E3: Microsoft 2019

Posted on 09 Jun 2019 by
Jay Shaw

Microsoft’s E3 show is almost upon us and there’s plenty to look forward to for PC gamers. Expect talk of the PC version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo Infinite, and an absolute boatload more as Microsoft have 14 first-party titles and who knows how much more to show off today. On top of all this we’ve got a sneaky tease like the one used for Scorpio (now known as the Xbox One X) a couple of years ago, so there might be a new hardware announcement waiting for us.

Come back at 9PM BST for the start of the show. This post will be updating throughout the show with more detailed information.

Note: Please assume any segments without trailers are because those trailers have not been released separately at the time of writing.

Microsoft have kicked their show off with a trailer for The Outer Worlds, showing a release date of 25 October 2019 but with no other information.

Bleeding Edge

Afterwards, Ninja Theory took to the stage to talk about one of their games long in development: Bleeding Edge. With a shiny trailer and date of 27 June for the game’s technical alpha. No word on if the game’s coming to PC too.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

A brand new trailer for Ori and the Will of the Wisps dropped during the show, bringing back our lovable little glowy guy and more fearsome creatures than he’s faced in the previous adventure. At the time of writing the new trailer wasn’t available, so we’ve embedded last year’s trailer until we can update later.

Minecraft Dungeons

Though announced in the second half of last year, Minecraft Dungeons made an appearance with a gameplay trailer showing off some of the game’s isometric dungeon delving and a release window of Spring 2020 for Xbox and PC. Again, old trailer until we can update with the latest once they become available.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Another gameplay filled trailer for Respawn’s upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has shown off swimming, being inside an AT-AT, and more of the purge troopers and combat we saw at yesterday’s EA presentation. Very little new here apart from some questionable water, oh, and a release date of 25 November 2019.

Blair Witch

Spooky dog and man in a forest game Blair Witch was revealed with a frantic first-person trailer showing aforementioned man and dog looking for a missing kid in said spooky forest.

Cyberpunk 2077

The big one: Cyberpunk 2077 made an appearance with a new prerendered trailer showing protagonist V meeting with a client in an almost Johnny Mnemonic setting. Male V covered in blood from a previous shootout before he jumps into a Combat Cab to escape, his friend bleeding out from a fatal stomach wound. We get to see V open up his huge mantis-like arm blades and slicing and dicing before a decker/cybermancer/cyberpunk term of choice takes him out with a hack. He then wakes up in a junkyard with Keanu Reeves looking over him! Yes, actually Keanu Reeves! He then took to stage to talk about his role in the game and a release date: 16 April 2020!


Another world premier kicks off with a cutesy 2D game about a kid and their animal friends, building a boat, and saying goodbye. Spiritfarer from Thunder Lotus (creators of the excellent Sundered and Jotun) is confirmed for PC and Xbox.


They’re back! Proclaims the trailer, launching into cuts of animation and gameplay of a new Battletoads beat-em-up in the old arcade style, with some new third-person rocket-bike sections that look just as infuriating as those we all love and loathe from the 8-bit era.

The Legend Of Wright

An RPG made to look like a tabletop game, featuring pencil and paper style graphics, a node-based world map, and tabletop dioramas certainly leaves quite an impression for those of us geeky enough to have a love of such things. The Legend of Wright is light on detail right now but is confirmed for PC and Xbox in 2020.


There’s simply too many rapid-fire mini-trailers for us to give them a detailed write-up in this segment so we’re just going to list off the names. Please note some of these games are already available on PC, so these may be announcements for Xbox only: Dead Static Drive, Pathologic 2, Star Renegades, Afterparty, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, The Good Life, Cross Code, Creature In The Well, Killer Queen Black, Riverbond, Unto The End, Blazing Chrome, Felix The Reaper, UnderMine, Supermarket Shriek, Secret Neighbor, Ikenfell, Lord Of The Rings: The Living Card Game, Ikenfell, and Totem Teller.

Also announced: Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC. This isn’t new news, but the service has now (yes, now) entered open beta on PC and promises 100 curated PC games by August. Pricing is at $9.99 a month for monthly subscribers as well as an additional tier called Ultimate which will include Games Pass for PC, Xbox, and XBox Live Gold for $14.99.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

To the surprise of absolutely everyone, Microsoft have unveiled a new entry in the long-running but long stagnant Flight Simulator series. Impressive maps of cities and locations around the world as well as plane models and weather effects are sure to be a welcome sight to flight enthusiasts.

Age Of Empires 2 Definitive Edition

Age Of Empires 2: Definitive Edition has been released, promising a new campaign titled Last Of The Khans, 4K visuals, and remastered graphics and sound coming in Fall.

Wasteland 3

Rampaging wildlife, a sign that says “meat clown”, a mecha-crab, and two-headed goat spearhead the striking moments from the reveal trailer for tactical RPG Wasteland 3.

Psychonauts 2

It has been announced the Double Fine has joined Xbox Game Studios with Tim Schafer himself taking to the stage for the announcement. He elicited several nervous laughs from the crowd by saying he’d make Halo related stuff, but quickly pivoted away to reveal a new Psychonauts 2 trailer featuring Raz’ first day on the job as a psychonaut. Plenty of freaky and twisted characters and environments followed, but little actual information.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

A new Lego Star Wars game promises to span the entire 9 movie series and looks to have the trademark humour the games are known for including Darth Vader offering Luke his hand after chopping Luke’s off, and Kylo Ren building a Vader snowman. The game is due in 2020.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

There isn’t a 35 episode charge-up arc before the new Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot trailer launches into some good looking cel-shaded visuals of plenty of the DBZ cast shooting beams, Ki balls, and throwing fists like every Akira Toriyama fan wants. As is becoming a theme; 2020 is the only date given.

