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Xbox Gamescom 2014 – Recap

Andrew Stretch / August 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM / Gaming, News

The Xbox Gamescom 2014 press announcement has just ended and given us a lot of new things to look forward to. Earlier this week Xbox teased us by tweeting an image of “Xbox Gamescom 14” with each character done in the style of a game font or logo (pictured above). The image contained references to Scalebound, Fifa 15 and Halo: The Master Chief collection but this and more was revealed today. The preroll for the event showed footage of previously known games such as Fable: Legends and Forza Horizons 2.

To begin the event we get to see a new Assassins Creed: Unity trailer showing off not only the incredible environments of the game but also the sheer numbers of people that can appear on screen as well as some hints of the story with an assassination in a chapel as well as what seems to be an Assassins court room with white robed figures who seem to have a lot of importance.

After an brief welcome from Gregor Bieler of Xbox Germany he then introduced to the stage Phil Spencer the current head of Xbox who talked about the 29 new markets that the Xbox One will be entering on September 2nd.

Fifa 15
Exclusive content will be added to Ultimate Team with many legends being available only for the Xbox. With the launch of the EA Access plan this means that Xbox One gamers will be able to play Fifa 15 before any other platform. Also announced is an Xbox One Fifa 15 bundle for European Markets for €399.99/£349.99.

[email protected] showed off some of the new games that are in development explaining that hundreds of developers were currently creating games including already released games such as Smite, no time to explain and goat simulator. On top of this a couple of games were shown off in detail.

Space Engineers is a game where you are an astronaut that is able to build your own fully functional spaceship. This spaceship can be complete with weapons and engines as you can then pilot your ship and even participate in dog fights.

Team 17 is bringing out a new 16 bit game called The Escapist where you play as a prisoner and you pick up items to craft and to develop skills so that you can facilitate a jailbreak either on your own or with your fellow inmates.

Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey from Sledgehammer games came out to show off the Exosuit for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This Exosuit will come in a variety of different loadouts and the assault loadout was shown in the demo. This allowed the player to not only double jump but also boots in a direction while in mid air. This adds a new level of verticality to each stage as you can reach heights that you were never able to before. There will also be a new Xbox One bundle released with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that will come with custom skinned console and controller, a digital edition of the game as well as a 1TB hard drive. This bundle will be sold for €499.99/£429.99/$499.

Phil Robb from Turtle Rock Studios takes the stage to show the new Distillery map for Evolve. This map is set in a cooler climate as snow falls around the four hunters as they track down the monster. The early beta access for Evolve will take place in January 2015 and the game will be releasing in February only on Xbox One.

Rise of the Tomb Raider has been announced to be an Xbox One exclusive game. A new trailer was also shown for the game.

Sam Lake the Creative Director behind Quantum Break shows off the first gameplay footage as we see features such as the characters ability to pause time to avoid and confuse enemies. The player is also able to execute CQC while time is slowed as well as collectively slow bullets to be able to release them all to fire at the same time.

A new game from Frontier and Microsoft Studios was announced, caled Screamride. The point of this game will be to create rides that are created specifically to get as many screams out of the test subjects as possible. This game will be released on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Dan Greenawalt of Turn 10 studios announces that two cars getting their video game debut are live to download today. The two cars are the 2014 Infiniti Q50S and the 2014 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. These are bundled in the free Infiniti car pack.

The drivetar system that was introduced in Forza 5 will also be included in Forza Horizon 2. This will allow you to race with your friends even when they aren’t online as their drivetars will enter your open world while you are online, even if they aren’t.

Gameplay is shown for Ori and the Blind Forest as we see Ori scale an environment being chased by rising water. An attack called the “Bash Attack” is displayed prominently as Ori uses this attack to push off projectiles and other enemies to either direct the projectile to destroy an obstacle or use it to propel Ori in a desired direction.

Ted Price, the president and CEO of Insomniac comes out to show a new trailer for Sunset Overdrive showcasing the tale of one of the survivors as well as introducing the robots that are sent in to clean up the mess of the mutations. Sunset Overdrive will be released October 31st and will be available as part of a bundle with a white Xbox One with the game preloaded with all of the day one content. This bundle will be sold for €399.99/£349.99/$399.

The Halo Channel was announced that will be accessible via the Master Chief Collection as well as via the Xbox Home Screen. This Channel will have media related to the franchise, behind the scenes videos, access to Halo video content and much more. The channel will also be partnered with twitch to allow for a new and better way to stream multiplayer matchmaking as well as campaign statistics.

The latest re imagined map for Halo 2: Anniversary was announced, the map receiving the overhaul will be Sanctuary and a multiplayer match was shown. We also got to get a first look at the Halo 2: Anniversary campaign as well as confirmation that just like Halo CE: Anniversary you will be able to toggle between old and new graphics with a simple button press.

Phil Spencer returned to the stage at the end of the presentation to announce that the ability to preorder and predownload digital games will be a reality very shortly but will only be for supported games. At the moment Forza Horizon 2 and Fifa 15 are the only two games that have been announced to have this feature.

So that’s it for all of the Xbox Gamescom 14 news, were you happy with all that was announced? did something leave you bitter? Let us know in the comments below!


Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.