Everything Announced at the Microsoft Xbox E3 2019 Event

Microsoft’s Xbox conference kicked off today at E3 2019 and a ton of exciting announcements were made. We’ll be digging into more of the games below, but started by simply listing the various world premieres, exclusives, and game trailers that were showcased at Microsoft’s event.

Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox at Microsoft, stated that Microsoft would have the largest showcase of games “on any stage, anywhere, this year.” Microsoft, truly taking advantage of Sony’s lack of participation at E3, would come to highlight sixty games total: fourteen of which are produced by Xbox Game Studios, and thirty-four premiering on Xbox Game Pass.

Here is what we were able to keep track of during the conference. Some games had more details released than others, but we will try to update with new information as we learn more. This is also a comprehensive list of EVERYTHING from the conference at a high-level. If you are looking for details of a particular game, we recommend doing a CTRL-F and typing the name of the game you are looking for. The list of announcements is separated into two sections: hardware/platforms and games.

Hardware/Platforms

Xbox Game Pass for PC

  • Games announced – Imperator: Rome, Football Manager 2019, Halo The Master Chief Collection
  • Open Beta for Xbox Game Pass for PC today June 9, 2019
  • This will seemingly include most, if not all, of the other games announced (Forza, Gears of War 5, etc.)
  • Will have over 100 games by August
  • Pricing: $9.99/month or $14.99/month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (this includes both the console and PC version of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold)
    • Can currently bundle all subscriptions together to the end of your Xbox Gold Live membership for $1 (no end date has been announced for this promotion but it may only be active June 9th or potentially through the end of E3 but no promises)

Announced the Xbox Elite 2 Controller

  • Adjustable-tension thumbsticks
  • Trigger grip and redesigned bumpers
  • Shorter hair trigger locks
  • Wrap-around Rubberized Grip
  • Custom Profiles for different games
  • New rechargeable battery with detachable charging dock with up to 40 hours per charge

Microsoft xCloud

  • Microsoft’s version of game streaming that will be making a preview in October 2019
  • No details were given regarding its pricing or a full release date

Project Scarlett

  • Xbox’s new console that is currently under the codename ‘Scarlett’
  • There were no details given of what the console will look like, its comprehensive specs, and pricing
  • High-level specifications stated that it will be four times more powerful than an Xbox One X
  • It will come with an SSD to shorten or remove load times and ultimately be capable of 8K video output at 120 FPS
  • Release date of Holiday 2020

Games

Bleeding Edge (Xbox First Party Game)

  • Developed by Ninja Theory
  • 4v4 crazy combat in what appeared to be a similar vein to Overwatch
  • Technical Alpha that Starts on June 27th, 2019

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox First Party Game)

  • Huge monster boss fights
  • Release date of February 11, 2019

Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox First Party Game)

  • Dungeon crawler akin to the Diablo series set in the Minecraft universe
  • Includes magic, weapons, multiplayer co-op (both local and online)
  • Release timeline of Spring 2020

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

  • Official trailer released during the conference
  • Largely showed footage from the gameplay trailer, but introduced some new aspects such as potential vehicle combat
  • Release date of November 15, 2019

Blair Witch (World Premier)

  • Some type of first-person, horror game based on the world first shown in the Blair Witch Project
  • There is a dog and I hope it doesn’t die
  • Release date of August 30, 2019

Cyber Punk 2077

  • Official cinematic trailer of the game
  • The game will feature Keanu fricken Reeves, as he was shown in the trailer and came out afterwards to speak and tell the audience that they were all “breathtaking”
  • Release date of April 2016, 2020

Spiritfarer (World Premier)

  • Included a girl living on a boat with anthropomorphic animals
  • Included building up the boat and caring for its denizens
  • Release date of 2020

Battletoads (Xbox first party game, World Premier)

  • Some good beat ‘em up action with the Battletoads Rash, Pimple, and Zitz
  • 3-person multiplayer (includes couch co-op)
  • No release date shown

The Legend of Wright

  • Some type of quirky hand-drawn game, that looks like it mashes together a board game and some DND elements
  • Release date in 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox first party game, World Premier)

  • Incredibly realistic flight simulator showcasing different planes and different environments
  • No release date confirmed

Age of Empires II Definitive Edition (Xbox first party game)

  • Age of Empires II in 4k with remastered audio and a new campaign called ‘The Last Khans’
  • Release date of Fall 2019

Wasteland 3 (Xbox first party game)

  • A role-playing game set in Colorado with some crazy, old drunk guy narrating during the trailer
  • Fairly entertaining trailer with a lot of mayhem going on
  • No release date confirmed

