Microsoft came out swinging at E3 2016 with news ranging from great new games, cross-platform play, and new hardware. Here are some of the announcements and news from the Microsoft E3 2016 conference that caught our attention.

E3 2016

Gears of War 4 and Play Anywhere – Action packed fighting on PC and Xbox One

From what was shown at the E3 2016 Microsoft Conference, its seems that Gears of War 4 will be keeping its promise to return to its horror roots. This doesn’t mean that the game is any less gorgeous, or less of a cinematic, as the stage demo showed off some really pretty explosions and lighting effects. The stage demo also confirmed that the game will be faced paced and gory, as indicated by the explosions, flying corpses,  and spurting blood, as the two heroes tried to get away from an impending storm. The moment to moment gameplay looks organic and natural as characters duck behind cover, fire at the enemy and then close in for a melee kill.

Not only were we treated to an exhilarating stage demo for Gears of War 4, but Microsoft also announced that the game will be one of the first to use the Play Anywhere feature. This feature will allow players to play selected games they own on both Windows 10 and Xbox One with shared achievements.

It was also announced that co-op play for Gears of Wars 4 as well as the new Horde mode 3.0 would support the cross-play feature between Xbox One and PC.

Sea of Thieves – Let’s go sailing for adventure me hearties.

Grab your cutlass and raise the anchor, we’re off to sail the seven seas. Sea of Thieves is a new IP from Rare and a game that we are really looking forward to. We got to see some gameplay, as a group of people, who have never played the game, set out on the seas for adventure. What strikes us about Sea of Thieves is that it looks like a really fun game to play with friends as teamwork seems to be a very important element if you want to survive the dangers of the ocean.

Scalebound – One big dragon, one huge crab

With Scalebound being delayed to 2017, we were shown what the team had been up to in an on-stage demo. In the demo, our hero and his dragon along with some co-op friends take on a huge crab boss. The battle seemed reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus as the heroes had to jump on the boss and attack brightly colored weak spots. Every now and then our hero would jump on his dragon and blast the beast with some good old fashioned dragon fire. The demo ended with the boss finally defeated and our heroes victorious. It was also announced that Scalebound would include the Play Anywhere feature.

ReCore – Mechanical dogs and robot spiders

ReCore is the new game from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune and Armature, a studio made up of industry veterans who worked on the Metroid Prime games. We were shown a gameplay trailer where our heroine, the young girl named Joule Adams, faced al kinds of mechanical dangers. Joule is on a journey along with some robot companions through the barren desert know as Far Eden. The game was first announced at E3 2015 where only a brief teaser trailer was shown.

Halo Wars 2 – Join the battle

It was announced that the multiplayer open beta for Halo Wars 2 would be launching today (13th of June). Halo Wars 2 is a real-time strategy game that takes place in the Halo universe. The game has you, the crew of the Spirit of fire, battling the new and deadly faction called The Banished, led by the warlord Atriox. 343 Industries has described the playing field as one of the biggest Halo battlefields ever. The game will be releasing in February 2017 exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10.

State of Decay 2 and Dead Rising 4 – Zombies, so many zombies

It seems that zombies are coming back to gaming with a vengeance and a taste for brains. Microsoft announced both State of Decay 2 and Dead Rising 4.

State of Decay 2 will be coming out in 2017, the trailer showed a group of survivors racing down a road killing zombies as they go. The game has been revealed as a cross-play title with Windows 10 which means that co-op will be a component of the game. This seems to also be indicated by the tag line, Nobody survives alone. Later in the trailer we see what appears to be gameplay of survivors banding together in order to help each other.

Dead Rising 4 sees protagonist Frank West finally returning to the series. As the festive music in the trailer seems to indicate the game takes place over the festive season, as we see Frank killing zombies with a range of unique and quirky weapons, these includes a candy cane gun. The game is set to release in 2016.

If zombies are your thing (or in this case killing them) then these two games are the games for you.

Forza Horizon 3 – Let’s go race down under

It’s time once again for a new Forza Horizons game, this time, we’ll be heading down under as the new location for the game was announced as Australia. The gameplay trailer that was shown showcases the variety of environments that Australia has to offer, from sandy beaches to city-scapes. The game will also feature different cars suited to each of the unique environments, and Playground games have said that this will be the series largest car roster to date. The games biggest feature will be the four-player cross-platform racing (across Windows 10 PC’s and Xbox One) as you can easily drop into a friend’s race with the press of a button.

Final Fantasy XV – Another day, another huge boss

It seems that huge boss battles were all the rage at the E3 2016 Microsoft Conference as the Final Fantasy XV on stage demo had our group of heroes taking on a large boss. It was a close call but, thanks to some perfectly timed dodges and some help in the form of ice magic Noctis was able to defeat the Titan and shatter him into pieces. It would have been great to have seen some more gameplay footage other than the boss fight, especially since the game seems to have some stunning environments.

Project Scorpio and Xbox One S – Thinner with a hint of more power.

We all knew it was coming, as Microsoft unveiled its long-rumored upgrade to the Xbox One, The dubbed Project Scorpio alongside the slimmer and sleeker Xbox One S.

The console is said to have 4K capabilities and was designed with developers in mind and with their input. It was also announced that all Xbox One peripherals would be supported by Project Scorpio and that all Xbox One games would be playable on the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio. Th console is due to release in 2017.

The Xbox One S is a slimmer version of the Xbox One, 40 % smaller to be exact and will feature an internal hard drive of up to 2 TB, an integrated power supply and a new wireless controller with textured grips. The console will go on sale in August 2016.

This is just some of the news and announcements from Microsoft, below is the complete E3 2016 Microsoft conference video for more information:

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