E3 2018: Microsoft Xbox Conference Live Recap

Welcome to Talkies Network’s Live Recap of Microsoft’s E3 2018 Conference! Here, you will find live updates from the conference as well as the newest trailers from all the latest games and updates from Xbox. Refresh the page constantly to get the latest updates!

Microsoft has started with a huge crowd favourite. Halo Infinite is the first new announcement. Quite an astonishing response in the audience.

And we have begun. The first trailer of the night is a new Halo game: Halo Infinite, featuring Master Chief and (by the looks of it) the planet from the original game. Xbox chief Phil Spencer is here to explain more.

Phil Spencer says “I will always believe that gaming is the great unifier” who is apparently so beloved by the Xbox fan audience that they spontaneously started chanting his name. 

Today they are showing 50 games, 18 of them Xbox exclusives, and 15 world premiers.

The next announcement is a new Ori and the Blind Forest game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps: a beautiful nature-themed platform game.

Next up: we got a world premiere of the next From Software title, to a raptuous reception. It’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which looks like another hardcore crawler, complete with giant enemies, combined horseback and grappling hook combat and a hero has returned from the dead.

Todd Howard of Bethesda enters the stage – who’s having his own press conference in a few hours, but hey. Fallout 4 is coming to Xbox Game pass today – but more excitingly, we’re also going to see Fallout 76, a new Fallout game 4x the size of Fallout 4, set in West Virginia.

Bethesda games introduces Fallout 76 – a prequel to the entire series, featuring some of the first survivors emerging into the new apocalyptic world. Excellent use of the song Country Roads by John Denver in the demo

A quick trailer for the long-delayed Crackdown 3 is followed by the announcement that extremely weird robot-themed Japanese RPG Nier Automata is coming to the Xbox One on 26 June. 

Both Crackdown 3 and Metro have received comparatively silent responses from the audience here – possibly as they’ve been shown off several times previously.

In a big surprise, Xbox delivers the trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3. It seems like the Xbox chiefs have been busy building and rebuilding relationships with developers the past couple of years: we’re already seeing a great variety of games here, and not just the predictable Xbox standbys. The trailer received a loud reaction. 

New stuff will be released for Sea of Thieves, Rare’s multiplayer pirate adventure, in July and September. Just as well, as it launched in a slightly anaemic state.

FORZA HORIZON 4! Xbox delivers a fantastic trailer for the next entry in the storied franchise.  It is a new racing game from UK studio Playground Games – the next announcement. It’s set in the UK and looks very beautiful indeed. They’re currently showing off the same British locations in summer and winter.

Forza Horizon 4 will be out on October 2nd for both Xbox One and Windows, and will be part of Xbox Game Pass – meaning it will be free to subscribers.

Xbox chief Phil Spencer is back on stage, talking about how the Xbox team has been touring the world in search of new studios to work with. This has resulted in a new Microsoft game studio: The Initiative, based in Santa Monica.

Microsoft has also acquired Undead Labs, developer of the recent State of Decay 2. The company has also bought up Playground Games, developers of the Forza Horizon series – and, says Phil, an “entirely new open-world project”.

Big surprise: Ninja Theory, developer of BAFTA-winning Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, is now part of Microsoft too.

And there’s a fifth! Compulsion Games, which is currently making We Happy Few.

Next up, the trailer for Ubisoft’s The Division 2. Set in Washington DC, imagines an America on the brink of collapse after a pandemic. You play as part of a squad trying to avert civil war in a city ruined by urban warfare. A live gameplay demonstration is showing a squad in the ruined and overgrown botanic gardens, protecting an encampment of civilians with kids.

Microsoft is not pulling any punches on Xbox Game Pass, its subscription service that gives people access to free games every month. The Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 4 and The Division (the first one) are all being added to the service today.

September 14, 2018. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming ladies and gentlemen. 

A new skateboarding game called Session appears on the screen. A nice throwback to the days of Tony Hawk.

Now we’re seeing a new Devil May Cry, Capcom’s long-running demon-slaying action series, featuring the impossibly stylish, smart-mouthed protagonist Dante. It’s called Devil May Cry 5.

The monumentally difficult Cuphead, known for its incredible 1920s-animation-style visuals, is getting a new island full of bosses early next year. I look forward to throwing my Xbox controller through the window once again.

Another new game, Tunic, featuring “a tiny fox in a big world” was briefly shown

Bandai-Namco’s new game Jump Force features characters from One-Piece, Naruto, Death Note and Dragonball Z against each other in a very colourful fighting game. It’ll be out in 2019.

More post-apocalyptic stuff with Dying Light 2: “every day we rise from the dead to choose between bad and worse”. Cheery. This is zombie-killing survival game.

Chris Avellone (of Planescape Torment, fans of PC RPGs) is the narrative designer. Looks like story and player choice will be prominent here alongside the gore.

Surprise! Microsoft is bringing back Battletoads, a game that’s known more for its meme status than as something people actually played. That’ll be out in 2019.

Just Cause makes its triumphant return with Just Cause 4, out in December this year.

A new Gears of War game now, but not quite what everyone was expecting given the initial cheers: it’s a mobile game based around those little Funko Pop toys that are everywhere at the moment. 

But there’s more! A second new Gears game: Gears Tactics, made especially for PC. It’s a turn-based strategy game that looks along the lines of XCOM.

BOOM! A third new Gears of War game (the rumours were true!): Gears of War 5, the one that everyone was really waiting for. The main character is Kait Diaz – a female star is a first for the series.

Phil Spencer returns to close the conference, heading off rumours at the pass by saying that Microsoft is working on its new generation of Xbox consoles – I wouldn’t be shocked if we see those consoles debut in 2019, but it could even be 2020.

Thanks for following along with me today! Stay tuned tonight for Talkies Network’s official coverage on Bethesda’s conference at 9:30pm EST. 

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