Mircosoft Surprised Us with Their E3 Press Conference
Microsoft showed off more than 50 new games at their E3 press conference this Sunday, including 18 exclusive titles and 15 world premiers. Halo 6, Gears of War 5, Forza Horizon 4 and Crackdown 3 were some of the biggest games featured this year. We also got a bunch of release dates for some exciting games, so overall this was a big year for Microsoft.
Microsoft also announced they have acquired four new studios, including Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory and Compulsion Games, plus a brand new studio called The Initiative.
This year’s conference began with a game engine demo showing off some of the graphical and lighting effects in a crazy thunderstorm running on Xbox One X, ending with a teaser for Halo 6 where Master chiefs hand can be seen holding his iconic helmet.
ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS
Developer Moon Studios showed off a sweet new teaser trailer for their upcoming sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The game is an action platform adventure game with an amazing art style. It will release in 2019.
SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE
Japanese developer FROMSOFT took the stage next with a trailer for their new game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The game is being led by Dark Souls veteran, director Hidetaka Miyazaki. According to Miyazaki, players take control of a “hard-hearted warrior whose mission is to rescue his master, a young lord, and exact revenge on his arch nemesis.” The game looks to be set in the Sengoku period of Japan, and promises to offer the intense Fromsoft difficulty, challenging combat and addicting gameplay we know and love.
Fallout 76 got its first teaser of gameplay, and according to Bethesda director, Tom Howard, the game is going to be a prequel to all the other fallout games. It will be four times the size of Fallout 4 and will be set in the hills of West Virginia, USA. From the trailer, we can see several new environments being showed off, and from what we can tell the core of the game seems to be about surviving and rebuilding after the destruction of the world, with a heavy emphasis on crafting. The settlement building system from Fallout 4 will likely play a much larger role in this game. It will be available for pre-order June 15th.
(AWESOME ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SPIRIT)
Developer Dontnod Entertainment showed off a new game in the Life is Strange universe called The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. According to the trailer, it seems to be a self-contained story following a 10-year old boy named Chris, who dreams about adventures and superheroes. Not much else is known about the game, but it will likely tie into Life is Strange 2 somehow. This game will launch completely free as well, so everyone should check it out.
Microsoft released a new trailer for Crackdown 3 today. The action-packed trailer follows Terry Crews causing havoc in the new city. The game promises to be a sandbox action game with a massive fully destructible world. This trailer comes a week after the news the game would be delayed again to next year. Let’s just hope it is as good as it looks when it finally comes out February 2019.
NIER: AUTOMATA: Become As Gods edition
Today Square Enix announced Nier: Automata will be coming to Xbox June 26th. The game is available for pre-order now. It was released last March for PC and PlayStation 4.
4A games showed off more of their upcoming survival FPS game, Metro: Exodus. The trailer featured an evil-seeming man giving a speech about survival and then transitioned into showing off some of the combat and weapon customization. Plenty of terrifying mutant monsters can be seen and it looks to be a return to the disturbing and powerful atmosphere the games are known for. The game is scheduled to release February 22, 2019.
KINGDOM HEARTS 3
Square Enix dropped a trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 and showed off a bunch of the new Disney-based worlds that will be in the game, focusing heavily on the icy world of Frozen. The trailer shows Sora and his team exploring the world, including strapping on some ice rollerblades to get around a frozen lake. It also features some sections from Wreck-It Ralf, Monster’s Inc., Toy Story and Tangled. The game will release on January 29th, 2019.
EA showed off a new trailer for one of Battlefield V’s single player war stories. This trailer features the same young Norwegian protagonist evading soldiers in a blizzard and showed off some melee and ranged combat with throwing knives. Battlefield V comes out October 19th.
FORZA HORIZON 4
Microsoft officially revealed Forza Horizon 4 for Xbox One and PC. The game will be an arcade racer set in massive open world Britain. The game will feature a shared open world with seamless co-op. The game will also feature dynamic seasons that change the landscape of the map, including snow in winter and heavy rain in Spring. There will be community-wide world events in the game started by a blimp. The chat will be easy with the D-pad to interact with players. It will release on October 2nd for Xbox and game pass.
WE HAPPY FEW
There was also a new trailer for Gearbox’s new game, We Happy Few, which ended with a launch date of August 10th. The game takes place in a psychedelic, dystopian version of England where people are forced to take a drug called Joy, and seems to be a combination of survival RPG and stealth gameplay.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds also got a sweet new trailer featuring the game’s two maps plus a new third jungle map, Sanhok, that will release later this summer. It also teased a fourth snowy map to release later this year.
TALES OF VESPERIA REMASTER
Bandai Namco showed off Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition on Xbox one set to release this winter. The remaster will include additional content and characters. The graphics look great and hopefully we will see more of this game soon. The game will also be coming to PlayStation 4 and Switch.
THE DIVISION 2
Ubisoft showed off some of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 for the first time. The game takes place in Washington, D.C, and it’s now summer instead of the first game’s winter setting. The demo shows off a squad of four players working together to fight through a level in a Washington Museum. It seems to be aiming to be everything the first game promised to be and better. The game will be out March 15, 2019.
SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER
Square Enix also showed off Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and the game looks to be as exciting and intense as ever. The new trailer shows a slightly older Lara exploring a Mayan temple and narrowly escaping down a river. It is the third instalment in the successful Tomb Raider reboot, and comes out September 14th.
Montreal developer Creature Studios showed off a trailer for a new skateboarding game called Session. The game looks to be a realistic skateboarding simulator, and will feature a filming mode inspired by VHS-quality skate videos of the ’90s, according to the developers.
We got our first look at RPG Black Desert in a sweet new gameplay trailer. It’s an Online fantasy RPG game ruled by magic and evil creatures. The game has been on PC for a few years now and is finally making its debut on Xbox one as a beta this fall.
DEVIL MAY CRY 5
Capcom debuted Devil May Cry 5, and it looks to be a return to forum for the series known for over the top action and combat. There will be three playable characters in the game, each offering a completely different playstyle. It has been 10 years since the last Devil May Cry game and fans can finally get their hands on this game in Spring 2019 for Xbox, PlayStation 4 and PC
Microsoft announced that Cuphead, the insanely difficult and beloved 2D platformer, will be getting a huge DLC pack with lots of new levels. The DLC is called “The Delicious Last Course” and will introduce a new playable character to the mix called Ms. Chalice. The game is set to release in 2019.
Microsoft showed off a quick look at upcoming Zelda-style adventure game, Tunic. The game looks to be like a classic adventure game, such as Legend of Zelda but with a cute little fox for a protagonist. We did not get a release date, however.
Microsoft also showed off several world premiers, including Dying Light 2, a Bandai Namco fighting game called Jumpforce, Just Cause 4, Gears of War 5, finishing off with an awesome new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077.