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Hellblade developer Ninja Theory and four others acquired by Microsoft

Hellblade developer Ninja Theory and four others acquired by Microsoft

Lack of actual exclusives for 2018/early 2019: There was a ton of "word premieres", new trailers and "first looks" or whatever you want to call them at Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference. These include games such as Doom Eternal, Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls 6, Halo Infinite, and Gears of War 5.

Watch right along with us via the embed, which you'll find below, and let us know if you have any predictions for what may be coming out on the fighting game front for Xbox this coming year.

Microsoft also introduced new innovations to push digital gaming forward, including FastStart, an innovation from Microsoft's Machine Learning Team, and plans from Microsoft's Gaming Cloud Team to develop a game streaming service to unlock console-quality gaming on any device.

To counter that, Microsoft surprised with a huge number of Japanese games coming to Xbox.

In some ways, Microsoft was playing to an easy crowd, with Xbox Fanfest winners in attendance to provide requisity whoops and hollering - and some even twirling shirts in the air at the bigger announcements - but not all games enjoyed a good response.

Max Verstappen loses cool during press conference ahead of Canadian GP
Mercedes were first out in Q3 and smashed the records, Bottas topping Hamilton in 1:10.857 before Vettel beat that. Vettel powered his Ferrari around the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in one minute 10.776 seconds.

Battletoads is such an iconic franchise, and no we're getting a reboot that's sure to have retro game fans salivating.

Playground Games, a 200-plus-employee studio based in Leamington Spa, UK, which developed the Forza Horizon Series of Games.

Spencer said his team is "deep into architecting the next Xbox" in a commitment to console gaming at a time when mobile and personal computer play are soaring. "We found innovative game designers, master storytellers and exceptional world builders".

Rounding out the return of the holy trinity at this year's E3 is a new Forza Horizon title - yes, we're including the Horizon spin-off as part of that illustrious trio since developer Playground Games has now been officially absorbed into Microsoft's first-party. With Microsoft's backing, the new studios, will have the resources to "take bigger risks" and "create bigger worlds", he said.

Microsoft released the latest iteration of its Xbox, the Xbox One X, this past September.