Executive Vice-President of Gaming at Microsoft, Phil Spencer promises that Xbox will have “lots to show,” at E3 2019.
Just finishing our final E3 rehearsal here with the team in Redmond. Feel really good about the briefing. Lots to show. We have 14 Xbox Game Studios games in the show this year, more first party games than we've ever had in the show. Fun times. #XboxE3
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 30, 2019
A whopping 14 Xbox Game Studios games, more than has ever been shown at an Xbox E3 press conference, will be on show at this year’s E3. “Lots to show,” indeed.
In 2018, Xbox had gone on a little studio acquisition spree, and many of these freshly-acquired studios are the developers behind the games that will be shown at Xbox’s two-hour E3 press conference. Not all 14 games, however, have been confirmed to be first-party titles, so some third-party games may also make an appearance.
Xbox Game Studios is the name given to this collective of first-party development studios. The collective includes The Coalition (the developers behind the Gears of War series), 343 Industries (Halo series), Ninja Theory (DmC: Devil May Cry), Playground Games (Forza Horizon series), and Mojang (Minecraft), amongst many others.
Of the 14 games that will be showcased, a bare few have been confirmed thus far. Two games from notable Xbox staples have been confirmed to make an appearance. First announced at E3 2018, Halo Infinite [dubbed Halo 6] – the sequel to first-person shooter Halo 5: Guardians, and 2019-scheduled Gears 5 will be showcased at Xbox’s E3 press conference.
There are rumors of other games that may be shown during the conference, such as the third-party Wasteland 3 (InExile Entertainment), and Bleeding Edge, a new 2020-scheduled sci-fi game developed by Ninja Theory (DmC: Devil May Cry). In addition to this, there is also new open-world RPG being developed by Playground games (which has been rumored to be a new Fable game), and a new gameplay trailer and launch window for The Outer Worlds.
One of the most interesting rumors flying around is that Microsoft may unveil one of its next-gen Xbox consoles at this year’s E3. This would make it the first 9th-generation gaming console to get a proper reveal on a global scale. And, as the Xbox One X currently holds the moniker for the ‘most powerful gaming console on the market’, it’ll be intriguing to see how Xbox has attempted to one-up itself and help usher in this new and exciting era of gaming which it’s already done so much for.
You can stream Xbox’s live streamed E3 press conference on Xbox’s YouTube hub on June 9 at 10PM SAST.