Microsoft held their Xbox press conference this morning in Cologne, Germany for Gamescom 2014 and came prepared with lots of big news for Xbox One gamers. In addition to a few exclusives – including Rise of the Tomb Raider and Space Engineers – and new trailers and Xbox One bundles, they also had some information on betas for some of the console’s hottest late 2014 and 2015 releases.
Below is information on the upcoming Xbox One betas for Turtle Rock Studios’ recently delayed Evolve (which just held a closed alpha), and the exclusive Fable Legends from Lionhead and Halo 5: Guardians from 343 Industries.
Here’s the official which reveals that the multiplayer Fable Legends beta (a co-op game) comes October 16, 2014. The multiplayer beta for Halo 5 begins December 29, 2014 and runs for three weeks. It will include multiple maps and modes. The open beta for Evolve, the only multi-platform release of the three, begins in January 2015. Read on for game details and beautiful screenshot galleries for each.
Fable Legends (Lionhead Studios, Microsoft Studios)
“Fable Legends” innovates on the franchise’s well-loved world of magic, humour and high adventure, delivering a unique experience that is new and vibrant, yet feels familiar to longtime fans. Featuring stunning visuals brought to life by Xbox One and Unreal Engine 4, “Fable Legends” lets friends team up and play cooperatively in groups of up to four Heroes, each with their own distinct personalities and play style. Alternatively, players may choose to become the Villain and mastermind battles from on high. Sign up to register interest in the multiplayer beta today at FableLegends.com. The multiplayer beta begins Oct. 16, 2014 and will expand in the coming weeks and months.
Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios)
Available from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015. Owners of “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” will be among the first to experience a new generation of “Halo” multiplayer in the “Halo 5: Guardians” Multiplayer Beta. Focusing on the arena multiplayer legacy that the franchise is known for, the Beta will feature a multitude of maps, several game types, as well as weapons and armor sets to customize your Spartan, all running on dedicated servers for the best multiplayer experience. Gear up for the Beta by unlocking exclusive content in “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” and “Halo: Nightfall,” which will carry over into “Halo 5: Guardians” when it launches in 2015.
Evolve (Turtle Rock Studios, 2K)
From Turtle Rock Studios, creators of “Left 4 Dead,” comes “Evolve,” the next generation of multiplayer shooters where four Hunters face off against a single, player-controlled Monster in adrenaline-pumping four-versus-one matches. Play as one of four Hunter classes (Trapper, Support, Assault and Medic) and team up to take down the beast, or choose to play as the Monster and use savage abilities and an animalistic sense to kill your human enemies on the planet Shear, where flora and fauna act as an adversary to human and monster alike. Level up to unlock new Hunter or Monster characters as well as upgrades, skins and perks. Earn your infamy on the leaderboards and become the apex predator. Play the open beta in January 2015, only on Xbox One.
Which of the three titles are you most excited for?
Evolve releases for PC, PS4, Xbox One on February 10, 2014.
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