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Microsoft Gamescom Coverage

Posted August 21, 2013 by Kat in News

Although Microsoft didn’t hold a livestreamed press conference for this year’s Gamecom, they did hold an event to make confirmation of certain announcements, including a full listing of all the launch titles for the Xbox One.  No release date has yet been given for the next-gen console, but information given at E3 by the publisher promises a November release date, so count on it to be held in tight competition with the already-confirmed dates for the PlayStation 4.

A few more pieces of information given in the day’s event:

The nature of indie self-publishing was given more information about its function.  The program is known as ID@Xbox, for Independent Developers, and was created in collaboration with more than 50 developers to best get their input on how they would like the program to function.  Each developer will be sold a development kit at cost, which in turn gives them access to the full power of the console, such as cloud services, Kinect, and XBLA features.  They are already taking applications here, and priority will be given to those with a “proven track record of shipping games on console, PC, mobile, or tablet.”  They’re not demanding exclusives, but are requiring “day one parity” with other platforms.  The first phase of this program will begin this fall, giving it plenty of time to get its start with the new Xbox.

Fable Legends was officially announced, the next title in the long-standing franchise.  The story will take place 400 years prior to the first Fable, and like the others before it, will allow for a protagonist to choose a good or an evil path, determining the state of the character and gameworld.  It will include 4-player co-op and SmartGlass compatibility.  The newly released trailer can be viewed here.

Peggle 2 and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will both make their debut on the Xbox One before any other platform.  Peggle 2 is planned as a launch title for the console, while Garden Warfare will see the light of day sometime next year.

Killer Instinct, the free-to-play fighting game, will be available at launch.  The first, single character will come free with download, while additional characters will be available “starting at” $4.99.  There will also be bundle deals available, including the Combat Breaker for $19.99, and the Ultra Edition for $39.99, both of which will give access to more characters, accessory packs, and other goodies.

Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available as a special bundle with the Xbox One, making the purchase of both easier in what is guaranteed to be a big seller for the new console.  It’s also been promised dedicated servers due to “the power of the cloud.”

Pre-orders of the Xbox One in Europe will come with a free version of the upcoming FIFA 14 “while stocks last.”  It’s unknown if this same deal will be made available in the United States, though given that the game will have already been out for other platforms a couple of months by the time the Xbox One arrives, it may not make much of a difference in sales.

A full listing of launch titles can be viewed here.

Source: USGamer

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Kat aspires to be the ultimate crazy cat lady. But until that day comes, she remains faithfully committed to her PS3 and Wii, and spends far too much time online arguing about Star Trek. She can also occasionally be found posting under the pseudonym AmaltheaElanor.

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