E3 2019: All The Xbox One Games Releasing In 2019 -- Battletoads, Gears 5, Borderlands 3, And More
By Matt Espineli on
There are tons of exciting new Xbox One games at E3 2019. Microsoft is hitting the show hard this year promising to showcase 14 first-party games. If you've been following the publisher throughout the years, you'll know this is a big deal considering its rather tumultuous history of lacking first-party exclusives.
While we won't find out what these games are until Microsoft's big press conference later today, June 9, at 1 PM PT, we do know about the heaps of other new Xbox One games at E3 2019. And what's better is that many of them are coming out relatively soon. To help you keep track of everything, we've detailed below the biggest games from the show coming in 2019 and beyond.
Expect a major update after the Xbox press conference in particular, though the other briefings are sure to have more Xbox One games. Leaks suggest that, among other things, we'll hear about Elden Ring, a new game developed by From Software in collaboration with George RR Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire (the basis for Game of Thrones).
If you're looking to keep up with all the latest happenings at E3, GameSpot has a ton of coverage. Check the site often as we report the latest news, post the newest trailers, and offer our impressions on some of the biggest and smallest games of the show. If you'd like to keep a firm lock on the biggest announcements, be sure to check out our full E3 press conference schedule.
Which Xbox One games coming soon are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments. Otherwise, read on below for every big Xbox One game coming in 2019.
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the next game from Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets. The concept is ambitious--you play as hominids through different periods of ancestral time.
A single-player, third-person exploration survival game, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey starts in Neogene Africa some 10 million years ago. Over time, you grow and evolve to the Australopithecus--which is popularly known as Lucy. On your way to becoming Lucy, you'll learn new skills and abilities as you take the form of the next subspecies of hominid that would eventually become the human form of today. Based on early footage, you'll be clambering through the jungle and swinging through trees, escaping predators, gathering resources, and attempting to survive to live another day.
Release Date: August 27, 2019 (PC) | December TBA (PS4, Xbox One)
Yup, Battletoads is coming back. First announced in a trailer at Xbox's E3 2018 press conference, the infamously hard side-scrolling beat-'em-up is supposed to hit Xbox One and PC sometime in 2019. There's not much to go on other than that. The trailer noted the game includes three-player couch co-op and 4K 2.5D hand-drawn graphics--so at the very least, it should look pretty. It also included a little cheeky humor to remind us of the Battletoads spirit, including a shot of a Battletoads speeder bike smashed up next to one of those pink walls from the infamously hard Turbo Tunnel level.
Release Date: TBA 2019
Revealed at PAX East 2019, Borderlands 3 is the long-awaited sequel that many fans of the loot-driven co-op FPS have been waiting for. Featuring a new cast of vault-hunters and apparently more loot than the previous games combined, the next game seems like it's on its way to becoming a solid follow-up to one of the more well-loved games in recent years. With the Borderlands series celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, it's apparent that the real legacy of the franchise is that it sparked the whole 'looter-shooter' craze that became popular following the original's release in 2009.
We recently got to check out some of Borderlands 3, and it's certainly sticking close to what the series has traditionally done best--letting you and a squad of friends wield bizarre and preposterously designed guns to acquire even more weapons.
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Activision and Infinity Ward released all kinds of information about this year's Call of Duty ahead of E3. We know it's Modern Warfare, but it's not a remake of the 2007 classic--it's a reimagining of that game, geared at being more "relevant" to the current world we live in. While we haven't seen much in the way of multiplayer, we know about two big developments on that front already: First, Modern Warfare will support cross-play between Xbox One, PS4, and PC, so you can play with anyone regardless of their platform. Second, Call of Duty is doing away with the season pass format of selling post-release content, and all multiplayer maps released after the game's launch on October 25 will be free to all players.
On the campaign side (yes, single-player campaigns are back in Call of Duty), Infinity Ward has said it's looking to make a game that asks players how far they're willing to go in a modern war that doesn't have defined battlefields or easily identifiable combatants. It's looking to explore the moral gray area of conflicts, and while you'll fight alongside at least one returning character--Captain Price--you'll also join rebel fighters in a fictional Middle Eastern coverage. You can read everything we've learned about Modern Warfare so far, and you might also check out our interview with studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki about what Infinity Ward is trying to achieve with the game's story.
Release Date: October 25, 2019
Code Vein is a strange game, but it has still caught a lot of people's attention. It's a post-apocalyptic action-RPG starring a vampire who seems ripped straight from a '90s anime series and feels heavily inspired by FromSoftware's Souls games. Though others that are heavily inspired by the Souls games tend to emphasize isolation, the undead protagonist of Code Vein is partnered up with an AI ally, letting you team up to overcome the various monsters and demons that lurk about in the ruins of the old world. You'll also use a variety of over-the-top weapons and vampiric abilities to slay your enemies, eventually coming to blows with the game's challenging bosses. Even though Souls-style games have become increasingly common, Code Vein's visual style and approach manage to set itself apart from the others.
