E3 2019: Microsoft Xbox Presentation

The Outer Worlds

Obsidian Entertainent’s The Outer Worlds will be out October 25th and we got a fresh look at the game in a new trailer. The trailer showcased more of the space-faring RPG’s beautiful environments and included a few narrative teases. All in all the Borderlands/Fallout hybrid with a wicked sense of humour looks set to impress when it lands this autumn.

Bleeding Edge


Ori and the Will of the Wisps

At last year’s E3 we got a look at the sequel to the fantastic Ori and the Blind Forest, and this year we got a second helping. Moon Studios’ Ori and the Will of the Wisps retains the colourful and spooky aesthetic of its predecessor, but includes some welcome quality of life improvements and promises a revamped skill tree.

Minecraft Dungeons


Jedi: Fallen Order Trailer

EA didn’t get to hog Jedi: Fallen Order all to themselves this E3, as Microsoft produced a second brand new trailer during their E3 2019 press conference. As opposed to the gameplay footage we saw at EA Play, the Microsoft trailer is largely cinematic and only two minutes in length.

Cyberpunk 2077


Cyberpunk 2077
dropped a new cinematic trailer starring none other than Keanu Reeves, who has revealed he’s playing a major role in CD Projekt Red’s upcoming game. Cyberpunk 2077 also now has a release date: April 16th 2020.

The game is an adaptation of the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk 2020. Like its video game counterpart the original features a dystopian near-future where traditional government has collapsed and megacorporations now rule.

Blair Witch

A surprising addition to E3 this year was the announcement of a Blair Witch video game. The first-person horror game appears to be set in the forest where the original Blair Witch horror film took place and the debut trailer centres around a lone man and his dog, who are presumably our protagonists.

An official press release reads: “It’s 1996. A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into and endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woods.”

Battletoads

Microsoft showed-off a little more of the upcoming Battletoads reboot. The three-player side-scrolling beat ‘em up looks very different from the original NES game, which launched nearly 28 years ago.

Spiritfarer


Psychonauts 2


Flight Simulator

A new flight simulator has been announced for Xbox One and PC. Simply entitled Microsoft Flight Simulator, the game utilises satellite data and Microsoft’s Azure engine to produce gorgeous weather effects. In the trailer we saw some of the many aircraft players will be able to pilot, everything from tiny two-seaters to massive Boeing 747’s.

Wasteland 3


Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

Microsoft unveiled the first trailer for Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. Formerly known as Dragon Ball Project Z, Kakarot (Goku’s Saiyan name) will be an action RPG following the events of the Dragon Ball Z anime’s first few seasons. Fans have long craved a Dragon Ball game that was something more than a fighting title, and now it looks like they’re getting it. The trailer shows footage from Goku’s first meeting with Vegeta, as well as his epic battle with Freiza on planet Namek.

Twelve Minutes


Way to the Woods


Phantasy Star Online 2

Sega are finally bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 to the West, over seven years after its original Japanese release. The game will launch in spring 2020 for Xbox One and PC. The western release will support Cross-Play for both platforms, will be free-to-play, and will ship with all content released for the MMORPG thus far.

Gears 5


Gears 5
, which I absolutely refuse to call Gears 5 and shall henceforth refer to as Gears of War 5, got a sizeable amount of screen time at Microsoft’s E3 presentation. Opening with an enigmatic teaser trailer featuring Kait Diaz from Gears of War 4, who seems to have shifted into the role of main protagonist. Gears of War 5 will follow Kait on a very personal journey to find out more about herself, her mother, and her connection to the Locust. The game releases September 10th.

This was followed up with another trailer featuring an all-new game mode: Escape. Escape is a three-player cooperative mode where you infiltrate a Spawn hive, plant a bomb, and then have to fight your way out before it goes off. It looks like a tonne of fun and is exactly the kind of development Gears multiplayer needs now that modes like Horde and Beast are getting a little tired.

