E3 is happening in June, and with so many big names already confirming their attendance and cryptic teasers for major games to look out for, it’s pretty hard not to get excited.
Microsoft is one of the biggest names on the list of attendees, and we can’t wait to see what sort of secrets they’ll be unveiling at this year’s E3 presentation.
So without further ado, here are a few things that we’re expecting to see among their announcements, and a few other things which are not quite as certain, but we’re still crossing our fingers for…
Several upcoming games were announced at last year’s E3 briefing, so we’re hoping that we’ll get to see more of them this year as well.
One of the biggest games we were introduced to last year was Halo Infinite, which will see the return of the iconic Master Chief. It’s a sequel to Halo 5: Guardians, but has been described by makers 343 Industries as a “spiritual reboot” of the series. Franchise boss Frank O’Connor recently confirmed that the game isn’t currently planned to have a battle royale mode at launch, but for now that’s pretty much all that’s been revealed.
Halo Infinite is the only confirmed Xbox game for E3 2019 so far, but there are plenty of others that may still make an appearance. Battletoads, Session, and Gears 5 were all announced at last year’s E3 presentation and are expected to be released sometime in 2019. Meanwhile, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was announced at E3 2017 and received a trailer at E3 2018, so we can hope that there may be further news about any of these games this year.
Microsoft have also been acquiring plenty of smaller studios recently, and Xbox head Phil Spencer has announced that we’ll get a glimpse at their various projects at E3. In fact, we’ll get to see more Xbox Game Studios games than we’ve ever seen before at an E3 conference, with 14 games lined up for a reveal. He’s also hinted in a recent Inside Xbox interview that this may include Obsidian, and that they could be showing off their upcoming sci-fi RPG adventure The Outer Worlds on the Xbox stage.
Xbox’s Project xCloud is something else we might end up hearing more about. The upcoming cloud game streaming service was announced last year, with the aim of trials beginning in 2019, so this year’s E3 may be a great place for further updates.
Phil Spencer also made reference to the development of new Xbox consoles (in the plural) at E3 last year, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for more updates on that front. There have been plenty of rumours about them, but nothing concrete yet. Could E3 be the big moment for a console reveal?
Microsoft’s showcase will be taking place on June 9 at 1 PM (PT). But of course, Microsoft aren’t the only big name present at this year’s E3 event. You can check out the full E3 timetable here, or keep checking back to find out what we’re hoping to see from EA Play, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and Nintendo.
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