Here’s the best from Microsoft’s Press Briefing in five minutes


Further details on the anticipated game were sparse, and it doesn't have a release date yet.

The briefing began with the iconic Master Chief watching on as teams of soldiers drove Warthog jeeps across a ring planet in a tease for the new Halo game being developed by 343 Industries. The exclusives included the company's "Halo Infinite", "Gears 5" and "Forza Horizon 4". The E3 demo showcases some of the exciting potential of this technology - everything you see is running in-engine.

Additionally, Spencer announced the creation of Microsoft's own new studio, The Initiative, which will be led by Darrell Gallagher, who joined Microsoft in April.

The trailer for Halo Infinite was uploaded to YouTube on June 10, 2018 and has already been viewed more than 523,000 times. The game releases with special enhancements for Xbox One X. Beginning from today, Tom Clancy's The Division, Fallout 4, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited are available to play through Game Pass.

Once the acquisitions are complete, Microsoft will have 11 game development studios. He also added that 343 is "making changes to how we approach things", which could be interpreted in a number of ways.

"Our answer: we commit and harness the full breadth of our resources at Microsoft to deliver on the future of play".

Last but by no means least, we got confirmation of a new Battletoads gaming coming in 2019 and two dollops of Sea of Thieves DLC on the way later this year. Sony recently suggested that it won't reveal the new PlayStation until 2021, and that kind of timeline makes sense for Microsoft as well. In fact, we can't actually verify that Rare is working on this game, but we'd be shocked if that wasn't the case.