Microsoft’s E3 presentation was a fireworks of advertisements. Although a slew of announcements have been expected after the acquisitions in recent years, the number is surprising: Halo, The Outer Worlds, Forza Horizon, Starfield and Left 4 Dead with Vampires were the stars of the show.
New Forza Horizon game
In Forza Horizon 5, Microsoft lets Mexico experience everything from deserts and canyons to jungles and historical monuments. The weather in each of the four seasons should now affect each region differently. Developers explain that heavy rains, for example, make some areas of the forest impassable. Players’ decisions should also affect the outcome of story missions. In addition to the car sticker for the fifth installment, Mercedes-AMG Project One, there are also hundreds of vehicles waiting in the fleet, which can now also be hidden as gifts by placing them on the map as a barn find. Ray tracing is also used in Forzavista mode.
Forza Horizon 5 will appear on November 5th for buyers of the more expensive deluxe editions, and buyers of the Standard Edition will have to wait four days longer. The platforms are interesting: the racing game is appearing for Xbox Series S and X as well as PC, but here in the Microsoft Store and on Steam.
Halo Infinite is coming this year
Halo Infinite and free multiplayer will go on sale at the end of the year in time for the holiday season, according to Microsoft. The company did not give a specific date and instead confirmed the changes to the multiplayer based on criticism from last year.
Outer Realms 2
The Obisidian’s spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas continues in a new solar system. The video material fits perfectly into the setting, a satire of the capitalist activities: it mimics the architecture of the trailers and also reveals that the project is still in a very early stage. So publication should only be expected in 2023.
Starfield is out next year
Microsoft Starfield describes the first new world that Bethesda created in 25 years. The RPG Sci-Fi release date: It should be ready is November 11, 2022.
Redfall als Vampir-Left-4-Dead
The surprise of the show was Redfall, which Arkane Studios is dealing with alongside time-loop shooter Deathloop, which has been delayed multiple times. Redfall also takes place on an island, but is designed as a co-op shooter for up to three players who can choose their changing egos from four characters with different abilities. You can choose between an ex-sniper and a young woman with telekinesis.
Starting in the summer of 2022, players will be able to move freely through the island city. She is not overrun by zombies, but vampires. However, the developers have not yet revealed the gameplay. The parallels with Valve’s classic Left 4 Dead co-op are already clear: the vampire can lure players with a “psychic spear,” which looks suspicious like a smoker with his long tongue.
The show was also full of small ads. Psychonauts 2, for example, releases on August 25, and the indie adventure A Plague Tale as well as Slime Rancher will receive a sequel.
The trailer for Atomic Heart also sounded interesting. The title, not even solidified in genre, was set in the Soviet Union in 1955, but in an alternate timeline, as the Internet, holograms and robotics had already been invented. The setting is the disconnected factory and players explore a secret agent “P-3”.
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