From London, Microsoft held their end of year celebration, X019. With promises of new game reveals, Game Pass additions, xCloud news, and more, it ended up being a packed show with all kinds games getting the spotlight. We've compiled this rundown of everything announced at X019. Here's everything as it happened.
New Game Reveals
Both Rare and Obsidian were rumored to be debuting new IP at X019, and the rumors proved true with Rare's new open world exploration game, Everwild, kicking off the show.
Following those two first-party games, a new twin-stick western shooter starring Ron Perlman as an undead desperado was revealed. Called West of Dead, the game is already in beta on Xbox today. You can get it in your hands now for free.
The latest game from Dontnod, who was made famous by Life is Strange, is coming exclusively to Xbox and published by Microsoft. It's called Tell Me Why, and it deals with a pair of siblings grappling with their tumultuous childhood by revisiting their former family home, apparently to uncover the truth about their mother.
One prominent indie to get the spotlight is Last Stop, Variable State's follow-up to their Lynchian debut, Virginia. With a similar style and tone, Variable State is making it clear what kind of studio they aim to be.
The Molasses Flood's sophomore effort was also unveiled. Titled Drake's Hollow, the concept is maybe uncomfortably close to Obsidian's Grounded, but co-op survival is totally in right now, so it's hard to blame anyone.
It wasn't all world premieres. Several new games announced for Xbox at X019 are coming from PC or other platforms too. First up is KartRider: Drift, a free-to-play kart racer already with over 300 million worldwide players and a deep customization suite.
Planet Coaster: Console Edition is also on the way to Xbox One (and PS4) next summer. The Roller Coaster Tycoon usurper has been a hit on PC for a while and may revitalize genre fans' interest that have maybe felt left out on consoles this generation.
Rust, the classic PC survival game that inspired so many like it, is finally coming to consoles. It will debut on Xbox sometime in 2020.
Yakuza will be making its Xbox debut with Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 all coming to Xbox Game Pass in 2020. No word yet on whether the rest of the series will come over too, but this could be a good sign.
There's no trailer for them, but it was also revealed that Square Enix is bringing Kingdom Hearts 1.5, 2.5 ReMIX, and 2.8 to Xbox next year, in addition to most of the latter half of the Final Fantasy series, including 7,8,9,10,10-2, 12, 13, 13-2, 13,3, and 15, all migrating to Xbox Game Pass beginning in 2020 with a rollout planned over many months.
Release Date Reveals
In addition to all those new games coming to Xbox and Windows PC, we also got release dates for several first-party games we already knew about. Ninja Theory's melee multiplayer game, Bleeding Edge, arrives on March 24, with bonuses exclusive to those who pre-order or play the game within one week of launch. Minecraft Dungeons will launch in April, with no firm date mentioned yet. Wasteland 3 arrives a month later on May 19.
All three games will arrive day and date into Xbox Game Pass, as Microsoft continues its favorable policy of bringing their Xbox Game Studios titles directly into Game Pass on their respective launch days.
Halo: Reach, meanwhile, comes to the Master Chief Collection much sooner, on December 3 with 4K upgrades, and it's included in Xbox Game Pass at no extra charge for Xbox and PC.
If you can believe it, that's still not every trailer Xbox showed off on stage. Here's a bunch more. Click the links to watch them.
Sea of Thieves gets its next content update on March 20th. It's called Seabound Soul and includes a new Tall Tale storyline, fire cannonballs, and more to be revealed this weekend during Mixer panels.
Microsoft Flight Simulator, which as a series has always been the type of game few hear about but still does very well by ever metric, showed off more gameplay today, powered by Microsoft Azure cloud systems.
The Age of Empires team headed by Shannon Loftis now has an official name: World's Edge. The team took a few minutes of X019 to introduce gameplay from Age of Empires 4, back in public view for the first time in two years, confirming its medieval setting and two factions: the Mongols and the English. They also reminded players that Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is out today and even includes a new expansion, "The Last Khans."
CrossfireX, the western re-imagining of one of Asia's most popular FPS series, also got several minutes of stage time where the Xbox team took us through the collaboration between Smilegate Entertainment, the game's original development team, and Remedy, the famed Finnish studio who is doing narrative work on the title. A battle royale mode was also confirmed for the shooter and it will be free-to-play when it comes exclusively to Xbox in 2020.
Annapurna released a new trailer for their side-scrolling musical adventure game, The Artful Escape, making that two games from the small but well respected publisher on stage today. The game arrives in 2020.
Even Jurassic World: Evolution resurfaced, showing off a brief teaser for its new expansion, "Return to Jurassic Park," which puts the game in a time machine back to 1993 where the original characters guide your retro experience.
As promised, Microsoft also delivered more news about their game streaming platform, which continues in preview mode. Though iOS users are still waiting for their crack at the system, those playing already in the Android early access program will now have over 50 games to choose from, spanning 25 publishers, says Microsoft.
This includes first-party titles like Forza Horizon 4 as well as third-party games like Madden NFL 20, as part of a new partnership to bring EA games to the cloud, and even some games announced just today, like West of Dead.
Next year, Xbox Game Pass titles will be available to stream via xCloud for the first time. The service will also come to Windows PC in 2020, and Microsoft announced controller support for the Razer Junglecat and the Sony Dualshock 4 controller -- yes, really.
Xbox Game Pass
It wouldn't be an Xbox event without a great portion of the show being devoted to Xbox Game Pass. The company had a ton to share on this front. Let's start with the new games. Here's what's coming to the platform and when. If you prefer this news to be shared in an EDM-heavy trailer, we have that too.
- Rage 2
- Lego Ninjago: The Video Game
- Remnant: From the Ashes
- The Talos Principle
- Age of Wonders: Planetfall
- Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition
- Yakuza 0
- Yakuza Kiwami
- Yakuza Kiwami 2
- Final Fantasy 7
- Final Fantasy 8
- Final Fantasy 9
- Final Fantasy 10
- Final Fantasy 10-2
- Final Fantasy 12
- Final Fantasy 13
- Final Fantasy 13-2
- Final Fantasy 13-3
- Final Fantasy 15
- Bleeding Edge
- Minecraft Dungeons
- Wasteland 3
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
If you thought they were done, think again. It's not just Xbox Game Studios projects that hit Game Pass on day one. Sometimes indies like to get in on the action too, and this [email protected] sizzle reel reveals several upcoming indies that will all arrive into the Game Pass library the same day they go on sale.
Still not done yet, Xbox also revealed several more perks of Game Pass. New subscribers can sign up for three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (Game Pass + Xbox Live Gold) for $1 for a limited time. Normally that's a $45 membership. What's more, all subscribers also gain access to one month of EA Access this season, three months of Discord Nitro, and six months of Spotify Premium.
Xbox is hosting more panels and gameplay livestreams all weekend where they'll dive deeper into some of the new games and content we saw on stage at X019 today, so we'll be sure to bring you more headlines as they arrive.