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Microsoft E3 2018 Xbox One Predictions: Halo 6, Perfect Dark 2, And More

Pondering the Xbox One’s future.

With E3 2018 right around the corner, we want to continue the annual tradition of making predictions; educated ones of course. Speculation is fun when it comes gaming’s biggest show and we always appreciate pleasant surprises, so we corralled the GameSpot team to throw some ideas out there. This time, we’re looking at Microsoft’s press conference and what could be in store for Xbox One owners.

As we get closer to the show, developers and publishers slowly tease or reveal plans for E3, but Microsoft has played its cards closer to its chest than most. We can expect more about Crackdown 3, since it’s one of the biggest 2018 games in Microsoft's rotation. It’s been hit with several delays, but with the game scheduled to launch this year, more details and a definitive release date would make sense. A new entry in the Halo franchise is a possibility given the last mainline entry was in 2015. Perhaps another Gears of War? Based on series cadence, Forza Horizon 4 seems likely--unless you’re Walmart Canada who’s thinking ahead to Forza Horizon(s) 5. Those wouldn’t really come as surprises, though. We’re here to stretch the imagination, grounded in some sort of reality.

Microsoft is changing things up a bit this year by moving its E3 press conference and show presence to its own Microsoft Theatre at LA Live, which is right across from the LA Convention Center. Microsoft executive Mike Nichols said it’ll be the company’s biggest show yet. As to what that means, we’ll find out on June 11 at 1PM PT. For now, read our predictions, and if you want more sweet speculation, check out what we’re predicting from Sony and Nintendo for E3 2018.

Halo 6 Will Be Announced

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It has been nearly three years since the release of Halo 5: Guardians, so if we are to believe that Halo is on a three-year release pattern (Halo 5 came out three years after Halo 4), Halo 6 could launch in fall 2018. In any case, the time is right for Master Chief to return to battle. Halo 5 was a big success with the advancements it made to multiplayer and Forge and a story that, while underwhelming in parts for not entirely paying off, showed us a new and intriguing side of Master Chief.

Halo is one of Microsoft's oldest and best-known franchises, and it's time for Microsoft to try something new with Halo 6. I don't know what that might look like, and it would be a bit sad and uninspired of Microsoft to simply try to cash-in on the battle royale trend. Instead, I want to see something new and unexpected from Halo at E3 this year. We already know the game will have split-screen, which is great because Halo 5 didn't. But I want to see Microsoft completely blow fans away with story and gameplay advancements. | Eddie Makuch

A New Blue Dragon Is On The Way

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Blue Dragon was a little JRPG exclusive on Xbox 360 that released worldwide in 2007, made by Japanese developers Mistwalker and Artoon. With the the help of Microsoft’s publishing arm, Blue Dragon brought something the console was short on: Japanese games. Famed artist Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball, Chrono Trigger) also put his distinct touch on the game with character designs and artwork. Although it was a fairly by-the-numbers RPG and didn’t do much to push the genre forward, it was still an enjoyable game that diversified the Xbox 360 library.

Support for Japanese game-makers on the Xbox platform hasn’t really improved since then, especially after the cancellation of Scalebound; the PS4 has this aspect locked down with franchises like Yakuza, Persona, and Nier. However, earlier this year, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said in response to a Tweet about whether or not JRPGs would be highlighted at E3 2018, “As of now, yes. Things can change but like last year I wanted to make sure we supported our Japanese publishers on our stage and this year we are working to do the same. It's important to us.”

Microsoft still holds the Blue Dragon name and it’s one of the few existing franchises of Japanese origin that the Xbox can boast. It’d be exciting to see a revival on the Xbox One and if Mistwalker would be on board to develop it. | Michael Higham

Platinum Games Has Something In The Works For Xbox

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The cancellation of Scalebound was extremely disappointing for Xbox One owners since it had been touted for a long time as a top-tier exclusive. Also, the fact that Platinum Games was working on it made many believe it would live up to the hype, given the developer’s track record (Bayonetta, Vanquish). Hideki Kamiya, the director behind Devil May Cry and Okami, was leading the charge, too.

