Xbox E3 2017

Xbox E3 2017 Briefing Liveblog

Welcome to the Scholarly Gamers liveblog coverage for Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2017 press conference. This is our first time running a liveblog through the site; apologies for any bumpiness that comes up along the way. This should be a live-updating page, but if there are more than 1-2 minutes without updates, try refreshing the page or jumping into our Discord channel (link on the right) to report any issues. Thanks for joining!

 

Event starts at 5:00PM EST (2:00PM PST), and is being broadcast through their Mixer Channel live (in 4K resolution, for those of you able to view it as such). For those looking to watch the conference:

 

 

 

 

Additional entries to the liveblog will appear below the Author box – scroll down and everything should roll in automatically!

 

 

 

Author: Markus Piil

A staunch supporter of the technical arts, Markus has been working as a software developer for two startup tech companies in Western Canada. Gaming aside, he likes adventuring in the mountains, camping with the wife, and playing metal tunes on the guitar.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us in our first-ever Live Blog! Probably going to run another for tonight’s Bethesda show, and more through the week as available.

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Well, mostly.

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That’s it, that’s all!

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Looks like things are wrapping up with a highlight reel of everything showcased. Unbelievable offering in the last 90+ minutes.

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Coming 2018

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Pardon the motion blur.

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This feels like Crysis + Horizon Zero Dawn + The Division + Destiny. Really cool vibes.

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Oh, and underwater navigation as well. Awesome.

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Showcasing Iron-Man-like flight, on a forested world full of big beasties not unlike a non-fluorescent Pandora (from Avatar)

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Note the “Level 32”.. more RPG elements from Bioware.

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So, you get into mech suits, like a smaller-scale Titanfall. “Exosuits, called javelins”.

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In-engine? Really?!

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Wow.

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Anthem, the next title, running in-engine.

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It is! Let’s see what’s happening.

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EA exec coming on stage to introduce a new IP. Could this be the new Bioware project (published by EA)?

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November 7th, 2017 – Xbox One X releasing for $499 USD

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Confirmation: Xbox One X will run all existing Xbox One games, but “even better”.

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Gears 4, Forza, Killer Instinct, and more, getting free 4K updates.

FFIV, Resident Evil 7, Ghost Recon Wildlands, and RocketLeague, to name a few from third-parties.

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More to share when the program launches later this year.

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Crimson Skies!

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ORIGINAL XBOX! Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance, please.

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They’re announcing a new expansion…

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Back to Phil, talking about Xbox 360 Backward compatibility. 385 Back-compat titles.

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Oh, that’s why. Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

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Looks beautiful. Reminds me of Ori and the Blind Forest.

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Some live piano to introduce the next exlcusive premiere.

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Available October 10

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Talion just got ‘Scopioned’ by a hook on a chain. Walked it off pretty well, too.

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Really fluid gameplay. Arena battling looks great – enemies can fight each other!

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So, Shadow of War expands the nemesis system, where Talion can recruit members of Sauron’s army into his own.

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Next up – Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor sequel.

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Oh, another Life is Strange!

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Now for something from Square Enix. Lady smoking a cigarette with low-poly graphics aplenty.

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“Ashen” game title.

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Looks like someone dressed up the Robaxacet dolls.

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What do we have here?

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Talking about ID@XBOX – team has released over 500 games through the program; impressive numbers.

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Back to Phil

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Lots of games coming around with tons of character.

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They’re scrolling through a bunch of other previews – looks like some of the smaller titles that can’t get a full several-minute chunk of conference time.

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November 7, 2017.

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More explosive fun.

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With TERRY CREWS

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Next up – Crackdown!

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It is! September 29th.

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Is this Cuphead?

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Looks like an old-school Rare game.

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This little guy’s hopping around all of the stage’s screens. Lots of character.

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Yet another exclusive world premiere. Hard to keep up!

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From Fullbright studios:

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Early 2018

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Oh yeah, PVP ship battles. Load yourself into a cannon, fire yourselves across the ocean, and plunder!

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Truthfully, this looks like Fable: Pirates – Black Flag.

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Legendary treasure chests, guarded by skeletons and baddies galore.

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Co-op shovel digging!

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Torches burning, cave paintings on the walls.

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Adventuring into cave depths.

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“Oh look, he brought the riddle map”

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Reminder: These guys rebuilt water technology from the ground-up to see some great visuals atop the sea.

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Bring materials back to the ship.

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Underwater exploration. “Watch out, there could be anything under there. ANYTHING. We haven’t finished designing it yet .. That was a joke”

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Coming up – Sea of Thieves!

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CodeVein – check it out; the trailer went pretty quickly. Looks like another RPG with lots of big bad beasties.

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Pitch: “We need a 2D platformer where the guy plays the guitar”

Devs: The Artiful Escape.

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More pixel gaming running in Hi-Fi. Looks great. Didn’t catch its name, though.

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Sorry for losing some information, here – things are happening pretty fast.

