Microsoft acquires a whole bunch of game studios

New Halo game announced at E3 2018

If you've been constantly putting off an XBox One purchase, this could be the game to finally break you.

The waiting game: The good news is that yes, lots of first-party content from Microsoft seems to finally be in the works after years of minimal or lackluster offerings.

Earlier this year, Scotland was added as part of an expansion of strategy game Civilisation 6.

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.

In all the company showed off 52 games, 15 of which were world premieres, Phil Spencer, the head of the Xbox unit, told the crowd at the Microsoft Theater. Spencer said that the hardware team behind the Xbox One X is "deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles" and that they'll "set the benchmark for console gaming". The game, which was rumored in advance of the press conference, features the return of Master Chief and is rendered in a brand new graphics engine that 343 Industries is referring to as "Slipcase".

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Xbox were also diligent in bigging up their many services and new ideas, including a promising look ahead to what's to come on Game Pass.

Forza Horizon 4 has been officially announced by Microsoft Studios, ahead of the title's official release on 2nd October 2018. From what we saw, it's looking far more like a story-driven third-person action game than the action-heavy cover shooter it always used to be. "We will have some new and unexpected directions to take folks in and I believe the way we achieve that is to build alongside our community, iterating and improving as we go". While under its former parent GameFly, the team developed technology to stream PC games to Samsung and LG smart TVs, along with Amazon's Fire TV devices.

New details of the storyline were also revealed in an all-new trailer for E3 2018, posted above for your enjoyment.

They weren't lying. No fewer than three new Gears of War titles were revealed.

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