Why Halo 6’s Absence At Microsoft’s E3 Showcase Could Actually Be A Good Thing For Xbox One And Scorpio

Microsoft doesn’t need Master Chief to finish the fight this time.

Posted By | On 18th, May. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


During the last several years, Microsoft have been over dependent on the Halo, Forza and Gears of War franchises. This kind of dependence started during the last few years of the Xbox 360 where most of these new entries felt quite fresh and innovative but then this continued well into the Xbox One era as well with remasters such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Gears of War Ultimate Edition and new entries such as Halo 5: Guardians and Gears of War 4. 

Unfortunately, all of them were kind of disappointing at launch. The Halo series, especially, lost a bit of goodwill due to poor showings during the respectives launches of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians. Gears of War Ultimate Edition was a fantastic remake of the original on the Xbox One, however the PC version was marred with several issues and Gears of War 4 felt more of the same. In short, except the Forza franchise (which continues to deliver over and over every year), both Halo and Gears of War have been going slightly downhill.

So when 343 Industries announced that there will be no Halo 6 at Microsoft’s E3 conference this year, I was pleasantly surprised. However, 343 Industries announcement undoubtedly also caused some disappointment among series fans- but it does beg the question, if, in the year that Microsoft is hoping to launch Xbox One Scorpio, a brand new console, and one that it is undoubtedly hoping will help turn Xbox’s fortunes around again, Microsoft won’t have a new Halo game to showcase- just what could that mean?

I think this actually bodes well for what Microsoft may have up its sleeve for E3 this year. Halo may have diminished a bit in the last few years, but it remains Microsoft’s strongest first party brand (unless you count Minecraft, but that’s on everything). If, in the year that they are debuting a new console, Microsoft feels confident enough to not have a new Halo game on hand, that could actually mean that they have enough big games lined up that they don’t feel the need for Halo to pick up the slack.

What could this mean? This could mean Microsoft has enough games that it feels like it has a strong enough showing even in the absence of Halo. Now, this showing could just be a slate of third party multiplatform games, that will just run better on Xbox Scorpio- but at the same time, Microsoft has to bring some of its own games to the show as well. Even if there are only a handful of them, Halo not being one of them means Microsoft is relying on new, potentially big name experiences to make the Scorpio appealing.

In the past few weeks, Phil Spencer, the big boss of Xbox, has stated some interesting things. He has confirmed that they have increased their investements into more first party games and the focus is really on the content that they are building. Secondly, despite canceling Fable Legends, Spencer still believes that the franchise still has places to go, but at that time he had nothing new to announced regarding a possible new entry in the series. He has also assured fans that they are not ditching single player games with strong narratives. All of this indicates nothing but confidence from Microsoft’s end.

But what might these games be? Will they end up being appealing? Will Microsoft just showcase Sea of Thieves, Forza 7, Crackdown 3State of Decay 2, and a bunch of third party games, and call it a day? Is Scalebound getting revived? As of right now, we don’t know- but from the indications we have from Halo 6 not being there, all I can say is that Microsoft may be pretty confident about its E3 showing this year.

And that’s a good thing.


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  • kee1haul

    This guy could make a fortune on the beach, with the amount of flip flops he has.

  • crazy_black_man- ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Crazy dream. I’m walking into Wal-Mart, walking past the smiling greeter, walking past the optical storefront. I’m virtually floating through the aisle now as its a very vivid, and colorful memory. I’m seeing flashes of light, shapes, familiar faces, and silhouettes. I’m almost at the back of the store now, near the cellphone display case. I see a big cardboard container in the main walkway. Its filled to overflowing with discounted media items. There are a number of popular movies, books and games. They’re all heavily discounted. All under $5. Cheap. Among the many titles available, I see multiple copies of
    Sea of Thieves, Forza 7, Crackdown 3, and State of Decay 2. They’re everywhere inside the bin. EVERYWHERE. I’m thinking…What happened? This can’t be real. These games were just showcased at E3. They were supposed to bring in the new era of the Scorpio. The next big thing from Xbox”. I see flashes of green, the ugliest hue of green I ever saw. I’m now at the Xbox Scorpio display. The price has been discounted to $300 with 2 free games. Someone is calling my name in the distance. Loud. Louder. LOUDER. I hear a distant alarm go off outside of my dream, my wife nudges me with her elbow, and I wake up laughing hysterically. The end.

