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Halo 4, Kinect and Tomb Raider lead MS E3 presser

Monday, 6 June 2011 06:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Microsoft has delivered its E3 2011 press conferencing, with heavy focus on Kinect and confirmation of a new Halo trilogy for Xbox 360.

Microsoft E3 2011 presser

Watch video of the entire conference here.

Halo 4 out next Christmas. It’s the start of a new trilogy.

Modern Warfare 3 and Tomb Raider gameplay demos shown.

Minecraft exclusively on 360 this winter, Kinect support included.

Mass Effect 3 confirmed as supporting Kinect for both story choices and combat.

All future Tom Clancy titles will support Kinect. Ghost Recon was shown using the motion sensor.

The next “Xbox Experience” will launch this autumn, featuring voice-controlled search.

Core titles were kept at the front of the presentation, with Modern Warfare 3 and Tomb Raider leading the show, but Kinect was the main event, permeating the entire presentation, with Mass Effect 3, Ghost Recon, Fable and more being confirmed as using the motion tech.

It was a Modern Warfare 3 demo, though, that kicked off the event with a play of a level called Hunter Killer. It was an underwater diving affair controlled by Infinity Ward’s Rob Bowling.

After dodging some Russian mines, a submarine floated overhead, with the player tasked with dooming it with a mine.

The diver emerged from the water to see New York, with the sub breaching in front of his mask and a group firefight ensuing, divers dropping grenades into the ship itself.

The demo then turned into corridor shooting in the submarine, before leaping forward “in the interest of time.”

After some slo-mo shooting, the assault team stole codes from a dead soldier and launched a salvo of missiles before racing away through aircraft carriers and other ships, attacking boats with automatic weapons.

The burning Manhattan skyline closed out the demo to rapturous applause. It was “not shit”.

Bowling and Sledgehammer’s Glen Schofield then addressed the crowd. The game was described as “absolutely huge”. Sledgehammer has been working on the game for the past year.

Xbox boss Don Mattrick came out, claiming we are facing an “incredible time of growth an innovation,” before moving onto Square Enix’s hotly-tipped Tomb Raider reboot.

Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher described the game as a “true origin story”.

Gameplay was shown for the first time. Lara was seen limping through a cavern filled with skulls and candles carrying a torch. She was attacked by a man in what was basically a horror scenario, before swimming away.

Lara needs to use her “survival instincts” to escape, Gallagher said, as well as physics puzzles.

She escaped the tunnel after being re-attacked to find a bay full of wrecked ships.

The demo was full of water, grunting and fire, and the game really did look gritty, realistic and just plain fantastic. Without doubt, a highly impressive comeback for Lara.

Peter Moore then emerged to confirm that four EA Sports titles will support Kinect in 2012, including Tiger Woods, Madden and FIFA.

The Halo 4 trailer.

Ray Muzyka was next, confirming Kinect support for Mass Effect 3, taking the “immersion to an even higher level through voice recognition”.

The RPG’s Kinect features were shown, with Shepard being controlled with a normal controller, but choices being selected by simply talking.

Kinect commands also worked in combat, with the player ordering his party by voice.

“Epic, awesome, fun,” the BioWare boss called the demo.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier was next, with Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot coming out on stage after a trailer to shown how Kinect will “enhance” core games with body-tracking and voice.

A Future Soldier system called Gunsmith was shown, with the Ubi rep changing gun parts with both gesture and voice.

He said “optimise for close combat” and the gun on the screen altered with the appropriate parts, and then controlled the game with gestures, opening and closing his hand to fire the gun.

It was confirmed that all future Tom Clancy titles will support Kinect.

“Entertainment”

This was followed by a voice-controlled 360 entertainment demo.

YouTube was confirmed as coming to Xbox Live as a illustration of Microsoft increasing its Live partnerships “by a factor of 10″.

Bing was also confirmed for Xbox, and was shown being used with voice control.

“TV is more amazing when you are the controller,” said Microsoft.

LiveTV was confirmed as coming to Xbox 360 this year, not only in the US but “around the world”. Relationships in the UK and France were mentioned.

The next “Xbox Experience” will launch this autumn.

Gears 3 was shown as a spearhead for 360′s exclusives for the year. Cliffy B and Ice-T demoed the game in co-op.

A “pissed” sea creature that resembled a kraken was shown smashing a ship, with delta squad fighting to kill it.

Silverback mechs were shown in use in a multi-stage boss fight graced with staggering visuals. Incredible stuff.

Ice-T described it as “badass”. The rapper was so excited about the game that he’d got his rock band, Bodycount, back together to sing a song about Gears 3′s Horde mode. We weren’t allowed to watch this on the stream, though.

