This Week on Xbox: E3 2018 Edition

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week, especially during E3 2018. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s E3 news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Announcements and Reveals

E3 2018: Microsoft and McLaren Continue Storied Partnership with Forza Horizon 4
During the Xbox E3 2018 briefing, we announced that the 2019 McLaren Senna will grace the cover of Forza Horizon 4, the latest entry in the award-winning Forza Horizon series, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to take this next step in our long-standing partnership with McLaren Automotive. In celebration, the 2019 McLaren Senna… Read more

E3 2018: World Premiere of Halo Infinite
For millions of fans around the world, Halo has become the quintessential Xbox experience. Whether it’s descending onto the shores of Installation 04 in The Silent Cartographer from Halo: Combat Evolved, struggling against the endless onslaught of Covenant in Halo: Reach or landing a perfect four-shot in Halo 5: Guardians, the Halo franchise is filled with unforgettable moments… Read more

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E3 2018: Xbox Green and Black Air Jordan I Spotted at E3
Xbox spokespersons and execs have been spotted wearing Air Jordan I Mids in Xbox green and black at E3 2018. They were first spotted at the Xbox briefing on Sunday, June 10 and can be seen throughout the week here at E3, having been seeded to Xbox spokespersons and key influencers in the gaming and lifestyle space… Read more

E3 2018: Announcing the Adventure Game Sable on Xbox One
Hi, we’re Shedworks, a two-man (and one dog) team working in a shed on the upcoming adventure game Sable, coming in 2019 to the Xbox One family of devices. We’re extremely excited to be able to share what we’ve been working on, and we hope you’ll be as excited to play it as we are to be building it… Read more

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E3 2018: Kingdom Hearts III Confirms Frozen World, Fire-Infused Simba, Release Date
During Microsoft’s E3 Showcase, Kingdom Hearts III confirmed that Disney’s “Frozen” would be the latest new world to be added to the adventure! Sora, Donald, and Goofy find themselves in the icy realm of Arendelle, where the Heartless have continued their invasion… Read more

E3 2018: Battlefield V War Stories: Experience the Untold Accounts of World War II

Hello Battlefield fans, many of you took a shine to the War Stories in Battlefield 1 and we at DICE are glad to bring this single-player anthology format back to Battlefield V. In these stories of human drama set against global combat, you’ll witness World War II through the eyes of the men and women who were entangled in a conflict that would change the world forever… Read more

E3 2018: Announcing Devil May Cry 5 for Xbox One, an Insane, Over-the-top, Stylish Action Game Like No Other
We hope you’re ready for the craziest action game of this generation! Devil May Cry 5 is on its way to the Xbox One family of devices and will rock your socks off with silky-smooth 60fps gameplay, ridiculous weapon combos and abilities, and groundbreaking, high-fidelity graphics powered by Capcom’s own proprietary RE Engine… Read more

E3 2018: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit Releasing for Free June 26 on Xbox One
Hey everyone! As you may have heard, we’ve just announced The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, which will release June 26 entirely for free on Xbox One. Dontnod Entertainment has been working on this standalone adventure as well as the yet-to-be-revealed Life is Strange 2 since we released the first game some years ago… Read more

E3 2018: Epic Fighting Game Mash-up Jump Force Leaps to Xbox One in 2019
Find out what happens next year when your favorite characters from “Dragon Ball Z,” “One Piece,” and “Naruto” come to life and battle it out in our world in Jump Force on Xbox One. Jump Force is a gorgeous 3v3 3D fighting game like no other, as heroes Goku, Luffy, and Naruto enter our world to take on such villains as Frieza and many others… Read more

E3 2018: Tales of Vesperia, One of the Greatest Xbox 360 RPGs, Returns to Xbox One This Winter in HD
One of the most-beloved roleplaying games ever created returns later this year to Xbox One, including characters and content never seen in the West, and will be remastered in HD: Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. Prepare to experience a story like no other, complemented by a robust combat system, a memorable cast of characters… Read more

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E3 2018: Announcing Just Cause 4 for Xbox One
Hey everyone! We’re so happy to finally announce Just Cause 4. Everything you loved about Just Cause returns alongside new ground-breaking features, a wide variety of tools, and is quite possibly the most ambitious game we’ve ever made. Insane physics and unmatched levels of destruction are back, along with Rico’s trademark parachute, wingsuit, and grapple… Read more

