The new products, announced Sunday at the company's E3 briefing in Los Angeles, includes Halo Infinite, a sixth version of its popular shooting title; Fallout 76, a prequel of the series made by Bethesda Softworks; and Forza Horizon 4, a racing title from United Kingdom -based Playground Games.
Spencer was not shy in confirming the development of Microsoft's next console, and it's not hard to think that the expansion of first-party developers, renewed partnerships with Japanese developers, and improved background technology aren't meant to pay dividends at all this generation.
Microsoft were consistently pull out shocks and nice surprises, including a trio of new Gears games.
"There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the gaming industry, with creators large and small showcasing incredible new games for the more than two billion players around the world", said Phil Spencer, head of Gaming at Microsoft. We've been given the freedom to explore, try new things and operate like an independent studio, with the backing from one of the biggest companies in the world to do something bold and different. In addition to the Xbox One trailing the PS4 in terms of console sales, very few of the exclusive titles on Xbox One have failed to make much of an impact. And that's about all we know so far.
Halo Infinite is powered by a new game engine created by Halo developer 343 Industries, called the Slipspace Engine. We're certainly impressed by the weight of Microsoft's heavy-hitting franchises returning, but we still would have loved to have seen a new AAA IP. During Xbo's E3 2018 briefing it was announced that FastStart is a service that aims to allow players to jump into their games faster than ever.
To give us a closer look at what we can expect from Forza Horizon 4, Playground Games' Ralph Fulton took the stage for a brief time this afternoon. The game was developed in response to the rather popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise of the late 80s and early 90s. The various Gears of War titles don't really have release dates. It will also be available on the day of release to Xbox Game Pass subscribers.