Lastly, Microsoft announced a surprise cross-over promotion with the Terminator. Sadly it doesn’t involve Arnie but if you buy and play a copy of Gears of War 5 with a Game Pass membership before September 16th 2019, you will be awarded a T-800 endoskeleton character skin.

Age of Empires II Definitive Edition

The majestic Age of Empires II, made over 20 years ago, is getting an update in the form of a new Definitive Edition. In addition to all existing content, the Definitive Edition will have updated audio, 4K compatibility, and even a brand new expansion campaign: The Last Khans. Sadly this one is a PC only release, but it’s great to see Ensemble Studios’ RTS classic getting a bit of love.

Dying Light 2

Techland gave us our first real look at Dying Light 2 during Microsoft’s E3 press conference too. The sequel to 2015’s zombie parkour adventure will focus heavily on story and choice, with the trailer introducing us to our protagonist Aidan Caldwell and the many factions he will have to deal with throughout the course of the game. Decisions Aidan makes will have consequences that affect the world and how the story develops.

Forza Horizon 4 Lego DLC


New Xbox Elite Controller

Microsoft’s second series of Elite wireless Xbox controllers is landing November 4th, complete with upgraded features and an upgraded price tag. The $179.99 unit comes with a collection of new and upgraded components including: a rechargeable battery, Bluetooth connectivity, adjustable-tension thumbsticks, a rubberized grip, redesigned bumpers, and three custom profiles.

Elden Ring

Dark Fantasy RPG Elden Ring was officially announced at E3 2019 too. A collaboration between the world’s two foremost sadists: Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin, the reveal trailer for Elden Ring was oozing with the bleak and foreboding atmosphere that FromSoftware is known for. In a recent press release, the game’s creators had the following to say:

Miyazaki – “Collaborating with George R.R. Martin to create the Elden Ring mythos has been a genuinely delightful experience and a source of wonderful inspiration. The team is working hard to ensure that the world of Elden Ring will be a fascinating place for players to explore, filled with peril and wonder from its furthest reaches to its lowest depths. This is a FromSoftware title through and through, rich in fantasy and RPG action. We sincerely hope you look forward to it.”

Martin – “Building the world of Elden Ring with Miyazaki-san and his team was a treat! The graphics, mythos, and action-RPG gameplay will deliver an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait for people to see what Elden Ring has in store for them.”

Project Scarlett

The biggest reveal of Microsoft’s press conference, perhaps even the biggest reveal of E3 2019, was Project Scarlett – the next generation of Xbox console. In a far cry from the E3 announcement of the Xbox One, Phil Spencer stated that the console “should be optimized for one thing and one thing only: gaming.”

Project Scarlett is currently being developed by the same team responsible for the Xbox One X (AKA Project Scorpio). The promotional video accompanying the announcement goes through some of Project Scarlett’s tech and promises some pretty impressive specs.

New Borderlands 3 trailer

Gearbox and 2K were also at Microsoft’s presentation and graced Borderlands fans with another new trailer. This time focussing on Borderlands 3’s new team of Vault Hunters and the upcoming DLC for Borderlands 2 that will bridge the gap between the two games.

Halo Infinite

Microsoft’s E3 press conference brought with it a taste of the Halo franchise’s latest instalment. Fans worldwide have been eagerly waiting for a closer look at Halo Infinite and today they got it in the form of a six minute trailer cunningly titled Discover Hope, a nod to the breath-taking live-action Halo: Reach trailer Deliver Hope. This new trailer wasn’t live-action however, it was fully rendered in 343’s new Slipspace Engine – specially developed for Halo Infinite. The trailer looked stunning, and though it didn’t give away much it certainly made one thing clear: Chief is back in a big way.

Halo Infinite is set for a Holiday 2020 release window and has been confirmed as a launch title for Xbox Project Scarlett.

Tales of Arise

What’s an E3 press conference without a little JRPG goodness? Enter Tales of Arise, the latest entry in Bandai Namco’s long-running Tales series. Word of the game’s development leaked prior to E3 but during Microsoft’s presentation we were treated to an announcement trailer.

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