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X019 Roundup: All The Biggest News From Microsoft's Show

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X019 Roundup: All The Biggest News From Microsoft's Show

X019, Microsoft's big celebration for all things Xbox, is currently in full-swing in rainy London. The event kicked off with a massive episode of Inside Xbox, and it's fair to say there was an awful lot to take in. We were treated to first-looks at new games, release dates and trailers for a number of hugely-anticipated titles, and some excellent new additions to Xbox Game Pass.

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Given the sheer volume of content that Microsoft threw at us during the show, we decided it'd be best to stick all of the biggest news in one place. So, if you missed the show, or were simply overwhelmed with what was shown and didn't manage to take it all in, read on for the highlights of X019 day one.

Obsidian Announced A New Game


Hot off the heels of the hugely successful space RPG The Outer Worlds, developer Obsidian put in an appearance to show off the studio's next title. Grounded is a a brand-new Xbox Game Preview title launching in spring 2020 with Xbox Game Pass, and it looks pretty promising based on thebrief trailer we were shown.

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A survival game with "narrative and RPG elements," Obsidian stressed that community involvement will be a crucial factor in the ongoing development of its latest title. One to watch, for sure.

Rare Unveiled A New IP

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The studio responsible for a whole raft of N64 classics, and more recently Sea of Thieves, Rare showed up to debut its brand new IP, Everwild, which looks like a gorgeous cross between Breath of the Wild and Monster Hunter.

We only got the briefest of glimpses, but Microsoft and Rare promised it'd be showing more of its "magical, natural world" at a later date.

Sea Of Thieves Update

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Rare were also on hand to deliver some Sea of Thieves news, of course. Arriving November 20th as a free update, players of the whimsical pirate sim will be able to get their hands on The Seabound Soul.

The impending update features "an all-new, lore-focused Tall Tale quest for players looking to play their part in a thrilling story," as players join Captain Pendragon "to uncover the mystery of the feared ship, the Ashen Dragon, and reveal the secrets of a sinister new threat."

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The update will also introduce a new weapon in the form of firebombs, which can be thrown or loaded into cannons to cause all kinds of mayhem on your nautical adventures.

ALL The Games Come To Game Pass... Well, A Lot Anyway

Xbox Game Pass / Credit: Microsoft
Xbox Game Pass / Credit: Microsoft

It wouldn't be an Xbox event without Microsoft announcing a new selection of titles for the Game Pass subscription service, and tonight's show didn't disappoint.

Microsoft confirmed a literal ton of games that are coming to Game Pass over the coming weeks and throughout 2020, including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a frankly ridiculous amount of Final Fantasy games, Halo: Reach, My Friend Pedro, and loads more. You can check out the full list right here.

Life Is Strange Studio Announces New Game

Xbox Game Studios dropped a trailer for a brand-new game from Life Is Strange developer DONTNOD Entertainment.Tell Me Why is an exclusive new narrative adventure in which you follow the journey of twins Tyler and Alyson as they "use their special bond to unravel mysteries of their loving but troubled childhood."

"Set in beautiful small-town Alaska, Tell Me Why features true-to-life characters, mature themes and gripping choices." More importantly though, it's also the first game from a a major studio to feature a transgender lead. A huge deal, I hope we can all agree.

Check out the new trailer for yourself above. It looks very Life Is Strange, which mean as the highest compliment. Every chapter in the episodic tale is set to arrive next Summer.

Halo: Reach Finally Comes To PC

Halo: Reach was Bungie's last game in the series
Halo: Reach was Bungie's last game in the series

We finally know exactly when we can expect Halo: Reach to join Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One and PC. Microsoft and 343 Industries confirmed during the show that the much-loved Halo title will be arriving on December 3rd. This long-awaited release marks the first game in The Master Chief Collection to hit PC. It'll eventually be followed the first three Halo games, as well as Halo 4 and the campaign from ODST.

Halo: Reach is available to pre-install on Xbox Game Pass, or by pre-ordering via the Microsoft Store or Steam now. It'll also be available for individual purchase on PC if you really don't care about any of the other games in the collection.

Age Of Empires 4 Gameplay Finally Debuts

World's Edge Studio Head Shannon Loftis to give us our first look at Age Of Empires 4, which was first announced back in 2017. You can check out the brand new gameplay reveal trailer for the real-time strategy sequel above. It... well, it looks like Age of Empires. I'm not sure what more you want from me.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gets Another Trailer


Okay so this one isn't all that exciting, given that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order literally comes out tomorrow. Still, it's always nice to see the promising-looking Respawn title in action, and I can't wait to get my dirty hands on it. Be sure to keep an eye out for our review next week.

We got two pretty sweet trailers: one gameplay trailer which was pretty standard, and another really rather sweet live-action ad, which you can see above.

Wasteland 3 Gets A Release Date


inXile Studio Head Brian Fargo popped in to show off a moody new trailer for the post-apocalyptic Wasteland 3. Fargo said that the latest entry in the RPG series is the biggest and best yet, and talked a little bit about the games disturbing story, which takes place in the frozen wastes of Colorado.

Before moving on, he revealed that Wasteland 3 will be available on Xbox One and PC on May 19th, 2020. Naturally, look for it on Game Pass as soon as it launches.

Planet Coaster Is Coming To Xbox One


Frontier's charming theme-park management sim is hitting Xbox One summer 2020! A lovely surprise for anyone looking to scratch that Rollercoaster Tycoon itch on a console.

Check out the cute announcement trailer below. Now bring it to Switch Frontier, you cowards

Featured Image Credit: Microsoft

Topics: Xbox One, Xbox, PC

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