Microsoft’s Xbox-Bethesda Showcase event was the strongest E3 event in years, with a string of compelling titles that underscored the value of Game Pass more than ever and positioned the console for what it seems. is two years of solid game play. But there was a curious part of the 90-minute presentation that confused some viewers.
Halo Infinite, arguably the most anticipated game for Xbox Series X and Series S, got an update midway through the event – a curious position, but one could argue it was positioned to save time. Highway of Redfall not support. Overall, Microsoft spent about seven minutes talking about and showing off the game.
Forza Horizon 5, on the other hand, received 9 minutes of attention, including the “live” game (though, of course, the event was pre-recorded). It is also located much later in the show, closer to the finale.
Extended length of Forza Horizon performance, its position at the end of the rollout, and the fact that it had a hard release date (November 9) compared to Halo InfiniteA quirk (“holiday 2021”) is raising concerns that the flagship Halo game could be delayed in the future towards release.
Halo Infinite, of course, has had a difficult history. Originally promised as the launch title for Series X, the game was delayed last August following a disappointing launch and subsequent performance of the real-time game back to the original game. first in the series, but doesn’t introduce many characteristic new things.
Today’s rollout offers a look at a game that’s certainly improved visually and a story that seems deeper, but the E3 conference has a magic that makes even unfinished games look like a no-brainer. The best also seems imminent (which the developers of The Outer World 2 Perfectly fake in a reveal trailer on Sunday.)
But the lack of a specific release date is notable – especially with such a clear date as November 15, the 20th anniversary of the Xbox’s launch, and less than two weeks before Black Friday, which falls into the range. that holiday”. By emphasizing games other than its flagship and leaving the void for itself, Microsoft has allowed to sow the seeds of doubt about the state of the game, a shame it has handled the rest. back of the conference competently.
Let’s be clear: Microsoft hasn’t signaled any delays – and they won’t announce a 2021 holiday if they don’t plan to meet on that date. We could very well see a rough day and a more extended demo, loaded with in-game footage (or even a closed beta), later this summer as the second installment of the series. a one-two combo punch.
Expectations for Halo: Infinite unusually high. And even a few months’ slide (falling out… in spring 2022) isn’t terrible (though a Halo game coming out around the non-holiday would be shocking). However, the second significant delay could cause a crisis of confidence between players and investors.
Forza Horizon 5 is an important franchise in its own right – one that appeals to both racing game fans and the more casual audience. And the game looks spectacular at the premiere on Sunday. However, is it a game that should have been such a big focus during the E3 event? That is debatable.
There’s a lot to brag about about the game. And no one expected a match like Forza Trackmania, I doubt. But racing games weren’t the kind of console game for several generations. Halo is, and that leaves Microsoft with an ever smaller barrier to Infinite slightly related.