E3 2019: Microsoft Conference Recap (Day 2 – Sunday)

Celia’s back with more gaming news, and she is definitely not burned out after only a single day. Look, nobody warned me that Microsoft’s conference would be a full 1.5 hours. They covered a lot between giving us sneak peeks at 60 new games and revealing some loose details about their next console. To make this a bit easier on all involved, we’re gonna break this up into two different categories: games, and not games.


GAMES

  • The Outer Worlds – From the people who made Fallout: New Vegas. Looks cool and kind of Borderlands-y. I’m definitely a fan of character and dialogue based games like this, so this will absolutely be on my radar this fall. It will be available via Xbox Game Pass, but will also be available on PC on the Epic game store at launch (with plans for other retailers after a timed exclusivity deal) and PS4 on October 25, 2019. You can watch the trailer for it here.
  • Bleeding Edge – Again, very Borderlands-y mixed with Devil May Cry, which makes sense because this is made by that studio. With an emphasis on 4v4 play, this feels like just another entry into the already bursting online team battle scene, but who knows, maybe this one is special. Since Ninja Theory was purchased by Microsoft last year, something tells me this will only be available on Xbox and PC. The technical alpha opens on June 27th, and you can watch the trailer here.
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps – Oof, this is one of those games that makes me wish I had an Xbox. The first one is lauded as one of the best modern metroidvanias, and the sequel has come to deliver. The trailer shown today focused on the boss “fights” that we will encounter, but I’m sure there’s even more beautiful scenes to come. Ori will be available via Xbox Game Pass, and will release on February 11, 2020. You can watch the trailer here.
  • Minecraft Dungeons – Have you ever wanted to play a deep and extensive RPG but have it look like you were playing Minecraft? Well, now you can! Coming Spring 2020, you can play with 4 friends locally or online to embark on a fun journey, but please, don’t try to build anything. We all know the best part of Minecraft was how it looked. Minecraft Dungeons will be available with Xbox Game Pass, and on PC, PS4, and the Nintendo Switch. You can watch the trailer here.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – We kinda didn’t learn anything new from this, but cool, another trailer you can watch here.
  • Blair Witch – First of all, wrap your head around the existence of this game. You play a guy with a dog in the woods, conducting a search and rescue mission. Things get freaky and then… repeat? Feels born from Outlast with its emphasis on video camera mechanics, but mostly just leaves us asking why? This monstrosity will hit August 30, 2019 and will be available on Xbox One (and it’s probably safe to say, will be on PC as well.) You can watch the trailer for it here.
  • Cyberpunk 2077 – This was up there in the “most anticipated games” list for some of us, and Microsoft did not disappoint. The majority of what they showed us was not gameplay, but they did reveal that Keanu Reeves will be in it, and it is available for pre-order today, with an April 16, 2020 release date for Xbox, PC, and PS4. You can watch the whole reveal segment here.
  • Spiritfarer – An indie game that I do not understand, but whose graphics already have me sold. There has been no confirmed release date and no other console confirmations other than Xbox One/PC (and Game Pass), but still, I’ll be checking back in on this one. You can watch the gorgeous, heartfelt trailer here.
  • BattleToads – Ok, sure BattleToads. It’s coming, eventually, to Xbox One/PC (including with the Game Pass) but we know really nothing else about it (especially not a release date). It’s got a beat ’em up style, but nothing feels particular fresh here. You can watch the trailer here.
  • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright – Kind of a DnD crossed with Yoshi’s Crafted World, this is a game that was originally planned to be released on mobile devices but now is slated for Xbox One and PC coming in Spring 2020. If this sounds like your thing, you can watch the trailer here.
  • Microsoft’s Flight Simulator – Calling all 90’s dads, you will get to play a new Flight Simulator on Xbox One or PC, included with your Xbox Game Pass! The game will release in 2020, but you can get a peek at the honestly incredible visuals here.
  • Age of Empires II Definitive Edition – Now in 4K with remastered audio and a new campaign called “The Last Khans,” we can finally replay the game we’ve all played 350 times. This fall, you can play it for the 351st time on Xbox One or PC, included with Xbox Game Pass. Here’s the trailer for it.
  • Wasteland 3 – What seems to be a tactics game that falls somewhere between XCOM and the original Fallout, Wasteland 3 is apparently part of a series? Were the other games like that? I’m not sure, but this one is set in Colorado, so that’s pretty cool. Coming in late 2019 to Xbox/PC (yes, and with Game Pass), PS4, Linux, and Mac, with a trailer that looks something like this.
  • Psychonauts 2 – Looking pretty darn identical to Psychonauts 1, Double Fine Productions has announced a sequel, supposedly set to be released this year. And despite being officially purchased by Microsoft, this game will hit Xbox One, PC, PS4, Mac, and Linux. Check out the trailer here.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – Finally, we get to the real star of the show. All nine Star Wars films in one game, coming in 2020. Thankfully, this game will be available on Xbox One/PC, PS4, and the Switch, so we’ll all get to see how adorably sad Kylo Ren is as a Lego man. Check out the short trailer here.
