Next on our list is the first of the major console players Microsoft. Who for me need a very strong showing in terms of first-party games, which for the record do have some of their big guns in the pipeline with Halo Infinite (originally announced last year) and also the latest in the Gears of War franchise Gears 5 (also announced last year) and also the other games that were announced last year namely Gears Tactics (Gears meets XCOM) and a mobile game. Looking back at last year expect much more details on Battletoads, and more stuff on the sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. With keeping with the indies, Session which is a Skating game (remember them?) which was announced last year. Now, as EA are fumbling about and forgetting about Skate. It may be a good time for someone to take the baton in skating games.
Forza is to be expected with Forza Motorsport 8, but there are some rumours that they may be taking the year out with Creative Director at Turn 10 noting the whole team is working on Forza 7 and pushing the series to a more live service model. Whatever the outcome expect Forza to make an appearance, and also new info on the last remaining expansion for Horizon 4 will be expected.
Now, my barmy prediction is that Fable 4 will be announced as it has been rumoured since the end of Microsoft’s conference in 2018. and with Playground games in the developer’s seat since Lionhead studios and long since closed their doors sadly. It does make sense in a way when Xbox does need some hot First party titles that are good aside from Forza, and that it’s been nearly 10 years since 3 was announced.