E3 2018: NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition Comes to Xbox One June 26
Xbox fans will finally be able to experience the signature, exhilarating action combat from PlatinumGames’ modern classic and dive into the story of an apocalyptic future where man and machine lifeforms are at war over the fate of the world in NieR: Automata Become as Gods Edition on Xbox One. You’re part of the YoRHa android squad… Read more

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E3 2018: Launch was Just the Beginning for Sea of Thieves
The three months since the worldwide release of Sea of Thieves have been quite the ride! We’ve been blown away by the community’s response to the game, with more than 4M people having played since launch. Seeing Sea of Thieves establish itself as the best-selling new IP for Xbox this generation has been humbling… Read more

E3 2018: Jump into Games Twice as Fast with FastStart
Here at Xbox, we love to play games just as much as you do, so we understand how frustrating it can be to have to wait to play a game after you start downloading it. And with Xbox Game Pass, there are more reasons than ever to explore the catalog and find your next favorite game. That’s why we’re excited to announce FastStart, a new innovation from our Xbox Platform team that allows you to jump into your games twice as fast and play after downloading just a fraction of it… Read more

E3 2018: Tripling-Down on Gears with Gears 5, Gears Pop!, and Gears Tactics
Thirteen years ago, when I began my Gears of War journey, we had no idea how big this franchise would become. And as it’s grown, we’ve dreamed of taking it to new places in different ways. Today on stage at the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, I was honored to announce that we’re tripling down on the Gears franchise with three new titles in development: Gears 5Gears Pop! and Gears TacticsRead more

E3 2018: Compulsion Games Brings its Off-Kilter Worlds to Microsoft Studios
When you make games that are out of the ordinary, you sign up for a future that’s hard to predict and maybe a little bit weird. To think that we, the 40-person team of Compulsion Games, the people who currently make unusual games from inside an old gramophone factory in Montreal, could become a part of Microsoft Studios is not something I would have predicted a few years ago. We launched Compulsion Games in 2009 in an leaky office in Montreal, and assembled a team of creators who cared about doing something different… Read more


E3 2018: Ninja Theory Joins Microsoft Studios
We are super excited to announce that we at Ninja Theory have agreed to become a part of Microsoft Studios! What does this mean for you, the Xbox fans? It means that we’ll be super-charged to bring you more games that, like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, will each be unique experiences that are rich in creativity, quality and ambition… Read more

E3 2018: Experience Stunning Seasons and Open-World Adventure in Forza Horizon 4
Today, during the Xbox E3 2018 briefing, we showed how seasons change everything in the worldwide debut of Forza Horizon 4, the latest entry in the award-winning Forza Horizon series. This highly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s breakout hit Forza Horizon 3 brings players dynamic seasons in a shared open-world that change every week… Read more

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E3 2018: Microsoft Opens Brand New Game Studio The Initiative in Santa Monica
This morning during the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing we announced the formation of The Initiative, a new first-party game studio based in Santa Monica, California. I’m thrilled to join the Microsoft Studios family as it is clear to me that the gaming team at Microsoft shares my passion for storytelling, world-building and creative exploration. There are big plans in store for fans and we are already hard at work… Read more

E3 2018: Undead Labs Joining Microsoft Studios
Fellow survivors, today at the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, Head of Gaming Phil Spencer announced that Undead Labs, the studio behind the State of Decay franchise, is joining the Microsoft Studios family. The team at Undead Labs has worked in close partnership with Microsoft Studios since 2010, and we are now joining forces to take State of Decay even further… Read more

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E3 2018: Playground Games Joins Microsoft Studios
At E3 today, Head of Gaming Phil Spencer announced several new investments Microsoft is making to vastly increase our resources for developing original content. It was a direct message to our incredibly dedicated fans who inspire what we do and why we do it. We know you want high quality, innovative content, and we’re committed to bringing you more and more gaming experiences in the years ahead… Read more

E3 2018: Commander Jaxon Welcomes You to The Agency in Crackdown 3
If you want to make it in Crackdown 3, follow Commander Jaxon’s lead! Homing rocket launchers, vortex cannons, transforming vehicles and the most powerful weapon in the game — you! Get ready to step up your boom when Crackdown 3 launches in February 2019… Read more

E3 2018: Ori and the Will of the Wisps Takes You Beyond the Forest of Nibel
Following in the footsteps of its critically acclaimed predecessor Ori and the Blind Forest, we’re excited to share that we’ll be taking players beyond the forest of Nibel in the upcoming 2-D platformer sequel Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Set to continue the legacy of Ori’s challenging gameplay, signature visual style and music, we can’t wait for you to embark on an all-new adventure all while feeling just a little bit nostalgic… Read more

