Microsoft will show 14 Xbox Game Studios games at E3 2019

The Initiative E3 2018
The Initiative E3 2018 (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's E3 2019 media briefing takes place in a few weeks.
  • Phil Spencer added that 14 Xbox Game Studios games will be shown at the event.
  • Titles like a new Fable are rumored for the event.

Over the past few years, Microsoft has made tremendous strides in improving its first-party lineup. The company has acquired numerous renowned studios like Playground Games and Obsidian Entertainment. With E3 2019 around the corner, it seems like what these teams have been working on will be showcased during the event. Today, Phil Spencer, the Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft, said that 14 Xbox Game Studios titles will be showcased.

Spencer added that this is the most first-party games Microsoft has ever showcased during an E3 event. Hopefully, these titles will be of the utmost quality because the company has to put out games on the level of God of War, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Spider-Man to compete with Nintendo and Sony.

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There are rumors floating around that a new Ninja Theory game, as well as Fable IV, may be revealed. However, only time will tell. It's definitely an exciting time to be an Xbox One gamer because there are 14 titles to speculate on!

What types of games do you want Microsoft to reveal during E3? Maybe there will be more open-world titles. What do you think?

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  • They better not stuff this one up
  • I'm looking forward to seeing what a few of these developers have been working on.
  • Playground Games will be getting a fair bit of attention I imagine, if they do indeed announce Fable IV and the next expansion for FH4 at E3.
  • Well I can think of Halo, Gears, Ori, Fable, the new Ninja Theory game, BattleToads, AoE and maybe a trailer from the Initiative but that's it. Stumped at what the others may be unless they are counting The Outer Worlds and Wasteland 3 though I consider those multiplat so shouldn't really be in the mix..
  • 14? Initially that number may look big but these includes games that already launched or games that were already previously announced. Hmm so let me guess
    1) FH4 DLC
    2) Next forza 8
    3) SoT stuff
    4) Crackdown 3 stuff
    5) Minecraft or Minecraft Earth
    6) AOE 2 DE or maybe AOE 4?
    7) Halo Infinite stuff
    8) Wasteland 3
    9) The Outer Worlds
    10) Gears 5 With maybe some news on the other Gears projects
    11) Ori sequel
    12) We Happy Few DLC
    13) Battletoad
    14) Maybe a new game I hope it's not these 14 and there are actually a lot more new games announced. I'll be really disappointed if they turn out to announce only 2-3 new games. (After the drought of previous years)
  • Crackdown 3: Extra Edition has already been announced. This list is just wrong. You're including games like Ori and the Blind Forest sequel in there when they aren't even part of Xbox Game Studios.
  • @Asher madan
    Xbox Game Studios publish Ori. Plus I've clearly mentioned that I'm talking about the Ori sequel. Do you know what a sequel is?
    I'm talking about Ori and the Will of the Wisps not Ori and the Blind Forest. Did you play the first Ori? This list is neither right nor wrong because none of us knows what it'll be. In case you didn't understand it's just me making a guess. Do you understand? It's just a prediction.
  • The Outer Worlds and other titles aren't Xbox Game Studios titles. They're published by other companies and are deals closed before the acquisition. Same goes for We Happy Few at this point. That's Gearbox Publishing. You're wrong. Just because a developer was purchased by Microsoft doesn't automatically mean their games are, too.
  • @Asher Madan
    How about this, Asher Madan?
    Why don't you post your prediction so I can get the "correct version"? All I'm doing is making a prediction, I could be right, I could be wrong. It doesn't really matter.
    Like I said, I wish I was wrong and there are a lot more new game announcements.
  • He may not understand what a sequel is (but I'm gonna guess that he just took the wrong title), but you clearly don't know what a "first party" game is because Ori does not fit in that category.
  • He doesn't even understand what MS exclusive means. Just a Sony troll with nothing better to do with his time.
  • @Studio384
    First, of all MS owns the Ori IP.
    Next I guess you'll need to also tell MS that they don't know what First party means "Well, from a fist party standpoint, over the years, we’ve always had titles in the Steam store, from Age of Empires, to Alan Wake, to even more recently we had titles like Ori and State of Decay." My definition is based on what MS's definition considering this is the statement of guy who works at MS.
    Sorry, but you'll need to do a lot better... :)
  • Ori shouldn't be in the list and I wouldn't count Wasteland 3 and Outer Worlds either as they were well and truly in production before the companies' acquisition. I'm not expecting many brand new titles, but I expect maybe 4 or 5.
  • @Sin Ogaris
    The wording of the tweet is a bit vague. Xbox Game studios is publishing the Ori sequel and MS has a tendency of calling games that they publish first party games. Plus I think MS owns the IP. You wouldn't count but would he? He is trying to promote an event. Technically they are Xbox Game studio games. If they do announce 5 new games (besides the yearly forza) then I think it be decent number.
