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Microsoft E3 2011 Press Conference Wrap-Up

Posted by Michael Koczwara On June - 6 - 2011 0 Comment

Kicking off the conference, a 10 minute demo of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 immediately started, showing off numerous mechanics, most involving some element of water. Expect Modern Warfare 3 this holiday.

Soon after, the guys of Tomb Raider came on stage to take some time to demo their latest game in the Tomb Raider series. Lara Croft is seen escaping imprisonment through a dark, damp cave while solving some of the first puzzles she will encounter in the game. The demo ends as she is seen overlooking the wreckage of a ship and plane.

Electronic Arts came on stage shortly after, quickly mentioning Madden, FIFA and Tiger Woods will use Kinect in some functionality. He went on to show the use of Kinect in Mass Effect 3, using voice recognition to select dialogue and command your squad.

Tom Clancy’s Future Solider was once again shown, this time featuring Kinect support. Players will be able to fully use Kinect to separate specific gun parts and take full action in the game.

The Xbox 360 Dashboard will be getting another redesign to accommodate the forthcoming Kinect features. Youtube and Bing will both be added this fall to the Xbox Live with Kinect functionality. Partnerships were made and Microsoft is now bringing live tv to the Xbox 360. Enjoy your favorite channels and shows, along with your local stations, right from your 360. Pay-per-view UFC fights are also headed this fall.

After another Gears of War 3 trailer, Ryse was officially shown off, confirming the rumors of a gamecodenamed “Kingdoms”. The game is being developed by Crysis’s Crytek, and is a first person action game utilizing Kinect.

A remake of the game that started a hit franchise, Halo: Anniversary is a remastered version of the original game, Halo: Combat Evolved. Expect updates to multi-player and entirely remade campaign mode.

Forza 4 was shown off, announcing a release date of October 11, 2011. Expect some sort of Kinect functionality with Forza 4. Fable is also back in Fable: The Journey, exclusively made for Kinect.

An exclusive version of Minecraft is headed for the Xbox 360. Again, Kinect will be used in some way. Expect Minecraft this winter for the 360.

Continuing the slew of Kinect games being announced, Disneyland Adventures takes players into the land of Disney, where anyone can experience the joy of Disneyland, right in their living room. Microsoft also unveiled Kinect Fun Labs, a game that will allow for user generated content created with the technology of Kinect. Seaseme Street Kinect was also shown off as a great game for younger children to get into the craze of Kinect.

Star Wars Kinect got a proper showing. Use light sabers and move objects, all with the technology of Kinect.

Two of the more popular titles to come to Kinect are both getting sequels. Kinect Sports Season 2 will feature all new sports including golf, tennis, baseball, footbal, skiing, and darts. Expect the game to arrive holiday season. Dance Central 2 was also unveiled. The game will allow for multi-player dancing and will feature over 100 songs at launch.

And to wrap the conference up, Halo 4 was unveiled with a short teaser. The game is to be the first in a new trilogy and is expected late 2012.

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