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E3 2015: Microsoft goes big and hits home

Microsoft has not pulled any punches with their conference at E3 2015; big announcements came fast and furious.

The show kicked off with Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries hopping up on stage to show off a trailer for Halo 5: Guardians, just before live gameplay was shown with narration by the Arbiter or contributing voice actor Keith David. The game will have 24 players and AI controlled adversaries, and the biggest maps ever implemented in a Halo game.

Warzone, one of the multiplayer maps shown is playable at E3 2015. Halo 5: Guardians will be released exclusively for Xbox One on October 27.

After the Halo 5 portion of the show, a video for an Xbox One exclusive from Keiji Inafune was shown. It seems to have a sci-fi setting which takes place on a desert planet. The game is called Recore and is set to be released in Autumn 2016.

Next up was Xbox Head Phil Spencer, who said that the firm will be showing “the greatest line-up of games” for the Xbox One. Following this, Spencer possibly dropped the biggest news ever: backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. What a move by Microsoft!

Digital titles will appear in the dashboard between today and tomorrow and retail discs will work too. One of the first titles to be shown was Mass Effect.

Shortly after the backwards compatibility bomb was dropped, a video of the new Xbox One Wireless Elite Controller was shown.

Todd Howard from Bethesda was up next to speak about Fallout 4 and how development was geared towards “player freedom”. A clip from the game was also shown with Howard’s character “Phil” returning home to find his devoted family robot waiting for him. In addition, the German Shepherd from the reveal trailer was also shown.

Fallout 4 is expected to be “bigger than Skyrim,” which means there will be a vast area for players to traverse and explore, and plenty of enemies to fight. It is the “most ambitious world we have ever created,” he said. Additionally, the game will support mods on Xbox One that were created on PC. And last but not least, Fallout 3 will be included with Fallout on Xbox One.

Peter Moore from EA Sports stepped up to talk about EA Access and also announced that Titanfall will be arrive on the service either today or tomorrow. Dragon Age: Inquisition will also be coming to EA Access this winter.

Moore also announced Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, which was accompanied by an exclusive trailer.

Next to be shown was Forza 6, with 24-player online capabilities being announced. Forza Motorsport 6 is expected to be released on September 15.

The world-premiere for Dark Souls 3 was also shown.

Ubisoft then showed the world-premiere E3 2015 video for The Division and online multiplayer title. Xbox One players will be the first to play The Division beta in December.

Rainbox Six Siege, which is set to be released October 16, will come with Rainbow Six: Vegas and Vegas 2 for free. Vegas 2 will also be available on Xbox One via backwards compatibility.

An Early Access program is also in the pipeline and will allow Xbox One players to play a game before they decide to buy it through the Early Access program. Xbox Game Preview program will allow users to try titles such as DayZ, Elite: Dangerous and The Long Dark.

The latest Rise of the Tomb Raider video was then shown, which included both cutscenes and gameplay footage. It is expected to be released on November 10 first on Xbox One during the exclusivity period. Unfortunately we don’t know exactly how long the timed exclusivity is set to last.

The Rare Collection was also announced as Rare Replay and is slated for an August 4 release. The best part is that the classic Nintendo 64 Conker’s Bad Fur Day will be included!

Also revealed by Rare is their new and “most ambitious game it has ever created” by the name of Sea of Thieves. It was described as a shared world pirate game.

Xbox is working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 “the best platform for VR”, said Kudo Tsunoda when he hopped up on stage.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition will be the very first Gears of War title to land on Xbox One. It is a fully rebuilt version of the original game and will feature new content. It will be released on August 25.

The new Gears of War game is simply titled Gears of War 4 and should be released during Christmas of 2016.

Unfortunately some of the bigger names such as Crackdown, Scalebound and Quantum Break were not show so expect to possibly see them at Gamescom 2015.

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