Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

INFINITE With Surprise Trailer at E3 — Microsoft Reveals HALO

INFINITE With Surprise Trailer at E3 — Microsoft Reveals HALO

Phil Spencer, Executive President of Gaming at Microsoft addresses the audience at the Xbox 2018 E3 briefing in Los Angeles, California on June 10, 2018 ahead of the 24th Electronic Entertainment Expo which opens on June 12.

The new game in the Halo series was revealed with a trailer, although sadly no gameplay footage was shown.

New games from Japanese developers were shown too - another surprise, that they were using Xbox's conference to make the reveal at all. I would actually say Microsoft's Xbox showcase was one of the best-paced conferences I've seen in a long time.

Battletoads is such an iconic franchise, and no we're getting a reboot that's sure to have retro game fans salivating. The first is the acquisition of four independent games studios.

343 Industries is busily working on the next Halo game, which is codenamed "Infinite".

The diverse lineup included games for every type of player, from exclusives like Forza Horizon 4, Halo Infinite and Gears 5, to smaller independent titles like Session, Below, Ashen and Tunic.

Microsoft has announced the establishment of The Initiative, a new first-party studio led by former Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher. No updated timing was provided at E3, but officials did confirm that the coming service will work across multiple platforms, not just Microsoft's, and not just with gaming consoles. More to come as we know it. We're certainly impressed by the weight of Microsoft's heavy-hitting franchises returning, but we still would have loved to have seen a new AAA IP. The various Gears of War titles don't really have release dates.

Microsoft has announced a brand new entry in the Halo franchise on stage at E3 2018, Halo Infinite.

The company is also investing AI and cloud resources into gaming technologies. The knock-on effect from that though is that not only is there a lack of interest in Xbox in Japan, but western players who enjoy Japanese games have no reason to pick up an Xbox One.

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