This weekend, Microsoft’s X018 event took place in Mexico City. According to the company, “X018 is a global celebration of all things Xbox.” The afternoon was filled with news, first looks, and plenty of surprises. What’s even more impactful is that over 10,000 gamers joined in the festivities by experiencing upcoming titles and meeting members of the team. However, the most remarkable news had to be the acquisitions of inXile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment. You can read about everything the company announced at the celebration below.
Microsoft announced that it has acquired inExile Entertainment and Obsidian Entertainment. inExile is the studio responsible for games like Wasteland. Brian Fargo is a legendary game designer and Microsoft’s first-party lineup will only benefit from his expertise. Additionally, Obsidian needs no introduction. This is the team behind titles like Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. It’s one of the best in the business.
Support for mouse and keyboard input will arrive next week, with select titles enabled at launch for Xbox Insiders and even more coming. Epic Games detailed how Fortnite will be one of the first titles to offer mouse and keyboard input alongside previously announced Warframe. However, Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Strange Brigade, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, War Thunder, and X-Morph Defense will also add support in November. Developers working on Children of Morta, DayZ, Minion Master, Moonlighter, Vigor, Warface, and Wargroove promised mouse and keyboard support in the future. Keep in mind that “Designed for Xbox” mice and keyboards will offer the best experience because they feature a dedicated Xbox key and Xbox Dynamic Lighting.
A number of Final Fantasy XII games are joining Xbox backward compatibility. Apart from that, Civilization Revolution is getting Xbox One X Enhanced.
Today, Microsoft announced a number of new improvements to Xbox Game Pass. Aside from the general availability of the Xbox Game Pass app, the company unveiled some upcoming additions to the catalog. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is joining the service on November 12, 2018, and later this month, Agents of Mayhem, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Ori and the Blind Forest will be available for free to subscribers. Lastly, Funcom committed to dropping games like Mutant Year Zero at launch.
Forza Horizon 4 is getting an expansion which takes you to the tip of the British Isles. It’s called “Fortune Island” and features extreme conditions like fierce lightning storms, dangerous cliffs, and slippery dirt roads.
State of Decay 2 now numbers four million active players. A new free content pack is also coming this month called “Zedhunter.”
Sea of Thieves is getting a player vs. player mode called “The Arena” soon. Teams compete against each other to collect the most treasure, but there’s plenty of sabotage along the way. This update should launch after “Shrouded Spoils” which adds more customization options and fog.
Crackdown 3 looks much more polished than when we saw it last. Additionally, we received the first footage of the “Wrecking Zone” multiplayer offering. Crackdown 3 should launch on February 15, 2019. The game will be available globally on Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and Windows 10. In our preview, we said, “The towering environments Crackdown 3’s collaborators have built for the game are gorgeous, made all the more exciting when you tear them down, explosion by explosion. We just hope that they’re not relegated to gimmick status by the multiplayer systems layered on top of it, which at least for now, are indeed infectiously fun, but potentially lacking in staying power.”
Minecraft now numbers 91 million monthly players and the Minecraft Marketplace is thriving. Apart from that, the game is getting an absolutely adorable “Cats and Pandas” update soon. The trailer is quite possibly one of the funniest videos Microsoft has ever made.
There will be plenty of deals on Xbox One and Xbox One X consoles on Black Friday. The Xbox One X’s price will go down to $399.99, the same as the PlayStation 4 Pro.
Xbox One X
Microsoft reiterated the fact that games play best on Xbox One X by showcasing a new trailer heavily featuring Red Dead Redemption 2.
A trailer was debuted highlighting the Xbox One X enhancements for the highly-anticipated title.
According to Microsoft, Void Bastards is a revolutionary new strategy-shooter that will test your wits as well as exercise your aim. It’s coming to the platform as a console launch exclusive.
Devil May Cry 5
Devil May Cry 5 features a “Void Mode” which trains players in the complex combat the game offers.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is getting “The Forge” next week. The Forge will be available as a free download to all season pass holders, and sold separately. The Forge contains the first of seven new adventures for Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It also brings with it a challenge tomb which is playable in co-op.
Just Cause 4
Kingdom Hearts III
Kingdom Hearts III features Winnie the Pooh and other beloved characters. A new trailer was showcased during the event which shows off some emotional cutscenes. There are also a lot of mini-games in the Hundred Acre Woods which are part of Winnie the Pooh’s world.
Bandai Namco gave us a first look at some special moves of two of the most anticipated characters slated to appear in Jump Force. As you can see from the trailer, they’re popular Dragon Ball characters.
A few new standout ID@Xbox games were announced at X018 like Tunic. The “Winter of Arcade” promotion is coming in December as well.
Give with Xbox
“#GiveWithXbox” is a holiday-timed campaign that aims to bring the joy of gaming to everyone. Beginning today and ending December 9, Microsoft will donate $5 of Xbox products, up to $1 million, for every photo shared on social media about what gaming together means using the hashtag.
Xbox Adaptive Controller
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is launching in 17 new markets in 2019, including Mexico.
These were all of the game announcements from X018. A lot of great experiences are coming to Xbox One in the coming months from various developers, and hopefully, you’re as excited as we are for games like Crackdown 3 and Devil May Cry 5.