E3 2019: Inside Xbox, KF Games Showcase, and Square Enix Recap (Day 3 – Monday)

Who knew that sitting in your living room watching live streams all day long could be so tiring? Certainly not me. Well, anyway, we have a lot to cover before we close out Day 3 of E3 presentations, so let’s get started.


INSIDE XBOX

Inside Xbox was kind of a two hour long advertisement for stuff we already knew about, but I wrote down some highlights that I thought were really interesting.

  • Backwards Compatibility – Phil Spencer himself said that backwards compatibility is about respecting the purchases people have made, so you will all be happy to know that backwards compatibility will be a priority for Project Scarlett. What will be available on release date, who knows, but they are planning on making it a thing.
  • XO19 will be in London this year. Cute, especially considering the Watch Dogs: Legion love the city is gonna get.
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – You play Cal, an escaped padawan who as been labelled as an enemy of the state. Your droid is BD1, and functions as an explorer’s droid. The level design will be Metroidvania style with traditional skill trees, twitchy gameplay and weighty encounters. Keep your eye out for another gameplay video coming soon.
  • Sea of Thieves – will be getting an “anniversary edition” update that features Halo inspired ships, which you will get for free if you play any day during the week of E3.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will be set in Seattle because, according to the creative designer, “it’s dark and rainy and depressing.” I write this in the middle of the city on a 75 degree, sunny day so. That feels misplaced.
  • Updates to gamertags – More languages now supported, and now you can choose any name even if it’s already taken. Xbox will just add a suffix number (I’m assuming similar to the Discord system). If you don’t want those numbers, then don’t change your gamertag and you will be suffix free.
  • New game announcements – The Surge 2 trailer is now available here, and Phoenix Point, from the guy who brought us the original XCOM is set to arrive in September for PC, Mac, and Xbox (check the trailer here). Journey to the Savage Planet is a new game coming to Xbox One in 2020 (trailer). Also, digital version of Pandemic and Munchkin are headed to Xbox as well.

If you would like to suffer through the whole 2 hour gauntlet, you can do so here, to check all the things I didn’t report on.


KINDA FUNNY GAMES SHOWCASE

This show was absolutely chock full of games, so I thought I would highlight the ones I am most excited for (especially since so many of them are hitting the Switch).

  • One Night Stand – A visual novel that examines complex adult relationships? An extreme focus on narrative? I’m in. It’s coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch this summer (already available on PC), and you can see the trailer here.
  • Afterparty – I mentioned this briefly yesterday after the Microsoft Conference, but I was happy to get more of a peek at it. Your goal is to outdrink Satan so you can escape from hell, and if this plays with conversation mechanics the same way Oxenfree did, then I am so interested. Afterparty is coming out in 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox, with the trailer here.
  • Solace State – I heard someone mention social hacking? I’m super intrigued by those Black Mirror-esque themes and mechanics, so I will be excited to take another look at this game. It will be coming to PC in 2020, and you can watch the trailer here.
  • Wooden Nickel – The elevator pitch for this was “narrative adventure” and my bank account immediately withdrew $15. Whoops. It will be coming to PC, consoles, and mobile eventually, but for now, you will have to be happy watching the trailer here.
  • Sneaky Ninja – Billed as if Mario and Mark of the Ninja combined, which, yeah duh absolutely. Will be available on Steam and Switch this summer, and you can take a sneak peek here.
  • The Sinking City – This was a bit of a fever dream, trailer wise, but I love a good detective story so I’m here for it. The game will release on June 27, 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC through the Epic Games Store.
  • Lucifer Within Us – What? Hell yeah! What?? (trailer)
  • Superliminal – Apparently this game has been making the rounds for a while, and there is still no release date, but it looks so darn cool I can’t help but be hyped for it. You can see the trailer here.

You can watch the entire showcase here, and take a peek at all of the 2D arcade style games I left off of this list.


SQUARE ENIX

I gotta admit, essentially none of this conference got me really excited. I’m not a big Final Fantasy person and I don’t like Avengers, so this conference was built for someone with opposite my taste. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake – Cloud is here, and his sword is big. Combat is different now, with an added tactical mode after charging up (essentially) action points. Instead of turn-based, you can switch between characters in combat with the touch of a button. Also, the graphics are pretty. FF VII Remake will be available for PS4 on March 3, 2020, and you can see the presentation segment here.
  • Life is Strange 2 – It’s a game that is still available for purchase, in case you forgot.
  • Crystal Chronicles Remastered – This was the one I grew up with (read: watched my brother play) but it was really just the music that got me nostalgically. Okay, also the word “miasma.” This winter, the remake will be available on mobile, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, and you can see the trailer here.
  • Octopath Traveler – Again, it’s a game that still is available for purchase. Has been since last summer.
  • The Last Remnant Remastered – I don’t know what this game is, but it’s available tonight on Nintendo Switch. Here’s the trailer.
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 – For people who wanna like Minecraft but don’t like how little direction it gives them, here’s Dragon Quest Builders 2. Now with more fighting and helpers, and even an online multiplayer mode! DQB2 will hit PS4 on July 12, 2019 with a demo becoming available on June 27th. You can watch the trailer here.
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition S – Yep, that’s the entire title. Looks like a remastered Dragon Age game is hitting the Switch this fall. You can see the trailer here.
  • Circuit Superstars – a cute little racing game for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch coming in 2020. You can see the sneak peek here.
  • Battalion 1944 Eastern Front – Available now on Steam. It looks exactly like Battlefield V but with worse graphics.
  • Square Enix Music is now available on streaming services (calling all Final Fantasy fans).
  • Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind – A new DLC set with the strangest trailer I’ve ever seen will come out this winter for PS4 and Xbox One. The original game was bad though right? Well, maybe this will help.
  • Final Fantasy XIV Online: Shadowbringers – A new expansion releasing July 2, 2019 for all of you MMO fans out there. I respect the grind, but I will not participate in it. I will simply point you in the direction of the trailer.
  • Dying Light 2 – Got another trailer and a repeat of the Spring 2020 release date. Again, not a zombie person. Moving along.
  • Romancing Saga 3 and Saga Scarlet Grace Ambitions are two popular JRPGs that are getting Western releases. If you love JRPGs, you can give the trailers a watch here.
  • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius: War of the Visions is now in development as a complementary game to Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. It will be released on all mobile platforms, and you can see the trailer here.
  • Outriders – We don’t know much about this, but we know it’s a shooter with more information coming this winter. It will be released in Summer of 2020 to Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and you can watch the full reveal here.
  • Oninaki – We’ve got another action RPG on our hands, folks. The graphics are beautiful, but I’m just so, so tired. It will come out on August 22, 2019 for PS4, Steam, and Switch. Please just watch the trailer here.
  • Final Fantasy 8 Remastered – Snubbed no longer, it’s coming in 2019 to Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC. You can see the reveal here.
  • Avengers – In this one, Captain America dies? Okay. It will have online multiplayer with up to 4 friends, no paid loot boxes or pay-to-win elements (wow, what a high bar), and no paying for new characters or areas. Basically, it’s a console game, not a mobile game. It will come out on May 15, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC, although PS4 owners will get bonus perks like early beta access. You can watch the entire reveal here.

Finally, if you would like to watch the entire Square Enix presentation, you can do so here.


And that’s all! Tomorrow, we’ve just got the Nintendo Direct, and then next Friday (June 21st) the whole gang will get together and talk about our reactions and our thoughts after leaving the conference. See you soon!

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