One Year Later, Did Microsoft Keep Their E3 2012 Promises?András Neltz6/05/13 1:00pmFiled to: e3 2013e3 2012microsoftxbox 360smartglasskotakucore1541EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkE3 is just around the corner and, for the fifth year in a row, we're taking a look back at the big three's big E3 promises. What came true, and what didn't? After looking at both Sony and Nintendo, it's finally time to examine Microsoft.AdvertisementWhile Microsoft talked about a lot of games at their E3 briefing, their focus was actually divided between games and entertainment—TV, music, sports, and so on. What they also had, however, was dates. Tons and tons of dates. Of the release variety.So, let's check out how many of those release dates Microsoft managed to hit. Onward!The GamesThe Game: Halo 4.AdvertisementThe Promise: The first of a new trilogy and the newest entry in Microsoft's flagship shooter franchise, Halo 4 will be released for the 360 on November 6, 2012.The Verdict: Promise kept.The Game: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.AdvertisementSponsoredThe Promise: Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Ubisoft's newest stealth-em-up, will come out for the Xbox 360 in spring 2013. It will support Kinect, giving you the ability to issue orders and distract enemies with your voice.The Verdict: Promise not yet kept. The game's current release date is August 20, 2013.The Game: Madden NFL 13.The Promise: EA's yearly American football game series will land its newest installment on the Xbox 360 on August 28, 2012. It will support voice commands via Kinect.The Verdict: Promise kept.The Game: FIFA 13.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Promise: EA's yearly soccer series, in turn, will be out in Fall 2012 for the Xbox 360. It will also feature the ability to give voice commands, and will even react to swearing.The Verdict: Promise kept. FIFA 13 was released on September 25, 2012.The Game: Fable: The Journey.AdvertisementThe Promise: A Kinect-exclusive side tale to Microsoft's RPG series, The Journey will be released on the Xbox 360 in the 2012 holiday season, sporting a nifty gesture-based spellcasting system.The Verdict: Promise kept—in fact, the game was early. It was released on October 9, 2012. Sadly, it wasn't very good.