Major improvements from last year show at this year’s E3 with Microsoft
The first conference of the big three companies happened on Sunday and Microsoft set a good sized bar for Sony and Nintendo to follow. The company showed off a lot of new games, Fallout 76 being one of them, however you can find the details to that here. Just like the last overview this is to cover stuff that are worth mentioning, but couldn’t get their own article due to lack of information and details.
Announcements and Trailers
Microsoft’s conference was packed with trailers of new games and games that already were announced. The highlights include Halo Infinite, Metro Exodus, Kingdom Hearts 3, We Happy Few, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War 5, Devil May Cry 5, Dying Light 2, Just Cause 4, Crackdown 3, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, and Cyberpunk 2077.
Other trailers caught people off guard such as Session, Gears of War Pop!, Gears Tactics, Sekiro Shadows Die Twice, Ori and the Will of the Whisps, Captain Spirit, Black Desert, and Tunic. Though the most notable of them are Jump Force, a Shoen Jump anime fighting game and the reboot of Battletoads. Both of which surprised the crowd. No details as of yet on these two, but eyes will be watching.
Forza Horizon 4
Microsoft gave new details on their racing game Forza Horizon 4 at their conference as now we know the location, new features, and a release date. This new Forza game will take place in Britian and will introduce seasons to the game. Each season will change the world around you as well as what you can race on. For example in the winter, you can race on a frozen lake. You will be able to customize your cars as well.
Multiplayer will be integrated into gameplay as there will now be world events to participate in along side people from around the world. There will also be a quick chat feature to help find and communicate with other players.
Forza Horizon 4 comes out on October 2nd 2018 on game pass same day for Xbox One and Windows 10
New Content and DLC
In terms of DLC we got two announcements for it. One is for Microsoft’s game Sea of Thieves which announced two DLC packs. Cursed Sails which will come out in July and Forsaken Shores coming out in September of this year. The smash hit Cuphead will be getting new DLC as well called Delicious Last Course. It will feature a new isle, bosses, weapons, charms, and a new playable character named Miss Chalice. It will come out for Xbox and PC in 2019.
We got a little bit of news from Dying Light 2 as there will be a choice system in the game where your actions will change how the world works around you. Fallout 4 and other games have been announced to be added to Xbox’s Games pass. PUBG (Player Unknown Battle Ground) will be getting new content this winter. Nier Automata will be getting a complete edition called the Become as Gods Edition to Xbox on June 26th along side PS4 and PC. Tales of Vespira will be getting a Definitive edition this winter. We Happy Few will release on August 10th 2018 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider will launch October 2018. Microsoft also acquired five new studios Undead Labs, Compulsion games , Ninja Theory, and Playground Games, and their newly made one The Initiative. Game Pass will now have a Fast Start feature to allow games to load faster. Microsoft also talked about their Microsoft AI that will learn from players habits and cater to them. Gaming on the go was also brought up by them as well.