E3 2019's Biggest Xbox One Games: Halo Infinite, Battletoads, Gears 5, Borderlands 3, More
By Oscar Dayus | @dayusz on
One of gaming's most important events of the year, E3, is mere days away, with the big news events--the press conferences--are upon us. Xbox fans will have plenty to look forward to today in particular. Big Xbox One games like Gears 5, Halo Infinite, Battletoads, and going to be in attendance, and hopefully, we'll get more details on all of those with gameplay and release dates at the top of our list from Santa Claus. (Santa Claus has a summer job in the LA Convention Center now, didn't you know?)
Xbox fans will want to keep their eyes peeled today. The biggest press conference on today's schedule is Microsoft's, and you can watch the Xbox stream live here on GameSpot. With no Sony at the show, this is a big opportunity for Microsoft to capture people's attention, so we're likely to see a lot of exciting new games for Xbox (and, by extension, PC and possibly other platforms).
So you know what to expect, we've collected all the biggest Xbox games confirmed to be making an appearance, as well as those we think will appear at the show based on the list of companies on the official E3 website. Of course, we may also get a first look at Scarlett, Microsoft's in-development new Xbox console--but nothing has been confirmed on that front just yet. Rumors and leaks are likely to continue popping up in the meantime, alongside teases like one involving the reveal of Xbox Game Pass news.
What Microsoft has promised is that it will have 14 first-party games on display. We can guess at a number of those based on what's been previously announced or confirmed for this show, but that still leaves a number of unknowns. We'll be getting a look at some of the games being designed by the studios Microsoft acquired last year, and perhaps there will be some surprise revivals or the introduction of some new IPs. Whatever the case, Microsoft has vowed to "go big" at this year's show, which makes sense given that Sony is sitting this show out. That gives Microsoft an opportunity to grab a lot of the attention coming out of this year's show.
For now, read on for a rundown of all the biggest Xbox One games at E3 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. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey launches for PC on August 27 with PS4 and Xbox One versions coming sometime in December, so we're likely primed for new details about the game at E3 2019.
Apex Legend stormed onto the battle royale scene in February and made a huge impact, briefly taking the spotlight away from the ever-present juggernaut, Fortnite. After the initial excitement, though, Apex slowed after a somewhat lackluster first three-month content season and some technical issues that developer Respawn is still working on fixing. All that said, Apex's debut demonstrated what a solidly built, polished contender the battle royale shooter scene it is, and it shouldn't be written off anytime soon.
E3 marks the beginning of the Apex's second content season and a chance for the game to make its mark once again. We're expecting at least one new character and one new gun, and rumors and leaks suggest the game could see even bigger changes that will change how it plays. Apex Legends caused other battle royale games to take notice (and take its ideas), and that influence could definitely continue after E3.
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.
Beyond Good And Evil 2
We got a pretty good look at Beyond Good and Evil 2 at E3 2018, with lots of gameplay on display and Ubisoft's talk of a beta for the game that's expected to launch sometime before the end of this year. The space opera looks pretty expansive in scope as it picks up where the last game left off and includes third-person action-adventure gameplay, co-op, and spaceship dogfighting. Ubisoft also talked about its partnership with Hitrecord, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's online creator community, to open up the creation of art assets for the game to fans and players all over the world.
We still haven't gotten our hands on Beyond Good and Evil 2, but given how much we saw at E3 2018, it seems likely it'll finally be in a playable state this year. In general, though, Beyond Good and Evil 2 looks to be in pretty good shape, and to be enormous, giving players plenty of opportunities to fight baddies, travel the galaxy, interact with its various people, and get in plenty of space piracy.
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. So far, we have only gotten to see two of the four playable characters, Amarah the Siren and Zane the Operative, leaving only two more to show off. E3 2019 is as good as time as any to show off what the rest of the Vault Hunters can do, and what sort of cool gear will drop.
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. It's likely we'll see even more (probably on the multiplayer side) at E3.
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.
Code Vein was supposed to launch in September 2018, but it was delayed to sometime this year. E3 2019 makes for an excellent time to reveal its final release date. Even though Souls-style games have become increasingly common, Code Vein's visual style and approach manage to set itself apart from the others.
