A full round-up of everything at Microsoft and Xbox’s E3 2017 press briefing including the Xbox One X reveal, Assassin’s Creed Origins and Ori and the Blind Forest 2.
In the hours building up to the Xbox E3 2017 press conference, there were echoes of the event from last year – Almost all the big news had leaked early. Thanks to Geoff Keighley’s tweet, we knew that the then named Project Scorpio would be priced at £499 – a price not to be sniffed at. That was backed up again by numerous sources who said “Yes this price is true”. Even before that, we’d seen some screenshots leak out of a new Ori game and the new Forza Motorsport. On top of this, we already had confirmation that Sea of Thieves will be at the show and confirmation that Bioware’s new IP Anthem will be at the Xbox Microsoft E3 2017 show thanks to the EA show the previous day. So, what else did Microsft have to show at E3 2017? Well, quite a bit actually…
The conference began with a video explaining how resolutions had changed with each new generation of Xbox – It made the point. Project Scorpio will have better resolution than any Xbox yet.
Microsoft then dived right in with a visually stunning trailer on the visuals of Project Scorpio, the box and the price. Phil Spencer took to the stage to finally announce the name of Project Scorpio – Xbox One X. It’ll release world wide on November 7th, 2017 for $499/£449.
Next up was one of the Xbox One X design architects, Kareem Choudhry. He talked about confusing numbers – 6 triceratops GPU clocked at 1.1hz, 12GB of something or another and the TL;DR is that it’ll do 4K gaming and even when not played on a new 4K TV, games will look better thanks to Super sampling.
The Xbox One X will be backwards compatible with all Xbox One games and peripherals and it’ll be the smallest Xbox ever. Kareem left the stage with the statement “Let’s see what this game can do”…
This was of course referring to the Exclusive World Premiere of the Exclusive Xbox One and X game Forza Motorsport 7. Dan Greenwalt, the creative director of the game came on stage to talk about a new car… a real car… the Porsche 911 GT2RS. “Like the Xbox One X… It’s a monster” and the car will be playable in the Forza Motorsport 7. More than 700 cars with largest collection of Ferrari’s, Porches and Lamborghini’s ever put into a game. There’s dynamic puddles and other great looking stuff.
Phil Spencer returned to the stage to announce the world premier of 4A’s new title – the much rumoured Metro Exodus. The wording of this announcement means it’ll be coming to other platforms but Ultra HD and 4K will be exclusive to the Xbox One X.
Next up was a trailer for, in a huge shock to everyone, Assassin’s Creed Origins. Act shocked – it’s set in Egypt. On the Xbox One X, this game will run at 4K. A trailer and a long game play session followed.
Once we’d all woken up from the coma the Assassin’s Creed Origins game play had put us in, Phil Spencer returned to the stage to introduce Brendan Greene, PlayerUnknown himself. PlayerUnkowns’s Battlegrounds will be coming exclusively to Xbox One later this year. This is a big coop for Xbox. This game has been making waves recently.
Next up was a timed Xbox One exclusive, Deep Rock Galactic. This looked like Minecraft meets No Man’s Sky with Dwarves!?! Cool.
This was followed by Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive zombie survival game State of Decay 2.
And another timed exclusive – The Darwin Project. They’re really trying to make this one a esports sensation. It just looked like bad Overwatch.
Lydia Winters from Mojang came to the stage to announce they will be uniting the Minecraft communities from PC, Mobile and Consoles (Switch, not PlayStation though..) together allowing cross play.
They also announced a new “super duper” 4K graphics option for Minecraft on Xbox One X.
Phil obviously came back to the stage to announce more games… first up is the sensational Dragonball Fighters Z. Taking the aesthetic of the animation to the next level, this looks fantastic.
And was followed by an Xbox One timed exclusive Black Desert. This game has done really well on PC and it’s good to see it’ll come to consoles soon.
And another timed exclusive… I see a pattern appearing here. Published by Raw Fury, this game took pixel art to the next level – The Last Night.
And another timed exclusive… okay… come on now Microsoft… this time it was The Artful Escape.
Project Vein then showed off new footage of their new title Code Vein, coming in 2018 but isn’t an exclusive of any kind. This was the trailer that was released a month ago (you can click here to see it). And they were on such a good run.
After a sustained barrage of trailers, Phil was back to talk about how has has been searching the planet for new games but also, their focus of innovation in their first party teams. This lead seamlessly to an extended play of Rare’s Sea of Thieves.
Next up, Tacoma finally got a release date via a new trailer – August 2nd, should you be wondering.
Now, I’m not sure Microsoft had thought this one through. Next up, just 2 trailers away from Rare (the masters of the 3D platformers), they showed a trailer for the Xbox One Super Lucky’s Tale. It looked good but hey, Rare were right there Microsoft. Anyway, check out the trailer:
Next up and another Xbox One exclusive – Cuphead. It has a release date! September 29th. Mode 7 will be pleased.
And then, the one we’ve been waiting for, Crackdown 3 and it’s a Xbox and Windows 10 exclusive. Terry Crews was on hand to yell at us like only Terry Crews can. The game looked rough around the edges but featured plenty of explosions and that’s always been what Crackdown does best.
This was then the cue for the obligatory indie sizzle video. Fable Fortune, Observer, Ooblets (one of my “indie games to watch”) Robocraft Infinity, Dunk Lords and many more all featured.
Ashen is coming to consoles and Phil Spencer was full of praise before introducing this trailer:
The much rumoured Life is Strange: Before the Storm finally got confirmed too via a spine-tingling trailer. It’ll be Xbox One X enhanced.
Middle-Earth: War of Mordor isn’t a game that translates well to a big screen presentation but Warner Brothers and Monolith did well here with what followed. It gave a good idea of what the game is about and the type of interactions you’ll have and the sense of humour the game has.
Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive Ori and the Will of the Whisps got confirmed too. Shame this leaked earlier in the day and lost a lot of the impact.
Phil returned once again to the stage to say that more than 50% of Xbox gamers have used the backwards compatibility on Xbox One and OG Xbox games will be added to the service later this year – including Crimson Skies.
He also announced the Halo 5, Gears of War 4, Killer Instinct, Forza Horizon 2 and a few more 1st part titles as well as 30 more Xbox games will be getting free 4K visual updates. The third-party titles including Final Fantasy 15, Resident Evil 7, Rocket League and more. Phil Spencer: “You probably already have some 4K ready games”.
Lastly, Microsoft invited EA’s Soderland on to the stage to talk about Bioware’s new IP Anthem. Jon Warner took to the stage and introduced the worlds first game play – and it looked great on the Xbox One X. Each player will have a variety of Exo suits called Javelins for you to fully customise. It’s a squad based online games as service game coming in 2018.
And that’s it for another year. Thanks for joining us for out E3 Xbox 2017 coverage.