    • zcar_driver

      I feel sorry for you. Dreaming of Wal-Mart and xbox.

    • crazy_black_man- ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I know. Pretty sad huh.

    • zcar_driver

      Life cant be to bad, if your dreams are of video games. Oh and at 300$ 2 free games even you might jump on board. with us xgimps. hahah,

    • crazy_black_man- ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Nah, but I do have a Windows 10 gamertag. So thats something at least.

    • SalvagedXBot

      You’re right it’s just a dream, meaning no basis in reality 🙂

    • Hahah you should write xbox drama books xD!! Nice one

    • Tomaterrrx

      Kinda worrying that you dream about Xbox but ok.

  • Sp4ctr0

    I can’t wait for Scorpio. Every multiplatform game, such as Red Dead Redemption, will looks way better than on PS4 or PS4 Pro. Faster CPU, GPU, more memory. With 12GB of RAM we can play in PC ultra quality!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a45cb0ff68f3c803ed4f85207ca010a22036c688caff4089f68746652163aff5.jpg

    Average game memory allocation on 8 GB console:
    – 3.5 GB system
    – 1.5 GB core gameplay, music, networking etc.
    – 3 GB free memory for graphics

    Average game memory allocation on 12 GB console:
    – 3.5 GB system
    – 1.5 GB core gameplay, music, networking etc.
    – 7 GB free memory for graphics (2x more)

    On console with 12GB of memory you can use PC ultra textures because you have avg. 7 GB of free memory for graphics.

    • Mr Xrat

      Pssssst: you aren’t getting ultra except in a few weak-looking Xbone “exclusives.”

    • Psionicinversion

      unless textures are baked into the mesh, texture quality is only affected by amount of memory and bandwidth to send them. got nothing to do with power

    • Psionicinversion

      then Vega comes, 2048bit interface with about 512GB/s still 8GB ram

    • MickaelSuarez

      “Every multiplatform game, such as Red Dead Redemption, will looks way better than on PS4 or PS4 Pro.”
      It must look better, nevertheless that’s just normal…

      Once again about your biased comparison:

      R9 390X vs RX 480
      8GB vs 8GB
      512 bit vs 256 bit
      384GB/s vs 256GB/s

      So, if i follow your way of thinking the R9 390X must outperform by far a RX480…

      1080p, R9 390X – RX 480 = 3fps
      http://media.gamersnexus.net/images/media/2016/games/gow/charts/gow4-pc-bench-1080high3.png

      1440p, R9 390X – RX 480 = 6fps

      http://media.gamersnexus.net/images/media/2016/games/gow/charts/gow4-pc-bench-1440high3.png

      I let you appreciate how a “slower” GTX 1070 outperform the “faster” R9 390X

  • Mr Xrat

    Maybe. An MS E3 without Halo popping up could be refreshing, though we already know Halo Wars 2 DLC is going to be one of their big (lol) announcements.

    • kee1haul

      Power.

    • Mr Xrat

      May as well cling to that fig leaf, you’ve been doing it for a year and still get shown up with that 2013 CPU.

    • kee1haul

      More power.

    • kma99

      Personally im waiting on that last guardian dlc and multiplayer snooze fest

    • Mr Xrat

      You mean that thing that’s not happening? Don’t project MS’ failures please. 🙂

    • kma99

      Nothing spells failure better than those gravity rush 2 sales

    • Mr Xrat

      Nothing spells failure better than the Xbox brand in general.

    • kma99

      Nothing has failed and exploded more than a sony built battery and thr movie division.

    • Mr Xrat

      You and your worthless brand are both wretched failures.

    • kma99

      You fail to not log in without your sock accounts. And dont let that sony battery blow up in your face


 

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