The first Showcase during E3 2019’s massive week came from Microsoft. Xbox is coming in strong this week with a number of great games, world premieres, a new game subscription service, and new details about their next-gen console.
Underneath all that marketing hullabaloo, Project Scarlett promises to reduce load times (and even hint at completely eliminating it). The next-gen console will have a solid state drive for storage instead of the usual hard drive, a custom AMD processor said to be more powerful than that of the Xbox One X, and GDDR6 RAM capable of a maximum of 8K resolution and 120 fps. 343 Studio’s Halo Infinite will be the console’s inaugural game, slated for Holiday 2020, which goes the same for the new console’s release.
A new trailer for Halo Infinite was released during this Showcase after the Project Scarlett keynote. No gameplay or story details were revealed, but the trailer was said to be made through its in-game engine.
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Arguably the best highlight of the night, if not of the whole E3 2019, Cyberpunk 2077 took the breath of everyone in attendance. After the 4-minute trailer revealing Keanu Reeves as one of the game’s main characters (Johnny Silverhand), the actor himself went on stage to charm and wow the crowd more about CD Projekt Red’s upcoming game.
Shortly after they took the stage, the Collector’s Edition for the game was also unveiled. The huge box includes a steelbook case, World Compendium book, Postcards and Map of Night City, Quadra car keychain, sticker bomb set, Guide to Night City inside an evidence bag, embroidered patches, metal pin set, and a 10-inch statue of the protagonist V in action. Digital bonuses include a digital artbook, official soundtrack, wallpapers, and sourcebook.
Release date: April 16, 2020
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC
Psychonauts 2 and Double Fine Studios
Microsoft is without a shortage of big news in this showcase. Head of Microsoft Game Studios, Matt Booty, introduced gaming legend and Double Fine CEO Tim Schaefer to the stage. Together, they announced that Double Fine Studios has been acquired by Xbox Game Studios. Double Fine’s gaming repertoire has been stellar so far, with Psychonauts and Grim Fandango in their resume.
Speaking of Psychonauts, Tim Schaefer also took the opportunity to reveal the gameplay footage of the upcoming sequel. No release date has been revealed, but considering that Double Fine is now under Xbox Game Studios, we can expect Psychonauts 2 to be an Xbox exclusive.
Rebranding from Gears of War to a shortened title, the Xbox-exclusive Gears 5 had a couple of trailers to showcase. First of which was short trailer about Kait’s struggles between duty and the elimination of The Swarm.
Gears 5 will also feature a new game mode called Escape. Three players are placed smack-dab in the middle of a large hive where they are tasked to plant a bomb, survive the swarm, and escape the premises. Custom map making for the said game mode is also available for the added challenge.
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Phantasy Star Online 2
Sega just announced that hit Dreamcast MMORPG, Phantasy Star Online 2, will be coming to North American territories. The game will be free to play, and will have microtransactions as well. No word on its release in other regions yet.
Release Date: Spring 2020
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian’s latest game, The Outer Worlds, kicked off Xbox’s E3 Showcase with a hefty gameplay trailer.
Release Date: October 25, 2019
Platforms: Xbox One, PC via Epic Game Store, and via Steam (in 2020)
Battletoads makes a comeback
Iconic super-tough beat-’em-up game, Battletoads, is making a comeback in Xbox. The short gameplay trailer is a 3-person couch coop game that still features beatdowns and stages reminiscent of the original, all in smooth 2D animation. And don’t expect the jetski level gone, because this new game still has it, and it looks just as frustrating. No release date yet.
Elden Ring gets the official announcement
After having the game leaked prior to E3 2019 (much to Katsuhiro Harada’s frustration and humorous denial), FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin’s collaboration game, Elden Ring, gets the world premiere during Xbox’s showcase. No release date yet.
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Microsoft Flight Simulator
The iconic flight sim game is making its return in 2020. And it will be part of Xbox Game Pass once it’s out.
Release Date: 2020
Platforms: Xbox, PC
Project Z is now Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Bandai Namco’s action RPG Project Z now gets an official title: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Players will now (finally!) get to control Goku and probably revisit all the iconic arcs in the Dragon Ball Z series.
Release Date: Early 2020
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC via Digital Download
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Release date: February 11, 2020
Ninja Theory’s latest game is 4v4 FPS arena multiplayer, Bleeding Edge. Alpha testing will begin soon too. Since Ninja Theory’s now part of Xbox Game Studios, this game will be exclusive to their console.
Technical Alpha: June 27, 2019
Minecraft gets a spin-off in the form of a top-down, multiplayer coop RPG.
Release Date: Spring 2020
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
20 years after The Blair Witch Project landed in theaters, we’re getting a new game with a lot more of the environmental and jump-scare horror based off the original. The trailer is set in 1996 and tells the story of a police officer and his dog in search of a missing person.
Blair Witch is a first-person, story-driven psychological horror game based on the cinematic lore of Blair Witch. It’s 1996. A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woods…
Release date: August 30, 2019
Platforms: PC and Xbox One
Age of Empires II Definitive Edition
Remastered audio and 4k graphics
Release date: Fall 2019
Platform: PC via Xbox Game Pass
Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions Expansion
The latest expansion gives drivers Lego cars to drive and lego bricks to smash through in Lego-constructed racetracks. Appease your Lego cravings this week.
Release date: June 13, 2019
Other games in the spotlight
Tons of games were also featured during the showcase, including Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s additional gameplay footage.
- The Legend of Wright (coming 2020)
- Wasteland 3
- Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (coming 2020)
- 12 Minutes – an “interactive thriller about a man in a time loop”
- Way to the Woods (2020)
- Dying Light 2 (Spring 2020)
- Gears Pop!
- State of Decay 2: Heartland (available now)
- Crossfire X (“first to console on Xbox One in 2020″)
- Borderlands 3 (September 13, 2019)
Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass for PC has also launched for $10 per month, boasting over 100 games in its library available for download on the get go. The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is also available, which gives you access to both PC and Xbox One Game Pass services, and includes Xbox Live Gold t’boot.