The Microsoft E3 2019 Press Conference is done and dusted and included new games, new architecture and further teases of new consoles in 2020. There was a mix of first party and third party games dotted throughout the show and one particular mystery guest made an impact.
The show kicked off with The Outer Worlds from Obsidian. It’s an RPG with a cartoony aesthetic and is set to release October 25th 2019 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Bleeding Edge was confirmed as the game Ninja Theory had been working on, another acquisition to Xbox Game Studios. Bleeding Edge is a multiplayer fighting game where teams of four face off against each other in a similar style to Devil May Cry. Ninja Theory was clearly excited to be on stage and revealed that an alpha starts in a few weeks on June 27th.
Ori And The Will Of The Wisps were shown off with Ori battling against a huge spider. The game looks larger in scope and scale and is bound to be a fantastic game. Ori And The Will Of The Wisps launch on Xbox and PC on February 11th 2020.
Cyberpunk 2077 was here and this time the trailer & gameplay was shown in public (check out last years 48 min of footage here). The game looked gorgeous and focused on the main protagonist delivering a chip to a dodging looking dealer. However, the deal turns sour and he ends up in a deadly situation. In a presentation stealing move, Keanu Reeves was revealed as an in-game character and then came out on stage to reveal the release date of April 16th 2020.
Gears Of War 5 got a release date of September 10th 2019 and a couple of new trailers about the campaign and multiplayer, however, the gameplay wasn’t shown. It feels very close to launching and we’re yet to see gameplay. Microsoft also revealed there’s a Terminator expansion coming.
Elden Ring was officially announced as the partnership with Hidetaka Miyazaki and George RR Martin. The former is the creative genius behind hits such as Bloodborne, Dark Souls and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and the latter is the creator of Game Of Thrones. No release date was revealed but the game is developed by From Software & Bandai Namco (who unfortunately leaked the details earlier in the week slightly dampening the hype of the announcement).
A new trailer for Halo Infinite was shown with the launch date of Winter 2020. However, no gameplay once again. There’s nothing like the Halo music to get the crowd going though.
Xbox also showed off other games including Minecraft: Dungeons, Battletoads, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Flight Simulator, Way To The Woods, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Lego Forza 4 and Phantasy Star Online 2.
In Microsoft Xbox Studios news Double Fine announced they were joining the Xbox Stable. Double Fine is famous for making Psychonauts, Kids, and Broken Age. They announced Psychonauts 2 would still be coming to other platforms as promised.
The New Xbox One Elite Controller Series 2 was shown off with loads of new features including rubber grips, tension adjusters for the analogue sticks and improved battery life to 40 hours. It’ll be compatible with new Xboxes released in 2020 too.
Project XCloud was mentioned albeit briefly and Microsoft didn’t go into too much detail. This gives the capability to Xbox One owners to create their own personal cloud server with their Xbox and this will start in October. Folks attending E3 will be able to get hands on. Details in the main presentation were light and they didn’t do any tech demos with tablets, mobiles or other devices. It could be that they were squeezed for time, however, this felt like a good opportunity to get one over Google Stadia and PlayStation 5. I was left with the feeling we didn’t get any new information that we didn’t already know except the release date. It felt like Microsoft could have gone into more detail here.
The headline act was Microsoft Project Scarlett and Halo Infinite launching on the console in Winter 2020. This is a nice throwback to the original Halo launching on Xbox all those years ago. Microsoft Project Scarlett is four times more powerful than the Xbox One X and has a bunch of new features like 8K support, 120FPS, solid state drive and it’ll be built to with streaming in mind to complement Project XCloud.
Overall Microsoft E3 2019 Press Conference was a slick, well put together a show. It was great to see the new first party games from their acquisitions, however gameplay was lacking for some key games and details were light on hardware and streaming services. It felt like Microsoft could have done more here considering their window of opportunity with PlayStation not being at the show.
I put a poll out on Twitter to see what you thought and Project Scarlett got you most hyped.