Three new Xbox exclusive games were announced at X019, an annual Xbox conference.
The event, which is described as the “annual global celebration of all things Xbox” took place in London yesterday (November 14th) and saw Microsoft make a string of announcements regarding the future of the console.
While Microsoft didn’t reveal much about the upcoming Xbox Project Scarlett at the event, game developers Obsidian, Rare, and Dontnod Entertainment all announced new exclusive Xbox games.
Obsidian’s New Game
Obsidian, who just released space-RPG game The Outer Worlds last month, revealed new game Grounded which has been described as a survival game set in the suburban backyard. In the game, a group of friends are forced to defend themselves after being shrunk to the size of an ant, similarly to the hit 1989 film Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.
Game Director Adam Brennecke explained that the developers created a unique ecosystem in which insect life is simulated outside of the player’s view, such as an ant colony sending out scout ants to search for food and fight the player for said food. What’s the more, the game will feature a day and night cycle which affects the ecosystem as new insects come out.
Rare’s Everwild Game
Former Nintendo studio Rare, which was sold to Microsoft in 2002, announced new game Everwild. The developer, responsible for N64 classic Banjo-Kazooie and Xbox One’s Sea Of Thieves, debuted a trailer at the event, which showed off different species of wild animals in an unknown world. Sadly, Rare did not share anything about the game, nor a release date for Everwild.
Rare’s Studio Head Craig Duncan said of the game: “While Everwild is still early in development, we are very excited about the unique potential of the game we are creating.
The Everwild team is focused on building an experience that allows for new ways to play in a natural and magical world. “Everwild will give you a memorable, engaging, and meaningful experiences for players everywhere to share more with you in the future.”
Life Is Strange Developers Unveil New Game
Dontnod Entertainment, which developed the award-winning episodic video game series Life Is Strange, also unveiled a new game titled Tell Me Why. According to the developer, the game will focus on a pair of twins named Tyler and Alyson as they recall memories of their troubled childhood.
Tell Me Why will also focus on the twins as they navigate life in a small town in Alaska while telling the story of Tyler’s life as a trans man. Dontnod Entertainment partnered with LGBTQ group GLAAD to create the character.
Game director Florent Guillaume said that players will be able to explore the twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. What’s more, player decisions will affect the twins’ relationship and their future lives.
Other X019 Announcements
Also during the event, Microsoft shared a new preview of its cloud gaming service Project xCloud by adding 50 games including Madden NFL 20, Tekken 7, and Forza Horizon 4. The streaming service hasn’t properly launched yet, but Microsoft has confirmed they’re working towards a 2020 release.
The tech firm also announced that it was cutting the prices of the Xbox One consoles, controllers and games for Black Friday, and revealed that over 50 games will be added to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service, including ten Final Fantasy games.
While many of the newly announced games do not yet have a release date, more information is expected to come out in the coming months.
Image credit: Microsoft X019
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