The onslaught of E3 2019 sort of began yesterday on June 8th with EA Play, but the real madness begins today. Microsoft kicked off the slate of conferences showing off games and teasing a bit more.
The show started with The Outer Worlds an RPG from Obsidian Entertainment. It’s you versus the corporations that run the colony and basically the planet. Will you change things for the better, or take a middle road, or perhaps just kill everything?
Next up was Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge a colorful over the top 4 versus 4 third person multiplayer combat game. It has a technical beta starting on June 27th, 2019 so those with an Xbox might want to sign up and check it out.
Ori and the Will O’ the Wisps then came up with a trailer. The game retains the beauty of the original while feeling majestic. It will launched on February 11th, 2020.
In a change of pace Minecraft is getting a slightly different game in Minecraft Dungeons an isometric action RPG. It still keeps the voxel look and feel, but is more action oriented with fighting through dungeons and solving puzzles being the main thing. It will coming out in the Spring of 2020.
A world premiere of the horror game Blair Witch. In this game you went searching for a kid with your tracking dog in 1996 in the woods. However, things take a turn for the worse when your dog runs off ahead and you take a tumble. The woods take on a different shape and look with weird creatures trying to hunt you as you try to escape. It is due for release on August 30th, 2019.
Of course no recent E3 would be complete without the much talked about Cyberpunk 2077. And yes it now has Keanu Reeves as a character with whom you work with. The release date was announced for April 16th, 2019.
A hand drawn 2D side scrolling game is next in the title Spiritfarer. It is all about exploring the vast waters around you, making friends, and learning when to part. You will also be building your boat so that it can accompany your travellers and provide for your journey.
Toads have returned to their battle state! Battletoads is back as a 3 player co-op game as a brawling beat’em up.
Next up the interesting and weird The Legend of Wright a papercraft RPG that has this pencil drawn aesthetic. You’ll be facing down hand drawn creatures on a page while you are in the 3D cardboard/papercraft world.
ID@Xbox had a brief montage going through the games that will be coming to the Xbox Game Pass. Lots of indie stuff. They also talked about the Xbox Game Pass PC which launches into beta today. It will cost 9.99 USD a month to join. Or if you want to have both the Xbox Game pass and the one for PC there is an option for that. That plan comes bundled in with Xbox Live Gold for 14.99 USD a month.
Back to the games with the return of a flight simulator for Xbox One and PC. Microsoft Flight Simulator is back in the cockpit of many different planes and you are the pilot.
The Definitive Edition of Age of Empires II is up next. Build an empire, crumble and take over fellow empires. Rule the world in this real time strategy game.
There is plenty of wastelands to go about, or maybe there isn’t as Wasteland 3 will probably prove. It’s a wild world out there and you won’t have an easy time trying to navigate the madness and factions that call Colorado or what was Colorado home.
Double Fine Productions will be joining the many teams that are now under the Microsoft umbrella of Xbox Game Studios. A surprise announcement that will help propel the studio forward. They also showed off some Psychonauts 2 which is still coming to PS4 despite the studio being bought. It looks as weird and out there as the original game.
LEGO games always seem to just be hiding in the background waiting to pop out and surprise everyone. They’re usually all pretty fun games and now they have a game spanning the entire saga of nine films. It will be LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. It will be a single game coming in 2020.
For those that love the world of Dragon Ball the new action RPG that was teased and announced a month or two ago is now called Dragon Ball Kakarot. It’s an action RPG that involves many classic villains and characters from the series. It’s set for an early 2020 release.
Games that play with time are becoming a bit thing, as it will be in the game 12 Minutes where you have 12 minutes to figure out what’s happened. You replay the story again and again until it all makes sense.
Up next is the dark game about exploring and finding your way home. You play as a buck deer and a fawn as you wander through an abandoned world, a twisted one that has darkness around every corner. Your antlers will light the way to help protect you as you explore. The game is called Way to the Woods and will be released in 2020.
Guns with chainsaws attached to them have never gone out of style since the original Gears of War, now we get a weird psycho trip of a trailer for Gears of War 5. It will release on September 10th, 2019. They also showed off the mode Escape where you and two other friends must escape the hordes and the gas bomb you planted that will kill everything.
For those that are in need of a new Xbox controller, well welcome the new Xbox Elite Controller 2. It tightens and refines the previous version and now allows for three different controller profiles should you want to customize your experience. It will cost a pretty penny however at 179.99 USD to pre-order.
Techland has brought Dying Light 2 to the show with the character is fighting to remind and return society to normal. You are however infected by the disease and that of course complicates your fight.
LEGO’s had been rumored to be the next FORZA Horizon DLC, and now it is confirmed. There will be LEGO built cars and race tracks to drive around. And yes if you drive through things on the LEGO tracks they will come apart in LEGO fashion.
If you thought that the GEARS Pop game looked like silly fun at last year’s E3, well its back with more mischief. It’s a mobile game that brings together the Funko POP dolls and Gears of War.
State of Decay 2: Heartland looks to win you over as it takes you back to the original map. You’ll have to fight your way through zombies and others to find out what’s happened to the people in the Trumbull Valley.
If there is one game that many people talk about for an MMO but it never seems to get see the sequel in the West its Phantasy Star Online. Well that’s changing as Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming to Xbox in the spring of 2020 along with PC.
Perhaps a shooter is more your styler. In what appears to be a futuristic setting where conglomerates run the world and the militaries it’s easy to start a war. Called Crossfire X its coming to Xbox One in 2020.
For those that have been looking for a Japanese style RPG for Xbox well you have your potential answer in Tales of Arise. It’s from Bandai Namco and will be launching in 2020.
If loot shooters are more your thing, up next was Borderland 3 and all of its goody too shoots shoot first ask questions later attitude. They also showcased DLC for Borderlands 2: Lilth and the fight for the Sanctuary which will connect the second game to the upcoming third game.
High fantasy drama is the next trailer in a game called Elden ring. This is the game that George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware are working on. The trailer doesn’t show much but the world appears to be coming apart from the destruction of the Elden ring.
Microsoft wants to tout its streaming version for Xbox called Console Streaming. And they also tease the next generation console currently called Project Scarlett. It will be coming in the holiday of 2020.
To bring things to a close we get Halo Infinite in which Master Chief has been floating out in space until he comes across a distressed ship which saves him. Chief uses this chance to get back into the fight.
That’s all there is for Microsoft’s E3 2019 conference. A show of many games and a teaser for what is to come. What did you everyone think? Was good? Was it a bit slow? Did it wow you? For me it was a decent show, nothing wowed me as many of these games will be on other platforms. It got me curious about the next generation which now seems fully on us but, somehow won’t be here for a while. It’s one of those years where E3 won’t wow us, but will tame us with interesting looking stuff. I think the most surprising thing was Minecraft Dungeons which looked pretty neat. Anyway, the whole conference is below if you wish to watch. The only thing I left out was the Star Wars footage.