E3 2018: Xbox E3 Press Conference Wrap-Up

June 11, 2018

As the second major press conference at E3 this year, Xbox set a pretty high standard for those to follow, with some strong announcements, game reveals and a focus on catering to their hardcore fans.

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, was upfront about wanting to re-affirm Xbox’s commitment to high quality games on the platform, as well as high quality talent, announcing Microsoft has created new development teams as well as acquiring some big names, like Ninja Theory and Playground Games.

Phil also hinted at the next generation of Xbox, saying in his wrap-up  that the team responsible for last year’s Xbox One X is already “deep into architecturing the next Xbox console, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to deliver the benchmark of console gaming.”

We also finally had reveals of some big franchise titles like Halo Infinite, Gears 5 and Devil May Cry 5, alongside original game reveals like Session and The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit.

Here’s the full wrap-up of the briefing:

  • In an obvious move to fix their problem with exclusive titles, Xbox announced five gaming studio acquisitions – the newly created ‘The Initiative’ in Santa Monica, headed by Darrell Gallagher from Crystal Dynamics; Undead Labs from Seattle, responsible for the State of Decay games; Playground Games, who have worked closely with Microsoft in the past developing the Forza Horizon series; Ninja Theory, the team behind story-driven experiences like Hellblade and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West; and Compulsion Games, the developers of We Happy Few.
  • Devil May Cry 5 was finally unveiled – it stars Nero yet again, but Dante could be glimpsed at the end of the reveal trailer.
  • Forza Horizon 4 brings the series to the UK, and features an online shared world


Bethesda’s next up, so check back later in the day for our coverage on their press conference!