This year at E3 has certainly kicked off with a bang regarding the Xbox Conference that was hosted today at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. For those who missed it, or just wanted a refresher course, here is a complete list of all that was revealed during the conference.
The Xbox Conference started off with a quick trailer for The Outer Worlds, a sci-fi game being developed by beloved Obsidian Entertainment (best known for developing Fallout: New Vegas). The trailer delved into a world named Halcyon, that has been completely overrun by corporations. It is up to the player to decide their own path and fight for freedom, or sell out. The Outer Worlds will release on October 25, 2019.
Next up was Bleeding Edge, a colorful, online melee game with their technical alpha going live July 27th, 2019. This was followed by the charming Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which will be released February 11, 2020. The final trailer of the opening sequence was for Minecraft Dungeons, a dungeon crawling adventure game in the classic Minecraft art style.
Once the opening trailers had been revealed, Phil Spencer, the Executive Vice-President of Gaming at Microsoft, said a few words to get the audience and viewers at home pumped up for all that would be revealed during the Xbox Conference.
Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order made its trailer debut with a fun looking campaign, as well as a release date of November 15th, 2019. The survival thriller game, Blair Witch, will also be coming to the Xbox on August 30th, 2019, for all you horror fans out there.
One of the highlights of the show was the extended look at Cyberpunk 2077, which showcased more of the exciting plot of the game, as well as the April 16, 2020 release date. Oh, and Keanu Reeves has been motion captured into the game, and even made a cameo at the conference, where he imparted some truly inspiring words, and complimented a random audience member cause he’s just that swell of a fella.
Up next was Spiritfarer, a charming title that allows you to play as a seafaring adventurer on their lovely houseboat. Battletoads also made a dynamic entrance in their revival game coming to the Xbox sometime soon! The final game to be revealed in this block of trailers was The Legend of Wright. Its stylization is centered around traversing through the pages of some kid’s notebook as you fight evil and explore new, sketched world of wonders.
The heavily anticipated Xbox Game Pass will feature countless games to be made available to your Xbox, such as Metro Exodus, Hollowknight, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Batman: Arkham Knight. The Xbox Game Pass for PC will also have a wide array of games to download and play, including the entire Halo Master Chief Collection! The beta for the Xbox Game Pass starts today, with the PC pass available for $9.99 a month, and the whole collection (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Live Gold pass) available for only $14.99 a month.
Some of the titles that will be included in the Xbox Game Pass are: Pathologic 2, Star Renegades, Afterparty, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, The Good Life, Cross Code, Creature in the Well, Killer Queen Black, Riverbond, Unto the End, Blazing Chrome, Felix the Reaper, UnderMine, Supermarket Shriek, Secret Neighbor, Ikenfell, The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game, Night Call, and Totem Teller.
Three trailers were shown featuring the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator (which is visually stunning and looks very relaxing), Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, and Wasteland 3. Once they were done, Matt Booty, the Head of Microsoft Studios, came out to say a few words regarding the acquiring of Double Fine Productions.
Due to the addition of Double Fine Productions to Xbox Game Studios, the Psychonauts 2 trailer was revealed during the Xbox Conference! It looks as fun and appealing as ever with its kooky character design and world building.
Next, the audience was shown the teaser for Lego Star Wars: Skywalker Saga. The game will feature all nine movies in one game, and will release in 2020. The extreme Dragon Ball Project Z was revealed to be Dragon Ball Kakarot, and will also be released sometime in 2020. Soon after, the quiet thriller about a man stuck in a time loop named 12 Minutes, was showcased. The delightful-looking Way to the Woods is also coming to the Xbox in 2020.
One of the more intense reveals was that of Gears of War 5, which will be released September 10, 2019. In the months leading up to the game coming out, there will be a multiplayer tech test and horde mode available for players to get a feel for the tone and gameplay of Gears of War 5. Those who preorder will have access to the Terminator Dark Fate character pack, allowing you to play as the Terminator himself!
Many other games had teasers and trailers devoted to them, such as Dying Light 2, State of Decay 2: Heartland, Phantasy Star Online 2 (which was previously unavailable in the west), Crossfire X, Tales of Arise, and the heavily anticipated Borderlands 3. Elden Ring, the game infamously being created by George R.R. Martin (the writer of the hit Game of Thrones book series) and Bandai Namco was also revealed at the end.
Finally, it was time to hear about the big news that everyone had been waiting the entire Xbox Conference for: the next Microsoft console in development. Project Scarlett was announced to be ready to be sold by the holidays of 2020. Project Scarlett is said to be over four times as powerful as the Xbox One X, and can run games up to 120 frames per second! There is no news about the pricing of the machine, or even what it will look like.
What better game to launch with the newest Xbox console than Halo Infinite, the latest in the long line of the classic Halo franchise? Halo Infinite will be released alongside Project Scarlett in the holiday season of 2020.
That was all for the E3 Xbox Conference of 2019! There were some real winners, and Keanu Reeves even graced us gamers with his presence! For more information regarding the E3 Conferences as they’re showcased, be sure to follow Mammoth Gamer news!