E3: The Big Announcements (So Far) 6/15/15

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While this is considered “industry day” for E3, Los Angeles’ big gaming convention, we’ve seen a few big announcements come out regarding the future of the industry for certain companies, like Microsoft and EA, and gaming properties like Fallout 4.

Here are the big announcements thus far:

Microsoft

(courtesy Time)

-Backwards compatibility for the Xbox One is coming soon.
You’ll be able to play your Xbox 360 games on it, basically.

-New Xbox One Controller
Increased functionality, connectivity with Microsoft’s Windows 10

-Xbox One Game Preview
Like Steam’s Early Access, you can demo games before they’re finished.

-Minecraft gets HoloLens reboot
Microsoft will be unleashing Minecraft through their hologram tech company for added dimension.

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EA

(courtesy Forbes)

FIFA 16 – FIFA 16 innovates across the entire pitch to deliver a balanced, authentic, and exciting football experience that lets you play your way, and compete at a higher level. And with all new ways to play!
EA SPORTS™ FIFA – Featuring stunning new console quality gameplay that fully harnesses the power of the latest mobile devices – this is truly the next generation FIFA for mobile.
Madden NFL 16 – Be the Playmaker in Madden NFL 16 with new gameplay mechanics that allow you to dominate the passing game.
Madden NFL Mobile –This is Madden NFL like you’ve never seen on mobile and the season never ends! Build your ultimate Madden NFL team, dominate your friends in intense head-to-head shootouts and play Live Events all off-season long.
Minions Paradise™ –Developed in partnership with Illumination Entertainment, when a lovable yet bungling Minion named Phil accidentally sinks the cruise ship carrying his vacationing Minion buddies, he decides to turn a deserted tropical island into the perfect Minions Paradise!
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst – Experience the rise of Faith and join her fight for freedom, with fluid movement and combat in first person that will raise the bar for the action/adventure genre.
NBA LIVE 16 – This year is all about you, with features that empower self-expression on and off the court.
Need for Speed – Discover a nocturnal world of urban car culture built around real world automotive icons and Five Ways to Play in this thrilling reboot.
NHL® 16 – Built with more input from our fans than ever before, NHL 16 steps onto the ice to deliver new features across the most played single player and team modes, including a reimagined EA SPORTS Hockey League. Combined with new gameplay balance and innovation at every position and an unrivalled game day authenticity, NHL 16 puts you into the heart of a team, where you play together and win together.
EA SPORTS Rory Mcllroy PGA TOUR® – With stunning authentic and fantasy experiences, EA SPORTS Rory Mcllroy PGA TOUR truly delivers Golf Without Limits. Play what you want, how you want, where you want.
Star Wars™ Battlefront™ – From epic 40 player multiplayer battles to Missions packed with intensity and depth, Star Wars Battlefront will immerse you in your Star Wars™ battle fantasies.
Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ – The largest story-driven expansion to date, Knights of the Fallen Empire , marks a renewed focus on cinematic storytelling in Star Wars: The Old Republic. The expansion will deliver on the hallmarks of what makes a great BioWare™ game: new worlds to explore, new companions to recruit, and a dynamic story that players will be able to shape based on the choices they make.
Face-scanning technology app will allow you to upload yourself into NBA Jam

Individual games:

Forza 6 set for Sept. 16 release

Dark Souls III set for early 2016 release

Gears of War 4 — “holiday 2016 release”

Bethesda

Stay tuned for the launch of Playstation’s summit at 6:00pm PST.

Of course, feel free to tune in to the E3 Twitch live stream here for live updates.