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  1. Microsoft announced today that Joseph Staten, former Director of Cinematics at Bungie (basically, the lead writer) who worked on the first three Halo games, has been named the new Project Lead for Halo Infinite. That's right, a game that was supposedly coming out in 2 months and which only needed "polishing and fine tuning" was just given a new project lead. This is after the game lost their lead producer and creative director last year. But, supposedly, this game is still coming in 2021 ... not 2022. You don't add a new project lead when you're just "fine tuning" some things. Don't be shocked if this is now a Holiday 2021 game (at the earliest).
  2. Much like Microsoft w/ Halo, Sony has now lost an exclusive from it's launch line up. Deathloop has been delayed until Q2 of next year. This next-gen launch is looking shadier by the second. Both consoles have now lost a launch exclusive and pretty much ALL of the games they showed off were very shady w/ their release dates. Considering the number of trailers BOTH companies showed off that were almost completely pre-rendered content and the almost outright refusal to give out solid release dates for games that SHOULD be coming out in the next 2-3 months ... it seems like there's a very real possibility that both consoles could launch w/ an extremely small launch lineup. I thought the XB One console launch is bad, but this could potentially be one of the worst (for both companies) console launches of all time.
  3. Halo infinite has officially been pushed back to “2021.” This is a huge blow to Microsoft and You’d have to think this leads to some big changes at 343 Industries. They exist solely to make Halo games, but each game has gotten progressively worse under 343. The single-player campaign’s for both Halo 4 and 5 both had very mixed reviews and The Master Chief collection was a complete disaster. The game required a 20 GB day one patch download, yet was still broken out of the box. Even after several years, people still experience crashing and other problems w/ the game. Sadly, some of those problems followed the game to its PC release. Now, they’re having to delay Halo Infinite (with a very vague new release window) and Microsoft loses its biggest system selling game right as it’s about to launch its new console. In late July, in regards to Halo’s poor showing at the XB Games Showcase, studio head Chris Lee was quoted as saying the game is “very much still in development” and “still needs a lot of polishing and fine tuning” before it’s launch ... I’m sorry, but that does not sound like a game thats supposed to be launching soon.
  4. A couple things I've learned about about Halo and the demo we saw yesterday. 1. The demo we saw wasn't even running on an XB Series X. It was running on a PC, which makes the artifact pop-in and middling graphics even more bewildering. 2. Halo: Infinite is not the first in a new series of Halo games. It sounds like this is the only game we're getting. The next 10 years of Halo content is all slated to be DLC for this game.
  5. Halo: Infinite trailer Gameplay Starts off w/ a look at what is clearly labeled (in the menu) as a demo. No mention of if this is an in-studio testing demo, a potential public demo that will be released at some point or something else. I'm not going to lie; I was a bit underwhelmed by this showcase. The graphics definitely looked nice, but it all kinda just seemed ... slow. It's nothing we haven't seen in previous, older Halo games and gameplay looks very sluggish compared to current day shooters like Call of Duty, Battlefront II or Destiny 2. I also noticed artifact pop-in at least once (while he's on the elevator). A bit nit picky, but something worth mentioning considering this is supposed to be on a next gen console that's supposedly "as good or better" than PC gaming. It was simply labeled as a "Holiday 2020" title, but I would have to assume it's available at release. State of Decay 3 trailer, no gameplay no release date Forza Motorsport trailer, all footage captured "using the in-game engine" getting tired of hearing this phrase only to quickly find out it's doctored footage at this point, hearing it just makes most people question what they're looking at no release date Everwild made by Rare trailer, very pretty, but no gameplay footage art style reminds me of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild no release date Tell Me Why trailer you follow a brother and sister. The brother is newly released from jail. You're left to assume he murdered his mother in self defense. They go back to their old house to try and figure out what really happened. Aug. 27 (this game is also on XB One and Steam) Ori and the Will of the Wisps Looks like they're making an updated version for the XB Series X Nothing huge, like new levels or anything updated sound quality and visuals; 4k @ 120 MHz Out "later this year" The Outer Worlds DLC: Perils on Gorgon base game available w/ XB Gamepass, but you still need to buy the DLC Sept. 9 Grounded looks like a video game version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids game preview (assuming playable) on July 28 Avowed new RPG from Obsidian Entertainment pretty sure the last 3 games shown were all from Obsidian Ent. lol no gameplay shown, but the character in the trailer is using a sword and using magic w/ the opposite hand, similar to Elder Scrolls no release date As Dusk Falls not going to lie, no idea what this game is lol story looks like it's told through still art imagines w/ (some) moving backgrounds kind of reminds me of Max Payne (the art style, not the gameplay) Psychonauts 2 sequel to Psychonauts on the original XBox and PS2 Double Fine is now owned by MS, so I'm assuming this is now an XB exclusive features music (at least one song) by Jack Black Destiny 2 being added to XB Game Pass sounds like all current content, including the upcoming expansion Beyond Light(?) will be included, but you will still need to buy the various Seasons S.T.A.L.K.E.R.2 trailer, no release date Warhammer 40K: Dark Tide 2021 Tetris Effect: Connected featuring single player and online multiplayer holiday 2020 The Gunk looks like some kind of platformer The Medium the main character exists in two worlds simultaneously my first impression while watching this was that it was a next gen Silent Hill game (before they revealed the title) Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Says that it's F2P ... but that you'll need XBL Gold to play. They just announced earlier this week that they're ending the XBL Gold program (w/ no mention of what's replacing it). 2021 Crossfire X same message "F2P ... XBL Gold required" they really do need to elaborate on that 2020 Fable cinematic trailer no mention of if this is a remake of the original or a reboot of the franchise STILL no mention of price, what they're replacing XBL Gold with OR the relationship between the XB Series X, XB One X and the XB One. From what I've read seen/read, it sounds like they actually plan on discontinuing the XB One X (the more powerful version of the XB One), but plan on keep the XB One S (the regular version). I'm not sure what the point of that is, especially if they plan on having exclusives be playable on both the XB One and the Series X (MAN, these are really stupid names). Is the Series X supposed to be a new console? They keep talking about it like it's a new, next gen console, but it seems like their plans are treating it like it's just a newer, updated iteration of the XB One. What's the point of all that (supposedly) new, powerful hardware if games (at least exclusives) are going to be playable on XBox One S also?
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