  • Dragonball Z Kakarot – This is the most anime looking video game I’ve seen it a long time, so if that’s your thing, look forward to it coming in 2020 for Xbox One. The trailer was inscrutable to me, but you can check it out here.
  • 12 Minutes – Probably one of the games I am most hyped for. A top-down view of a single apartment that becomes a Groundhog’s Day interactive thriller. Gave me major PT vibes, and it’s made by Annapurna Interactive, who I can’t get enough of. The game’s website says it will probably be out in 2020, and that it will be on “PC and Consoles,” so I guess I will just have to bide my time waiting for more details by constantly watching the trailer here.
  • Way to the Woods – A cute game with cute deer, navigating their way through a metropolis, presumably on their way to the woods. It seems to focus on puzzle themes but for some reason, this didn’t end up feeling super interesting to me. Coming to Xbox (and Game Pass) in 2020, you can see if it will catch your eye with the trailer here.
  • Gears 5 – It’s a Gears game. The trailer they showed was weird, but I guarantee it will play like every other Gears game. Gears 5 Ultimate Edition will come included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Also, they let us have a sneak peek at one of the game modes called Escape, which is a 3 player co-op experience intended for local gameplay. If you pre-order the game, or purchase within the first week of launch, you will also receive a Terminator character pack. Gears 5 will hit Xbox/PC on September 10, 2019. You can watch the whole segment here.
  • Dying Light 2 – It’s the same as Dying Light 1, but this time, you are also infected! Great. Coming Q2 2020 for Xbox One, PC, and PS4, you can check out the trailer here.
  • Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions – Have you ever wanted a LEGO style racing game? Well, now you have one. This looks real cute, but not a system seller for me, so I guess all you current Xbox owners are lucky. The expansion arrives on June 13, 2019 (so soon!) and you can watch the trailer here.
  • Gears POP! – A Gears themed mobile game that was so terribly uninteresting to me I completely zoned out during its announcement. It is scheduled for a 2019 release, though, and you can watch the trailer here if that really is actually your thing.
  • State of Decay 2: Heartland – An expansion that features two separate storylines converging. The whole zombie thing is really not my jam, but everybody says good things about State of Decay. So I would imagine this will be worth picking up if you already own the game. It is available today, and is included in Xbox Game Pass. Check out the trailer here.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 – A free-to-play game coming in Spring 2020 that is like if Fire Emblem and Sailor Moon had a baby, or so it seems. A game that was big in Japan is finally coming to the US and will be available on Xbox and PC. Check out the trailer here.
  • Crossfire X – Apparently a huge first-person-shooter (the trailer boasts 650 million worldwide players), Crossfire X will be coming to Xbox in 2020. The language used indicates that it will hit other consoles in the future, although which ones and when has not yet been disclosed. For those who love the FPS online games, I would imagine you should check out the trailer here.
  • Tales of Arise – The leak has been confirmed, Tales of Arise will be coming in 2020. The game gave me major Crystal Chronicles feelings, which I approve of, but perhaps all JRPGs look the same to me. I’m not a die hard fan of this genre, but who knows, maybe it will convert me! Tales of Arise will be playable on Xbox, PC, and PS4, and has a current release date for sometime in 2020. You can watch the trailer for it here.
  • Borderlands 3 – Will be available on September 13, 2019 for Xbox One, PC, and PS4. Also, The Handsome Collection will be included with Xbox Game Pass starting today, and there is a new DLC available for purchase, assuming you already own The Handsome Collection. Look, I have mixed feelings about Gearbox ever since they announced they would still be hiring Chris Hardwick despite the abuse he has caused to women, so blehhhh I’m not sure. Watch the trailer here if you want.
  • Elden Ring – Final confirmation that the leaks from Friday are true, Elden Ring is a real thing, and will really be coming… eventually? At least we’re pretty sure it will be available on Xbox One, PC, and PS4, and the game looks extremely The Witcher meets Skyrim. Honestly what more could we ask for? (A release date. That’s what we could ask for.) Check out the trailer here.
  • Misc other games – There was a montage in the middle of the conference which detailed lots of different new indies to be released for Xbox Game Pass, most notably of which is Afterparty, from the people who brought you Oxenfree. Apparently there’s more info coming from Microsoft tomorrow at 3 PM PT, so perhaps I will find the time to check that out and update you all with the cool stuff our friendly indie devs have been cooking up. Here’s the montage the presented us with.
  • Halo Infinite – Everybody loves the Master Chief. Not really much gameplay yet, but we do know Cortana is no longer installed in our friendly deluxe human warrior, and the graphics look absolutely stunning. We know it will be releasing Holiday 2020 with (spoilers) the new console, and that there’s apparently more information coming during their “extra info” session tomorrow at 3 PM, but that’s about it. Check out the trailer here.

