X019 – Any Button Gaming’s Roundup of the Biggest Announcements

X019 – Any Button Gaming’s Roundup of the Biggest Announcements

Xbox’s massive livestream event – X019 London – occurred last night (14th November at 8 pm GMT). It was headed up by some of the biggest names working within Xbox, the event showcased the biggest announcements coming to the console this year. There were plenty of surprises from beginning to end, and just as much to look forward to. Now, we won’t necessarily have too much information on each game, but whatever is available at the time of press, we will present to you here. Also, whilst we’ve tried to keep them in the order they appeared, we cannot guarantee they are as they appeared in the live stream. So, without further ado, let’s recap some of the biggest announcements made;

Everwild

First off was Rare’s newest IP; Everwild. It’s a beautifully rendered, fantasy-realm.

Introducing EVERWILD, a brand new IP from Rare. Unique and unforgettable experiences await in a natural and magical world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWpcUH-tKEU

West of Dead

With none other than Ron Perlman in the lead role, West of Dead is a twin-stick shooter with a definitive Ghost Rider vibe to it. The open Beta is already available and free to play, so what’s not to love about it. And, again, it’s got Ron Perlman in it!

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You are plunged into an inferno of gun smoke and darkness in the twin-stick cover shooter West of Dead. The game takes place in Purgatory, a place of sin and damnation, wendigos and witches. The Wild West has never been this dark. Join the Beta now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96_P32ZH_2c

Grounded

From Obsidian Entertainment comes Grounded, a 1st person-survival RPG which could easily be mistaken for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!

Obsidian Entertainment announces Grounded, their new survival game with a small twist. Go big or never go home in Spring 2020. An Xbox Game Preview title built with community feedback and premiering on Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obxd078UvPQ

Project xCloud

Perhaps in a way to take some of Google’s spotlight away with the Stadia, Xbox also announced Project xCloud. A streaming service which allows you to play Xbox One games on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll have access to over 50 games when the service goes live. For more information, and how to sign up to the service, check out Project xCloud’s website. Please note, this is a preview system, so you won’t necessarily be chosen to participate despite registering.

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Play the games you want, on the devices you want, whenever you want. Project xCloud has big plans, and they’re kicking off this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thTW3GpyWVI

PLUS Game Streaming is Coming to Game Pass

Yep, soon not just a place to get a wide array of great games, soon, you’ll be able to stream them as well!

Bleeding Edge

A fast-paced, frantic 4v4 team brawler, Bleeding Edge will put your teamwork abilities to the test. Plus, it’s made by Ninja Theory, which should be enough of a reason to be interested!

From the studio behind DmC: Devil May Cry and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice comes Bleeding Edge, a fast and frenetic 4v4 team brawler where every fighter comes mechanically enhanced for mayhem!

Choose your fighter and join a team of super-charged renegades from the edges of society: burn rubber as bold and beautiful Buttercup with her detachable buzzsaw arms, tear it up as Black Metal rocker Nidhoggr with his electrifying guitar solos, or slash up the streets as New York’s most wanted ninja, Daemon.

https://www.xbox.com/en-GB/games/bleeding-edge

Tell Me Why

Another narrative-driven adventure game from the good folk over at DONTNOD, Tell Me Why looks to be as good as their Life is Strange series. The new kings of the genre (RIP Telltale) keep on coming.

Tell Me Why is the latest narrative adventure game from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the beloved franchise, Life is Strange. In this intimate thriller, twins Tyler and Alyson 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVXqGQC9J2o

Yakuza (0, 1, & 2)

One of the biggest bits of news to drop for Xbox last night was the announcement that Yakuza was coming to the Game Pass. Formerly a strictly PlayStation exclusive series, Yakuza puts players in the role of a member of the legendary Japanese gang. Full of intense martial arts and an amazing storyline, the Yakuza series will hit the Game Pass in the Spring.

Just announced at X019 in London, SEGA of America and Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio is happy to reveal that Yakuza, the series that took the West by storm, smashed its head through a window, then took it out for drinks and sang karaoke with it, is finally headed to Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass in early 2020!

