E3 2019 – Microsoft Press Conference
Microsoft’s conference kicked off E3 this afternoon with a bang, showcasing 60 games with over half debuting on Microsoft’s Netflix-like Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
Obsidian, recently acquired by Microsoft, opened the show with a showcase of The Outer Worlds, their upcoming RPG (roleplaying game) that feels a lot like Fallout but in space. The highly-anticipated game launches October 25th and will be available day one on Game Pass. It’s also slated to appear on rival Sony’s PS4, announced for that platform prior to the acquisition.
Microsoft’s first-party studios have been boosted recently, with the acquisition of Obsidian coming in an expansion spree that also brought Ninja Theory and InXile Entertainment into the fold. They continued that at E3, announcing Double Fine – creators of quirky games like Psychonauts, Costume Quest, Massive Chalice, and Brutal Legend – would be joining Microsoft’s line of developers.
Highlights of the show for me were the announcement of Minecraft Dungeons, a Minecraft/Diablo blend that I would never have anticipated being either an announcement or something I’d be totally into, but it’s both, and a stellar campaign trailer for Halo Infinite – announced as a launch title for Microsoft’s new console, currently codenamed Scarlett, due out in Holiday of 2020.