Halo Infinite announced, powered by Slipspace Engine, coming to Windows 10

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Microsoft kicked off its E3 2018 press conference with a small teaser for the next Halo, called Halo Infinite.

The Xbox event was packed with cinematic snippets or play of 52 games, including new instalments to blockbuster franchises such as "Fallout" and "Halo". It is going to be the first mainline Halo title starring Master Chief since 2015's Halo 5.

Halo Infinite may launch with a single-player campaign only, with multiplayer to follow in 2020. It has acquired U.K. -based Playground Games and has letters of intent to buy Ninja Theory of Cambridge, U.K.; Undead Labs of Seattle; and Compulsion Games of Montreal.

"We're increasing our investment in existing franchises that you already love", said Phil Spencer, who heads Microsoft's Xbox unit. Spencer said literally nothing else about these consoles, so the knowledge that Microsoft is working on them will have to do for now.

Microsoft officials said the company is building a new Santa Monica, Calif. -based studio which it's calling "The Initiative."

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The reveal trailer shown at E3 ran on the new Slipspace Engine, culminating as a tech demo for fans to see what is to come.

Last but by no means least, we got confirmation of a new Battletoads gaming coming in 2019 and two dollops of Sea of Thieves DLC on the way later this year.

They also noted that Master Chief will have a more prominent role in the game than he did in Halo 5.

For a while, the Xbox One had lagged behind the PlayStation 4 in producing exclusive titles and subsequently seemed to lose ground to Sony's games console. But Microsoft continues to work to improve it, and we are seeing the results of that at E3. Xbox Game Pass will also feature a new FastStart system.

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