Good afternoon, fellow lovers of games, and welcome to Ground Punch’s live blog of Microsoft’s E3 2017 conference! We expect that we’ll finally get all the details on the Scorpio and get to see some killer first-party games, so this should be an interesting one. We’ll be giving you all of our reactions and thoughts on the news as it comes out, so check the feed below to read them in real time, or come back later for a recap of what went on during the show! Stay tuned to Ground Punch in the coming days for even more E3 content, and enjoy the live blog.
I’m much more excited about The Last Night than almost any other game shown today.
I’m disappointed that Microsoft briskly skated by ID@Xbox.
Absolutely, it’s early days after all.
I can see why you thought it was boring, James.
Maybe we’ll get more explanation at Gamescom in August.
I would like to see how all of the systems interconnect. What are the mechanics like? How does the game feel?
I hope I’m wrong, really I do.
Looked like Horizon Division with some Iron Man Destiny
I suppose. It’s not just gameplay though, I think the art style, UI, and world all look very generic.
Lol nope looked fun to me
Anthem only looks boring because they’re focusing on how beautiful the game looks.
While graphics do matter, it’s gameplay that sells. If you don’t show enough of gameplay—you know, actual gameplay, not scripted segments—the games will always look stilted.
Those enemies remind me of Rambo: they can’t hit anything to save their pathetic lives.
Hot take: Anthem looks gorgeous but boring.
Yeah super cool
Whoa, dude, underwater looks damn neat.
Shit I like
Jetpacks and flying through the sky? Yeah, I’m down.
Okay. So, it’s a mix of first- and third-person gameplay. That’s cool.
The inside of that suit looks way too damn small to fit a full-sized human in it.
That’s an interesting move for the third-person RPG giant.
Bioware’s new IP, Anthem, will close out Microsoft’s conference.
This is the world premier of Anthem’s gameplay, running in-engine, in-game.
Time to close Microsoft’s conference with Anthem from EA.
Ugh, man… $500 for the Xbox One X. I don’t think that’s a smart move for Microsoft.
I’m still going to buy it, but it’s definitely not competitive for Microsoft against the behemoth that is Sony and the PS4.
Alright, Spencer, where’s that price at?
Now thats big
Now, let’s get the price for the Xbox One X.
And it’s coming later this year?
Not bad, Microsoft, not bad.
Original Xbox games can now be played?
Fuck, Microsoft. Holding no punches, are you?
Wow, Xbox leaning into backward Compat. hard. I love it.
Fuck, dude, yes.
I’m so ready for that. No release date, though, which is a bummer.
It now makes sense why Ori is $10 on the Xbox Store.
Perfect tease right there just amazing
So happy I was just thinking about the first one
OH, Ori 2. What a lovely way to play in your game.
It looks incredible!
Shit ori 2
Oh, what’s this?
The game feels like it has way more personality and I am stoked about that
I like the idea of epic siege battles.
This game looks like systems on systems and I dig that. Nice and colourfull too.
It used to sit in an August release window, but I believe Monolith pushed it back a month and a half ago to October, which is absolutely fine.
Yes it was!
The official release date as of right now is October 10 for Shadow or War.
If I remember correctly, Shadow or War was pushed back to October.
Let me double check that.
Hahahahaha that was great!
If you’re a fan of Batman combat and Assassin’s Creed traversal, Shadow of Mordor is right up your alley.
I never got around to the first one, but I love hearing Aussies in a game.
Shadow of War is definitely going to be cool af, though.
I don’t even care about this.
I’m feeling too many feels right now off Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
I am excited for this game
Still need to play 1
LIFE IS MOTHERFUCKING STRANGE!!!
LIFE IS STILL STRANGE
Oh LiS 2
That’s right, Ashen.
It’s a bummer there’s no release date on that.
Ashen looks dope
This looks awesome!
WHY CAN’T I THINK OF THE NAME OF THIS FUCKING GAME!
I am still guessing $399
I feel like the price of the Xbox One X will be at the very end of the conference, right after these last few games.