E3 2018: Swing into Unravel Two Now on Xbox One
Adventure’s better when you’re together. Unravel Two is out today on Xbox One, and this time you can bring a friend along as you take a heartfelt platforming journey full of beautiful environments, seamless acrobatics, and new dangers. Just like in the first game, Unravel, you play as Yarny, a small magical character made from a single piece of yarn… Read more

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E3 2018: Champions Will Rise in FIFA 19
FIFA 19 officially launches worldwide September 28 on Xbox One, and this year the game comes with the biggest club competition in world football: the UEFA Champions League. The tournament is woven into the fibers of FIFA 19, providing a wealth of ways to play the most prestigious club football competition in the world… Read more

E3 2018: Discover the World of Anthem on Xbox One
From the studio that created Mass Effect and Dragon Age comes a new world full of mystery and danger: Anthem. It’s been a year since Anthem was unveiled at the Xbox E3 Briefing in 2017, and now it’s back with a better look at the intriguing gameplay. The setup is straightforward: you and up to three friends are Freelancers, adventurers who don powered suits of armor called Javelins to take on tough missions in a brutal wilderness… Read more

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E3 2018: Announcing Open World Action Game Generation Zero Coming Soon to Xbox One
To be able to finally announce the game that you’ve been working on is not only the most wonderful but also the most harrowing of experiences for a game developer. Here is a project that you’ve poured your heart and soul into for a longer period of time, and the moment of truth finally arrives… Read more

E3 2018: Explore a Hand-Crafted Solar System in Outer Wilds, Coming Soon to Xbox One
Outer Wilds is an open world mystery where you explore a solar system trapped in a 20-minute time loop. Over the last three years, our development team has grown far beyond the initial few who worked on the alpha when it was a student project, but our main priority has always been to support the original vision for the game… Read more



Everything We Announced at the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing
Sunday’s Xbox E3 Briefing was the largest in Microsoft’s history with more than 6,000 people, including more than 1,000 fans, invited to attend in the Microsoft Theater. Microsoft announced it is doubling its game development studios and showcased a record 52 games on stage including 18 console launch exclusives and 15 world premieres… Read more

All of the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing Videos
Yesterday’s Xbox E3 2018 Briefing featured a ton of big news, from our announcements of new studios joining the Microsoft Studios family to the reveal of the next chapter in the Halo saga. There was something for everyone in the briefing too, including first looks at hardcore shooters like Metro: Exodus and Battlefield VRead more

E3 2018: Anthem, Battlefield, Star Wars, and More at EA Play
EA officially kicked off their annual EA Play 2018 FanFest Saturday with a slew of announcements, reveals, and deep dives into a handful of highly-anticipated, upcoming games. Battlefield V kicked off the festivities. The big news? Battlefield V will have a confirmed battle royale mode coming post-launch. A short trailer showcasing… Read more

E3 2018: Inside Xbox Recap – June 11, 2018
Earlier today, we kicked off our first episode of Inside Xbox live from E3, pulling back the curtain and giving more details on all of the exciting reveals coming out of our Xbox E3 Briefing yesterday, as well as a world reveal of a new survival experience from Bohemia Interactive, new gameplay footage of Outer Wilds, Phil Spencer giving more details… Read more

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E3 2018: Bethesda Showcase Recap
This evening at E3 2018 we got a look at several games coming soon to Xbox One from Bethesda, as well as further details on Fallout 76, Rage 2, as well as new announcements for franchises like Doom, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Prey. With the stated goal of wanting to highlight where they’re at now, but as well as where they’re going, Bethesda Softworks delivered a ton of news on games they’re working on… oh, and confirming The Elder Scrolls VI exists… Read more

E3 2018: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Beyond Good & Evil 2, The Division 2 and More Wow the Crowd at Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference
Fans of Ubisoft’s many franchises were treated to a smorgasbord of reveals and demonstrations during the company’s crowd-pleasing E3 2018 Press Conference. Opening with a surreal marching band led by a dancing panda (note: no real pandas were harmed), the show began with an homage to Ubisoft’s immensely popular Just Dance series… Read more



E3 2018: Cyberpunk 2077 Takes Open-World Gaming into the Dark, Dangerous Future
You would expect the next game from CD Projekt Red, developer of the acclaimed role-playing game The Witcher 3, to have a sturdy RPG backbone. You might not expect it to have fierce first-person gunplay, however, or a dynamic world on par with the likes of the seminal Grand Theft Auto V. But here we are, and here is Cyberpunk 2077… Read more

