Xbox hit hard at their E3 2018 briefing, with significant first party announcements and looks at a bunch of other exciting new titles.

Following an introductory glimpse at Halo Infinite and its new engine – see and read more here – Xbox big wig Phil Spencer hit the stage, promising us a look at 50 games, of which 18 are Xbox exclusives, and 15 are world premieres.

Spencer also announced five studios that have been absorbed under the Microsoft Studios banner, being newly-founded and Santa Monica-based The Initiative, along with Forza Horizon devs Playground Games, Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), Compulsion Games (the forthcoming – and controversial – We Happy Few) and Undead Labs (State of Decay 2).

Then there was the – fairly obvious we guess – news that the next generation Xbox is in development. With the interesting naming conventions for their hardware so far, we can’t wait to hear what it will be called.

Keeping all the big first party announces together, next up was the 2019-bound Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the follow-up to the delightful (and challenging) Ori and the Blind Forest.

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Next up, Crackdown 3 starring Terry Crews, the much-delayed (Terry don’t like that) newest entry in the blast-o-rama sandbox franchise. The latest release window is February, 2019. Here’s hoping…

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A look into the crystal ball sees two new lots of Sea of Thieves DLC scheduled. July will see the arrival of Cursed Sails, while Forsaken Shores will sail in this September.

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Next, the biggest news for some of us. We expected Forza Horizon 4 to be announced, and we weren’t disappointed. Heading to Britain this time around and with dynamic seasons, you can read and see more about it in our news item here. It’ll be landing on October 2.

Forza Horizon 4

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Moving on, we arrive at the very creepy-looking We Happy Few, as mentioned above. It’s hitting on August 10 – assuming they can get over the current classification ban for Australia.

Want new stuff in your PUBG? OK then, there’s a hunch of new DLC on its way for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, featuring bikes, buggies and more…

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The heavenly-looking (but demonically challenging) animated world of Cuphead is set to expand, and have new playable character Ms Chalice added, too. The Delicious Last Course is heading our way sometime in 2019.

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Tunic is set to be another exclusive, giving off a fun Link gets foxy vibe.

The next exclusive will excite old school gamers… the Battletoads are heading back in a new game next year!

Wrapping up the first party news were not one, not two, but three Gears of War drops.

The very cute-looking Gears Pop! is what it sounds like, Gears of War in in-game Pop! Vinyl form – for mobiles. Then there’s turn-based PC action in Gears Tactics, set 12 years before the events of GoW1.

But the biggest news was Gears 5, promising the largest game world yet. Due in 2019, read all that we know about it so far and watch two trailers here.

Gears 5

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In third party looks and announces, we got to see:

  • From Software/Activision’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (due in early 2019)
  • Bethesda’s Fallout 76 (we’ll have more on that very soon)
  • Square Enix/Dontnod’s The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, set in the Life Is Strange universe and hitting for free on June 26
  • Metro: Exodus – dated for February 22, 2019
  • Kingdom Hearts III – the Disney-Pixar/Final Fantasy fusion is set for January 29, 2019
  • Square Enix’s NieR: Automata – Become as Gods edition
  • EA/Dice’s Battlefield V – but not the extended look that we were led to believe we’d get after EA’s shindig yesterday for the October 19-bound war shooter
  • Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – expected to release March 15, 2019
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (September 12)
  • Session. – a skateboarding game with bonus full stop in the title
  • Black Desert – a fantasy MMORPG
  • Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 – yes, 10 years on, it’s back!
  • Bandai Namco’s anime mashup Jump Force, featuring characters from Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Naruto and more
  • Techland’s Dying Light 2 zombie-fest
  • Just Cause 4 – the latest exploits of Rico Rodruguez are due for release on December 4
  • CD Projekt Red’s new IP Cyberpunk 2077, a future-set, open world RPG


That’s a lot to look forward to, and we’ll have more news on many of the titles above through the week and in coming months. So, stay tuned to STACK!