Xbox E3 2019 Highlights w/ Trailers, Release Dates, & RGN x Beatz N’ Bitz Podcast

With Sony skipping E3 this year Microsoft decided to throw a massive showing of 60 games, over half of which are part of Xbox Game Pass, and 14 games from Xbox Game Studios including some closer looks at titles we knew about as well as some new games. Although some may argue that Microsoft held back a bit this year, there were still a ton of announcements to cover. We’ve selected some highlights from the bunch and provided the important info you need to know about the 2019 / 2020 Xbox lineup!


Release Date: Holiday 2020
Game Pass, Xbox, PC, *Project Scarlett Launch Title
Sci-Fi, First Person Shooter
343 Studios, Xbox Game Studios

After the war has been lost, only one thing remains – to get up and fight again. Separated from Cortana, discovered floating through space disabled, then brought back from the brink – Master Chief sets out on his next journey during the holiday season of next year when the next-generation Xbox console launches with Halo Infinite.

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Release Date: April 16, 2020
Game Pass, Xbox, PC
Sci-Fi, Action, RPG
CD Projekt RED

This game has to be seen to be believed. Keanu Reeves took stage and blew us away at E3 2019 during the Xbox Press Conference after a cinematic trailer gave a deep look at the story of the game. There’s also a 48 minute gameplay demo presentation as well. This game is from the creators of The Witcher III: Wild Hunt and will likely reach levels of hype typically reserved only for Rockstar Games titles like Grand Theft Auto V or Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Release Date: September 10, 2019
Game Pass, Xbox, PC
Sci-Fi, Third Person, Shooter, Co-Op
The Coalition, Xbox Game Studios

Gears 5 Escape is a brand new co-op mode included in the Gears 5 release scheduled for this September on Xbox and PC and will be included as part of Game Pass.

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Release Date: March 6, 2020
Xbox, PC
Open World, Action, Adventure, Co-Op

In an incredibly brave and risky move, Ubisoft has made a further reference to Anonymous and lets players take control of DeadSec with the ability to recruit any character in the game world! NPCs can become part of your squad and have their own origin missions as well as interact with each other as they attempt to stage the ultimate resistance in a modern dystopian London gone off the rails. The new spin on the Watch Dogs series is very interesting and there’s even a Permadeath feature to put to rest characters who die.

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Release Date: October 25, 2019
Game Pass, Xbox, PC
Open World, Action, Adventure, RPG, Shooter
Obsidian Entertainment, Xbox Game Studios

After the countdown completed and the stage lit up with The Outer Worlds which was given a brief trailer that gives insight to the darker overall narrative, shows gameplay, and provides a release date of October 25, 2019. The Outer Worlds will also be available on day one with Xbox Game Pass.

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Release Date: November 15, 2019
Xbox, PC
Action, Adventure
Respawn Entertainment, EA Games

Word on the street is that Respawn Entertainment surprised EA Games with Apex Legends as a way for them to satisfy the recurring revenue. Perhaps that means this Star Wars game (which looks promising) may actually be released without microtransactions. We certainly hope so. The creators of TitanFall appear to be trying their hardest to get Jedi Fallen Order out the door without EA’s curse.

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Release Date: TBA 2020
Action, RPG
Namco Tales Studio, Bandai Namco Studios

Fans have been waiting since 2016 for a brand new entry into the Tales series and we finally have the next one appearing on the horizon. At the Xbox E3 show this year we got the first glimpse at a truly evolved, upgraded looking Tales game called Tales of Arise.

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Release Date: Spring 2020
Game Pass, Xbox, PC
4-Player Co-Op, RPG, Action / Adventure
Mojang, Xbox Game Studios

We reported back in September 2018 that Minecraft: Dungeons was announced at Minecon 2018 but now we have seen it center-stage at E3 2019 and it looks fantastic. A creative team in the Minecraft community began this heavily Zelda-inspired project and were hired by Microsoft / Mojang to turn it into a full game! The title has been delayed to Spring 2020 but looks worth the wait to us.

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Release Date: TBA 2020
Game Pass, Xbox, PC
Double Fine, Xbox Game Studios

Originally revealed at The Game Awards 2018, Psychonauts 2 is now part of Xbox Game Pass as the development studio behind the game (Double Fine) has been purchased by Microsoft and become part of the Xbox Game Studios family. That means that this epic looking platformer title will be one of the many trojan horses Microsoft is allowing to release on other platforms. Perhaps their plan is to sow the seeds of interest with gamers across various platforms only to bring them into Xbox / xCloud later down the road when sequels to some of their games may end up Xbox exclusives.

More Info Available At Official Psychonauts 2 Website


Release Date: February 11, 2020
Game Pass, Xbox, PC
Platformer, Adventure, Metroidvania
Moon Studios, Xbox Game Studios

A familiar dream-scape takes the screen over as the fate of Ori is revisited in a never before seen trailer showcasing massive enemies giving chase across scenes with incredible visual fidelity. Ori and the Will of the Wisps releases February 11, 2020 and is available on day one with Xbox Game Pass.

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Release Date: TBA 2020
Xbox, PC
Interactive Thriller
Luis Antonio, Annapurna Interactive

12 Minutes is one of the more unique, and one of the most interesting games out of everything shown at E3 2019. Trapped in a time loop with a mystery to solve, a 12 minute window of time to repeat over and over, and a pregnant partner to protect as you attempt to unravel the truth apart from the lies.

More Info Available At Official 12 Minutes Website


Release Date: TBA 2020
Cross Play, Free to Play, Xbox, PC

One of the biggest surprises at E3 this year is the fact that an MMORPG previously only available in Japanese will be making its way to the North America region. Against all odds, Microsoft and SEGA have teamed up to bring Phantasy Star Online 2 to the Xbox and PC in English with cross-play and a free-to-play access model.




The event had less talk of next-gen and xCloud than expected, but plenty of great game reveals to make up for it. There’s a huge debate in-house going on about whether or not too much CGI was used rather than pure gameplay. Xbox Game Pass and its PC counterpart took major focus and will provide massive libraries for a monthly fee. The two can also be combined in the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

A quirky 4 vs 4 title which helped open the show called Bleeding Edge has a similar art style to Sunset Overdrive but with a totally different spin on gameplay. Ninja Theory was represented on stage by Commercial Director Dom Matthews and Creative Director Rahni Tucker to reveal the game which was in development years before the Microsoft acquisition featuring 4 vs 4 online multiplayer melee mayhem. Its technical Beta begins June 27, 2019.

There’s even a Blair Witch game and a new Dragon Ball Z Kakarot title as well. For those Rare fans though, you’ll want to check out the Battletoads reveal. [Update: A bit more story content was also shown the next day for Gears 5 during the Inside Xbox showcase]

Elden Ring – (TBA)

Dying Light 2 – (Game Pass, Spring 2020)

State of Decay 2 Heartland – (Game Pass Ultimate, Available Now)

Wasteland 3 – (Game Pass, TBA 2019)

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition – (Game Pass, Fall 2019)

Microsoft Flight Simulator – (Game Pass, TBA)

Way to the Woods – (Game Pass, TBA 2020)

Spiritfarer – (Game Pass, TBA)

RGN linked up with Beatz N’ Bitz Podcast to produce a Pre-E3 2019 show including predictions about the Nintendo E3 Direct expected to come later this week. Live Reactions to the Xbox E3 Showcase and a full post-show industry discussion are also included below.


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