This year‘s E3 will see Microsoft show off more first party games than they ever have before, from Halo Infinite to Gears 5.
E3 2019 is going to be very exciting for Xbox fans. Not only are Microsoft likely to announce, or at least allude to, their next generation plans but they’ve also got the event to themselves – since Sony are not turning up this year.
The rumour is their pre-E3 media briefing on Sunday – the one where all the big announcements are made – could be up to two hours long, likely because they’re also highlighting third party games that might otherwise have been at Sony’s event.
But according to Microsoft themselves they’ll also have 14 first party games, i.e. titles either made by studios they own or at least published by Xbox Game Studios.
As you can probably imagine they haven’t said what any of them are, but it’s easy enough to guess at most of them.
Halo Infinite and Gears 5 seem a given, as they were shown off last year. While Forza Motorsport 8 is also extremely likely, given it’s been a yearly franchise since forever.
Whether Gears Tactics is still a thing is unclear though, as neither it nor mobile game Gears POP! have been heard of since they were announced last year.
A new Fable game by Forza Horizon developer Playground Games is also strongly rumoured, while smaller titles such as Ori And The Will Of The Wisps and Battletoads will almost certainly be there.
Age Of Empires IV on PC will probably get a nod too, while the remasters of Age Of Empires II and III might also be included as part of the total – as might the PC version of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Minecraft could also account for anything up to three games, with Minecraft: Dungeons, Minecraft Earth, and whatever new updates there are to the base game.
What the other titles are is harder to guess at, but since Microsoft went on a developer buying spree last year they now have a whole host of new studios, some of which already have games on the go and some of which don’t.
Obsidian Entertainment is working on The Outer Worlds and inXile has Wastelands 3, both of which are multiformat – as they were started before Microsoft bought them. There was also supposed to be more DLC for Compulsion Games’ We Happy Few.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice developer Ninja Theory is rumoured to be working on a multiplayer game, while Rare are also thought to be working on a new game that isn’t Sea Of Thieves (although as an ongoing title that could count as part of the 14 too).
There are other studios beyond that too, such as the brand-new The Initiative, who have never announced anything and it’s a mystery as to what they’re working on or how far along they are with it.
So you can see that while 14 games sounds a lot it might not mean quite as many brand new announcements as it first sounds – although at least a few are guaranteed.
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