But as believers in Platinum’s work, we’d like to think that there’s something that can be salvaged. It’d be a shame for everything from Scalebound to go to waste. Also, Xbox boss Phil Spencer stated that Microsoft wants to support Japanese games and do so this year at E3. Based on the critical reception of Nier Automata, which released for PS4 and PC, it’d be big for Microsoft to have its own Platinum hit. | Michael Higham

Crackdown 3 Will Have A Battle Royale-like Mode

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Alright, we know it’s easy to name any game and say it’s going to have a Battle Royale mode. It’s been the topic of conversation since PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds blew up and Fortnite: Battle Royale became the biggest topic in all of games. We’re even seeing big name franchises like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto adopt elements of the genre and we’re constantly thinking about who’s next to do so. It could be Crackdown 3.

Microsoft is flexing Crackdown 3 as a super-destructive multiplayer experience where skyscrapers, city streets, and anything in the environment can be obliterated--this could be how it separates itself from competitors. Considering that Crackdown takes place within an open-world structure, it seems that the playground for battle royale is already set. Xbox boss Phil Spencer stated that Microsoft won’t be making its own standalone battle royale game, which makes sense given that PUBG is a console exclusive on the Xbox platform. But that doesn’t rule out having a mode in an existing game, and of all of Microsoft’s IPs, Crackdown appears to have the makings for a last-person-standing deathmatch where the entire environment can be blown to smithereens. | Michael Higham

Xbox Streaming Service Revealed

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There have been rumblings and rumors of an Xbox game-streaming service for years now, and I think E3 2018 will be the year it gets officially announced. Given the expansion of reliable internet, the marketplace is better-suited now for a streaming service to work. It wouldn't be available for everyone, everywhere, but the market has unquestionably grown and become more capable and dependable in recent years.

Microsoft would be following in Sony's footsteps, as the company already has PlayStation Now. It is exciting to think about what Microsoft--which already owns data centers around the world--could do in the streaming space. It is especially interesting given that game sizes today are trending bigger and bigger, which makes streaming--which requires no installs--an attractive proposition for some. Pricing will be important, and it would be great to see Microsoft create a "Netflix for gaming" type service where you pay a monthly fee and play all the games you want. | Eddie Makuch

Perfect Dark 2 Is Rare’s Next Game

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Rare just launched Sea of Thieves not too long ago and it looks like the game will have continual post-launch support and content updates moving forward. However, Rare’s next big thing could be the return of Perfect Dark. The franchise began on the Nintendo 64 in 2000 as the follow-up to the classic Goldeneye 007, and made a comeback in 2005 with Perfect Dark Zero as an Xbox 360 exclusive after Microsoft acquired Rare. Now it’s been 13 years since an entry in the sci-fi FPS series and now would be as good a time as any for another one.

Not only would we want to play as Joanna Dark in a new conspiracy-laden single-player campaign, we’d love to see what Perfect Dark multiplayer can be this generation. Laptop machine guns that turn into turrets and strange alien pistols you can dual-wield still seems like a whole lot of fun. This is more of a pipe dream than something we’re realistically expecting. | Michael Higham

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I'm expecting a Halo 6 announcement, but would love to have a surprise release of this year. That's being pretty optimistic, but it would follow the usual 3-year cycle. Although it would be nice, I expect a 2019 release, which would be smart for them. There won't be a Battlefield game to complete with, only CoD. This year, even though it is separate genre's, RDR2 will be taking up a lot of people's time as well.

I'm hoping for a small teaser of a new Fable game. Perfect Dark would be awesome, but can't see it with Sea of Thieves being recently released. Maybe a small teaser as well?

Although I could care less about Crackdown 3, I think it would be smart to release it during a quiet period of the year. I can't see it doing well up against pretty much any other game.

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I'm not expecting anything but the usual Forza, Halo, Gears. I hope to be surprised.

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I would like to see MS come out with a bit of a 1st party road map of what they are working on to show the power of the XB1X.

Some new IP would be good also. They have many good services wrapped around the eco systems they have, but it would be nice to see they are investing in some new IP.

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Streaming services are such a waste.

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@Pedro:
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Nothing's really grabbing me beyond Halo. All I really want from Halo is at LEAST an announcement for Halo 6 w/ some more info.

