Microsoft’s conference didn’t miss a beat this year, with trailer after trailer broken up only occasionally by short game demos or concise developer monologues.
Its no secret that Sony has had the edge when it comes to E3 shows in recent years, and the pressure has been on for Xbox to address its comparative lack of system exclusives and first party games. This year they met that citisism head on, with head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirming as many as eighteen exclusives, and over fifty games.
There were so many exclusive ‘world premiere’ trailers and exciting footage for upcoming titles, that you could be forgiven for not catching everything Xbox put out there. To help you out with that, here are the top five announcements, plus a summary of every last thing Microsoft announced at E3.
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
There has been much speculation about this one since the teaser at last year’s The Game Awards, with fans predicting Bloodborne 2 or a sequel to Tenchu.
The Xbox E3 conference revealed Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a brand-new property and the latest game coming from Bloodborne and Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki, brought to you by both FromSoftware and Activision.
The trailer showed off a beautiful, bloody world and intense action, as you follow the journey of a “hard-hearted warrior whose mission is to rescue his master, a young lord, and exact revenge on his arch nemesis.”
- Devil May Cry 5
Rumours have been circling lately about the future of Devil May Cry, but Capcom has finally announced the long-awaited sequel.
A whole decade has gone by since Devil May Cry 4, and five years since Ninja Theory rebooted the franchise. Game director Hideaki Itsuno took to the stage to announce the project, which is set to launch in Spring 2019.
Phil Spencer announced that several of the team’s behind the games shown off at the conference had been newly incorporated into Microsoft Studios. This included State of Decay developer’s Undead Labs, We Happy Few’s Compulsion Games, Forza’s Playground Games and Ninja Theory, the developers of the 2013 Devil May Cry reboot and more recently Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
- Gears of War 5
The best thing about was a masterclass in trolling, as Microsoft teased the Gears logo only to show off a Pop! Figurine mobile game.
Microsoft went on to announce what they promise will be the “biggest and most beautiful” Gears world to date, with Gears of War 5 coming 2019. Players will be able to play solo, split screen co-op or online multiplayer.
Fans were treated to this along with the new mobile game, plus a new strategy game for PC, Gears Tactics.
- Cyberpunk 2077
The conference ended on a high with a brand-new trailer from Witcher 3 developers CD Projekt Red for their next big title.
In a dramatic late announcement, the Xbox conference appeared to glitch out just as Phil Spencer began to bring the show to a close. It wasn’t a deep dive into gameplay, but it did give us a good look at the world in action, with the kind of detailed, fleshed out worldbuilding we’ve come to expect from the studio.
No release date has been announced and it isn’t clear when we’ll see more of this, but hey its better then another Gwent.
Here’s the full list of every announcement at Xbox’s E3;
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
Kingdom Hearts III
Sea of Thieves: Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shore
Forza Horizon 4
Studio acquisition (Compulsion Games, Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Undead Labs)
We Happy Few
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds War Mode
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
The Division 2
Xbox Game Pass (The Division, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Fallout 4, Halo: The Mastear Chief Collection, Ashen, Warhammer: Vermintide 2)
ID Xbox (Outer Wilds, Fringe Wars, Below, Conqueror’s Blade, Waking, Super Meat Boy Forever, Planet Alpha, Sable, Children of Morta, The Wind Road, Generation Zero)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Session (not Sakte 4!)
Black Desert Online
Devil May Cry 5
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
Dying Light 2
Just Cause 4
Next Generation Console (well, a shrouded image of the future of Xbox)
Microsoft Game Streaming