Microsoft/XBox E3 2019 Conference Highlights

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For Microsoft, E3 2019 was more than just about XBox, though that was definitely the central theme. It also seemed to be focused on the future of gaming as new technology emerges, such as cloud streaming, rey tracing, and cheaper solid state drive pricing, and how future XBox endeavors will include these technologies. Additionally, true to their promise of making every effort to integrate PC and XBox gaming, Phil Spencer, Head of XBox, announced that XBox Game Pass will now be available via a new app on PC, with over 100 hand curated games promised by August 2019.

The conference began, however, with a lovely montage, followed by a stunning new trailer for the much anticipated Obsidian RPG based on the world of Halcyon, Outer Worlds. The trailer included the game’s release date of October 25th, 2019, so at least we know when the wait for that title will be over.

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Next up we saw an announcement for Ninja Theory’s upcoming 3rd person action combat 4v4 competitive multiplayer title, Bleeding Edge, which currently has a February 11 2020 release date. Check out that trailer over here. Ninja Theory is just one of seven major studios that Microsoft acquired this past year.

Speaking of Microsoft Acquisitions, the makers of well known block based survival game Minecraft, Mojang, brought a trailer as well. Minecraft Dungeons, which is slated to debut in spring of 2020, will be a 4 player couch and online co-op ARPG, and I have to say, it looks pretty good to me. See for yourself here.

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If you haven’t heard about Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, staring Cameron Monaghan of Gotham and Shameless fame, you’re in luck: here’s one of several trailers that have been cropping up, this one showcased with XBox. I myself was a bit skeptical about Gotham’s Joker as a jedi, but the more of this game I see, the more excited I get for it. Seems like a cool blend of Assassin’s Creed and Force Unleashed. SW:JFO will arrive November 15th, 2019.

Speaking of famous actors in video games, turns out CD Projekt Red has been keeping a little secret from us. Keanu Reeves made a cameo at the end of the cinematic trailer for CDPR’s upcoming title, Cyberpunk 2077, then made an adorable appearance on stage. What’s more, he blew it all up with a second trailer, this one revealing the much awaited release date for Cyberpunk 2077: April 16th, 2020.

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Sarah Bond, head of XBox partnerships, took the stage to announce that as of today, Metro: Exodus, The Borderlands’ Handsome Collection, Hollow Knight, and Batman Arkham Knight will be available on XBox Game Pass. The PC version will include the Master Chief Collection, including Halo Reach for the first time on PC.

The launch of the open beta version of XBox Game Pass for PC was announced to be today, June 9th 2019. For today its cost is just 1 dollar. Going forward the beta version will be just $4.99, and $9.99 after full release. The XBox Game Pass Ultimate package will include XBox Live Gold, and the Game Pass for both PC and XBox One for $14.99.

Check out the full XBox Game Pass for PC Trailer here.

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A series of trailers followed, including the latest MS Flight Simulator, Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition in beautifully 4k (fall 2019), and Wasteland 3 (2019).

Next, XBox announced another of its recent studio acquisitions: Double Fine Games, which prompted Double Fine’s founder, Tim Schafer, to come out and lead in to the Psychonauts 2 trailer.

If you’re into LEGO Star Wars games, you’ll be pleased to see LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga, which will feature all 9 movies in one game, available in 2020.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an upcoming action RPG announced for 2020. Little is known, but at least we got to see the art direction they seem to be taking, which looks pretty damn solid.

Kakarot E3 Microsoft Writeup

Gears of War development studio The Coalition head Rod Ferguson had a lot to say about the upcoming Gears 5 game, including a new trailer and mini-roadmap, and the game’s September 10th, 2019 release date.

Versus Tech Test will be happening July 17th, and Horde Mode will be debuted at Gamescon on August 19th. It was also announced that if you pre-order the Gears 5 Ultimate Edition, or if you have the XBox Ultimate Game Pass, you’ll gain access to the game 4 days early, on September 6th, 2019. If you pre-order the game, or play it within the first week of launch, you’ll also receive a character pack themed after the upcoming movie Terminator Dark Fate.

There will also be a Funko Pop doll inspired Gears of War mobile game, Gears Pop!, coming to iOS and Android mobile devices. Pre-Registrations are open NOW!

Finally, we got to see the Escape Mode trailer for Gears 5, which will be a 3 player couch co-op mode where you must infiltrate the hive, leave a bomb, and get out alive.

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The new XBox Elite controller received a video segment, showcasing its new features, but it paled in comparison to the video showcasing the upcoming XBox console, Scarlett, which is slated to debut just in time for the holiday season 2020.

Scarlett will also ship with the latest installment of the Halo series, Halo Infinite. See the trailer for that here.

Are you hyped for Borderlands 3? Well, if you own Borderlands 2 you should have access to a free update today including the free DLC: Commander Lilith & the fight for Sanctuary. This came alongside the quintessential looter-shooter’s latest trailer. As a reminder, BL3 has a September 13th, 2019 release date.

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Phantasy Star Online 2 has been a huge hit with Japanese and surrounding audiences, but it has never come to the west. Until now.

Let’s not forget the latest offering in the Tales series, either, Tales of Arise.

And that’s the highlights for the Microsoft/XBox 2019 E3 Showcase. Make sure to check out all our other E3 2019 coverage!

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