Xbox E3 2019 conference live report

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Well, that was a wrap. A strong showing from Microsoft as it sped through a litany of games before confirming that its new Xbox will be out next year. Still, would have been nice to see a bit of gameplay here and there…

Our live coverage of this event has finished

Coverage

20:03

*ahem* Well hello there.

20:04

Just under an hour to go until the big show begins, and already there's all sorts of nonsense rumours flying around.

20:05

I love these moments before a big show when people start whispering all sorts of far-fetched stories to each other.

20:05

Today's lovely big rumour: Shigeru Miyamoto will be making an appearance at Microsoft's show.

20:06

Xbox Live for Switch? Nintendo games for Xbox? Or just the far-fetched dreams of those who've been queuing up for hours in the LA sun?

20:06

ALL WILL SOON BE REVEALED.

20:06

Tom Phillips, Emma Kent and Chris Tapsell are our away team at the show for us.

20:07

I, meanwhile, am in the Brighton office. Watching the Canadian GP wind down.

20:45

Right, well that's the Grand Prix done – which I won't spoil for you – but let's turn our attention to the Xbox conference.

20:47

I wouldn't want it any other way.

20:49

That's the real way to E3.

20:49

I'm being an adult and sticking with the herbal tea – a cardamom rooibos, don't you know – before hitting the hard stuff.

20:50

Which I'll probably be doing about 30 seconds into the Xbox conference. But still!

20:52

Before the snark begins, though! Genuinely excited for what the next 90 or so minutes will bring.

20:53

What I'd like to see: Halo Infinite in all its glory, a glimpse of the new Fable, some all-new IP from Microsoft's internal studios, some absolute show-stealing megaton about a partnership with Nintendo.

20:55

Also what I'd like to see: Jamie Kennedy turning up half-cut to present the whole show, the biggest demo of the night to stall due to technical difficulties, the return of Mr. Caffeine.

20:57

Reports of grown adults in the auditorium making 'X' signs with their arms, a man standing up with an Xbox scarf held aloft for almost an hour now.

20:57

Video games are so weird.

20:58

Two minutes and counting. This is about to get real.

20:59

Please let it be. That or Wii Music 2 plz.

21:00

And.

21:00

Away.

21:00

We.

21:00

Go.

21:01

Let's EEE FREE.

21:01

There's a car! A jetpack! A Gears of War! A Minecraft!

21:02

All of video games have come together tonight to witness this.

21:02

We're opening with…

21:03

Outer Wilds?

21:03

Not Outer Worlds, which has just come out and is quite a good time.

21:03

Those two games should really should have got together to have a chat and sorted things out befor ethey releawsed.

21:04

Anyway, Outer Wilds looks like a beautifully colourful, inventive slice of sci-fi RPG action. And it's out October 25th.

21:04

Ninja Theory – who are Xbox now, of course – take to the stage.

21:05

We're all Xbox now, of course.

21:05

Ninja Theory's new game – which was in development before the takeover – is Bleeding Edge.

21:06

It's a multiplayer combat thing – an odd choice of genre given Ninja Theory's affinity with single-player experiences – but it's one of several projects in development at the studio.

21:07

Character-based combat, wiht an alpha on June 27th.

21:07

Bleeding Edge! It's a video game alright.

21:08

Speaking of video games! Here's the new Ori.

21:09

It's as gorgeous as its predecessor, and it's out next February 11th.

21:09

Confirming that there will be video games in 2020.

21:09

An all-new Mojanb title now, which looks to lean on the Minecraft heritage moreso than things like Scrolls.

21:10

It's a third-person Diablo-esque action RPG with a very distinct Minecraft look.

21:10

It looks like positive revenue flow, basically.

21:10

Minecraft Dungeons! Another 2020 release, and a very pleasant surprise.

21:11

After that ten minute fluffing here comes Big Phil to deliver the big stuff.

21:11

I have no idea what his t-shirt signifies. It looks like a brain in a helmet. Ryze 2 please?