12 Minutes

12 Minutes‘s top-down trailer introduces a husband and wife as the man reveals he’s in some kind of time-loop situation trying to convince his wife to not trust a man at the door who’s coming to hurt them. No date is given but the game is confirmed for PC and XBox.

Way To The Woods

Deer and a minecart sperhead the visuals for Way To The Woods, quickly launching into the deer and faun going on a fantasy adventure through glowy fish, subways, and a giant black cat in a sewer. The deer also has glowing antlers and a propensity for headbutting vending machines. The game is set to release in 2020 for PC and Xbox.

Gears Of War 5

Gears 5‘s trailer is pure cinematic, showing a female Gear soldier (Kate) with ghostly faces surrounding her including series mainstays Dom and Marcus. Rod Ferguson (Studio head, The Coalition) took to the stage to reveal the game will be releasing on 10 September 2019 for PC and Xbox. A versus multiplayer tech test will be taking place on 17 July and a horde mode test will be taking place on 19 August. Ferguson also reveals a new game mode called Escape where you’ll play as one of three “hive busters” in three-player coop who deliberately get taken into an enemy hive in order to destroy it from within. Some new weapons are shown, including a Locust rifle and electric knife though they might only be for the cinematic trailer. You’ll also be able to create your own hive for other players to challenge.

A teaser for Gears 5: Terminator Dark Fate is shown with a T-800 holding a Lancer rifle, but no details are given. It will be a launch bonus for pre-orders of Xbox Game Pass users.

New Elite Wireless Controller

It’s not a game, but Microsoft have revealed a new XBox Elite Wireless controller, which will naturally be compatible with PC. The new controller will feature new triggers with customisable hair-trigger settings, 4 under-side paddles, wrap-around grips, bluetooth connectivity, and an internal rechargable battery that holds up to 40 hours of charge. The analogue sticks tension will be changable by the user, and the pad can store multiple profiles.

Dying Light 2

The new Dying Light 2 trailer shows more free-running, zombie kicking, parkour action of the kind the original made us love. Protagonist Aiden reveals he’s infected at the end, possibly hinting at new abilities. Dying Light 2 is expected to launch 2020 for PC and Xbox.

Forza Horizon 4: Lego Speed Champions

Microsoft’s Britain-bound racer Forza Horizon 4 will be receiving a new lego themed DLC with cars and scenery styled on the lovable bricks. Speed Champions will be launching on 13 June 2019. The expansion will include a new world, new vehicles, and new challenges.

State Of Decay 2: Heartland

Microsoft have shown a new State Of Decay 2 trailer for an expansion titled Heartland. Showing off the new environment of Trouble Valley and some of the characters you’ll be taking into battle against the undead and mutants. The trailer promises two stories, and the biggest expansion yet.

Phantasy Star Online 2

Hold on to your pants, because your geek boner’s about to blow them into orbit if you’re a Japanophile gamer. Legendary online RPG Phantasy Star Online 2 is at last coming to the west! Somehow, it gets even better – the game will include all current content and be free to play, releasing in Spring 2020 on PC and Xbox.

Tales of Arise

Bandai Namco revealed a new trailer for Tales of Arise, showing a brightly coloured fantasy world, giant fire demons, and a masked guy pulling a sword out of a cute anime-style girl’s chest. Oh, and more giant monsters and explosions, because they’re always awesome. The game is expected to launch in 2020 for PC and XBox.

Borderlands 3

Another cinematic trailer for Gearbox’s Borderlands 3 has been dropped. Featuring new heroes Moze, Fl4k, Zane Flynt, and Amara shooting, looting, and somehow tolerating Claptrap’s presence despite him being the worst thing to appear on screen all evening. There’s no actual gameplay on show, unfortunately, but a release date of 13 September 2019 is shown at the end. Additionally, owners of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection can download the prequel adventure Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary for free for a limited time.

Elden Ring

Over the last couple of weeks its been revealed that George R.R. Martin was collaborating with From Software on a new game – now we’ve got our first look at that. The trailer oozes with style, mixing a kind of romanticized mash-up of Norse and Roman influences with giant monsters and a king-looking guy with way too many arms over his head. Elden Ring is coming to PC and Xbox.

Halo: Infinite

The tease of Microsoft’s new console turned out to be true, and alongside it at launch comes Halo: Infinite. The trailer shows us a man in a Pelican dropship, as alarms begin to sound about a detected breach. He scrambles to fix the issue but falls from a precariously balanced box, waking up sometime later in the same ship but colder and darker (you can see his breath) to a hologram recording of his family. The computer tells him a friendly signal has been detected – he wipes the frost from the window to reveal John-117 his big green self floating infront of the cockpit. The Master Chief is brought onboard and the pilot powers up his Mjolnir armour; Chief opens his hand to reveal an empty AI chip that previously held Cortana. The Master Chief heads to the cockpit and we get a look at a partially destroyed Halo structure before the ship his hit by an electical disturbance and John picks up the trademark pulse rifle. Halo: Infinite will be launching on the next-gen Xbox Scarlet and PC in the Holday 2020 period.

Microsoft absolutely stole the show this year with a couple of big announcements. Cyberpunk 2077‘s introduction of Keanu Reeves and the heckler that turned him into an instant meme was a had act to top for other shows. They then announced a free to play western version of PSO2 and just exploded the hearts of overstimulated Japanophiles everywhere. The more than a year wait for Halo Infinite is rather disappointing though, even if the trailer was like a shot of crack for Halo fans.

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