I’ve said it once before, and I’ll say it again: the only way to describe Microsoft’s outing at this year’s E3 is in the single phrase, “Everything happens so much, all the time.” Though I was under no false impression that the company’s Xbox briefing would be anything but a complete rapid-fire riot, I’d be lying to you if I said I expected what actually went down just a few hours ago. It was overwhelming. It was exhilarating. And as a journalist for multiple different sites (Geek Bomb, I still love you!), I multitasked like I’ve never done before, whipping up articles at break-neck speed and live-tweeting (hopefully funny) posts on social media.

Microsoft left me little time to breathe, shooting proverbial bullets in my chest with each new trailer it showed off. But I’m not complaining. In fact, I’m celebrating. Microsoft had a stellar showing at E3 2017, and I’m here to give you the run-down of just what happened. So if you slipped under the radar or simply slept in while Microsoft, Team Xbox, and ol’ Phil Spencer were on stage, keep your peepers glued right here.

To get you started, here’s a handy list of all the titles announced or talked about during the Xbox briefing:

Anthem
The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti 
Ashen
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Black Desert
Code Vein
Crackdown 3
Cuphead
The Darwin Experiment
Deep Rock Galactic
Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Forza Motorsport 7
The Last Night
Life is Strange
Metro Exodus
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
Minecraft
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 
Sea of Thieves 
State of Decay 2
Super Lucky’s Tale
Tacoma

 

Xbox One X 

Months and months of hype lead to this moment, and Microsoft revealed the official name for the Project Scorpio console. (Also, does anyone else think it’s kind of strange that the system title just abbreviates back to “Xbox”?) The console hits the market on November 7, 2017, and will costs a pretty penny — starting at $499 USD / $649 AUD.

Backwards Compatibility and Xbox One X Upgrades

Microsoft is taking fan feedback to heart and expanding its backwards compatibility program. Additionally, a bushelful of classic titles like Final Fantasy 15, Resident Evil 7, Ghost Recon Wildlands, and Rocket League will get free Xbox One X updates. Those are just four examples of the whopping 30 titles to be scrubbed up with fancy new tweaks for the system. But, of course, the party didn’t stop there. Spencer made an announcement that Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct, and Minecraft fans will adore: those title are getting 4K resolution updates for Xbox One X. Oh yeah, those are free, too. Thanks, Microsoft!

Forza Motorsport 7

Racing will be reborn in the upcoming Forza title. Microsoft gave viewers a look at the full-throttle game in native 4K resolution rocking 60fps.

“Experience the danger and beauty of competitive racing at the limit in Forza Motorsport 7. Enjoy gorgeous graphics at 60fps and true 4K resolution in HDR. Collect over 700 Forzavista cars, including the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis ever. Master over 30 famous environments with race conditions that change every time you race,” Microsoft said of the game.

Forza Motorsport 7 is available on October 3, 2017 for Xbox One and PC. Xbox One X hopefuls will have to wait a bit longer, as the game is slated to hit the new console on November 7, 2017.

A new Metro game will launch on the Xbox One X next year, and it looks pretty dang incredible based on the demo alone. It touts what seems to be an open world that offers opportunity for exploration. “Metro Exodus revealed! Flee the ruins of dead Moscow and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in the greatest Metro adventure yet — departing 2018,” Microsoft announced.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins

NEW ASSASSIN’S CREED. THIS ISN’T A DRILL. Brad totally called this one. Microsoft took us all by the hand to show off the forthcoming AC game, which features enormous Egyptian sand snakes and African monuments in the days before they became ubiquitously “ancient.” The demo footage was killer as well, with plenty of sly creeping and calculated attacks players can executive in the game. Assassin’s Creed: Origins is expected to launch on October 17, 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Starship Troopers, or Helldivers? Either way, Deep Rock Galactic was one of many titles featured at Microsoft’s E3 presentation, and it’s also one of the most unique. Billing itself with the tagline “Danger. Darkness. Dwarves.,” the upcoming game is certainly strange enough to keep your attention on until its official launch. Here’s a short synopsis for the game: “In Deep Rock Galactic, join a team of badass space dwarves in this stylish one to four player co-op first-person shooter. Fight, dig and explore your way through enormous procedurally generated cave systems, uncover the riches, and make it out alive.”

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PUBG, the game that keeps players up to obscene hours of the night and early morning, will be an Xbox One console launch exclusive, arriving later this year through the Xbox One Game Preview Program. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be released in full for the entire line-up of Xbox One systems (Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X) some time next year.

Chris Charla, director of the ID@Xbox self-publishing program, released the following statement: “We’re super excited to welcome PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to the Xbox One Game Preview Program. Since its launch on PC earlier this year, we’ve been enthusiastic players and it’s been awesome to see its meteoric rise to popularity,” Charla stated. “We’re eager to collaborate with the team at Bluehole to bring PUBG to the Xbox One community, especially with console launch exclusivity.”

State of Decay 2

The State of Decay sequel is coming in spring of 2018! Microsoft debuted some new footage (which doesn’t really indicate any major differences from the original title, but hey, we’ll take it) that showed off a more expansive world to explore.

“Eighteen months after the zombie apocalypse, the military abandons a refugee camp in small-town America. Those left behind must band together to survive the fall of civilization and the rise of the undead,” the game’s synopsis reads. “In State of Decay 2, it’s up to you to gather survivors, build a community, and redefine what it means to survive. How will you survive?”

Minecraft

Everyone’s favourite block-building title will offer cross-play between tablets, VR systems, PCs running Windows 10, and home consoles in the near future. Minecraft will also get a 4K version for release on the Xbox One X; that bit of news was the main focus of the Minecraft-related E3 fun, as Microsoft revealed a trailer showing off the newer, high-res edition.


