Microsoft launched the Xbox One in November 2013 under a cloud of policy reversals and confused messaging.
We don't expect much in the way of new hardware at E3 this year, and for the most part, Microsoft's press conference was in line with those expectations. It seems that Microsoft is gearing up to tackle the massive success of Sony's (and Nintendo's for that matter) success with single-player games.
Ninja Theory. The relationship between Ninja Theory and Microsoft started in 2000 when "Kung Fu Chaos" was in development for the original Xbox and culminated in the release of "Hellblade" on Xbox One earlier this year. One of the first battle royale games, "Battlegrounds" is adding new environments and game modes, including a team-based "war mode". At no point was there an outright no to VR on consoles - but it's likely that it will still be some time before Microsoft is ready to bring any of its MR devices (or VR devices for that matter) into the living room. In a blog post, 343 said that all of the scenes in the Halo Infinite trailer were running in the engine. The brand new studio is called The Initiative and is being led by Darrell Gallagher, who previously headed up Crystal Dynamics.
Compulsion Games is the last addition, as they now wrap up production on We Happy Few. This Norse tale surrounding mental disorder was held up by some standout acting.
343 added that waiting for a new Halo game can be difficult-indeed, it has been nearly three years since Halo 5 was released in 2015. Its sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps looks to be no different. Will it have both a strong single and multiplayer component like past entries? The focus is largely on the scenery, stunningly rendered with Slipstream.
More exciting still, the next generation of Xbox consoles are already being worked on. It is interesting how these trends have swelled and dwindled.
Elder Scrolls Blades: New free mobile game coming to phones this year
Not Skyrim , not a Skyrim sequel, not a Skyrim spin-off, but a game that is actually being called The Elder Scrolls VI . Instead, it's a title that they are working on that is somewhere on the horizon.
However, Microsoft didn't rely on multiplatform games this time around.
So is this Microsoft switching gears to catch up to their competition?
For some people, the news of these acquisitions may be a case of "too little, too late".
At the end of the day, it's the games that determine the overall success of a console. For the sake of gaming as a whole, I hope they do. There is some system loyalty sure, but gamers want to game.
Not to mention Halo Infinite, a new adventure in the Master Chief story and the next major release in the franchise built from the ground up on the new Slipspace engine.
Detailed on Xbox Wire, FastStart "identifies which files are needed to begin playing and prioritizes the download of those files first, enabling you to quickly jump into full-fidelity gameplay while the remainder of your title downloads in the background".