The Gamescom expo can be best described as the German equivalent of E3, so naturally, all the major game companies are showing off their latest and greatest products. Microsoft's Xbox press conference took place today (Aug. 12), and at least two major exclusive titles are on their way.
Rise of the Tomb Raider. Photo Credit: MicrosoftAfter introducing some indie and multiplatform games, Microsoft shocked gamers worldwide by announcing that Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to 2013's hit Tomb Raider Reboot, would be exclusive to Xbox. Considering that Tomb Raider started off on PlayStation (and PC), this platform switch has turned a lot of heads.
Quantum Break. Photo Credit: MicrosoftThe next exclusive title that Microsoft showed off was Quantum Break, which the company first announced at E3 2013. The action title, which comes from Max Payne and Alan Wake developer Remedy, casts players as a man with the ability to manipulate the time stream. A brief demo showed off some of the protagonist's powers.
Halo Channel. Photo Credit: MicrosoftThere were a few other announcements and trailers, although nothing was too shocking: racing game Forza Horizon 2 is getting some new cars, the Halo Waypoint game-tracking service will get rebranded as the Halo Channel, and a new game called Screamride will combine an amusement park management simulation with twisted horror themes.
Otherwise, the press conference contained the requisite amount of hype for upcoming Xbox One titles like Grand Theft Auto V, Assassin's Creed Unity, Destiny, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and FIFA 2015, all of which will also be on PlayStation 4. We didn't learn much about these games that we didn't already know.
Microsoft will also make some new Xbox One bundles available come the holiday season. A $500 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle and a $400 Sunset Overdrive bundle with a white, Kinect-less Xbox One will hit North America and Europe, while a FIFA 2015 bundle will be for European audiences only.
Stay tuned to see how Sony responds at its own conference later today.