It wouldn’t make any sense to announce console and release date, but not have a price attached to it.
The price announcement must be coming up, right? They’ve made their case now so it should go down easier.
Gotta love ID@Xbox.
And now a montage of upcoming games.
Crackdown 3 will also launch on November 7, the same day as the Xbox One X.
I love that they got Terry Crews for this. He’s so fucking hyped, dude. I love it.
SOON AS FUCK, NICE!
Cuphead finally has a release date!
It’s coming September 29.
Been waiting so long
And now for motherfucking Cuphead!
Super Lucky’s Tale art style does nothing for me.
Super Lucky’s Tale will launch on November 7, the same day as the Xbox One X.
I am done we need them to come back
Gone Home is a very transformative kind of game.
I adored the narrative and the subtle cues it presents.
It’s a testament to impressive storytelling.
I could never forget Steve Gaynor. Gone Home was a revelation for me.
It seems 3D platformers are making a huge comeback.
Looks charming as hell though
In case you forgot, Tacoma is Steve Gaynor’s game; Fullbrght is his studio. Their previous game was Gone Home.
Conker’s bad fury day 2
That’s what I like!
August 2 for Tacoma.
Tacoma looks so weird.
And now for Tacoma!
Early 2018 for Sea of Thieves.
oh boy oh boy oh boy
Stoic Stanley is a great fake username though, I’ll give them that.
I’m sure this game plays better than it does just watching it.
I’m bored to tears over here.
This game looks fun as hell
Seems reminiscent of Ark: Survival Evolved.
Gameplay looks a little dry though
What about the swashbuckling? Lol.
The color palette is striking.
Those greens are damn beautiful.
You’ll get a date at the end of this.
It is so pretty!
I want a release date for this game already.
I think we’ve seen enough gameplay for it already.
Each time Rare shows us gameplay of this title, nothing really changes. This underwater bit is, perhaps, the “newest” piece we’ve seen from this.
At this point, I want either an open beta or a release date. I don’t think we need to see more of it.
Sea of Thieves looks like a fantastic game I have no desire to check out.
I don’t care about Sea of Thieves right now.
Maybe this trailer will change my mind.
Lol who cares looks good
I don’t know why we needed to see that Code Vein trailer, considering it was the same trailer that came out earlier this year.
Stoked for The Artful Escape.
“Coming when it’s damn ready”
Comine when it is damn ready! Fucking great
So many beautiful games
I want more of The Last Night, dammit.
Whatever the hell this is, I’m all over it.
The Last Night? I’m so down.
Hey now, this is stunning.
Pixel art. Count me in.
Pretty retro graphics
I knew it.
I’m excited for Black Desert Online.
Lol you all sound so negative!
I’m pretty sure this is Black Desert Online.
Black Desert Online?
Blade and Soul?
Oh goody, more high fantasy
Phew, I’m too hyped for that.
It’s coming early 2018, too?
Nice. I can totally get behind another 2D Dragon Ball fighter.
Another fighter I will suck at
Dragon Ball Fighters!
Is this the leaked Dragon Ball game from the Guilty Gear studio???
Let’s move to ID@Xbox.
Super duper graphics pack lol
Also these super duper graphics look lovely.
Super Duper Graphics Pack?
There was Switch in the video so I assume so.
Minecraft cross-play between, basically, everything: mobile, VR, PC, and consoles.
I wonder if that includes Wii U and Nintendo Switch.
Minecraft is the easiest thing for them to trot out. This cross platform play is genius too.
Cross play minecraft!
The Darwin Project?
You didn’t… I don’t…
Okay, I guess.
I’m tired of more Minecraft stuff, Microsoft. Stop it.
Lol Esports is getting big man
It was like Overwatch: Primal or something. Some blatant UI rip offs in there.
What the fuck is this?
Seriously, another esports gag?
Didn’t they learn anything from EA’s conference yesterday?
What the hell is this?
What the fuck!
State of Decay 2 will hit in spring of 2018.