Sea of Thieves; The Seabound Soul Update

Rare’s pirate-themed, swashbuckling adventure Sea of Thieves is getting a new update. The Seabound Soul update will bring fire, a new Tall Tale, more loot, and more besides on 20th November.

The Seabound Soul update arrives November 20th with fire, a brand new Tall Tale, new commendations to earn in The Arena, fire, more loot than ever before, fire, firebombs, and FIRE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLNUNt9YWBs

Microsoft’s Flight Simulator

One of the most visually impressive games at X019 was Flight Simulator. Not much more to tell you about it besides the game’s blurb from Xbox.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world. Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.

https://www.xbox.com/en-GB/games/microsoft-flight-simulator

Age of Empires IV: Definitive Edition

The fourth entry into the acclaimed RTS game series comes to the Xbox courtesy of the Definitive Edition.

The acclaimed RTS franchise returns with Age of Empires 4. Experience the epic, historical battles that shaped the modern world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAbI0fewc7w

Halo: Reach Coming to the Halo: Master Chief Collection

I mean, do I really need to say any more than this?

The Great Journey begins on PC with Halo Reach, part of The Master Chief Collection. Available December 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPNkDfampKY

KartRider: Drift

The ever-popular kart-racing genre has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. And now, coming to Xbox in December is KartRider: Drift, a FREE game full of arcade-driving-goodness

KartRider: Drift is the only free-to-play kart racer where arcade thrills, the fastest skilled competition, & deep kart + character customization awaits you on the track. No Limits. All Drift.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2i4RKSyD0

Final Fantasy AND Kingdom Hearts Remakes

The genre-defining series has had an increased interest over the past few years. However, over the next few months, a large portion of Square Enix’s RPG series will be coming to the Game Pass. PLUS, in a move that they previously said would never happen, Square Enix will also be bringing Kingdom Hearts 1.5 & 2.5 to the Game Pass.

Rust

Popular online survival game Rust will be headed to the Xbox One in 2020. What will you do to survive? How far will you go to make it out alive? Find out when Rust comes to the Xbox.

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Facepunch’s hugely popular and brutal online survival game Rust is making its way to Xbox One in 2020. How will you survive?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeEPpYuj4Vg

Drake Hollow

Equal parts Slime Rancher and Stranger Things, Drake Hollow sees you enter a thriving, beautiful world where you spend time farming, building a village, and fighting off frightening monsters.

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Introducing Drake Hollow, the next game from The Molasses Flood.

Explore a blighted world with your friends. Gather supplies, battle savage creatures, and build villages to protect the local innocent vegetable folks known as Drakes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqt-9fHgIzY

Planet Coaster: Console Edition

Making its way to Xbox, Planet Coaster sees you construct and run your very own theme park. Complete rollercoasters, host shows, and attend to your customer’s needs and desires. Whatever you do, make sure you have fun.

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Planet Coaster, the highest rated PC coaster sim of all time, is coming to Xbox.

Build and manage your way to coaster-creating fame! Deep physics-based systems mean you’re in for the ride of your life, so dream big and build even bigger as you create your theme park empire.

Planet Coaster: Console Edition is coming Summer 2020.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUbLZweRp1E

Minecraft Dungeons

Based within the hugely popular and ever-creative Minecraft Universe, Dungeons takes the well-loved series in a new direction. Players will take on hordes of monsters and animals in Diablo-style dungeon quests. Action-packed, fun-filled, frantically wild experiences are sure to ensue.

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Minecraft Dungeons is coming to PC and consoles in April 2020.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyhX-0Ni-iM

Wasteland 3

The newest game from Brian Fargo’s InXile Entertainment, Wasteland 3 is the latest RPG set in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Certainly, a great showing when Rare, Obsidian, and InXile all have new games coming out within a year.

