Exclusive seemed to be the keyword Microsoft wanted to focus on while presenting audiences at Gamescom 2014 with news on upcoming Xbox One releases. Among the big names announced, Rise of the Tomb Raider seemed to surprise fans the most as it was listed as an Xbox exclusive. The phrasing of the announcement was under some contention and clarification that it will not be a full-on Xbox exclusive was subsequently made.
Halo was also in the spotlight as the beta for the next installment of the franchise, Halo 5: Guardians, is scheduled to begin on December 29th. Also revealed was video footage of the Halo Master Chief Collection – the first four main Halo titles remastered and combined into one package along with Halo: Nightfall and admittance into the Halo 5 beta. Additionally, Microsoft intends on releasing a Halo Channel with highlight videos, pro-streams, and behind-the-scenes for up and coming stuff for fans.
Indie developers are finally getting more than just a foothold in the Xbox world as well with titles Super Hot, Goat Simulator, Space Engineers, Plague Inc., and more launching first for console on Xbox One.
Evolve, a new 4v1 co-op shooter – the beta will be an Xbox One exclusive, was announced to launch February 10, 2015 after being delayed from an October 2014 release. The alpha testing has been PC only so far but beta testing will start January 15, 2015 on Xbox One.
New console bundles were also released for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, and FIFA 15 which looks to be a Europe only release. The machines will feature varying sizes of hard drives, up to 1 TB, and coloring to match the titles.
And the only thing used more than the word exclusive – videos! Assassin’s Creed Unity, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Fable Legends, Superhot, Sunset Drive, and so much more. Check out a few of them here:
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