Xbox announces new studio acquisition, reveals Crackdown 3 multiplayer gameplay at XO18

Xbox has made a number of announcements at its XO18 event in Mexico City, including the acquisition of yet another game developer.

The Microsoft company announced it was doubling the number of studios it owns at E3 this year by adding another five – now inXile Entertainment has also been acquired by Xbox.

New game content was also debuted at XO18, which was said to be attended by more than 10,000 fans.

Multiplayer gameplay for Crackdown 3 was unveiled, along with new content forĀ Just Cause 4, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon 4, Battlefield V, Devil May Cry 5, Jump Force, Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2.

The Wrecking Zone multiplayer mode of Crackdown 3 looks to focus on environmental destruction as two teams of five players battle each other with “superpowered skills and an arsenal of boom-tastic weapons”.

XO18 attendees were able to play Kingdom Hearts III ahead of its release in January, and were the first in the world to hear the news that the game will feature Winnie the Pooh.

New games being added to the Xbox Game Pass line-up include PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice along with Ori and the Blind Forest.

Xbox also announced new titles being added to its Xbox One backward compatibility catalogue, including multiple Final Fantasy games and Civilization Revolution.

PlayStation, arguably the primary competitor to Xbox, usually holds a similar annual event to XO18 entitled PlayStation Experience – but the Sony-owned company is skipping the event this year.

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