Microsoft's E3 Press Conference 2018 Details
Microsoft is E3's wild card this year. For other major publishers including Sony and Nintendo, we know more or less what to expect, but with no major hardware reveals expected at this year's Microsoft conference and a reported 50 games (including 15 world premieres) on the agenda, all bets were off.
So? Did Microsoft succeed in taking us by surprise? Let's have a look at the livestream recap below.
Forza Horizon 4
We know to expect Forza from Microsoft at this point, so this is the least surprising entry on the list. If you're a fan of gratuitous car porn, though, look no further than today's Forza Horizon 4 unveiling. Playground Games' Ralph Fulton joined the stage to introduce the game's "dynamic open world" based on iconic locales across Great Britain, from rural England to downtown Edinburgh.
60 FPS? We got that. Offroading with dune buggies? Got it. Seasons and destructible environments? You know it. Seemingly unstructured online co-op where players will occupy the same maps simultaneously and can pop in and out of friendly drag races, cooperate in timed events? Hella.
Forza Horizon is launching this October 2nd, 2018 for Xbox One and Windows, and will be available on GamePass same day.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
A sequel to 2015's beloved Ori and the Blind Forest, this new trailer for Will of the Wisps showed off the lush, saturated visuals for which Blind Forest was known, as well as some new characters.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is expected to land in 2019.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Dark Souls and Bloodborne studio From Software is partnering with publisher Activision for this samurai-themed hack-and-slash, which (while expressly not an RPG) promises to be just as punishing as its predecessors.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is expected to land in 2019.
Billed by Bethesda's Todd Howard as "four times the size of Fallout 4," Fallout 76 is (as was previously teased) set much earlier chronologically than the other Fallout games and follows a dweller from the titular Vault 76.
We'll hear more about Fallout 76 later today at the Bethesda press conference.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
This side story from the same universe as Life is Strange premises itself on the rich imagination of children to, uh, teleport to Mars? It's unclear whether the new protagonist will have actual powers or this is a pretty straight-forward narrative experience.
The first episode is available online for free starting on June 26th.
"We will join Master Chief on his greatest adventure yet on his mission to save humanity," Phil Spencer said, in 2018, about yet another Halo game from 343 Industries. The announcement teaser showed us nothing except some familiar environments, a title, and a promise that the game is powered by the new Slipspace Engine.
No release window for this one, but I mean, it's Halo, I'm sure we'll hear more about this soon.
Yes, we too miss the Saints Row series.
Crackdown 3 is due out February 2019.
Nier Automata: Become As Gods Edition
This port of the critically-acclaimed PS4 exclusive will include all previously released DLC and an additional coat of polish just, like, because. I'm personally a huge fan of 2B's, ahem, aesthetic, so seeing this game get into the hands of more players only thrills me greatly.
It's coming to lucky Xbox One players later this month on June 26th.
This combination story/gameplay trailer sets a bombastic mood full of Hollywood's idea of Russian accents and, uh, gargoyles?
It's due out on February 22nd, 2019. Which is uh, the same date that BioWare's Anthem is releasing? Awkward.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Square Enix promised us three Kingdom Hearts trailers this week, and the first of them comes via this afternoon's Microsoft presser, where we got a solid look at all-new Frozen, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Monsters Inc, and Toy Story worlds, as well as a glimpse at recurring world Hercules and fan favorite character Aqua. She's evil now!
Kingdom Hearts 3 arrives on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 29th, 2019. We expect to hear more at tomorrow's Square Enix showcase!
Sea of Thieves expansions
This short-lived open-world swashbuckler is seeing a much-needed shot in the arm later this year in the form of two new expansions. The first, Cursed Sails, is due out in July, while Forsaken Shores is due out this September.
We Happy Few
This visually distinctive first-person game has been an apple in the eye of critics and industry-types alike since it was unveiled two years ago, and we're finally approaching release. It's due out this August 10th.
Shout-out to We Happy Few developer Compulsion Games for far and away winning the title of "most bleeped naughty words" in the Xbox press briefing.
In a desperate bid for relevancy after being left in the dust by Fortnite: Battle Royale, this new winter update promises new gameplay modes and vehicles.
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
In the expansive world of anime-styled JRPGs, Tales of Vesperia is held up as one of the more solidly designed entries, so fans will be pleased to hear this overhauled and HD-optimized edition is headed to Xbox One this winter.
The Division 2
Hey, what's the single most dangerous thing we could release into an already volatile, highly polarized political climate? Wait, I know!
Anyway. The first Division was set in winter, and this one is set in summer. It comes out March 15th, 2019.
Don't forget the strained, insincere "party banter," one of the E3 trends we hope would die fastest.
Division 2 is due out March 2019.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
We got an intense new story trailer showcasing new environments and a release date, September 14th 2018.
A million voices cried out for Skate 4 and were suddenly silenced.
And that's it, that's all we got. It's due out in 2019.
Black Desert Online
First released in South Korea in 2015, this reveal marks Black Desert's first appearance on consoles. The beta drops this fall.