Ryse was shown, a Rome-based Kinect combat game in which the player threw a knife into a man’s head. This is the Crytek project teased last year. Microsoft moved swiftly on, though, to Halo.

The first announcement was the Halo CE HD remake, “fully remastered” with seven multiplayer maps and full Live co-op.

The game’s called Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary. There was no date.

Turn 10 showed Forza 4, playing a trailer that could probably be accurately described as “car porn”. The developer confirmed Kinect integration, voice control, headtracking and monthly expansions.

Next was Lionhead’s Peter Molyneux, instantly confirming Fable: The Journey, a way to “connect you to Albion like never before”.

A girl was shown escaping a smoke-based monster on a stagecoach. The whole thing was controlled with Kinect and gestures. It was a first-person affair, with the player casting spells by raising his hands, rubbing his hands, and so on. He also fought creatures by swiping at them.

Then a bombshell: Minecraft was announced as a console exclusive on 360 for this winter, Kinect support included.

Disney Kinect came next, demoed by a couple of kids on stage. There was coin-collecting, waterfall-dodging and all the rest, spectacular arm-waving included. It’s out this holiday.

The Star Wars Kinect demo showed spaceships, R2D2, C3PO, stormtroopers, lightsabers, flying creatures and pod racing. An airstrike section featured, with a voice command turning a lightsaber on.

The player was seen using Force powers by raising his hands, and deflecting beams with his lightsaber. The whole thing was gesture-based. The character was moved forward by physically lunging the body forwards.

There was more. Double Fine’s Tim Schafer came out to talked about Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster. Apparently, “your child can learn valuable life-lessons through the magic of Kinect.” Fancy.

Gameplay showed a man and boy playing together, scaring monsters and such. It looked stupidly cute.

And on came Kudo. The Kinect boss, for the record, was wearing his sunglasses. He announced Kinect Funlabs, a “permanent addition” to the Xbox Live dashboard, a place to check out various innovations using Kinect.

A demo was shown in which Kinect created an Avatar, clothes, hair and all the rest replicated.

Kinect finger tracking was shown, with a demo of drawing in the air with fingers. The drawing was “in 3D,” with the man on stage able to draw around an image of his arms with a sparkler effect.

Kinect object capture was shown, with the camera scanning in everyday stuff like plushies. You can then control the object with gestures.

Kinect Funlabs is live today. You can get it now.

There was even more. Kinect Sports Season 2, which includes six new sports, such as skiing and tennis. Big Park’s developing this. Not Rare. It’s out this year.

Golf and American football were seen, controlled with, obviously, gesture and voice controls. The football demo was fairly embarrassing.

Harmonix announced Dance Central 2. Songs from the first game can be carried across to the sequel, which has a campaign, voice controls and “simultaneous multiplayer dancing”: this is basically two people dancing at the same time with two Avatars on screen.

And then, finally, came the inevitable. Mattrick came back on to wrap up and announce Halo 4, the “dawn of a new trilogy”.

A trailer was shown of Master Chief bursting out of a pod into a burning ship flying through space. This got a good cheer. It’s out next Christmas.

And that was that. The Microsoft conference is just the first in a long opening E3 day, with press conferences from EA (12:30pm PST, 3:30pm EST, 8:30pm BST, 9:30pm CET, 5:30am Sydney), Ubisoft (2:30pm PST, 5:30pm EST, 10:30pm BST, 11:30pm CET, 7:30am Sydney) and Sony (5.00pm PST, 8.00pm EST, 1.00am BST, 2.00am CET, 10:30am Sydney) all to follow.

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59 Comments

  1. Sarge

    Conference starts at 5.30pm

    #1 4 years ago
  2. triggerhappy686

    Im working til 10pm tonight and tomorrow anyone know where I can view or download the the presser right away?? G4 usually have in encoded within about 6 hours but I really want to press play as soon as I walk in the door LOL

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    ^ Gametrailers, maybe.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @2, http://e3.gamespot.com/press-conference/microsoft-e3/

    With timer.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. triggerhappy686

    ^bookmarked, thanks guys :)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. M. K.

    I’d love to see some GMT times on this site :P

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    ^ BST is the same thing…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. MadFingerz

    Oh bugger, Sony’s conference at 1am… :/

    #8 4 years ago
  9. MadFingerz

    Wait a sec. During daylight saving time, PST is UTC-7 (not UTC-8), which means your BST times are 1 hour off right? If so, Sony’s conf will be at midnight here afterall.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. pukem0n

    no, Sonys conference will be at 1am BST and 2am CET

    #10 4 years ago
  11. MadFingerz

    Ok, thanks for the clarification. Was hoping to at least watch the beggining…

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    … So did MS actually announce that the kinect voice feature will final come to Europe? because its still missing in pretty much every non-english speaking country last i heard…

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Blerk

    Far too much Kinect so far. Still don’t care.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    lol On-rails Fable.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Dralen

    No more Kinect pleeease.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. ruckus

    I see the hardcore are up on stage playing Disney – so that’s what they look like!_!

