X15 Media Showcase to Bring the Best of Xbox One to You

Plus gamescom 2015 highlights.

I was this close to calling this one “X15 Media Showcase Gonna Give It To Ya’,” but I was afraid the message might get lost somewhere.

In any case, Xbox has had a busy week over in Germany for gamescom 2015. So before getting to the big news (at least, big if you’re going to be in Toronto later this month), here are a few highlights.

First up, there is the announcement of a third season of content for the Xbox One-exclusive combo-driven fighting game, Killer Instinct. And as part of that third season is a most unexpected — yet all-too fitting — new addition to the roster:

Hot on the heels of the recently-released Rare Replay that brought the brand back into the spotlight comes one mad, bad, and crazy toad — Battletoad, that is, as Rash makes the leap from Ragnarok World to take on whatever the evil corporation UltraTech has to throw at him. At the end of the trailer, Rash notes that “these cameos are killer.” Simple wordplay on the game’s title, or a hint that the toad-ally tubular trio are ready to take on a starring role again? You be the judge.

The third season doesn’t hit until March 2016, but if you’ve bought either Rare Replay or any prior Killer Instinct content, you can get mad, bad, and crazy yourself until September 8th with a sneak preview.

Next up: Things have been quiet with the focus of my #2 moment from the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference… that is, until now.

Scalebound, or what I called a cross between Mega Man and How to Train Your Dragon, is on its way towards a 2016 release from PlatinumGames and director Hideki Kamiya.

In Scalebound, you will experience the journey of a young loner named Drew, who is pulled into the strange, beautiful, and dangerous world of Draconis – where he is bonded to a fearsome and noble dragon, Thuban, the last of his kind. These two lone-wolf heroes, thrown together by fate, must learn to fight as one to defeat the powerful enemies that threaten Draconis, Earth, and a vast universe of parallel worlds.

It is in this Xbox One-exclusive title that you’ll work with your ferocious companion to take down monsters and armies alike as you explore the world of Draconis. What’s more, you can customize your dragon, starting with such shapes as winged serpents, four legged tanks, and more and evolving their appearance, as well as unique attacks and abilities.

On top of all that, there’s also a four-player co-op mode that Platinum is keeping details under wraps on for now. Maybe you can even form your own “Riders of Berk Draconis”?

Last on my list of gamescom highlights is that Xbox One backwards compatibility is coming in November. Over 100 Xbox 360 titles from such companies as 2K, Bandai Namco Games, Bethesda, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, Koei Tecmo Games, Majesco, SEGA, Square Enix, Ubisoft, and Warner Bros. will be available to play from the comfort of your current-generation console, complete with all the new features it provides.

For more details on these announcements and more (including Mafia III, Crackdown 3, and Halo Wars 2) from Xbox at gamescom 2015, just click here.

Now for the headline news…

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From 6 to 11pm local time on Wednesday, August 19th, Xbox fans will have the opportunity to converge and gather at the Sound Academy at 11 Polson St. for the X15 Media Showcase. Those who can’t make it all the way there will find a shuttle service available starting at 5:45pm to and from Union Station.

And in case you weren’t sure? Yes, this is for the general public.

With the promise of more than 100 consoles and over 30 developers, there will unquestionably be a lot to see there. There are no exact specifics on the lineup, but I’m told that “all our big upcoming titles like Halo, Forza, Tomb Raider, and Fable” will be there, as well as some “great” third party and ID@Xbox titles. Among the developers there will be some for Rare Replay, so it seems likely that will be on hand for anyone to try out as well.

And who knows? Maybe some cool stuff announced at gamescom 2015 will be there; if not some dragon-riding, maybe there will at least be a chance to get mad, bad, and crazy?

That last bit is pretty much conjecture on my part, but either way, it isn’t to be missed.

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