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Microsoft E3 2015 Predictions

I wanted to make an E3 Predictions article to tell everyone what I think will happen (based on
evidence or instinct) at this years E3 event. I am going to break it down by conference for major announcements, and I will justify these predictions with a few sentences below the prediction. What I will do is after E3, I will take a look at this and see how many I got right and how many I got wrong, as well as any major ones I missed. Should be fun!

*disclaimers*
– When referring to next-gen systems I mean PS4 and Xbox One… Wii U would be specifically mentioned, as I feel that the new Nintendo NX will be their true next-gen system.
– Beside each game I will post what systems it will release on – when I say Windows 10 I mean it is designed for Xbox on Windows 10, and when I say PC it means PC in general (like current PC games).
– I will post articles for support where I can, however most of these are just from my gut. Articles support that there is speculation and/or rumours circulating. Otherwise, just enjoy the summary!
– Some conferences will have more announcements than others – that is because some games are bigger and will take up more time, and some conferences are shorter (e.g., Bethesda’s).
– I will only be posting games announced at specific conferences – obviously there will be games that are coming to different consoles announced at different conferences.
– I will be doing individual conferences in following posts.
– 1 week before the first E3 conference, I will do a summary where I will put it all in one place, and if anything has changed from when I predicted it then I will note it (e.g., anything that is more likely, less likely, confirmed or denied).
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Microsoft – Xbox One and Windows 10
First up is this behemoth

Prelude:

Microsoft has a lot to prove at this year’s E3. Sure, the Xbox One is outpacing sales of the Xbox 360 and on that note is doing extremely well. However, when compared to the PS4’s sales it is almost double what the Xbox One has sold (20.5M to 11.8M sold). Microsoft needs to convince the 80 million or so Xbox 360 users who haven’t switched yet to make the leap to next-gen, and that this is the year to do it with the impressive lineup for this year and next year on Xbox One.

On another note, Windows 10 will be launching this year as well and gaming on Windows 10 through the Xbox app will be a big part of this year’s conference. Phil Spencer and the gang need to showcase a huge lineup for Windows 10, and show gamers and non-gamers alike that Windows 10 will be the best platform for home-computing and gaming on a home computer.

Microsoft has 3 hours to fill – the reason this article will be longer than others is for that reason. I am only listing game-type announcements. I am sure they will have random celebrities or have random segments – no point in trying to predict that.

The Games:

Call of Duty World at War 2 or Black Ops 3 – Xbox One, PS4, PC
The recently announced Call of Duty game will be shown off some more at Microsoft’s conference, as it always is. My hope is Call of Duty: World at War 2, but it may very well be Black Ops 3 as the game is being developed by Treyarch Studios (see here and here). The game is scheduled to be announced in May at a Call of Duty event, so we will know this before E3 (see here).
Crackdown/Crackdown 3 – Xbox One, Windows 10
New Crackdown that was announced last year shown off – announced for 2016 and will release on Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play support (see here). This will be a big open-world game like the previous Crackdowns… think like Grand Theft Auto but with superhuman abilities. I predict that it will have an offline option, a co-op option, and an online option for up to 16 Agents.
Announced last year at E3 – I cannot wait to see it again
Battletoads – Xbox One
New Rare game shown off – my guess is Battletoads – announced for a summer 2015 release (see here). I predict that this game will be a download-only title (~$20).
RARE HD Collection – Xbox One
Rare HD Collection announced for XB1, ready to download the day they announce it. This collection will include Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Perfect Dark, Battletoads, Conkers Bad Fur Day and Conker: Live and Reloaded, Golden Eye 007, and Wizards and Warriors. HD 1080P remasters, nothing more. Online functionality for Golden Eye 007 and Conker: Live and Reloaded.
Halo 5: Guardians – Xbox One
Halo 5 Guardians shown off – big feature explored more, large battlefields and takes place on multiple planets. The game follows the story of Master Chief and Agent Locke, in a similar way that Halo 2 did with the Arbiter and the Master Chief (see here). Big new gameplay features will be shown off, and will captivate the audience.
Halo 3: ODST released for the Master Chief Collection. Halo Reach announced for the Master Chief Collection – Xbox One
Halo 3: ODST will be announced as complete and ready to download for the Master Chief Collection (or for retail purchase $9.99). Also, Halo Reach will be announced for a remastered edition on the Master Chief Collection, and will include a multiplayer playlist for Halo Reach (further integration coming soon). Firefight will be a part of Halo: Reach, unlike ODST. Halo Reach will be ready for download for $9.99 in September.
Halo Wars 2 – Xbox One, Windows 10
The new RTS game teased by Microsoft will be Halo Wars 2 – being created by Decisive Games (see here) and will release on Windows 10 and Xbox One simultaneously on March 24, 2016. No cross-play will be supported (as PC owners would have a clear advantage on an RTS game) however cross-buy will be supported. Halo Wars 2, like its predecessor, will be developed from the ground-up for a controller. Read my article on why Halo Wars 2 should be a thing here.
It could very well be Age of Empires 4 – But I really want a new Halo Wars game!
Unknown New IP – Xbox One, Windows 10
New IP shown off – completely new game. It will have cross-play capabilities with PC and cross-buy, and will release in 2016. My guess is that it will be an Arena-style fighting game where you train your character, equip him/her with equipment and items, and level them up by fighting in gladiatorial combat.
Scalebound – Xbox One
Scalebound finally shown off – announced for a Fall 2016 release date… see my previous article here about what I think Scalebound needs to do to be a game-changing game. I have no idea what this game will be about, and I am very interested to find out more.
Gears of War 4 – Xbox One, Windows 10
Gears of War 4 revealed, shown off, announced for a Fall 2016 release and will release simultaneously on PC and Xbox One (see here for some news on Gears 4)
Being developed by Black Tusk Studios
Quantum Break, Xbox One, Windows 10
Quantum Break shown off – firm release date set for a Q2 2016 release. Full fidelity of the game shown off, unlike previous showcases.
New Assassins Creed – Xbox One, PC, PS4
The new Assassins Creed game is already known to be set in Victorian London, due to a leak. Like most conferences, there will probably be a reveal at the Xbox conference, and then a further look at the Ubisoft Conference (see here).
This is the leaked screenshot…
Sports Games – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3
As always, sports games will be shown at Microsoft’s conference. Same as every year… Sports games will still be coming to previous-gen systems *EXCEPT* for NHL 16 – which will be exclusively next-gen.
 
The System:
 
Kinect-less Xbox One price drop to $330 (US)
Kinect-Xbox One gets a price-drop from $449 to $400 (US)
Xbox One slim revealed, ready to buy this holiday season starting with Halo 5 Bundle. New console will come standard with a 1 TB hard drive.
*just a fan pic* The current Xbox One is massive, I wonder what the new slim design will look like?
Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One Bundle announced (in conjunction with above announcements).
Kinect gets a price-drop  from $149 standalone to $80
Something about Holo-Lens will be shown off
The Functionality:
New Dashboard revealed, completely overhauled to be more controller-friendly. Will be ready for November 2015
New Partnerships with new TV networks and stuff… honestly could be anything.
Epilogue:
 

In conclusion, I am very excited to see what Microsoft will bring to the table this year. As stated above, they have a lot to prove. Microsoft seems very confident that this years gaming lineup will be its best ever – and that next year will continue to do so. Time will tell. If my above predictions come true, then I think they would be partially on their way to fulfilling their promise.

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