Microsoft kicked off E3 2019 with a bang, announcing 14 new Xbox Game Studios title coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Android, and iOS. With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC now available through the Microsoft Store, Microsoft is taking cross-platform gaming to the next level.
Over the past few years, Microsoft has quietly, and not so quietly, acquired game developers left and right. At the moment, Xbox Game Studios is comprised of these 12 game developers: 343 Industries, Compulsion Games, InXile, Mojang, Ninja Theory, Obsidian, Playground Games, Rare, The Coalition, The Initiative, Turn 10, and Undead Labs. Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios also announced today the upcoming acquisition of Double Fine Productions, the developer of Pyschonauts, Brütal Legend and Broken Age.
Microsoft has a lot of new Xbox Game Studios in the pipeline on Xbox One, Windows 10, and other platforms, and here are all the 14 games Microsoft discussed during its press briefing today.
1. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (Windows 10, Fall 2019)
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular strategy games ever with stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics, a new and fully remastered soundtrack, and brand-new content, The Last Khans, with three new campaigns and four new civilizations.
2. Battletoads (Xbox One)
The beat em’ up franchise is making a comeback on Xbox One, and we finally saw a first gameplay trailer today. The game will support three player local co-op, and while its release date is still unknown we’re looking forward to learning more about in the coming months.
3. Bleeding Edge (Xbox One and Windows 10, 2020)
As an all-new game from Ninja Theory, Bleeding Edge offers a one-of-a-kind experience that combines third-person action combat with online team multiplayer. Choose your fighter and join a team of super-charged renegades from the edges of society, executing powerful synergized attacks to become an unstoppable force in the face of your enemies.
4. CrossfireX (2020)
Crossfire, a free-to-play first-person shooter and one of the most-played PC games in the world with 650 million players LTD, announced that it will come to console for the first time on Xbox One in 2020 as CrossfireX, with all-new content for console players.
5. Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions Expansion (Xbox One and Windows 10, June 13, 2019)
Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions, the newest expansion for the award-winning Forza Horizon 4, invites you to experience the ultimate LEGO Speed Champions fantasy brought to life at the Horizon Festival. Explore a LEGO-themed world, discover LEGO Brick Challenges such as building a Master Builder’s house as your Brick Collection grows, and collect and race amazing new LEGO Speed Champions cars, including the McLaren Senna, Ferrari F40 Competizione, and the 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally.
6. Gears 5 (Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam, September 10, 2019)
Gears 5 will be Microsoft’s big blockbuster title launching in September, but developer The Coalition has announced today support for three-player local co-op, a new game mode called escape, as well as the return of the fan-favorite Horde multiplayer mode. A multiplayer test will launch this summer, and Microsoft announced today that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Plan members and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition owners will be able to get early access to the game’s campaign on September 6.
7. Gears POP! (iOS and Android, Summer 2019)
Gears POP! brings together iconic Gears characters in a cute Funko Pop! style. The game is being developed in partnership with Funko and inspired by the Gears of War vinyl collectible figures. It’s the perfect slice of mobile mayhem.
8. Halo Infinite (Xbox One, Project Scarlett and Windows 10, 2020)
Master Chief wakes up from a deep sleep and wants a report. Not much revealed from the trailer, but this title won’t be coming until sometime in 2020. Halo Infinite will be a launch title for Project Scarlett, Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox console, but it will release simultaneously on existing Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs.
9. Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox One and Windows 10, 2020)
The classic Microsoft Flight Simulator has been reimagined for Windows 10 PC and Xbox One consoles. This new installment will launch first on PC next year, with an Xbox One version coming at a later date.
10. Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4, Spring 2020)
An all-new action-adventure game set in the Minecraft universe coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. Created in the classic dungeon crawler style, Minecraft Dungeons takes players on a new quest full of new characters and environments to discover with single player or in co-op multiplayer with up to four players.
11. Ori and The Will of the Wisps (Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Steam, February 11, 2020)
Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest from developer Moon Studios. The game still features a unique artistic direction with beautiful graphics, but this new episode will introduce some gameplay changes including a revamped combat system.
12. State of Decay 2: Heartland (Xbox One and Windows 10, June 9, 2019)
State of Decay 2: Heartland features a return to Trumbull Valley in a new story-based adventure. Once the iconic site of the original State of Decay game, the towns of Spencer’s Mill and Marshall are now overrun with an advanced form of blood plague: a more aggressive and far deadlier version than exists anywhere else.
13. Wasteland 3 (Windows 10, Xbox One, macOS, Linux, 2020)
Wasteland 3 is a post-apocalyptic RPG from inXile entertainment, set in the perpetual nuclear winter of the Colorado Nation. Players will face challenging tactical combat, explore an interactive world, and engage in a deep story full of brutal ethical decisions.
14. The Outer Worlds (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 25, 2019)
Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later than you expected only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon.
All these games will be available on Xbox Game Pass on launch day, which should be a great incentive to get gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10 to subscribe. What are the upcoming Xbox Game Studios titles you’re the most excited about? Sound off in the comments below.Further reading: E3 2019, Microsoft, Video Games, Windows 10, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Game Studios, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X