Boom, it is that time of year again when all gamers turn their eyes to the US and E3 2019, but this year has certain extra special focus from me and all my attention is on Xbox. With Sony taking a year off from E3, Microsoft and Xbox have all the stage they could want to showcase everything they have been working on for the last two years really and following their excellent 2018 E3 Briefing where they revealed all the new studios they had acquired to hopefully work on Xbox exclusives, well, this year’s briefing should be something special.
Personally I am very much hyped to see more of HALO: Infinite and Gears of War 5 as well as the possible reveal of Fable IV and other exclusives for Xbox One, not to mention the tease or announcement of the next gen Xbox console. Below you will find all the trailers and news from the briefing including my own final thoughts.
Kicking things off with the Xbox Game Studios logo taking front and centre and going straight into the first trailer of the night for ‘The Outer Worlds’ from Obsidian Software releasing October 25th this year.
Next up is Ninja Theory, and Xbox clearly setting the tone of the night by leading with developers from Microsoft Studios showcasing the new games they are working on. Here Ninja Theory reveal what they have working on since they were acquired by Microsoft. That game is ‘Bleeding Edge’ with a technical alpha kicking off in July 2019.
Next we have the long anticipated sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest with ‘Ori and the Will of the Wisps’ releasing February 11th 2020.
Next up from the creators of Minecraft comes what looks like a full action adventure set in a Minecraft world with RPG elements to boot too, the game is ‘MINECRAFT Dungeons’ and is releasing Spring 2020.
Next Phil Spencer, Head Deity of all things Xbox takes to the stage. Phil is talking about the future of Xbox alongside the global growth of the video game community and is all about playing the games you want, anyway you want and that gaming is for everyone however and with whomever they want to game with. The big news…they will be revealing the next Xbox Console today!
EA brings a new trailer for Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, which after watching EA Play yesterday, left me rather underwhelmed. Available to pre-order now, it will be releasing on November 15th 2019.
Next the world premier of a brand new horror game ‘Blair Witch’ releasing August 30th.
Wow huge surprise here as Xbox is showing a brand new ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ story trailer, and it is looking incredible. Sadly it was a pre-rendered trailer but it certainly has me hyped up for this game and especially as Keanu Reeves appears in the trailer….and then on the dam stage to lead the presentation, I mean…holy sh*t balls!! The bonus is we also get a release date of….April 16th 2020!!
Surprising to some but not me as Battletoads is back and all 2019afied with a new game releasing on Games Pass but no date as yet.
A look at some [email protected] titles coming soon, highlighting Xbox commitment to supporting indie games and developers with some very interesting looking titles for Xbox as well as a presentation on Xbox Games Pass for console and PC along with the reveal of some new titles added today including METRO Exodus which is a very recent title.
Focus was really on the launch of the Games Pass for PC which launched its beta today, announcing that alongside HALO Reach Remaster when it launches, but the entire HALO Master Chief Collection will be available for the first time on PC.
Next up is an absolutely insanely photo realistic trailer for ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’
Age of Empires Definitive Edition announced for this fall, coming to Windows PC with the PC Games Pass…sadly not Xbox One consoles…so…boooo!!
Loving this trailer for Wasteland 3, great humour. It’s a cold war in Colorado. Join the Rangers, see exotic lands, and meet “interesting” people.
Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios takes to the stage to talk about their progress and all the new things the various teams are working on and also announcing that Double Fine Productions has now been acquired which is….insane considering their back catalogue of titles they have made, Tim Schafer comes on stage and pretty much a standing ovation for this icon of video gamest to announce ‘Pyschonauts 2’
We have a new LEGO Star Wars Game next with a trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ which will feature all nine of the big screen Star Wars film saga!!!
Well I did not see this coming as now we have a brand new Dragon Ball game in ‘Dragon Ball Project Z’ for early 2020.
The tone shifts to a very grown up and dark trailer for a game seemingly based on a man stuck in a time loop…and it looks amazing. That game is ’12 Minutes’.
Way to the Woods is up next and the animation and music is just stunning by itself and is already on my need to play list in 2020. A Reminder that all the games above from Xbox Game Studios including this one, will come to Xbox Games Pass on day of release!
Gears of War 5 gets an immediate reaction from the studio audience and it is a stunning trailer and choice of musical track. Trailer leads into a on stage presentation by studio head who announces that Gears 5 will release on September 10th, with four day early access with the Ultimate Edition which if you are a subscriber to Games Pass Ultimate, you will also have access too. Now, this is a worrying use of Early Access to games and I am not sure I am a fan of it!
We also get a look at new game mode for Gears 5, Escape!
