All the news from the Microsoft E3 conference plus thoughts
Darron Dixon Jun 12 • 9 min read
We found out about a new Halo, new Gears, and a new Forza among other new game announcements. Overall I would say this is one of their better conferences in some time, but I hope they keep this same passion for making new titles going forward.
First thing's first, the conference started out with an engine demo of the newest entry into the Halo franchise titled "Halo Infinite." Not much was said about what kind of game it would be, but from the trailer, it seems like it might be open world. One thing that we do know is that it will feature Master Chief, but no release date is known yet. I personally hope this has a cool set up for co-op because I love playing through the campaigns. You can see the trailer for yourself below.
There were quite a few announcements about Microsoft acquiring new studios and creating new ones. Playground Games, creators of the Forza Horizon series, was obtained and besides working on the new Forza Horizon 4 (I will talk more about that later) they are also set to work on a new open world game, but that was the only detail given.
Ninja Theory, creators of the fantastic "AA" game "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice," was also acquired by Microsoft. I'm very excited to see what they can do with an even bigger budget moving forward.
Undead Labs, creators of State of Decay 1 and 2, was also acquired by Microsoft. You can find both State of Decay games on Xbox Game Pass currently.
Compulsion Games, creators of "We Happy Few," was acquired by Microsoft. We Happy Few has been in early access for over a year on Xbox One and PC with a full release set for August 10th.
The Initiative is a new studio that was announced during the conference which will be led by former Crystal Dynamics head of studio Darrell Gallagher. I'm excited to see what this means moving forward, but I won't get my hopes up just yet.
Three new Gears of War games were announced, yes you read that right. I will list all the info known about them below:
Gears POP! (Ugh…) is being made in partnership with Funko and will include models based on the Gears Funko Pops. It's coming to iOS and Android in 2019. I personally don't know who asked for this to be a thing, but I hope whoever did has a good time with it.
Gears Tactics (Looks like Xcom to me) is the first Gears title made explicitly for PC gamers in mind. I definitely see myself trying this out in the future and hope it turns out well. It'll be a Windows 10 exclusive, but there is no release date just yet.
Gears of War 5 was announced and will focus on Kait, who (Spoiler alert for 4 here!) is revealed to be the granddaughter of Queen Myrrah at the end of Gears of War 4. It looks like she will struggle to find out the truth and what it means moving forward for her. The anticipation is killing me! It will feature single player, local split-screen co-op, and online co-op. Gears of War 5 is set for release in 2019 on Xbox One and Windows 10. It will also be available on release day for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
The next announcement will bring dread to every GameStop employee because Battletoads is getting a brand new entry in the series that is set for release in 2019. I honestly don't like the original Battletoads that much, but I think the arcade game is awesome and hope this one ends up more like that than the original.
Good news for subscribers of Xbox Game Pass! Fallout 4, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and Tom Clancy's The Division are available for download today. Also to come to the subscription service on their Xbox One release dates are Warhammer: Verminitide 2, Ashen, Afterparty, and Phoenix Point. Farther down the road you will also see Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3, Gears of War 5, and Halo: Master Chief Collection on the service.
A new feature called "Faststart" was announced, designed to be twice as fast and let you start a game within a fraction of the time as it focuses on the crucial files needed to start the game when downloading. This could be an awesome feature if it lives up to its promises. I don't think anybody would turn down getting into new games faster!
Cyberpunk 2077, the long-awaited game from CD Projekt Red, had a trailer shown off at the end of the conference in a fake-out ending that made it seem like a hacker had hijacked the conference. No release date was mentioned, but there was a hidden FAQ that talked about the game being 100% DRM-free on PC and DLC/Expansions to be like The Witcher 3. Also, no microtransactions which is always a great thing to hear from a single player game. I can't wait until this game gets released!
The Xbox Adaptive Controller, made to help every gamer be able to play, will be up for pre-order exclusively on the Microsoft Store for $100 June 11th at 9 a.m. PT. I am so glad that this controller is getting made and I hope it reaches the people that need it most.
