E3 continues to be a powerhouse of an event, releasing new titles and showing us more content for titles we knew about last year. Microsoft went a step forward by revealing what they are planning for the future of gaming with Project Scarlett, and people losing their minds after the reveal of a particular character entering Cyberpunk 2077.
So, what is Project Scarlett? According to Microsoft it’s the answer to the future of gaming. Scarlett claims to be 4 times as more powerful than the Xbox One X, capable of delivering 120 frames per second, at 8k resolution ability. This is because they have redesigned their console whilst being partnered with AMD. They also boast a lot about backwards compatibility, which I think is a must, however, I’m starting to feel like new consoles are being developed and released far too early.
The Xbox One X only released back in November 2017, and even still I feel it’s potential is still behind lock and key, ready to be released by developers who know how to fully utilise it. Project Scarlett is due to be released next ‘holiday’ in 2020. Alongside this, Microsoft also revealed how the Xbox Game Pass will be available for PC, as well as Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which rolls Game Pass for Xbox and PC AND a subscription to Xbox Live Gold all into one deal. For me, it’s just another way for Microsoft to deliver their service and take your money, but it received a few cheers in the crowd so it can’t be too bad.
Back onto the subject of games, Project Scarlett’s headlining title is Halo Infinite. We had only seen a teaser from last year, and it appears that is no different. A juicy 5 minute or so trailer with the reveal of the big green guy himself – Master Chief, this has set off many Halo boners across the world. It’s difficult to see what the storyline is exactly, and even harder to determine what enemies they are even fighting anymore.
The Gears of War Franchise continues to grow with the addition of Gears of War 5, which revealed a new multiplayer game mode called Escape which looks… nice? I’m not too familiar with the franchise but I’d hazard a guess to say it looks like another cooperative game mode where you and 2 others clear out enemies whilst travelling through an infested facility.
Amongst a rich group of new titles and returning triple A indie titles, we also have DLC returning for games we thought we had fully exerted the use out of. But as it turns out, Gearbox had a trick up their sleeve. Borderlands 2: Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary is a direct link to the new Borderlands 3 title. A really nice touch in my eyes, allowing players to get the feel of what to expect in the new game, understand the plot and storyline a little better, as well as a chance to dust off their old characters and get back into the Borderlands mayhem. The new content is also free, and we all know how much gamers love free shit, also riding shotgun with the DLC montage is the reveal of Forza Horizon 4’s new DLC.
We thought they were mad when they release Hot Wheels for free, so the look on one of our own, Darren, was priceless when Lego Speed Champions, the block building bonanza squeezed its way into one of the greatest driving titles in the gaming industry, including redesigned Lego built versions of many vehicles, as well as insane tracks and Lego environment.
There was a particular high amount of hype around two of the titles at Microsoft’s event, one of them being Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order. The new Star Wars title appears to be a single player story, one of which to me has a very Dark Souls combat style to it. It looks very pretty too, but let’s just hope the story delivers and isn’t as underwhelming as the last one, here’s looking at you Battlefront 2.
Cyberpunk 2077 also released new content in the form of a cinematic trailer. We see our main protagonist V turn up to an apartment to complete a deal, after a job goes south and a friend dies. The deal also goes pretty downward from there and you get a true picture of how augmented your character can become. The biggest reveal though in the trailer was that after V is sent to the tip, literally, a voice is heard which appears to be your saviour. That saviour though is in the form of actor and all-round bad ass Keanu Reeves. The John Wick actor was then revealed at E3 on stage. Cyberpunk is looking even better than before, although I’m concerned with the amount of the story they are releasing at the moment. I also hope that because they are using celebrities in their games that it doesn’t mean they are trying to distract us from potential flaws.
What do you guys think of Microsoft’s turnout this year? Could it have been better or worse? Let us know!