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7 of the Biggest Xbox Announcements at E3

Xbox E3 2018 Conference Source: Microsoft

E3 2018 is here, and Microsoft kicked off the week with their Xbox conference. Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, took the stage to show us 50 games. Let's talk about some of the biggest Xbox announcements.

Jump Force Logo. Credit: Microsoft

1. Jump Force

Bandai Namco has joined forces with Microsoft to create a fighting game that features some famous characters. Jump Force contains heroes, and villains, right from the pages of the Japanese weekly manga, Shonen Jump. The trailer showcased on the Microsoft stage revealed, Goku (Dragon Ball), Naruto (Naruto), and Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece) joining together to fight Frieza (Dragon Ball). All of these characters used their signature moves to battle each other. The trailer ends with the words "Unite to Fight" and gave us a silhouette of the Death Note characters Light Yagami and Ryuk.

Jump Force is planning a 2019 release.

Devil May Cry Logo. Credit: Capcom

2. Devil May Cry 5

It has been ten years since Devil May Cry 4, but we do not have to wait much longer. Capcom took the Microsoft stage to showcase Devil May Cry 5. The story will be a continuation of Devil May Cry 4, and Hideki Itsuno is back to be the game's director. Nero and Dante will be making a return in Devil May Cry 5 with all new haircuts and brand new tech arms to destroy all of the demons.

Devil May Cry 5 has a release window of Spring 2019

Kingdom Hearts III Logo. Source: Square Enix

3. Kingdom Hearts 3

The iconic series is finally making its way over to the Xbox platform with the long-awaited third entry. Kingdom Hearts 3 will have all new Disney worlds including, Frozen, Tangled, and Toy Story. Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy will all be returning as the game's protagonists. The gameplay trailer features Frozen's Elsa heavily, hinting at her playing a significant role in Kingdom Hearts 3's campaign.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will be available to play January 29th, 2019

Cyberpunk 2077 Logo. Credit: CD Projekt Red

4. Cyberpunk 2077

Interrupting Phil Spencer's speech, CD Projekt Red showed off their new RPG title, Cyberpunk 2077. From the makers of The Witcher 3 comes a futuristic metropolitan world named, Night City, that boasts new technologies and a slew of shady characters.

CD Projekt Red did not display any gameplay but talked a little about what to expect. You play as a character named V, a gun for hire, on one of his first contracts. Cyberpunk 2077 is all about V becoming an "Urban Legend" in the streets of Night City.

Cyberpunk 2077 is slated for June 2019

Crackdown 3 Logo. Credit: Microsoft

5. Crackdown 3

Featuring a very loud and energetic, Terry Crews, Crackdown is about a police force gone wild. Power and Strength is what this game is all about. You acquire power-ups for your characters strengths and abilities, but the game also features firepower like homing rockets and a graviton tether. Raegent Games, Sumo Digital, and Cloudgine are all studios working on the title.

Crackdown 3 is due out in February 2019.

Gears 5 Title. Source: Microsoft

6. Gears 5

Microsoft's studio, The Coalition, has been hard at work since 2016 after the release of Gears of War 4. Studio head, Rob Fergusson took to the Microsoft stage and announced their "most ambitious Gears game yet." Gears 5 takes place after the events of Gears of War 4 but this time with Kait Diaz as the game's main character. Kait is in search of answers about the dreams she is having. The Skorge will be making a return as the enemy in the new frozen setting.

Gears 5 will be out in 2019

Halo Infinite Logo. Source: Microsoft

7. Halo Infinite

Finally, some footage of everyone's favorite world-saving silent hero. The Xbox Conference kicked off their show with a teaser trailer that shows off the natural elements on the Halo rings. We see animals drinking and running in the wild and old cave writings. Then we begin to look at camps and human-made structures, underwater vessels exploring and then four soldiers walking away from the camera. Just on top of a hill in the distance, we get a look at the helmet and leg of Master Chief.

Running on the all-new SlipSpace engine, Halo Infinite takes place on the Halo structure featured at the end of Halo 5: Guardians. No more information about the story, but the end of the teaser trailer shows Master Chief implanting an AI disc into his helmet. Is Cortana back? Is this a new AI all together? 343 studios have not said anything about a release date just yet.

Microsoft's Xbox had a packed conference showcasing 50 games. Xbox aims to offer something for every kind of video game player, and it looks like they have a wide range in their lineup. What games are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss any major games that Xbox mentioned? Let us know in the comments section.



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