E3 2019 Day 1 Recap: Phantasy Star, Devolver Digital, and Doot Eternal

Day 1 came and went for the Electronics Entertainment Expo. Right out of the gate, already there was a ton of news and developments for Nintendo Switch titles. While we at Nintendo Enthusiast take a moment to recharge our batteries for Day 2, let’s take a breather and give yesterday’s events a kick once over with our E3 recap!

Xbox E3 2019 Briefing

  • A reporter from French outlet JeuxVideo.com kicked things off with a pretty wild rumor. Nintendo Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto would allegedly appear at the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing as a special guest. While it didn’t seem impossible in light of Nintendo and Microsoft’s growing relationship, alas, the rumor turned out fake. Not that the Briefing wasn’t worth tuning into, as Keanu Reeves made a special appearance! The Canadian-American actor loans his likeness and voice to CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, launching on April 16, 2020.
  • The Minecraft universe goes to the dungeons! With a world premiere trailer during Microsoft’s show, Minecraft: Dungeons mashes up the series’ signature blocky aesthetic with dungeon-crawling gameplay elements. The game will launch on Nintendo Switch next spring.
  • Sega lives up to its distant promise! Finally, after years of waiting, the beloved MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2 is coming from overseas at last! With a beautiful debut trailer, the game will launch next year in North America on Xbox One and PC, but no news on the EMEA market yet. While the release is limited to one home console, PSO2 Cloud is available on Switch in Japan… keep your fingers crossed!
  • The complete Star Wars saga on the go! Encompassing the events of all nine core movies, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga launches on the Switch next year.
  • Xbox headlines Thunder Lotus Games’ Spiritfarer at the briefing! The indie Montreal-based studio known for Jotun returns with a cute but melancholic title that’s all about learning how to cope with death. Join Stella, the ferrymaster of the departed, on Nintendo Switch next year.

Project Scarlett Inbound

A ton more went down at the Briefing outside of the Nintendo sphere. Phil Spencer and co. introduced a ton of awesome games like Bleeding Edge and a brand new Battletoads, announced Xbox Game Studios’ acquisition of Double Fine (of PsychoNauts fame), and shared more details about the new Xbox console—codenamed “Project Scarlett”—releasing in Holiday 2020 with the new Halo Infinite.

To catch up on all the fun and then some, we recommend you check out the full recap on our sister site Xbox Enthusiast!

Bethesda E3 2019 Showcase

Next up is the home of high profile franchises like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout! Here is what Bethesda revealed for the Nintendo Switch:

  • Like Fallout Shelter before it, The Elder Scrolls: Blades is making the jump from mobile devices onto the Switch this fall. While still a ways away, you won’t have to wait to get in on the action! Download the game on iPhone or Android, then pick up where you left off on Switch later this year thanks to cross-save.
  • Next month, the Blazkowicz sisters are gonna do one thing, and one thing only: killing Nazis! Bethesda featured a bloody intense trailer for the co-op game Wolfenstein: Youngblood, starring BJ’s daughters Jess and Soph in their element as they rid Paris of the Nazi menace.
  • Doom Eternal launches on November 22! id Software’s highly anticipated sequel to the 2016 reboot stole the show last night. Play as Slayers or Revenants in the new multiplayer mode called BATTLEMODE: pre-order now for the Rip and Tear Pack, and get a sweet trumpet-toting Doot Revenant skin. Yes, the meme is now playable.

That about does it for the recap on the Switch side of the things. Besides these announcements, if I had to pick two important takeaways? The first is that Ikumi Nakamura (Okami, Bayonetta), director for the newly revealed Ghostwire Tokyo, was an absolute delight onstage. Secondly, that one overly excitable spectator (who I’m convinced is either a paid actor or just plain drunk) needs to take it down several notches. I can’t imagine an audience of core gamers actually getting pumped for a free-to-play Commander Keen mobile game.

For a complete recap of Bethesda’s showcase, Destructoid broke things down in length right here.

Devolver Digital’s Big Fancy Press Conference 2019 Direct

So you’re sleep-deprived, or up all day watching E3 conferences. You might believe you’re hallucinating as things start to make less sense. However, don’t you worry, you weren’t seeing things late last night. To close off Day 1, Devolver Digital hosted another delightfully weird “conference.” Among the reveals was the release date for The Messenger‘s free Picnic Panic expansion, but you can watch the cheekily named “Devolver Direct” in its entirety above.

And that about does it for our Day 1 recap! What moments stood out for you from yesterday’s presentations? Were you disappointed like I was that no The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim port was announced for the Virtual Boy? In any case, share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Jeffrey McDonell
I'm just a hobbyist freelancer who writes for fun, previously under Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube—with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood—and am especially fond of video game music and remixes.