The State of E3 2019: Microsoft


From Halo and Gears to Mission Scarlet and Mission xCloud, Microsoft’s present may have all of it.

All eyes will probably be on Microsoft at E3 2019, as the corporate finds itself within the distinctive place as the one platform holder with a stage present. With Nintendo sticking to its common follow of airing a pre-recorded Direct and Sony opting to skip E3 totally, the massive query headed into this yr’s present is, How will Microsoft select to spend its time within the highlight?

Following a considerably notorious E3 2013 press convention, Microsoft has bounced again with a string of games-focused reveals, culminating in maybe its strongest displaying of the era at E3 2018. The Xbox crew revealed long-awaited first-party video games Halo Infinite and Gears 5, whereas additionally giving us our first take a look at third-party blockbusters, like Cyberpunk 2077.

However most notably, Microsoft proposed an answer to its exclusivity downside by saying the acquisition of 4 studios and the formation of one other. The corporate added two extra notches to its belt in November, when it introduced beloved RPG builders Obsidian and inXile beneath its Xbox Recreation Studios umbrella.

With that first-party basis now in place, the ninth era looming, and the promise of even larger PC assist, the stage is about for Microsoft to ship on software program and alike.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer already confirmed a few of these new studios will present what they’ve been engaged on, contributing to the record-high 14 first-party video games Microsoft will present at E3 2019. A number of reviews declare Forza Horizon developer Playground Video games is engaged on a brand new entry within the beloved Fable collection. Will this yr’s present present the stage for its popping out celebration?

Microsoft’s established studios are positive to have a presence as nicely. 343 and The Coalition confirmed they’re going to present Halo Infinite and Gears 5, respectively, whereas Minecraft may additionally make an look.

And whereas video games could stay the main target, don’t anticipate Microsoft to disregard the next-gen elephant within the room. By saying its all-digital Xbox One S forward of the present, Microsoft has seemingly left the stage open to a minimum of tease Mission Scarlett, the purported codename for its next-gen . Sony beat Microsoft to the punch in April, unceremoniously revealing technical particulars, backwards-compatible capabilities, and VR assist for its subsequent console. Will Microsoft reply at this yr’s present?

Lastly, let’s not neglect concerning the firm’s game-streaming initiative, Mission xCloud. With Google Stadia formally unveiled, maybe Microsoft has been saving its rebuttal for the most important stage in gaming. Regardless, we’re positive that every one will probably be revealed when Phil Spencer takes the stage on Sunday, June 9.

Jordan is a contract author who’s anxiously awaiting Microsoft’s E3 2019 present. Join with him on Twitter @jdsirani.

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