With E3 quickly approaching, Xbox Enthusiast team members will be writing predictions during the coming days for Microsoft, third-party, and even some “wishful-thinking” predictions, that may happen but are more of a longshot. Below are my predictions for Microsoft’s press conference.
Halo 6 Officially Revealed, launching this year
I think the lights will dim in the studio, and we’ll hear some voiceovers before Master Chief comes on screen. This is followed by a fade-to-black moment that reveals the title for Halo 6. The kicker here is that alongside the title, we’ll see a Fall 2018 release window. While this may seem unlikely, hear me out. Bungie’s Halo trilogy all launched three years apart from each other (Halo: Combat Evolved – 2001, Halo 2 – 2004, and Halo 3 – 2007) while 343’s games also came out three years apart (Halo 4 – 2012 and Halo 5: Guardians -2015). Although we haven’t heard a single thing regarding Halo 6, I believe that 343 will possibly adopt the three-year cycle that we’re used to. The studio can take a page from Bethesda’s book and fallow the Fallout 4 strategy of revealing the game and releasing it within a few months.
Crackdown 3 launches in June
I’ve been anxious to play Crackdown 3 since it was officially revealed to be a sequel during Gamescom 2015. As a massive fan of the original, the constant delays have saddened me. We haven’t seen much from the game at all, and during every conference it makes an appearance in, we’re only treated to trailers. During E3 2017, Terry Crews was revealed to have joined the cast, with a release date to coincide with the Xbox One X launch. Unfortunately, after yet another delay, fans are wondering where the game is, and when it’ll launch. Microsoft used to drop surprising announcements during E3 conferences, and part of me believes we’ll see the game reintroduced to the public. Not only that, Phil Spencer will have a mic drop moment when he says that the game will launch later in the month.
Playground Games is rebooting Fable
Last year, we heard a rumor that Playground Games, the brilliant studio behind the Forza Horizon series would be making an open-world video game. While Microsoft does not own the studio, the partnership between both companies has brought stellar results, with the Forza Horizon games being some of the best racers on the market. Ever since Fable Legends was canceled and Lionhead Studios closed its doors, I’ve been craving another trip to Albion. Microsoft also has interest in the franchise, and what better studio to tackle an open-world action/RPG than a studio that is known for its expertise in large environments? We haven’t seen what they can do in a different genre, but Microsoft is daring enough to take a gamble on a studio that has yet to make a bad game.
Microsoft reveals an Xbox VR headset
Microsoft is late to the game when it comes to the VR market. While it has been on PC for a few years, Sony was the first company to bring the medium to consoles. Clearly, it’s working, because the PSVR has sold over a million units. Microsoft needs to capitalize on the growing market by bringing virtual reality to the Xbox platform. There are so many innovative VR games that would be great to play on Xbox One. When Xbox One X was originally revealed as Project Scorpio, VR was heavily mentioned, but surprisingly, we never saw a headset for the final product. I think it’s time for Xbox to enter the VR ecosystem. Giving consumers more ways to play is never a bad thing, and if Sony’s foray into VR is anything to go by, Microsoft would be smart to release a headset for Xbox players.
Mistwalker debuts a new game
Mistwalker developed two of my favorite Xbox 360 video games; Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. In the early days of the Xbox 360, the console had a lot of Japanese support, something that Xbox One is severely lacking. Ever since these games launched, I wanted more. Some of my favorite video games are turn-based JRPGS, and I would love to see the console have more titles in the genre. Phil Spencer has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to work with Japanese developers. It would be a pleasant surprise if recent trips to Japan led to the reveal of a Blue Dragon 2 or Lost Odyssey 2. The team at Mistwalker is very talented, and I would love to see another one of their games on Xbox One.
These are my predictions for Microsoft’s E3 press conference. What do you think Microsoft might announce in a few weeks? What would you like to see during the press conference? Leave a comment below.