Historically, years like these, right after the launch of a new video game console, are when the pace of new games picks up steam. True to form, Microsoft has some huge titles on tap for this year, particularly Halo Infinite. The company’s even turning a meme about how its Xbox looks like a refrigerator into a real-life product.
The tech giant showed off its highly anticipated upcoming games, including the next Halo title, a Disney partnership for Sea of Thieves and more. Also, there’s a mini-fridge.
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All told, Microsoft said it showed 30 games, 27 of which will be available on its Xbox Games Pass subscription service.
The Xbox maker discussed a wide range of new games and initiatives during its press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) on Sunday, which was held remotely on a livestream as the world slowly recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
Ahead of the event, the Washington Post accidentally leaked the trailer for Starfield, an all-new space RPG made by Bethesda, the game studio Microsoft bought along with ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion. It’s due for release on Nov. 11, 2022.
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“It’s a game we’ve dreamt of playing, and it wasn’t till now that we have the hardware, the technology and the team is hard at work at home to make that dream a reality,” said Bethesda Game Studios head Todd Howard during the event.
The company also showed off its next big racing game, Forza Horizon 5, built to take advantage of next-generation tech built into the newest Xbox consoles.
Many of the titles the company discussed are being made available for the company’s $15 per month Xbox Games Pass Ultimate service. The subscription includes access to the Xbox game streaming service, which allows people to stream games over the internet in a similar way they watch Netflix today. Microsoft also said its Xbox mini-fridge, which started as a joke based on a meme, actually is coming to life and launching this year. We don’t know much more than that, but Microsoft promised we’ll be able to “Xbox and chill” soon. No information on whether it’ll include a case of Microsoft staff-favorite Talking Rain.
Here’s everything we’re excited about that Microsoft announced Sunday: Starfield
Perhaps the biggest announcement happened just before the event started, when the trailer for Bethesda’s next big roleplaying game leaked online.
We didn’t learn much, other than the fact that it’ll be an Xbox exclusive game launching Nov. 11, 2022. But that’s enough to start the hype train into overdrive. Halo Infinite
Microsoft confirmed its next-generation Halo game, Halo Infinite, will launch this fall as planned. The company showed off some new footage of the game, though didn’t offer much detail beyond saying it’ll be the “greatest challenge yet,” but that’s about all we know. Microsoft said the game’s multiplayer element will be free to download.
Forza Horizon 5
Microsoft announced its next big Forza racing game, Forza Horizon 5, which will be based in Mexico. Microsoft said game developers captured real-world photos and video of locations in Mexico to ensure it’s as realistic looking as possible. The company even said there’s a bunch of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it street art in the various locations. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
Zombies are all the rage these days, and Microsoft has a new horror game to offer up. It’s called S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, and it’s based in Chernobyl, because the only thing better than a zombie is an irradiated zombie, I suppose. It’s due to launch April 28 of 2022.
Back 4 Blood
Microsoft’s take on Left 4 Dead, Valve’s popular cooperative shooting zombie game, launches Oct. 12. Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life
Microsoft’s big multiplayer online pirate game is getting a free update on June 22 with new characters and an original storyline based on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. There’s even Jack Sparrow. Because, why not?
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