  • Yeah, look, I think scepticism is justified in this instance, but I'm going to retain a little confidence that these new acquisitions will show SOMETHING, even if it's just reveal trailers for upcoming titles or whatever. But they need to show something otherwise people are going to lose interest.
  • Yes, I'm expecting 2 new announcements. I'm hoping at least more than 5.
    I'm mostly cautious because I've often been disappointed in the past. I refuse to get to hyped up by MS's communication before E3.
    Spencer does this so often trying to sell the E3 conference and I often end up disappointed.
    He made such a similar tweet last year with a vague comment that I'd rather be cautious.
  • What games that were not developed by Microsoft but are published by them has Microsoft ever referred to as a "first party"? Not developing it but only publishing it does not make a game a first party and in case of Ori the highest such a claim could go without being false is "console exclusive". I've never seen them refer to such games as "first party" games, logically, because the community would call them out for that.
  • @Studio
    I've already posted a link. There are loads of times from SoD 2 to Ori to FH to Crackdown3 and even Super Lucky’s Tale.
  • If MS used your logic then a majority of these games were discussed at the previous E3 and it would therefore be hard to claim that this year would be the most Xbox GS games ever. Also colour me surprised that you're being needlessly negative regarding an Xbox announcement. Prior to last E3 you said you would only be satisfied if MS announced a bunch of developer purchases, they did, but surprise surprise you were not satisfied. Look I'm all good for criticism of decisions, actions and products, but let's see what those are before we start throwing the shade.
  • @Jombib
    I don't know who you are but why do you have to lie about things I say?
    I never said I wanted them to announce a bunch of studios acquisitions? What good would that even do to me? If anything I always said I hope they make new studios. Unlike many company fans I never change opinions depending on what some company decides.
    For me it's not game library during the holiday season one year, BC the other year, resolution/power the other and studio acquisitions the next...
    For me it's was and it will always be about games.
    Last year, I said and I quote "I still hope MS will surprise by announcing loads of games." 2 years back it was the same "What I'm really HOPING is less Scorpio stuff and more games announcements." And this year is not different. And what about that talk about me being negative?
    It's called being realistic. I've gone too many times at E3 with high expectations from MS only to be very disappointed by their offering. Where am I even being negative? I'm making a prediction, and I'm saying I hope there are a lot more games than my prediction. Spencer always tries to hype his shows with these type of statements. Last year, he made a similar tweet about 15 world premiere.
    The title of the article read "Microsoft to premiere 15 new games at E3 2018 conference"
    At the end, I wasn't far off with my prediction. It was 10 3rd party games (many of which were already announced), 1 mobile game, the yearly forza, Ori which was already announced and Gears+Halo.
  • We Happy Few, Wasteland 3 and The Outer Worlds aren't published by Xbox Game Studios. Also, Forza 8 isn't coming out until next year, so don't expect a reveal at E3.
  • To be fair, Phil's tweet isn't clear. He says "We have 14 Xbox Game Studios games in the show". That could be counted multiple ways. He could mean "games published by Xbox Game Studios", which would include second-party games like Ori and the Will of the Wisps but exclude games created by what are technically first-party studios but published by a third party, like Obsidian's Outer Worlds. Or it could mean the opposite: games created by any first-party studio, regardless of who is publishing them (e.g. We Happy Few DLC would count in this case). It's ambiguous.
  • @Darkness
    Actually you have a point with Forza. I didn't know they were skipping a year. Regarding the other games, I'm basing my prediction from Spencer's vague comment. At this stage, it's just a question of interpretation. We won't know what he really meant till E3.
    Technically the game is made by a studio that is part of Xbox Game Studios.
    I've said I'd rather they announce loads of new games but this is just my prediction... Having said that, I wish more people actually made predictions...
  • Not sure you can count The Outer Worlds. It's not published by Xbox Game Studios. I would say Forza 8 is far less likely than Fable Reboot. At least in terms of Rumours, Fabke is much more set in stone than Forza 8 engine reveal.
  • There will be no Forza this year, and I doubt Turn10 will show anything related to Motorsport 8, only to release next year.
  • Thanks, I really didn't know that. In that case, I guess you're right, they probably won't show it this year.
  • Problem is Phil touts certain things that normally end up disappointing people. Those 14 games could be easily fodder my guess will be something like this
    1)Gears tactics
    2-4) Age of Empires 1-3
    5)sea of thieves dlc
    6) Ori and the will of the wisps
    7) Gears5