21:12

Phil just looks so comfortable with one of those wearable mics.

21:12

Him and Madonna, basically – both born to rock that look.

21:13

Yes please.

21:13

I'm told it's a Psychonauts t-shirt.

21:13

So I guess let's look forward to seeing more of Psychonauts 2 later on in the show.

21:14

The whole time I've been obsessing over Phil's t-shirt I've missed his spiel about games being for everyone.

21:15

60 games will be shown here tonight – 14 from Microsoft internal studios.

21:15

And a look at the new Xbox.

21:15

That's quite the slate of things to get through. Let's get to it.

21:16

It's Jedi Knight Fallen Order – which I've warmed to having seen yesterday's reveal again today – being shown again.

21:16

There's a bit more character in this quick edit fo highlights than we saw in the reveal. I'm optimistic that it's going to be an okay video game.

21:17

Although also at times it does look a bit Force Unleashed 3.

21:17

HERE'S AN ALL-NEW GAME PEOPLE.

21:18

It could be Outlast 3.

21:18

I could be a new Silent Hill.

21:18

It could just be a game about a really nice dog.

21:19

It's a Blair Witch game!

21:19

Well, there's a surprise for you.

21:19

A timely tie-in.

21:19

Can we get an official game of Mask next please?

21:20

The Cher one too, not the Jim Carrey one.

21:20

Here's some game from CD Projekt now anyway.

21:21

It's a lovely cinematic for Cyberpunk 2077.

21:22

But will we see any of the game itself in action?

21:23

Well, Keanu Reeves is in it.

21:23

Who needs gameplay or a release date when Keanu Reeves is there onstage to talk about Cyberpunk.

21:24

Good lord he's one of the best humans, and this is one of the all-time great E3 cameos.

21:24

What a catch for CD Projekt Red.

21:25

He basically just keeps saying Cyperpunk again and again and that's fine with me.

21:25

Money well spent from CD Projekt Red I'd say. I hope that's all he does in the game too.

21:26

Keanu is doing the release date.

21:26

Keanu should announce all the release dates.

21:26

Where does E3 go after you've had Keanu onstage?

21:26

It's out April 16th 2020.

21:27

An all-new, sumptuous looking 2D action game with sublime animation and art is up next.

21:27

I've got no idea what it is tho.

21:27

Got some kind of magical deer in it. Fill yer boots.

21:28

Spiritfarer, from Thunderlotus.

21:28

Thunderlotus being the developer behind Jotun.

21:29

And here's Battletoads, which doubles down on the cartoon vibe and looks a bit like the all-new Streets of Rage 4 in its own way.

21:29

And that was Battletoads – our first look at it in action, but no release date just yet.

21:30

The Legend of Wright now, which looks a bit like David Jaffe's Drawn to Death but no way near as awful as that.

21:30

RPG Time, even!

21:31

Indie montage time. Star Renegades, Afterparty, The Good Life, CrossCode, loads more games that I can't type fast enough to mention.

21:32

These are all coming to Game Pass at launch.

21:33

I say 'these'. I mentioned like a fraction of them. Look, someone who's better/faster at typing than me will write a news story about it with all the details.

21:33

Please don't tell me you come here for detail. I'm just here to get drunk and get excited about video games.

21:34

Here are all the games coming to Game Pass that leaked earlier – Metro Exodus, Hollow Knight, Borderlands The Handsome Collection.

21:35

And Arkham Knight. That one too.

21:36

Game Pass for PC is a thing too – with Football Manager 2019, Imperator Rome and The Master Chief Collection. The beta for Game Pass for PC is out… TODAY.

21:37

It's $9.99 a month – and there's also Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which bundles in Game Pass for Xbox and PC plus Xbox Live.

21:38

IT'S $1! For now that is – beyond this promotiion it's going to be more like £11 a month.

21:39

Something like that. Look, don't look to me for detail.

21:39

Also they've only gone and done it.

21:39

An all-new Flight Simulator. Hold me.

21:40

Simply called Flight Simulator, it's coming to PC and Xbox. I'll have some of that.

