Let's see if this new game can recapture that title's nostalgic magic.
The former kicked things off proper, opening the show with 343 Studios' next instalment in the FPS franchise, Halo: Infinite. After Halo 5: Forge brought the game's map-building tools to keyboard and mouse users, an entire port is a logical next step. The initial release of Halo Infinite may only contain the single-player experience, with the multiplayer part of the game releasing quite a bit later.
It bought Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games, while setting its own studio named The Initiative. While Microsoft didn't have new consoles to announce outright, that didn't stop Xbox boss Phil Spencer from dropping a little tease about the future of the brand. Whereas "Ready to Start" is manually configured by developers as they build their game, FastStart studies how gamers play the title and works out which files are needed to begin playing the game. He boasted that the company's E3 lineup is its "most diverse gaming portfolio in every measure".More news: US, North Korea Sign Agreement at Historic Summit
Microsoft also introduced new innovations to push digital gaming forward, including FastStart, an innovation from Microsoft's Machine Learning Team, and plans from Microsoft's Gaming Cloud Team to develop a game streaming service to unlock console-quality gaming on any device.
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On the heels of last year's Xbox One X, Microsoft's console hardware division is now designing and building new systems that will push console gaming even further.More news: E3 2018: The Division 2 Gets Release Date
We've contacted Microsoft for comment. We are thrilled to welcome five new studios into the Microsoft family.
In addition, from 343 Industries' official website, while describing the effect that the Slipspace Engine will have on Halo Infinite comes this phrase: "A living, breathing world ripe for exploration and endless gameplay possibilities". Xbox Game Pass will also feature a new FastStart system.More news: Passenger killed in knife attack on Japan bullet train