Halo Infinite may be next-gen, and may be single-player only

It's also about time that 343 Industries unveiled the next Halo game.

Halo Infinite has yet to receive an official release date.

The company unveiled a hefty slate of big games at its annual pre-E3 press conference, including Halo Infinite, a new installment in the Xbox's biggest franchise, shooter Gears of War and the racing game Forza Horizon 4.

The game series, initially developed by Bungie before being managed by developed by 343 Industries, is published by Microsoft Studios and has sold more than 65 million copies throughout the world.

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But Microsoft continues to work to improve it, and we are seeing the results of that at E3.

Microsoft has been stepping up its gaming investments over the past few years. The veteran Cambridge-based developer once had an exclusive publishing deal with Sony, culminating in the 2007 PlayStation 3-exclusive Heavenly Sword. The real "wow" factor, and proof that Microsoft is serious about tackling its software drought, was the announcement of five new developers becoming first party studios, developing exclusively for Microsoft from here on out. I'm genuinely excited to see what Ninja Theory can do with some serious muscle behind it, and hope that Microsoft is smart enough to sign the checks and leave NT alone to do its thing. There were a ton of killer games announced and we don't really have room to talk about all of them, but I'm going to hit some of what I thought were the highlights. Both of these titles are coming to Xbox One and the Windows Store. But it's not just Bethesda giving good reasons to jump into this membership. Spencer said literally nothing else about these consoles, so the knowledge that Microsoft is working on them will have to do for now. Otherwise, this generation of the Xbox will struggle to keep up with its competitors.

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