What came next was a loop of trailers, debuted one after the other on a hyper-speed cycle.

Dragon Ball Fighter Z

The Darwin Project

The Darwin Project is reinventing the battle royale sub-genre. It challenges players to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous, snow-covered arena. In The Darwin Project, the environment is as dangerous as the players themselves.”

Black Desert for Xbox One

Black Desert is a sandbox oriented MMO featuring next-gen graphics, full action combat and an immense seamless world full of adventure and danger. Travel through the lands in search of treasure and adventure or become one of the top craftsmen in the land. Set up trade routes and breed horses or compete against other guilds in epic siege warfare.”

The Last Night

The Last Night lets you explore a two-dimensional cyberpunk open world, built with four unique districts each with distinct architecture, cultures and industries. Experience action and infiltration gameplay in the great tradition of cinematic platformers and travel between districts using taxis, ferries, or monorail while trying to keep a low profile and remain undetected. Meet a diverse, inclusive cast of complex characters to interact with through meaningful, branching dialogue and enjoy varied gameplay such as driving down epic highways, flying drones, and hacking droids to do your dirty work.”

The Artful Escape

The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti is a video game about great expectations, famous folk singers, lingering shadows, space Gods, hallucinogens, individuality, reptile shops, and wild imaginations. It’s an action, adventure, exploration, narrative driven, musical-laser-light-battle kind of game and is the debut of release from Beethoven & Dinosaur.”

Code Vein, coming 2018

 

“In the not too distant future, a mysterious disaster has brought collapse to the world as we know it. Towering skyscrapers, once symbols of prosperity, are now lifeless graves of humanity’s past pierced by the Thorns of Judgment. At the center of the destruction lies a hidden society of Revenants called Vein. This final stronghold is where the remaining few fight to survive, blessed with Gifts of power in exchange for their memories and a thirst for blood. Give into the bloodlust fully and risk becoming one of the Lost, fiendish ghouls devoid of any remaining humanity. Wandering aimlessly in search of blood, the Lost will stop at nothing to satisfy their hunger. Team up and embark on a journey to the ends of hell to unlock your past and escape your living nightmare in Code Vein.”

Tacoma, coming August 2

 

“Discovery. Exploration. Isolation. What is life like 200,000 miles from Earth? Uncover the mysteries held by Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma and its crew, living at the edge of humanity’s reach. Tacoma, the next game from the creators of Gone Home.”

Cuphead, coming September 29

ID@Xbox Games Montage

This reel is sizzlin’! A ton of indie games are being developed through the self-publishing ID@Xbox program. Here’s a list:

  1. Osiris: New Dawn
  2. Paladins: Champions of the Realm
  3. Raiders of the Broken Planet
  4. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  5. Unruly Heroes
  6. Fortnite
  7. Battlerite
  8. Surviving Mars
  9. Fable Fortune
  10. Observer
  11. Robocraft Infinity
  12. Dunk Lords
  13. Minion Masters
  14. Brawlout
  15. Ooblets
  16. Dark and Light
  17. Strange Brigade
  18. Riverbond
  19. Hello Neighbor
  20. Shift
  21. Conan Exiles

Ashen, coming 2018

 

Ashen is an action role-playing game is about a wanderer in search of a place to call home. There is no sun, and the only natural light comes from eruptions that cover the land in ash. This is a world where nothing lasts, no matter how tightly you cling to it. At its core, Ashen is about forging relationships. Players can guide those they trust to their camp — together, you might just stand a chance.”

Life is Strange: Before the Storm, coming August 31

Super Lucky’s Tale, coming November 7

Super Lucky’s Tale is a playground platformer for all ages. Join Lucky, the ever-optimistic, energetic, and lovable hero on his quest to find his inner strength and help his beloved sister rescue the Book of Ages from Jinx. Jinx, the scheming and mysterious villain, is trying to reshape the world… but for what reason?”

 

Sea of Thieves

Full disclosure: I think this was my favourite showing at Microsoft’s presentation this year. It looks adorable and let’s be real, I like cute games and can do a mean pirate impression. Sea of Thieves is an Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive. “Shipwrecks and skirmishes, skeletons and storms: join us on this voyage across the Sea of Thieves for a taste of the treasure hunting adventures that lie ahead!”

Crackdown 3 (featuring a wild Terry Crews), coming November 7

OK, yeah. This was insane. So much occurring at once. My brain was scrambled eggs. I did not understand, but knew I should be excited. Crackdown 3 is an Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive. “Step up your BOOM! Suit up and throw down as a superpowered agent on a mission to take back the city. Terry Crews as Commander Jaxon wants you to join in on the open world mayhem, dropping November 7, 2017.”

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Composer and pianist Gareth Coker took the stage to tinker out some tunes from the next Ori game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, a Metroidvania-style title that looks absolutely stunning.

Anthem

Guys, this could be everything BioWare’s Mass Effect: Andromeda wasn’t. From the space exploration, SWEET AND TOTALLY SICK EXOSUITS, and fine-tuned facial animations, BioWare seems to have outdone itself with Anthem. It’s like Destiny… in the third person… with a bigger, riskier open world. This is one to watch, and one I wanna pick up yesterday.

“In Anthem, a new shared-world action-RPG from EA’s BioWare studio, team up with friends as Freelancers –the bold few with the courage to leave civilization behind and explore a landscape of primeval beauty.”


That’s it for Microsoft’s Xbox briefing at E3 2017. What was your favourite announcement? Let us know!

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