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E3 2018: Here’s All Of The Big Game Announcements From Xbox
It's a long one: Jump In
“Jump In”. For this year’s E3 press conference Microsoft revived the tagline used back in the Xbox 360, when they were a leading force in the industry. Still playing catchup with Sony’s Playstation, the Xbox team are trying to make a statement at this year’s presentation.
And it’s clear: they will have more games, and will make more games.
The biggest announcement outside of the many games being revealed is Microsoft Studios buying five new studios to bolster its first-party development. Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory and Compulsion Games have all joined the Xbox fold, with a new studio called The Initiative rounding up the list. Microsoft Studios is now nine studios strong.
With that said, here’s the many games that was revealed on the Xbox stage early this morning.
A glimpse of a new Halo game. Touted as “Master Chiefs’ biggest adventure yet,” 343 Industries’ next game will be powered by an all-new Slipspace engine.
No gmaeplay details yet, but we do know that it will come to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
Ori And the Wild Of The Wisps
New trailer for the sequel to gorgeaous 2D Metroidvania Ori And The Blind Forest. It will have strong enemies, more puzzles and a very beautiful world as it the game before it.
It will be out in 2019 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Remember From Software’s teaser at the Game Awards? This is the game. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice looks like a soulslike set in feudal Japan. But with more options in mobility (there’s a grappling hook courtesy of the scary-looking contraption around the character’s arm bones and stealth.
Interestingly, it will be published by Activision and set to be out in 2019.
Announced prior to E3, Fallout 76 gets a new trailer. Todd Howard was on stage to tell that it is confirmed to be the prequel to all other Fallout games. It will be set in western Virginia, with a map size four times the size of Fallout 4.
The Awesome Adventure Of Captain Spirit
Dontnod’s follow-up to Life Is Strange, set in the same universe, but with a new character and setting. This is a free game and will be available on June 26th on PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Crackdown 3 was confirmed to be delayed to 2019, but the trailer looks okay still. Developed by Sumo Digital, the open world action game is entirely narrated by a very pumped Terry Crews, who plays protagonist Commander Jaxon. Expect explosions, cars driving vertically up buildings and a rubber duck rocket launcher.
It will be out Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
Nier Automata On Xbox One
As expected, Nier Automata Becomes As God Edition was announced. Originally only on PS4 and PC, this edition will include all the previous DLCs together. It will be out on June 26th.
Revealed here at last year’s E3, here’s a gameplay look for Metro Exodus. It will miss 2018, delaying to release on February 22nd as well, joining Anthem and Days Gone sharing the same release date.
Kingdom Hearts III
The first time to arrive on Xbox One, Kingdom Hearts III’s new trailer showcased English voiceovers this time with a focus on the Frozen world. Glimpses of Tangled, the Gumi Ship mini-game, Riku, King Mickey and more Organisation XIII (the folks in oddly-specific black hoodie getup).
It will be out on January 29th, along with a PS4 release.
Sea Of Thieves
Sea Of Thieves is great.. but content is drying up quick. But this quick,tounge-in-cheek trailer proves Rare is in the works on bolstering that front.
Two updates, Bursed Sails in July and The Forsaken Shores in September were announced.
As teased at EA’s media event yesterday, we have our first look at the single-player… but it’s a short teaser trailer that reveal the tone, rather than gameplay. The official trailer is not up yet on official channels. Nothing to see here.
Forza Horizon 4
Rumours were swirling that the new Forza Horizon will feature Tokyo, or Hong Kong. But we are getting an open world set in.. Britain.
But, it’s not a bad thing! The drabness of the country helps it sell the new biggest feature- dynamic weather and seasons. All players in the game will see the same weather and season effects, as well as dynamic time of day.
The McLaren Senna, offroad racing, hovercrafts were shown. It will double down on the online free roam aspects by offering a quick chat option for prompts with strangers. Big co-op events will be there in the form of the Forzathon. On the Xbox One X, the game can run on 60fps.
