Microsoft and Xbox had a lot riding on today. With Sony opting out of appearing at E3 2019, the team had a golden opportunity to steal the show away from Sony’s incredible first party offerings. Last year, Microsoft announced the acquisition of several studios into the Xbox family, and now we’ve gotten a peek at the fruits of their labor.
This was also the perfect opportunity to showcase a lot of third party titles. With 60 games on deck, Microsoft’s Xbox Briefing was jam packed with announcements and games, and even some exciting info on what the team is working on next for hardware. While there were a lot of great announcements, some were more exciting than others. Here are the five best things to come from Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Briefing.
5. New FROMSOFTWARE Project Elden Ring Announced
With Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice in the rearview, it was time for Hidetaka Miyazaki and developer FROMSOFTWARE to move forward. While I’m still hoping for Sekiro DLC, the next project from the acclaimed studio is on the way with Elden Ring. Developed in partnership with George R.R. Martin, Elden Ring is set in a true open world for the first time for the developer, and according to an interview over on the Xbox Wire News Blog, will feature “unique and horrifying bosses.” Check out the announcement trailer below.
4. Dying Light 2 Release Window Announced
Announced at E3 2018, Dying Light 2 wasn’t something I was honestly prepared to see. Don’t get me wrong, the first game was really, really good. Seeing a sequel announced just took me a little by surprise! The new trailer shows off infected protagonist Aiden as he traverses the city with a wealth of parkour skills. Dying Light 2 takes place 15 years after the first game, as different factions vie for power during the day while the undead hide until the nighttime. Also announced was that Dying Light 2 will be available in Spring 2020, so players don’t have to wait too long until they can get their hands on the sequel to one of the best zombie experiences of the last few years.
3. Halo Infinite Is Coming Holiday 2020
Halo is one those special titles that will always stand the test of time. We still don’t have a lot of information on it, but watching Master Chief’s HUD appear and listening to Spartan 117 want to “fight back” gave me chills during the Xbox Briefing. However, we have a few key pieces of new info. First, there’s a new trailer, which can be seen below. Also announced was that Halo Infinite will be a launch title for Project Scarlett, and will be available in the holiday season of 2020.
2. Project Scarlett Gets Specs Info And Release Window
Sony recently dropped some new info on PlayStation 5 specs that gamers should expect when it launches, but now it’s Microsoft’s turn. Project Scarlett is shaping up to be a powerhouse, and is reportedly four times more powerful than the Xbox One X. Microsoft announced that Project Scarlett will sport a custom CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2, use GDDR6 RAM, and utilize a custom SSD that will use the SSD as virtual RAM. The console is said to support 8K gaming, framerates up to 120 FPS, variable refresh rate support, and ray-tracing. The new console will be launching during the holiday season of next year. Other than Halo Infinite, no other titles were announced to launch alongside it, but Halo alone is a system seller anyway, so it might not matter.
1. Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer, Keanu Reeves Appears
While I wasn’t a huge fan of The Witcher 3 (I know, I know, heresy), I was already planning on playing Cyberpunk 2077. I can’t say I was really all that excited for it. Hell, even the first half of the new trailer shown of today at Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Briefing didn’t really get me going. Last year was my first E3, and I never really had that “holy shit!” moment.
I did this year though, once Keanu Reeves appeared on screen. And then again when he appeared on stage. I get excited about most of Keanu Reeves’ projects, and Cyberpunk 2077 is no exception. I’m sold. I already have my collector’s edition preordered. Check out the new trailer below, and then go preorder Cyberpunk 2077 for when it launches next April.
We’re on the ground at E3 this week, so keep checking back with us for info on all the great games we see. Until the show kicks off though, check out our top picks from the Bethesda E3 Showcase.