Monday, June 14, 2010

E3 2010: Microsoft Conference Wrap-Up

E3 began today, with Microsoft starting off the series of keynote press conferences that would go on to include presentations by EA, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and a special conference dedicated to Microsoft Kinect (formerly known as Microsoft Natal).

To start things off, there was a trailer for the upcoming DLC for the Xbox 360 exclusive, Alan Wake.

Following that, there was a remixed trailer set to Eminem's "Won't Back Down" for Call of Duty: Black Ops, plus a live stream of gameplay from the highly anticipated title. Then there was the debut trailer for the upcoming Bethesda RPG, Hunted: The Demon's Forge, and a first look at THQ's Homefront, an FPS set in 2027 when the USA has been conquered by North Korea.

Xbox 360 owners were also treated to a trailer for a new game called Dust, though it's unclear if the game will be released on XBLA or if it'll receive a disc-based release. Either way, it looks fantastic, with hand-drawn 2D sprite-based animation similar to games like Odin Sphere and Muramasa: The Demon Blade.

What played next was a brand new trailer for Assassin's Creed: Brotherood, which will bring multiplayer to the Assassin's Creed series, which was followed by a 4-player co-op demo on stage of Gears of War 3, the final game in the series.

The biggest trailer of the day was undoubtedly the gameplay trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the upcoming game from Hideo Kojima that, surprisingly, will be available on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The trailer reveals that the game will play more like an action title in the vein of the newer Ninja Gaiden games rather than its predecessor, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Following that, Peter Molenyeux presented the debut trailer for the third installment in his RPG franchise, Fable III, and there was a sneak peek at the campaign mode for Halo: Reach. The final video was a debut trailer for a Crytek developed title codenamed Kingdoms, which we hope to see more of in the coming months.

The final portion of Microsoft's conference was dedicated to the introduction of Kinect, formerly known as Project Natal. The motion-based peripheral features a camera and 3D detection sensors and promises interaction and gameplay without a controller and integration into all of the 360's features. The product will be released on November 4th, 2010.

Along with a closer look at the hardware, Microsoft displayed demos of Kinectimals, Kinect Sports, Kinect Joy Ride, and Kinect Adventures; four of the 15 launch-titles that can only be played using Kinect. Two third-party games support the system were also revealed; Your Shape by Ubisoft, and Dance Central by MTV Games & Harmonix. Also shown was gameplay from Kinect Star Wars and Forza Kinect, a new entry in the Forza series of racing simulators. There's currently no info on pricing for the peripheral or the games.

The biggest announcement, however, was the confirmation of last night's leak about the redesigned Xbox 360 console. A sleek black unit that's smaller and quieter than the current models, the new 360 includes built-in Wi-Fi, a 250GB HDD, is 100% Kinect ready, and will be available THIS WEEK for the price of $299.99. Complementing the release of this redesigned console, the current line of Xbox 360's will receive $50 price drops, making the Xbox 360 Arcade only $149.99 and the Xbox 360 Elite only $249.99.

Those who were lucky enough to be in the crowd at the conference were all given a free new model Xbox 360, but for the rest of us, Microsoft is currently in the process of shipping units to retailers and distributors across the country.

1 Comment:

ale said...

New Xbox 360 is fantastic!!!