Today marks Microsoft’s 20th anniversary celebration of all things Xbox. And while the company doesn’t have any brand new games that will be announced during the livestream, it will have
some surprises for Xbox loyalists. The real question is…what?
While it’s a little tough to predict what the company is up to – especially with Bethesda and its large library of games in the fold – we’ve got some ideas of what we might see. So buckle up and get that Xbox Game Pass ready, because it’s going to be a wild ride.
Halo: Infinite Multiplayer Debut
As you’re probably aware, 343 Industries is launching single player and multiplayer Halo Infinite components separately, in the hope of expanding its audience. But what you may not realize is, while the core game is set to arrive on December 8th, that doesn’t mean we won’t get multiplayer sooner.
In fact, buzz is making the rounds that we could see the debut of Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer as soon as today. While that would conflict with the upcoming Battlefield 2042, it would also give Microsoft a huge amount of buzz heading into the game’s release in just a few weeks, giving players an idea of what’s in store.
And what’s more, Microsoft can always add more stuff to it on the 8th rolls around, considering how vast it is and how much content 343 has in store for it. So an early multiplayer launch wouldn’t be the worst thing by a mile. In fact, it would continue to add to Xbox’s already growing numbers from last week’s launch of the impressive Forza Horizon 5.
After abruptly ending the program a couple of years ago to focus on the development of Xbox Series hardware, there’s word that Microsoft could be relaunching its backward compatibility program for its systems, adding to its growing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate library while, at the same time, adding more classics for fans to enjoy.
Early signs indicate that we’ll see two Dead Or Alive games join the fray, including early Xbox launch title Dead Or Alive 3; along with other oddball favorites like Gunvalkyrie and Chicken Little. But now word has recently surfaced that we could see the Max Payne trilogy make the cut as well.
The return of backward compatibility would be a huge get for Microsoft, growing its library of awesome games and potentially opening up the possibility of more. Looking at you, awesome port of Burnout 3: Takedown…
Xbox Game Pass= The Equivalent of PlayStation Now?
We’ve been hearing that Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass will soon expand into cloud gaming, allowing players to enjoy a number of first-party and select third-party games without actually having to download them to their console. This is how Sony’s PlayStation Now service works; and if the service officially launches tomorrow to coincide with the anniversary, it could give Microsoft a huge advantage in the online gaming war.
Adding to Xbox Game Pass’ growing value, cloud gaming would allow players to enjoy a ton of favorites on Xbox Series consoles without having to give up their precious hard drive space. Of course, they can play on their tablets and other devices now, but there’s something about playing on an Xbox console that feels just right. Here’s hoping this happens.
Perfect Dark Gameplay
Finally, it’s been a good while since we’ve heard anything new on the reboot for Perfect Dark, aside from the fact that Crystal Dynamics is lending a hand in its development. So, for the anniversary event, it wouldn’t hurt for Microsoft to provide us a sneak peek at gameplay.
This isn’t guaranteed, mind you, as the game is still heavily in development. But it would be great to get an idea of what’s in store for Joanna Dark’s latest adventure, and how closely it’ll match the tone of her previous adventures. Fingers crossed!
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