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Microsoft's E3 2018 Press Conference Recap

June 10, 2018

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By: Max Cannon

Xbox has a lot to prove at this E3 but they also have some of the most potentials of any other company in the gaming industry. Do we see a new Halo, more Gears of War, or brand new IP? Let's see what they have to show!

Halo Infinite

The show kicked off with a mysterious and very open looking title that kept its biggest surprise to the end when we saw a Spartan helmet. Not much more information on the game other than that, however, it does seem to maybe have an open world. 

Halo Infinite - E3 2018 - Announcement Trailer

 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

The upcoming follow-up to Ori and the Blind Forest is one of our most anticipated games, sadly it doesn't seem like it'll hit the 2018 window that I hoped for but we got confirmation of a 2019 date! The trailer is available below.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps - E3 2018 - Gameplay Trailer

Set in the Life is Strange Universe

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is an upcoming spinoff in the world of DONTNOD's adventure game Life is Strange. Currently, unrated by the ESRB, the game is planned to launch on June 26th completely for free on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam. Below is the new trailer.

Captain Spirit Announce Trailer [E3 2018] [ESRB]

Crackdown 3

The long-awaited Xbox exclusive is going to be awaited a little bit longer as the game was recently officially pushed back to February 2019. 

Gamers are going to have to wait a little longer to get their hands on Crackdown 3.Gamers are going to have to wait a little longer to get their hands on Crackdown 3.Courtesy of Xbox

Kingdom Hearts III Frozen World

Last night, Kingdom Hearts III got a surprise announcement of a delay into early 2019 with a January 29th date. Specifically at the Xbox conference, we got an odd sounding trailer that showed off English voice acting and the inclusion of a world based on Disney's Frozen! The new video is available right below.

KINGDOM HEARTS III – E3 2018 Frozen Trailer

Sea of Thieves DLC

Rare's open-world online pirate adventure, Sea of Thieves, is getting a pair of DLC packs later this summer. The stories are presented with that cutesy Rare-like aesthetic in the new trailer.

Sea of Thieves - Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores Announce

Forza Horizon 4

Set in Britain, Forza Horizon 4 brings changing seasons to Microsoft's fantastic open-world racer. Demos are already kicking around online of drivers racing across previously unavailable locations when cruising across frozen lakes in the winter or soaking up the sun in a summer race with the world's shared-setting that brings in other online players. Take a look for yourself below and keep an eye open for the launch on October 2nd, 2018.

Forza Horizon 4 - E3 2018 - Announcement Trailer

A Focus on First Party

Xbox announced the acquisition or creation of 5 different studios including The Initiative, Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games. While a lot of the games shown, aside from Halo and Gears of War, seem to be multiplatform, Xbox is clearly poised to take a stronger stance on their exclusive games in the future. 

Xbox also set aside some time to talk about Game Pass and their upcoming release of FastStart which will allow online games to be downloaded twice as fast. Also, GamePass is getting the Master Chief Collection later this summer while The Division and Fallout 4 are being added to the library today alongside The Elder Scrolls Online. We also can't forget to point out that we got the tiniest reference to Microsoft already working on the next Xbox. 

Xbox One – E3 2018 Games Montage – Official Trailer

Session

EA broke my heart yesterday by not revealing Skate 4 but Microsoft looks poised to fill that gap by bringing 2017's Kickstarted game Session to Xbox One. 

Could Session be the new Skate?Could Session be the new Skate?

Cuphead's DLC

Coming in 2019, Cuphead is getting a new piece of content titled "The Delicious Last Course," or DLC. We're getting new bosses and a new playable character with Ms. Chalice. 

More Cuphead? Yes, please!More Cuphead? Yes, please!Courtesy of Microsoft

Tunic

This adorable world is clearly inspired by the classic Legend of Zelda games but didn't give a release date. Who knows when we'll see Tunic but it looks so cutesy that I know I'll certainly be playing it.

TUNIC

Jump Force

This looks like it'll be the Super Smash Bros of Anime. Jump Force combines characters from Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, and more into a giant fighting game! You'll have to see this one to believe it.

Jump Force Announcement Trailer

Have Your Say!

Whew, a lot of announcements here! What did you think of this big show? Share your comments below!