Don't Expect Halo Infinite Gameplay At The Xbox Series X Event This Week

Microsoft will show off next-generation Xbox Series X gameplay this week, but you'll have to wait a little longer for Halo.

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The Xbox Series X games showcase on May 7 promises to be a big and exciting event, featuring next-generation gameplay footage for a series of titles. But there is something very important to remember. Microsoft has said this event--now known to be the first-ever Xbox 20/20--will focus on titles from its "global development partners."

This means you should expect to see footage of titles like Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Valhalla and others from third-party publishers, but not games from Xbox Games Studios like Halo Infinite.

Xbox marketing executive Aaron Greenberg confirmed on Twitter that Microsoft is planning a separate, later event to showcase the work of Microsoft's various Xbox Games Studios teams. Greenberg said Microsoft has "some big summer plans" for showcasing first-party titles. [Update: It appears the event in question will be another Xbox 20/20, possibly one set for July. Microsoft has said that month's event will focus on first-party games for Xbox Series X.]

There are many options here. Microsoft could hold another one of its Inside Xbox livestream events to showcase footage of new Xbox exclusives. It's also possible the company may choose to share information during the newly announced summer games shows, including the Gamescom digital event and Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest. Microsoft may do both, or something else altogether.

Whenever this event does happen, it could be stacked with news and reveals. Thanks to recent acquisitions and studio formations, Microsoft now has 15 game development studios, many of which have not announced new games yet.

The Xbox Series X releases this holiday, and Halo Infinite is a launch title. Despite being around six months away from release, give or take, Microsoft has not shown any Halo Infinite gameplay whatsoever. Halo fans are surely hoping that changes soon. The game will also release on the regular Xbox One and Xbox One X, as well as PC.

The Xbox Series X games showcase takes place on Thursday, May 7 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET / 3 PM GMT. You can watch the Inside Xbox livestream on Facebook Mixer, Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube.

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ok is it me or all the studios they have purchased seem to have nothing to show. all they have showed was non gameplay of hellblade 2. 3rd party is great and all but it just shows what to expect for the ps 5 as well. they need to show something not on other systems.

I know when sony shows off the ps 5. there will be first party titles that they will show off then bam all the attention will be back to the ps5.

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@gifford38: I'm sure we'll be seeing things from these acquired studios very soon.

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Two things I know about the upcoming console gen:

1.) Sony has already given me several reasons to buy a PS5.

2.) I'm still waiting for Microsoft to give a reason to buy an Xbox product.

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Unlike Sony, Microsoft is making sure to use every event to show us more and more about the Series X without reveling all the information in just a few days.

They are purposely milking it in order to keep the media outlets writing about it every time.

Very smart move.

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Huurrraaaahhhhh, can't wait to see 3rd party games. What titles are you guys hoping to see?

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I'm guessing Infinite won't even drop until holiday of '21, so I wasn't expecting that we would see any actual gameplay at this point.

Take your time MS, and make it awesome.

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@aross2004: Still confirmed as a launch title actually for now at least. I'm not worried as it is on Gamepass day one anyway so no big deal.

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@deviltaz35: Hopefully I am wrong, but I see zero chance that we see it this year.

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Guess I’m skipping it then. Sorry Microsoft.

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@midna: Whether you are PS fanboy or PC and not Microsoft it will show you first gameplay of Valhalla which could be worth a look anyway.

It will be interesting if Ubisoft can take advantage of Ray Tracing and the like my guess is not yet.

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