Forza Horizon 4 will be out on October 2nd for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
We Happy Few
Initially an Early Access game now a full-priced game. A procedural survival game, We Happy Few’s new trailer focus more on its interesting story bits of a dystopia where people are mandated to take happy pills. Despite now owned by Microsoft, this game by Compulsion games will be under the Gearbox publishing label. to be released in August 19.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) remains a thing, and updates to the Xbox One version will continue to keep up with the PC version. A tease of a new snow map was seen, set for release in 2019.
Tales Of Vesperia Definitive Edition
One of the beloved games under the Tales RPG series, Tales Of Vesperia Definitive Edition is a remaster of the Xbox 360 and later PS3 game. However, it will contain all the new content seen in the PS3 version- such as two party members- which never received a release in the West.
It will be sometime by winter, either the year end or early 2019. It will also be out on PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch alongside the Xbox One.
The Division 2
The Division 2 revealed itself ahead of the Ubisoft E3 presser. The sequel is set in the summer this time with a new locale: Washington D.C. Agents of The Division are now fighting a new corrupted government.
Gameplay was shown, still with the gamer chat but toned down. Less bullet-spongey enemies. It will be out In March 15th, 2019 for the PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
New trailer. September 14th
The next best thing to Skate 4 being announced. Originally started as a Kickstarter game, Session is attempting to do what Skate 4 would have done: an authentic, grounded take on skateboarding requiring skills and creativity to pull off tricks.
No release date, but putting it on stage at E3 should make disappointed fans from EA’s conference yesterday happy.
Devil May Cry 5
“DMC is back!” Hideaka Itsuno shouted as he walked on stage. The long-rumoured sequel was revealed on the Xbox stage, looking the most beautiful it has ever seen (it has a realistic look ala Resident Evil 7) while still having the same feel of the character action the series pioneered.
You play Nero again, now with a robot arm and a new sidekick Nero. And a very grandad looking Dante makes a cameo at the end.
It will be out in Spring 2019 for PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Cuphead, the semnial indie hit of last year, will be getting new DLC which includes a new playable character, a new island of levels, weapons and charms.
It will be out in 2019.
Tunic was revealed at the PC Gaming Show last year, but now with a new trailer and a longer screen time. It’s a cute looking game in the veins of old-school Zelda with a charming aesthetic.
No release date is set yet.
A crossover game featuring the many Shonen Jump games by Bandai Namco including Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball and even Death Note characters to fight in a realistic-looking artstyle. It will be out on 2019.
Dying Light 2
Techland’s bold sequel remains a parkour-driven first-person game, but with a new improvement. Choices genuinely matters this time with the gameworld changes with it. There are now dialogue choices. Chris Avellone is working on it- a very established game writer with credits from Fallout:New Vegas to Prey, he was the man to present the game on stage.
New Battletoads! Featuring three-player local co-op just like the original tough arcade game was, it will be out in 2019.
Just Cause 4
Avalanche Studios returns with Just Cause 4. Set in the South American lands of Solis, the destruction in this open world action game is significantly upped by the presence of extreme weather. Thunderstorms, tornadoes and more will wreck more destruction.
It will also be out on PS4, PC and Xbox One on December 4th.
The bait-and-switch is strong on this one. It’s not promo for Funko Pops, but a new cartoony mobile game to be released in 2019.
Notice the title is only Gears rather than Gears Of War.
Experience Gears like never before.
— Gears of War (@GearsofWar) June 10, 2018
Also announce afterwards is a new spin-off turn-based strategy game ala XCOM, set as a prequel to the whole Gears series.
And after the many spin-offs, we see Gears 5. A continuation of Gears Of War 4 players take control of Kait now. with support for local or online co-op. It will be out in 2019 for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
And the biggest bombshell to drop. The first trailer for Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projeckt RED’s dystopian world of Night City looks fantastic. No release date or gameplay, but it is the first look at how the world of Cyberpunk is being imagined.
Find more of our E3 coverage here.