Microsoft preps so many new game announcements it’s replacing E3 by itself

We're seeing new third-party IP this week, new first-party games in July, and monthly reveals for the foreseeable future

Upcoming PC games - Halo Infinite

Microsoft has a lot of gaming news on the horizon, with or without E3. This week, a new Inside Xbox event will show a host of third-party games running on its next-generation console, Xbox Series X, and this is just the start of a series of monthly reveals from the Xbox brand. Today, Microsoft has detailed how it’s going to be rolling out that news, and it seems we can expect a lot of it.

As previously announced, the Inside Xbox show on May 7 will focus exclusively on third-party titles. This month’s reveals will include “some new third-party IP”, according to Xbox marketing GM Aaron Greenberg. The Thursday showcase will be under an hour, and the only thing officially confirmed for the show is the first look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay.

We’ll get a smaller set of reveals in June, which will be “done differently” than the usual Inside Xbox show. The big first-party Xbox Game Studios broadcast will then take place in July, including “first looks and even new game announcements” targeting next-gen hardware.

The Halo Infinite release date is also still set for 2020 alongside Xbox Series X, according to the full rundown, even accounting for potential delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the big focus on the new console, Microsoft also says its modern PC focus will continue – Halo Infinite, Wasteland 3, Minecraft Dungeons, and Microsoft Flight Simulator will all launch simultaneously on consoles and home computers, including Xbox Game Pass for PC.