Dude got ripped in half!
The first one blended resource management with action to create a tense, zombie survival experience.
I’m curious to see how Undead Labs improves the second one.
She would have been dead if I played
Loved the first one
I was just typing that, John.
State of Decay 2 is a welcome and necessary addition to the showcase.
State of Decay 2??
State of Decay 2
I’m into this low-poly exploration game right here.
Deep Rock Galactic. That looks good.
Lol. Whatever, John.
No way jeremy
Frying pan for the win.
Having played PUBG quite a bit, I think it’ll function better with a controller.
I’m excited for this to release later this year.
Cross play now please
That shit never works!
HOLY SHIT! IT’S COMING TO XBOX ONE LATER THIS YEAR!
That’s damn exciting.
WOW! Huge console exclusive
Does this mean that PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS will hit Xbox One?
I think so!
This is big!
DAAAAAAAAMN that’s exciting
Wrong, Kevin, Yondu Creed: Origins.
Combat looks choppy at the moment, but it does seem more action-oriented than previous AC games.
Also, can we talk about how he directed that fucking arrow? That was awesome.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins hits October 27 off this year.
Assassin’s Creed: Yondu!
I don’t understand how those two guys didn’t see him crouched, with his bow drawn and ready.
They looked to be staring in his exact direction.
Clearly, the AI still seems to be dumb af. It’s alpha footage, though, so hopefully Ubisoft takes time to polish AI capabilities.
This does feel very inspired by Witcher 3, doesn’t it? Not a bad thing, but gameplay doesn’t look overly groundbreaking.
Slo-mo bow shot!!!
Got some Far Cry Primal in this shit with using the bird to scope areas. That’s cool.
Assassin’s Creed, Witcher 3 style? Yes, please.
Holy shit the spear hit the fabric and the fabric moved that is some nice attention to detail!
Gameplay reveal of Assassin’s Creed Origins happening right now.
Apparently, it’s running in native 4K on the Xbox One X.
AC:Empire looks *crisp*
Man I am excited
The Last Magi! Egyptian Sheriff! Count me in!
My mouth has been opened since forza and I don’t see it closing anytime soon
The allure of AC games is climbing shit.
What will we climb in Egypt? How the hell do you climb a pyramid.
I guess Assassin’s Creed Origins will teach us.
LET ME ASSASSIN ALL OVER THAT BASILISK!
Microsoft is coming out with some heavy hitter thus far.
Let’s see if they can keep this momentum going.
Now we’re onto Assassin’s Creed. If I remember the leak correct, this new one is titled Origins and takes place in Egypt.
ASS CREED! YES!
Okay, that was nice.
Not bad, not bad.
METRO Exodus! 2018! Can’t wait!
Coming to pc so I can play this pretty !
This is running in-engine.
Must now buy Xbox One X. Must play spooky Metro.
Shit, stabbed in the eye.
Damn, that monster looks terrifying.
It looks like another Metro…
Is…is this another Metro game?
4A Games is the studio that did the Metro series.
Let’s see what they have up their sleeve.
NEW METRO?! HECK. YES.
22 console exclusive games will be showcased today.
40+ games at this show and 23ish console exclusive damn
I want a Cuphead and Below release date.
So far, Microsoft said Xbox One X will launch on November 7, and Forza 7 will hit on October 3.
Show me a fucking release date for Cuphead Now!
We also have a 2 hours of conference lol
My man, Phil Spencer!
Forza 7 hits Oct. 3.
The others are probably the car enthusiasts anyway
Okay, yeah, Forza 7 looks damn good.
Okay. Let’s get to some more interesting stuff!
Lol this was the best game to show right after though. We will watch until the end others wont.
Let me clean my glasses.
This is a beautiful game though. Holy shit.
I suppose. Kinda kills all the momentum they had just built up for the X though. Still, if the kids love it then I’m happy for them
DY-FUCKING-NAMIC PUDDLES. GIVE ME 100 COPIES NOW.
