The main thing missing from the Xbox One reveal the other day was games, which is kind of a big deal when you are talking about a game console. After 30 minutes of waffling about live TV and music, the first games were shown, and they were restricted to a fairly lackluster trailer for Forza 5, a mixed CGI/live action showing of new IP Quantum Break, and showings of sports titles and the predictable Call of Duty. Following the conclusion of the presentation however things at least took a turn for the better, with many games being confirmed by their publishers as heading to the system.
Hidden amongst all the expected, but now confirmed titles like Watch Dogs, Destiny, Thief and Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, were promises of games from Rare (reviving a ‘classic franchise’ apparently), and internal Microsoft team Black Tusk studios.
One of the most potentially interesting game announcements however was the confirmation today from Crytek that their heavily rumored Ryse, is indeed heading for Xbox One. A Roman themed first person gladiator game, Ryse has the potential to be one of the most original new IP’s in a while. It is said to use both the new and improved Kinect in conjunction with the controller to enable a truly immersive and brutal experience. The tagline on the game’s official site is the Latin phrase ‘Son came (or come?) to Rome’. Like most of the Xbox One games, much more has been promised for E3, so in just over two weeks time we will know whether we should start to lament or rejoice for Microsoft’s new console.