Microsoft Buys 4 Games Studios as Work Starts on Next Xbox

Jun 12, 2018, 02:02
Microsoft Buys 4 Games Studios as Work Starts on Next Xbox

The Master Chief returns in Halo Infinite - the next chapter of the legendary franchise just announced at the Xbox E3 2018 press conference! There's a new Halo, multiple Gears of War games, and a multitude of trailers for everything from Kingdom Hearts III to Fallout 76.

Players will travel to Europe in Microsoft's newest version of its "Forza" auto racing game, to be released for Xbox consoles and PCs on October 2.

Also of note was Microsoft's pledge to make games ready to play far quicker with Fast Start, which actually seems to align with the console's initial plans for nearly immediate play. The game was previously planned for a release this year.

It was a suitably large crowd given the enormity of what was to follow as Microsoft announced showcased a record 52 games on stage including 18 console launch exclusives and 15 world premieres. A new entry in the core franchise, a potential cute mobile entry, and most intriguing to myself, Gears Tactics, a turn-based strategy game.

Playground Games, a 200-plus-employee studio based in Leamington Spa, UK, which developed the Forza Horizon Series of Games. The game will be available for Xbox One and PC. The industry is headed in an exciting direction, and we see an opportunity to create incredible new game experiences of the future.

The game can run in 60fps and 4K, and numerous other cars you'll see while racing around aren't bots, but other players from all around the world.

"When we started this project, the team's vision for the game was ambitious - so much so that we knew we had to build new tech to fully realize our goals for Halo Infinite", reads the blog post. With Microsoft's backing, the new studios, will have the resources to "take bigger risks" and "create bigger worlds", he said.

The Xbox One trails Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 4 in unit sales in the current generation of video game consoles, but Microsoft is undeterred.

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