Next up at my Xbox booth tour at E3 2015, Microsoft invited me to come meet the developers of Rise of the Tomb Raider and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, two of their biggest upcoming games this fall on Xbox One. During these private sessions I got to learn more about each game, here are the key takeaways!
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider by developer Crystal Dynamics was a big moment in the franchise’s history, as it represented a fresh start and the chance to try something bold and new. Now with Rise of the Tomb Raider, our beloved tomb excavator, Lara Croft, is back for another edge of your seat, cinematic adventure!
The first and most important thing I learned when listening to the developers is how they’ve listened to fans wanting the series to get back to its roots of tomb exploration and treasure hunting. Not only are tombs back in this game, but they’re bigger and more challenging than ever before. You’ll explore vast, awe-inspiring catacombs where you’ll need to rely on Lara’s archaeological skills to decipher ancient symbols and solve complex puzzles.
Another aspect that really stood out during the demo walkthrough is just how beautiful this game looks. The developers have painstakingly created all the art assets down the most minute details (like the fabrics on Lara’s clothes or the pores on her face), and it’s all brought to life in vivid detail with new lighting techniques and breathtaking environments. If you’re a fan of the series, or adventure games, trust me when I say this: you won’t want to miss Rise of the Tomb Raider when it releases this fall!
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
A little while later, it was time to meet the developers of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. This is a remastered version of the original Gears of War–the one that started this epic saga–and features gorgeous enhanced 1080p graphics, all running a blistering fast 60 frames-per-second.
What impressed me with the demo is, on top of modernizing the graphics, the developers have also refined the game controls and user interface, basing them on Gears of War 3. This means you’ll be reliving this incredible story with an improved visual interface and even better responsiveness with the controls.
I also learned that multiplayer is returning in a huge way, with 19 classic Gears of War maps remastered in high-definition on Xbox One. They are also adding new multiplayer modes to expand the gameplay, including Team Death Match, King of the Kill, and even a 2 vs. 2 mode that was created by the Gears of War community! Of course, all your favourite multiplayer modes are back as well, such as Assassination, Execution, Warzone, and Annex.
Well, that wrapped up my time with Microsoft at E3 2015! They showed off an extremely impressive line-up of games, so Xbox One fans: you have a lot to look forward to this holiday (and beyond!)
Are you caught up with the latest news on Rise of the Tomb Raider and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition? Be sure to share your thoughts on these games and announcements in the comments section below!