Microsoft kicked off E3 2018 with a strong showcase, debuting various new titles while committing to future investments via five new development studios. It was a far cry from the PR babbling of recent years, that's for sure.
In a blog post published after the event, 343 Industries explained, "The Slipspace Engine demo shown at the E3 2018 briefing is the culmination of years of work and is infused with the passion of hundreds of people here at 343 Industries". It's the latest in the long-running open-world racing series and it's the first game to be set in Britain.
There were some big ones, too.
"This acquisition signals Microsoft's and Undead Labs" commitment to growing the "State of Decay" franchise and continuing to deliver the ultimate zombie survival experiences for fans, both those new to the franchise and those already dedicated to the community. No exact details on any of them, but it's good to see them treating their biggest properties with forward thinking. Note the plurality here, which could mean a new generation with its own mid-gen refresh (for example another Xbox One with beefier specs and its own Xbox One X with even beefier capabilities).
Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game of the franchise, was released on November 15, 2001 and quickly became a bestseller, generating very positive reviews and establishing Microsoft's new Xbox console as a legitimate competitor to Nintendo and Sony.
Microsoft is also working on a "cloud network" to stream console-quality games to internet-linked devices including smartphones and tablets, according to Spencer. If you thought Halo 5 could have used more Master Chief, Microsoft says you'll get more play time with the series' protagonist this time around.
It can be noted that Xbox One will soon have Gears of War 5, which seems to focus on the narrative a bit more. This conference showed Microsoft trying their best to ease fans worries and get them excited again. A few of our favourites include the Metro 6R4 (seen sliding through a farmyard) and the Ariel Nomad, but the Forza franchise is also known for expanding its vehicle selection over time, so no doubt things will improve further as time goes on.
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