Microsoft/Xbox at E3 2018 had an absolute blinder showcasing a whopping 50 games, 18 exclusives and 15 world premieres. It was hit after hit and as fast as I was posting on social media and slowing down my hype breathing, they’d hit us with another amazing title! It was unreal to watch live and I can only imagine how incredibly amazing it must feel to be in the crowd getting the full body experience. One day I’ll get there, one day! I mean, just look at this reaction video below – it still gets the heart pumping!
Oh man, when you see his helmet! What a way to open the show last year. Aside from the start time, no official timeline of presentations has been released publically yet for their 2019 presentation. After watching it live last year, I almost don’t want to know what’s coming so I can be blown away yet again. We’ll update this post if we get any solid news. Last month, Xbox Wire gave us an overview of their presentation, so it gives us a little something to go on. I’ve amended the times they mentioned to reflect AEST.
“We’ll be kicking things off with our annual Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, which you can watch live beginning on [Monday, June 10 at 6am AEST]. During the briefing, you’ll have a chance to check out everything from trailers for unannounced titles coming in 2019 and beyond to in-depth looks at previously announced games. You can watch the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing live beginning at [6am AEST on Monday, June 10] on the official Xbox Mixer Channel or on the Mixer app for Xbox One and Windows 10.”
“We’re also happy to share that Inside Xbox, our showcase sharing everything great in the world of Xbox, will be airing a special episode during E3. Inside Xbox: Live @ E3 will air [Tuesday, June 11 at 8am AEST] and will feature a livestream full of exclusive announcements, game demos, interviews, and more.”
Looking at last year’s titles that Microsoft/Xbox revealed, we’re obviously going to get more information on such amazing titles as Halo Infinite and Gears 5.
Other games that were announced last year but we haven’t seen many more details are (click each game name for a trailer):
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps (sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest)
- Sable (a coming-of-age tale of discovery through exploration across a strikingly rendered open world desert – i just love the music in this trailer!)
- Session (Heavily inspired by the golden era and skate culture of the late 90s/early 2000s)
- Tunic (an action adventure about a tiny fox in a big world)
- Battletoads (the toads are back in this revival of developer Rare’s brawling series, this time with 3-player couch co-op)
- Cyberpunk 2077 (only the coolest looking cyberpunk game ever!)
- Let’s not forget Gears POP! for mobiles and Gears Tactics for PC
There have been some rumoured leaks recently. I don’t normally pay attention to these leaks but there’s speculation that Fable 4 and Age of Empires IV could be on the cards. It’d be cool to have news of both, but I won’t get my hopes up yet. Aside from these games, plus possible updates to Sea of Thieves, there’s every chance that we’ll hear about some more companies joining ID@Xbox who are producing some amazing games. Alot of these games can be found within Xbox Game Pass too. Speaking of Game Pass, breaking news! It’s just been announced that Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC! From Xbox head Phil Spencer:
“Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile.”
“We look forward to sharing more at E3, including the great games coming to the library, as well as more details on when and how you’ll experience the new Xbox Game Pass service for PC gamers.”
Wow, that is amazing news! I can’t wait to see what titles will be available. I love the Xbox Game Pass for my console, but to have it on PC? Bloody glorious!
We are sure to get more details on Project xCloud which is a new game streaming technology. Recently, Kareem Choudry, Corporate Vice President – Gaming Cloud, Microsoft, gave us a bit of an update on the progress of the project.
“Last fall, we pulled back the curtain on Project xCloud – our game-streaming technology. Our vision for Xbox is that you can play the games you want, with the people you want, on the devices you want. Project xCloud brings us closer to fully realising that vision. Our teams around the globe have been hard at work, building out and testing the system. We recently rolled out an alpha version to Microsoft employees through our take home program and are using the feedback to make improvements, ensuring Project xCloud offers customers a great experience.”
“There are currently more than 1,900 games in development for Xbox One, all of which could run on Project xCloud. Developers creating those games continue working normally – building with the tools they have – while we do the work to make their games accessible to the broadest set of players possible. Project xCloud is an exciting journey that we are all on together. We can’t wait to invite the community to provide feedback, help us shape it and participate in development in a very open and transparent way. Stay tuned…”
Finally, as part of their E3 2018 presentation, head of Xbox Phil Spencer revealed that the designing process of the next Xbox was well underway. He didn’t give us much more detail than that, however since then we know of a Project Scarlett. Will we see some new Xbox consoles revealed for 2020? One can hope so!
Be sure to watch the Microsoft/Xbox E3 2019 presentation on Monday, June 10 starting at 6am AEST via Mixer or on the Mixer app for Xbox One and Windows 10. And just to get you excited, here’s another look at the epic Gears 5 trailer – those chills!