With the absence of Sony, Microsoft had big shoes to fill this year. Out of the big two contenders for the console marketplace, only one had come to E3 with something to show, and Microsoft didn’t disappoint. They showed a massive amount of games this year, so we’ll break down some of the most notable announcements below.
Outer Worlds Release Date
Kickstarting the Xbox conference was a nifty trailer for Obsidian’s new sci-fi RPG, The Outer Worlds. Along with some interesting gameplay, a release date of the 25th of October this year. Not a bad way to start!
Gears 5 Trailer
Maybe we’ve seen enough Gears of War at this point to warrant trailers without gameplay. Nonetheless, Microsoft announced a new 3-player co-op mode called Escape. As well as an earlier release date for Game Pass subscribers. Gears releases on September 10th, but Game Pass Ultimate subscribers get it four days early.
Rumors of George R.R. Martin working with From Software on a new IP have been circulating for awhile but seemed to be a part of our wildest dreams. Luckily, those dreams have come true and it seems a new FromSoft game is in development with a heavy helping of George R.R. Martin in the mix. No gameplay, but an interesting teaser.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Reveal
We’ve known for a while that a new Dragon Ball RPG game was coming under the placeholder of Project Z. Microsoft unveiled at the conference the full scope of the project, a full action-RPG following the life and times of DBZ’s Goku across the sagas.
In a move that surprised literally everybody, a new first-person horror game following the Blair Witch movies from the 90s was unveiled with a nifty gameplay(?)/cinematic trailer. As a huge fan of the movies, this was a great surprise. Blair Witch comes to PC and Xbox on August 30th.
Minecraft 2 (Just kidding, it's called Dungeons)
We’ve been wondering where the extent of the Minecraft IP would go under Microsoft’s control, and it seems we have a glimpse into the future. An announcement for Minecraft Dungeons was made during the conference, showing an interesting combination between a diablo-style dungeon crawler and adorable Minecraft visuals.
Phantasy Star Online 2 Comes Westward
Speaking of things nobody expected, this felt absolutely out of nowhere. The smash-hit MMO from Japan finally makes its way to North America (Sorry Europe!) Despite the fears of many, it isn’t an Xbox exclusive either!
Double Fine and Psychonauts 2
Microsoft acquired well-known developer Double Fine Productions and had the honor of showing gameplay for the long-awaited Psychonauts 2. The game has been in development for some years now, but is still awaiting a release date.
Game Pass Ultimate and PC!
It’s no secret that Game Pass is being pushed harder than ever, and some great news gives players on PC and Xbox more incentive to pick up. The Game Pass Ultimate subscription was announced, offering players Game Pass, Game Pass for PC and Xbox Live Gold for only $15 a month. Separately, they would come out closer to 30.
Cyberpunk 2077 is Breathtaking
Cyberpunk took the stage again this year with some exciting announcements, including a release date and the inclusion of the internet’s boyfriend, Keanu Reeves. Coming sooner than we ever could’ve hoped, Cyberpunk 2077 launches April 16, 2020.
Project Scarlett and Halo Infinite
We’ve known for some time that a new Xbox has been in the works, as Phil Spencer announced last year during E3. This conference showed us our first look inside the mysterious “Project Scarlett.” Boasting 8k resolutions, 120fps, and launching alongside the newest Halo Game, next fall is certainly going to be interesting.