With Microsoft’s Gamescom briefing just a day away I have compiled a short list of things I would like to see revealed at the event. The following items are listed in descending order from most to least likely. You can watch Microsoft’s Gamescom press conference live at 10:00pm EST on Tuesday, August 12th. It will be available to stream on Xbox.com, your Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows Phone, and on Twitch.
1. Extended Quantum Break demo. It’s possible you may have forgotten all about Quantum Break. First teased back in May of last year, Quantum Break quickly found itself buried amid all the controversy surrounding the Xbox One’s reveal policies despite a technically impressive trailer later that E3. Finnish developer Remedy remained silent on the game’s progress until May of this year when they announced Quantum Break would be skipping E3 to show up at Gamescom. A short montage of footage was released to the public but aside from that very little is actually known about the game and its tie-in television series, which is reportedly still on track despite last month’s shutdown of Xbox Entertainment Studios. Set to release sometime next year, Gamescom would be the prime event to showcase some extended Quantum Break gameplay given Remedy’s action oriented past with games such as Alan Wake and the first two Max Payne titles.
2. More ID@Xbox news/possible exclusives. An undeniable highlight of Microsoft’s E3 Media Briefing this year was their ID@Xbox segment. Where Sony has capitalized on the growing demand for smaller downloadable titles Microsoft has been slow to respond, looking positively anemic by comparison. The Xbox One is in need of such titles to help build its library of games and the ID@Xbox program is poised to do just that with games like Below, Hyper Light Drifter, and #IDARB, to name a few.