The Xbox E3 2019 briefing has been and gone, dropping the odd bombshell as well as covering some 60 games – and new hardware.
That’s a lot to cover, and it was all let loose in rather scattershot fashion, so we’ll start off big and work our way through.
Possibly the biggest news involved Halo Infinite – and that it would be a launch title for the new Xbox console, currently codenamed Project Scarlett and due towards the end of 2020. It’s shaping up well from the little that we learned, and promises to be one powerful beastie. Read more on Halo Infinite here, and Project Scarlett here.
It may not be an Xbox exclusive, but it is huge, and that’s Cyberpunk 2077. A new trailer was unveiled, along with a new star from it whose name rhymes with Beanu Leaves – check out our piece on it all here.
Legendary studio Ninja Theory is now under Microsoft’s umbrella, and we were given a taste of their new team combat action game Bleeding Edge. Keep an eye out for an upcoming tech alpha from June 27.
New to Xbox’s rapidly expanding stable of developers is Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions… and we got a first look at gameplay in Psychonauts 2!
Coming sometime next year, some six years after the last iteration, is a new take on Microsoft Flight Simulator – and this one will be on Xbox as well as PC! Not only that, it’s set to harness incredible tech including satellite data and Microsoft’s own Azure AI to deliver real-time 4K graphics. It looks wild, see for yourself:
Minecraft fans are in for a new treat, with a dedicated dungeon crawler version entitled, appropriately, Minecraft Dungeons. It’s due in autumn 2020:
If you liked the Hot Wheels pack in Forza Horizon 3, then you’re going to love the new addition for Forza Horizon 4 that’s lobbing this week – the LEGO Speed Champions expansion! Yes, this week!
Speaking of LEGO, the worst kept secret in blocky circles has been the forthcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. We got a world premiere look at the game, which will include stories based on all nine films, and is coming next year.
Another world premiere came with the announcement of a collaboration between FromSoftware’s Hidetaka Miyazaki and Mr Game of Thrones himself, George RR Martin. Entitled Elden Ring, it looks a lot like this:
The there’s the corporate overlord challenging The Outer Worlds from Obdidian. We got to have another look, and it’s been dated for October 25.
The sequel to the well-received platformer Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, was also dated – February 11 – and we got to have another look at its dreamy graphics and gameplay:
Other titles touched upon included a Blair Witch game, a “Definitive Edition” of Age of Empires II, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Dying Light 2, the post-apocalyptic winter wonderland of Wasteland 3, the twin story assault of the State of Decay 2: Heartland expansion, a new Bandai Namco JRPG entitled Tales of Arise, and the Xbox arrival of Japan’s hugest free-to-play online RPG in SEGA’s Phantasy Star 2: Online.
What else? Retro fans will be pretty jazzed to hear that a new take on the legendary joypad destroyer Battletoads is coming, complete with three-player couch co-op:
One joypad you won’t want to destroy is the newly-revealed series 2 Xbox Elite controller. Mind you, it’s built like a tank, so would take some serious punishment. Come on toads, we’ll have ya! It’s been re-engineered for quicker firing, more customisation, access to three custom profiles and up to 40 hours of play per charge:
Phew, that’s a lot of new gaming. Also keep an eye out for a bunch of cool new indies from the ID@Xbox programme, including all of the following:
Want to relive the entire Xbox E3 2019 briefing? Grab some snacks and get watching:
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