Microsoft leads charge with Xbox One exclusives at Gamescom (Wired UK)

The white Xbox One bundle comes with Sunset Overdrive for £349.99


One of the biggest complaints gamers have had regarding the Xbox
One has been the slow trickle of releases for the console. It’s a
complaint Microsoft has attempted to tackle head on, using its
Gamescom conference to spotlight a wave of new titles coming over
the next twelve months, and refocus on some already announced

In addition to the newly exclusive Rise of the Tomb
, Microsoft announced SCREAMride by British
studio Frontier Developments, due for release in spring 2015. A
sci-fi lite version of Theme Park, the game sees you
constructing vast thrill rides across a futuristic city and testing
them to destruction. It’s all in the name of bettering humanity’s
prospects apparently, though players will likely have more fun
propelling their virtual volunteers along roller coaster tracks
snaking across the vast world until they collapse. There also seems
to be a good amount of physics at play, with buildings collapsing
or ride pods careening into the air if the ride isn’t properly
thought out. Too sharp a curve on a track, and the entire carriage
can fly into space.

Quantum Break

Remedy Games

Quantum Break, developed by Remedy Entertainment, the
studio behind horror game Alan Wake, was also shown. Sam
Lake, the game’s Creative Director, showed off the game’s time
manipulation gameplay. Set in a world where a time travel
experiment has instead broken time, you’ll have to navigate
temporal distortions called “Time Stutters” to try to put things
right. It’s a great concept but the live gameplay demo only
featured lead character Jack Joyce repeatedly manipulating time to
freeze enemies, delay or dodge bullets, and deliver brutal
slow-motion melee take downs. The locations are appropriately vast
with stunning draw distance, but the gameplay really needs to
deliver some more inventive uses of Jack’s powers to impress. The
game will launch with a companion TV series helping tell the story,
an approach only once tried before with Defiance.
Hopefully, this fares better on both game and show fronts as it has
the potential to be amazing if execution can match premise.

Fable Legends, a four-player focussed fantasy action
RPG and the latest in the series from Lionhead Studios, had a new
villain mode revealed. Although the previous Fable games
have let you play as either good or evil, this allows you to play
as the game’s actual antagonist for the first time. With a top-down
tactical view, a fifth player can drop enemies or obstacles in the
hero team’s path, unleashing minions from on high. A multiplayer
beta for the game will launch on 16 October, while the full game,
which is set 400 years before the first Fable game, is
released next year.

Microsoft’s exclusive racing franchise Forza got a
double-header of new content announced. The already-available
Forza Motorsport 5 has Formula E hot lap events, featuring
electric vehicles, introduced to the game today, along with a
selection of new cars. The Rolls Royce Wraith — the most powerful
Rolls Royce ever, according to developer Turn 10 Studios’ Dan
Greenwalt, and the first time the luxurious motor house has allowed
any of its cars to be used in a video game — and the 2015 Ford
Mustang are amongst those available now.

Ralph Fulton, creative director of Forza Horizon 2, the
more open-world racer compared to Motorsport’s serious sim racing,
also confirmed there would be over 200 vehicles in that game.
Fulton also drew attention to the social aspects of Horizon
, calling it “the most social racing game ever made.” Players
will be able to set up driving teams, view stats, and stream races
when it releases on 30 September. A new feature called Forza Fuel
was also teased, with no further details provided.

Finally, Ted Price, the president and CEO of developer Insomniac
Games, took the stage to reveal more details on its open-world
action title, Sunset Overdrive. Set in a colourful
post-apocalyptic environment after the evil soda company Fizzco has
unleashed a mutant plague, players are encouraged to rampage
through the city using an array of unorthodox weapons — think
explosive teddy bears for an idea of how serious the game’s tone
is. It’s all about fast-movement, deranged comedy, and huge
carnage. Price introduced new characters, notably Floyd, an absent
minded scientist who used to work for Fizzco. The game is one of
Microsoft’s biggest exclusives for the remainder of 2014, so there
are big hopes hanging on its 31 October launch.

Also announced were a slate of game-specific custom consoles. A
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle delivers a 1TB
HDD-equipped gunmetal Xbox One with gold trim, a matching
controller, microphone headset and a downloadable copy of the game
for £429.99. Sunset Overdrive’s bundle offers a sleek
white version of the hardware with a digital copy of the game for
£349.99, while European gamers can get a FIFA bundle for
the same price. The latter two had no mention made of hard drive
size, so presume the standard 500GB capacity, and none include the
much-maligned Kinect 2.0 peripheral.

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