Halo Infinite Announced, is Master Chief's Grandest Adventure Yet

With Fallout 76 getting an even bigger reveal, now was the flawless time to add Fallout 4 to their library to play at no additional cost.

It started in earnest this year as Microsoft, Bethesda and Electronic Arts took to the stage to announce a slew of new games, trailers for upcoming titles and some interesting acquisitions.

Microsoft's Xbox division is laying the groundwork for a game streaming service that zaps games directly to any device, whether it be your console at home or your phone on-the-go.

It's no secret that the American console family has always struggled to make a mark in Japan, with native developers seemingly treating the brand with a mix of confusion and indifference. It has acquired U.K. -based Playground Games and has letters of intent to buy Ninja Theory of Cambridge, U.K.; Undead Labs of Seattle; and Compulsion Games of Montreal. It bodes well not just for the sheer volume of content available to Xbox players, but to the diversity of that content. Spencer intends to build a platform that offers a foundation for experimentation, with enough financial stability for game makers to try new things.

Microsoft has announced the establishment of The Initiative, a new first-party studio led by former Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher. While this could be stretching to describe Halo's traditional, signature open-sandbox gameplay, this language does appear to sound much grander than what longtime fans have experienced and come to expect from a Halo game.

Trailers were also shown for upcoming Xbox exclusives Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Forza Horizon 4 (which is set in Britain this time and features dynamically changing seasons) and Crackdown 3, with a brief tease also given for a 2D Battletoads revival.

The Xbox event was packed with cinematic snippets or play of 52 games, including new instalments to blockbuster franchises such as "Fallout" and "Halo". Microsoft already supports in-home game streaming from Xbox One consoles to Windows 10 PCs.

Though Microsoft doesn't have the data to back this up, Spencer asserts that it's possible for games on Game Pass to actually sell more copies overall despite the fact that they're available with a Game Pass subscription.

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