Electronics Entertainment Expo, popularly known by its shorter form E3, is the biggest gaming convention in the world. Held at the famed Los Angeles Convention Center, it is an annual carnival celebrating video games of all genres, across all platforms, catering to every kind of gamer out there.
At E3 2019, game developers, bloggers, Twitch streamers, and fans flocked to the LA center in droves to witness the launch of some of the most exciting announcements and updates from leading gaming behemoths. So here goes, the biggest announcements to give you the thrills and chills from Microsoft and Bethesda!
Xbox One has a successor that will support 8K gaming
Xbox fans, rejoice! Microsoft has officially unveiled Project Scarlett, the much-awaited successor to Xbox One. Scheduled for an official release in 2020 holiday period, the new Xbox will support 8K gaming, 120 fps framerates, and ray-tracing. The hype is real!
XCloud launches in October
If the hardware is a go, can the software be behind? Microsoft’s cloud gaming service XCloud will launch as soon as October 2019. According to Xbox chief Phil Spencer, you can “turn your Xbox One into your own personal and free xCloud server” with the new streaming service.
Elite controller update
The Elite controller is set for a revamp with the Elite 2 series. According to Microsoft, the new controller “features over 30 new ways to play like a pro, including adjustable-tension thumbsticks, new interchangeable components, up to 40 hours of rechargeable battery life, and limitless customization with the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.”
Gears 5, Halo Infinite are official to go
One of the most anticipated games of the Microsoft press conference, Gears 5 will launch on September 10. Also, players who buy the game till September 16 will also get a character pack that features the T-800 Endoskeleton from the upcoming Terminator movie.
Halo Infinite will be released late on in 2020, but it will be a Project Scarlett special!
George RR Martin’s video game is REAL
The leaks were true. The speculations were for real. Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin has indeed collaborated with DarkSouls creator FromSoftware to develop Elden Ring, a fantasy epic that promises to be as enthralling as you expect.
The return of the Flight Simulator
The classic Microsoft Flight Simulator, one of the most popular games cum simulation software, is making a grand comeback on PC. With modern-age technology, it sounds more realistic than before:
“From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.”
Minecraft Dungeons launches Spring 2020
The eternal favorite Minecraft was announced in a new version by Microsoft last year under a new RPG called Minecraft Dungeons. At E3 2019, we got a new trailer showing the isometric gameplay, and the release date – spring 2020.
Experience Blair Witch – the game!
The iconic found footage horror movie can now be experienced in video game form with the Blair Witch game. We got a lot of Silent Hill feels which felt even scarier because of the first-person experience.
Cyberpunk 2077 has Keanu Reeves – and a release date!
Keanu Reeves makes everything more awesome just by being in it. At E3 2019, fans were in for a huge surprise when Keanu Reeves made an appearance at the CD Projekt Red’s sprawling futuristic game Cyberpunk 2077. We also have a clear release date for the game – April 16, 2020.
Bethesda unveils online game streaming
Bethesda revealed Orion, a new online game streaming technology that the company says can work with any gaming engine. A demo was shown on stage of the Doom 2016 version on mobile. A beta launch is planned later this year
Arkane presents Deathloop
Arkane is best known for its Dishonoured series of games, but has come up with a new game called ‘Deathloop’, a first-person game in which two assassins are embroiled in perennial conflict. Here’s the official description:
“Explore stunning environments and meticulously designed levels in an immersive gameplay experience that lets you approach every situation any way you like. Hunt down targets all over the island in an effort to put an end to the cycle once and for all, and remember, if at first you don’t succeed… die, die again.”
Doom Eternal gets release date
Doom Eternal is as deliciously gory and violent as the 2016 reboot of Doom, and will release on November 22, 2019.
New Wolfenstein game is here
Wolfenstein: Young Blood, a spin-off of the acclaimed Nazi hunting series, has co-op play and will launch on July 26 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch.
Elder Scrolls: Blades is coming to Switch
Elder Scrolls: Blade, which recently debuted on mobile in beta mode, is also coming to Switch this fall. The game supports cross play and cross-progression with the available mobile iterations.
Resident Evil creator brings a new horror-action game
Survival horror maestro and creator of Resident Evil Shinji Mikami unveiled a new horror action game at E3 2019, titled Ghostwire: Tokyo. The premise is somewhat similar to the TV show Leftovers – people have suddenly vanished from the city and you need to find out how and where. A thoroughly intriguing game that has totally captured our attention!