Xbox Game Studios Announce 14 First-Party Games For E3 2019

Published: May 31, 2019 4:45 PM /


Xbox Game Studios Announce 14 Games Showing At E3 2019

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has announced on Twitter that the Xbox panel at E3 2019 will show 14 Xbox Game Studios games, which is the biggest number of first-party games the publishing division ever had. It was only in February that Microsoft Game Studios rebranded as Xbox Game Studios. At last year's E3, Microsoft announced the acquisition of five new studios joining the publishing division, namely The Initiative, Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games.

One of the Twitter replies to this tweet comes from inXile Entertainment, one of the two other studios Microsoft acquired last year, along with Obsidian Entertainment. It seems very likely that we'll see Brian Fargo on stage talking about what's next for inXile once they release Wasteland 3, which might not be published by Microsoft, given it was crowdfunded on Fig. Fargo did mention that the studio is working on an announced title back in November last year, which will most likely be announced at E3.

A prediction of what the other games presented by Xbox Game Studios this year is bound to be speculative, but Halo Infinite by 343 Industries has already been confirmed. Another very likely title is Minecraft, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The Coalition will probably show more of Gears 5 and/or Gears Tactics. Playground Games or Turn 10 Studios might announce a new Forza, possibly Forza Motorsport. Rare will very likely show more of Battletoads. Other studios such as Compulsion Games, Ninja Theory, The Initiative, and Undead Labs might announce new games. Obsidian Entertainment might show more of The Outer Worlds, or announce a new game. There's plenty of speculation about Fable 4 and Age of Empires 4, but nothing beyond speculation. A very likely third-party title is Ori and the Will of the Wisps, developed by Moon Studios and published by Xbox Game Studios.

Phil Spencer also recently announced Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming, bringing Xbox Game Studios games to Steam as well as the Xbox Game Pass for PC gamers, and introducing the Win32 API into the Microsoft Store, which was previously limited to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) API as a closed platform. This commitment might be put on display at E3. We'll find out soon enough, so stay tuned for more E3 2019 coverage at TechRaptor, as our on-site and online teams prepare for comprehensive coverage.

Are you looking forward to any particular title published by Xbox Game Studios? Do you have any clues on what other titles could be announced? Let us know in the comments below!

Richard Costa
Author: | Staff Writer