X019, a celebration of all things Xbox, is set to run from the 14th until the 16th of November. The event kicked off with a special episode of Inside Xbox that had all manner of announcements, from game reveals to xCloud details, and we’ve gathered all the news you need below.
For more information on certain entries, you can click on the title to be taken to our relevant article. Enjoy!
Everwild is the latest game from Rare and a completely new IP. Not much is currently known about Everwild, aside from it being a “unique and unforgettable experience” set in a “natural and magical world.”
You can watch the announcement for Everwild above. Be warned: the trailer features an absolutely adorable flowery-eared-deer-type-creature that may make you cry with how adorable it is. Totally not speaking from experience here.
Grounded is a jam-packed survival RPG set in a garden. The catch? You and some of your friends have been shrunk down to the size of an ant and everything is apparently out to get you.
You can watch the announcement trailer for Grounded above. Grounded will be out on Xbox One and PC in Spring 2020.
In West of Dead, you play as the dead cowboy William Mason (voiced by Ron Perlman) as he travels around the gritty world of Purgatory. The game is a fast-paced twin-stick shooter set in procedurally generated hunting grounds. This town isn’t big enough for the both of us, partner.
West of Dead is currently in open beta on Xbox One and players can test it out until November 25th.
A whole bunch of new games are heading to Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass is always getting new games, so this one isn’t too much of a surprise. Below, you’ll find a list of what’s coming to Xbox Game Pass between right now and 2020:
- Right now:
- Rage 2
- LEGO: The Ninjago Movie video game
- Remnant: From The Ashes
- The Talos Principle
- Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
- This holiday season:
- Darksiders III
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Halo Reach
- My Friend Pedro
- Life is Strange 2
- The Red Strings Club
- Some time in 2020:
- Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2
- Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9, 10, 10-2, 12, 13, 13, 13, and 15.
- No, that’s not a typo – there really are three Final Fantasy 13s.
- Day one releases:
- Minecraft Dungeons
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Bleeding Edge
- Wasteland 3
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
[email protected] is also bringing some wonderful titles to Xbox Game Pass
19 new games will all be available on their respective day-of-releases through Xbox Game Pass thanks to [email protected] You can find them all listed below:
- Tracks: The Train Set Game
- Streets of Rage 4
- Skatebird (reporter’s note: I just need everyone to know how excited I am for this one)
- Luna Nights
- Cris Tales
- Double Kick Heroes
- she dreams elsewhere
- My Friend Pedro
- It Lurks Below
- Cyber Shadow
- The Red Lantern
- Edge of Eternity
The X019 Flash Sale is now live and will run until November 15th. During the sale, you can save up to 70% on select Xbox titles including Gears 5, Borderlands 3, Control, and many others.
Minecraft Dungeons got a release date
Minecraft Dungeons is officially set to release in April 2020! It’ll be available on Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. You can read more about its blocky past here.
CrossfireX received its first gameplay teaser
A “Black Widow” first gameplay teaser trailer for CrossfireX was released, with the trailer using in-engine footage to show off what we can expect from the upcoming game. CrossfireX is due out in 2020.
Jurassic World Evolution is getting a new DLC featuring the voices of the original film’s cast
Jurassic World Evolution is going back to Jurassic Park in the aptly named Return To Jurassic Park DLC. Packed to the brim with nostalgia and Jeff Goldbum, the new DLC sees you reclaiming the park from the dinosaurs, rebuilding iconic locations, and overcoming brand new challenges guided by none other than Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Ellie Sattler, and the mesmerising Dr. Ian Malcolm themselves.
The original film’s voice cast have also returned to voice their respective roles! The DLC also features Jurassic Park-inspired attractions, new dinosaurs including the Pteranodon and Compsognathus, legacy skin variants, and a 1993-inspired overlay and inventory. Life finds a way.
Everyone’s favourite theme park simulation game that isn’t RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 or 2 is officially coming to the Xbox One family of consoles in summer 2020.
In Planet Coaster, you build and maintain your very own theme park. The game has three modes: Career, Sandbox, and Challenge. That means that you can either stick to the rules and play along with a scenario, go completely wild and do whatever your heart desires, or do the latter but with the added difficulty of having to keep an eye on your funds. Wheeee!
