Microsoft establishes new studio The Initiative


The next entry in the Halo franchise is official - and it's called Halo Infinite.

The annual industry E3 gathering known for first-looks at keenly anticipated video games was expected to feature sequels to blockbuster franchises such as "Fallout", "Halo", "Battlefield", and "Assassin's Creed".

Microsoft plans to deliver "console quality gaming on any device"-PC, Xbox, or phone-with a "game streaming network" that the company is developing, said executive president of gaming Phil Spencer at the company's E3 press conference". Taken together, this represents a doubling of Microsoft's wholly owned game studios. "In the future, you will be able to join early flighting programs that will let members of the community play the game with us, and give direct feedback, much like the current Insider flighting program for Halo: The Master Chief Collection", the company points out.

The Coalition are expected to be handling development of the new game, which will carry on from the event of Gears of War 4. We've been given the freedom to explore, try new things and operate like an independent studio, with the backing from one of the biggest companies in the world to do something bold and different. But for us fans of everything with four wheels, the biggest title revealed would have to be Forza Horizon 4 developed by United Kingdom -based Playground Games. However, sources say Navi will be an RX 500 successor instead of an enthusiast-grade architecture and not substantially one-up its Vega GPU technology.

For a while, the Xbox One had lagged behind the PlayStation 4 in producing exclusive titles and subsequently seemed to lose ground to Sony's games console.

Starting with the trailer, which is an engine demo for the new Slipspace Engine powering the game, it definitely evokes the feeling of a large open world.

XBox Game Pass subscribers will get access to the game at no extra cost when it launches on October 2, with normal pricing not yet announced.

Our last clue requires diverging some Halo 5 spoilers: At the end of that game, most of the UNSC (that's the good guys, in case you needed reminding) was on the run from Cortana and her newly-formed legion of rogue AIs.