Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Microsoft Buys 4 Games Studios as Work Starts on Next Xbox

Microsoft Buys 4 Games Studios as Work Starts on Next Xbox

Nearly three years after the release of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft unveiled an announcement trailer for a new Halo game called Halo Infinite at Xbox's E3 briefing on Sunday afternoon. You might have noticed that Master Chief's helmet looks a bit different, too, and this is meant to display the game's new art style.

There's been no fighting game specific cues as of yet and it's wholly possible that we won't see any directly FGC-related content in today's conference, but the well is deep and the possibilities are endless. But Microsoft is clearly trying to push its development potential further with the creation of another studio dubbed The Initiative. Microsoft promises that they'll be improving the FastStart algorithm over time. The variety of environments (many wide, open landscapes and expansive vistas) suggests something more open-world in design than the standard Halo games.

Microsoft has been pretty cagey about what it will be showing off on Sunday, but that Walmart Canada leak from last month suggested that we'll see Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 5, and a new Splinter Cell.

Including in the Microsoft arsenal is an artificial intelligence that will be used to make game worlds and characters more realistic. Beyond that, the company launched a new studio headed by Darrell Gallagher, who formerly headed the studio behind the relaunch of Tomb Raider.

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While it was one of the least surprising reveals at E3 2018, Forza Horizon 4's official unveiling is still one to get your engine revved up for.

Microsoft rival Sony is reported to be working on a successor to PlayStation 4. But clearly Microsoft thinks there is still something on it.

Developer 343 Industries has revealed more information regarding the development of Halo Infinite, and the Slipspace Engine. Perhaps even slightly humbled by the lessons it's had to learn this gen, it's stacking the deck for the next battle for gamers' hearts - and it's a battle it just might win.

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