With the Xbox One X officially out the door, Microsoft finally has to start doing a job itâ€™s been neglecting for a few years now: making games. We have a lot of guesses and expectations for what weâ€™ll see from Microsoft at E3 this year, so letâ€™s lay them out:
What weâ€™re expecting:
Forza Horizon 4
Microsoft has released a Forza game of some kind every year since 2011, alternating betweenÂ Forza MotorsportÂ andÂ Forza Horizon.Â We donâ€™t expect 2018 to be any different. Rumors have been floating around for months that this yearâ€™s entry,Â Forza Horizon 4, will be set in Japan. If true, that could mean a really fresh new entry for the series. Traveling to Japan means tons of expectations for downhill mountain racing and a focus on drifting. AÂ Horizon game is the perfect place to dig into this car fantasy and Iâ€™d love to see Playground go there and make our dreams come true.Â Forza Horizon 3 might be my favoriteÂ ForzaÂ game to date â€“ I still boot it up sometimes to squeal around the totally-bonkers Hot Wheels expansion.
A Crackdown release date
Weâ€™ve been hearing aboutÂ Crackdown for years. As its Fall 2017 release date closed in, Microsoft pushed it out into 2018 at seemingly the last minute. The companyâ€™s been cagey on the release date since then. We actually played it last year and had a pretty good time with it, so weâ€™re fully expecting to see it release this year. If Microsoft wants to really impress us, theyâ€™ll do two things: first, theyâ€™ll show the online-only gameplay that takes advantage of the much-touted cloud-powered destruction that lets you lay waste to the entire city. Second, theyâ€™ll finish the presentation with â€œand you can play it today, only on Xbox and Windows 10.â€
The Xbox Adaptive Controller in action
Microsoft officially unveiled its accessibility-focused Adaptive Controller earlier this month, and itâ€™s cool as hell. It offers an under-served audience a cheaper (though $99 is still not cheap) alternative to the bespoke solutions previously available to gamers with different accessibility needs. The company wonâ€™t likely spend a lot of time on it, but weâ€™ll probably get a hard release date and a look at the ways different gamers can setup the controller for their needs to see just how flexible the controller can be.
Xbox service changes
Microsoft has been tweaking just about everything about the Xbox experience in the last few years. Countless updates to the Xbox One have totally changed the way people use it. The Xbox One X has offered a new tier of gaming previously unavailable to console gamers. Xbox Game Pass lets gamers access piles of games for one monthly fee. Weâ€™re expecting to see that continue this year. Weâ€™re not sure what itâ€™ll be yet. Maybe Microsoft will bite the bullet and make multiplayer free. The cross-compatibility with PC and other platforms already makes it a little bit silly. When I playÂ Sea of ThievesÂ with my brother, he plays on PC while I play on Xbox. I have to pay the yearly cost of Xbox Live to do so, but he doesnâ€™t. And thereâ€™s a growing list of games that these rules apply to. Dropping the fee for multiplayer would be a risky move but a big, gamer-friendly, cross-platform-focused move. Or maybe Microsoft will roll the Xbox Game Pass into the Xbox Live service or find a way to make the Xbox Game Pass service more appealing with some â€œgetsâ€ from big third-party developers. The same way Netflix courts exclusive releases and relationships, maybe weâ€™ll see Ubisoft, Capcom, or some other developer putting one of their big games on Xbox Game Pass day-and-date with its release.
SomethingÂ Gear of WarÂ related
That Walmart Canada leak spilled a lot of beans all over everything. Weâ€™re still cleaning up all the game beans. Itâ€™s starting to seem like the whole thing was accurate but just rife with typos and assumptions.Â Rage 2 turned out to be real against my best guesses, and thereâ€™s almost definitely aÂ Forza Horizon game on the way as weâ€™ve covered, but itâ€™s definitely not â€œForza Horizons 5.â€ One of the other games on that list was â€œGears of War 5.â€ Based on that, weâ€™re betting somethingÂ Gears of War-related is on the way, though weâ€™d be surprised if it wasÂ Gears 5 already. Weâ€™re still waiting onÂ Halo 6,Â and weâ€™re not even 2 years out fromÂ Gears of War 4, which released on October 2016.Â something with the Gears name on it is coming, almost certainly.
Article source: https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/06/03/microsoft-e3-2018-predictions-expectations/