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Is Microsoft ready to show off the battle royale mode in Halo Infinite?

It’s now been over six months since Infinite Aura was released, with the hope that the title will appear at Xbox & Bethesda Game Show this weekend. Developer Halo Infinite 343 Industries is continuing work on the live service for free-to-play multiplayer, with Season 2 now underway and a co-op campaign support group to go into testing this July.

343 Industries has also teamed up with specific company Affinity on futuristic Halo Infinite content, which we understand is a new multiplayer experience inspired by battle royale, with an evolution of Halo. First detailed in a report from Xbox Senior Editor Jez Corden in January, the mode is in development under the codename Tatanka, dealing with behemoths like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone.

It is currently believed that Tatanka could target Season 4, which was recently delayed to early 2023, following changes made to the Halo Infinite roadmap. While 343 Industries likely won’t announce new games this week, it’s a precedent teaser It means he could have something to show on the 14th of June extended broadcast. – Matt Brown

morning! We’ve just started our second day of coverage around the Xbox & Bethesda Game Show this weekend. I check in earlier than the rest of the squad from London, to catch the latest developments overnight, before what could be a busy day before tomorrow’s big show.

We recently learned that the Xbox & Bethesda Game Show will run for about 95 minutes, which indicates that the duo has a busy event in the works. While the June 12 broadcast will host the big hitters, don’t forget that Microsoft has a second event with an additional 90 minutes to follow on June 14.

We’re also seeing some alleged “leaks” of the Xbox event circulating online this morning, most of which are completely fake. However, if you want to go blind this weekend, we recommend staying offline ASAP. We will continue to provide the latest, as it happens. – Matt Brown

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Indiana Jones may return to Xbox Showcase

While it’s unclear which Microsoft-owned studios have a place during Sunday’s show, MachineGames, best known for its work on Wolfenstein games, could be among those featured. MachineGames has now commented on the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, fueling speculation for an appearance during the show. “We are so excited for Sundays [sic] View “Developer Mentioned via LinkedIn. “I hope you are all ready for it!”

MachineGames has joined Xbox as part of its acquisition of Bethesda, while work continues on licensing the Indiana Jones game with Lucasfilm. The show could provide an update to the project after its unveiling in 2021, if it’s set to coincide with the upcoming Indiana Jones movie due out next June. The third installment in the recent Wolfenstein series is also expected to be in the pipeline, following the 2017 release of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. – Matt Brown

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Microsoft says Xbox & Bethesda Show will run for 95 minutes

Those who have anticipated the length of Xbox & Bethesda’s gaming offering needn’t ask further. The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will run for approximately 95 minutes, according to a new Twitter post from Aaron Greenberg, Xbox Marketing Director. That’s just over an hour and a half of continuous ads and trailers for upcoming Xbox games.

While we now have a runtime, we’re still guessing which games will come out on Sunday. Don’t forget that Microsoft is hosting an extended show on June 14, which is about 90 minutes long, which is expected to provide a deeper look into some of the games shown during the main event. – Zachary Bodhi

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Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC Leaks Before Its Reveal

A few weeks ago, I discussed what Playground Games might be planning for the first Forza Horizon 5 DLC expansion. Now, just days before Xbox & Bethesda premieres the games, a premature update to the Steam slate of the game Forza Horizon 5 expansion titled Hot Wheels has been leaked.

While Microsoft was quick to remove promotion assets, you can’t erase them from the internet. It looks like Playground Games is partnering with the Mattel brand once again in the Hot Wheels crossover, going back to the days of Forza Horizon 3.

Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but it seems likely that Forza Horizon 5 will appear during the Xbox & Bethesda Game Show to reveal the new DLC. We can also expect more details on what’s included and when the expansion will be available. – Zachary Bodhi

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Xbox Cloud Gaming TV app launches on Samsung TVs this month

Xbox Cloud Gaming continues to expand at a steady pace, now connecting mobile phones, PCs, and Xbox consoles to Microsoft’s streaming platform. The TVs are the latest to join its growing cloud empire, thanks to a new Xbox TV app directing to Samsung’s 2022 lineup of TVs from June 30. Microsoft has also confirmed its plans to release a streaming-only Xbox, an internally dubbed Xbox “Keystone” that forms a more affordable entry point into the Xbox ecosystem.

Microsoft continues to push Xbox Cloud games as its next major innovation, streaming Xbox games online with low latency, along with its Xbox Game Pass subscription service. These now fall under “Xbox Everywhere,” an umbrella term for its emerging ecosystem, away from traditional console hardware.

Xbox Cloud Gaming will likely play a pivotal role during Xbox & Bethesda’s gaming offering, helping the catalog of future games reach the widest possible audience. Expect Xbox Cloud Gaming to appear more frequently this weekend, along with the latest Xbox Series X consoles | S. – Matt Brown


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Xbox to ‘Meet or Exceed’ 5 new games in the next 12 months

Microsoft is heading to the Xbox & Bethesda Game Show this weekend after committing at least five new games over the next 12 months. And in a press release ahead of Sunday’s broadcast, the company said it plans to “meet or exceed” the number of new games released in the past fiscal year. This means that Xbox and Bethesda will submit five or more projects before June 2023.

The announcement suggests we may see more challenging release dates during Microsoft’s June 12 conference, including titles planned for later this year. Following a delay to Starfield and Redfall, Redmond has found itself with a loophole in its content calendar for the remainder of 2022. Forza Motorsport could help fill the gap, and we expect to learn more about other titles to come in the near future. – Matt Brown

Greetings! It’s an incredibly fun time of year for gamers on Xbox and PC, with Xbox and Bethesda’s impressive gaming offering just around the corner. I’ll update this space with all the latest announcements and revelations as we get them, and can also share some of my own thoughts.

I lead a lot of coverage of Minecraft, Forza Horizon, and Forza Motorsport here at Windows Central, but I’m also a fan of all things video games, especially Xbox games. I’m excited to see what’s in store in the coming weeks. — Zachary Boddy, Windows Central Games News Writer

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In case you missed, Summer Game Fest, the inaugural gaming event of the not-E3-but-still-Sorta-E3 season, recently a few new game announcements ahead of the Xbox & Bethesda show. Catch up on all the Summer Games Festival announcements in the full event run-down.

Highlights of the event for Xbox owners included the first gameplay demos of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and The Callisto Protocol, as well as a new trailer for Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Xbox Game Pass also received several new additions for Day One, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge on June 16, and Routine, an upcoming sci-fi horror game score by DOOM’s Mick Gordon.

Microsoft’s limited offering also indicates that it’s blocking these heavy hitters, which only raises expectations for the June 12 offering. – Matt Brown

Everyone is welcome – and thanks for joining us! It’s that time of year again, and we’re just two days away from the Xbox & Bethesda Game Show.

We’re expecting a big reveal from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks this weekend, including long-awaited updates on upcoming projects like Starfield, Forza Motorsport, and Redfall, as well as a handful of surprises. If you are an Xbox fan, you don’t have to miss this one.

We’re just getting started with our live coverage of the weekend. On Friday we’ll discuss the breaking news so far, with exclusive insight into what’s to come from Microsoft over the coming days. You can expect to follow regular updates before things happen crazy in a day. — Matt Brown, Games Editor, Windows Central Senior