Today's E3 2019 Xbox Press Conference To Showcase 14 First-Party Games

That's a lot of games.

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Now Playing: Microsoft Will Have 14 Xbox One First-Party Games At Its E3 2019 Press Conference - GS News Update

With no Sony at E3, the biggest event at E3 2019 might be the Xbox press conference scheduled for today, June 9, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 9 PM BST (6 AM AET on Monday). We could potentially see the next-gen Xbox console revealed--Microsoft is teasing as much--but even if we don't, it sounds like there will be plenty of games on display. Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently shared he went through the company's final E3 rehearsal and that Microsoft has "lots to show" this year. In fact, 14 of the games being shown during the event are Xbox One first-party titles.

"Just finishing our final E3 rehearsal here with the team in Redmond," Spencer tweeted. "Feel really good about the briefing. Lots to show. We have 14 Xbox Game Studios games in the show this year, more first party games than we've ever had in the show. Fun times." All Microsoft first party titles now typically release as Xbox One console exclusives (so you can find them on PC as well). Microsoft also usually launches its first-party titles on Xbox Game Pass the day they release.

Microsoft's list of Xbox Game Studios includes 343 Industries (Halo series), inXile Entertainment (Wasteland series), Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds), The Initiative, Turn 10 Studios (Forza Motorsport series), Undead Labs (State of Decay series), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few), The Coalition (Gears of War series), Mojang (Minecraft), Ninja Theory (DmC: Devil May Cry and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice), Playground Games (Forza Horizon series), and Rare (Sea of Thieves and Battletoads series).

Many of these studios are 2018 acquisitions. During E3 2018, during E3 2018, Microsoft announced it had acquired Undead, Playground, Compulsion, and Ninja Theory and had also established The Initiative. Microsoft acquired inXile in November 2018 and announced soon after that it had bought Obsidian as well.

Microsoft hasn't announced the full list of Xbox Game Studios that will be showcasing games at E3 2019, but a few have already been revealed. 343 Studios' Halo Infinite and The Coalition's Gears 5 have both been confirmed for E3 2019. InXile Entertainment's Wasteland 3 has been confirmed for E3 as well, although the game is not an Xbox One first-party title. Though they haven't been confirmed, there's a plausible chance Gears Pop and Rare's new Battletoads game make an appearance as well, as both were teased during E3 2018. There are also rumors that Ninja Theory will be announcing a new sci-fi game scheduled for 2020 called Bleeding Edge, a fourth Fable game will be announced to be released in 2021, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will get a final trailer and release date, The Outer Worlds will get a new gameplay trailer and launch window (which has seemingly been confirmed via an Obsidian tweet), and Gears Tactics will get a new trailer and 2019 release date.

But even if all of the rumors and speculation are true, that's still only 10 of the 14 first-party games, and Microsoft may have some third-party titles to showcase (such as Cyberpunk 2077, the Collector's edition of which has leaked). There are also rumors that Microsoft is unveiling at least one of its next-gen Xbox consoles during E3. It would certainly fit the announcement that Xbox is going to "go big" at E3 this year.

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D_

Games are the main reason why nobody fudges with the Box except for those few with bad taste…I bought a Switch for literally just Zelda, & I’d do the same with Xbox if they can wow me with at least 2-3 games. I’m waiting.

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nintendians

as long as i get to see a new perfect dark for xbox one and windows 10.

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Imajinn

This is good news. I want more reasons to get back into the X more often. Also I'm really hoping for a new KI announcement. That'll be hype! For me anyway.

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DarkRikuShadow

@imajinn: I just got an X like a day ago im enjoying more than my pro for some reason and i really love my PlayStation

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Imajinn

@DarkRikuShadow: Honestly I would love to jam on it more but I just don't play a whole lot on there. But I'm hoping that changes.

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Fud_Sang

Bring us Fable on steroids.

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Shantmaster_K

Very excited to see what MS has in store this year.

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Chizaqui

Came for the "1st party MS games" stayed for the opportunity to remind folks that Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves, and State of Decay 2 are all "1st party MS games". Let's hope they put some care into whatever they offer next.

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BarcaAzul

It says Xbox games, not XB1. Means there can be next gen games too.

With Sony not being there I expect them to come out guns blazing and owning the floor

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BigBlueBUSTN

@barcaazul: sony doesnt need e3, everyone on the planet knows what sony offers. critically acclaimed 1st party titles and the best studios pumping out content at a rapid pace. microsoft has to do every show they can in order to survive

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Guy_Brohski

@bigbluebustn: All Xbox needs to survive is Halo, Gears and Forza. The fact that there are 14 first party titles is awesome. Sony dropping out of E3 has more to it then what meets the eye. It'll be interesting to see what announcements await us.

