Microsoft's next Xbox console, if rumors are to believed. But while you wait, the company's got a new Halo for you.
The hit Xbox action series starring the superhuman Master Chief in his Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, said it will be the character's "greatest adventure" yet, though the company didn't say much more than that, nor when it will be released. The game will be called Halo Infinite.was teased Sunday during the company's press conference .
Thewas just the tip of the spear. The day also brought announcements about some 50 games and 20 exclusives designed to show the world the Xbox is the gaming device to buy, even if it's not the most popular.
To emphasize that, the company wowed attendees at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles with a series of announcements about plans for its most popular franchises, including the Gears of War space shooting epic and its hit Cuphead and Ori adventure games.
And if that's not enough, Microsoft also Thurott.com cites a source saying the new device, code-named . Microsoft declined to comment.) The company also said it's designed to allow gamers to play on an Xbox, PC or phone., saying teams are "deep into architecting" the next device, though it didn't give a timetable for a release (
"The world of gaming is on a historic growth path," Spencer said. "In this significant moment, we are constantly challenging ourselves [as] to where we can take gaming next."
The message throughout all of it: Microsoft wants fans to know it hears them. The company has been criticized for its lack of compelling and exclusive new games, something Nintendo and Sony have been successful at over the past few years. The top recently released games list on CNET game-review aggregating sister site Metacritic, for example, includes Sony's and Nintendo's update for Donkey Kong. While Microsoft does have some popular exclusive games of its own, such as Halo and , the criticism has grown louder.
"Listening to the fans about how important exclusive games is is really important to us," said Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president of Xbox and Windows Platform at Microsoft, in an interview after the presentation. He added that by showing 50 games on stage during the Xbox press conference, the company was all about its commitment to giving gamers a wide selection of popular titles to play.
That includes exclusive games made by Microsoft. "We always tell our teams to focus on the gamer," he added. "If fans ask us for exclusives and first-party titles, that's where we're going to focus."
For the complete list of games Microsoft announced -- including head to GameSpot.--
The E3 press conference schedule
Saturday, June 9
- Electronic Arts announced that its upcoming Battlefield 5 game will take on Fortnite. It also unveiled a new Star Wars game, called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and a release date for its Anthem online epic. [ .]
Sunday, June 10
- Microsoft said it's building a new Xbox, as well as creating a game streaming service. It also announced highly anticipated games like the space dramas Halo Infinite and Gears 5 and more. [ .]
- Bethesda showed off a bunch of new installments to its most popular franchises, including the alternative-history Nazi shooting game Wolfenstein Youngblood, a new game in the industry-defining Doom series, a sequel to the post-apocalyptic shooter Rage and a new Elder Scrolls game. Probably the most popular announcement of the evening though was , the latest in its post-nuclear-war series. [ .]
Monday, June 11
- Ubisoft got a lot of cheers from fans when it made announcements about The Division 2, a sequel to its popular post-apocalyptic online shooting game. It also discussed Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, the 11th major game in that series, this time set in Ancient Greece. [ ]
- Sony showed what it hopes will be a slate of upcoming hit games. It also gave shorter glimpses of other games including the follow-up to its samurai game Nioh, a remake of the zombie shooter Resident Evil 2 and a look at an action game called Control. [ ]
Tuesday, June 12
- Nintendo (livestream only) -- 9 a.m. PT (12 p.m. ET) [ ]
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Update, June 10 at 9:30 a.m.: Adds details about what we expect in terms of a new Halo game, a new Gears of War and rumors about a streaming service. 1:54 p.m.: Adds details from the press conference about Halo, Fallout and others. 2:19 p.m.: Adds details about Cuphead sequel. 3:14 p.m.: Adds details about newly announced Xbox and streaming service.
Update, June 11 at 12:38 a.m.: Adds details from Bethesda's press conference and interview with Microsoft exec.
Update, on June 12 at 9:08 a.m.: Adds details about other press conferences; 10:12 a.m.: Adds rumors about next Xbox.
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