Next-gen Xbox consoles in development, Microsoft confirms

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Announced at the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Forza Horizon 4 already looks like the series' most exciting addition yet, with a unique roster of vehicles and Horizon's most stunning scenery yet. And it will set up a new developer called The Initiative, based in Santa Monica, headed by industry veteran Darrell Gallagher, an ex-studio head of Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics.

What E3 organizers bill as the "world's premier gaming trade show" will open the show floor to the public this year. The company did not give any information about the game beyond a teaser trailer, but the name would imply either a Fortnite-like battle royale style game or a persistent world. It has acquired U.K. -based Playground Games and has letters of intent to buy Ninja Theory of Cambridge, U.K.; Undead Labs of Seattle; and Compulsion Games of Montreal. In the near future are games like Crackdown 3, which launches in February and let's players put on the boots of Terry Crews and rain down pure destruction.

As such, Microsoft tells us that they are developing a portfolio of games on every device, including newly announced Microsoft Studios games.

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And that kind of thinking was behind arguably the biggest news of the presser: Microsoft Studios' acquisition of five developers to come under their umbrella and produce Xbox exclusives, something that fans have been crying out for for years. The four studios will add to Microsoft's considerable heft in first-party game development, especially as the company looks to strengthen its game download subscription service Xbox Game Pass. "We believe these teams have the collective creative power and operational excellence to deliver the next industry game changers". So if Microsoft start putting out quality games, people will inevitably play them. Our MR devices work with Steam games now - I love what's happening there - and in the living room there are still, in my opinion, challenges to be solved.

The future for the Xbox One, and Microsoft's gaming arm as a whole, hasn't been as bright as it is now after a massively successful.

It's been a long time since we've received a proper new Battletoads game.

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