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, it's sure to have one last pre-launch hurrah at E3 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
Ever since the fantastic gameplay reveal last year, CD Projekt Red's new open-world sci-fi action-RPG has become one of the most hotly anticipated games heading into E3 2019. Based on the well-loved tabletop RPG series, Cyberpunk 2077 puts a lot of emphasis on letting you create your character and forge a path that's all your own in the bustling setting of Night City.
When compared to the developer's stellar action-RPG The Witcher 3, it's immediately apparent that Cyberpunk 2077 a different beast--trading out swords and sorcery for guns and high-tech cybernetics. The neon-lit metropolis of Night City is undoubtedly a far cry from the forests of Spitfire Bluff, which should make for an incredibly exciting space to explore.
Before E3 2018, Cyberpunk 2077 was one of those games that was announced far too early and was seldom seen--often finding itself on most-anticipated lists several years straight. However, it seems the long wait was well worth it. So far, Cyberpunk 2077 manages to check all the boxes when it comes to presenting a compelling sci-fi experience, and with E3 2019 approaching, it's prime time to see more of the game in action. It'll be exciting to see just how expansive the side-alleys and the corporate-owned skyscrapers can get.
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. Previous trailers have lightly touched upon the game's story and gameplay, but we're hoping to see more of it in action at E3 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. With any luck, we'll get a chance to try that out for ourselves at E3 this year.
Untitled Dragon Age game
We've heard nothing official about BioWare's next Dragon Age game since an announcement trailer dropped during The Game Awards in December 2018. However, in January 2019, a new BioWare job listing suggested that the fourth Dragon Age game would have some sort of multiplayer. The announcement trailer also implies Dragon Age: Inquisition's Solas, aka The Dread Wolf, will play a major role in the fourth game's story.
An April 2019 Kotaku report revealed the complicated development history with Anthem negatively impacted BioWare's other games--most notably the fourth Dragon Age, the development of which was scrapped and rebooted in October 2017. In the wake of Anthem's poor reception, this makes us a tad worried about the state of Dragon Age. However, that doesn't change our wanting to see exactly what BioWare has in store for the franchise's next chapter. Though the developer hasn't announced plans to reveal new information during E3 this year, it's plausible to expect some sort of acknowledgment as to when we can expect to hear more about Dragon Age 4.
Dragon Ball Z RPG
Arc System Works' success with Dragon Ball FighterZ has refreshed our taste for Akira Toriyama's classic anime universe. Though we've seen DBZ RPGs in the past, the upcoming game is the first in a long time that aims to retell the story from the anime that many fans already know and love, and in the form of what looks to be an open-world action-RPG.
Beyond that, there's little else we know about the game. The only trailer out there showcases familiar locations, characters, and events, but there's not much to go by in terms of how the game will actually play. Cyberconnect 2 is currently making the game with a broad 2019 release date, so it's probably a safe bet that we'll learn more from Bandai-Namco once we hit the ground at E3 in LA.
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.
Microsoft hasn't said much about Gears 5 since its reveal at E3 2018. Like its predecessor, it's being developed by The Coalition, which has kept relatively tight-lipped about the game. So far, Microsoft has confirmed that multiplayer footage is set to debut as part of its new esports series Eleague. Given how little we know about Gears 5's story and structure, it's fair to say that more story gameplay is likely coming at E3 2019.
We don't know much about Halo Infinite. Since its reveal at E3 2018, we've heard little about what we should expect. Microsoft has told fans to think of Halo Infinite as Halo 6 instead of a spin-off, and developer 343 studio boss Bonnie Ross has attributed it to something of a "spiritual reboot" to the franchise. Regardless of what Halo Infinite truly actually is, there's plenty of excitement building around the upcoming shooter.
What we do know is that Halo Infinite is being made with a new engine called Slipspace, which is capable of supporting numerous different modes on a technical level. Speaking of modes, Halo Infinite will see the return of local split-screen, a feature that many Halo die-hards have eagerly requested in a new game for years. Halo Infinite game director Chris Lee will appear at E3 2019 to talk about the game, or at least detail the new functionality that the Slipspace Engine offers to the franchise. But that's all that has been confirmed so far.