Devil May Cry 5
Dante and director Hideaki Itsuno are back in Devil May Cry's first mainline sequel since 2008. Much was made of the Xbox One X's ability to render clothing fabric and textures in high detail.
Devil May Cry is due out spring 2019.
Cuphead and the Delicious Last Course
One of countless blink-and-you'll-miss-it announcements from today's press cofnerence, this new Cuphead chapter is due out in 2019.
This cute cubic platformer drawing upon familiar Zelda aesthetics is coming to Xbox One as an exclusive.
When this one showed on the screens here at the office, our entire team became an unending chorus of "no. NO. JESUS CHRIST."
A... shall we say, ambitious fighting game matching up famous shonen manga heroes from the Shonen Jump serial, including Son Goku and Frieza from Dragonball, Luffy from One Piece, Boruto's dad from Naruto, and... jesus christ I can't do this... Light Yagami from Death Note.
Jump Force is headed West via Bandai-Namco in 2019.
Dying Light 2
"Human stretch goal" Chris Avellone joined the stage to introduce this sequel to TK's Dying Light. Avellone promised "genuine consequences" based on player actions.
After a bombastic but, uh, kinda generic narrative trailer, we segued into a gameplay demo, and... I gotta say, it's got a nice Mirrors Edge parkour vibe to it. I'm down.
I would say though, it'd be nice if the playing character wasn't holding up an axe in every scene. Come on guys, at least switch to unhanded.
We didn't hear a release date on this one, so the earliest projected release window is probably next year. Stay tuned.
No, I'm not kidding. I mean I kind of wish I was kidding. Could you ever imagine explaining this one to your past self and having it taken seriously?
It's coming in 2019.
Just Cause 4
Yeah, we really miss Saints Row this year, apparently.
Just Cause 4 is coming December 4th,2018.
Guys. Guys I can't do this. I can't. I'm.
OK that's a little better but it's on mobile so--
Gears of War 5
WAY TO BURY THE LEDE GUYS.
Gears of War 5 sees series regular Kait take center stage, hacking and slashing her way through walls of meat and blood with the best of them. If you're very into GOW's lore and characters, the trailer below is likely a narrative gutpunch on several levels!
Gears of War 5 is currently slated for a 2019 release.
This one's been a long time coming, and it's fitting that this would be how Microsoft ends this year's Xbox presser. Polish development studio CD Projekt Red has teased its sci-fi followup to its beloved Witcher series for years now, but apart from a few quick teasers we've seen very little actual information on what kind of game Cyberpunk 2077 is actually supposed to be.
The new story/setting trailer didn't actually do much to clarify that in any way, but we got a sampling of the generic protagonist and his sweet jacket.
Cyberpunk 2077 is slated for a June 2019 release.
New titles on GamePass
A whole slew of titles were announced for Xbox One's GamePass, including: The Division, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and Fallout 4.
We also got a quick run-through of upcoming ID@xbox titles coming to GamePass. It'd be impossible to detail them all, so please forgive the big list of names: Afterparty, Kingdom: Two Crowns, The Golf Club 2019, Warhamer: Vermintide II, Fringe Wars, Below, Conquerer's Blade, Waking, Raji: An Ancient Epic, Super Meat Boy Forever, Planet Alpha, Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale, Sable, Harold Halibut: A Handmade Adventure, Bomber Crew, Children of Morta, The Wind Road, WarGroove, Generation Zero, Dead Cells, Ashen.
Xbox also announced that two titles revealed today would also be coming to GamePass on their release day: Crackdown 3, Forza Horizon 4.
We also got a brief teaser trailer for Battlefield V's first story campaign, Nordlys's TK, and an announcement that Fallout 4, Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3, and Halo: Master Chief Collection would be coming to Xbox One's GamePass. State of Decay studio Undead Labs, We Happy Few studio Compulsion Games, Forza developer PlayGround Games, and Senua studio Ninja Theory were all announced as new Microsoft acquisitions under the Microsoft Studios imprint.
Phil Spencer closed out the show by announcing an upcoming remote play service that will succeed where Playstation and Nintendo's remote play tech failed. But uh, you can put it on a Windows 10 tablet? That's a thing.
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- Fallout (series)
- Just Cause (series)
- Gears of War (series)
- Tomb Raider (series)
- Tales of (series)
- Tales of Vesperia
- Devil May Cry (series)
- The Division
- Halo (series)
- Forza (series)
- Sea of Thieves
- We Happy Few
- NieR (series)
- NieR: Automata
- Xbox One
- Kingdom Hearts (series)
- Metro (series)
- Metro: Exodus
- Crackdown (series)
- Crackdown 3
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Kingdom Hearts 3
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
- E3 2018
- Fallout 76
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- The Division 2
- Halo Infinite
- Forza Horizon 4
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- Life is Strange (series)
- The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
- Devil May Cry 5
- Jump Force
- Dying Light
- Dying Light 2
- Just Cause 4
- Gears of War 5
- Cyberpunk 2077