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On May 19 2020, Wasteland 3 welcomes new recruits and seasoned Rangers alike to post-apocalyptic Colorado where the end has just begun. Premiering on Xbox Game Pass for console and PC, and available now for pre-order on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbkaSTcK6dY

ID@Xbox Games Coming to Game Pass

Whenever a new ID@Xbox game is announced, players will be able to play the latest games first when they hit the Game Pass. However, there’s a fair too many to talk about individually, so we’ll let you see for yourself

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Unleash your inner hero, embrace your dark side, explore the unknown and make your own rules! ID@Xbox brings the best games from the best independent developers to Xbox and we’re proud to showcase 19 new games, all of which will be available Day One through Xbox Game Pass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPFPk5_OFs0

Included in the ID@Xbox Game Pass list are;

  • Carrion (Console & PC)
  • Cris Tales (Console & PC)
  • Double Kick Heroes (Console & PC)
  • Edge of Eternity (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Forager (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Haven (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • It Lurks Below (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Levelhead (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • PHOGS (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • She Dreams Elsewhere (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • SkateBIRD (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Streets of Rage 4 (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Scourge Bringer (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Supraland (Console) – ID@Xbox
  • Touhou Luna Nights (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • The Red Lantern (Console) – ID@Xbox

30+ Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass

A staggering amount of new games will make their way to the Game Pass over the next few months. Some of these we’ve already covered – the Final Fantasy series, for example – but there’s a whole lot more to get through besides.

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Announcing new games coming to Xbox Game Pass on console and PC this holiday and in 2020.

For a limited time, get 3 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1. Learn more here: http://www.xbox.com/gamepass.

Discover your next favorite game with Xbox Game Pass. Ultimate includes Xbox Live Gold and unlimited access to over 100 console & PC games —with titles added all the time. Whether you play console games, PC games, or both, there’s something for you to discover. Download and play new games on day one like The Outer Worlds and Gears 5, and critically-acclaimed indie titles like Hollow Knight and Human Fall Flat—plus recent blockbusters like Metro Exodus and Devil May Cry 5. Enjoy exclusive member deals and discounts. Join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for one low monthly price and discover your next favorite game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwxOgitOXfc

The following games are available right now to download on the Game Pass;

  • Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (PC)
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Console, coming soon to PC)
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition (PC)
  • LEGO: The Ninjago Movie Videogame (Console)
  • RAGE 2 (Console, coming soon to PC)
  • Remnant: From the Ashes (Console)
  • The Talos Principle (Console & PC)
  • Tracks: The Train Set Game (Console & PC)

The following games will be available between now and the rest of the year into the Christmas Season;

  • Darksiders III (Console & PC)
  • Life Is Strange 2: Episodes 4 & 5 (Console)
  • The Red Strings Club (PC)
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul (Console & PC)
  • The Escapists 2 (Console & PC)
  • Halo: Reach (Console & PC)
  • My Friend Pedro (Console & PC)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Console & PC)

Games coming in 2020

  • Carrion (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Cris Tales (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Cyber Shadow (Console & PC)
  • Double Kick Heroes (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Edge of Eternity (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • The Final Fantasy series, including; Final Fantasy VII, VIII: Remastered, IX, X: HD Remastered, X-2: HD Remastered, XII: The Zodiac Age, XIII, XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy XV (Console & PC)
  • Forager (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Haven (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • It Lurks Below (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Levelhead (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • PHOGS (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • She Dreams Elsewhere (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • SkateBIRD (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Streets of Rage 4 (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Scourge Bringer (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • Supraland (Console) – ID@Xbox
  • Tekken 7 (Console)
  • Touhou Luna Nights (Console & PC) – ID@Xbox
  • The Red Lantern (Console) – ID@Xbox
  • West of Dead (Console & PC)

And then here are some of the aforementioned first-party titles that will all be making their way to the Games Pass next year:

  • Bleeding Edge (Console & PC)
  • Grounded (Console & PC)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC)
  • Minecraft Dungeons (Console & PC)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Console & PC)
  • Tell Me Why (Console & PC)
  • Wasteland 3 (Console & PC)

So, as you can see, plenty to get excited for all of us Xbox players. Right, I need a lie-down.


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