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
We know Square Enix is publishing some kind of Avengers game--we just don't know anything about it. The publisher has been very tight-lipped about what to expect from the title; we're not even sure what kind of game it'll be. We do know that Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics and Deus Ex: Human Revolution studio Eidos Montreal are working on it, and that more information is coming at Square Enix's E3 press conference on June 10.
A press release from back when the game was announced included this tidbit: "The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come." Other than that, though, we're still waiting on Square to spill the beans.
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."
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is due out sometime in 2019, and you can likely expect to see it make an appearance at Xbox's press conference at E3 2019.
Outriders is an upcoming new game from Square Enix, which was teased via the company's social channels earlier this week. Not much is known about the game, but we're primed to hear more during the Square Enix's E3 2019 press conference. Currently, all we have to go by is a brief teaser simply showing a mysterious figure asleep in a cryo-chamber, with red alarms sounding in the background. The figure gasps awake and then stares ahead with not much more clue of the circumstances befallen them.
Release Date: TBA
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. We're hoping to learn a lot more about The Outer Worlds at E3.
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. It's a metaphorical game about exploring and dealing with human emotions due on July 5, 2019, which means we should expect to hear more about it at E3 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. We've only seen a single CGI trailer so far, but the hope is that the upcoming EA Play event that takes place alongside E3 2019 will show us a lot more.
What we do know is that Fallen Order will see 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. Fallen Order releases before the next Star Wars film installment, on 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.
Twin Mirror is a new story-driven adventure game from Dontnod Entertainment, the studio behind Life is Strange and Vampyr. With a developer body of work like that, it's no wonder the game will revolve around player choice as part of a branching narrative. It seemingly contains quite a dark tone and appears to be a psychological thriller.
You play as Sam, who returns to his (desolate) hometown of Basswood, West Virginia to attend the funeral of his best friend. Sam is already having a pretty tough time; he's also recovering from a bad break-up. Things take a turn for the worse when he wakes up with no memory of the previous night and discovers a blood-stained shirt in his hotel room.
Sam needs to recall his memories and search for clues to discover the truth in a mysterious investigation. Similar to Life is Strange, Twin Mirrors confront many heavy themes; Sam must come to terms with heartbreak in a place where "the line between truth and deception is blurred."
Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines 2
Vampire: The Masquerade--Bloodlines 2 has been a long time in the making. The first game--an RPG based on tabletop game Vampire: The Masquerade--launched way back in 2004.
The game is mostly played from a first-person perspective, though you'll switch to third-person when performing specific actions. When you begin this sequel, you can choose from several different classes and backstories for your vampire. Within those classes, there are various "disciplines" to choose from, which will determine your combat abilities and other attributes. Developer Paradox says these classes were adapted from the Vampire: The Masquerade pen-and-paper RPG. The Chiropteran discipline, for example, "calls on the vampire's strong affinity to bats" and allows players to summon swarms of them and move through the air.
Vampire: The Masquerade--Bloodlines 2 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2020, so it's still quite a ways off. Still, the game was announced this past March, so we're sure that Paradox has plenty lined up if it's aiming to appear this year.
Watch Dogs Legion
Watch Dogs Legion is the latest game in Ubisoft's hacker-centric open-world franchise. Following a retail leak, Ubisoft officially confirmed the game via Twitter. According to an early Amazon UK product description, Watch Dogs Legion takes place in a near-future, dystopian version of London, saying: "It's a post-Brexit world in which society, politics, and technology have changed and altered London's fortunes." However, one of the most interesting elements this time is the ability to play any NPC you encounter in the world. There's still more to learn about the game, but Ubisoft has confirmed that it will give us more information at its upcoming press conference.
Release Date: TBA
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.
At E3 2019, Wolfenstein publisher Bethesda is holding a press conference in typical fashion, and all that's confirmed in the show roster so far is Doom Eternal. However, it's more than likely Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be there as well, especially with its July 26 release date nearing.
E3 Press Conference Schedule
Most of the big news at E3 will come during the various briefings that publishers will host in the days leading up to the event. For the full scoop on press conferences, check out the video above or our full E3 2019 schedule.