Welcome to Part 3 of DS90’s #E32014 Wishlist! This will be our last Wishlist segment before the 1st conference (Microsoft) which starts tomorrow at 9:30am PT so make sure you check out our Wishlist before tuning into the conference! Let’s break down what we want to see from Xbox!
Ryse: Son of Rome 2 (Sequel)
Ryse: Son of Rome was the best Xbox One launch title, and helped carry the system through the mud in its time of struggle. A gripping story, unrivaled next-gen graphics, and an addictive arcade style multiplayer made Ryse the game I came to love, and the game that helped Xbox One in a time of need, and for that, I salute Crytek. With that being said, Ryse was understandably short and fairly low in content, for most players. Crytek should come back swinging to E3 2014 with a true sequel to Ryse: Son of Rome, extending Marius’ story as well as the conflict between the Roman Gods. Crytek could pour more time and effort into the sequel, taking the online multiplayer, campaign and executions to an even higher level. Check out the video below to see what Ryse: Son of Rome is all about!
Black Tusk Studios – Gears of War
Black Tusk Studios recently acquired the rights to Gears of War via Microsoft, and this is very exciting news. Epic Games finished up their reign over Gears with an arcade-style-campaign prequel, Gears of War: Judgement, that didn’t exactly warm the hearts of fans as expected. The story and lore that Gears is so well known for was masked behind an arcade style campaign that too heavily leaned towards high scores and rating systems, ultimately flattening the rather well oriented campaign. The multiplayer made great leaps and bounds in success however, and the newly introduced Overrun game mode claimed hours of my life. I’m excited to see Black Tusk Studios turn a new leaf on this incredible franchise and take it forward to the AAA reputation it deserves. Hopefully we get at least a glimpse of what Black Tusk has been working on so far!
Halo 5: Guardians – Gameplay Booth
Earlier this summer, 343i and Microsoft took the liberty of announcing Halo 5: Guardians – a decision I first thought to be better saved for E3 2014. The more I thought about it, however, the more it made sense. Microsoft was deploying a push and pull strategy for Xbox One and here’s how.
– 1st, Microsoft announces the drop of the Xbox Live Gold Paywall, introduces Xbox Live Gold Discounts, Games with Gold for Xbox One, and plans for selling a Kinectless Xbox One. This was the push; some big wigs up at Microsoft analyzed consumers that weren’t committing to an Xbox One, and what was holding them back. Boom, Microsoft enforces all these changes to Xbox Live and Xbox One, “Pushing” lost consumers back towards wanting an Xbox One, and creating a peak of interest.
-2nd, and lastly, Microsoft then gives 343i the green light on announcing Halo 5: Guardians just days later, and weeks before E3 2014 commences. So Microsoft takes those consumers they’ve just brought to the edge of the water with the push, and pulls them in with the bait line and sinker, and what better bait to use than their #1 cream of the crop, Halo? What does this mean for E3 2014? Hopefully, it means we will see plenty of great Halo 5 footage, and even some sort of interactive booth!
Banjo-Kazooie for Xbox One
Banjo-Kazooie for Xbox One. It doesn’t get much better than that. Rare has been locked under the Kinect Motion Gaming genre for years now, and while they have managed to make some amazing games (I’m looking at you Kinect Sports Rivals), it’s time Rare gets the chance to bless the Xbox One with the unrivaled platformer they know so well, Banjo-Kazooie. Seem farfetched? Think again! Here’s a picture of leaked Xbox One titles from last year that features B+K: Gruntyland in the top left. Hopefully we hear more about Banjo-Kazooie tomorrow morning!
Halo 2: AE for Xbox One
Halo 2: Anniversary Edition – it’s been teased for months, the 10 year anniversary for the release of Halo 2 is this year, and Halo 5: Guardians is confirmed for a late 2015 release, leaving a perfect gap for Halo 2: AE this holiday. The stars are completely aligning for this to happen, but it might not happen in the respect I had first expected. It’s been rumored that this year we will see Halo: The Master Chief Collection, an HD remake collecting Halo 1-4 in one great package. It’ll be interesting to see how all of this turns out, but we will know soon enough!
That wraps ups DS90’s E3 2014 Wishlist! Check out the list of honorable mentions below and we hope you’ve enjoyed our thoughts and opinions, and we’d like to see yours! Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and stay tuned all week for extensive show-floor coverage of #E32014!
- Left 4 Dead 3
- PvZ Garden Warfare 2
- Titanfall DLC Info
- Forza Horizon 2 Game Play Booth
- Fable IV
- Sunset Overdrive Game Play Booth
- Quantum Break
– Caleb Stiles