E3 2015 is absolutely packed with press conferences from both console manufacturers and third-party publishers, including dedicated events from Bethesda and Square Enix. This year, Microsoft is hoping to win over audiences with not just its traditional show, but also some special incentives for a select group of fans.
The Xbox press conference, “Xbox: Game On,” begins on June 15 at 12:30 EST, and will be available for viewing on Spike TV, as well as the official Xbox website and through Xbox consoles and Windows Phone.
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While details of the show are understandably limited so far, Xbox chief Phil Spencer promised last month that the focus would be more on first-party releases than in the past. Activision has typically partnered with Microsoft for exclusive Call of Duty reveals during E3, so it’s a reasonably safe bet that there will still be some third-party games shown off this year. Developers from Crystal Dynamics are also expected to join Larry Hryb’s “Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3” show, so there is a very good chance that we will see new footage from Rise of the Tomb Raider, which is launching later this year as an Xbox exclusive.
Some Xbox fans in or near Los Angeles will also get a chance to win a ticket to the Xbox FanFest, a 500-person event running from Sunday, June 14 until Thursday, June 18. A ticket not only includes access to the Xbox press conference, but also a chance to play upcoming Xbox games and meet developers. To be invited to the event, you must be 21 or older and have an Xbox Live account. Tickets will be distributed in person on Sunday, June 14 on a first come, first serve basis, so don’t plan your trip around it unless you’re willing to show up early and camp out. The exact time and location has not yet been announced.
Xbox FanFest is much bigger than events from Microsoft’s past E3 shows, but the company did host a Sunset Overdrive event last year at the Century City Microsoft store, which included a chance to meet members of Insomniac Games and even grab a can of the mutant-creating Overcharge Delirium XT energy drink. If you’re curious enough to try it, individual cans of the stuff are still being sold as collector’s items (possible side effects include fourth-wall-breaking witticisms and zombification)