Xbox E3 2017 was all about the Xbox One X and the power it would be bringing to new and existing games on the platform. The conference show was in the same spot as the year previous and delivered on their initial goal to reveal the premium console. The event was also broadcast in 4k for the first time featuring their noted record 42 game reveals with 22 of them featuring console exclusivity from creators large and small. After that they also went to note that backwards compatible games from Xbox 360 would reach four hundred and towards a year later that number has greatly been surpassed. They've even added Original Xbox games which is fantastic. On top of that they've been enhancing Xbox 360 titles.
There was also the announcement that many existing games would be Xbox One X enhanced and that has largely happened. Highlighted titles included Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy XV, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Rocket League and others. Of that core grouping Minecraft and Rocket League have yet to be updated. No word on Minecraft whereas Rocket League is set to be enhanced summer of 2018. Minecraft was also mentioned to be getting cross-play for Bedrock platforms and that has largely happened. The last of the consoles to receive this is the Nintendo Switch and that's set to happen at the end of June 2018. Which I consider to be a really wild thing, amazing this could make the cross-play work.
Games are obviously a big part of the announcements and I'll highlight a number of them. This will be a mix of titles that were present, but I'll focus on the key ones from the conference. Anthem was one of the big announcements and there really are no details about this one after the fact, probably will know more at E3 2018. Ashen has been sitting there for years, I was finally able to see it during a behind closed doors meeting. It still doesn't have any final release, it's supposed to arrive in 2018 though we'll see. Black Desert was announced, still no final details on that one though I did play an early build at Pax West 2017 and it was looking decent. That one will be shown during the 2018 show.
Crackdown 3 was a big part of the event, delayed out of the year close to launch with no release date. Cuphead was shown yet again and did actually release, it was great. The Darwin Project arrived in Xbox Game Preview, it's a fun different survival battle royale. Deep Rock Galactic released in Xbox Game Preview, it's a cooperative blast if you haven't checked it out. Forza Motorsport 7 came out, no surprise and a highlight for Xbox One X. Metro: Exodus was delayed, no release date. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was another in the preview program and a massive hit for Xbox. Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War did arrive, a good showcase for the premium console. State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and Super Lucky's Tale all arrived correctly while being enhanced and Xbox Play Anywhere titles.
The show floor space was rather small and very tight in design. It was very hard to move through during the regular show hours and even at the after party honestly. It looked cool though, similar theme to the year previous. Lots of game stations with Xbox One X being present everywhere in the dev kit format. It was exciting to see it in action and witness the visual enhancements to the games right away. That was basically Xbox E3 2017, at least the core parts and what happened afterwards to some announcements. We're looking forward to seeing what's displayed this year.
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