E3 2016: Microsoft

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Microsoft began the proceedings for Day Two of E3 2016. At Microsoft’s press conference players can expect to hear more about Halo Wars 2 and Gears of War 4 which were both revealed at last year’s E3.
To begin their E3 2016 press conference Microsoft opened the show with an official reveal of the Xbox One S, a slimmer version of the Xbox One with at 2TB HDD and 4K support. Next, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer appeared on stage to speak more about the Xbox One S, and more variety in upcoming games and exclusives.
Following Spencer’s introduction, Rod Ferguson, Co-Creator and Creative Director at the Coalition took to the stage to introduce Xbox Play anywhere. A feature that allows cross play and cross buy between Xbox One and Windows 10. Ferguson then showed a gameplay demo of the co-op campaign in Gears of War 4. Microsoft also revealed a Gears 4 themed Xbox One Elite Controller.
Next, Rukari Austin, Community Manager on Killer Instinct revealed new characters coming up in Season 3 for the popular exclusive fighter. General Raam of Gears of War fame will be the next fighter for Killer Instinct Season 3.
After the Killer Instinct roster addition, Microsoft showed a teaser trailer for the next installment in the Forza franchise, Forza Horizon 3. Ralph Fulton of Playground Games then appeared to show the world gameplay premiere of Forza Horizon 3. The onstage demo featured a sample of the Xbox Anywhere cross platform play between PC and Xbox One consoles. Forza Horizon 3 launches exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 on September 27th.
Following the Forza Horizon 3 premiere gameplay, players got a new look at upcoming Xbox exclusive ReCore. The trailer showed a mixture of cinematics and gameplay which looks to mix third person action with some platforming and shooter elements as well.
Next, Hajime Tabata, Director at Square Enix, revealed the first gameplay demo for upcoming Final Fantasy 15. The demo offered a look at the fast, fluid battle gameplay of Final Fantasy 15. The trailer also revealed that Final Fantasy 15 will launch on September 30th.
After the Final Fantasy 15 demo, a trailer was shown for the upcoming Underground expansion for The Division. Feature new gear, new environments, and a  new raid there is a lot of new content for The Division players to look forward to.
Patrick Bach, General Manage of DICE then came on stage to reveal more on Battlefield 1. EA Access members will be cable to play the game early starting October 13th. Bach then once again played the trailer for Battlefield 1 that premiered at yesterday’s EA Play event.
Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering, then appeared on stage to introduce new features coming to Xbox One this Summer. The features include background music, Cortana support on Xbox One, and support for additional languages. Three additional features will also be coming this Fall. Clubs is the first feature that allows communities of like-minded gamers to come together on Xbox Live. Looking for Group is a new feature that allows players to find friends to play with in popular games like The Division or Destiny. The last feature coming in the Fall is Arena. A new tournament platform for competitive gaming. EA will also be bringing their biggest sports titles to the upcoming Arena app.
Next, Lydia Winter and Saxs Pearson from the Minecraft team introduced cross platform play between ios, Android, PC, and Xbox One platforms. They then showed off a demo of how this cross platform play will allow players on mobile, PC, and Xbox to connect and play together. John Carmack from the Oculus team also appeared to show off the VR capability coming to Minecraft via the Oculus Rift VR Headset. Texture packs for Mobile devices and Windows 10 will also be coming today for Minecraft players. Add Ons will come to PC and mobile this year and Xbox One next year.
After the Minecraft reveal Microsoft revealed fully customizable controllers via the Xbox Design Lab at Xbox.com. From here, the presentation launched into a trailer for upcoming indie game, Inside which will release later this month on June 29th.
Director of ID@Xbox Chris Charla, then took to the stage to reveal that Limbo will be available for free to all players on Xbox One starting today. He then played a sizzle reel of all upcoming ID @Xbox games set to release on Xbox One soon. Highlights include Cuphead, Yooka Laylee, and the Hunger Games-like The Culling. Next, Guilaume Provost came on stage to show off We Happy Few which will launch on Xbox One Game Preview next month on July 26th. Damien Monnier, Lead Designer at CD Projekt RED then introduced for the first time, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Gwent will have cross play between PC and Xbox One. The game will feature a single player campaign as well as online multiplayer. Players can register for the beta at PlayGwent.com which will arrive first on Xbox One and PC this September.
Following the ID@Xbox reveals, Microsoft revealed a trailer for Tekken 7. Featuring Akuma from Street Fighter the game will transition from cinematics to fighting gameplay in the game’s story mode. It was also revealed that all Xbox Live Gold Members will get a free copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 via Backward Compatibility during E3.
Next, came the reveal of  the previously leaked Dead Rising 4 featuring the return of series protagonist Frank West. Dead Rising 4 will launch  Holiday 2016 exclusively for Xbox One and Windows 10.
After Dead Rising 4, Shannon Loftis of Microsoft Studios Publishing, re-affirmed Microsoft’s commitment to bringing new experiences to Xbox gamers. Loftis also introduced a new gameplay demo for Scalebound via Game Director of Platinum Game Hideki Kamiya. The demo featured the biggest boss fight Platinum has ever crafted and showed some of the game’s co-op gameplay. Scalebound will also be part of Xbox Play Anywhere which allows cross platform saves and gameplay between Windows 10 and Xbox One. Scalebound will launch in 2017.
Next, Microsoft showed a new trailer for upcoming Rare developed titled, Sea Of Thieves. Studio Head oat Rare Craig Duncan then took the stage to reveal world premiere gameplay footage and details on Sea Of Thieves. The game features open world, co-op gameplay which allows for open ended stories that are crafted by players and their experiences. It also appears that players can get drunk on Grog in the game.
Following Sea Of Thieves, Microsoft revealed another Xbox One/Windows 10 exclusive in the form of a sequel to State of Decay, State of Decay 2, which will finally feature online co-op. Another exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox One followed the State of Decay 2 reveal as players were introduced to a new cinematic trailer for Halo  Wars 2. The multiplayer beta for Halo Wars 2 starts today and will continue through June 20th. Dan Ayoub, Studio Head of Strategy Games at 343 Industries revealed that Halo Wars 2 will launch February 21st, 2017. A gameplay trailer was also shown which featured epic battles between the UNSC Marines and Covenant forces.
Phil Spencer then returned to the stage to close the show with a video that shows how the new version of the Xbox One was developed and the upcoming Project Scorpio Xbox One which will launch in Holiday 2017. He also confirmed that all Xbox One games will be playable on Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Project Scorpio.  A sizzle reel was then shown of all of the upcoming Xbox One gaming experiences that are coming this year and in 2017. 

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Damien Chambers

Before I became a Geek Under Grace I was a student of Journalism and have always aspired to write for a gaming and geek culture publication. I am truly blessed to have found an outlet to reach not only thousands of fans, but those who may not have yet found Christ. My favorite genre of games is third-person/sandbox games. I like the freedom that they allow both in gameplay and in scale and they just seem less bland and limited than more linear titles. I still have a soft spot for RPG games but I now enjoy JRPGs far less than I did as a child because they are still basically the exact same as they always were, with a few exceptions of course. I also enjoy playing more tactical third-person multiplayer shooters or first-person shooters that try to shake things up. I absolutely hate games based on WWII or Vietnam as those settings and those types of gameplay have been done to death. Though I am not opposed to a future Assassin's Creed title being set during one of these wars. I also typically tend to stay away from MOBA's as they are notorious for abusive, and generally unsavory online communities. My favorite game of all time is Chrono Trigger, which ironically enough is a JRPG but its one that I consider untouchable in quality. The runner-up for my favorite game of all time would be Star Fox 64.

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