After today’s XBOX One live event streamed live across the internet and aired live in both east and west coast markets on Spike TV – a rare feat for live events on Spike which are usually tape delayed in the west – media outlets exploded with coverage of what the conference entailed. Lost in the swarm was a simple truth: Embargoes and curtains were lifted as developers and publishers could now confirm their titles for something more than “next gen consoles.”
The flurry of titles that materialized with XB1 or PS4 confirmation was headed up by the Microsoft event’s heavily supported Activision studio Infinity Ward and it’s recently announced Call of Duty: Ghosts. Slated for release on both new machines this holiday season as is usual with the franchise’s annual schedule, no date has been confirmed for the title but rumors suggest November 5th. See the trailer below:
Below is a list of games previously confirmed for “next-gen consoles” but their status was updated today to include both XB1 and PS4:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Battlefield 4 (Listed at 10/29 release date but probably refers to PS3 and XBOX 360 versions)
Call of Duty: Ghosts
NBA Live 14
EA Sports UFC (This and the previous 4 entries were confirmed for release sometime in the next 12 months)
In addition to these 10 titles, Microsoft also confirmed two exclusives, neither with a concrete release date but Forza Motorsports 5 was dubbed a launch title. The inherent pretty trailer for a driving gamer at launch came packed fresh with close-ups of both vehicles and particle effects but no actual gameplay footage.
Max Payne and Alan Wake developers Remedy Entertainment were on hand to unveil a cryptic title called Quantum Break. The game’s star is in question but someone seems to have some telepathic or telekinetic or quantum physical abilities, it is unclear which though time manipulation appears to be at its core. See the trailer for yourself, below, and try to decide if the live action present in it has any bearing whatsoever on the game itself.
Expect another influx of embargoed information on holiday titles in a few weeks at E3 where both Sony and Micorosoft are expected to announce concrete dates for their next-gen machines’ release. As of now, many publishers expect to release titles at the end of this year but have withheld official release dates, opting only to commit to the “fall” or “holiday 2013″ time period as of now.