E3 2018: All The Xbox One Games From Microsoft's Press Conference
By Matt Espineli on
The gaming industry's biggest event of the year, E3 2018, just had a huge second day. Microsoft started things off with a bang. The company’s press conference featured everything from a Forza sequel to a new map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and we finally got a deeper look at Gears 5, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice--the next game From Software is working on.
There were over a dozen games on display, with more than a few surprises for news as well. We learned that Xbox acquired five new studios, and each one is hard at work developing exclusive titles to the Xbox One console. Plus, Xbox’s older titles are getting a fresh coat of paint in the form of expansions and updates. Even indie games like Cuphead are getting new DLC.
We were also given quite a few great announcements for anime fans, from the arena brawler of Shonen Jump characters in Jump Force to the remaster of Tales of Vesperia. Not one to let all those 2017 PS4 exclusives pass them by, Microsoft even announced that Nier would be coming to Xbox One later this year.
The show wrapped with an incredible showcasing of Cyberpunk 2077. No release date or gameplay footage yet, but we’re excited to see what’s next for the team behind The Witcher III Wild Hunt. If you want a rundown of all the announcements from the show, be sure to check out our Microsoft E3 press conference news roundup.
There were more exciting games shown during the presentation, so check out the rest of this feature for a look at what else Microsoft had to show.
For 2018's Battlefield V, EA and DICE are taking players back to World War II. Like Battlefield 1, its single-player campaign will be comprised of shorter War Stories that focus on specific aspects of the war. Multiplayer will see the introduction of playable female protagonists and--in a change from recent entries--dump the season pass model in favor of free post-launch maps and updates. In addition, it's going to feature a battle royale mode.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: October 19
Crackdown 3 is one of Microsoft's biggest upcoming Xbox One exclusives. The game utilizes cloud-based server technology for its multiplayer mode, which allows for environmental destruction on a large scale. It retains the gameplay of its predecessors, featuring a number of different organizations controlling the city of New Providence that you'll need to take down by killing their kingpins, destroying their bases, and destabilizing their infrastructures.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: February 2019
The next game from the creators of The Witcher, Cyberpunk 2077, is set in a dystopian, sci-fi future world. It appeared more bright and vibrant than the initial tease a few years back. It appears to take place in a dazzling city of dreams, a metropolis of giant buildings adorned with dazzling screens, where organic skin is meshed with futuristic tech.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA
Devil May Cry 5
After years of waiting, we're finally getting a brand new Devil May Cry game. And in a rather surprising twist, it's a direct continuation to the first four Devil May Cry games. Titled Devil May Cry 5, the debut trailer mainly focused on returning protagonist, Nero, who appears to be accompanied by an unnamed woman. However, the last few seconds indicated that Dante will return too.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: Spring 2019
The Division 2
Ubisoft Massive is at work on The Division 2, a follow-up to its open-world shooter, as it looks to build upon the foundation established in the previous game. This time around it's set in Washington D.C. and deals with the exploits of the Division attempting to reclaim the capital.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: March 18
Dying Light 2
In the sequel to the first-person apocalyptic survival shooter Dead Island, players will have plenty more chances to practice their sweet parkour while killing zombies. However, this time around, player’s choices will have real effects on the world and push the story down different paths.
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC | Release Date: TBA
While we still don't know much about it--aside from the fact that it's the earliest game in the Fallout timeline and takes place in West Virginia; it reportedly has a major online component. Fallout 76 has already captured the attention of the series' most ravenous fans. We're already imagining what sort of fights and awkward encounters we'll get into during our post-apocalyptic jaunt through the American wasteland.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Release Date: TBA
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is the latest entry in the open-world driving Forza Horizon spin-off series. Set in Britain, you and other players are free to drive around the world at your leisure and participate in a variety of racing events.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: October 2
Gears of War 5
Gears of War returns with its fifth entry. This time around you play as Kait, who originally appeared in Gears of War 4. This latest entry sees Kait embark on a journey to discover the truth behind the visions plaguing her mind--most likely an effect of the Locust necklace she inherited from her grandmother.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA 2019
Gears Pop! is an upcoming mobile game that combines the Gears of War franchise with the wildly popular Funko Pop toy property. Few details about the title were revealed, but it's slated to launch on mobile devices and features Gears of War characters who resemble Funko Pop figures.
