Key takeaways from Xbox’s E3

From Xbox One X to a mountain of games, Xbox’s  E3 showing was stuffed to the brim. Here’s what you need to know.

Xbox One X

After its initial reveal last E3, Microsoft started its show on their newest console, Xbox One X. The console will launch at the rumored $499 price tag in the U.S. It’s the smallest Xbox console ever.

Key takeaways:

  • Releases November 7, 2017
  • 4K and HDR are a big push for games running on the One X – All games shown during the show seemed to support it
  • $499 USD
  • All plugs and cords from the Xbox One S will plug into the Xbox One X, and all Xbox One accessories to date will be compatible with the One X

Assassin’s Creed Origins

After a myriad of leaks over the past few months, Ubisoft finally showed off the return of Assassin’s Creed in its new Egypt setting.

Key takeaways:

  • The open-world has been totally revamped to feel bigger but also more interactive than previous installments
  • Breath of the Wild-style airborne bow skills
  • Eagle vision is toned down compared to previous installments
  • Releasing October 27, 2017

Original Xbox backwards compatibility

After the success of Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, the back compat team is now tackling bringing original Xbox games to the Xbox One family.

Key takeaways:

  • The first games original Xbox games will hit Xbox One later this fall
  • The first game announced for original Xbox back compat is Crimson Skies

Metro Exodus

The next installment in the Metro franchise is coming out next year. In many ways, the game seems to be a meditation on the gritty, realistic apocalyptic world that the franchise is known for.

Key takeaways:

  • The story takes-off from the “enlightened” ending of Metro: Last Light
  • No solid release date was given, but baring any delays, Exodus will launch in 2018.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

After debuting in the form of early access on PC earlier this year, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One later this year.

Key takeaways:

  • While many of the game’s shown today were time exclusives on Xbox One, based on the phrasing at the end of the trailer, the game might be a true console exclusive
  • Based on some of the phrasing during the presentation, it seems the game’s “late 2017” launch is coming before the Xbox One X because the developer noted the game would be getting a One X patch when the console launches on November 7.


Starting with a trailer starring Terry Crews, the game seems to have a lot of the staple gameplay that made the first two games cult-classics last generation. Will be an Xbox One X launch title.

Key takeaways:

  • Destruction of buildings that was shown a few years back was missing. According to Xbox General Manager Shannon Loftis, the trailer today was pulled from singleplayer. The destruction is only in multiplayer.
    • According to the official Crackdown Twitter, the multiplayer (and destruction) will be shown soon.
  • Releases November 7, 2017

Sea of Thieves

Rare’s co-op swashbuckler Sea of Thieves debuted an extensive narrated demo that showed greater depth than what the team has shown before. The underwater is fleshed out and full of new treasure and threats.

Key takeaways:

  • The game was delayed until Spring 2018
  • The visuals of the game seem to be significantly improved compared to previously shown builds
  • Eating bananas without peeling them is the Sea of Thieves way

State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 showed a gorgeous (and violent) trailer showing the importance of saving allies and friends in the apocalypse and what sacrifices will mean for your own survival.

Key takeaways:

  • Much like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 has been delayed until the spring of 2018
  • Manage your own shelter and try to hold out against extreme weather and manage the health of your survivors
  • Online co-op is central to the experience

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Will of the Wisps is the sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, and today’s trailer was more of a teaser to tell fans there’s more on the way.

Key takeaways:

  • The game isn’t releasing this year
  • The game takes place in the forest of Nibel
  • Will of the Wisps is a 4K UHD, Xbox One X Enhanced, Xbox Play Anywhere title


Bioware’s brand new IP was compared to Destiny quite a bit following yesterday’s debut at the EA Play event. After today’s gameplay, it’s hard to still make that comparison. While in the city setting, the game is in first person. As you step out into the open-world, the game slips into third person as you explore with your friends.

Key takeaways:

  • The first-person hub center is where you’ll handle customization and pick up new quests
  • The game is multiplayer but is also fully playable alone – the experience is supposed to be “friction-less”
  • There are “natural enemies,” humans and other antagonists
  • No word yet on PvP multiplayer

ID@Xbox montage

Like every Xbox E3, there was another montage of games coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program. Check out some of the odds and ends here:

Other trailers worth watching

Tacoma – out August 2

Cuphead – out September 29, 2017

Super Lucky’s Tale – out November 7

The Last Night

The Artful Escape


Dragon Ball Fighter Z

Black Desert Online

The Darwin Project

That about does it for the Xbox E3 takeaways. Feel free to share your thoughts on Xbox’s E3 showing in the comments or on Twitter. If you missed the EA Play event yesterday, be sure to check out the brief takeaway article here.


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