Though I’ve never been a major Xbox fan outside of some games like the Halo series, I was surprisingly impressed by the showing Microsoft put on during 2018’s E3 conference. The important thing to note with this event is that the majority of these games will not be exclusive to Microsoft platforms, though I have no doubt several of these will contain timed exclusivity.
That said, I’m going to start this list of with the one game that has me the most excited:
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisp is the second game, taking place after the events of Ori and the Blind Forest. If you haven’t played that first one, you definitely need to, just be prepared to have some tissues handy.
The sequel will be out in 2019, currently slated for an Xbox release.
Microsoft revealed the first teaser for Halo: Infinite. No real information was shown about this game, though we do get a sense the reins have been handed back to Master Chief.
No release date has been announced.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
FromSoftware announced their latest project during Microsoft’s E3, titled Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. From our initial glimpse at the trailer, it has very FromSoftware-like characters, enemies, along with their iconic ‘death’ mechanic, just with a samurai aesthetic. This game appears to be a major leap from the company’s Souls series, with fluid movement, and a grappling hook to assist the character both in and out of combat.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is coming in 2019, and will be released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Taking place prior to the events of the entire series, Bethesda gave viewers their first glimpse outside Vault 76 in their Fallout 76 teaser trailer. All we know at this point is that it’s a survival RPG with a map that’s four times the size of Fallout 4, and players can team up or fight against other players. Though we anticipate this to be another version of other survival RPGs like Ark, we’re sure Bethesda has some tricks up their sleeve to ensure this stays true to the Fallout series.
No release date was given for this game during the event.
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit takes place in the Life is Strange universe, following the story of a young boy with an overactive imagination, and expected to impact your experience for Life is Strange 2.
This is out as a free download on June 26th for Xbox, PS4, and PC.
Right on the heels of another delay announcement, Microsoft revealed the trailer for Crackdown 3. I’ve never played the other two, but this one seems enjoyable enough. The trailer is pretty silly, but it’s fun to listen to Terry Crews get excited about blowing stuff up.
The game releases February 2019 on Xbox.
Metro: Exodus is an upcoming game in the Metro series where you’ll explore large, open levels across a post-apocalyptic Russia. I’ve never played a Metro game, so all I can say on this is that the visuals look gorgeous.
Coming out February 22, 2019 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Kingdom Hearts 3
Years after the initial announcement for Kingdom Hearts 3, Square Enix finally announced players will get to enjoy the climax of the series at the start of 2019. We are finally within reach of closing up this 17 year journey.
Kingdom Hearts 3 will round out the Xehanort saga on January 29, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox One.
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is the latest entry in the Forza series, taking the race to Britain. The game is described as a seamless, shared-world online game rather the previous “Drivatars.” The game will reach 60fps on Xbox One X, and will be exclusive to Microsoft’s Xbox and PC.
Forza Horizon 4 will release on October 2nd, 2018 for Xbox and PC.
The Division 2
The Division 2 takes place in a jungle setting in New York during the summertime. Nearly the polar opposite of The Division’s snow setting. The trailer followed up with some team gameplay, and looks like it would be a lot of fun.
The Division 2 releases March 15th, 2019, though no consoles were announced.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the third game in Crystal dynamics’ reboot series. It looks as action-packed as the first two games, seeing Lara Croft journeying to prevent the ultimate power from falling into the wrong hands. If anything, this has me wanting to go back to finish the first two.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is out September 14th, 2019 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Instead of another great Tony Hawk game, Microsoft released the first trailer for Session, a new skating game where little is known.
No release date, no consoles.
Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5 is the latest entry in the Devil May Cry series. This is another series I’ve never played, nor had the urge to play, but from the latest trailer, it seems to be a good, fun action game.
Devil May Cry 5 releases Spring 2019 on Xbox One.
Cuphead is getting an expansion titled The Delicious Last Course contains new characters and bosses, and will likely be as brutal as the base game.
The Delicious Last Course releases 2019 for all platforms.
Jump Force Trailer
Opening with a trailer containing Naruto, One Piece, and Dragon Ball Z characters fighting a shared boss is a great way to catch people’s’ attention. Unfortunately, we didn’t receive any idea what the the gameplay is going to be like, nor any details on its release date.
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 is the sequel to popular game Dying Light. The latest entry appears to take place in a Paris setting. Techland’s sequel provides more consequential conversation options, while keeping the fundamentals the same. From what I hear, it may be about time for me to play the first one.
No release date announced during the show, though it will release across PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
With no additional information beyond a single image, it was announced that Battletoads will return, providing couch co-op for up to three players. No further information has been announced.
Battletoads will release in 2019.
Just Cause 4
The latest entry in the Just Cause series has been announced, taking the stakes even higher than before with the main character jumping into a tornado.
Expect high action thrills when Just Cause 4 releases on December 4, 2018.
Gears of War 5
The latest entry in Gears of War was announced, alongside two new spin-off titles coming out as well, including a Funko Pop mobile game, as well as Gears Tactics to get strategy fans in on the action.
Gears of War 5 releases 2019 on Xbox One.
Microsoft topped the event off with the reveal trailer for the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077. This game was created by The Witcher 3’s CD Projekt RED, and though no gameplay was revealed, the cinematics are on point with what you would expect from the developers. We look forward to finding out more about its gameplay, and if it will hold up to the fantastic Witcher 3.
No release date or consoles were announced at this time.
And those are the highlights of the Microsoft’s presentation! What did you think of their event? Are there any games you’re excited for? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Share in the comments below, or find us on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages!