Microsoft’s big X019 event showcased the new games coming to the Xbox One, xCloud, and Xbox Game Pass over the next year. Current games like “Sea of Thieves” are getting updates, but the big reveals were from developers like Obsidian, Rare, and DONTNOD, who all have new titles on the horizon. Microsoft spent a lot of time showcasing the Xbox Game Pass, which lets you play a collection of free games on Xbox One for a monthly fee, and promoting the Ultimate Xbox Game Pass, which lets you play those games on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. The event didn’t just announce new games, but it also reintroduced old franchises, which are now scheduled to debut on the Xbox One platform.
One of the larger reveals was from Obsidian, who has a new survival game that should remind older players of the “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” franchise from the late 1980s. The new game is called “Grounded,” and the studio released a quick preview trailer to showcase the game’s design. The new title is expected to launch in Spring 2020 with Xbox Game Pass, and the game will feature RPG elements and offer a story-driven narrative. The game is coming to the Xbox One digitally through Xbox Game Preview and with Xbox Game Pass, and you’ll be able to find it on the Microsoft Store and on Steam in the spring.
Microsoft spent a lot of time promoting the company’s new xCloud service, which will compete with Google Stadia in the years to come. So far, over 50 games have been confirmed for the cloud-based gaming service, and at the event, Microsoft confirmed “Madden” games, “Devil May Cry 5,” and “Tekken 7.” The service will be playable on PCs running Windows 10 sometime in 2020, and Microsoft said that the company is hoping to make the service available on other platforms in the future. While xCloud supports the Xbox One controller, we were surprised to learn that the service will also support Sony’s DualShock 4 wireless controller, as well as select controllers from Razer. We hope to see more of this integration from Sony and Nintendo as well, but we won’t hold our breath.
Rare took the stage to announce “Everwild,” a mix of magic and wonder coming from the same team that brought you “Sea of Thieves.” The game is still being secretive at this point, so you’ll have to wait a few more months to get the full details on the title. Speaking of “Sea of Thieves,” the next free update releases on November 20th and it’s called “The Seabound Soul.” The update adds new quests and lore for players to enjoy, and in the expansion, players will join Captain Pendragon to hunt down the ship called Ashen Dragon. Players will also see firebombs added to the game.
If you’re shopping for a new Xbox Console, this year’s Black Friday deals on Xbox hardware include $150 off the Xbox One X, Xbox One S, and the Xbox One S All Digital Edition consoles. Players can also get three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1, as well as Xbox Game Studios titles for up to 50% off. You can also grab Xbox Wireless Controllers for up to $20 off, and $10 off Xbox Design Lab Controllers.
The studio DONTNOD introduced the new game “Tell Me Why,” a new narrative adventure. You might know the studio best from its work on the “Life is Strange” franchise, and this game continues the chapter-release structure found in that game. Scheduled to release in Summer 2020, the game tackles new social-issues, and focuses on different challenges that are present in our society for marginalized groups.
If you’re a Halo fan, “Halo: Reach” is being added to the “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” on December 3rd. The studio announced that all six titles in the “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” will be available for PC users, and they will cost $39.99 for the bundle, or $9.99 if you just want “Halo: Reach.” We should mention that “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is available with Xbox Game Pass. Console players can get the updated “Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle,” which includes the “Halo 3: ODST” campaign and “Halo: Reach,” for the same price.
The event also premiered the first ever gameplay trailer for “Age of Empires IV.” During the event, the devs also released a trailer for the newly released “Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition,” which now includes 4K graphics and a new expansion called “The Last Khans.” Microsoft also confirmed that “Wasteland 3” is now scheduled to release on May 19, 2020, and the studio released a new trailer for the game during the event. The game will be available to play on console and PC on day one with Xbox Game Pass.
Square Enix spent most of its time telling players about the library games coming to consoles. The publisher confirmed that “Final Fantasy VII,” “Final Fantasy VIII Remastered,” “Final Fantasy IX,” “Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster,” “Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age,” “Final Fantasy XIII,” “Final Fantasy XIII-2,” “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII,” and “Final Fantasy XV” will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on Console and PC starting in 2020. We don’t know why, but “Final Fantasy Tactics” is still not being released on PC, even though it’s one of the best games ever made. The Kingdom Hearts franchise is also coming over to the Xbox playground, and that includes “Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 Remix” and “Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.” The Yakuza franchise is also on its way to Xbox Game Pass. “Yakuza 0,” “Yakuza Kiwami 1,” and “Yakuza Kiwami 2” are making their Xbox debut sometime in 2020. Microsoft released a promotional video to showcase the new games coming to the platform over the next year, and you can watch that video below.
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