Keanu Reeves, George RR Martin and the next generation of the Xbox console – the E3 games conference doesn’t really start until Tuesday and there’s been a lot of news already.
If this news all leans heavily towards Microsoft products and launches, that’s because Sony decided not to run its own preview event this year – letting Microsoft take the lion’s share of the attention.
:: New Xbox
By far the stand-out moment from this weekend in Los Angeles was Microsoft’s announcement about the latest Xbox console, which will be launched at the end of next year.
Microsoft described the console, known as Project Scarlett, as the “most powerful and highest-performing console” they have ever made.
:: Microsoft games streaming service
Microsoft is also launching a new streaming service called Project xCloud in October.
It will start with a preview letting players stream games from an Xbox One console to a mobile device.
:: Cyberpunk 2077
Keanu Reeves stole the show when he took to the stage and announced that he was appearing as a character in the forthcoming open world role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077.
The video game, adapted from the tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, has been scheduled for release on Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 16 April 2020.
:: George RR Martin
A new role-playing game created by Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin known as Elden Ring was announced too.
The game will be available on Xbox One and Windows PC as well as PlayStation 4, but Microsoft announced the game as part of its preview show.
Onlookers – many of whom were upset with the final season of Game Of Thrones – have questioned why Martin is developing video games instead of finishing the final book on which the HBO series was based.
:: The Outer Worlds
Another science-fiction role-playing game was revealed during the preview, with an emphasis on a story arc which changes depending on the player’s choices.
The Outer Worlds features the player travelling to the edges of the galaxy where megacorporations are terraforming alien planets, turning them Earth-like and habitable.
The game will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on 25 October 2019.
:: Star Wars
We’ve known about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for a while, but EA’s new trailer could whet the appetites of hardcore fans who are eager to see more.
The trailer includes gameplay and story elements, and will be set in the Star Wars universe shortly after the 2005 film Revenge Of The Sith.
:: Dying Light 2
One of the stand-out games on show, Dying Light 2, is a survival horror game.
The consequences of player’s actions have a dramatic effect on the story, such as fixing the water supply for ordinary citizens.
Players will have to tackle bandits and gangs during the day and zombies during the night.
It is due to be released in early 2020.