Xbox hardware time now as the new redesigned Series 2 Elite Controller is showcased in a new trailer, which will also work on both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One Consoles. It has really remade based on player feedback with new grips, longer battery life and is available to pre-order now in the US.
Dying Light 2 is up now, as a fan of the first game I have been chomping at the bit for more information on this game, this could be something truly special when it launches
Back into the drivers seat as Forza Horizon 4 goes…well….all….LEGO??!! Will release this week for the game!
Gears of War PoP is up next, what was thought to be just a parody trailer at E3 2018, now has a new trailer revealing it to be a mobile game for iOS and Android devices.
State of Decay 2 continues to get new content with a brand new story expansion called ‘HeartLand’ releasing today!
The World Premiers just keep coming, this time with a title from SEGA appearing for the first time in the West on Xbox and cross-play with Windows 10 PC and will be FREE to Play as ‘Phantasy Star Online 2’ releasing early 2020.
*Update – SEGA have just confirmed that the above is a US only release for 2020 at this time with no date if at all for a UK or EU release….so, that kinda really sucks! *
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Crossfire X is coming to Xbox as a ‘coming to console first’ exclusive in 2020!
Bandai Namco revealing their new title with a real Final Fantasy feel to it, Tales of Arise will release in 2020.
Borderlands 3 time now with a new trailer, like fans need to be convinced to buy this, but the more I see it the more I NEED this game in my Xbox come September!! Timing is also great as the ‘Handsome Jack Collection’ lands on Xbox Games Pass today bringing Borderlands 2 and Borderlands the Pre-prequel’ for the first time to the pass.
We end with reveal of the leaked Borderlands 2 DLC has finally happened and can downloaded for free today!
Another confirmation of a game that leaked yesterday, as the collaboration between the creator of Game of Thrones himself, George RR Martin and Fromsoftware legend Hidetaka Miyazaki called Elden Ring, releasing for Xbox One and PC alone
Uncle Phil Spencer is back on stage on a night when they have announced 60 games and now we have their own take on their Cloud streaming service ‘Project X Cloud’. It will have two modes, Console Streaming turning the Xbox One console into a “free” streaming machine. But now we have the big reveal……the next Xbox looks incredible but just like the Xbox One X, no console name as yet or a look at the finished product, instead its the reveal that it is called Project Scarlett, which has been teased in all the pre E3 marketing by Xbox in hidden codes btw. The news is, Project Scarlett will launch in time for Christmas 2020….with HALO: Infinite!
This story trailer is our firs real look at HALO: Infinite, 343 Industries has been teasing that this is a reboot for how the HALO Series will play going forward with a trailer showing a stranded UNSC Pelican Pilot lost in space….who finds and recovers….the Master Chief who has been adrift in space and is holding Cortana’s old containment chip! Goosebumps baby..all I can say…Goosebumps!!!
and that is a wrap…..
Blown away, just what an incredible showcase to kick off E3 2019 and how bright is the Xbox Universe right now. Over 60 titles shown tonight, reveal of the next gen Xbox which will no doubt have a full reveal at E3 2020 and launching as all Xbox Consoles should launch, with HALO Infinite Holidays 2020 in time for Christmas. We had a good few surprises such as that instant must watch moment as Xbox given the opportunity to reveal Keanu Reeves as not only starring in Cyberpunk 2077 but also taking to the stage to announce its release date and yeah, i will buy that game just because he is in it, like I would not have before but dam its not negotiable now!
As for the Xbox Line up, Xbox Games Studios is just becoming a real force of nature in gaming and adding Double Fine Productions is simply icing on the cake. So many amazing first party games which has always been the Achilles heel for Xbox as a platform, have been announced and the Xbox Games Pass looks like a must have, including the new Xbox Ultimate Games Pass. The next gen Xbox Console is sounding insanely powerful and is clearly designed to deliver quite possibly the most powerful console ever, until we hear what Sony are doing, but my word…start putting your money under your mattress right now people in time for Holiday 2020.
Sadly no Fable IV, which is disappointing but then, with the next gen console scheduled for next year along with HALO Infinite, it would not be a surprise to see it announced at the next Xbox E3 briefing.
I am so hyped for all things Xbox right now, genuinely feeling a real sense of pride and joy for what they have managed to achieve in the past two years alone with the direction to delivering the best games possible for everyone truly once again becoming their mission statement, which they had quite frankly lost with the original Xbox One release mess but now certainly back on track. Many titles revealed were 2020 releases but that is not really an issue with so much already out this year it simply makes sense to spread them out a bit more, especially the heavy hitters like Cyberpunk 2077.
This was definitely a win for Microsoft and Xbox and not just because PlayStation is skipping E3 this year so has the stage to themselves, but because they just have finally and truly got their act together and boy….is the future all Green!