E3 2018: We Embark on a Mini-Adventure with a Furry Friend in Tunic on Xbox One
Making its appearance during the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing, the isometric camera, colorful visuals, and exploratory gameplay of Tunic were immediately drawing links to another green tunic wearing adventurer. And getting our hands on this title showed that indeed, there are similarities, but Tunic is trying some unique things… Read more

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E3 2018: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a Ninja Nightmare from the Designer of Dark Souls
From Software, the creative force behind gruelingly challenging action-RPGs Dark Souls, has been responsible for ludicrous in-game death counts and nigh-impossible boss fights — and we keep coming back for more. So does the protagonist of their next diabolical effort, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice… Read more

E3 2018: Getting Reacquainted with Legendary Fighters in Soulcalibur VI on Xbox One
It’s been some time since I’ve transcended history (and the world), and experienced a tale of souls and swords, eternally retold. At E3 this year, with a refined and near-final version of Soulcalibur VI for Xbox One on hand, I took some of the classic SC characters for a spin like Sophitia and Siegfried, and new-to-the-roster Geralt of Rivia… Read more

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E3 2018: Death is Educational in the Mysterious Depths of Below
After a prolonged absence, highly-anticipated RPG Below from Toronto-based developer Capybara Games is finally coming to the surface. First announced in 2013, the Xbox One exclusive has undergone some serious nips and tucks over the years, re-emerging at E3 2018 as a colorful, confident, and challenging journey through a mysterious network of caverns… Read more

E3 2018: Fighting Conformity in the Demented World of We Happy Few
One of the newest members of the Microsoft development family, Compulsion Games has been working on the dystopian action adventure We Happy Few for quite some time. What began as a procedural roguelike has morphed into a much more narrative-driven experience, and considering its fascinating backdrop, hilarious dialogue, and menacing enemies… Read more

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E3 2018: Taking Turns with the Tactical Strategy of Valkyria Chronicles 4 on Xbox One
It’s understandable if you’re unfamiliar with Valkyria Chronicles — the original title released a decade ago, and some entries never saw a Western release. But don’t let the “4” in its title scare you off from experiencing one of the most unique games coming to Xbox One this year. Based on the meaty E3 demo we experienced, Valkyria Chronicles 4 is… Read more

E3 2018: Surviving the Harsh Winter of Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus made a serious splash when it debuted at the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing. Showcasing the power of Xbox One X, the gorgeous first-person survival game brought gamers face to face with some of the less…friendly…denizens of the franchise’s post-apocalyptic Russia. Rats aren’t supposed to grow quite that big, you know… Read more

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E3 2018: Assassin’s Creed Goes Full RPG with Ambitious Odyssey
Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins introduced several role-playing game elements to Ubisoft’s heralded series, affording fans more freedom in how they shaped their character and tackled the story. The recently revealed Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is doubling down on this approach, representing the franchise’s first, full-on RPG entry… Read more

E3 2018: The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Lara Croft in the Stunning Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Reborn in 2012’s seminal Tomb Raider and rebuilt three years later in the spectacular Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is, at last, ready to become a legend. Due out September 14 for the Xbox One, Shadow of the Tomb Raider drops us back into the adventurous archaeologist’s sturdy boots as she sneaks, swings, and shoots through the jungles of Peru… Read more

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E3 2018: The Division 2 Turns Washington D.C. Into a Watery Wasteland
Urban warfare gets a serious upgrade in The Division 2. Unveiled at E3 2018, the follow-up to Ubisoft’s tactically rich co-operative online shooter expands upon the original, featuring a larger city, more varied environments, and deeper endgame content than its popular forbear. Set six months after the initial outbreak… Read more

E3 2018: Getting Our Hands Warm, Cold, and Dirty with the Forza Horizon 4 Seasons Demo
Leaving the Australian outback behind for the roads of Britain, Forza Horizon 4 picks up where its predecessor left off by continuing to redefine what to expect from open-world racing games. Now with a shared, synchronized world where time of day, weather, and seasons will change at the same time for everyone… Read more

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E3 2018: Squad Up with Battlefield V’s Grand Operations
Fans of EA’s Battlefield series expect a few things from their favorite first-person shooter: intense action, insane explosions, and controlled chaos. 2016’s Battlefield 1 delivered on all fronts, highlighted by the asymmetrical Operations multiplayer mode simulating campaigns across multiple maps… Read more