E3 is upon us and boy, is it a big one for Microsoft and all things Xbox. With their Xbox One upgrade Scorpio – the only home console capable of true 4K gaming, don’t you know? – due for a proper unveiling, Microsoft simply have to impress. Here’s what we think will go down in Chinatown. Or LA.
I think I look at E3 differently to most people. I’ve been reading other people’s impressions after getting and recording my own and I can’t help but feel that people sometimes miss the point. More than anything else, it seems to me that E3 is about the companies setting down their identity for the coming year, both as a gaming location and as a corporation. Two years ago it was all about setting down the start of this generation of consoles. Last year was – for Sony – about bigging up the future (and boy they needed to, since not much was coming just round the corner) and for Microsoft is was all about convincing people to change their minds. Unsuccessfully, as it turns out.
Microsoft brought, rather expectedly, a strong emphasis on games to their E3 press briefing on June 9th, and whilst the line-up was predictably covered by a strong collection of AAA system sellers, such as Forza Horizon, Halo and Assassin’s Creed, there was a newly found desire to move past the inevitable array of sales dominating sequels towards something new and inventive, something that can only be truly discovered through the current swathe of upcoming indie games. Included among them, was a rather stylish looking shoot ‘em up from a small, five man team working out of such far afield places as Oakville (Ontario), Regina (Saskatchewan), New York (NY) and even Romania . I am, of course, referring to the gorgeous looking, Cuphead, from Studio MDHR.
After enduring much criticism after last year’s showing at E3, Microsoft have had to go back to the drawing board and return with a revamped image, and a console with a stellar line-up of gaming titles strong enough to win the ongoing “console war”. In recent months, Phil Spencer (head of all things Xbox) has spoken frequently about keeping the company’s focus on the most important aspect of any console, the games, but was this just rhetoric, or has he, and Microsoft Game Studios as a whole, been able to back up his bold words…
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