This was the best conference in years.
This was the best conference in forever, Xbox is back.
From the future of Xbox to being recommitted to first party games including the purchase of studios and a plethora of exclusives that will come in the future. 15 world premiers and 18 Xbox exclusives were shown, so much happened during the conference that brought Xbox back from the brink. This conference was their best conference in the entire generation, this conference delivered on everything I wanted Xbox to do.
The next Halo to Gears 5 and everything in between was shown off during Xbox’s E3 press conference. Here are some of the announcements that I found interesting:
I’m surprised Halo: Infinite isn’t Halo 6 but here we are. Halo: Infinite is the sixth game in the new saga and will bring the Chief back, no other information was given except that it’s running on a new engine.
Gears 5 is the next installment in the brand new Gears saga that started with Gears 4 and during the E3 press conference, Xbox showed off a small teaser for what we’ll expect when Gears 5 releases in 2019.
Gears 5 is the sequel to Gears 4 and it will follow Kait as she goes on a quest to where it all began. I feel like Gears 5 is a natural evolution from Gears 4 where we saw J.D’s story and now we will experience Kait’s story on the heels of Gears 4 as she goes on a quest to find out the truth.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 takes place in a new setting, Washington D.C and the tone of the game seems to be a bit more realistic and a bit on the nose when it comes to real life situations. A trailer was shown off which revolves around the game’s plot in which how does a society protect itself when the enemy comes from within and the government is looming large in a time of despair and darkness.
The gameplay look took place in what seemed like the Zoo and later entering a part of the devastated city. A crashed Air Force One can be seen in the distance and the trailer focused heavily on combat surrounding Air Force One with the players actually entering the plane itself.
I’ve always liked Washington D.C as a game setting ever since Fallout 3 released so it’s kind of nice to see the capital return in another game, I hope you can walk through the metro tunnels and experience the capital’s historic fallen monuments.
Finally, at long last Cyberpunk 2077 is revealed to the world.
The trailer demonstrates how seedy and nasty the future can become. It shows us Night City for the first time which is based on cities like Chicago, Detroit and New York where anything can happen: Night City is a seedy and interesting place full of things to do and hang out with some very cool people.
There’s no release date as of yet but I imagine it will come sometime in 2019 or late 2020 as next generation rolls around.
The Future of Xbox
The future looks bright and this is basically what I wanted from this year’s Xbox E3 press conference.
Phil Spencer announced that MS is acquiring a few different studios and announced The Initative which is going to be led by Darrel Gallagher who you might remember was brought on the Xbox team earlier in the year to lead something new. This is it.
Not only did they announce that but they also announced 5 new studios that will be under their belt: Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, Ninja Theory are now a part of the MS Game Studios. Wait, there’s more: The future of Xbox looks bright as the Xbox R&D division is now working on the next generation Xbox, next gen is coming. Are you ready?