21:41

Wasteland 3 now because you asked for more games and good god they've got more games for you.

21:42

There's a nice PC slant to what they're showing off right now – as you'd expect as this comes hot on the tails of the PC Game Pass news.

21:42

There you go Wasteland 3, coming to Xbox and PC.

21:42

It's your Booty call everyone.

21:42

MATT GODDAMN BOOTY THAT IS.

21:42

Sorry he must get that all the time.

21:43

And actually I bet if you work for one of his studios getting a Booty call might be quite intimidating?

21:43

'cos he's the big boss and everything.

21:43

Anyway they've just bought Double Fine.

21:44

Which explains Phil Spencer's Psychonauts t-shirt, I guess.

21:44

Here's Tim Schafer, who's now considerably richer than last time we saw him.

21:45

An all-new trailer for Psychonauts 2 to mark the occasion.

21:46

And another premiere. It's a Star Wars game!

21:46

Oh it's Lego Star Wars.

21:47

I think this is one that brings together all nine mainline movies.

21:47

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – coming next year.

21:48

Goku makes his now annual appearance at the Xbox conference – I guess someone at Microsoft loves them some Dragonball.

21:48

Dragon Ball Z Karakot coming 2020.

21:49

IT'S ANOTHER WORLD PREMIERE PEOPLE.

21:49

This one – 12 Minutes – is published by Annapurna Interactive, which is as good a guarantee of quality as you can get right now.

21:51

It's a bleak timeloop thriller set in a single room and I can get behind this.

21:51

Billed as an interactive thriller. Looking forward to finding out more.

21:52

Way to the Woods now, another indie, this time with some lovely deer exploring what looks like an abandoned Japanese city.

21:52

There's a nice effort to highlight and showcase all-new games from smaller studios which I very much appreciate – it's not just the same old tat from bigger publishers.

21:53

Speaking of the same old tat, though, here's Gears of War 5.

21:53

I joke of course. But I also did have to try and remember what number the series had got to because Gears of War 4 was a but anonymous.

21:54

It's coming September 10th. And we're hopefully going to have a look at it in action.

21:55

There's a tech test – a beta, I guess? – coming on July 17th. Horde mode details coming at Gamescom.

21:55

Please give us a look now please thanks.

21:55

We're being granted a look at Escape mode.

21:56

After Rod Fergusson spontaneously combusts onstage?

21:57

In Escape you get to be… Born?

21:57

Soldiers emerging from cocoons. I blame Koj for all this.

21:59

Looks like they're going for character-based multiplayer with different abilities available.

21:59

I say that like it was my own observation. I just copied what Wes said out loud in the office. The prerendered video there made me glaze over a bit if I'm honest.

22:00

The Terminator is in Gears now.

22:00

So there you go. It's a character pack to coincide with Dark Fate, a Terminator film that's coming out and looks just as bad as every other Terminator film there's been since the second one.

22:01

Although that one where Matt Smith played the internet was at least so bad it was… Actually no, wait – it was just bad.

22:02

Here's a new Elite controller for the well-to-do out there.

22:02

And here's Dying Light 2 because there are so many games.

22:02

It's wonderful how everyone learnt a few years ago that you should just show games and not do much else.

22:03

But for aficionados of cringe, there's not much opportunity for truly awful moments to happen. Everyone's so bloody slick now.

22:03

Anyway, Dying Light 2 is out next spring.

22:04

HERE'S A CAR. TAKE A DRINK.

22:04

It's a Lego expansion for Forza Horizon 4.

22:04

Into this. Very into this.

22:05

It's kind of the logical next step after Forza Horizon 3's Hot Wheels expansion.

22:06

Oh and the expansion is out this week so have some of that.

22:07

And as we're in the WTF section of the show, here's a reminder that Funko Pops Gears of War wasn't some horrible nightmare you had and is a very real video game.

22:08

State of Decay 2 expansion now please.

22:09

It's got zombies with red eyes and some truly awful writing in it, going by this trailer.

