With 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo beginning, Microsoft E3 2019 event kicked off the day. This year, Sony stayed home, so they have the whole showcase to dominate and hype. Much of the previously rumored projects are announced, along with the details of their new Xbox entitled, Project Scarlet. Here are some of the highlights of the press conference:
PROJECT SCARLET IS REAL, AND IT’S COMING SOON
The next Xbox is closer than you might think. Today Microsoft officially unveiled Project Scarlet, the long-rumored successor to the Xbox One. The device will support 8K gaming, framerates of 120fps in games, and ray-tracing, and variable refresh rate. Not to be outdone by Sony, Microsoft is using an SSD as virtual ram. We saw nothing about the console. You can guess we will at next year’s event, and it’s going to launch in the holiday 2020 period.
XBOX GAME PASS FOR PC
We previously mentioned that Microsoft would be offering a Game Pass for PC users. We finally have a price. The service will be $4.99 a month. You can sign up, right now, for the beta which will run you $1 until the service is more generally launched. In beta, you will have access to 10 games until the official rollout. Games available are:
- ACA NEOGEO METAL SLUG X
- Antiquia Lost
- ARK: Survival Evolved
- Battle Chasers: Night War
- Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe
- Battlefleet Gothic: Armada
- Bomber Crew
- Bridge Constructor Portal
- Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons
- Book of Demons
- Crackdown 3
- Die for Valhalla!
- Disneyland Adventures
- Football Manager 2019
- Full Metal Furies
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition dla Windows 10
- Gears of War 4
- Gears 5
- Guacamelee 2
- Halo: Spartan Assault
- Halo: Spartan Strike
- Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
- Halo Wars 2: Standard Edition
- Hatoful Boyfriend
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Hello Neighbor
- Hollow Knight
- Hotline Miami
- Imperator: Rome
- Into The Breach
- Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition
- Forza Horizon 4 standard Edition
- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
- Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
- Metro Exodus
- Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
- Neon Chrome
- Old Man’s Journey
- Operencia: The Stolen Sun
- Opus Mangum
- Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
- Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You
- Pony Island (Daniel Mullins Games)
- RiMe: Windows Edition
- Riptide GP: Renegade
- Rise of Nations: Extended Edition
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure
- Samorost 3
- Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
- Shenmue I & II
- Silence – The Whispered World 2
- Sinner for Windows 10
- Slay The Spire
- Shoot n Merge 2048
- Smoke and Sacrifice
- Snake Pass
- State of Decay 2
- Stealth Inc 2
- SteamWorld Dig 2
- Sunset Overdrive
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- Supermarket Shriek
- Surviving Mars – First Colony Edition
- Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
- The Banner Saga
- The Banner Saga 2
- The Banner Saga 3
- The Flame In The Flood
- The Gardens Between
- The Last Door: Season 2 Collector’s Edition
- The Messenger
- The Stillness of the Wind
- The Surge
- The Turing Test
- Thimbleweed Park
- Tyranny Gold Edition
- Valkyria Chronicles
- Void Bastards
- Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
- West Of Loathing
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- We Happy Few
- Wizard of Legend
- Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection
XCLOUD IS LAUNCHING IN OCTOBER
In addition to new hardware, Microsoft also finally announced a release date for its long-awaited cloud gaming service, xCloud. With the new streaming platform, you can “turn your Xbox One into your own personal and free xCloud server,” according to Xbox head Phil Spencer. It’ll be available in October.
XBOX GAME PASS ULTIMATE TO INCLUDE PC
Earlier this year, it was announced by Microsoft the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This would offer a joint subscription for both Game Pass and Xbox Live. However, Microsoft is adding an additional perk – PC Game Pass. So, for the price of $15/month, you will get access to Xbox Live, Game Pass, and Game Pass for PC.
THE ELITE CONTROLLER GETS REVAMPED
Microsoft’s surprise hit Elite controller for the Xbox is ready for an update. Today the company announced the Elite series 2, which “features over 30 new ways to play like a pro, including adjustable-tension thumbsticks, new interchangeable components, up to 40 hours of rechargeable battery life, and limitless customization with the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.”
HALO INFINITE AND GEARS 5 GET RELEASE DATES
Two of the Xbox’s biggest games finally have release dates. The brutal action of Gears 5 will be available to play on September 10th, while Halo Infinite won’t be out until late next year. The twist? It’s coming to Project Scarlett. Not a bad launch title.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S ELDEN RING IS OFFICIALLY UNVEILED
The leaks were real: Elden Ring, a fantasy game collaboration between George R.R Martin and Dark Souls creator FromSoftware, is in the works. And based on the first trailer, it looks to be exactly the fantasy epic you’d expect.
FLIGHT SIMULATOR IS MAKING A RETURN IN 2020
One of the most iconic PC games is making a comeback. Today Microsoft revealed a gorgeous new take on the classic Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is launching on PC next year. As you’d expect, it sounds pretty realistic: “From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.”
KEANU REEVES IS IN CYBERPUNK 2077, WHICH NOW HAS A RELEASE DATE
John Wick is headed to the future. In the latest trailer for CD Projekt Red’s open-world epic Cyberpunk 2077 revealed that none other than Keanu Reeves will be starring in the game. Really, what else do you need to know? Well, it has a release date now: expect to play the game on April 16th, 2020.
ANOTHER GOOD LOOK AT THE OUTER WORLDS
Obsidian was on hand to show off a new trailer for its Fallout-style sci-fi role-playing game The Outer Worlds. First announced back at The Game Awards, the game looks to blend the first person RPG gameplay of Fallout with a somewhat over-the-top sci-fi universe, that takes place on what looks like a backwater planet. The game is launching October 25th on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
NINJA THEORY IS MAKING A 4V4 ACTION GAME
Dmc developer Hellblade is bringing its action game pedigree to a new multiplayer experience called Bleeding Edge. In the debut trailer, the game has somewhat of a Team Fortress 2 vibe, but with 4v4 battles and a greater focus on melee combat. You’ll be able to experience it for yourself very soon: a technical alpha kicks off on June 27th.
MINECRAFT DUNGEONS IS COMING NEXT SPRING
Last year Microsoft announced a surprise spinoff for Minecraft, with the dungeon crawling action RPG Minecraft Dungeons. Not only did we get a new trailer today, showing off the isometric gameplay, we also learned it’ll be launching in spring 2020.
BLAIR WITCH IS GETTING A TERRIFYING LOOKING GAME
Blair Witch is being turned into a video game, and it looks horrifying. The brief trailer showed off an experience that looks a lot like classic Silent Hill, only transported into first-person.
A FIRST REAL LOOK AT THE BATTLETOADS REVIVAL
Last year Microsoft teased the return of classic beat ‘em up Battletoads, and today we got our first proper look at the 2D brawler. It looks gorgeous, though unfortunately it still doesn’t have anything resembling a release date.
DOUBLE FINE JOINS MICROSOFT
One of the most iconic indie studios is no longer independent. Tim Schafer’s Double Fine, the team behind games like Psychonauts, is the latest addition to the ever-growing Microsoft Game Studios. “And with that we’re officially no longer independent, though forever indie in spirit,” says Double Fine’s Greg Rice.
PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 IS COMING NEXT YEAR
One of the biggest MMOs in Japan is making its way westward. Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2, which launched in Japan way back in 2012 on PC, is coming to the Xbox One some time next year as a free-to-play experience.
That was would Microsoft E3 2019 event recap. Be sure to check back with our recap of all the other presentations during the week. As well as our podcast on Monday.