Microsoft Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Liveblog

[UPDATE] It's over!


[UPDATE 2] That's over now, too. A replay will be available "shortly."

[UPDATE] The briefing is over, but the post-show is ongoing. You can watch it through the video above.

The original story is below.

Microsoft's Gamescom briefing takes place tomorrow at 5 AM PDT/8 AM EDT, and you won't want to miss it.

Microsoft has teased "big surprises" for the event, and Remedy Entertainment says the Quantum Break gameplay it plans to debut during the show will leave you speechless. We also know Microsoft has some Halo announcements to make, and who knows what other surprises are in store? Microsoft is broadcasting the event live through Xbox Live, Xbox.com, and the Windows Phone app. But if you're at school or work, we have a liveblog right here for you. Bookmark this page.

This is only just the beginning of our Gamescom liveblogs. Check back later tomorrow for Sony's briefing at 10 AM PDT and then Wednesday, August 13, for the Electronic Arts presentation at 1 AM PDT (bring some coffee).

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

434 comments
rk137066
rk137066

I missed the live show and now there is no video there. I do not have access to youtube. where can I watch the show then?!

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

I guess we have a different idea of “big surprises” compared to the executives. The conference was fine but I thought they were going to announce something... well, big. Some kind of major console related change. Unless the pre-download feature was what they meant?

I am surprised to see CoD is getting the first real limited edition console treatment with the bigger hard drive and special sounds. I would have had my money on Halo being the first, but even that is just a special skin and no bonus sounds/bigger HD.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

damn ms keep throwing money at these third party devs. same ol ms...nothing to see here.

tomb raider exclusive. that wouldve been devastating if i only had the ps4....but i got both so im good.

grenadehh
grenadehh

What ever happened to physical pack-ins? This digital crap is beyond ridiculous.

ps4hasnogames
ps4hasnogames

That white xbox one sunset overdrive bundle is pretty sweet.

monson21502
monson21502

i guess u wasnt able to blog about the surprises???

grenadehh
grenadehh

Um so where are these big surprises.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

FYI - this isn't E3. That's where the big reveals happen.

blkgto
blkgto

I thought they had big plans for gamescom.  What a bummer.  Again.

rmiller365
rmiller365

Meh.. I'm sure next years will be better.

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Glad my expectations were low, that way I wasn't too disappointed.


New Xbox One bundles - big deal, I already own 2 of them.

Tomb Raider exclusive - again, big deal. It was going to be on Xbox One anyway. The fact the PS4 owners won't be able to play it is not a bonus for Xbox owners - just a minus for PS owners.

Way too much focus on Halo. I love Halo and will be buying MCC and Halo 5 but they needed some big surprises with new IP's. Oh well. Now to see what Sony brings. Again, expectations are low.

zero7670
zero7670

Nothing special but still a decent conference.

jts1891
jts1891

Wait, I thought the PS4 was supposed to be the Indie console according to MS fanboys?

oflow
oflow

Disappointing.  I was expecting more than just a tomb raider exclusive. the rest we had already seen before.

Where was the scalebound, crackdown and phantom dust gameplay?

alcapello
alcapello

What a waste of time, hopefully Sony will deliver the goods as usual.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

All these games were being run on a high end PC. You want your games looking and playing their best at Conferences like this.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Conference was further proof that it's the PC that is driving the industry forward in every way.

Support OPEN platforms. Let's drive the industry forward, not backwards.

Legend002
Legend002

MS conference was a freak show.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

What's also possible about the Tomb Raider exclusivity is that Uncharted 4 is also coming out in 2015. Maybe it made sense for SE to go Exclusive this year, as it's sales probably wouldn't be as much on the PS4 anyway, so you save development dollars. 

I don't know, Im grasping here.  It's a good get for Microsoft and its really going to be a true Uncharted vs. Tomb Raider match up, to be sure.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@jsmoke03 I don't. . I don't understand this comment. Companies 'throw money' at each other all the time.

EA threw money at bungie. Sony threw money at EA and Bungie for special deals with Destiny. Sony threw money at Square Enix and Rockstar for years to keep Final Fantasy and GTA on their side.

And by "threw", I mean they negotiated deals and contracts and worked out licensing fees.

oflow
oflow

@blkgto i dunno about again I thought E3 was actually great, but I am kinda disappointed with this one too.  Was expecting to see some Phantom Dust gameplay or some new features announced

grenadehh
grenadehh

@blkgto Yea they said big surprises yet nothign I've seen  yet is surprising at all.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@jts1891 It is. The 2 year old indies ported from PC console. Xbox has always been the home for indie games.

oflow
oflow

@alcapello as usual? what goods have they delivered so far on PS4?

They are gonna show off some blood borne gameplay and talk about PS Now.  I think both presentations for gamescom will suck.

oflow
oflow

@GSGuy321 no they werent they were on the console. wtf are you talking about.

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@GSGuy321 

Yeah because every single person buying different components from a different company helps support anything at all.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

@GSGuy321 Pftt without consoles gaming as we know it would still be considered a niche activity for nerds in basements. 

oflow
oflow

@alcapello Yeah Sony's show was pretty much what I said except they didnt have any new Bloodborne footage so even worse.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

False. Ponies are adored by all.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

@Dannystaples14 @DarkJedi8_basic haha, nice one. I have an xbox one only so far for this gen, and I'm a big fan of the games coming up, but it's kind of a bummer to know that the next Uncharted will be better than anything I can get for xbox.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@RicanV False. Only people who like horses, and girls who like horses.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

Major League Ponies is about the best competitive sports league out there.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

@Blazen702 Let's see, you could try searching my gamertag? I do. 


I like Tomb Raider. But the Uncharted games (and have you played The Last of Us??) have an incredible layer of polish I haven't seen from any other developers. If you're a single console gamer, the best comparison I can make is the cinematic storytelling style of Alan Wake combined with the production polish of Halo 4. 


Will Quantum Break fill that void for the xbox one? I hope so.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

@grenadehh @ElFlechero @Dannystaples14 @DarkJedi8_basic If that's what they are, then I guess I do! Freaking incredible storytelling. Then the Last of Us, while it was a little dark for me, took it to a whole other level. Hopefully Quantum Break will live up to its promise and hold me over till I can afford (as in, convince my wife that we should buy) a PS4.