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just want the next perfect dark to have better sensitivity for looking and aim down the sight similar to call of duty 4. perfect dark zero did the controller button layout right, but need to fix the looking/aim sensitivity only and remove the pressure sensitive aim on scope on weapons that uses zoomable scope, hated when i need to snipe players and bots. perfect dark xbla was good on the looking sensitivity but the aim down the sight kind suck, it was only good during the n64 days only.

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Xbox has a few MP exclusives the PS4 doesn't have. It's not enough to warrant an X1 purchase. I think MS's focus is in the wrong area. If SP exclusives aren't what MS is aiming at, why not invest in more MP exclusives?

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PD2??? It would be PD3!! Come on. xD

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Crackdown 3 is vaporware

Also 343i has confirmed that Halo 6 isn't coming out this year. There will probably be a reveal at E3 this year but it will launch sometime in 2019.

Seems that they're not sticking to the three-year release pattern, it might be a four year gap this time. This might be a good thing if Halo 6 manages to be more polished and content-complete than Halo 5, which stumbled out of the gate as only half a game at launch

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@Spartan_418: It wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. I enjoyed Halo 4, but I just did not enjoy Halo 5. The only cool thing about Halo 5 was that none of the weapons were clones(prior titles they were just variants for each race which was fine) and the movement system was great. Other than that, I couldn't stand the campaign and the graphics were very underwhelming for me.

I think since 343 has had Halo, the entries just haven't been quite as good as the last. Halo 4's campaign was fun, but the MP also felt a bit off, not sure why though. I would enjoy if they are taking their time to really embrace Halo for what it was and what they can do with it to make it great. Put in some of that old Bungie style mysticism, make epic sky boxes that wow us and memorable campaign levels that don't feel like corporate forge maps.

On top of all that, Halo 6 should absolutely blow us away graphically. Since Halo 2, Halo has always been the game on Xbox that had that wow factor to it. I remember seeing most of the graphics on Halo 5 and was just not impressed. The human faces and armor looked great, but everything else, the snow, the water, the lighting, the enemies; it just didn't look that great to me.

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Most comments I read here are hate comments against Xbox and Microsoft. Do you guys understand how stupid it is to be a fan boy of a brand or a company?

How did we come to all this hate speech against everyone and everything ?

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@mt-gamer: Right? I love my Xbox, but I don't go around talking garbage about Sony, even back when Xbox was winning in the 360 days. Light insults between friends who had the different consoles were one thing, but yeah people are seriously ravenous on these forums.

Now I will defend Xbox on here, but usually only arguing that the console is good despite it's exclusives issue and also that while Xbox is losing in sales numbers, it could still turn a profit this gen, even if it is small.

Sony clearly won and has some great exclusives coming out, but I do enjoy the exclusives on Xbox personally. I don't own a PS4 because I don't care for the controller layout and it's basically what everyone I know has for MP purposes.

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Sorry to disappoint, but no new games will be announced.

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Surprised nobody predicted a Fable game.

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I saw a rumor online that Nier Automata is going to be ported to Xbox. Is it really going to be the case?

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@cboy95: Wouldn't be surprised. The case would've read "Only on Playstation" by now.

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@xenomorphalien: It has never said “Only on Playstation” because even at launch it had a PC release and Sony doesn’t try to pass off games that are also on PC as exclusives.

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@shadowpandora: Wouldn't have a "console exclusive" label on it then?

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MS: We have new exciting games!

Smart people: Prove it!

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Blue Dragon? Id much rather see a new Lost Odyssey than BD. Same company, better RPG.

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@imajinn: Yeah Lost Odyssey was near a masterpiece at the time. The emotions of the characters faces and voice acting was great. I remember seeing the tears well up in some characters eyes and it was pretty ground breaking, especially for a JRPG.

The battle mechanic where you had to time the ring kept the turn base battling engaging and the graphics were simply unreal for the time. One of the few JRPGs that really utilized the Unreal 3 engine very well.

Blue Dragon, I wanted to like it, I really really did, but it just got boring after a few hours to me.

