Xbox boss Phil Spencer has announced his team’s final E3 2019 rehearsal is finished and that Microsoft has “lots to show” this year. In fact, 14 of the games being shown at E3 this year are Xbox One first-party titles.
“Just finishing our final E3 rehearsal here with the team in Redmond,” Spencer tweeted. “Feel really good about the briefing. Lots to show. We have 14 Xbox Game Studios games in the show this year, more first party games than we’ve ever had in the show. Fun times.” All Microsoft first party titles now typically release as Xbox One console exclusives (so you can find them on PC as well). Microsoft also usually launches its first-party titles on Xbox Game Pass the day they release.
Microsoft’s list of Xbox Game Studios includes 343 Industries (Halo series), inXile Entertainment (Wasteland series), Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds), The Initiative, Turn 10 Studios (Forza Motorsport series), Undead Labs (State of Decay series), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few), The Coalition (Gears of War series), Mojang (Minecraft), Ninja Theory (DmC: Devil May Cry and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), Playground Games (Forza Horizon series), and Rare (Sea of Thieves and Battletoads series).
Many of these studios are 2018 acquisitions. During E3 2018, during E3 2018, Microsoft announced it had acquired Undead, Playground, Compulsion, and Ninja Theory and had also established The Initiative. Microsoft acquired inXile in November 2018 and announced soon after that it had bought Obsidian as well.
Microsoft hasn’t announced the full list of Xbox Game Studios that will be showcasing games at E3 2019, but a few have already been revealed. 343 Studios’ Halo Infinite and The Coalition’s Gears 5 have both been confirmed for E3 2019. InXile Entertainment’s Wasteland 3 has been confirmed for E3 as well, although the game is not an Xbox One first-party title. Though they haven’t been confirmed, there’s a plausible chance Gears Pop and Rare’s new Battletoads game make an appearance as well, as both were teased during E3 2018. There are also rumors that Ninja Theory will be announcing a new sci-fi game scheduled for 2020 called Bleeding Edge, a fourth Fable game will be announced to be released in 2021, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will get a final trailer and release date, The Outer Worlds will get a new gameplay trailer and launch window (which has seemingly been confirmed via an Obsidian tweet), and Gears Tactics will get a new trailer and 2019 release date.
But even if all of the rumors and speculation are true, that’s still only 10 of the 14 first-party games, and Microsoft may have some third-party titles to showcase (such as Cyberpunk 2077). There are also rumors that Microsoft is unveiling at least one of its next-gen Xbox consoles during E3. It would certainly fit the announcement that Xbox is going to “go big” at E3 this year.