Tickets for the event have already sold out. The new game arrives in October and will have players racing across the roads of Great Britain, with an all new dynamic seasons system in place.
E3, short for Electronic Entertainment Expo, officially opens Tuesday, but several large game publishers and hardware makers are holding preshow events.
In some ways, Microsoft was playing to an easy crowd, with Xbox Fanfest winners in attendance to provide requisity whoops and hollering - and some even twirling shirts in the air at the bigger announcements - but not all games enjoyed a good response. In a complete departure from its usually explosive trailer montage, the pace was slower and more deliberate this time around - "a deeper dive", as it was touted.
Playground Games. Microsoft has acquired United Kingdom -based Playground Games, a development partner since 2010 that has helped grow the "Forza" franchise to new heights.
The game spawned a number of highly-successful sequels such as 2004's Halo 2, 2007's Halo 3, 2010's Halo: Reach and 2012's Halo 4 as well as spinoff titles like the Halo Wars real-time strategy game series and a plethora of comic books, novels and movies set in the Halo universe.
Halo 6 is one of the most eagerly anticipated Xbox One exclusives on the horizon.
Microsoft rival Sony is reported to be working on a successor to PlayStation 4. Although new hardware was absent, its conference wrapped up with a brief tease of future Xbox devices in the works. And we also have to take into consideration the "console-quality game streaming network" the company is building.
"The original games we create at MicrosoftStudios are some of our biggest assets", said Matt Booty, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios.
"We commit the full breadth of resources at Microsoft to deliver on the future of play".
Microsoft's GamePass allows players to pay $9.99 per month to play more than 100 games.
USA video game powerhouse Bethesda Softworks hosted a media event of its own late Sunday as it built on the momentum of winning franchises including "Fallout". If you want to play solo offline, the world will populate with Drivatars instead of other human players.
In the game "each of those characters is a real person", Howard said. "We know some portion of our audience has wanted to see playable motorcycles".
When further pressed for details about who Microsoft might be talking to with regards to bringing VR to consoles, Ybarra said he couldn't comment at this time, but also declined to say there was zero chance of VR making it to Microsoft's consoles.
Players can also opt to go solo.
Spencer was not shy in confirming the development of Microsoft's next console, and it's not hard to think that the expansion of first-party developers, renewed partnerships with Japanese developers, and improved background technology aren't meant to pay dividends at all this generation.