Microsoft’s E3 Showcase: Top 4 Xbox Releases Announced
Microsoft completed their Xbox E3 showcase. During the E3 showcase, the company announced some exciting games, mostly, first person shooters that players are accustomed to. Here’s the top 4 releases announced by Microsoft for Xbox in 2021: Halo Infinite, Starfield, Battfield 2042, and Rainbow Six: Extraction.
First up in the top 4 games in Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Showcase. Halo Infinite is the sixth in the halo series and like it’s predecessors is a first-person shooter. The story picks up the story of the Master Chief, following Guardians. According to Microsoft, the storyline of Halo Infinite will be “much more human“, with the Master Chief playing a more central role than in Halo 5: Guardians.
Additionally, the Halo Infinite’s multiplayer portion would be released as a free-to-play game. In this mode, there is an increased focus on character customization. Below, players can get an overview of this mode along with a preview of multiplayer maps.
Release Date: TBD, Holiday Season
Platforms Available: Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S
Second up from top 4 games in Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Showcase is Starfield. From Microsoft: Starfield is the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda Game Studios, (Creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4). This next generation RPG is set amongst the stars. Additionally, during Starfield, players can create any character and explore with unparalleled freedom. Accordingly, with the power of next-gen technology and built on the all-new Creation Engine 2, Starfield takes you on a journey through space as you strive to answer humanity’s greatest mystery.
Starfield is an exclusive game to Xbox. This has caused a bit of a frenzy with Playstation players wanting to have access to the title to which Bethesda applogizes to fans about exclusivity with Xbox and PC but says in the end it was the best platform for their game.
Release date: November 11
Platforms Available: Xbox X|S, PC
Third up in top 4 games in Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Showcase is Battlefield 2042, a multiplayer-focused first-person shooter. Due to decades of devastation caused by climate change, in the year 2040, a Kessler syndrome event occurs, causing 70% of orbiting satellites to crash to Earth. The resulting global blackout causes tensions between the United States and Russia to skyrocket, with war breaking out by the year 2042.
Featuring futuristic weapons and gadgets like deployable turrets and drones, as well as vehicles that players can commandeer Battlefield 2042 provides players with a comprehensive game play experience. Players can now request a vehicle air-drop to any location, whcih is also quite useful. Battlefield 2042 also introduces a new “Plus” system which allows players to customize their weapons on the spot. The class system was significantly overhauled and include Assault, Engineer, Medic and Recon.
Gameplay: Three Modes
Battlefield 2042 has three main gameplay modes. First, “All-Out Warfare.”Secondly, “Breakthrough,” one team must try to capture another team’s control points, while another team must defend them.Thirdly, “Conquest”, two teams combat against each other in order to capture control points. Once control points in a sector are captured, the team will control said sector.
Release date: October 22, 2021
Platforms Available: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows
Rainbow Six Extraction
The final game in the top 4 games in Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Showcase is Rainbow Six: Extraction. This game has crossplay and cross progression which increases player accessibility across all platforms. Assemble your elite team of Rainbow Six: Extraction Operators to launch incursions in the unpredictable containment zones and face off against an evolving Alien threat. Band together and put everything on the line as you take on this unknown enemy.
Assemble Your Squad
First, assemble a squad in Rainbow Six: Extraction’s Co-op of up to three Operators, or go solo. Each operator has a specific set of weapons and abilities to learn improve and master, and improve through a new progression-system.
Risk it All in Containment Zones
There are 12 Extraction maps for players to explore and challenges to complete that will test your ability and tactical approach in Rainbow Six: Extraction. After completing missions, you can extract your team to get rewards or continue on and risk losing them.
Fight the ARCHÆANS
Players will fight a lethal, unpredictable and constantly evolving Alien Threat. During Rainbow Six: Extraction, players must depend on teammates to face each of the 10 parasitic archetypes. Their abilities, combined with the alien ecosystem, will challenge the player’s approach and ability to succeed.
Release date: Setember 16
Platforms Available: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, the Ubisoft Store on Windows PC, and Stadia