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@imajinn: Doesn’t matter anyway. Mistwalker isn’t making anything for console anytime in the near future.

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@imajinn: I liked BD, but loved LO.

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@imajinn: i am in total agreement with u. blue dragon was ok but got boring VERY fast. but lost odyssey?! holy hell that was a gr8 RPG

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@blkmac: 100% agreed!

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Can you blame Walmart Canada for anticipating FH5 instead of 4 ? they lost count so many Forzas out there.

Apparently its a 2 hour show just hope MS won't turn it into a circus like they did last year.

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@berrlett: knowing Microsoft, they will spend the first hour talkin abt new things coming to minecraft.

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These aren’t realistic predictions, this is just the wishful thinking of a stupid child.

Like placing a bet, you make predictions with your head, not your heart.

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This list is missing titles...

- Ori and the Will of Wisps (release date)

- Gears of War 5

- Battletoads

- Banjo Kazooie Anniversary

- Fable 4

- Xbox Live Silver (Free online multiplayer, w/o the free games, discounts and Game Preview)

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@michellebennet: Yes, Fable 4! ?

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the only ones that are true i can say for sure is that BS multiplayer only garbage known as crackdown, and halo6 Microsoft is slowly turning into EA and Activision no more single player games just profits MP only games for the future

theres no way in hell a Blue Dragon 2 is coming xbox hates JRPGs

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@shadowwarrior4: I think that last sentence is the other way around the "J" in JRPG doesn't like Xbox.

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@bentleyj10: yea...he had it right. microsoft hates jrpgs

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@blkmac: Nah, Xbox 360 made a conscious effort to promote more Japanese games last gen, it didn't pay off. Their console sales didn't really improve in Japan despite having more Japanese exclusives that were pretty good and unfortunately the JRPG's didn't sell too well.

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@thelostscribe: the 360 was crap hardware compared the ps3 and the japanese community knew it. plus the 360 library was NOTHING compared 2 the PS3 library. also, it isnt all surrounding japanese. there were plenty other games from other countries that MS wanted no parts of and those game went on thrive on sony's console. Microsoft just is not 'for the gamer'

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@blkmac: Your response is the prefect definition of biased. I can see continuing a conversation with you about this is pretty pointless.

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@thelostscribe: whatever u say, guy. i personally felt the convo was civil but o well. me personally, i played 360 a shit ton more than my ps3. i felt the ps3s UI was boring plus online play was much better than the PS3s was. Netflix parties, party chats with players in completely diff games (just to name a few). but i was only stating the truth.

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@blkmac: Maybe it was not the 'prefect' definition of biased lol. I don't think the 360 was garbage hardware, it wasn't as advanced as the PS3's cell processor obviously. After the first year(red ring issue) and the release of the elite version of the 360, the console itself ran very well.

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@thelostscribe: my 360 broke every single yr and i had to send it to get fixed. I didnt care tho. It was always within warranty window so it was cool. After the 2nd time i jus ended up buying a 2nd one so i had no dwntime with the system.

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@blkmac: I didn't buy a 360 until the all black 500gb Elite version came out. The only reason it needed to be fixed was because my dumb room mate knocked it off the entertainment center twice... in the same night... while running. First time was during a Halo 3 match, didn't hiccup once and was able to replace it on the center without stopping the game. So I assume the second drop only about 2 hours later, during another Halo 3 match, did it in, because it froze up and I had to restart it.

About 3 months later it started giving me a an error code and wouldn't start at all. Paid Microsoft a hundred bucks to get it fixed, not a warranty issue lol. Only other issues I had with it was it started overheating, so I bought a $3 torx tool, popped it open and cleaned out all the dust. Had to do that about once a year. Took 30 minutes tops.

Other than that, the thing still runs today.

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@shadowwarrior4: Crackdown and Halo multiplayer only??

dude, drugs are bad.

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@michellebennet: This.

Love how people keep claiming that Crackdown is MP only. Way to pull a Trump there...

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I still need to finish the first Blue Dragon. Also, BR in a Crackdown game makes perfect sense now. That could be a lot of fun.

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@lionheartssj1: playin blue dragon is gonna be a real chore. best of luck to u.