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X019, the PC and Xbox One news from Microsoft's London event


It has become difficult to evaluate events Microsoft by the press so far. Don't get us wrong: they are all well-oiled media machines that keep players up to date on the house's new strategies and create a healthy hype for platform fans, but it's now pretty clear how all such opportunities are used. mainly to strengthen ties with the community, and coverage is mainly a secondary thought. We understand that, Phil Spencer and his team worked hard to strengthen the brand Xbox in recent years and has focused heavily on user experience and services. With Game Pass clearly at the forefront of future strategies and the obvious desire not to include the house titles on a single platform, we expected an event that was still too focused on such topics, perhaps with some extravagant announcement to enrich the experience. Microsoft, on the other hand, decided to shoot some bowler hats on stage while still centering the discussion on Game Pass and XCloud Project. No ads have been able to topple the arena (one in particular made us shake our heads), but at least they show a willingness to cover this generation's closure by exploiting their core teams, waiting for Scarlett.

Full Game Pass

As already pointed out, it would have been insane for Spencer and him not to emphasize once again the incredible offer of Game pass (currently available for three months in the Ultimate version for the ridiculous value of € 1). Many new games were announced during the show and if some were already predictable enough – above all Age of Empires II Final Edition and RAGE 2 – others represented very welcome surprises, such as a The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soon in the console pass version along with Darksiders 3, My friend is Pedro is the new Life is Strange 2, in addition to a very remarkable list of planned arrivals by 2020 as Flight Simulator, Tekken 7, the continuation of Ori and Wasteland 3 (we also had the opportunity to try it on site). However, the "really" unexpected additions come from Japan, because apparently Spencer made deals with SEGA and Square enixby guaranteeing the Xbox a number of titles that should not be underestimated.

The Yakuzafor example, they will arrive next year on Pass with Zero, Kiwami and Kiwami 2 (so some of the latest and greatest saga titles), where Square will bring nothing but the series Final fantasy and I Kingdom Hearts. Virtually every Final Fantasy from seven onwards should be available on consoles and on PC, while "only" Kingdom Hearts before 3 will be part of the package, although Spencer has stated that he wants to bring the series in full for the short term. introductory presentation in the afternoon. In short, a non-negligible mix that shows a keen eye for Japanese developers and perhaps also opens the door for more striking collaborations with the rising sun, anticipating the future.

As we talk about the future, however, it is necessary to release the new announcements, because on the stage several really important software house projects have been unveiled, including obsidian, DontnoDand rare. Now, we didn't see much of that Everwild, the new title of the historic British software house, but seems to be an extremely innovative project, focused on an environment rich in nature and mysticism. More predictable Tell me why, a highly narrative videogame entrusted to a studio, DontnoD precisely, already specializing in such adventures, but more than ever dealing with difficult subjects to deal with (the protagonists are in fact twins and Tyler is a transgender character, whose characterization she has). team worked hard). For our part, full confidence for this team in this work.

Much less exaltation instead of grounded, the new work of obsidians. Ok, it's a smaller project, developed by a small internal team to create something alternative and experimental, but it seemed like a very simplistic survival with a very young target as the team is regaining its importance and dignity in the recent period. It is hard to say what pushed the house for this project, but there is still a possibility that it will develop in interesting ways: the premise of miniaturized protagonists dealing with nature is still quite valid.

Well finally the update of Sea of ​​Thieves (The sea soulapparently much more history than usual) – Microsoft continues to support the game – and reveals the gameplay of Age of Empires 4, of which we expect concrete news. Me too Ninja theoryhowever they reappeared with their online competitors Bloody Edge: We tested it and it doesn't seem to have changed much since the last release, despite some significant technical improvements.

The rest of the conference? good, XCloud Project Obviously, for Spencer it represents a very important service for the future and seems to want to support all kinds of peripherals and platforms (even those of the competition, considering that also PlayStation DualShock is supported), the offerings that will come to the Black Friday (with big discounts on consoles and controllers), a bit inevitable Minecraftwith the very cute Minecraft Dungeons and new enemies revealed to Minecraft Earth. There was also room for healthier gameplay than Halo Reach on PC (which still remains a highly anticipated title in the Master Chief Collection), CrossfireX, The Artful Escape and Star Wars – Jedi: Fallen Order (but we'll talk about the latter soon with the review).

Simply put, a meat-rich but still clearly in transition event, with a clear desire to support the services best received by the public and key teams working in the next generation. We expected more or less, and we were not disappointed.

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