Release Date: TBA 2019
Control was one of the surprise announcements at E3 2018. As Remedy's first game after the ambitious multimedia project that was Quantum Break, it was exciting to see the studio return to developing a more straightforward experience. Of course, Control is also impressive looking because its world is anything but straightforward, calling to mind bits and pieces from Remedy's previous supernatural-tinged games.
Since the reveal last year, we've been given a chance to try Control for ourselves. The lead character, Jesse, possesses almost superhero-like powers, such as the ability to glide in mid-air and manipulate the environment with her mind. She's an unusual person in an unusual setting: a government facility that houses paranormal experiments gone awry. The building itself is said to shift and change shape, sometimes right before your eyes, with the geometric forms of the brutalist architecture bending, swaying, and twirling to reveal new hallways or even glimpses into another plane of existence. Control looks weird, dripping with odd sights and unexpected surprises, and with the release a mere few months away, we can't wait to get our hands on it.
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a remaster of the PS1 classic of the same name. It follows in the line of Activision's most recent Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon remasters with vibrant new visuals and revamped control schemes. While Nitro-Fueled contains all of the original's tracks, it'll also include remastered content from later games in the series, such as Crash Nitro Kart and Crash Tag Team Racing.
Release Date: June 21, 2019
The Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan
The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is the latest work from Supermassive Games (Until Dawn, The Inpatient). The game is part of a larger horror anthology series the studio is starting to create. It tells the story of a group of Americans on vacation through the South Pacific Ocean but when an unexpected storm arrives, they find themselves trapped in a sunken ghost ship. Like Until Dawn, Man of Medan has you navigating multiple protagonists through terrifying situations while making decisions that ultimately impact the conclusion of the narrative.
Release Date: August 30, 2019
Bethesda's reboot of Doom in 2016 hit like a hammer. The speed and ferocity of combat was almost perfectly in tune with the raucous metal soundtrack, just the way Doom-heads like it. It wasn't too surprising then when Bethesda announced that a follow-up was on the way. Doom Eternal is currently in development for almost every modern platform: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and Stadia--making it one of the few games confirmed for Google's upcoming cloud-gaming service.
There isn't a lot we can say about Doom Eternal at the moment, other than it looks like a worthy successor to the game that wowed us just a few years ago. A familiar feature returning from the old-school Doom games is the gradual visual destruction of enemies as they take damage from your super-powered weapons, which is sure to be a gruesome feast for the eyes. The most surprising new addition to the formula is invasions from other players online in the form of demons. It will be optional, but it will no doubt be a feature to look out for when the game ships later this year.
Release Date: TBA 2019
EA's FIFA 20 is looking to introduce new changes that elevate its faithful recreation of association football. This time around, there's a larger emphasis and incentive on manual defending, as opposed to allowing an AI to dictate the defense for you. Shooting is also getting a slight revamp, with attackers given greater accuracy. EA says that lots of work is being done on making passing and shooting more realistic. Of course, this is only the beginning of the adjustments and surprises are in store in the latest FIFA, so stay tuned as the show goes on as we hear more.
Release Date: September 27, 2019
Aside from Halo: Infinite, Gears 5 might be the biggest upcoming game Microsoft has lined up. Not much is known about it other than its premise, which picks up directly after the events of the previous game. It focuses on Gears of War 4 supporting character now turned main protagonist, Kait Diaz, who is on a journey to uncover the origins of the Locust and her family. As a Gears game, expect tactical cover-based shooting, over-the-top setpieces, and a dash of melodrama.
Release Date: Fall 2019
This year's Madden is making some exciting new changes to the formula. The most interesting addition comes from the Superstar X-Factor mechanic, an all-new progression system that allows you to utilize special abilities on the field if specific objectives are met. A new story mode called Face of the Franchise is also introduced, where you create and build up the career of your own NFL Quarterback from college to the professional league. As you progress, a new Scenario Engine generates personalized playable scenarios, events, and dynamic challenges that build the story of your career.
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is follow up to the much-adored platformer Ori and the Blind Forest. Announced at E3 2017, the game is coming to Xbox and PC.
In Will of the Wisps, you'll once again guide Ori through a visually splendorous, Metroidvania-influenced 2D world, fighting enemies and solving puzzles along the way. It will seemingly feature more of everything from the original: a new upgrade system, special abilities, enemies, impressive bosses, and new NPCs--the two previous E3 trailers depicted an owl as one of Ori's new friends. Together they'll attempt to "discover the mystery beyond the forest of Nibel, uncover the hidden truths of those lost, and unravel Ori's true destiny."
