Microsoft Debuts Halo Infinite Gameplay, Xbox Series X, and More

Microsoft is showcasing its latest titles for the upcoming Xbox Series X, including Halo Infinite.
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Microsoft is debuting the much-anticipated lineup for its forthcoming Xbox Series X console — including gameplay of the next Halo game: Halo Infinite, according to a tweet from earlier this month.

The show started at 12:00 PM EDT on July 23, and we're here for a quick recap of what we know so far.


UPDATE July 23, 1:35 PM EDT: Microsoft console exclusives, more than 100 titles released with Xbox Series X

Among new games to be released exclusively for the Xbox Series X are Stalker 2, Warhammer 40,000 Darktide, Tetris Effect Connected, The Gunk, The Medium, New Genesis Phantasy Star Online 2, and Crossfire X.

Gamers can expect a lineup of more than 100 titles to be released with the Xbox Series X (and Game Pass) this holiday season.

Finally, Playground Games studios debuted a preview for Fable — a highly-anticipated remake of a classic game from the original Xbox days.

More updates will be shared later this year.

UPDATE July 23, 1:30 PM EDT: Psychonauts 2, Bungie's Destiny 2

Making a psychedelic entry into the new Xbox Series X lineup is  Psychonauts 2. Bungie returns with Destiny 2, which will be offered to Game Pass holders. It will have 4k resloution running at 60 frames per second.

Xbox Series X aims to bring in "fresh voices" and new perspectives, outsourcing game development to many third-party studios.

UPDATE July 23: 1:20 PM EDT: Avowed, As Dusk Falls, Hellblade 2

Also from Obsidian, the game Avowed offers medieval role-playing game (RPG). Another studio called Interior Night offers a drama-focused game taking place in the American Southwest, called As Dusk Falls.

Ninja Theory studios is also releasing Hellblade 2, which is set in Iceland and was previously announced in December 2019.

UPDATE July 23, 1:15 PM EDT: The Outer Worlds, Grounded

The Outer Worlds comes out on September 9, with a self-aware space adventure game. A reimagining of the classic film "Honey I Shrunk the Kids," the game Grounded from Obsidian studios presents players with an inch-high adventure of a bunch of kids trapped in a backyard, fighting with bugs and arachnids for survival. It comes out on July 28.

UPDATE July 23, 1:02 PM EDT: Everwild, Tell Me Why, Ori

Another game called Everwild presents a world of magical realism, from Rare studios. Another game from DONTNOD Entertainment called Tell Me Why, presents a supernatural adventure in a quiet American town. Its 'first chapter' comes out August 27.

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One game notable for its use of advanced graphics (with 120 frames per second), is Ori and the Will of the Wisps. It's slated for release sometime this year.

UPDATE July 23, 1:00 PM EDT: 9 of 15 studio games revealed, 'Game Pass,' Forza Motorsport

Game Pass members (subscribers) will be able to play all games debuted in this live event. Turn 10 studios is developing the next Forza Motorsport racing game, which will feature native 4k resolution at 60 frames per second.

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The new Forza Motorsport features impressive graphical enhancements, as was expected. Source: The Game Awards / YouTube / Microsoft

Racing enthusiasts may buy the new Forza Motorsport game for Xbox Series X or Windows PC, once it's released.

UPDATE July 23, 12:50 PM EDT: Halo Infinite levels 'several times larger' than last two games combined, 60 frames per second

"For the first time, players will get to explore a mysterious new halo ring that's several times larger than our last two Halo games combined," said Chris Lee, head of studio for Halo Infinite at 343 Industries.

This game will run at 60 frames per second. In the coming weeks and months, Lee and his team plan to release more information about Halo Infinite, including multiplayer capabilities.

UPDATE July 23, 12:43 PM EDT: Halo Infinite comes out 'Holiday 2020'

At the end of the Halo Infinite gameplay trailer, the preview revealed the release date: "Holiday 2020." Presumably, this means near the end of the year.

Halo enthusiasts may plan their gift-buying and -requesting accordingly. It will run on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

UPDATE July 23, 12:34 PM EDT: Halo Infinite plot involves defeated human race hunted by 'Brute' aliens

A monologue from an in-game character gives some exposition, claiming the human race was defeated, and now struggles to survive.

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Presumably an antagonist, this holographic brute gives exposition. Source: The Game Awards / YouTube / Microsoft

At this point, the in-game video displayed a seamless move from "holographic" display to the Xbox Series X's engine at full power.

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This bad guy looks pretty mean. Source: The Game Awards / YouTube / Microsoft

As we can see, the antagonist looks pretty mean.

UPDATE July 23, 12:20 PM EDT: Halo Infinite has wide range of new weapons, upgrades to old ones

Halo Infinite features new weapons. The one below has a red discharge — and it packs a punch.

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This fusion-looking red weapon packs a punch. Source: The Game Awards / YouTube / Microsoft

Of course, there's also what looks like an update of the (alien) covenant rifle — a favorite to many.

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Updates to old weapons like this alien rifle are obvious. Source: The Game Awards / YouTube / Microsoft

UPDATE July 23, 12:10 PM EDT: Halo Infinite gameplay features open world 'sandbox'

The new sequel to the Halo series, Halo Infinite features a open world with functional map — ostensibly to allow players to find their way around a more massive and complex level design.

Halo Infinite Open World Map
The open-world, 'sandbox' design hints at a more complex level design. Source: The Game Awards / YouTube / Microsoft

After taking an elevator to the top of a tower, it's clear there is much to explore in the new Halo game.

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Atop an elevator, Maser Chief takes in the new world. Source: The Game Awards / YouTube / Microsoft

Microsoft debuts Halo Infinite gameplay, Xbox Series X

Microsoft is holding an event on July 23 to share more details on new titles for the forthcoming Xbox Series X console. This is the latest big event Microsoft has held for the upcoming gaming system this year, and it comes on the heels of earlier showcases to reveal the design of the new console — in addition to showing off new games from Microsoft's partners.

However, today the focus will shift to games Microsoft is developing for the new Xbox — including Halo Infinite, the latest sequel to its record-setting space war epic shooter series, CNET reports.

As of writing, Microsoft operates 15 different gaming studios, each working on new titles for the Xbox Series X. Beyond Halo Infinite, Microsoft also announced a new action game called Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 — developed by a team at Ninja Theory studio. Another studio, called The Initiative, managed to retrieve a game from the writer behind the hit cowboy saga Red Dead Redemption.

Other games rumored to be in the mix include Microsoft's fantasy series Fable, including a new Forza car racing game.