Cars a big even among gamers. This just appeals to another crowd
That view is fucking horrifying.
I would expect Forza 7 to run at 60fps. If it didn’t, that would be a massive disappointment.
It does look sexy af, though.
It’s really for hardcore car enthusiasts, James.
I don’t understand the point of it, but Microsoft is damn near synonymous with racing (thanks to Forza).
I’ve never understood the appeal of having a car on stage at a gaming conference.
Are they gonna drive a fucking car on the floor?
That’s what I thought
Not gonna lie, though, that Forza title doesn’t look too impressive to me.
Forza always looked beautiful, so it’s expected that Forza 7 would look beautiful.
I don’t think that’s good enough to show off “what this monster can do.”
THE CAR DIDN’T DESCEND FROM THE CEILING. I WANT A REFUND.
No, John, there’s no price yet.
I’m with John. I think this is Forza 7.
Did they announce price?
Third pillar of Forza? Perhaps? Or just Forza 7?
No, let’s see what the console actually looks like. You know, in person.
Not in rendered screenshots that could easily be misconstrued for Photoshop.
Lol he just said it was
There’s no way this console is smaller than the One S.
Smallest Xbox ever? What?
Time for the console to descend from the ceiling!
Where are my tech nerds at? This console sounds pretty damn powerful.
Shit is getting real
Let’s see what the console actually looks like, in fucking person.
Stop playing, Microsoft. I want to see Spencer come out with the console in hand, the same way Andrew House, Sony’s CEO, did when the PS4 was announced.
LIQUID COOLED VAPOR CHAMBER! OH. SHIT.
“We crafted it to perfection! It, umm, also looks like the Xbox One S. But, PERFECTION!”
And all Xbox One and One S games and accessories will work with Xbox One X.
ISOTROPIC FILTERING. THANK GOODNESS.
Native (or true) 4K gaming, 8 million pixels, HDR, a wide color gamut, and 4K UHD Blu-Ray. Nice.
You sure as shit better hope that all Xbox One games work with Xbox One X. Lol.
Also, are there going to be different storage configurations? When the Xbox One S was announced last year, it had three storage configurations: 2TB, 1TB, and 500GB. Will the Xbox One X feature a similar configuration model, or will they all be standard 1TB hard drives?
So Much Power: The Xbox One X eXperience
November is pretty soon, but we knew it was supposed to release Fall 2017.
Still pretty quiet about the price.
Xbox One X, the most powerful console ever made.
November 7th. Worldwide.
I love Spencer’s swagger, his confidence, his demeanor.
This man knows what he’s talking about and speaks so smoothly. Damn, he’s good!
Nope! Xbox One X!
In all seriousness, was that the Scorpio or the One S?
It looked like another iteration of the S.
Oh hey Crackdown. It’s been a while.
IT’S OVER 9000!
Oh, my God… So much power!
The Xbox One S! I mean, S-corpio!
I lied — wireframe cars are the future.
Wireframe eyeballs are the future.
ALL DA FLOPS!
SO MANY FLOPS!
THE SIX TERAFLOPS!
It all leads to this… 4K Ultra HD.
Great, thanks, Microsoft. What does that mean to people who don’t have 4K TV’s because, you know, good, quality ones are expensive af.
Look at all ‘dem chips!
Looks like we’re opening up with a montage of resolutions.
And we’re underway.
It certainly establishes it as a premium box, whether or not the specs actually hold up to the price will be a different story.
Pricing speculation has already happened.
Industry veteran Geoff Keighley claims Scorpio is $499.
What do you guys think? Is that the price that’s going to allow Microsoft to be more or less competitive?
Good morning! It is roughly 6:30 in the morning here in Aus and I personally couldn’t be more excited to pay at least $699 koala dollars for the Scorpio.
T-minus five minutes until Microsoft’s conference.
Less than 10 minutes! Excited for some hardware information, of course, but let’s hope for some sweet surprises!
About thirty minutes until the show! Who else can’t wait to buy a $999.99 Scorpion Box?!