This year Microsoft is running unopposed, with Sony being a no-show this year, and that could, and should have led to a ridiculous showing that put them on top for the foreseeable future. While they started pretty strong with a new trailer for The Outer Worlds, that showed off a few of the choices that can be made. Along with the official announcement of the new Ninja Theory game titled Bleeding Edge, which is a 4 versus 4 physical combat game in the same vein of Overwatch, with a tecnical alpha people can take part in starting June 27th there was just a sheer amount of meh, and similarity to last year's showing. Ori: And The Will Of The Wisps brought an interesting boss trailer, with an announced release of February 11th 2020. Somewhat interestingly there was the announcement of a new game from the Minecraft devs titled Minecraft Dungeons, which is a top down four player Diablo-esque dungeon crawler that takes place in the Minecraft world with a release window of 2020.
Weirdly enough these announcements were before the Head of Xbox Phil Spencer even made his way onto the main stage. After a speech that didn't need to be as long as it was announced that the new console will be revealed before the end. After a slightly interesting trailer for Star Wars: Fallen Order was quickly shown, they moved quickly along to Cyberpunk 2077. This trailer was obviously the highlight of the entire press conference, while it was disappointingly CG only, it was still interesting enough to see, especially with the reveal that Keanu Reeves will have a role to play in the story of this game, with a release date of April 16th 2020, next year seems to be preparing to be quite a doozy. A new indie game titled SpiritFarer looks interesting, with no real release info given, it is likely to have more info throughout the week. Battlletoads was finally properly shown, and it is kinda ugly, but the 80s aesthetic and lighthearted attitude might give enough reason to keep interest, though there is still time to alter parts due to there being no launch window given.
After an interesting trailer for an indie rpg called The Legend Of Wright, they went into their block of service shilling for the Games Pass, the beta for PC starts today, and also announced Game Pass Ultimate which will cost $15 a month and include a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Moving swiftly along they announced a new Flight Simulator game with no year subtitle, or release window given, after a pretty lame trailer announcing Wasteland 3, the head of Xbox Games Studios, Matt Booty arrived on stage to talk about all the studios they have acquired so far, and to announce the acquisition of Double Fine studios, where Tim Schaffer shows off a new trailer for Psychonauts 2 which while looking like an improved version of the first game didn't really show much other than combat or out of context story beats.
They then revealed Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which includes all 9 movies in one game, Bandai finally revealed the proper name of the Project Z: Kakarot, and other than a decent trailer, not much extra info was given. Two more indie games were shown, 12 minutes, a top down interactive thriller, that looks compelling, and Way To The Woods. where you play as a buck where you lead a young deer to the woods from the city. After that is when the conference took a downward turn with the info dump of Gears Of War 5: Bound By Blood. After a silly, and mostly nonsense CG trailer they announced the release date of September 10th 2019, and they still haven't shown any gameplay since last year. Aside from the new co-op mode called escape, with apparently class-based gameplay, they didn't really show much to really explain what this is. also they announced there is a Terminator: Dark Fate character pack for the Escape co-op mode.
After a pretty dry announcement for the new Elite controller series 2, as they called it, which is more customizable, has bluetooth functionality, rechargeable batteries with a charge dock and 40 hours of play time, it is available for pre-order and priced at 179.99, they showed a Dying Light trailer with a spring 2020 release window. Forza Horizon 4 showed an interesting expansion titled Lego speed champions. Sadly Gears Pop decided to make a repeat appearance which was a lame as feared, and a pretty meh trailer for State Of Decay 2 DLC titled Heartland was shown. Interestingly enough Xbox has finally done, it, they have got Sega to bring Phantasy Star Online 2 to the west, with a really cool trailer, after that was a trailer for Crossfire X an FPS made by smilegate, coming to the west for the first time in the west. The amazing trailer for the new Tales game, titled Tales Of Arise, with a 2020 release window. After a pretty cool Borderlands 3 trailer, they announced that new Borderlands 2 DLC is released which bridges the story between 2 and 3 is out today, and will be free on all platforms till July 8th.
As the end of the conference approaches the trailer for the new From Software, which has George R. R. Martin contributing to it titled Elden Ring, the trailer while beautiful and interesting, is confusing as hell, then the boredom fully enveloped the conference. After a pretty info light talk about X Cloud service, which mentioned it beginning in October of this year, they revealed also the start of console streaming. After that weird bit, they announced that the new console, currently titled Scarlet will be releasing holiday of 2020, thankfully after a boring trailer touting the power, and SSD and whatnot they showed a trailer for Halo Infinite, which releases alongside the Scarlet.
Overall, while this is nowhere near the worst conference Microsoft has had, however, with this Sony free E3 they had an opportunity to show their best, and for the most part, they didn't and that feels like a waste of their chance, hopefully they can improve upon this and really pull out all the stops.