Release Date: TBA 2019
The Outer Worlds
From the creators of the Fallout series and Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind (arguably) the best contemporary Fallout game (New Vegas) comes The Outer Worlds. It's an intricate, first-person role-playing game that adopts a lot of Fallout's beloved characteristics, both classic and modern. The space-faring adventure takes place in a far future where mega-corporations rule. It will feature mechanics like a real-time combat system with a Fallout-style slowdown mechanic, endearing AI companions, a large variety of dialogue options and approaches to the game's many problems, and a dark sense of humor.
Despite Xbox Game Studio's acquisition of Obsidian Entertainment, announced in November 2018, the game is published by Take-Two's Private Division label and will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (exclusively via the Epic Games Store) sometime in 2019.
Release Date: TBA 2019
Psychonauts 2 is the highly-requested sequel to the cult-favorite platformer starring Raz, a young boy gifted with psychic abilities who dreams of joining a top-secret government agency known as the Psychonauts. After the events of the first game, Raz becomes a fully-fledged agent and is tasked to rescue Psychonaut Grand Head Truman Zanotto--a mission that began in Psychonauts 1's conclusion and continued in bridge-sequel VR game, Psychonauts and the Rhombus of Ruin. As Raz, you'll once again delve into the minds of others while overcoming treacherous platforming challenges and gaining new powers along the way.
Release Date: TBA 2019
Sea Of Solitude
First revealed in 2015, Sea Of Solitude was announced at E3 2018 to be the newest entry in the EA's Originals program, which is home to titles like unique titles Unravel, A Way Out, and Fe. You play as Kay, who suffers from loneliness so powerful that it consumes her in the form of darkness. You'll explore a submerged apocalypse in a boat, traversing the environment, changing water levels, and generally deciphering puzzles related to the world and the shadowy monsters that inhabit it.
Kay's ultimate goal is to find out what happened to her and how she can fix it, but part of that also involves finding out more about the creatures, too. Sea of Solitude has a pleasing watercolor aesthetic, complemented by an ominous "dark world" of sorts that invites comparisons to Studio Ghibli animations and Silent Hill.
Release Date: July 5, 2019
The Sinking City
The Sinking City is the latest from Frogwares--a studio that's known for its work on the cult favorite Sherlock Holmes adventure games. Set in the fictional flooded city of Oakmont, Massachusetts during the 1920s, you play as Charles Reed, a troubled WW1 veteran and private investigator traveling in search of a cure for his persistent hallucinations. In The Sinking City, you'll investigate crime scenes, navigate tense social issues, and fend off mysterious creatures threatening Reed's sanity.
Release Date: June 27, 2019
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Respawn Entertainment, the talented EA studio behind innovative first-person shooters like Titanfall, and Apex Legends are trying their hand at a Star Wars property. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be a single-player, third-person action game that takes place after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which means that Jedi have been eradicated from the galaxy.
In Fallen Order, you take control of a Jedi Padawan (novice) called Cal Kestis, as he tries to evade capture and avoid being noticed as a surviving Jedi. Expect social stealth, a droid companion, force powers, and lightsaber combat. The game's story team includes Aaron Contreras, who worked on Mafia III, as well as Chris Avellone, who's famous for several Obsidian RPGs, among many other things.
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint is the follow-up to 2017's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, though developer Ubisoft is taking a different approach this time around. Breakpoint will have a darker tone, the developer says, in its new fictional New Zealand-esque setting, Aurora.
Aurora is home to Skell Technology, a corporation specializing in AI drone tech. When communication with the company ceases, you're sent to the archipelago to investigate. When you arrive, however, you find yourself not in the role of the hunter, but the hunted.
Throughout Breakpoint, you'll encounter a paramilitary group known as the Wolves, who Ubisoft says are just as skilled on the battlefield as the Ghosts. Because of this, the game places a greater emphasis on stealth. You'll be able to employ drones and hide the bodies of any enemies you kill. Similarly, you can avoid detection by crouching in foliage or covering yourself with mud. The game also features some survival elements; any injuries you sustain need to be treated, and you need to maintain your weapons. Ghost Recon Breakpoint launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 4.
Release Date: October 4, 2019
Wolfenstein: Youngblood was unveiled at E3 2018, promising a co-op trip through Paris, set in the 1980s. It's a sequel of sorts to the most recent game in the series, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and it stars series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz's twin daughters, Jessica and Sophia, who are working together to continue the fight against the Nazi regime.
In Wolfenstein: Youngblood, BJ has gone missing in Nazi-occupied Paris. It's not clear whether Youngblood is the third game in the series--the devs previously stated that they viewed the series as a trilogy--or a separate game in the vein of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.
Release Date: July 26, 2019