22:09

Oh, and it's out now.

22:09

PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2.

22:10

HOOO BOY.

22:10

in case you don't know – the localisation for this was announced years ago, then all went horribly quiet.

22:10

This is a very, very special day. Hold me.

22:11

And I hate to say it – but does this mean we can get Phantasy Star Online 2 on Switch as well please?

22:11

It's out next spring.

22:11

Actually delighted here. Might have a cry.

22:13

Crossfire X is here now – coming exclusively to Xbox.

22:13

I have no idea but it has an airplane and a man with a cap and a beard and I don't really know.

22:14

So, Smilegate is a Korean publisher, and Crossfire is their very successful FPS. I knew that, of course, and didn't just Google it.

22:14

I know how to gams jurnlist.

22:15

An all-new Tales game now, I believe.

22:15

If that's your bag.

22:16

Tales of Arse.

22:16

Or Arise or whaterver, it's not as if that title makes any more sense.

22:16

Coming in 2020.

22:18

Borderlands 3. It's got guns in it.

22:19

Here's FromSoft's new joint.

22:19

A pairing of Miyazaki and George R.R Martin.

22:20

It's got a hairy hammer in it, and I don't know if we'll see much more than that.

22:20

So much pre-rendered stuff in this conference, which is a small shame.

22:21

Still, a nice cinematic for Elden Ring, which reveals absolutely nothing.

22:22

Cloud services being spoken now – and console streaming details.

22:22

Public demonstrations of Project xCloud are being shown on the floor.

22:23

From October, you can play your games wherever you are via xCloud.

22:23

And now let's see the new console.

22:23

'A console should be built and optimised for one thing and one thing only – gaming'.

22:24

Obviously a very different message to that which announced the Xbox One, though we knew as much already really.

22:24

HERE'S A SPIEL ABOUT THE NEW CONSOLE WHICH WILL REVEAL NOTHING.

22:24

I want to know how high quality the pixels are.

22:25

They're talking about erasing loading times – which I guess means SSD? We all SSD now.

22:26

Oh they're takling about chipsets and everything, I'll pop in the Digital Foundry Slack and copy whatever they're saying so I look like I know what I'm talking about.

22:26

It's all quiet in there. I think they're all having a moment together.

22:28

Project Scarlett, which we knew about beforehand. Apparently it eats monsters for breakfast?

22:28

Maybe you have to feed it monsters to get new games. A bold new business model from Microsoft.

22:28

Oh and the console is coming out towards the end of next year.

22:28

Holiday 2020, but I'm going on holiday next January so I don't think it's going to be then.

22:29

Halo Infinite is a launch title for the new Xbox.

22:29

Into that.

22:30

And here's a new look at Halo Infinite and please don't be another prerendered cinematic please please please.

22:31

They're trying to show the emotional range and somne shit about families or whatever and I just want to see the big ring and some aliens and crazy guns please.

22:33

We switch to first-person for what *might* be our first look at Scarlett gameplay.

22:33

Or it could be another cineamtic IDK.

22:34

Ugh.

22:34

Well, there's another prerendered cinematic.

22:35

Double ugh.

22:35

Stop with this cinematic nonsense.

22:35

Looks like it's wrapping. Did we get to see a game running at any point?

22:36

Well, there was some wonderful stuff there anyway. And a fair amount of hot air.

22:37

Not sure if this is just because the way my tastes lean, but Phantasy Star Online 2 being localised was the headline for me.

22:37

That and a new Xbox next year I suppose.

22:39

Hmm, with Sony presenting an open goal there's the slight sense here that Microsoft spooned it into Row Z there a bit.

22:40

We got Keanu, some cool new indies, an ACQUISITION, but some gameplay would really have gone down a treat – a lot of that felt like a bit of a backwards step.

22:40

I think I'm going to start drinking now.

22:41

Thanks for joining us for that – we'll be back at *ooooof* 1.30am BST for the Bethesda conference.

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Do you plan on having any gameplay at your games conference?

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