Last 12 months Microsoft resurrected its X0 fan gathering in triumphant vogue, asserting that it had acquired veteran builders InXile and Obsidian. This 12 months, at Xbox X019, we noticed the primary payoff as Obsidian introduced a brand new sport and InXile pinned a launch date on Wasteland 3.
That information, plus the primary correct trailer for Age of Empires IV, particulars on Project xCloud’s forthcoming PC launch, a launch date for Halo on PC, a brand new sport from Rare, and extra as we recap all of the bulletins at Xbox X019. Microsoft’s occasion has turn into very related for PC players.
A survival sport, eh? I didn’t anticipate that to be Obsidian’s first challenge underneath Microsoft’s tutelage. Actually, I assumed the Obsidian buy wouldn’t bear fruit for one more few years, and would culminate in an Outer Worlds-style RPG.
But no, early in 2020 we’ll get Grounded. It’s going to be the following “Xbox Game Preview” title at launch, a.okay.a. in Early Access, and is headed up by Pillars of Eternity’s Josh Sawyer which is all the time thrilling information. Obsidian’s acknowledged purpose is to create a story-driven survival sport, which isn’t precisely uncharted territory—The Long Dark simply added its third chapter final month, and Subnautica had gentle story components as effectively.
Still, Grounded has a reasonably rattling distinctive hook. It’s principally Honey I Shrunk the Kids, however playable. You’re tasked with surviving in a standard, on a regular basis suburban yard—besides you’re the dimensions of a bug. Don’t get stepped on. Or do? No kink-shaming right here.
Let’s pivot straight from one acquisition to the following. It’s been greater than three years since Wasteland 3’s crowdfunding marketing campaign, nevertheless it’s aaaaalmost prepared. InXile’s Brian Fargo introduced a brand new trailer to X019, and in addition an official launch date: May 19, 2020. That’s almost six months to the day from now, which is nearly sufficient time to complete our 2014 Game of the Year Wasteland 2 for those who haven’t already.
Another long-awaited launch date, 343 initially stated all the Halo: Master Chief Collection can be out on PC by the top of 2019. That uh…effectively, that’s in all probability not occurring. We will get the primary half earlier than the 12 months is out although! Testing is lastly wrapping up, and we’ll see Halo: Reach hit each Steam and the Windows 10 Store on December 3. Hopefully the remainder isn’t far behind.
The Sea of Thieves launch didn’t go as swimmingly as I’d hoped, however the sport’s seemingly in a reasonably good place nowadays and I nonetheless get loads excited once I hear Rare’s engaged on one thing new. We noticed little greater than a teaser at X019, nevertheless it’s referred to as Everwild, it seems very vaguely Zelda-ish, and you’ll catch the debut trailer under:
I’m really stunned what number of video games Microsoft’s placing out earlier than subsequent 12 months’s console technology handover. In addition to Wasteland 3, Ninja Theory’s Bleeding Edge is formally confirmed for launch on March 24, 2020. I’m nonetheless undecided this Battleborn-looking multiplayer sport is something I would like, however hey, it’s Ninja Theory doing aggressive melee fight. That’s intriguing a minimum of.
Tell Me Why
Microsoft hasn’t acquired Life is Strange developer Dontnod. Not but, anyway. But they’ve partnered with Dontnod for a model new sport in the identical vein. Titled Tell Me Why, it’s as a result of launch in three episodes over the course of Summer, 2020—a a lot tighter timeline than Life is Strange 2, which is able to wrap up in December greater than a 12 months after its first episode launched. Hopefully the extra predictable schedule offers Tell Me Why a bit extra endurance, as I really feel like Life is Strange 2 came-and-went earlier than it was even correctly completed.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
I’m not a lot of a flight sim fan, however I’ll admit the brand new Microsoft Flight Simulator has piqued my curiosity. Google Earth VR is one among my favourite digital actuality experiences and the brand new Flight Simulator seems like a mildly extra interactive model of the identical. It makes use of Bing Maps to simulate the whole thing of Earth which is fairly rattling cool from a technological perspective, and makes me wish to do flybys of my mother and father’ home or no matter. Places you’d by no means see rendered with this constancy in a standard sport.
Anyway, there’s a brand new trailer. Is…is a flight sim one among my most anticipated video games for 2020? It rattling effectively is perhaps.
Age of Empires IV
Wrapping up the trailers, we received our first correct in-game have a look at Age of Empires IV. And there’s been a change—or possibly not? I’m undecided. Last I heard Age of Empires IV was alleged to be a Relic-developed sport although, and now it’s being helmed by (in response to the press launch) “the newly named studio World’s Edge.”
It seems like Age of Empires with a decade’s value of technological enhancements. World’s Edge confirmed it’s set within the medieval period, identical as fan favourite Age of Empires II, and confirmed off the Mongols and English. The armies on this trailer look completely large as effectively, which makes me marvel the way you’ll deal with them in a real-time surroundings. Are they grouped collectively like Total War? Hopefully we’ll discover out quickly.
xCloud for PC
Google’s game-streaming service Stadia launches subsequent week, so it’s in all probability time for Microsoft to announce it’s increasing its competing Project xCloud platform to PC in 2020. Early xCloud exams are already underway on telephones, however I’m excited for a trial that’s extra pertinent to my very own pursuits. There’s additionally point out within the press launch of “collaborating with a broad set of partners to make game streaming available on other devices as well,” so cue the Nintendo Switch rumors once more.
Oh, and hell hath frozen over: Microsoft introduced you’ll quickly be capable to play Project xCloud video games with a DualShock 4 PlayStation controller.
As for what you’re taking part in, Microsoft’s sweetening the pot with 50-plus new video games, together with Devil May Cry 5, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon 4, and Madden 20. Considering Stadia is because of launch subsequent week with 12 video games complete…effectively, Microsoft’s making a strong argument even earlier than xCloud’s formally launched.
Xbox Game Pass for PC
And Xbox Game Pass for PC is trying ever-more-compelling as effectively. There are a handful of recent video games immediately, together with Age of Empires II Definitive Edition, Hearts of Iron IV, and The Talos Principle. The subsequent few months look packed although, with highlights as assorted as Age of Wonders: Planetfall, a lot of the Final Fantasys, Forager, My Friend Pedro, and SkateBIRD. The Xbox model will get The Witcher 3 and never the PC, which is a bit irritating, however there’s nonetheless loads to justify the subscription I believe.
Overall, a reasonably spectacular Xbox X019 for Microsoft. Can they prime it with X020? I definitely hope so, provided that new consoles are as a result of launch round that point. The bar’s set fairly rattling excessive although.