Microsoft’s got a new Halo for you. 

The hit Xbox action series starring the super-human Master Chief in his latest adventure to save the galaxy was teased Sunday during the company’s press conference here at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, said it will be the character’s “greatest adventure” yet, though the company didn’t say much more than that, nor when it will be released. The game will be called Halo Infinite.


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The new Halo was the the tip of an iceberg of announcements around 50 games and 20 exclusives designed to show the gaming world its Xbox is the gaming device to buy, even if it’s not the most popular.

To emphasize that, the company wowed attendees at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles with a series of announcements about plans for its most popular franchises, including the Gears of War space shooting epic and its hit Cuphead and Ori adventures games. 

And if that’s not enough, Microsoft also dropped hints about its next Xbox console, saying teams are “deep into architecting” the next device, though it didn’t give a timetable for a release. The company also said it’s building a new streaming service, designed to allow gamers to play on an Xbox, PC or phone.

“The world of gaming is on a historic growth path,” Spencer said. “In this significant moment, we are constantly challenging ourselves to where we can take gaming next.”

The message throughout that Microsoft wanted to tell fans was that it hears them. The company has been criticized for its lack of new compelling exclusive new games, something Nintendo and Sony have been successful with over the past few years. The top recently released games list on CNET sister game-review aggregating site Metacritic, for example, include Sony’s recently released God of War epic and Nintendo’s recent update for Donkey Kong. While Microsoft does have some popular exclusive games of its own, such as Halo and Gears of War, the criticism has grown louder.

“Listening to the fans about how important exclusive games is is really important to us,” said Mike Ybarra, Corporate Vice President of Xbox and Windows Platform at Microsoft, in an interview after the presentation. He added that by showing 50 games on stage during the Xbox press conference, the company was showing its commitment to giving gamers a wide selection of popular titles to play. 

That includes exclusive games made by Microsoft. “We always tell our teams to focus on the gamer,” he added. “If fans ask us for exclusives and first-party titles, that’s where we’re going to focus.”

For the complete list of games Microsoft announced, head to GameSpot.

The E3 press conference schedule

Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10

  • Bethesda showed off new installments of its most popular franchises, including the alternative-history Nazi shooting game Wolfenstein Youngblood, a new game in the industry-defining Doom series, a sequel to the post-apocalyptic shooting game Rage and the news that it’s working on a new Elder Scrolls game. Probably the most popular announcement of the evening though was Fallout 76, the latest in its post-nuclear war series of games. [Read our recap here.]

Monday, June 11

Tuesday, June 12

First published June 6 at 3:22 p.m. PT.
Update June 10 at 9:30 a.m.: Adds details about what we expect in terms of new Halo game, new Gears of War and rumors about a streaming service; 1:54 p.m.: Adds details from the press conference about Halo, Fallout and others.; 2:19 p.m.: Adds details about Cuphead sequel.; 3:14 p.m.: Adds details about newly announced Xbox and streaming service.
Update June 11 at 12:38 a.m.: Adds details from Bethesda’s press conference and interview with Microsoft exec.

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