Since Microsoft entered the console space, people have been heckling them for their weak first party lineup outside of Halo. They’ve had some success with Gears of War and Fable during the last generation, but both dipped in quality over time. Questionable decisions like putting Rare on the back burner to develop Kinect titles was a head scratcher for fans. Phil Spencer is looking to rectify all the claims that all Microsoft has is Halo and timed exclusives at this year's E3.
Spencer took to Twitter to answer a burning question from a fan wondering if he’ll see new faces join Microsoft’s ranks at this years E3. He replied, “We should have new exclusive IP at E3. I’m trying to make this E3 more about 1
party than past E3s.”
When Spencer took the role as the Head of the Xbox division at Microsoft, there’s been more of an emphasis on games. As it stands right now, they’re beating both Sony and Nintendo in terms of content for the fall with Halo 5: Guardians, Fable Legends, and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Due to the fact that both their biggest games got delayed to 2016(Uncharted 4 and the Legend of Zelda). While they scramble to find something to fill the gaping hole in their lineup, Microsoft looks to spoil fans at E3 with even more content coming to platform.
The company has a lot to show from the titles that were announced at last year's E3. They managed to squeeze in the revival of Crackdown and Phantom Dust in their briefing, which no one was expecting. Although the rest of them were second and third-party games, they still showed off several new IPs such as Sunset Overdrive and Scalebound. Now with whispers of the revival of Gears of War and franchises like Battletoads, Conker and Banjo Kazooie all making a return, it’s just the tip of the iceberg on what fans can expect at this year's E3.
To prove that bringing new IPs is a focus for the company, there’s one title that still has a lot of secrets. Scalebound the upcoming exclusive for the platform developed by Platinum Games, have expressed that their game will be unlike anything they have made. For those that crave to be a slayer of dragons and mythical beats, this is the game for you. The protagonist is surprisingly modern in comparison to what he’s up against. What’s interesting is the fact you’ll be able to bond with the dragon throughout your playthrough and that relationship will dictate how effective you are in battle when exterminating all of the mythical beasts of the land right before your eyes.
If Microsoft can pump out more exclusives like Scalebound at this E3 and beyond, they could arguably be on par with exclusives with Sony and Nintendo by generations end.
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