E3 2018: Forza Horizon 4 Release Date and Gameplay at Microsoft Conference

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Microsoft launched the Xbox One in November 2013 under a cloud of policy reversals and confused messaging. Revealed in the worst possibly way in an infamously awful conference, it's been an uphill battle for Microsoft to make any ground up on Sony and the PlayStation 4.

Microsoft kicked off its Xbox E3 press conference with a doozy: the reveal of Halo Infinite, a new Halo game that is. um. well, it certainly looks pretty!

Developers have struggled to hit 4K 60fps performance in most games this generation on iterative consoles, be it the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. One high profile casualty was Destiny 2 which ended up being 30fps on both PS4 and Xbox One X at 4K due to CPU limitations. They did state that a whole new engine has been built for Halo Infinite to run on and the footage we saw was in-engine.

Gears 5, out next year, is the biggest of three Gears of War titles in the works. No exact details on any of them, but it's good to see them treating their biggest properties with forward thinking.

The developer mentioned that the game is still a long way out, but it wanted to share the progress and showcase the new technology and art style. The reveal trailer for the game shows off incredible visuals including wide open vistas, varying ecosystems, and alien creatures.

U.S. unveils de facto embassy in Taiwan amid China tensions
Taiwan has lobbied Washington to sell it more advanced equipment, including new fighter jets, to bolster its defenses. AIT's Taipei office has nearly 500 American and local employees, while its Kaohsiung branch has more than 30 staff.

"We've been thrilled to see the positive impact Xbox Game Pass is having on the gaming ecosystem, including increasing the number of titles gamers play nearly 40 percent and increasing gameplay hours by almost 20 percent", said Mike Nichols, chief marketing officer for Gaming at Microsoft.

MICROSOFT HAS SUCKED up a clutch of game studios, created a brand new studio called "The Initiative", and expanded its game streaming service in a bid to stick two fingers up at Sony's PlayStation 4. The seasons will change for everyone as you play, from snowy winter to sun-bleached summer (though you don't get much of that in Britain).

At its E3 event, Microsoft shined a spotlight on upcoming Xbox One games from third-party publishers.

However, as we just reported upon Hitman 2 and Just Cause 4 recently - and we didn't have a lot of info about Just Cause 4 - I've embedded that Avalanche Studios and Square Enix trailer immediately above.

Forza Horizon 4 also promises to further expand on the co-operative elements seen in 2016's Forza Horizon 3.