Phew! It’s not even officially E3 yet but we already got some pretty significant announcements coming out of the wazoo!
A new Xbox, tons of games had their release dates revealed and the future of video gaming seems to be headed into the clouds!
Here’s a handy recap of everything that went down today at Microsoft’s E3 Conference.
Project Scarlett is the next Xbox.
Everybody knew it was coming but it still was a jolt to see the next generation war finally start to heat up.
Right now, Project Scarlett and the next Playstation seem to have similar capabilties; SSDs, massive horsepower under the hood, backwards compatibility, ray tracing capabilities and so forth.
It’ll be much more interesting when the concrete specs come out with definitive numbers on their performance.
Halo Infinite is coming to everything.
Still no gameplay and no word on whether the trailer released was real time or CGI. Looked real time to us but we’ve been fooled before, especially with E3 trailers *coughKillzonecough*.
Biggest shocker has to be that Infinite will see a release on 3 different systems; Xbox One, Project Scarlett and PC.
Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
No reason not to have a Game Pass subscription now.
Double Fine Productions is now under Microsoft.
Microsoft’s aggressive strategy of gobbling up smaller studios continues as Tim Shaefer’s studio joins the list of a growing cadre of developers gather under the Microsoft banner.
It’s a given that the studio will be working on a Project Scarlett title but will we also see a Psychonauts 2 port on Project Scarlett?
Or dare we say it…Brutal Legend 2?
State of Decay 2 Heartland DLC.
It’s time to go back home with State of Decay 2’s latest DLC, which takes place in the original game’s locations.
From the trailer, it looks to be much more plot focused with new undead types assaulting the survivors. You’ll be fighting new plague freaks (basically enhanced versions of the special zombies and get to revisit old school locales from the first game to see how they’ve gotten on since the first game.
There’s two different stories to play through in the DLC, with the developers also promising the DLC will shed light on important lore questions.
It’s already out now, free if you have Xbox Game Pass. If not, it’ll run you USD$8.99.
Cyberpunk 2077 has Keanu Reeves.
Keanu Reeves will play a character in CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. We don’t know who he’s playing as but we’re placing our bets on Neo and that Cyberpunk 2077 is simply the latest iteration of the Matrix.
Ok…that’ll probably never happen. But there’s still a ton of mystery regarding Reeves’ character. At least we get a release date (and a short Keanu Reeves appearance) out of it all.
Please plan your leaves accordingly.
Game streaming comes to Xbox One.
From your Xbox One to any device that supports it. Ok cool, but we have to wonder whether it’ll be any better than Sony’s Remote Play?
We’ll find out in October 2019.
Gears 5 gets a release date, new mode and Terminator crossover.
September 10 release date for Gears 5. We’re not sure if they’ve dropped the ‘of War’ part or what but Microsoft’s just referring to the game as Gears 5 for now.
Escape looks to be a timed mode where you’ll need to escape from the Hive and fend off baddies. Looks fun but looks can be deceiving.
Finally, the Terminator Dark Fate Character Pack is free for all pre-orders or those who play the game during the launch week. Doesn’t seem to be canon, which makes sense, since Gears isn’t set on Earth.
Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 gets ready to break your bank.
Better than the original in every way? We won’t know until we get our mitts on it but it sure looks that way.
Bluetooth support, rechargeable battery, more responsive buttons…it looks like every box’s checked.
No word on pricing or release date so stay tuned.
Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming.
It’s finally coming…in 2020.
Hell, we’ve waited this long for it. What’s one year more, right?
Microsoft Flight Simulator’s coming in for a landing.
It’s a blast from the past! Microsoft’s venerable flight series takes flight once more in 2020.
Interested to help shape the game? Join the Insider program!
Tales of Arise…rises.
The newest game in the ‘Tales’ series. Will be hitting the Xbox One in 2020.
Elden Ring revealed.
The result of a collaboration between George R.R. Martin and From Software. No idea how it’s going to play (if it’s anything like Dark Souls), no idea when it’s coming…hell, we’ve no idea if it’s even connected to Eternal Ring (probably not, but we can dream!).
More parkour with zombies coming Spring (March – June) 2020. The first Dying Light was VERY good, so hopes are very high for the sequel to the spiritual successor of the Dead Island games.
Zitz, Pimple and Rash are back in a beat-em up with up to three players simultaneously! Loving that part…but what’s up with the art style? Doesn’t look like the old games at all.
No release date but from what’s been said about it, we reckon it’ll be out pretty soon.
Age of Empires II Definitive Edition makes conquest fun again!
Like some of the others, Age of Empires II Definite Edition also has its own Insiders program, which gives you a chance to take part in the game’s testing. You can sign up for that at the game’s website. Note that you’ll need to be on a PC, as they require you to submit your DxDiag data.
It doesn’t look like it’s coming to the Xbox One though that might change in the future.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot announced.
It looks to be an action RPG that’ll follow Goku’s journey during Dragon Ball Z. The battles look like something out of Budokai and Xenoverse but much more intense.
It’s coming in 2020.
Blair Witch comes for you!
We’re seeing a resurgence of the license! First the film last year, then now, a new survival horror experience that’s coming in August 2019!
Maybe this time we’ll actually get to see the Blair Witch and the other monsters alluded to in films and other games.
Journey to The Outer Worlds later this year.
Obsidian’s latest RPG is finally ready for its maiden voyage. Looks like Fallout, sounds like Fallout…is not Fallout but The Outer Worlds.
October 25 2019 is a day you’ll want to remember if you’re getting the game.
Bleeding Edge is Ninja Theory’s newest game.
Wondering what Ninja Theory has been cooking up? Wonder no more.
It’s a 4 on 4 melee brawler! Kind of weird and out of left field, but hey, we’re willing to give it a shot.
If you are too, you should head over to the game’s official website and sign up for its Technical Alpha.
Reuniting with Ori in Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
One of the Xbox’s best Metroidvania game’s getting a sequel. It’s coming out February 11 2020.
Minecraft Dungeons has you delving deep.
It’s Minecraft…but it’s not. It’s a third person, top down, co-op action RPG game spin-off!
It’s coming Spring 2020.
Forza Horizon 4 get Lego-fied.
Not to be outdone by Forza Horizon 3’s tie up with Hot Wheels, Forza Horizon 4 will crossover with Lego!
It’s coming out June 13 2019.
Wasteland 3 wants you traversing the wasteland again.
The life of a Ranger’s filled with monters, mutants and weird quests. All of them (and probably more) return in Wasteland 3!
No release date so don’t cross your fingers for this one anytime soon.
ID @ Xbox E3 2019 Showcase.
Some of the games shown are covered above but there are also some new ones shown for the first time here.
We think that’s nearly everything announced during the conference!
If you want to watch it in full, we’ve also embedded it below.
Better grab some snacks, you’ll be here a while.