsoft.

Welcome to today's E3 coverage here on ZAM!

Today's first media briefing (1 of 4) was from Xbox. It was packed with new details, so check out the recap below!

All Events: Bethesda, Xbox, EA, Ubisoft, Playstation, Nintendo, Square Enix, PC Gaming

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Xbox's event started with a quick hype trailer:

Halo 5 (Exclusive) - October 27, 2015

Halo 5 started the event off! It began with a cinematic trailer, and transitioned immediately to a long burst of campaign footage. Very chaotic. Great visuals.

Halo 5 Notes:

  • Warzone multiplayer mode! PVP, but also PVE.
    • Pits two teams against each other with AI involvement/objectives.
  • Hosts 24 players & AI
  • Environments are 4x the size of previous Halo maps

Recore (New Game!) (Exclusive)

Exclusive, new first-party franchise. From the makers of Metroid Prime. No further details. Revealed in a cinematic trailer:

*ANNOUNCEMENT*: Xbox One backward compatibility!

Play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, on the Xbox One you already own.

  • No work required from developers.
  • Will have all the great features of Xbox One. (screenshots, etc.)
  • No cost to play games you already own.
  • Already available for Xbox Preview members; coming this Holiday.

*ANNOUNCEMENT*: Xbox Elite Wireless Controller - Fall 2015

  • 4x paddles on the back
  • "Pro-Level" precision
  • "Hair Trigger" locks
  • Concave D-Pad
  • Swap out components
  • Remap almost everything
  • Designed for Xbox One and Windows 10

Fallout 4 - November 10th, 2015

They showed off narrated gameplay and sweeping shots of the environment. Discussed the game's backstory a bit.
  • "Player freedom" is their #1 goal.
  • Has a "second screen" Pip-Boy app for smartphones.
  • "Mods created on PC will be able to be transfered, played, shared for free on Xbox One"

EA Access on Xbox One

  • Titanfall is joining the EA Access vault this week.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition at end of summer.
  • EA Access members can play Madden 16 early on August 20th (5d early).
  • All 12 titles in EA Access vault will be free to play during E3 week!
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 announced! Coming Spring 2016; had cinematic trailer.

Forza Motorsport 6 (Exclusive) - September 15th, 2015

  • Cinematic trailer with expectedly-good visuals.
  • Ford partnering with Turn 10 Studios.
  • 1080p, 60fps
  • 450 Cars; 24 Car Multiplayer

Dark Souls III - Early 2016

  • Cinematic trailer.

Tom Clancy's The Division - Exclusive Beta this December

Cinematic trailer, telling the backstory for the game:

Rainbow Six: Siege - October 13th, 2015

  • Comes with two free Rainbow Six games.
  • cinematic trailer with a few moments of gameplay thrown in.

Gigantic (XB1/Windows 10 Exclusive) - Beta in August 2015

  • Free to Play
  • Cinematic trailer discussing basic gameplay and showcased a few heroes.

ID@Xbox / Indie Showcase

  • Xbox' annual indie montage with as many indie games as possible.

Tons of games featured in this compilation trailer:

  • Cuphead
  • Rise & Shine
  • The Mean Greens
  • Flame in the Flood
  • Phantasmal
  • The Solus Project
  • Westerado
  • Sword Coast Legends
  • Outward: The Adventure Life Sim
  • Goat Simulator MMOre Goatz Edition
  • Game 4 (from The Behemoth)
  • Below
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Recruits

Developers then came on-stage to showcase their game:

*ANNOUNCEMENT* - Xbox Game Preview

  • Early access on Xbox. Buy some games while they're in-development.
  • Every game must have a free trial.
  • Four games to start: The Long Dark, Sheltered, Elite: Dangerous, DayZ
  • Two games available starting today: The Long Dark and Elite: Dangerous

ION (New Game!) - "Coming Soon"

  • From designer Dean Hall (DayZ); working with company Improbable.
  • Vague cinematic trailer for what sounds like an ambitious sandbox MMO in space.

Rise of the Tomb Raider - November 10th, 2015

Gameplay trailer, although the game's so cinematic that it doesn't seem like gameplay.

Rare Replay - August 4th, 2015

  • 30 of Rare's previous games for $30!
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day and many, many more.

Sea of Thieves (Exclusive)

  • New, Xbox One exclusive game from Rare.
  • Described as a "shared-world adventure game."
  • Trailer note: Gameplay was captured in real-time

Fable Legends (XB1/Windows 10 Exclusive) - Holiday 2015

  • Free to Play
  • Cross-platform play.


Various VR Discussion

  • "Announcing a new relationship with ValveVR." No details.
  • Xbox One controller being bundled with Oculus Rift.
  • Stream Xbox One games to Windows 10.
  • Microsoft Hololens transitions into Minecraft's presentation...



  • New version of Minecraft for Microsoft Hololens.
  • "Live demo with real, working code"
  • "Create world" and your Minecraft world pops up on a table!
  • More details at Minecon in a few weeks.


Gears of War: Ultimate Edition - August 25th, 2015

  • Completely remastered version of the first Gears of War.
  • 1 week Public Beta starts today!


Gears 4 - Holiday 2016

  • Single-player gameplay preview.


As per tradition, they also ended with a hype trailer:


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