After being treated to a variety of announcements and presentations, E3 2018 has finally come to a close. We have seen game after game, announcement after announcement, and press conference after press conference. Some being surprises or announcements fans have been waiting for, with others ranging from nice additions to ignorable at best. Now that all the pieces have fallen, it’s time to gather our thoughts and share our reactions for not only all the presentations, but E3 as a whole.
Microsoft may not have had many exclusives, but that didn’t stop Microsoft from having a successful conference. The sheer amount of games being announced during the conference was astounding, from premier to premier, it was minimal on fluff and that was the exact type of conference we would like to see all companies adopt. Now, many of those announcements, as good as they might be (like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice), were still not exclusives, but they still served a valuable role for Microsoft. As I have stated before, there is a benefit to having marketing rights to a game. Mainly that it associates a certain game with a specific console, even if it’s not exclusive to it, which is exactly what Microsoft gained by featuring all these titles.
While third-party titles served a large focus on the presentation, the most important part took the least amount of time: Microsoft buying several studios. For any other company, this wouldn’t be such a big announcement, but for Microsoft, who is lacking in exclusive titles, shows a concerted effort to fix this long-time problem. The pay off may not be immediate, but it’s a sign of what’s to come, and that alone was worth a fair amount of praise and interest in things to come, especially with titles like Cuphead receiving an expansion is a perfect example of what an investment can lead to.
Finally, to top everything off, Microsoft announced a handful of exclusives such as Crackdown 3 getting a release date, Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War 5, and Halo Infinite. While not be a long list, it is certainly a quality list that shouldn’t be ignored. Overall, Microsoft’s press conference has us excited for the long-term future and the third-party titles in the near.