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X14 showcases the future of Xbox One
Sept 11, 2014
By John Powell - G4 Canada
The future of gaming looks excellent…or should that be…Xcellent?
The annual X14 media showcase at the Uniun Nightclub in downtown Toronto spotlighted not only what the Holiday season holds for Xbox One gamers but the future as well.
"We ultimately wanted to show that the Xbox One is the home for gamers and that we have the best line-up for exclusives this holiday season and the best blockbuster games," Jeff Rivait, the platform marketing manager for Microsoft Canada, told G4TV.ca.
On display were games for all ages and all interests. Everything from Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Fable Legends, Alien: Isolation to Lego Batman 3 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection were available for the media to experience and play.
"We are really excited about the momentum after E3 and now we are starting to show all the great games that we have coming. There has never been a better time to jump in on Xbox," said Rivait.
Truth be told though, of everything on the show floor, it was the quirky and offbeat Sunset Overdrive that stole the spotlight.
"I am very excited about Sunset Overdrive because it is a new IP. It is very fresh and different," said Nicole Fawcette, Micosoft Canada's category manager, Xbox games & accessories. "It looks different. It plays different. It is really funny as the humour is pure Insomniac."
Joining the Xbox Canada team just after the launch of Halo 2 in 2004, Rivait cannot wait for the release of The Master Chief Collection.
"I have so many great memories of playing Halo 2 multiplayer and the campaign with friends. The Halo 2 portion of the collection has been demanded by fans for so long and it looks incredible on the Xbox One. It runs so smoothly. I, personally, cannot wait to jump back into those classic Halo 2 maps. The best part though is the value in it for Halo fans or people who have never played Halo before," he said.
Moving into 2015, things look bright for Xbox One. In February, fans will finally be able to get their hands on Evolve, the cooperative shooter developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by 2K Games. In Evolve, a team of four players (The Hunters) battle another player who controls an alien creature (The Monster). The creature controller can pick from a variety of monsters and evolve it throughout the game, hence the title. The Hunters can pick from four unique classes of characters.
"Evolve has huge momentum and has been winning a ton of awards coming out of E3 and Gamescon. It just plays so well on Xbox Live, which is an amazing place to play the multiplayer. We cannot wait to work with them on the launch," said Rivait.
Also on the horizon are Quantum Break from Remedy Entertainment and Halo 5: Guardians, the next chapter in the highly-anticipated Halo series. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will come with an exclusive pass to access Halo 5's multiplayer beta.
"Halo is our Star Wars. It is a cultural phenomenon. It is being kept under wraps but I am excited about the beta launching in December. It will be a new generation of Halo. The developers are pulling out all the stops," said Fawcette.
Another familiar franchise fans are clamouring for is the next installment in the Gears of War saga. Formerly known as Microsoft Vancouver, Black Tusk Studios is currently spearheading development of the title.
"We cannot talk much about it right now but fans should be excited for the future of Gears of War," promised Rivait.
Reader Alert: Look for our impressions of many of the X14 titles and exclusive interviews in the days and weeks to come.
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