Platforms: iOS, Android | Release Date: TBA 2019
Gears Tactics is a turn-based strategy spin-off of the Gears of War franchise. The game takes place 12 years before the first Gears of War. You can customize your own squad to take on threats in what was described as a more aggressive version of the classical tactics formula. And of course, as a Gears game, it will feature larger-than-life boss battles.
Platforms: PC | Release Date: TBA
Halo Infinite is the latest entry in the tenured first-person shooter franchise. Not much is know about the premise of the game or when it's set, but it appears you'll be once again playing Master Chief as he embarks on another mission to save the galaxy.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA
Jump Force mashes all of your favorite characters from Shonen Jump manga into one massive arena brawler. Fighters from Naruto, Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Death Note have already been confirmed, but we’re expecting we’ll hear about more soon.
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 | Release Date: 2019
Just Cause 4
Rico Rodriguez returns for another ridiculous adventure full of mayhem and destruction in Just Cause 4. This time, Rico will be taking his grappling hook, wingsuit, and other assortment of gadgets to South America.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: December 4
Kingdom Hearts III
We've gotten sneak peeks at some of the worlds and characters that Kingdom Hearts III will contain, including Hercules, Monsters Inc., and Toy Story. We're not sure exactly what the story is going to be about, but we do know it is the direct sequel to Kingdom Hearts 2 and an end to the saga.
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 | Release Date: TBA 2018
Metro Exodus puts players back in control of Artyom. Even though Artyom will be venturing above ground this time, there will still be plenty of mutated creatures to gun down and unsettling environments to explore.
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC | Release Date: February 22, 2019
Nier Automata: Become As Gods Edition
Xbox One is finally getting the critically acclaimed Nier: Automata, which first released on PS4 last year. It will release at a discounted price and will include all previously-released DLC.
Platforms: Xbox One | Release Date: June 26
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Xbox One console exclusive Ori and the Blind Forest was a critical hit when it launched in 2015, and now developer Moon Studios is back with a sequel. Ori and the Will of the Wisps will hopefully build on the first game's ingenious platforming and compelling story, and we can't wait to see more.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA
Session is a brand-new skateboarding simulation game, which was kickstarted early last year. Not much else was shown about the game, but it's at least great to hear that the skateboarding game genre isn't dead.
Platforms: Xbox One | Release Date: Early Access TBA 2018
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Lara is back on her tomb raiding spree in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. This time she's in the thick of the jungles in Latin America searching for a Mayan relic connected to her father. Little does she know she's about to set off the Mayan apocalypse, requiring her to save the world.
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC | Release Date: September 14
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the long-awaited new game from acclaimed studio, From Software. It appears to be expanding upon the classic Dark Souls formula by introducing stealth-action elements and more acrobatic maneuvers.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: Early 2019
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is an upcoming remaster of the fan-favorite action-RPG of the same name. It's the tenth mainline entry in the Tales series and was originally released on Xbox 360 in 2008.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: Winter 2018
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is the latest game by Dontnod Entertainment. It takes place in the universe of Life is Strange, and puts you in control of a young boy who's greatest talent is his imagination. He thinks of himself as a superhero and explorer who fights against evil forces on his journey.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Release Date: June 26
Tunic is a The Legend of Zelda-style action-adventure where you play as an adorable fox. It was originally announced in as Secret Legend in 2015.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: TBA 2018
Unannounced Game from Playground Games
It appears Forza Horizon developer Playground Games is working on a brand new unannounced game. Phil Spencer mentioned the project being in development during the E3 2018 press conference, but said little else about what it'll be.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Expected) | Release Date: TBA
We Happy Few
We Happy Few is an upcoming indie game about a small English town that’s become hooked on a hallucinogenic drug, called Joy, that make people happy. Players take control of a “Downer,” someone who refuses to take their Joy, and have to escape their constantly smiling neighbors.
Platforms: Xbox One, PC | Release Date: August 10
Like last year, there was a bunch of games shown during Microsoft's ID@Xbox montage. Below you can find a list of all the games showcased:
- Outer Wilds
- Kingdom: Two Crowns
- The Golf Club 2019
- Vermintide 2
- Fringe Wars
- Conqueror's Blade
- Raji: An Ancient Epic
- Super Meat Boy Forever
- Planet Alpha
- Islands of Nyne
- Harold Halibut: A Handmade Adventure Game
- Bomber Crew
- Children of Morta
- The Wind Road
- Generation Zero
- Dead Cells