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Blerk

    Is it just me or are there chunks of comments missing in the stream? What was that Minecraft thing?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Dralen

    Oh dear god Star Wars Kinect looks terrible.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. sasha

    Cookie Monster 3>

    #19 4 years ago
  20. ruckus

    Kinect – All the games are dumber
    Make this shit end.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Gekidami

    Theres a ‘bottom of the barrel’ feel coming from all of this, i mean Disney? Sesame Street? Did they really need to show this stuff on stage?

    And goddamn kid actors.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. AHA-Lambda

    omg it started soo well i thought they learned from last year…but its just sssssooooooooooooooooo BAD!!! D=

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Blerk

    The most exciting thing so far has been the Summer of XBLA line-up. They’re never going to convince the hardcore with this Kinect shit, I don’t know why they’re even trying. Especially seeing as it all appears to be completely half-arsed.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. ruckus

    Cookie Monster FTW!

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    Apart from Gears Of War 3 everything is horrible.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. ManuOtaku

    Iam excited for Ryse, minecraft and the star wars games, well and i like Dance central 2 and kinect sports 2, now i want to see the gunslinger marionette game too and i will be happy on the kinect front, on the other fronts i will be happy if they annoounce a new IP alongside with Forza, Gears, and fable

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Dralen

    The only Kinect features I thought were cool are the Mass Effect 3 voice command stuff, which to be fair could have been done on any platform. Also the Ghost Recon stuff was pretty impressive, other than that the whole conference has been so dull.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Blerk

    I’ve had enough, I’m off to run the bath for the kids. Might come back for EA.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Gekidami

    So seriously, only Kinect stuff then eh? I mean i own a 360 but not a Kinect and i’m not really interested in buying one. So the system is pretty much worthless unless its to play stuff also on PS3?

    And OMG! Has this really been 3 hours long?!

    #29 4 years ago
  30. McLovin85

    As embarrased as I am for the actors playing the Kinect, I’m more embarrassed by the awful games they are playing.

    MS conference really won’t be very hard to beat. They were going to automatically come ‘last’ (or lose or whatever the measurement is) anyway because Sony have the NGP and Nintendo have their new console reveal.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Gekidami

    Here comes: “Oh, one last thing: Halo 4″

    #31 4 years ago
  32. AHA-Lambda

    ok im back from doin anytihng more worthwhile anything bloody happen? -_-

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Gekidami

    Told you so.

    Its over.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. OlderGamer

    I like a lot of what I see, and yes, even the Kinect stuff looks great. Obviously not all of it aimed at me, or prolly even you. But I liked the looks of Kinect Sports Season 2 – alot.

    Alot of other neat looking things too.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Erthazus

    Halo 4? thats it? ….

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Dralen

    Well at least we get Halo 4.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Freek

    So basicly a bunch of crappy voice recognition games and a whole bunch of on rails shooters.
    Well done MS! Truly showing some innovative and interesting things there….

    #37 4 years ago
  38. KL

    double post

    #38 4 years ago
  39. KL

    when he said a new trilogy was coming to 360 i said finally something entirely new from Microsoft,in the end i was fairly disappointed :(

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Dimaco

    @20 +1
    It looked interesting at the beginning, but it was all flooded with kinect games, which I still think are too simple both graphically and as a concept (Fable really looked like it was on-rail!)… No way I can play, let’s say, MGS4, or Bioshock… hell, I hardly believe you can get to play PES thru that!

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Len

    In a year and a half!

    #41 4 years ago
  42. rainer

    That was without a shadow of a doubt terrible, the kinect titles, the vomit inducing PR speak, bad child actors, seriously why demo all this stuff at E3 they could just hold a separate Kinect conference and all the media would show up anyway.

    I guess they dont have anything real to show I suppose most of the stuff was all 2012.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. ASBI

    so a halo and a battlefield game in to consecutive years

    acti , ure the one 2 blame

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Erthazus

    In my opinion the show was fantastic,

    but content was horrible and simplistic. Basically Multiplatform games with voice recognition and on rails shooters like Fable: The Journey as exclusives.

    oh and Halo 4… the Most Overrated Game.

