E3 2018 - Microsoft Highlights
This years E3 conference has been a bang so far. Fans worldwide are excited as ever: the next instalment in the Halo, Forza, and Gears of War franchises have been announced, a multiplayer Fallout game has been revealed, as well as much more!
343 Industries have finally given fans the next Halo game to look forward to. Halo 6, being named as Halo Infinite, is expected to be released mid-2019 on the Xbox One and Windows 10. 3 years since Halo 5 was released and fans are still loyal to the franchise ever.
The announcement trailer was only 2-minutes long and didn't give us a lot to go off. Although, at the end 343 do tease the legendary Master Chief holding his helmet at his side. Despite the lack of info we have, the trailer and game title is suggesting some sort of open-world/RPG sort of aspect, much different from traditional Halo games.
The prequel to Fallout 4 is something to look forward to. Surprisingly we actually know quite a lot of what to expect in this game. In previous Fallout games "Vault 76" has been teased and described as one of the first ever vaults to be built and inhabited. The player will be resident of Vault 76 and one of the first group of survivors from The Great War.
All other instalments in the franchise were set far off in the future. The first being 80 years and Fallout 4 being 200 years. However, Fallout 76 will be only 25 years after the bombs dropped. What this means for the gameplay is that the world won't be as ravaged and destroyed as players are used to. The landscape will be more colourful and vibrant as opposed to murky, degraded, and ruined.
It gets better - Fallout 4 was famed for having the largest map in the series, but from what we know so far Fallout 76 will be four times bigger. Todd Howard from Bethesda said that "Set in the hills of West Virginia... you are one of the first to emerge into a very different and untamed wasteland". He went on to mention that there will be six different regions for players to explore. From the sounds of things, this game will be a big time consumer for hardcore fans.
Bethesda also revealed that Fallout 76 will be a multiplayer game. Much like Destiny where you will roam the world and may run into other players. They did mention that all players will not be friendly. It will be interesting to see how combat will work with other players and if any sort of "squad" system will be implemented.
There are a few other small things we know about the game so far too. The game was described as "softcore", meaning that dying doesn't result in a loss of progression. Players will be able to build their own bases and move them. An aspect of multiplayer involves being able to fire nukes at other players. The game will not be compatible with mods. The game will have a Beta, however, the date is unknown. Finally, players will be able to buy a collector's edition - see image below.
Forza Horizon 4
Known as one of the most popular racing game series ever, Forza will be adding a new instalment this year. Available October 2nd on Xbox One and PC, Forza Horizon 4 will be in a British setting.
The next game in the Gears of War series will be titled Gears 5 and Microsoft are feeling positive about it. Stating it is "the most beautiful Gears world ever". The game will feature split-screen and online co-operative play. Additionally, two more Gears games were announced. One is a turn-based game for PC (Gears Tactics) and the other being a mobile game (Gears Pop). We can expect more information on these soon with Gears 5 being expected in the first quarter of 2019.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2
I'm sure we all remember when the trailers dropped for The Division. It had the potential to be one of the greatest types of games ever, but fans were extremely disappointed with a half-attempted game.
Ubisoft has now announced the second instalment in the series and they hope to impress. The Division 2 will take place in Washington DC roughly 6 months after the events of the sequel. Despite the failure of the first game, fans are excited for The Division 2 which will be released March 15th, 2019.
Multiple other titles were announced such as Kingdom Hearts 3, JUMP FORCE, and Crackdown 3. For the best info and experience, view the full conference below.
Edited by Chaoticz 7