Gamescom 2017 Recap: Microsoft

Gamescom is upon us, the annual trade fair for video games held annually at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. With E3 firmly in the rear-view mirror, Gamescom is the next big event where we can get new announcements, reveals, and the usual fanfare about each and every console/PC game.

This year starts off with Microsoft’s press conference, and what better place to announce your plans than the largest gaming convention for gamers in Europe?

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Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

I was definitely a fan of the name, Project Scorpio, rather than the generic Xbox One X, and Microsoft appears to agree. The name is making a comeback as a special edition of the “world’s most powerful console” later this year, with special detailing and a vertical stand to make it stand out. Project Scorpio is featured prominently in green on both console and controller, and it is one sexy beast for sure.

Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Console

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Minecraft is a phenomenon and what better way to tap into the millions of fans than an exclusive and really awesome looking Xbox One S? A 1TB console that looks like it came straight out of the Minecraft world, it also has a perfect Creeper controller, Minecraft system sounds, a vertical stand, and a transparent underside featuring Redstone circuits! There’s also a Minecraft pig inspired controller as well, perfect for Minecraft fans.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

Releasing on October 27, we got yet another look at the latest Assassin’s Creed. Set in Ancient Egypt, you simply cannot miss the distinct imagery of the great civilization, now made better with classic Assassin’s Creed combat. Although the background song in the trailer was an…interesting choice, we are still looking forward to this one for sure.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

October 10 will be when you can venture back into the world of Middle-Earth, and Shadow of War has plenty of monsters for Talion to combat and dominate. It already looks like a significant upgrade on the original, and who doesn’t want to fight the Balrog?

Jurassic World Evolution

Yay more park simulators! Harkening back to the early 2000s when Rollercoaster Tycoon and other Tycoon games were aplenty, developer Frontier Developments (Elite: Dangerous) is bringing the 2015 Jurassic World to consoles and PC as a park management game in summer 2018, possibly the same time as the next movie. Create your own dinosaur-friendly park, and let all hell break loose!

ReCore Definitive Edition


Ah, ReCore, the game that promised much but gave so little. The new Definitive Edition comes with additional content, most notably the missing fifth companion bot, a new quest, and remastered graphics. In a positive note, owners of the original ReCore will have access to this new version at no extra cost.

World of Tanks

Wargaming’s aptly named World of Tanks will be getting an Xbox One X update in terms of a graphical upgrade. If you have played any World games before, you already know what to expect, since World of Tanks has already been on the Xbox One for some time now.

ID @ XBOX Showcase

The Xbox ecosystem has always been pretty friendly for indie developers, and Microsoft is going all out to make sure we knew that back at E3. With this latest highlight reel, we get a further look at some of these indies coming to your Xbox, including recent released Tacoma, upcoming and likely timed exclusive Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and the highly anticipated Cuphead.

There you have it, Microsoft’s Gamescom showcase summarised in a nutshell. Do check back regularly over the next few days as we bring you more coverage of Gamescom 2017!

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