Ahhh, Microsoft, my how you are always the trickiest to write about in terms of upcoming games. At least this year you have five games announced, even if two of them are basically nothing but a logo. Still, there’s more reason to be excited about upcoming Xbox games than there has been in a long ass time. Microsoft has been snapping up studios like they’re Pokemon cards, and the likes of Ori 2 and Halo Infinite have definitely got us keen to see more.
I’ll be honest, the main reason we’re excited for Crackdown 3 is so that we don’t have to talk about Crackdown 3, or its delays, anymore. Some games get announced too early and outlive their hype. Crackdown 3 is just such a game. It might be good, we love surprises, but we’re not holding out too much hope for this ultra-destructive superhero extravaganza.
Now we’re talking. The original Ori was one of the best 2D Metroidvanias in recent years. It also happened to look drop-dead gorgeous and had a mesmeric soundtrack. For years, all we’ve wanted is more. Ori and the Will of the Wisps will finally answer our prayers in 2019, promising to retain much of what we loved, mechanically at least, but adding in several new skills and a vast new world to explore. And have we said how undeniably beautiful it all looks?
Fulfilling the fan’s demands more than anything, the original Battletoads was never a huge success but has somewhat bafflingly been one of the most asked-for games on Xbox One. Well, Battletoads in back in 2019 with the DLaLa Studios. It’s going to be a return to the 2D action platformer roots and, well, that’s about all we know. See you at E3 2019 for the shadow drop release.
A game in name only, we’ve seen a logo for Halo Infinite, along with a pretty odd teaser trailer, but that’s about it. Halo Infinite will be on the new Slipspace game engine though, which should translate to larger environments than ever before. It’ll also have deer, a rhino, and a warthog. Look, I’m playing with scraps here, it can’t be helped. The trailer does give me Halo: Combat Evolved second level vibes though, so there is that. Oh, and it'll finally be coming to PC, back where Halo belongs!
The fifth Gears of War! Or sixth, if you’re being picky. Now shortened Once the darling of the AAA industry, Gears of War has fallen out of favour somewhat over the years. Gears of War 5 sure does look purdy though, and there’s still something undeniably alluring about an ultra-polished, gory AAA third-person shooter.
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