Mixer has continued growing with viewership doubling in six months to more than 20 million. The majority of the growth is viewers on mobile. I haven't really used Mixer much myself, but I am always happy to see competition in the streaming world to keep the giants on their toes.
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course was announced as an upcoming DLC to the hit game. It features a new character named Ms. Chalice and a brand new island. You can also expect to find new weapons, charms, and new abilities for Ms. Chalice. It won't be released until 2019, so maybe I can get around to beating the base game in the meantime.
Long hinted at and now a reality, Devil May Cry 5 was shown off and will be arriving on the Xbox One in spring 2019.
Dying Light 2 was shown off in a reveal trailer, but no release date was mentioned. Whenever it does come out, you can expect to find it on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Fallout 76 had yet another trailer shown and promised to be the largest world ever created in the Fallout Universe. I can't wait to jump into this with my dad! He's the biggest Fallout fan I know, and I bet he will be ecstatic after viewing the trailer (and Bethesda’s Conference). Down below you can see the trailer shown at the Microsoft conference.
Forza Horizon 4, an Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive, was shown off in a reveal trailer (confirming yet another Walmart CA leak) with a release date set for October 2nd on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Xbox Game Pass subscribers. It also will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title.
Anime and Manga fans will be happy to know that Bandai Namco announced their newest game, Jump Force, in a reveal trailer. It will feature Jump characters battling it out in what looks to be a fighting game or brawler. The release window is 2019 for Xbox One and PS4.
Just Cause 4 was shown off in a reveal trailer, but we already knew of its existence thanks to a leak by a Steam advertisement. The release date is set for December 4th on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Nier: Automata is coming to Xbox One as "Become as Gods" edition. It will be $50 and release on June 26th. If you haven't had a chance to play this game, I can't recommend it enough! It's easily in my top 5 favorite games ever, and you will be in for a treat if you pick it up. It's always great to see more JRPGs coming to the Xbox One.
Ori and The Will Of The Wisps had a gameplay trailer shown off with a release date set for 2019 on Xbox One and Windows 10. Much like the first game it looks absolutely gorgeous and looks like a ton of fun! You can see the trailer below.
The Xbox One version of PUBG will be getting two new maps and a new mode called War Mode; a deathmatch style battle royale that's coming this summer.
Sea of Thieves will be getting new content starting in July called "Cursed Sails." In September, "Forsaken Shores" will reveal a new part of the world. Each update will have a time-limited campaign.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was revealed as the newest title from FromSoftware and published by Activision. It will be a third-person, action-adventure game with RPG elements. It's scheduled for release in early 2019.
Session was revealed in a short teaser and appears to be a new skateboard game. I really hope this turns out to be good because I haven't found a skateboard game to scratch my Tony Hawk Pro Skater itch in quite some time.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider was shown off with a new trailer also. The release is set for September 14th on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. I loved the first two reboot raider games, and this one looks awesome too.
And now I have come to my absolute favorite announcement! Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition (OMG IT'S REAL!!!) was announced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original. This updated version will include the content previously only seen in the Japanese only PS3 version which includes new characters never before seen in the U.S.! Set for release this winter for Xbox One. It may also be coming to Switch, PS4, and PC according to a now-deleted tweet from Bandai Namco Brasil.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit was announced as the newest game from the directors and development team behind Life is Strange. It follows a 10-year-old boy named Chris who escapes reality with an alter-ego, the Awesome Captain Spirit. The release date is set for June 26th on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Tunic, a cute little game that looks like it could easily be a Zelda game, was shown off as a game coming to Xbox One. Previously it had only been shown as a PC title. It'll be a "console launch exclusive" so it could end up elsewhere.
Last but not least, Phil Spencer hinted at the possibility of a new console being in the works, but not many details were given about it. I hope it won't be for a while because I can't afford to keep getting new consoles every year or so.
Thanks for reading the article! I had a lot of fun watching the Microsoft conference and researching all the news to bring it to you in one easily viewed place.