We're kicking off this year's Gamescom with the Xbox Press Conference!
Hey everyone, and welcome to Gamescom 2014!
Times below are in Eastern Time.
7:51 - Microsoft is doing a great job with the pre-show. Lots of great trailers setting the tone!
7:54 - Sounds begin gently creeping in from the stage.
8:01 - It's happening! Starting off with a new Assassin's Creed: Unity trailer. Jazzy piano music follows our hero through the city, chaos in the background.
8:03 - A heavily-accented Gregor Bieler takes the stage, speaking German. Is this how it'll stay?
8:04 - Okay, nice intro!...but I'm glad won't be reading subtitles all event. Phil Spencer takes the stage. Quickly announces that the Xbox will be coming to 29 new markets this year.
8:05 - Spencer tells us what to expect. Mentions new bundles will be announced. Big exclusive to announce, and another to premiere.
8:07 - FIFA 15 is coming up! Bundle announced for European fans: €399 Euros for the Xbox One and FIFA 15. Retired professional footballer Peter Schmichael takes the stage and builds a FIFA Ultimate Team with the FIFA presenter.
8:13 - Chris Charla, Director at ID@Xbox, excitedly hops on stage. It's time for a montage!
Games shown: Blues and Bullets, Cuphead, Dungeon of the Endless, Fruit Ninja Kinect 2, Funk of Titans, Ghost of a Tale, Goat Simulator, Gunscape, Massive Chalice, Inside, Knight Squad, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, #IDARB, No Time to Explain, Plague Inc: Evolved, Rivals of Aether, SMITE, SlashDash, Space Engineers, Spectra, Pneuma: Breath of Life, Threes!, The Escapists, Volgarr the Viking, SpeedRunners, and Superhot.
8:16 - They showcase Space Engineers, "first on console" (FTC) with Xbox One. Trailer isn't enthralling, but it gives people an idea what the game's about.
8:18 - Time for a quick Superhot showcase, a game we're excited about. Trailer looks great. Not for everyone, but this is sure to make people ask questions. Also FTC with Xbox One.
8:19 - Moving right along to The Escapists, a neat pixelated prison life sim. More interesting than expected!
8:20 - Announcing that SMITE will be FTC on Xbox One. A good game that deserves to expand its audience!
8:22 - One last title, another FTC on Xbox One: it's the incredibly-atmospheric Below, and it's chilling.
8:24 - Sledgehammer Games takes the stage for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. After their multiplayer reveal yesterday, what's next? A look at the game supposedly focusing on the EXO suits and movement mechanics. A trailer begins, and it's campaign gameplay.
8:26- You're driving first-person, in pursuit of multiple vehicles. Cars are getting absolutely vaporized by lasers from the sky. Game is looking good, but the person playing is making it look a bit boring. Looks like this is meant to introduce people to the game for the first time.
8:30 - Typical CoD "watching things happen while knocked on the ground" perspective for the ending. Hilariously bleeped-out swear word falls flat.
8:33 - Phil Spencer announces new bundle! $499 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare edition, with a 1TB hard drive, a beautiful controller, and of course CoD: AW.
8:34 - They quickly transition to Evolve, showing off the newest map Distillery. Jumping into a match, we're getting a nice look at the game. The announcers are far too excited, but I guess they want to keep energy high.
8:38 - Corporate VP Phil Harrison takes the stage, introducing Darrell Gallagher. He's here to talk about Rise of the Tomb Raider. Release date mentioned: Holiday 2015. Exclusive on Xbox. It's a timed exlusive.
8:41 - Sam Lake is here to walk Quantum Break! Been a while since we've heard much...or anything, really. Looks like a gameplay premiere! This could get interesting. "Time traveling experiment has gone horribly wrong. You're...trying to stop the end of time."
8:43 - Main character can manipulate time. Cover shooting. Time-pausing. Mechanics look properly executed. As nice as it is, there's already a vibe of "let's see him do more".
8:47 - Looks like a major element of gameplay may be exploring these specifically-designed scenes of frozen time. Also, it turns out you're not the only one who can function in these "time stutters". It's not exactly the clearest look overall, but it's a lot more than we've seen before!