It’s Sunday, June 9. EA has already shown us what it’s got coming over the next year with its E3-adjacent EA Play event, and now it’s time for Microsoft to show us what it’s got with its own showcase – one that is going to be the biggest in the company’s history.
The conference has previously been used by Microsoft to show off exclusive titles, new IPs and state of the art hardware (the Xbox One X was originally shown off at Microsoft’s E3 presser, for example).
That leads us to think this year is going to be big – the publisher hasn’t exactly been shy about teasing Xbox Scarlett up to this point, and we’re likely going to see a lot of Sony’s PS5 in the weeks to come, too. Microsoft won’t want to get left behind here.
Microsoft’s press conference will kick off June 9 at 9pm BST (or that’s 1pm PT, 4pm ET, 10pm CEST if you’re not in the UK).
You can expect the presser to last around 120 minutes this time around – the longest Microsoft showcase at E3, ever.
After last year’s show – where we learned Microsoft had acquired Ninja Theory, inExile Entertainment, Obsidian and more developers besides – we’re expecting the company to roll out some really special titles this year.
We may not get release dates, but we’re almost certain that we’re going to see trailers or teases for Microsoft’s new slate of games and a hint about what the company is aiming for as we edge ever closer to the next generation.
With that in mind, here’s what we’re expecting to see about Halo Infinite at E3 2019.
Halo Infinite – What we know so far
Halo Infinite is the next game in the massively successful Halo franchise.
The game – which is touted to go back to Master Chief and continue the story of the Xbox mascot and his AI companion, Cortana – entered the planning stages back in 2015, so we’ve got four years of progress to be shown this year (in theory).
Last year, Microsoft and 343 only showed us what is effectively a glorified tech demo – the new Slipstream Engine the game is being built in showed off shiny new graphics and some amazing real-time asset rendering, hinting this will be a big game capable of massive multiplayer skirmishes.
The game will effectively be Halo 6, and Microsoft has apologised for its narrative missteps with Halo 5 and promised Infinite will be a return to form, using Master Chief as the main agent in the story (bye bye, Fireteam Osiris). Expect to see multiplayer modes, a single-player campaign and some sort of spin on the now-traditional Firefight mode – as well as revised, more robust customisation (think Halo: Reach).
We know the game will have a beta… so here’s hoping we get a formal announcement of that at E3.
Halo Infinite – Release Date
Microsoft has not outlined a release date for Halo Infinite, or even suggested a window the game could release in.
However, we do know it entered the planning stage in 2015, and we know that in 2017 the development studio noted the game would not be discussed ‘for quite some time’. Two years and a teaser trailer later, we think Microsoft may be ready to talk.
We’re expecting a beta, and an honest prediction for this game would be fall/winter 2019 beta and potentially a 2020 release date if all goes smoothly.
Microsoft’s exclusive lineup is looking pretty empty right now, and the publisher is going to want to refill the slate during the E3 showcase.
We’ll update you with more as it becomes available.
E3 2019 SCHEDULE
Don’t want to miss any of the E3 2019 action?
Daily Star Gaming will be covering each conference with a live stream – getting all the information to you as soon as it happens – but you can find a full rundown of when to expect the main news drops below.
Pop these times into your diary and make sure you return to read all the big gaming news as it’s revealed on the day. We’ll also have live blogs each day and will add links as and when they become available.
• Microsoft Xbox – June 9 – 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 9pm BST, 10pm CEST
• Bethesda – June 9 – 5.30pm Pacific, 8.30pm Eastern, 1.30am BST, 2.30am CEST
• Devolver Digital – June 9 – 7pm Pacific, 10pm Eastern, 3am BST, 4am CEST
• Ubisoft – June 10 – 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern, 9pm BST, 10pm CEST
• Square Enix – June 10 – 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern, 2am BST, 3am CEST
• Nintendo Spotlight – June 11 – 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 5pm BST, 6pm CEST
ALREADY OVER –
• EA Play – Catch up with every trailer and announcement you missed here.
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