Microsoft’s Biggest E3 Announcements

Thankfully, Microsoft didn’t talk about a bunch of boring Xbox Live apps and Kinect stuff during their E3 2014 press conference. It was all about games, so here’s the big stuff they announced.

Crackdown is coming back! Microsoft has finally announced the third Crackdown game, simply titled Crackdown. It promises to take the over-the-top cop franchise to new heights of explosive mayhem, and it’s being created by some of the same people behind the original game.

Gears of War was conspicuously absent at E3, but Halo had a big presence. Microsoft showed off a new cinematic for Halo 5: Guardians. The game won’t be out until next year, so if you need something to play this year, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will hit the Xbox One on November 11. It offers Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4 all remastered for next-gen, complete with the original multiplayer modes intact. Best of all, picking it up will give you early access to the Halo 5 beta test.

If you like chasing dragons, Bayonetta developer Platinum Games is working on Scalebound. Players will use supernatural powers to slay massive lizards, and you’ll be able to become the mother, or father, of dragons by leading the friendly dragons to battle against even deadlier ones. Kind of looks like a bloodier version of How to Train Your Dragon.

Microsoft subsidiary Rare blew in with Phantom Dust, a reboot of the 2004 game of the same name that was originally released on the first Xbox. Like that game, it’s an action strategy adventure where humans battle powerful fantasy creatures that have taken over our world.

If that doesn’t get a rise out of you, Lara Croft is back in Rise of the Tomb Raider. It’s a sequel to the recent reboot of the series, and will see Lara continue her perilous journey to become the iconic tomb raider she’s destined to be. That will arrive late next year.

Fable Legends will kick off a multiplayer beta test this fall. It has a new multiplayer mode where four people control the heroes, and a fifth person plays as a god-like villain who tries to stop them by controlling the entire map. The finished game is expected to arrive next year.

The Xbox One console-exclusive Dead Rising 3 has some new DLC, which is out today. It has the awesome title Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha Prime, and unites Capcom icons from other games to celebrate the publisher’s 31-year history.

Independent developers will be happy to hear about ID@Xbox, a new program that allows smaller game makers to self-publish their titles on the Xbox One without having to ink a deal with a larger publisher. This means plenty of hit indie games will be making their way to the system for the first time.