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Xbox Gamescom 2015 Wrap-Up

Xbox just held their Gamescom 2015 briefing a few hours ago in Cologne, Germany and it was packed with  content, I mean, absolutely packed. There was no filler, and it was all games. Below is a wrap-up of what happened, along with a recap of what Xbox’s 2015 and 2016 lineup looks like (hint: It’s ridiculous).

1. Quantum Break gameplay was shown off today, revealing more of its intriguing time-altering mechanics. This game looks super polished and I cannot wait for its release. It also got a release date of Spring 2016. See the trailer below.
2. Crackdown 3 gameplay was revealed for the first time, showing off the worlds impressive size and newly advertised 100% destructibility. The trailer shown looks very similar to what Crackdown and Crackdown 2 looked like, which is great. It looks like this game is shaping up very well, see the trailer below. Release date is Fall 2016.
3. Scalebound got its first gameplay reveal at Gamescom, and I would like to say that this was my favourite showing until **** **** * was announced (see below). This game looks awesome. An action-rpg with companion dragons and fantastical creatures, with 4 player co-op and you get to fight other massive creatures. See below, it’s hard to describe, but I assure you that you will not be disappointed. Release date is Holiday 2016.
4. Xbox formally announced that the Xbox One will now be a full television DVR, which is pretty awesome and adds a ton of value to the box. That feature will go live this fall.
5. Backwards compatibility was shown off again, and two separate announcements went along with it. First, all Games with Gold on the Xbox 360 will automatically carry over onto the Xbox One. That is now 4 free games a month. Second, this feature will go live this November for everyone, not just preview members.
6. Xbox One is getting its own chatpad, extremely similar to the Xbox 360 chat pad. It is launching this fall and is available for pre-order now. See below for a picture.
Now with volume buttons
7. Killer Instinct is now free and compatible for cross-play on Xbox One and Windows 10, and Season 3 of Killer Instinct is launching March 2016. See the trailer below. Also, certain characters from other games are now becoming fighters in Killer Instinct, and the first one, available today, is the Battletoad from Battletoads. See that below as well.
8. A ton of PC games are coming to the Xbox One. Some notables are City Skylines and Train Simulator.
9. Mojang is launching a new game called Cobalt, and is launching exclusively for the Xbox One and PC this Fall. Add that to the line-up this year! See below for the trailer.
10. A new character was revealed for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.
11. Coming to the Xbox Preview Program is ARK: Survival Evolved and We Happy Few. See the ARK: Survival Evolved Trailer below… this game looks amazing. MMO with Dinosaurs!
12. Halo 5: Guardians was shown off some more, featuring some MLG Arena action from teams Epsilon Gaming and Optic Gaming on a new map called Colosseum. They also revealed the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Xbox One, and announced that the Halo World Championship will begin this fall and has a prize pool of over 1 million dollars (yes, $1,000,000).
13. FIFA 16 is getting exclusive FIFA Ultimate Team content on the Xbox One. FIFA 16 bundles were also announced for the UK.
14. Forza 6 showed off its rain racing and night-time racing at Gamescom, which looks absolutely, positively real to me. See the trailer below, I am very excited for this game. It looks like it is their best Forza yet, which is amazing as they are all stellar games.
15. Rise of the Tomb Raider was shown off some more for the Xbox One as well. More interesting is the movement of their original release date. Originally November 10th, it seems that Rise of the Tomb Raider has moved out of the way of Fallout 4, releasing November 10th, and is now releasing November 13th.
16. Dark Souls III had its first gameplay reveal at Xbox’s 2015 Gamescom briefing as well – see the trailer below. Looking good, but terrifyingly difficult.
17. Homefront The Revolution had its first gameplay reveal at Xbox’s conference this year. The game looks way better and more interesting than the first Homefront, and much to my surprise this game is open world! See the trailer below.
18. Last but not least, Halo Wars 2 was announced! See my previous post as to why Halo Wars 2 should be a thing (click here). I CALLED IT! Being developed by Creative Assembly, the team behind the great Total War franchise, and with key developers from the makers of the original Halo Wars, this game will launch on Xbox One and Windows 10 Fall 2016. I am so excited for this game, and this is my definitive mic-drop moment of the show. See the short teaser below – I cannot wait to see some actual gameplay soon!
Xbox had a great showing at Gamescom, and dare I say, I think it was better than their E3 conference for me. See below for the revised 2015 and 2016 lineups for the Xbox One and Windows 10. It is a great time to be an Xbox One owner, and I am thoroughly convinced that this is the greatest Xbox lineup in history.
2015 Release Calendar (Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusives):
Rare Replay – August 4th, 2015 (today!)
Gears of War Ultimate Edition – August 25th, 2015
Gigantic – August 2015 open beta, Fall 2015
Forza 6 – September 15th, 2015
Halo 5: Guardians – October 27th, 2015
Rise of the Tomb Raider – November 13th, 2015
Fable Legends – Holiday 2015
2016 Release Calendar (Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusives known so far):
Killer Instinct Season 3 – March 2016
Quantum Break – April 2016
Halo Wars 2 – Fall 2016
Gears 4 – Fall 2016
ReCore – 2016
Sea of Thieves – 2016
Crackdown 3 – Fall 2016
Scalebound – Holiday 2016
…my wallet. My poor wallet.

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