Microsoft kicked off their E3 2017 press conference by officially revealing their beefy new console, the $499 Xbox One X. WITNESS.
The new console may have been Microsoft’s big hardware announcement, but they actually didn’t spend too much time talking about the device itself. With the announcement out of the way, their focus quickly shifted focus to games. So many games! They showed trailer after trailer, with a few longer demos breaking up the machine-gun pace.
Let’s run it all down.
After months of hype, Microsoft opened by unveiling the Xbox One X, which I hope everyone begins abbreviating as “XOX.” We can pronounce it “Zox.”
We already know a lot about the Xbox One X’s specs, so the big news at E3 was the release date and price. It’ll be out on November 7, 2017, and will cost $499.
Microsoft also announced they’re expanding their backward compatibility program to include Xbox games. Phil Spencer said that over half of Xbox One owners have played a backward compatible game. I wonder how many of those were Red Dead Redemption?
Near the end of the show Phil Spencer announced that Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct, Halo Wars 2 and Minecraft will get 4k updates for Xbox One X for free, along with 30 other titles that’ll get free Xbox One X updates including FFXV, RE7, Ghost Recon Wildlands, and Rocket League.
The first game Microsoft showed off was Forza Motorsport 7, which runs at native 4k resolution and a “rock solid” 60fps. It looked more or less like a racing game, but having played Forza Horizon 3 at a higher frame rate on PC, it’s definitely nice that this one’ll also run at 60fps. It’s out on October 3 on Xbox One and Windows PC, “Holiday 2017" on Xbox One X.
The next Metro game will be out on Xbox One X, and presumably on other systems as well. Just based on the demo, the new game looks like it could be open world, or at least semi open-world. Which should be interesting. Might be time to go replay the first two...
Man, I’m just looking forward to a new Assassin’s Creed game, whether or not it has giant Egyptian snakes. This game has been leaking for a while now, but now it’s confirmed: the next Assassin’s Creed will be set in ancient Egypt. It’ll launch on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 17.
In addition to the announcement trailer, Ubisoft showed a pretty good-looking demo of the game, which you can see above. (Ethan wrote a more detailed breakdown of the demo here.) It had sneaking, stabbing, and most important of all...
NO MINIMAP IN THE CORNER OF THE SCREEN. (!!!!!!)
Or more accurately, it looks sort of like a first-person Helldivers.
The creator of the popular PC “It’s Basically Battle Royale” game Battlegrounds came out to announce that the game will be a console launch exclusive on Xbox One. It’ll arrive in late 2017.
The new trailer for State of Decay 2 doesn’t indicate how the game will be different from the first one, beyond being bigger and better looking. However, the first game is really good, so that’s not such a bad thing.
The folks at Mojang say Minecraft will soon have complete cross-play between “tablets, VR, Windows 10 PCs and consoles.” There’ll also be a 4K version of the game for Xbox One X, which they showed off in the trailer above.
It’s a Dragon Ball Z fighting game. I know our Youtube thumbnail has a space before the Z, but I really want this game to be called Dragon Ball Fighterz.
The MMO Black Desert Online will make its console debut on Xbox One. I still probably won’t play it, but I will continue to appreciate how amazing all the characters look.
Yep, I will 100% play this. What even is this game? Yes, please.
Cecilia wrote about this game a little while back, and it sounds cool.
Whether or not “Anime Vampires” sounds good or not to you remains to be seen. This game was already announced; more info here.
This is the next game from the folks who made Gone Home.
More saxophones in game trailers, please!
The ID @ Xbox sizzle reel showed off a ton of indie games: Osiris: New Dawn, Paladins: Champions of the Realm, Raiders of the Broken Planet, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Fable Fortune, Observer, Robocraft Infinity, Dunk Lords, Minion Masters, Brawlout, Ooblets, Dark and Light, Strange Brigade, Riverbond, Hello Neighbor, Shift, and Conan Exiles.
We’ve written about this one before. Still looks good.
The three-part prequel, which leaked a little while back, begins on August 31. Wowsers, etc.
I’m not sure if this game will be nearly as interesting without the VR wow factor, but you never know.
Microsoft slowed down for a minute to show off some neat looking gameplay from Sea of Thieves, Rare’s upcoming open-world online pirate game. In the demo, a team of players followed a map to hunt down some treasure, running into some trouble along the way. Looks great.
The intro video for Crackdown 3 featured Terry Crews screaming energetically at the camera, which, I really hope he’s in the game a lot. Preferably yelling at Andy Samberg while holding a bunch of cute kittens. The game itself looks like multiplayer Crackdown, and will hopefully be better than Crackdown 2 was.
Honestly, I’m just psyched to watch orcs smack-talk one another. I would be cool with it if the entire game were just cutscenes of smacktalk. The game looks fun, but that big dumb orc stole the show. (Video via Golem.de.)
If you’re going to bring the composer onstage to play a game’s soundtrack on piano, you could do worse than bringing Gareth Coker out to play music from a new Ori game. Come for the well designed Metroidvania, stay for the buckets of tears you’ll cry within the first ten minutes.
BioWare ended the show by showing off their new game Anthem running on an Xbox One. It’s a multiplayer game where you define your combat role by the exosuit you wear. It looks gorgeous, with a massive open world. More or less a third-person Destiny with a much more ambitious open world and bestiary. Strong note to go out on.
Finally, here’s a helpful list of all the games Microsoft showed at the event and which ones will be exclusive to Xbox One:
- Anthem (Non-exclusive)
- The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti (Console launch exclusive)
- Ashen (Console launch exclusive)
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Non-exclusive)
- Black Desert (Console launch exclusive)
- Code Vein (Non-exclusive)
- Crackdown 3 (Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive)
- Cuphead (Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive)
- The Darwin Experiment (Console launch exclusive)
- Deep Rock Galactic (Console launch exclusive)
- Dragon Ball Fighter Z (Non-exclusive)
- Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive)
- The Last Night (Console launch exclusive)
- Life Is Strange (Non-exclusive)
- Metro Exodus (Non-exclusive)
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (Non-exclusive)
- Minecraft (Non-exclusive)
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive)
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (Console launch exclusive)
- Sea of Thieves (Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive)
- State of Decay 2 (Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive)
- Super Lucky’s Tale (Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive)
- Tacoma (Console exclusive)
Phew! That does it for Microsoft. Hell of a lot of games, eh?
We’ll be back later tonight for Bethesda’s press conference (full E3 press conference schedule here), and will be covering E3 all week with news, liveblogs, podcasts, videos, and spicy tweets. Stay tuned.