Halo Infinite – you should see more of it next monthA reader makes some educated guesses – and a few unlikely wishes – about what Microsoft is likely to unveil at E3 next month.
So it is that time of year again, with just over a month to go until E3 2019. There are a lot of rumours and speculation flying around as usual, so I thought I would give my thoughts on what I am expecting to see at Xbox’s E3 press conference this year.
Xbox’s E3 press conference will take place on Sunday, 9 June in what is one of their most important E3s ever. Last year they announced several new first party studios and have promised we will start to see some of the games they are working on for the Xbox One, Windows 10, and the next generation of Xbox consoles. Whether we will see them officially reveal said next gen consoles during the show is up for debate but we will most definitely see their upcoming xCloud streaming service, promising to deliver console quality gaming on almost every device via cloud streaming and scheduled to launch later this year.
The elephant in the room here is that their main rival PlayStation will not be having an E3 press conference this year. So will Microsoft use this as an opportunity to really go big and come out all guns blazing with their next gen plans? Or will they play their cards close to their chest until nearer the expected autumn 2020 launch date? It’s also possible that PlayStation might be preparing a special episode of their Nintendo Direct style presentations, State of Play, for E3 week and we may get some details on their next gen plans and new game announcements there.
Bleeding Edge was registered recently as a trademark by Ninja Theory and is believed to be the new name for their long-in-development futuristic action game Razer. Set in a sci-fi universe players can play solo or team up with up to three other players to take on aliens who have invaded. The game is said to have a more melee combat focus, which seems fitting of the studio’s style. Maybe a stylish third person swordfighting game like Ninja Gaiden or Devil May Cry with alien enemies? Or it could be a completely new IP as it’s all rumour and speculation at this point. But I think it’s safe to assume we will see this game announced during the show.
First revealed at last year’s E3, in what was more of a tech demo for 343’s new Slipspace engine, Halo Infinite is the next entry in Microsoft’s flagship series that we should definitely see more of at this year’s E3. Not a lot has been said since that initial reveal, other than confirmation that Infinite is a sequel to Halo 5: Guardians. Although the art style appears to be a return to a similar style to the first three Halo games and will be a soft reboot for the series, which most fans agree is needed to breathe new life into it. It is believed to be launching in autumn 2020 for Xbox One, Windows 10, and as a launch title for the new gen Xboxes.
A new open world action role-playing game, possibly Fable
Playground Games, creators of the much-loved Forza Horizon series, are venturing into other genres after opening a second studio to work on a new open world action role-playing game. There has been a lot of rumours that this is a new entry in the Fable series, either Fable IV or possibly a reboot. Personally, I think it is a new IP with all the secrecy about this game. If it was Fable I think they would’ve been more open about it, as it is a long running well-established IP. We should know for sure next month as this is bound to be one of the reveals.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Since Xbox has marketing rights I think this will be one of the big third party games on their stage. With a gameplay trailer most likely at EA Play, I think we will see the developers on Xbox’s stage to talk more about the game. Maybe another new trailer and a live gameplay demo.
Again, Xbox has marketing for Borderlands 3, so we will most likely see a new trailer and gameplay shown off on their stage.
Xbox’s big holiday exclusive this year was revealed at last year’s E3 and has been fairly quiet since. It has been confirmed to be mainly focused on new character Kait, who was introduced in Gears Of War 4, as she searches for her mother and battles the Locust hordes. It also appears to have more of a winter setting and The Coalition have said it will have much larger, more open areas to explore than the previous games which have been far more linear. It is sure to be a graphical showcase for the Xbox One, particularly the more powerful Xbox One X where it will run at 4K 60fps.
A New Viva Piñata
OK, time to get a little silly with some of my own personal hopes and predictions. I think it is high time Viva Piñata came back and I think it lends itself well to xCloud streaming, being able to pick up and care for your piñatas on your phone when away from your console. Also, it would be a good family friendly Xbox exclusive. With Rare pretty busy with Sea Of Thieves, I think maybe Sumo Digital would be a good fit to handle the bulk of development, with Rare overseeing the game.
A major Japanese studio is acquired
I think we will see at least one more studio acquisition from Xbox at E3 and I think they will want to add a Japanese studio to their line-up. My hope would be Team Ninja, with news that Nioh is coming to Xbox One this year, Nioh 2 will also come to Xbox and Ninja Gaiden 4 is announced as a next gen Xbox exclusive. [Team Ninja is part of Koei Tecmo, so they’d probably have to buy the whole parent company to get them – GC] A really wild hope of mine is FromSoftware and only if it means Enchanted Arms 2 finally happens. But I highly doubt it.
The Initiative modern day GTA style open world game
Xbox announced a brand-new studio, The Initiative, last year but haven’t said anything about what their first game is going to be. They have hired a lot of big-name developers from the likes of Rockstar, Crystal Dynamics, EA and more. I think it could be a modern-day open world action game in the style of GTA, with lots of innovative new game mechanics that break new ground with what we can do in a game; raising the bar in the same way a new Rockstar game does. I think we will get our first glimpse at what they have been working on this year for sure, but it’ll be a few years away yet, whatever it is.
Blinx: The Timesweeper 3
OK, ending on a long shot here. But since they did make Blinx 1 and 2 backwards compatible and Xbox One X enhanced they at least haven’t forgotten about the series. So a new entry might not be completely out of the question. Who would develop it though? Oh, I don’t know Insomniac would be good but highly unlikely since they’re probably making Spider-Man 2 for the PlayStation 5. Sumo again maybe, as they usually have a few games on the go at any one time. Or maybe they’d give it to Dahlia Studios after they’re done with Battletoads. It’s not happening though is it? Poor old Blinx.
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