Microsoft has taken the wraps off the next-gen Xbox One console – and along with a new controller and Kinect smarts, it's announced that there are more titles in development now than at any other time in the company’s history. Fifteen new games are due out in the first year of the console’s release, eight of which are new franchises – and we've got the lowdown on the first batch.
EA Sports Ignite
From EA we can expect a new gaming engine for sport called EA Sports Ignite. This will feature in FIFA, Madden, NBA Live and UFC – all of which will launch in the next twelve months.
This engine will bring four times more calculations per second to deliver human-like intelligence from AI opponents, plus ten times more animation depth and detail for enhanced player motion. Living worlds with 3D crowds, dynamic sidelines, and a daily stream of new content that impacts the game as you play are also exciting extras. Plus football fans will be pleased to hear that Ultimate Team is appearing in FIFA 14 – as an Xbox One exclusive.
Forza Motosport 5
Forza Motorsport 5 will be available at launch for the Xbox One. Turn 10 Studios is reportedly returning to the more accurate simulation stylings of earlier games, dropping the sandbox feel of Forza Horizon – but aside from a breathtaking video in which every fleck of metallic paint on the McLaren F1 and P1 cars was visible, little else was revealed. Expect to see more of the game at E3.
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Game maker Remedy – of Max Payne and Alan Wake fame – unveiled Quantum Break – a "revolutionary entertainment experience" that combines a TV show and a game, with events in the one impacting on the other. So, just like Defiance, then. Time shifting powers affect the story of the game as time breaks down and you rush to save the day.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
The Call of Duty juggernaut arrives on Xbox One with an all-new franchise set ten years after the fall of the US government. With a story penned by the Oscar-winning writer of Traffic, the game's definitely got the blockbuster feel that characterised previous efforts in the series.
It's based around urban guerrila combat, with your group of elite special forces soldiers (and their motion-captured dog companion) battling across rivers, jungles and ruined cities. Swanky new graphics let you see every hair on your character's arms, and the dirt under their fingernails, while multiplayer will feature dynamically-changing maps – in which earthquakes and floods can change the map mid-game.
Infinity Ward's also promising a greater level of multiplayer character customisation, with players able to tweak the heads and bodies of their characters. Though quite how useful that will be in a franchise in which the options are "burly military man in fatigues" and "another burly military man in fatigues" remains to be seen. You guessed it – there's more to follow at E3.