The weekend of June 7, 2019, seems like a very promising showcase of Microsoft’s new games and work in progress builds of games soon to come.
First, let’s start with Project Scarlett. Project Scarlett is Microsoft’s new and improved Xbox, which should have capabilities to reach 120 frames per second at 8k resolution along with raytracing. Which is just shocking, that is something that most people wouldn’t expect from a console designer, but it really means that the platform of console gaming is going to be drastically elevated.
Then we have the new promises of several different games that are going to be released in the next year or so.
First is the return of everyone’s two favorite sci-fi series, Halo and Gears of War. Halo Infinite is the first Halo game in 5 years if you exclude Halo Wars 2. It’s going to see the return of Master Chief and his struggles against a new enemy the like of which he’s never had to face. It will be released in the holiday season of 2020. Gears of War 5 will see the continued hardcore gore and violence that has become a staple of the series.
Then we have the CD Projekt Red game CyberPunk 2077. The game will feature an expansive open world and interactions that will make each playthrough different. The choices you make and the actions you take will lead to various outcomes and possibilities. Everything in the game will be different and every choice you make only further draws you away from other peoples playthroughs of the game. It’s going to be released April 16, 2020. Also, Keanu Reeves is in it, so it makes it that much better.
FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin are making a new fantasy game called Elden Ring. Which from the trailer looks like a blend of Lord of the Rings and the Dark Souls franchise. Which means that we’re going to get a gritty and difficult fantasy game. Other than that, not much is known about it.
Minecraft makes an appearance again with a new dungeon crawler RPG. It is supposed to be an exploration of specific dungeons from the original game and you will fight your way through monsters and enemies. It’s guaranteed to do fairly well since the game was very popular and still is.
Then there is the new sci-fi game by Obsidian called The Outer Worlds. Obsidian is known for there great storytelling and worldbuilding as seen with games like Fallout: New Vegas and South Park: The Stick of Truth. The Outer Worlds will take place on a planet in the far galaxy. Large Corporations are the reason for the expansion into the fringes of the galaxy and they have set up millions of points around the galaxy for travelers. You play as a custom made character who will either join the corporations or fight against their tyrannical rule over this world. The game looks to be like an amazing mix of Borderlands, Fallout, and Bioshock. It has the nineteen forties and fifties feel that is associated with Fallout, with the fun and chaotic side of Borderlands.
Also, Battletoads got a revival? No one asked, no one cared. But it's happening. So, yeah.
Overall E3 looked very promising this year and I think that almost everyone is excited about the games that were announced.