During a special two-hour live episode of Inside Xbox, Microsoft made a bunch of exciting announcements including a first-look at Crackdown 3’s multiplayer mode, content from Just Cause 4, Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2.
The Xbox One X enhancements were put on full display with a new trailer for Battlefield V and enhanced versions Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and LIGHTNING RETURNS: Final Fantasy XIII are confirmed for the Xbox back catalogue. Civilization Revolution which already resides in Xbox’s back catalogue will also receive an enhancement, going live Nov 13.
More information about the hotly-anticipated Kingdom Hearts III was announced, with Winnie the Pooh’s return being revealed in a brand new trailer.
Microsoft announced that they’re releasing their Xbox Adaptive Controller into 17 new markets including Argentina, Hong Kong, and Japan, giving gamers more access to gaming. This is combined with keyboard and mouse support, working along with Razer to ship an exclusively designed Xbox keyboard and mouse product, announced at CES in January.
Microsoft also unveiled their #givewithXbox holiday campaign to raise money for Child’s Play, Gamers Outreach, SpecialEffect and Operation Supply Drop. Starting today and ending December 9, Xbox will donate $5 USD of Xbox products, up to $1 million, for every photo shared on social media about what gaming together means using the hashtag #givewithXbox.
The biggest news of the day was Microsoft’s acquisition of Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment. Microsoft’s relationship with Obsidian is well-documented with their relationship fostering the release of the Xbox exclusive Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. inXile Entertainment is best known for their work on Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera, and the upcoming Wasteland 3 title.
“While they do share a common heritage, the two creative teams at Obsidian and inXile are very different. They will continue to operate autonomously with their unique talents, IP and expertise.”
Xbox currently have a 1-month subscription of their Xbox Game Pass going for $1, along with the Black Friday holiday deals coming shortly.