E3 2019: The Biggest News from the Microsoft Gaming Conference

E3 2019 has arrived, and Microsoft’s conference has just ended. Here is the biggest news from the evening:

Microsoft announces next-generation gaming console

Master Chief Is Back!

Cyberpunk 2077 stars Keanu Reeves!

Another highlight of the Xbox’s press conference was a surprise appearance by Keanu Reeves. The actor strolled on stage to reveal that Cyberpunk 2077 is set to go on sale April 16th, 2020 and that he will star in the game. The future-set role-playing game is being developed by CD Projekt Red, the studio behind the Witcher series.

His brief appearance drew huge applause with one attendee shouting: “You’re breathtaking.”

“No, you’re breathtaking,” the actor replied to laughs from the crowd. I must say, the trailer looks breathtaking too; this is definitely at the top of my wish list.

Elden Ring

A game by George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware revealed their first trailer:

Published by Bandai Namco, Elden Ring is said to be FromSoftware’s “largest game to date.” It is a fantasy action-RPG adventure set within a world created by Dark Souls series creator, Hidetaka Miyazaki, and George R.R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Miyazaki said in a press release, “Collaborating with George R.R. Martin to create the Elden Ring mythos has been a genuinely delightful experience and a source of wonderful inspiration. The team is working hard to ensure that the world of Elden Ring will be a fascinating place for players to explore, filled with peril and wonder from its furthest reaches to its lowest depths. This is a FromSoftware title through and through, rich in fantasy and RPG action. We sincerely hope you look forward to it.”

No release date was announced today, and Elden Ring will also be released on the PS4 and Windows PC.

Bleeding Edge, a new 4-versus-4 multiplayer brawler, is coming from Ninja Theory this year

We only have to wait a couple of weeks for Bleeding Edge as June 27th was revealed as the release date. It looks a bit like a mix of Fortnite and Borderlands, but with melee, and that spells fun to me.

Blair Witch

Microsoft showed the first footage of an upcoming Blair Witch game, which seemed to keep much of the creepiness of the original movie. This was quite a surprise revelation, and as a huge Blair Witch fan, this is a game I am very excited to play. Hopefully, people will be interested in this new video game adaptation of one of the first found-footage movies.

Project xCloud

Microsoft’s Project xCloud service will also allow subscribers to play Xbox games anywhere, on any screen, streamed from the cloud, from this October.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Microsoft also announced that it has launched Xbox Game Pass PC—a subscription service that will allow console titles to be download and played on Windows 10 computers.

It said 100 games will be included, including Forza Horizon 4, Metro Exodus and the Halo Master Chief Collection. It will charge $9.99 (£7.85) a month to be a member, and users can combine it with an Xbox Live Gold pass, which lets games be played on the console for $14.99.

Microsoft Purchases Double Fine Productions

More surprise news was that Microsoft has added to its video game development empire with the acquisition of Tim Schafer’s studio, Double Fine.

Other tidbits:

Microsoft showed off a total of 60 titles at its show. Other notable games were:

  • Minecraft Dungeons: A four-play co-operative adventure spin-off from the original block-building game
  • The Outer Worlds: a planet-hopping first-person role-playing game
  • a Lego-themed expansion to Microsoft’s Forza 4 race-driving title
  • Gears of War 5, which is out on September 10th on Xbox One

Microsoft is the only one of the big three console-makers holding a press conference at the Los Angeles expo this year. Sony has opted to skip the event outright, and Nintendo has pre-recorded their presentation (as they have done since 2013). Nevertheless, we shall bring you all the breaking Gaming news as it develops.

Let us know what you are most excited about in the comments!


Written by Laura Stewart

Laura is the Assistant Editor-In-Chief, a Writer and Assistant to the Webmaster at 25YL. She has been part of the team since May 2017 when she began writing about her favourite TV show of all time: Twin Peaks. She currently oversees the Film, Music and Gaming Departments. 25YL is her passion project and is constantly delighted at how big and beautiful it has grown.

Laura lives by the sea in Gower, Wales, with her husband and very special little boy.

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