Keanu Reeves at Microsoft’s E3 press event (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
E3 is upon us, and with it, a deluge of gaming announcements. Though Sony sat this year out, Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Devolver Digital, and Square Enix stepped up to the plate and pitched dozens of new releases: some exciting, some bizarre, some completely expected thanks to pre-E3 leaks.
Below are all the biggest trailers for the three major gaming consoles and PC. This list will be updated regularly, so check back after each conference.
1 Halo Infinite
In Halo Infinite, Master Chief leaps into the next generation, marking Microsoft’s first major announcement for its next-gen console, codenamed Project Scarlett. Both arrive in time for holiday 2020.
2 Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 has a release date … and Keanu Reeves. Available April 16, 2020, CD Projekt Red’s foray into the future looks like as bright, beautiful, and steel-plated as ever.
3 Elden Ring
Two experts in macabre fantasy—George R.R. Martin and From Software—join forces for Elden Ring. Though the trailer shows little more than a few evocative flashes of armored knights, From Software’s reputation for fast-paced, demanding gameplay looms large over the mysterious project.
4 Minecraft Dungeon
Minecraft’s tendrils extend yet again. Minecraft Dungeons, which is slated for release in spring 2020, takes the game’s blocky aesthetic and applies it to an in-universe dungeon crawler. It will be included in Microsoft’s Game Pass.
5 The Outer Worlds
Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment announced an Oct. 25, 2019, release date for its single-player, space-faring RPG. The game places characters in the shoes of a would-be colonist whose ship goes off track, stranding you in the dangerous Halcyon Colony and forcing you to protect your new home.
6 Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Will of the Wisps will devastate you all over again on Feb. 11, 2020. The sequel to 2015’s Ori and the Blind Forest will debut on Xbox Game Pass upon release.
7 Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
We’re getting a new Star Wars movie this year, and with it comes a new Lego adaptation. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga releases next year and includes nine campaigns based on the nine Skywalker-centered movies.
8 Phantasy Star 2 Online
Eight years after its Japanese release in 2012, Phantasy Star Online 2 will come West next year. The free-to-play MMO will debut on Xbox One and Windows and comes packed with previously released content.
The Battletoads are back after decades of baking in 90s nostalgia. The new trailer is awash in neon green and pink and shows the toads’ refreshed, cell shaded look. The game includes three-player co-op and releases later this year.
10 Blair Witch
Of all the properties I’d expect to see game-ified in 2019, The Blair Witch Project wasn’t one of them. Developed by Layers of Fear creator Bloober Team, the game shows a man and his dog meander through twisted forests and ramshackle cabins while occasionally peering into his digital camera. The first-person horror game will be available on Xbox and doesn’t have a release date.
11 Doom Eternal
There was ripping. There was tearing. There was Doom Eternal and its Nov. 22, 2019, release date. The new trailer maintains the series’ bloody bombast and hints at The Doom Slayer’s ascension to the pearly gates. A 2-on-1 multiplayer mode that pits two demons against the Doom Slayer is also on tap.
Arkane Studios’ Deathloop delves into two assassin’s endless, looping rivalry. The trailer doesn’t show any gameplay, but it’s easy to imagine Dishonored’s complex assassin’s tool kit porting over nicely to Arkane’s next project.
13 Ghostwire: Tokyo
Tangoworks’ moody Ghostwire: Tokyo trailer introduces us to an occult conspiracy plaguing the streets of Japan: people are disappearing, Rapture style. Little else is known about this mystical action-adventure, but creative director Ikumi Nakumura’s enthusiasm will have to do for now.
14 Devolver Bootleg
Devolver Digital is known for two things: publishing a range of excellent indie games and hosting over-the-top conferences year after year. This year it announced the Devolver Bootleg, a Steam game bundled with eight parodies of popular Devolver titles. It’s currently available on Steam for $ 4.94.
15 Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead
The follow-up to Dodgeroll’s 2D, rogue-like, ammunition-themed dungeon crawler was shown at Devolver Digital’s conference and it’s not what you think. House of the Gundead is a 2-player lightgun game coming to arcades next year. Or, if you’re feeling weighed down by your wallet, the game cabinet is available for pre-order from Griffen Aerotech for a reasonable $ 5,000.
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