Huge game reveals and a couple exciting surprises.
By Chloi Rad
Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference showed off a massive list of 42 games, including 22 with some form of Xbox One console exclusivity. The line-up included a mix of big new AAA franchises, sequels, and smaller games. Assassin’s Creed Origins, BioWare’s new original IP, Anthem, and indie games like The Artful Escape and The Last Night were all on display. (We even got a Cuphead release date!) But undoubtedly the biggest reveal was of the Xbox One X, formerly known as Project Scorpio. We finally got specs, price, and a release date. Microsoft also unveiled an original Xbox backwards compatibility expansion along with a handful of free 4K updates for a number of Xbox One games.
Continue reading for a refresher on all the news, trailers, and gameplay from the Microsoft E3 2017 press conference.
Xbox One X details revealed (Project Scorpio)
Project Scorpio’s official name is the Xbox One X. Kareem Choudhry, Head of Xbox Software Engineering, took the stage to talk Xbox One X specs, compatibility, features, the Scorpio engine, and the release date, which you can read all about in our article on the Xbox One X. The Xbox One X launches worldwide on November 7, 2017 for $499. For more, don’t forget to also check out our Xbox One X preorder guide and our round-up of details on the Xbox One X‘s history.
Forza Motorsport 7 gets a release date
Forza Motorsport 7 got a release date. It will run at native 4K on Xbox One X and features 700 cars. During the conference, we got both a 4K announcement trailer and a few minutes of Forza 7 gameplay brought to you by two professional race car drivers.
Metro Exodus revealed
Metro Exodus was revealed with a gameplay trailer running on the Xbox One X. A follow-up to Metro: Last Light, Metro Exodus is coming in 2018.
Assassin’s Creed Origins official details revealed
We got our first official look at Assassin’s Creed Origins during the press conference. Set in Egypt, the latest in the Assassin’s Creed series tells the story of a man named Bayek, who Ubisoft Creative Director Jean Guesdon describes as an “Egyptian sheriff.” The Assassin’s Creed Origins gameplay demo showed Bayek returning to his hometown of Siwa to kill a fake oracle named Medunamun. It’s coming October 27, 2017.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One
Brendan Greene took the stage to officially reveal the Xbox One version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, his popular battle royale shooter which has taken Steam Early Access by storm. It will launch on Xbox One One later this year, which is also when the PC version is slated to exit Early Access.
State of Decay 2 trailer and release window
We got a new trailer and release window for State of Decay 2, which is slated to launch Spring 2018. For more, check out our round-up on all the news, gameplay, and trailers from State of Decay 2.
The Darwin Project revealed
A trailer for a battle royale-style game called The Darwin Project was revealed with a trailer and a very loud shoutcaster on stage.
Minecraft is getting community updates and going 4K
Minecraft’s Better Together update will connect the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One Minecraft communities with mobile and Windows 10 PC players. It’s also getting a free 4K update later this year and the Super Duper Graphics Pack.
Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer and release date
Dragon Ball FighterZ is coming to the store on Xbox One in early 2018.
Black Desert is coming to Xbox One
Black Desert, the PC MMORPG, is headed to Xbox One in early 2018.
The Last Night revealed in new trailer
The Last Night is a 2D cyberpunk adventure directed by Tim Soret, headed to Xbox One and PC.
The Artful Escape is coming to Xbox One
The Artful Escape, which was one of our favorite games of PAX East, is headed to Xbox One and Windows 10. No release date was announced.
Code Vein gets a new Xbox One X trailer
Code Vein, Bandai Namco’s dystopian, vampire-themed action RPG, is headed to Xbox One in 2018.
New Sea of Thieves gameplay revealed
We got a chunk of new gameplay footage revealed and a release window for Sea of Thieves. It’s coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in early 2018. For more, check out our round-up on all the news, gameplay, and trailers from Sea of Thieves.
Tacoma gets a release date
Tacoma is coming to Xbox One and PC on August 2. Set aboard an abandoned space station, Tacoma is Fullbright’s next game following their popular Gone Home from 2013.
Super Lucky’s Tale is headed to Xbox One
The Oculus Rift game Super Lucky’s Tale is headed to Xbox One on November 7.
Cuphead finally gets a release date
The old-timey cartoon themed shmup and platformer Cuphead finally has a release date. It’s coming September 29 on Xbox One and PC.
Crackdown 3 gets a release date
Crackdown 3 is headed to Xbox One and PC on November 7. Its release date reveal was accompanied by a new 4K trailer.
Ashen revealed for Xbox One
Ashen was originally revealed back in 2015, but it’s back and better looking than ever. The dreary action RPG is headed to Xbox One and Windows 10.
Life Is Strange: Before the Storm gets trailer and release date
A Life Is Strange sequel was confirmed earlier this year, but we didn’t get the first details of Life Is Strange: Before the Storm until now. The Microsoft conference gave us a first look at the prequel game, which will be set across three episodes. Its first episode debuts on August 31.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps revealed
Ori and the Blind Forest is getting a sequel in Ori and the Will of the Wisps, which is headed to Xbox One and Windows 10. No release date was revealed.
Original Xbox backward compatibility and free 4K updates
Perhaps one of the biggest announcements was that the Xbox backward compatibility program is expanding to original Xbox titles later this year. Old Xbox games will get a performance boost on new consoles.
According to Phil Spencer, 4K updates for 30 Xbox One games, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct, Halo Wars 2, Minecraft, and third-party titles like Resident Evil 7 and Rocket League, will also be available for free.
Anthem gameplay demo revealed
Patrick Soderlund, Executive VP of EA Worldwide Studios, took the stage to unveil the first gameplay of Anthem, a new game from BioWare first revealed during EA’s E3 2017 press conference on Saturday.
Chloi Rad is an Associate Editor for IGN. Follow her on Twitter at @_chloi.