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XenomorphAlien

Saw an interesting leak that's spreading. Of course, take it with a grain of salt. But it looks like a damn good show if most are true.

https://www.neogaf.com/threads/the-next-18-months-of-microsoft-the-calm-before-the-storm-massive-info-dump.1482022/

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Izraal

I think Microsoft's acquisition of Obsidian was a brilliant move. From what I've read the project Obsidian currently is working on will be multi platform as it began before the acquisition by Microsoft, but it's still a great guarantee of future titles. Obsidian and Bioware originally were in a similar space, producing western CRPGs, but Bioware has fallen out of gamers' graces a bit as of late, while Obsidian has stayed consistent in making what I feel are excellent RPG experiences like Pillars of Eternity and Torment. Having future games of that nature as Microsoft exclusives would be a great boon for their value perception.

Microsoft has struggled in the RPG arena, and despite the Xbox 360 Mistwalker duo of Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey both being fantastic games, Microsoft consoles have struggled for adoption in Japan, so Sony has largely maintained a strangehold on the bulk of the lesser JRPG series. Bigger triple-A titles like Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 have been published for both Xbox One and Playstation 4, but the more "mid range" to indie JRPGs have remained Sony exclusive (or, increasingly, Plastation 4 and PC via Steam). It's a bit baffling to me that Dragon Quest XI, a massive franchise release, didn't make it to the Xbox one, but that's getting lost in the weeds a bit. (At least I can purchase that one through Steam.)

The overall point, to circle back, is that Microsoft gave an earnest effort at establishing JRPG support in the Xbox 360 era and it didn't work, despite some great titles and great exclusives. They may find a lot more success in courting western RPG exclusivity, or at least console exclusivity, and Obsidian is a fantastic partner for that. Operencia is a quality Wizardry style dungeon crawler, and Ashen is a fantastic Soulslike, so they've already gotten a couple of console exclusive WRPGs that may have flown under the radar somewhat. If they continue with games like that, probably destined to be sleeper hits or cult classics, and also bring some high profile RPGs through Obsidian, I believe Microsoft's perception regarding RPGs can shift dramatically in the coming years.

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Thelostscribe

@izraal: Blue Dragon got a bit boring for me, but I had moved well outside of my JRPG roots by then, however Lost Odyssey was magnificent. The ring system that kept you engaged during turn based helped keep it engaging for me, but just the characters and story was what got me hooked. Those Dream Sequences were absolutely incredible reads. Plus, even in that era, JRPG's were lacking graphically, Lost Odyssey had some incredible graphics. I wish that it would have had a lot more success and turned into at least a sequel or trilogy.

That said, I agree, I don't think Xbox is ever going to take off in Japan, unless the gaming culture does a 180 over there. They invested in the Mystwalker studio's games and also had a timed exclusive from Square Enix as well. The 360 still failed to catch on in Japanese markets. They have had luck in western RPG's, Fable being one of their most beloved franchises. They also had Morrowind and Sudeki on the original Xbox. With Obsidian finally having a large backer, I feel like they will play a great role in providing that experience with first party exclusives.

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Izraal

@thelostscribe: I entirely agree, excellent points. I think Blue Dragon and Sudeki are both underrated, personally, but the Lost Odyssey was very good and both well received and well remembered. I’m optimistic Microsoft will have good quality first party exclusives thanks to the partnership with Obsidian and others.

It’s not likely to effect the ports of JRPGs, unfortunately, as Japan is still the primary market and Xbox systems just keep failing to catch on there. Still, if the Xbox can define itself as a go to source for western RPGs that still could help create some parity between the big two systems with RPG fans.

I also agree with you that it will be good for Obsidian as well. Microsoft is very supportive of their studios and having them as a backer will likely enable Obsidian to produce bigger and better titles without having to turn to Kickstarter.

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Thelostscribe

@izraal: New Vegas was one of my favorite Fallout's, I loved the improvements they made and the story telling options expanded on. That is pretty much my only Obsidian experience, but it is enough for me to be a major fan of theirs.

I loved Sudeki, majorly under rated game. I just bought a used copy for a few bucks after all these years, the original was stolen, but my Original Xbox died out finally. I'm strongly hoping it becomes backwards compatible on the Xbox One X, with updated resolution. I believe Phil was asked specifically about it a when Backwards Compatibility for original Xbox games was announced and he said it should arrive one day, being an Xbox exclusive.

I'm also very happy for Ninja Theory. I loved Enslaved, DmC and am going to buy Hellblade once it's a physical disc to buy. They always seemed like they were struggling from publisher to publisher, even though their games were always great to me.

I do believe with InXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment, Microsoft is aiming to definitely up it's RPG game. I just hope Playground Games is actually working on a new Fable, being from the UK, I think they have the strongest chance of capturing that very British style that Fable oozed.

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Izraal

@thelostscribe: Ninja Theory is a good example of a publisher that now has a safe and secure home, like Obsidian. They can now just focus on quality products instead of worrying about scrambling for funding, which I think will be of benefit to them and the consumers in the end. I would imagine a new Fable is in the works, as if's one of the few ongoing Microsoft associated IPs and hasn't had a real core entry in a while.

Given development cycle times, since Obsidian confirmed their current sci fi project will be multi-platform, it will probably be quite a while until we see an Xbox console exclusive Obsidian game. Since Microsoft is a big supporter of PC gaming, I have no doubt it'll be on Xbox and PC, whatever it is.