Psychonauts 2 (Xbox first party game)

  • Before info on the game, it was announced that that Microsoft had acquired the developer Double Fine
  • Third-person platform game with Raz, a Psychonaught, with mind bending ‘psi-powers’ like telekinesis and levitation
  • Game looks mind bending
  • No release date confirmed

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (World Premier)

  • All 9 Star Wars films condensed into one LEGO Star Wars game
  • Looks incredibly fun with loads of humor and typical LEGO hijinks
  • Release date in 2020

Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

  • Looks to tell the Dragon Ball Z saga via the character playing as Goku
  • The trailer showed a lot from the Saiyan saga with Vegeta and Nappa
  • The cutscene cinematics looked identical to the small snippets of gameplay from the trailer
  • Release date in early 2020

12 Minutes (World Premier)

  • An interactive thriller game about a man trapped in a time loop
  • Trailer had a top down view, and it seemed like the main character was trying to change the events in the time loop they were stuck in
  • Release date shown as ‘Coming Soon’

Way to the Woods

  • A game where the player controls a deer and fawn traveling through various environments including a department store and subway
  • The deer has some cool light up antlers and can head butt stuff
  • Release date in 2020

Gears 5 (Xbox first party game)

  • Can play 4 days earlier than the release date with Game Pass Ultimate
  • According to the developer studio head, the studio wants to do new things with this game in the franchise
  • A multiplayer tech test will be taking place on July 17, 2019
  • At Games Con in August, the Horde mode will be playable
  • Escape game mode was announced in which bombs are planted in the enemy hive and then you must escape
  • Escape mode is 3-player co-op (local or online)
  • If preordered or played in the first week via Game Pass, you get a cool Terminator skin
  • Release date of September 10, 2019

Dying Light 2

  • Trailer with loads of traversal and zombies all over the place
  • Looks similar to many other post-apocalyptic games
  • Release date in Spring 2020

Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions (Xbox first party game, World Premier)

  • DLC with creative spin on Forza series by incorporating LEGO into the world
  • Cars and environment are made of LEGOs that can be driven through and broken in classic Forza fashion
  • Release date of June 13, 2019

Gears Pop (Xbox first party game)

  • Mobile game that is not normally my cup of tea, but looks like it would be fun for mobile game players
  • Combination of the Gears series with what appears to be Funko Pops
  • Includes humor and pre-orders were states as ‘Coming Soon’

State of Decay 2 Heartland (Xbox first party game)

  • Expansion for State of Decay 2 with two different paths: one where a daughter is looking for her father, and one where a man is looking for a hero (neither the daughter nor the man have ever met the people they are searching for)
  • Both are brought to the same location looking for these missing individuals (I wonder if they are one and the same?)
  • Appears to have some type of base building/surviving element to it
  • Available Now!

Phantasy Star Online 2 (World Premier)

  • Announcement that Phantasy Star Online 2 would be coming to the west (currently available in Japan since 2012)
  • Massive cutscenes with announcements for the game were scattered throughout the trailer
  • Online action combat with cross-play, all the content currently from the game, and free-to-play
  • Release date in Spring 2020

Crossfire X (World Premier)

  • Another game, that has been very successful in Asia, was announced to be coming to the west
  • The game appears to be a gritty, tactical shooter similar to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Release date in 2020 (mentioned as coming to Xbox console first)

Tales of Arise (World Premier)

  • Looks to have two playable characters, one with a mask and sword and the other with a sniper rifle
  • Many elements look to be from your typical JRPG
  • Release date in 2020

Borderlands 3

  • New trailer was shown for the upcoming game that has all of the Borderlands typical fun – explosions, loot, action, and comedy
  • Included the classes Gunner, Beastmaster, Operative, and Siren
  • Also announced Borderlands 2 DLC – Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary which is available now!
  • Release date of September 13, 2019

Elden Ring (World Premier)

  • New game from Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin
  • Developed by FromSoftware
  • Crazy trailer with magical fantasy elements
  • No release date confirmed

Halo Infinite

  • A cutscene in what appeared to be the in-game engine was shown with Master Chief being found in space
  • He is booted up and then, of course, the action starts
  • Not much else is shown, but the game looks incredible and will be a good reason to get the Xbox Scarlett
  • Release date of Holiday 2020

The various titles below were announced with ID@Xbox and are all launching on Xbox Game Pass

  • Dead Static Drive

Announced Games being added to Xbox Game Pass (Available Today!)

  • Batman Arkham Knight
  • Metro Exodus
  • Hallow Knight
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

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