It all started with a return: When presenting new games for the Xbox ecosystem (including a Windows PC) online, Microsoft first showed the Master Chief in Halo Infinite – in a well-known but long-missing environment.
The helmeted action hero was finally back on the mysterious ring planet, the player of course known from the very first halo still produced by Bungie.
However, the Master Chief has a few new tricks in store. Above all, he can pull himself onto bridges or roofs with a grappling hook. This looks pretty elegant in the trailer, it should have a strong impact on the gameplay.
Halo Infinite is said to offer a campaign in an open world that is many times larger than that from the last two parts of the series together. The developer studio 343 Industries did not mention the specific release date – sometime in late 2020.
Perhaps the biggest surprise during the presentation was that Stalker 2 should come onto the market after many, many years of development – exclusively for the Microsoft console and for the Windows PC. Players should be able to freely explore the area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Factions and monsters are supposed to interact, which is to be simulated by the game using a system called A-Life 2.0. “We’re working on an epic, branched story that ends in many different ends”, the developers promise. “You have to make tough decisions regularly – and be brave enough to face the consequences.”
The presentation of Forza Motorsport was much less surprising. Officially, the racing game has neither a number nor a year in the title. It is being created at Turn 10 Studios and should also support a frame rate of 60 fps and ray tracing even with 4K resolutions.
The game is in “currently in early development”, Microsoft writes in Company blog. It is not known when a racing car will board the start line for the first time.
State of Decay 3 is also likely to be a long time coming. Microsoft has shown a trailer that probably had one message in particular: you want to leave the two sometimes rather fun but trashy processes behind and offer a complex plot in a zombie world – at least that’s our interpretation of the very complex trailer. Gameplay was not to be seen.
With Sea of Thieves, the Microsoft development studio Rare is currently celebrating new successes. For the online presentation, the studio has announced a new project called Everwild. The main character is one or one “legendary Eternal”who can get in touch with a picturesque world.
It should also be about the beauty of nature, which ensures very chic graphics, at least in the trailer. The intended release date of the possibly very esoteric title is not yet known.
At the end of the presentation there was one “One more thing …”-Moment: With a trailer – and also without gameplay – as expected by the community, a new fable was presented. The video looks very funny, but how the whole thing plays out, you can not yet estimate.
Microsoft has introduced even more innovations, including two games from Obsidian Entertainment: an expansion for The Outer Worlds, and a fantasy role-playing game called Avowed. Also on display was a new Tetris with the subtitle Effect Connected and the dark action adventure The Medium, which plays in two dimensions simultaneously.
The titles presented appear for the Xbox Series X and are therefore also executable on the Xbox One and Windows PC. Most appear on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service.