For hardcore Microsoft fans, Gamescom 2015 is the last major event of the year. The last few months were stuffed with Xbox-related news from the company. This week Windows 10 officially arrived for all, bringing with it a dedicated Xbox One app and Xbox Live experience free of charge to PC gamers. In June Microsoft showed off new games like Gears of War 4 and new-comer ReCore. What secrets Microsoft’s Gamescom 2015 press conference will reveal is a hot topic of discussion. It’s the last major event in western gaming before the busy holiday season.
Despite showing a lot this year, there remains tons of untapped potential for Microsoft’s August 4th media briefing at the show. At E3 Microsoft showed off its exclusives for this year, mainly Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo 5, Forza 6, Fable Legends and Gigantic. For Gamescom 2015, the focus is on the next wave of must-have Xbox One games coming in 2016. Some even think that Microsoft will share more information about its looming Windows 10 on Xbox One update.
Revealed back in 2014, Crackdown is one of the Xbox One’s hotly anticipated games. Unlike the majority of games for the Xbox One, Microsoft doesn’t have to worry about fighting Sony’s PS4 for users with this game. It’s one of the company’s exclusive franchises, developed and maintained inside the company just for Xbox One users.
What the company will show at Gamescom 2015 related to Crackdown is unclear, but there are some conclusions based on a single trailer we’ve already seen. In that first Crackdown trailer we saw a team of agents coordinate explosions and crashes to take down an enemies’ hangout, hinting at a robust co-op experience. We also saw a building practically crumble before our eyes after being hit with a tanker, hinting at maps were destroying Pacific City’s buildings is just as important as taking down opponents.
More Windows Exclusives
Microsoft is on something of a tear rebuilding its Xbox Live infrastructure and services for a new generation of PC gamers. The general idea seems to be that Microsoft can improve its operating system’s fortunes if it improves on the things people use it for. This includes PC gaming.
We already know that Fable Legends, Gigantic and Gears of War Ultimate Edition are coming for PCs running Windows 10. Microsoft could have more Windows 10 games to reveal at Gamescom 2015 or even a better breakdown of when we’ll see each of these games arrive. Currently, Microsoft has revealed the PC release date for any of these games.
If it wasn’t coming from Bayonetta developer Platinum Games, it’s unclear how excited anyone would be about Scalebound. That’s in no way a diss of the title or the studio. We just don’t know what the game actually is or what genre it fits into. Microsoft has confirmed that Scalebound will be one of the Xbox One games it shows off at Gamescom 2015.
Earlier this year Quantum Break became one of the first games in Microsoft’s Xbox One line-up to get a delay. To be clear, we’re not talking about a delay of a week or two either. Originally, Quantum Break was set for a fall 2015 release alongside Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza 6 and Halo 5: Guardians.
Produced by Remedy Entertainment, Quantum Break is a science-fiction, genre bending adventure. Thanks to experiments in a large northeastern town, players have the ability to manipulate time in Quantum Break as a combat mechanic. Remedy has promised a detailed, high-production episodic show spliced into Quantum Break too.
Microsoft now says that it’ll release Quantum Break sometime early next year. This game is already confirmed for Gamescom 2015 too.
Windows 10 on Xbox One
Finally, there’s the new Xbox experience built on the Windows 10 operating system. At E3 2015 Microsoft finally revealed that it was planning a significant overhaul of the Xbox One’s software to make everything more intuitive and fluid. We haven’t seen or heard much about the upgrade since, even though Microsoft says it plans to release the update sometime in 2015.
At the very least Microsoft has to show us more of the Xbox One running Windows 10. The company has yet to detail how apps downloaded from the Windows Store will work on the console. We haven’t seen if any of the console’s entertainment features have gotten upgrades either.
Microsoft’s GamesCom 2015 Media Briefing Starts at 10AM Eastern Standard Time on August 4th. Both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 will have livestreams available for users who want to watch the festivities for themselves. Microsoft will also host daily, 60-minute long briefings on each days news during the event.