NOT GAMES

  • Xbox Game Pass – Xbox’s answer to Sony’s PSNow, this will be a presumably streaming service that has a curated selection of games for users to play for a set monthly fee. Many games will be available on Day 1 of Xbox Game Pass (read: today) with more to come. PC players can join in the open beta starting today for $10/month, with the headlining game being the entire Master Chief Collection. If you’re looking for a more deluxe experience, you can purchase Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $15/month, which includes Xbox Game Pass for console, PC, and Xbox Live Gold. Today’s special offer, though (and why I’m working hard to get this up ASAP) is anybody who joins today can get it for only $1.
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Updated Xbox controllers will be available with a better battery (up to 40 hours per charge) and charging dock, customizable sticks, adjustable tension in the control sticks, new grips, etc etc. These will be available on November 4, 2019 for a whopping $180 each. And you thought the Nintendo Pro Controller was expensive. Check out the hardware reveal here.
  • Project XCloud – Look, streaming is coming whether we want it or not. Starting this October, we will be able to use our Xbox consoles as streaming portals for the Xbox cloud servers. I don’t really know what any of this means but, maybe one of you can help me out in the comments below.
  • Project Scarlett – There’s a new console on the horizon, and it’s focused on, who would have guessed it, gaming. It purports to have reduced load times, better performance, higher resolution, higher frame rates, ray tracing, and a new kind of SSD that produces “virtual RAM.” You can watch the full reveal here (sorry folks, not even a hint at the price point), but really what this means is we are getting a new Xbox console Holiday season 2020. I just hope it has a disk drive in it.

Well, that was a fun journey we got to embark on together. If you want to watch the whole conference (which, why? But sure, ok) you can do that here. Otherwise, what were your favorite reveals at this conference? What did you wish to see more of? Let me know in the comments below!

Check back in with ya in a bit for Bethesda, where hopefully the whole thing is dedicated to Todd apologizing to us for his Fallout 76 sins.

One thought on “E3 2019: Microsoft Conference Recap (Day 2 – Sunday)

  1. Gonna go investigate the deets behind Afterparty because I am obsessed wtih Oxenfree!!

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