E3 2017: Full breakdown from Microsoft’s press conference

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Right off the bat Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference showed off a massive list of 42 games, including 22 with some form of Xbox One console exclusivity. The line-up included a mix of big new AAA franchises, sequels, and smaller games. Assassin’s Creed Origins, BioWare’s new original IP, Anthem, and a verity of indie games like The Artful Escape and The Last Night were all on display. But unarguably biggest reveal was of the Xbox One X, formerly known as Project Scorpio. We finally got specs, price, and a release date. Microsoft also unveiled an original Xbox backwards compatibility expansion along with a handful of free 4K updates for a number of Xbox One games.

Project Scorpio’s official name is the Xbox One X. Kareem Choudhry, Head of Xbox Software Engineering, took the stage to talk Xbox One X specs, compatibility, features, the Scorpio engine, and the release date. The Xbox One X hits shelves worldwide on November 7, 2017 for $499.

Forza motorsports 7 was first game to demonstrate the power of the Xbox One X opening with and all in 4k trailer. We were also given a full on gameplay demo that gave us a more than enough glimpse of how the new software performs by showcasing two different weather/road environments of both bright & cloudy, and dull rainy, both looking equally elegant and dynamic than ever before. Forza motorsports 7 will be available on October 3rd.

Metro Exodus made a gameplay trailer appearance running all on Xbox One X. The idea of letting the game do the talking did exactly that. Metro Exodus is a follow up to Metro: Last Light and will be coming sometime in 2018.

After a one year period of being out of action, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchises made its big return revealing with a world premiere live demo. Our first look of Assassin’s Creed origins showed us our new hero, Bayek making his hometown of Siwa to kill a fake Oracle named Medunamun. Origins will  be available for on October 27th

Brendan Greene took the stage to officially reveal the Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, his popular battle royale shooter which has taken Steam Early Access by storm. It will launch on Xbox One One later this year, which is also when the PC version is slated to exit Early Access.

We got a new trailer and release window for State of Decay 2, which is slated to launch Spring 2018. For more, check out our round-up on all the news, gameplay, and trailers from State of Decay 2.

The Darwin Project was a strange announcement for most of the conference. It’s a battle royale-style game that displayed a gameplay trailer with a very loud showcaster on stage.

Minecraft’s Better Together update will connect the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One Minecraft communities with mobile and Windows 10 PC players. It’s also getting a free 4K update later this year and the Super Duper Graphics.

Dragon Ball FighterZ made a surprising reveal and it is coming to the store on Xbox One in early 2018.

Black Desert, the PC mmorpg made its announcement  that will be headed to Xbox One in early 2018.

The Last Night is a 2D cyberpunk adventure game and is headed to Xbox One and PC.

The Artful Escape, which was a bright and colorful looking game, is headed to Xbox One and Windows 10. No official release date was announced yet.

Code Vein, Bandai Namco’s dystopian, vampire-themed action RPG, is making its way to Xbox One in 2018.

We got to see a chunk of new gameplay footage revealed and a release window for Sea of Thieves. It’s coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in early 2018.

Making its return from last year Tacoma finally announces its official release date. Set aboard an abandoned space station, Tacoma is Fullbright’s next game following their popular Gone Home from 2013. Tacoma is coming to Xbox One and PC on August 2.

Of one of the lesser exciting reveals, the Oculus Rift game Super Lucky’s Tale is headed to Xbox One on November 7.

The old-timey cartoon themed shmup and platformer Cuphead finally has a release date. It’s coming September 29 and now available for pre-order on Xbox One and PC.

Crackdown 3 made has finally made its return with an even bigger announcement that Terry Cruz (yes I said Terry Cruz) will officially be a part of the game and it is headed to Xbox One and PC on November 7. Its release date reveal was accompanied by a new 4K trailer

Ashen was originally revealed back in 2015, but it’s back and better looking than ever. The dreary action RPG is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10.

One of my personal favorite announcements of the show was the unavailing of Life is Strange: Before the storm. A second allege Life is Strange game was announced last month but no actual detail of what the next game was going to was given until now. Life is Strange: Before the storm is a 3 episode series with a bonus 4th Max “Farewell” episode if you purchase the Deluxe Edition, its fist of 3 episodes will release on August 31st.

Ori and the Blind Forest is getting a sequel in Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which is headed to Xbox One and Windows 10. No release date was revealed.

Now arguably the biggest announcement was that original Xbox titles games will be add to the Xbox backwards comparability program and will be given a performance boost on new consoles. The backwards compatibility expansion will be added later this year.

According to Phil Spencer, 4K updates for 30 Xbox One games, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct, Halo Wars 2, Minecraft, and third-party titles like Resident Evil 7 and Rocket League, will also be available for free.

Patrick Soderlund, Executive VP of EA Worldwide Studios, took the stage to unveil the first gameplay of Anthem, a new game from BioWare first revealed during EA’s E3 2017 press conference on Saturday.

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