Yes! Master Chief Returns in The Just Announced 'Halo Infinite'

Every new Microsoft blockbuster is likely to be a fun game, polished to a mirror sheen, but they won't be reasons to own an Xbox. Right now, the next iteration of Halo may only be a single player game and if all goes according to plan, could arrive, at the earliest, towards the end of 2019.

Microsoft hosted a lengthy Xbox E3 briefing yesterday.

Microsoft has been stepping up its gaming investments over the past few years.

"When we started this project, the team's vision for the game was ambitious - so much so that we knew we had to build new tech to fully realize our goals for Halo Infinite". Additionally the firm shared news that it has implemented a new FastStart ability for Xbox One, it has added five new studios to its roster, and that it is already "deep into architecting" the next Xbox. Microsoft also announced that it is in the process of acquiring another British developer, Leamington Spa-based Playground Games, which is best known for developing the Forza Horizon series and working on many core Forza Motorsport games.

Executive President of Gaming Phil Spencer announced the deals at gaming conference E3 on Sunday.

Although none of the Japanese developed games appear to be Xbox exclusive - the developers, it seems, not yet quite that confident - it's a hugely promising sign that Microsoft has been able to win them back.

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This isn't the first time that Spencer has spoken of such development.

Microsoft officials said the company is building a new Santa Monica, Calif. -based studio which it's calling "The Initiative".

Spencer kept mention of these new consoles very brief.

The game is set to come out on August 10, 2018.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealed at its EA Play press event on Saturday that his company will offer a way to stream its games library to smartphones, low-hardware laptops and other devices in the future. Perhaps even slightly humbled by the lessons it's had to learn this gen, it's stacking the deck for the next battle for gamers' hearts - and it's a battle it just might win.

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