Wednesday, 15 August 2018
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Microsoft Xbox’s E3 reveals: Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, Gears 5, and 18 exclusives

Xbox. Needs. Games.

It’s been a constant refrain since the start of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 era, but reached a fever pitch in the last year or two. Sony’s killing it with exclusives, from Yakuza 0 to God of War to Horizon: Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, Until Dawn, Uncharted 4, and more waiting in the wings. 

The Xbox One has struggled to keep up, with Forza its only consistent seller. Other experiments have either felt half-baked (Sea of Thieves, Quantum Break) or fallen flat (ReCore). But Microsoft came prepared for E3 2018, touting 50 games, including 15 world premieres and a full 18 exclusive titles. That’s huge.

And hey, don’t forget: An Xbox One exclusive is also a PC exclusive in 2018. Read on to see what’s in store.

Halo Infinite

The rumors were right. A new Halo was revealed game at Microsoft’s press conference, called Halo Infinite. The main surprise: Halo Infinite apparently is Halo 6, or at least it does star Master Chief. Because of the name, I’d assumed it was a spin-off, but Phil Spencer confirmed it’s a game about Master Chief attempting to save humanity.

And that’s about it. Just the trailer above, and nothing else. This could be the first Halo game on PC in over a decade though, which makes it pretty huge news too. There’s no reason not to assume Halo Infinite will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Windows 10.

Ori and the Will o’ the Wisps

We caught our first glimpse of Ori and the Will O’ The Wisps at E3 2017, but I’m always happy to see more. It’s still one of the most beautiful platformers I’ve ever seen—just absolutely incredible to look at. The new trailer is equal parts whimsical and terrifying, and I could not be more excited.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Even during the Dark Souls era I’ve traditionally associated From Software with the PlayStation, which made it a pretty big coup for Microsoft to debut Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. You might recognize that subtitle from the Game Awards last year, where From first teased the game. Today we got a full-length trailer though, and it looks…well, a lot like Nioh actually. If you wanted “Dark Souls set in feudal Japan,” now you have two options to choose from.

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