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“The Black Desert”

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Never mind – some pretty happening action here; looks like a cross between Fable and Samurai Warriors.

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Now for something more calm .. (for now)

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Dragonball Fighter Z

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Pretty serious soundtrack.

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Dragonball Z title coming up next.

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Back to Phil – confirming a 4k graphics pack.

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Llamas in mine carts.

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New Minecraft visuals?

Minecraft 4k

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Thanks, Lydia!

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CROSSPLAY!

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WAIT. “Unifying Minecraft”? Cross-platform play?

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Looks like a big PVP focus, already.

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Oh goodie, more Minecraft stuff. Always nice to see what’s coming down the pipe.

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“The Darwin Project”

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Interactive content through Mixer, too. Awesome. IDARB on crack.

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Commentary by Jethro Tull ..

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Just pulled an axe out of someone/something’s head .. is this The Long Dark?

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Next up – another exclusive from Scavengers Studio.

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Whoo!

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Looks like there’s some medicine to prevent (or stall) zombification?

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Base building returns, with some familiar-looking building assets.

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Been waiting on this for years..

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Looks to be.

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State of Decay 2, please.

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Deep Rock Galactic – Exclusive title.

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Another exclusive coming along; sounds like Jack Wall (Mass Effect) did the soundtrack.

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Motion blur makes it look a little dodgy; the game actually looks pretty great in action.

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Over 3 million PC players to date; looks like PUB is coming (exclusively) to Xbox later this year. Awesome news!

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Brendan Greene – PUB developer himself.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds?

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Back to Phil. Talking about Mixer, now.

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There we go – October 27, 2017

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Player hit Level 7; it’s definitely a new RPG aspect not seen in previous entries.

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Enemies with red numbers above their heads – NPC levels? Is this what they meant by additional RPG elements?

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Equipment screen

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Slow-motion jump-shots with bow and arrow! Amazing.

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Hm, looks like the ‘control a bird and let it scout for you’ mechanic returns from Far Cry Primal. Always nice.

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Gameplay focuses on the player hunting down and killing the ‘false oracle’.

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Obviously, a bird.

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Story is based on an Egyptian sherriff that founds the Assassin’s brotherhood. Pretty cool origin story, by the sound of it. More RPG elements, too.

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Assassin’s Creed: Origins

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New Assassin’s Creed? Egypt?

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“Artyom!” – Announced Metro Exodus.

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Metro with a crossbow? What will the new currency be?

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In-engine.

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Definitely Metro.

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PS – it’s totally rocking the 28 Days Later soundtrack.

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Metro? Please Metro ..

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Up next – 4A Games’ world premier of … ?

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42 games to be features on stage. 22 Console-exclusive titles. Hot damn.

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Forza on October 3. On Xbox One X, it’ll be 4K@60fps. Nuts.

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Back to Phil.

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Forza has the largest collection of Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrarris ever compiled into a game.

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Couple of pro-driver-ladies (missed their names) demonstrating the Scorpio with in-game footage. Looks really good.

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Six-year partnership with Porsche, and an exclusive reveal of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2RS

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Dan Greenawalt bringing an introduction to the next Forza title.

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The wipers on the cars are shaking under the speed. Impressive attention to detail for Forza Motorsports 7

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Yep. Forza.

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Now time for a live demo. Racing car .. Forza?

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Smallest Xbox ever? Huh.

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Wow, brand new power management tech, named after the engineer who invented it.

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Liquid cooling!

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Huh. Super-sampling will show better on 1080p than previously advertised. Curious, as Phil Spencer previously said that “without a 4K TV, Scorpio isn’t for you”. Nice, though.

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All games should look and play better due to base-level tech.

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From the get-go, all Xbox One games and accessories will work on Xbox One X

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4K =

8 million pixels, HDR, Wide color gamut, Dolby Atmos sound, and more.

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Impressive specs, for sure.

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Focus on Power, Compatibility and Craftsmanship

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Kareem Choudhry coming up on stage to tell us some more.

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“No power greater than X”

Project Scorpio = Xbox One X

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Big welcome from Phil Spencer, plugging Mixer and 4K screens.

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First look at the console’s form factor. Nice!

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Gears, Halo, Middle-Earth, and more – Looking sharp.

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Starting off with Scorpio. For reasons.

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Nice stage!

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Here we go. Starting to talk about the resolutions offered to gamers across the years.

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60 seconds!

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Yep – all tested. Phew! Can’t wait to hear all about Project Scorpio and what’s next in the pipeline from Microsoft.

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Alright, I think everything’s up and running now. Five minutes to spare – this came in close.

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Testing the liveblog entry, as is good for for you guys. Fingers crossed!

2 thoughts on “Xbox E3 2017 Briefing Liveblog

  1. Mixer.com was evidently not prepared for this.

    Multiple APIs are down, and chat connectivity is sporadic. Subsequently they are extending the ‘giveaways’ for the entire week. As many can’t actually connect to the chat of the stream currently 🙁

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