Microsoft launched X019, its biggest event of the year outside of E3 2019, with a big bang, mostly with announcements related to video games – and very little on its new console system.
Most disappointing was the fact that it had no news on Xbox Project Scarlett, the new console system projected to launch next year.
However, there was plenty for video game aficionados to rejoice about, including but not limited to the release of the trailer of the classic reboot of “Age of Empires.”
“#X019 is all about the games!” wrote Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s head of Xbox Games marketing, on Twitter, hours before the event launched. “Next year is all about Scarlett,” he promised.
X019 is marketed as “the annual global celebration of all things Xbox,” where it usually updates its followers on announcements made at E3, as well as provides a first look at games and hardware.
New games were announced and trailers were shown at the event in London. They include “Everwild,” a new game by Rare, the company behind Xbox One’s “Sea of Thieves” and N64 classics like “GoldenEye” and “Perfect Dark.”
The first-ever transgender hero featured in a major game was also showcased in “Tell Me Why,” a narrative adventure game by Dontnod Entertainment, which worked alongside US advocacy organisation GLAAD to deliver an “authentic representation of the trans experience.”
“Grounded,” a new first-person, co-op survival game from Xbox Game Studios with Obsidian Entertainment was also announced for early access via Xbox Game Preview on Xbox One and PC (including Steam) this year, with a full launch expected in spring 2020.
But the most exciting trailer was for the role-playing strategy game “Age of Empires 4,” being developed by Relic Entertainment, a Sega-owned company. The release date for that is not yet known.
More than 50 new titles are coming to Project xCloud, Microsoft’s cloud gaming platform. It includes “Madden NFL 20,” “Devil May Cry 5,” and “Tekken 7.”
In big news for PC fans, xCloud will be available on Windows 10 in 2020.
Xbox Game Pass will also get 50 new titles, including “Rage 2,” “The Witcher 3” and Final Fantasy VII through XV.