Nothing gets people more excited then a regime change, and ever since Phil Spencer became head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division, nothing but good things have been happening for the system. First the Xbox One gets a much needed price drop, then the Xbox Live makes some policy changes. Now they could have easily announced this during their E3 press conference but they got it out of the way now. Meaning that Microsoft has some special announcements coming. Here are the Microsoft E3 predictions:
5. New Exclusive Games Announced
If there is one thing Microsoft is good at it is getting exclusive content from third-party publishers. At last year’s E3 they took it one step further and gathered a few exclusive games for the Xbox One. Including gems like Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac games and Dead Rising 3 from Capcom. Their internal studios have been creating quite a variety of games as well. Don’t expect any of that to change this year either.
I expect new Xbox One exclusive games to appear this year. Last year they had 12 new unannounced games to show off. While they might not have that many games this year, they will most likely show something close. Maybe even third-party games that people might have never expected to come to Xbox.
Gone are the days of mistyping long 25 digit codes in order to redeem money or pre-order bonuses. Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten says that the new Kinect will be able to scan QR codes and make it easier for players to redeem credit, Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and many others. I guess there is one plus to the always connected, always on and all seeing camera.
The DLC to the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead, by Telltale Games, is coming to several platforms starting tomorrow. The Walking Dead: 400 Days takes place between season 1 and the yet to be released season 2, telling five completely different, yet connected, stories. Also, the choices made in season 1 will carry over into the DLC, so you need to have played at least episode 1 of The Walking Dead in order to play The Walking Dead: 400 Days.
According to IGN, here is release dates for the various platforms:
- Tuesday, July 2nd – PlayStation Network (North America)
- Wednesday, July 3rd – PC/Mac (Steam, Telltale Games Store)
- Friday, July 5th – Xbox Live (Worldwide)
- Wednesday, July 10th – PlayStation Network (Europe)
- Thursday, July 11th – iOS (Worldwide)
It is about time that Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold membership started catching up with Playstation Plus. What better way to start then with their announcement at E3 that an Xbox Live Gold membership will entitle members to free games every month. Two free games will offered on the 1st and 16th of every month.
The “Games for Gold” has already started with Fable III as the programs first free game. According to Official Xbox Magazine, July’s two free games will be Assassin’s Creed and Halo 3.
Along with the new Xbox 360 Model that is available now, Xbox Live Gold Members are getting 2 free games every month.