    In my opinion Gears Of war 3, Lara Croft (for some people Mass effect 2) and teaser for Halo 4 are the only things that are worth to watch. Everything else is just not for gamers.

    I think Microsoft should let go E3 and do it’s own show and box just with casual software with Halo and Call Of Duty.

    It’s just… Pain in my ass.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Crab of Thunder

    Did not like. Too much Kinect, do they really have a large enough audience with kinect or are they trying to grab some with that?
    Halo and gears looked good but it’s not enough imo.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Gama_888

    Too Much Kinect.

    I had to leave half way through so i just paused it and resumed when i got back. I got to the point where i was watching 2 kids fly through disneyland with peter pan and i turned it off.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Dralen

    GTTV has actually had better games than the whole of Microsoft’s whole conference :P. Skyrim and Batman are looking great.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Erthazus

    Just one question, why they didn’t showed Witcher 2 for the Xbox 360?

    #48 4 years ago
  49. OlderGamer

    All in all what MS E3 show tells me is that MS is gearing up the next gen. We aren’t going to see a lot of the really big stuff till then. For the interm we are looking at the next round of Kinect evolution.

    Not a bad thing really. Think of it as a premtive strike against Project Cafe. MS isn’t fighting Sony, they shoot themselves in the foot at regular intervels anyways. MS is trying to take away any steam that Nintendo might be able to gain while they announce and then launch their new system.

    This Gen is over. Nintendo won. MS is moving on. Honestly they aren’t worried about Sony one bit.

    Kinect will carry XB360 into that transitional year or two between now and a new system. The core market can’t expand any more, but there is a whole lot of sustainable casuals out there that will give Kinect a long hard look. And I hate the Core/Casual terms, but thats what I think they are doing.

    And there are still traditional core games coming to xb360. From the new CoD/BFs to Gears 3 to Halo4. All manor of multiplatform games.

    Some of you folks act as if MS took the stages and smashed DVDs of games and announced that they will no longer make games.

    They are just going to ride the coat tails of XB360 sucsess. And in 18months or less, I bet they talk new system.

    This year if Steam/PS3/3DS/Wii/NGP offer you what you want to play, go ahead. thats what gamers do. But it is not like MS kicked you in the gut, took your wallet, and forced games into your disc trays. Play what ya want. MS has a strategy, and I think its a good one.

    My two cents, your milage may vary.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Phoenixblight

    @48

    Because it wasn’t Kinect compatible? Duh! :D

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Len

    I thought it said 15th Nov on the end of the Halo HD remake? Or did I make that up?

    #51 4 years ago
  52. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    @51 yes it did

    #52 4 years ago
  53. ManuOtaku

    #49 I agree with Oldergamer here, if you look at the kinect games all have tons of potential, and they are been made by good developers, like Ryse, Minecraft, Star wars, gunslinger marionette game, dance central 2 , kinect sports 2, all really good great, and if you add to that, gears of war 3, halo 4, forza 4, a new fable, the witcher 2, it is a really strong line up for this year and the coming year, therefore i think they are preparing for the next gen, but given good games without forgotten about this gen entirely, this games will please all the xbox 360 demographics.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. Dralen

    Wow. This MW3 footage on gametrailers is boriing. It’s just a freaking clone of MW2.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. Dimaco

    1) “New” CoD is more of the same, scripted spectacular action. Pass.
    2) New Tomb Raider, probably in very early development stage, was meh.
    3) Mass Effect 3 is cool, but the Kinect interation looks somewhat limiting to me (movement + aiming around and shooting – possibly while telling orders to team mates didn’t look very smooth)
    4) Forza4, Ryse and Fable looked still in pre alpha or something, so I wouldn’t know what to say.
    5) Gears 3 will definitely appeal the fans, and looks kickass enough (no Kinect, luckily)
    6) Halo Anniversary is just an appetizer for Halo4
    7) I don’t honestly know what to say about all the last, embarassing part (yes, THAT little Kinect part)…
    That’s what I saw.
    P.S: Minecraft should be fun.

    #55 4 years ago
  56. Gekidami

    So what happened to Alan Wake?

    #56 4 years ago
  57. Blerk

    I was wondering the same thing, Geki.

    Anyway, that was pretty much terrible. Almost exactly what I didn’t want, in fact. Thank God for the third parties, because Microsoft themselves appear to have lost the plot.

    #57 4 years ago
  58. earlyrock

    New Dash is the only thing thats excited me! Bad init. Not impressed by much else from MS.

    #58 4 years ago
  59. G1GAHURTZ

    OI! THAT MW3 GAMEPLAY WAS IIIIIIIIINTENSE!!!!!!!

    #59 4 years ago

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