All the news, trailers and announcements from Microsoft’s Gamescom presentation
Check out everything Microsoft has to show off for its upcoming Xbox One X console.
Gamescom doesn’t officially start until Wednesday, but Microsoft decided to kick things off very early by holding an Xbox One X-focused stream at 5:00am this morning. Just in case you didn't drag yourself out of bed while the sun was still sleeping, we've rounded up all the news, trailers and announcements Microsoft dropped during the presentation.
Assassin's Creed Origins
Microsoft started the presentation with a cinematic trailer for Assassin's Creed: Origins, backed by the Leonard Cohen song "You Want It Darker". A somewhat odd choice of music, but thematically appropriate considering how much blood protagonist Bayek spills as he lays into an army of Egyptian warriors. Being all pre-rendered, the video doesn’t really give much away in terms of gameplay, but you can check out our recent hands-on with the game if you want to see it in action.
Jurassic World Evolution
Next up was the first, and only, new game shown off during the presentation. Jurassic World Evolution is a theme-park builder in the vein of Sim Theme Park or Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis where you build your own dinosaur park, constructing attractions, research facilities and even breeding new species of dinosaur. It's coming by way of Frontier Developments, the studio behind the popular Planet Coaster PC theme-park simulator, and it's slated for a winter 2018 release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
ReCore Definitive Edition
Despite its rough reception, Keiji Inafune's recent action-adventure game ReCore is getting a re-release in the form of a Definitive Edition. As many had suspected, this re-release introduces the fifth Corebot frame that the original game hinted at, along with a new adventure, titled "Eye of Obsidian". On the technical front, this edition supports 4K resolution and HDR lighting on Xbox One X as well as PC. ReCore Definitive Edition will hit soon, releasing on 29 August.
World of Tanks
Already on PC and Xbox One, the historically based multiplayer tank shooter World of Tanks is getting updated for the Xbox One X with support for 4K resolution. The update will launch alongside the Xbox One X on 7 November.
Another ID@Xbox sizzle reel showed off a bunch of indie games heading to Xbox One and Windows 10 in the next few months. Nothing new, unfortunately, as they were all titles Microsoft had already revealed at E3. Cuphead still looks fantastic, though.
Xbox One S Minecraft Edition
How much do you love Minecraft? Enough to buy a brand new Xbox One S designed to look like a block of Minecraft dirt? Well, good news then! From 3 October, you'll be able to pick up the Minecraft Limited Edition Xbox One S with a Minecraft-themed console, controller and system sounds.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
A short cinematic trailer for the orc-slaying murderfest Middle-earth: Shadow of War revealed some of the much-needed visual variety the game will bring when it launches on 10 October. Best of all, thar be dragons this time around.
Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition
Microsoft wrapped up its presentation with news many have been waiting for: pre-orders for the Xbox One X are open! Well, kind of. Only a limited edition Project Scorpio version of the console is currently available, and it's already sold out on the official Microsoft Store. Fortunately, you can still pre-order your own Xbox One X at JB Hi-Fi and EB Games, if you move quickly.