Biggest announcement from Xbox: X018 special event

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This weekend Xbox fans from all around the world were gathered to take part in the Microsoft’s inside Xbox special event called X018. More than 10,000 fans joined the Fanfest as the presenter announced many new titles for the Xbox game pass, many new Black Friday deals and much more. The fourth annual Xbox event streamed live on Inside Xbox featuring tons of hands-on experiences and panel talks featuring the Xbox team.

If you could not watch the event, then look nowhere as we have compiled all the biggest news and reveals form the event. Let’s get started.

Microsoft Studios to acquires Obsidian entertainment and InXile Entertainment

Since one of the main selling points of the Home Consoles is the quality and the quantity of the exclusives, and we know that it is the main reason why PlayStation 4 consoles are ruling the market. Since the release of the Xbox One X the most powerful console in the market Microsoft is trying hard to get its hands on most of the games so that it can also deliver on the exclusives part of the sales cycle. It is mostly playing the catch-up part for the time being.

Microsoft makes all of its exclusives, and to increase the quantity and quality of exclusives, the strategy they are going forward with is acquiring as many game studios and bringing them under the Microsft Studios regime. They already announced that they would be acquiring a ton of studios during their E3 conference. During X018 event they announced that they would be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment and InXile Entertainment.

Image: Gematsu
Image: Gematsu

Obsidian Entertainment is mostly known for its work in the games like Fallout: new vegas, South Park: The Stick of truth, the Pillers of eternity series and the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2.

On the other hand, InXile Entertainment is well known for its work in the RPG games like the Wasteland series, Torment: Tides of Numenera and Bard’s Tale IV.

These two new teams will continue to operate autonomously with Microsoft’s supervision as they build new RPG games for the fans of Xbox.

Xbox game pass

Xbox game pass is Microsoft’s new plan to take the gaming forward by its Xbox game pass. They constantly add more and more games for its subscribers. The Subscribers can download and play all of the games in the library. All the Microsft exclusives are available, and Microsft is trying hard to get more games on the platform. According to the announcement, they are adding 16 more titles including PUBG in the library.

Image: Xbox
Image: Xbox

Other noticeable games include Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Ori and the Blind forest, Ori and the Will of the Wasps, Kingdom: Two Crowns, Aftercharge, The Good life and Thief of thieves. These games will be added subsequently starting today.

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3 is one of the most anticipated exclusives of the Xbox console, but the game has been on the trail of dealy since its announcement back in 2015. The game has been delayed many times, we saw another release date during the E3, and then it too got delayed further. Every conference related to Microsoft has something to do with the Crackdown 3, and same was the case with the X018.

As always the game is getting a new release date, and it is now all set to release on Februray15, 2019. The game will be available on the Xbox game pass on the day of release. Additionally, a new mode was announced during the time the development team was on stage. The new mode is called Wrecking zone; it is the new multiplayer mode where two teams of five players will go head to head. The objective will be to destroy buildings, leveling environments and topping the skyscrapers as fast as possible.

Forza Horizon 4 is getting its first expansion pack

Forza Horizon 4 is the latest installment in the spin-off series of the Forza Motorsports called Forza Horizon series. The game was only released a few weeks back, and the first expansion pack is already announced. During the X018 event, the technical team behind the game went upstage for a brief time and announced that the game is getting its first expansion pack called “Fortune Island.” The pack will be available to download on December 13th.

Image: ON MSFT
Image: ON MSFT

It will take players to the British Isles where the players have to face the extreme weather conditions including storms and perilous dirt filled roads. Players will also be able to drive Ken Block’s high powered custom Ford vehicles from Gymkhana TEN. It will be the first installment of the Forza Horizon 4 expansion bundles, players who have the ultimate edition the ultimate Add-ons edition will get the update at no cost.

Black Friday deals

Microsoft also announced the Black Friday deal related to the Xbox deals. They are not only giving discounts on the Xbox consoles but also the subscriptions are also getting huge discounts. The Xbox One X will be retailed at its least price that is the price is going to be @399.99. The other Xbox consoles are also getting discounts up to $100. The Xbox Game pass and Xbox live Gold services will also be available for $1 per month only. Many games are also getting huge discounts for the holiday season.


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