KartRider is coming to Xbox
KartRider is getting an Xbox port called KartRider: Drift. To quote the official YouTube video description:
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.
KartRider: Drift is also heading to PC. If you want to take part in a closed beta, you can head over to the official KartRider website and get yourself all signed up.
Tell Me Why is a brand new game from Dontnod that’s set to release in full on Xbox One in summer 2020. Twins Tyler and Alyson must use their special-twin-bond to navigate their memories of their loving, albeit troubled, childhood.
The game is set to deal with mature themes and gripping choices. One of the twins, Tyler, is a transgender man, and game director Florent Guillaume thanked Microsoft for its “full support, openness, and help regarding Tyler’s identity and character as a transgender man.”
Last Stop is coming to PC and console in 2020
Last Stop is a brand new game from Variable State, who also created the award-winning Virginia, and published by Annapurna Interactive.
The game is an anthology that compiles three stories into one – kind of like Pulp Fiction or Amores Perros. Three separate characters find their worlds colliding together during a supernatural event and the game revolves around secret lives, the ties that bind, and how magic can be found in the mundane.
Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be available in Xbox Game Pass in 2020. This announcement caused our gaming editor to almost faint with excitement, so we hope you’re even as half as excited as he is.
For more information on each Yakuza game, we recommend checking out our article here. I, personally, am just excited to see Nugget get the Xbox fame he deserves.
Drake Hollow was officially announced and is coming in 2020
Drake Hollow, the next game from The Molasses Flood, is set to release on Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2020.
To quote the game’s official announcement trailer:
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.
According to the game’s just-launched official website, the game is set to be an action village builder set in a spooky-looking world.
It’s been an entire 14 years since Age of Empires III, so we’re sort of overdue the next instalment in the series. While we didn’t receive a release date for Age of Empires IV, we did receive some other news: the studio behind the game is officially known as World’s Edge.
Bleeding Edge will officially release early next year
Bleeding Edge, the game that looks like Overwatch and Borderlands had a boisterous child, is officially releasing on March 24th, 2020. You can pre-order it by following the link here. Xbox Game Pass members can also pre-install it to receive access to the Closed Beta and the bonus Punk Pack!
Wasteland 3 received a 2020 release date
The post-apocalyptic tactical RPG Wasteland 3 will come out on Xbox Game Pass for console and PC on May 19th, 2020. For those without Game Pass, you can also pre-order it on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam.
For more information, including a pre-order link, you can check out the official Xbox game page here.
If you've never played a #KingdomHearts game before, want to play some titles you missed out on, or relive the magical experiences once again then look no further!
#KingdomHearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX & #KingdomHearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are coming to #Xbox One in 2020! pic.twitter.com/1C98sn3ctE
— KINGDOM HEARTS (@KINGDOMHEARTS) November 14, 2019
I’m not even going to try to pretend that I understand Kingdom Hearts or how its story works, but Xbox loyalists will finally be able to understand Kingdom Hearts 3 a little better while playing.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue are included in the collection.
No exact release date for the collection was given, but it’ll be arriving sometime in 2020.
Sea of Thieves is getting a new update on November 20th
This is a small update, so we’ll summarise it in a small sentence: Sea of Thieves new story-focused update, The Seabound Soul, will bring a new Tall Tale quest along with a new ammo type in the form of firebombs.
Halo: Reach is coming to console and PC on December 3rd
Halo: Reach is being added to the Halo Master Chief Collection and will release as both part of the collection and on its own on December 3rd. For more information on the Master Chief Collection, you can check out the official page here.
A lot happened with Project xCloud, including the announcement of a way bigger game library, improved controller support, the fact that it’s rolling out to more regions, and the fact that it’s coming to PC.
— Xbox ?? X019 ?? (@Xbox) November 14, 2019
You heard me! I’ll bulletpoint a quick summary of what happened below, but remember that you can click the embedded title link to get the full rundown on what’s going on with Project xCloud along with all the new games available to stream.
- xCloud now has over 50 games in its library for all testers to try out
- Game streaming for Xbox Game Pass will hit in 2020
- xCloud will come to Windows 10 in 2020
- xCloud’s testing phase will be coming to Japan, Western Europe, India, and Canada in 2020
- More controllers will be available to use with xCloud, including Sony’s DUALSHOCK 4