Trailer Trashing: Oh boy, there's one of these ID@Xbox montages every year and there's always a lot to parse. Here goes: Outer Wilds, the exploration game with a Majora's Mask time limit that you can rewind; Afterparty, the next game from the Oxenfree devs which has a couple of dead partiers (one played by Janina Gavankar!) trying to escape Hell; Kingdom: Two Crowns, the sequel to the Kingdom games which I think are 2D governing simulators with the occasional combat?; The Golf Club 2019, which has earned its spurs as a sports franchise if it's getting years after its name now; Warhammer: Vermintide II, the WH multiplayer action game where you always feel like the weakest link and have a terrible time (maybe some projecting here); Fringe Wars, another multiplayer shooter albeit one set in space that no-one seems to like too much; Below, a game that'll need to be released and on my console's dashboard before I believe it's real; Conqueror's Blade, which looks to be another medieval combat sim in the vein of For Honor or Chivalry; Waking, an action-adventure game about ghosts or hoodies or something (there's no information online right now); Children of Morta, which looks to be a modern successor to the family-focused NES game Legacy of the Wizard; Raji, an action-adventure game set in India that's looking real good; Super Meat Boy Forever, the endless runner sequel from Team Meat; Planet Alpha, see elsewhere on the list; Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, see elsewhere on the list; Tunic, see elsewhere on the list; Session, see elsewhere on the list; Generation Zero, see elsewhere on the list; Sable, see elsewhere on the list; Bomber Crew, which looks like FTL's real-time crew management but for WW2 bombers; Harold Halibut, an arresting-looking point-and-click adventure game that reminds me of The Swapper; Black Desert Online, see elsewhere on the list; Islands of Nyne, another established battle royale game coming to Xbox; The Wind Road, a martial arts action game made in China; Wargroove, a pixel turn-based strategy game from the Starbound people that looks like a neat modern Advance Wars; Totem Teller, a top-down adventure game with a curious pixel art style that resembles Superbrothers; Dead Cells, the Jason-friendly procgen spacewhipper that's been in early access for a while now; and Ashen, the bleak Souls-like with the faceless warriors we saw last E3.
How Thinkfluenced Am I?: Uhhh, there's a lot here to consider. Let's go with the top five I'm most interested in, in no particular order: Outer Wilds, Afterparty, Below, Sable, Tunic.
The Royale Treatment: 100 Xbox Indie games drop on an island otherwise known as February 2019, which in the past has been more of an "island" in the metaphorical sense. Who is the one survivor that gets any attention?