But it won’t be Age Of Empires 4. HEYOH! Instead, it’ll be a new mobile game dubbed Age Of Empires: Castle Siege that is less click click and more touchy touchy.
ID@Xbox isn't just an awful name - it's Microsoft's attempt at helping indies get the support and exposure they need to be successful. In fact, unlike the other indies that Geoff and I had to go visit at the megabooth, I actually ended up with an appointment to see more about Below - already proof that ID@Xbox is worthwhile for this indie.
This year’s Gamescom won’t be remembered for surprise reveals or gigantic game showings. Instead it’ll be remembered for the PR storm surrounding Microsoft and Rise of the Tomb Raider. A lot of people are claiming that Microsoft is now trying to buy exclusives, something Sony says they’ll never do. Except, they already do buy some exclusives. Sort of.
I genuinely don’t get certain hackers. There’s a difference between uncovering hidden information, and being a spiteful little bastard who makes life hell for everybody. And that level of douchebaggery is something that the Xbox, PlayStation and Electronic Sports League have just experienced.
We’ve been in Germany a couple of days already. So much to see, so much to play… so much to drink! Let’s just call this day 1. Check out some of the snaps we got.
Halo is just one of those franchises that Microsoft is not ready to let go of. That’s why we’re not only getting a collection of all previous Halo titles, but our very own Halo channel too.
In what is possibly the most unexpected gaming announcement at the Microsoft press conference, we were treated to a weird trailer for a game entitled Roller Coaster Tycoon er I mean Screamride.
The Tomb Raider reboot from last year was a pretty solid game and earlier this year we found out that a sequel was in the works. What we didn’t know was that Rise of the Tomb Raider is in fact a Xbox exclusive.
One of the top titles on show at the Microsoft Gamescom 2014 press conference was Evolve, where we go to see a snippet of a brand new map filled with verticality and some great foliage.
Console launches are an expensive affair. It takes a considerable investment to make the tech in the first place, and consoles often have to be sold at a loss just to make them appealing enough to consumers. Microsoft isn't in any financial trouble, but the Xbox One certainly isn't making them any dough at the moment.
According to insiders the PlayStation 4 has been selling like gangbusters locally even at the higher than wanted price of R6799. The Xbox One is being hammered by the media all over the world but the one thing they have done right is that they are going to be landing locally at a much more palatable R6299 in September.
Microsoft led the way for years when it came to solid, interlinked online functionality for consoles and for years it was quite obvious why Microsoft insisted on charging for this access. The service it provided was far superior to what was being offered for free by their competitors.
Buying a new console is a special day in any gamer's life. You want to go home, plug the thing in and start enjoying a new generation of gaming. This means you're probably going to need a game with your new, shiny hardware, which makes console bundles such good idea. Microsoft understands this, which is why they're bundling even Xbox One games for free now.
This Gamescom is my first and the unanimous opinion from everyone I speak to is that Gamescom is way better than E3 - it's more about hands-on time and opinion formulation than press briefings and random trailers. However, this Gamescom, the major players are broadcasting their press conferences, and maybe even revealing some new things.