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csward

How many of these 14 games will be any good and not cancelled? We shall see. I hope they're all awesome but quantity is not better than quality.

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Arkhalipso

That's a lot of first party games. I wonder if they plan on releasing all of them on current gen consoles because it seems like overkill. Some of them might be announced for the next Xbox, which leads me to believe that they'll also announce the console itself.

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Iordanis1278

The truth is that Microsoft is listening to gamers and critic's opinions and seems to understand what it

has done wrong in the past and tries to make it right this time. For example consumers and critics alike

critisized Microsoft for not having enough exclusives in this generation and if these rumors that show up

in this article are true it does everything it can to correct this mistake. This is also healthy for the industry as

a whole since having Microsoft competing hard in the market against Sony it also forces Sony to make its own

moves to counteract those of Microsoft thus resulting to better products in the market. What worries me is the

fact that cloud gaming like stadia is growing fast because sometime in the future if this trend prevails it will change

the industry in a way that to me as an old gamer (i am 40 now) just doesn't feel right. I am one of those that want things

to keep on going the traditional way which is buy the hardware (console) that i prefer and play games on this console attached to my

tv. I don't want to connect to a remote hardware which i don't even see with my own eyes, not to mention the fact that in

order to enjoy high quality graphics especially 4k resolution at a descent frame rate i will necessarily need a very fast

and reliable internet connection. Anyway whether this trend prevails or not will also depend on how well the hardware of the next

generation(PS5 new XBOX) sells. So i hope it sells really well...

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BDRTFM

People say MS has no games. MS says they have 14 1st party games to show and people say they're probably crap or timed exclusives (Not sure how a 1st party game can be a timed exclusive) or cancelled. Gotta love the internet.

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Marky360

@bdrtfm:

Yea I just hope they aren't all Indies and are all major Triple A and Double A releases.

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Arkhalipso

@bdrtfm: Well NOW they are about to get some games.

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LHBr

Ori, Gears, Fable, Forza, Halo, Battletoads. I want to know the other 8 ...

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Thelostscribe

@lhbr: If they -officially- announce a new Fable, I will be very excited. Hopefully whatever developer is handling the next Fable gets it's quirky Britist style and captures that wit as well.

That's why I hope it is Playground games developing the game because they are based in the UK.

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Marky360

@lhbr:

Actually it's rumored that there won't be a Forza this year because they're saving that for the next Xbox launch. Supposedly Playground is actually working on Fable 4.

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NSA_Protocol44

@lhbr:

- State of Decay 3: No more bugs

- Crackdown 4: Lay the crack down.

- Sea of thieves 2: The Seven empty seas

- Killer instinct 4: Mmmicrotransactions breaker

The rest is a surprise.

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Marky360

@nsa_protocol44:

I want Crackdown 4 lay the Crackdown that sounds tight.

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onehitta323

Alright so most of them will be timed exclusives, half of those will end up canceled like scalebound, another recycled forza, another Failo, gears of boredom 5, and they will be on PC anyway. What is the point of buying an x flop one again?

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XenomorphAlien

@onehitta323: Where do 5 year olds get crystal balls?

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aross2004

@onehitta323: The PS4 forums are that way fanboy ---->

Don't let the door hit you...

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Midna

Damn I’m going to need more space on my PC.

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gamingdevil800

@midna: Just get a 10TB external drive and use it exclusively for games that's what I do anyway. Slightly worse load times but no lack of quality in graphics etc.

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Marky360

@gamingdevil800:

Man I got me a 5TB portable external drive for my Xbox One for just this problem lol now I don't worry about space at all.

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NSA_Protocol44

@gamingdevil800: "Exclusively" for games. I know you told this to your wife when you bought it. Devil, you sneaky bastard. I know you use it for something else ;-)

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gamingdevil800

@nsa_protocol44: Lmao gamingdevil800 got hit by confusion: http://i.imgur.com/O69emdh.png

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NSA_Protocol44

@gamingdevil800: LOL

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doodoflife

Interested to see how the Sony Defense Force will twist this into something negative because MS.

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PCPS4XB

@doodoflife: probably the same way xbox defense force twist it. They must learn from eachother.

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Thelostscribe

@pcps4xb: They are like dogs chasing each others tails haha. I get valid criticism, but some of the fanboi-ism on these sites are intense.

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Gamerforlife96

@doodoflife: I didn't say any bad comment here

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gamingdevil800

I expect like half of them to be timed exclusives. Like the past two E3's they said they had 20+ to show which was kinda bs would be cool if I'm wrong though.

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doodoflife

@gamingdevil800: kind of like how No Mans Sky, Hellblade, and Nier were all timed exclusives right?

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gamingdevil800

@doodoflife: Sony never cockily announced they had 25 exclusives then proceed to announce a tonne of time exclusives in rapid fire succession. It's Microsofts own fault that I'm sceptical about this announcement.

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Tegorian

@gamingdevil800: Understand the thought but 1st party studios shouldn't be timed Console exclusives. I'm sure we will still get some of the 3rd party Timed foolishness that i can't stand on any side of the fence though.

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