E3 is just two months away, and now Microsoft has detailed its press conference plans, which will once again precede addresses from competitors Sony and Nintendo.
As June draws nearer, the video game industry is beginning to set its sights on E3 2016. The biggest week in interactive entertainment will occupy the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 14 to 16, and now Microsoft has officially detailed its press conference scheduled for earlier in the week.
Microsoft will take to the stage at 9.30 PT on Monday, June 13 — which suggests that the company will lay down the gauntlet, leaving its competitors to respond. While E3 is always a big deal, the 2016 iteration of the expo looks poised to be one of the biggest and most surprising in recent years.
Xbox fans have plenty to look forward to, as Microsoft is prepping instalments in two of its biggest franchises to launch later this year. Given that neither have been showcased at great length as of yet, it seems certain that they'll be given a major spotlight during the company's conference.
Gears of War 4 looks set to be the biggest Xbox-exclusive release of the year. It's been five years since the last mainline entry in the series, and a compelling showing at E3 2015 gave fans plenty of reason to be excited for the first original title developed by The Coalition.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest surprises from last year's show was the reveal that underappreciated console RTS Halo Wars would receive a follow-up. The game is still scheduled to release across Xbox One and Windows 10 this fall, so it's sure to be featured prominently at the show.
Of course, all this talk of software leaves out the biggest question mark lingering over E3 2016 — the possibility of new hardware. We know that Sony is working on an update to the PlayStation 4 that supports 4K resolutions, but it remains to be seen whether Microsoft has similar plans, and if they're advanced enough to share with the public.
This is to say nothing of the bounty of other titles that might pop up; indie darling Cuphead, Rare's pirate simulator Sea of Thieves, and Keiji Inafune's intriguing ReCore all being top contenders. Plus, there's bound to be some new announcements that come out of nowhere.
The hype train to E3 2016 is leaving the station, and there's every reason to believe that anticipation for this year's show is warranted. For all the biggest stories as they break, stick with Game Rant for complete coverage of Microsoft's conference on June 13, and the rest of the news to come out of E3 week.