Microsoft’s Xbox E3 2019 press conference focused on a number of big game reveals for both Xbox One and PC. Along with a few big surprises, Microsoft also teased the next-generation console, dubbed Project Scarlett. Here’s a peek at the five biggest reveals from this year’s Xbox E3 press conference.
15. Blair Witch
One of the first surprises for the night was the reveal of a game based on the Blair Witch. The developers behind Layers of Fear 2 are developing the game as a found footage survival game that may feel a lot like Outlast. The genre has grown in popularity in recent years and attaching movie IPs to games seems to help them sell.
14. Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft Dungeons appears to be a combination of Minecraft’s art-style with the gameplay of an action-RPG game like Diablo. The game features 4-player co-op local and online and was advertised for multiple platforms, so it’s not an Xbox exclusive.
Microsoft announced at least year’s E3 event it was resurrecting Battletoads from meme status. At this year’s E3 presentation, we finally got a look at how the game will play. It appears to stay true to the original’s beat ’em up style and it’s certainly one of the highlights of Microsoft’s E3 presentation.
12. Tales of Arise
Bandai Namco brought a few surprises to Microsoft’s E3 press conference. First up is a new game in the Tales series called Tales of Arise. The game is releasing in 2020 and will be the first in the series since Tales of Berseria released in 2016. It’s kind of surprising to see these games debut at Microsoft’s press conference, but remember; Sony backed out of E3 this year in favor of its own PlayStation Experience coming next year.
11. Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2 has been available in Asia since 2012, with Western fans begging for a release date. Sega teamed up with Microsoft to bring PSO2 to Xbox One some time next year. The trailer footage we saw was pretty brief and sparse on information, but PSO 2 is finally getting a Western release.
10. Bleeding Edge
Bleeding Edge is the new game from Ninja Theory, yet another studio snapped up in a Microsoft acquisition last year. The gameplay shown off in the trailer really resembles Gearbox’s failed multiplayer game, Battleborn. The game appears to be multiplayer with emphasis on classes like Overwatch, but there’s not a lot you can tell about it from the trailer.
9. Psychonauts 2
As part of the Psychonauts 2 announcement, Microsoft announced it has acquired Double Fine. Double Fine, inXile, and Obsidian are now all under Microsoft’s publishing roof. Along with that announcement, a new trailer for Psychonauts 2 was revealed to give us a taste of what’s coming.
8. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
We’ve known that Respawn Entertainment is working on Jedi: Fallen Order from EA’s press conference, but we got more trailer footage at Microsoft’s show. The footage is all quick clips taken from the game without a lot of gameplay, so we’ll keep our expectations reserved for this one. Still cool to see giant AT-ATs stomping around the forest, though.
7. CrossFire X
The trailer for Crossfire X appears to showcase mercenaries on the job doing mercenary things. Microsoft spent precious little time introducing this game and instead let the trailer speak for itself. The result is a bunch of macho dudes riding around on planes and stuff blowing up. If anything, it looks like an attempt to repackage Call of Duty as something else.
6. Dying Light 2
The incredible parkour traversal system introduced in Dying Light is back in its sequel. This time players will be flitting across skyscrapers in a ruined city that appears to be in a more tropical setting. The night time during the game is more deadly than ever, with new kinds of special infected to encounter.
5. The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment’s newest RPG was showcased at Microsoft’s press conference after they were snapped up by the tech giant. The game appears to hearken back to Fallout: New Vegas, which has become a cult classic among RPG gamers. Fans of Fallout have been begging Bethesda to let Obsidian have another crack at the Fallout universe since New Vegas. Now it looks like Obsidian is giving fans what they want without Bethesda.
The Outer Worlds appears to be a unique combination of Fallout and BioShock that will be the foundation for a brand-new universe to explore.
4. Halo Infinite
Microsoft closed the show with the Halo Infinite reveal. It will be a Project Scarlett launch game and is expected to arrive sometime in 2020. The trailer showcases a bleak end to the halo and how events left off in Halo 5. It’s no surprise that Microsoft is banking on the newest Halo game being a console seller.
3. Gears 5
Microsoft devoted a good bit of its E3 press conference to Gears 5 footage. That’s understandable, considering it’s likely to be the last Xbox One exclusive title before Project Scarlett is released. Gears 5 features a new mode called Escape that offers three-person co-op through entirely new Horde Mode levels. While it wasn’t explicitly announced as having couch co-op, that does seem to be the case.
2. Elden Ring
After the end of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin revealed he is working with a Japanese studio on a game. Many fans hoped the unnamed studio would be From Software, creators of Dark Souls and Bloodborne. That expectation turned out to be true as the trailer for Elden Ring debuted last night. The game is said to play more like Dark Souls than Sekiro but has no relation to the Dark Souls universe.
1. Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of 2019. Microsoft gave us a gorgeous cinematic look at one of the biggest games of the year. Perhaps the biggest reveal of the night came at the end of the trailer when Keanu Reeves invites players to burn the city with him. Reeves then appeared on stage to address fans. The Cyberpunk 2077 release date is April 16, 2020, so it is still a long way off, unfortunately.
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