Speaking on stage during Microsoft's keynote at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer revealed that there will be new generations of the Xbox console. There really haven't been any substantive leaks regarding a new game in the ultimate Xbox franchise, but a Halo 6 announcement would be an easy way to get Xbox One owners excited about the future of the console. The game will also be available on Microsoft's gaming subscription service the same day. The game was previously planned for a release this year. I would actually say Microsoft's Xbox showcase was one of the best-paced conferences I've seen in a long time.
It brings Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games into Microsoft Studios. Microsoft's hardware team "is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliever on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming".
Nomura said regarding the release date, "I'm sorry that we're asking for a little more time than initially planned".
So Microsoft actually gave fans reason to look forward to the future with the announcement of a new Halo title, several different titles in the Gears franchise, and output from the handful of studios they bought. And that's about all we know so far.
The Initiative. Based in Santa Monica, Calif., The Initiative is a brand-new Microsoft game development studio headed by industry veteran Darrell Gallagher that is working to create groundbreaking new worlds, characters and game experiences. They pulled off expert level trolling trolling with Gears POP! for mobile devices, XCOM-like intrigue with Gears Tactics, and a close look at Gears of War 5 with a few glances at gameplay. The knock-on effect from that though is that not only is there a lack of interest in Xbox in Japan, but western players who enjoy Japanese games have no reason to pick up an Xbox One.