This week, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox took to the Xbox Newswire to ramp up excitement and to comfort fans with words of a promising 2017. So far for the company, it’s been a rough road when compared to its competitor, and with already canceled games and a lack of new confirmed IPs on the horizon, it’s understandable for fans to feel grim. But Phil says everything will be alright, so should we believe him?
This week sees Halo Wars 2 launch which isn’t a game for everyone. An RTS set in the Halo universe and a sequel at that. At least it’s something different, but it’s still Halo. We know that another Forza Motorsport will be on the way, as is the eventual release of Crackdown, and that particular console called Project Scorpio.
On the Xbox Newswire, Phil Spencer said “2017 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years ever for Xbox gamers. We are preparing to launch the most powerful console ever made this holiday – Project Scorpio – along with a diverse lineup of games. In fact, we are committed to delivering even more exclusive games for both Xbox One and Windows 10 this year than we launched in 2016. I was very proud of our first-party lineup in 2016 and I am encouraged by an even bigger and more differentiated first-party lineup in 2017, starting with today’s launch of Halo Wars 2.”
The most exciting year for Xbox gamers, eh? Call me sceptical, but it sounds like something a marketing person or advertisement would say in any situation, but give us some proof! We should at least expect more exclusives (as much as I generally hate the idea of them; games should be enjoyed by everyone!), so what else is in the pipeline that we don’t know about yet?
“Our studio partners at Rare, Undead Labs and Sumo Digital/Reagent Games are working hard to develop exclusive Xbox One and Windows 10 games this year, from new IP like Sea of Thieves to all-new chapters of fan-favorite franchises like State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3. Sea of Thieves is currently in technical alpha and is taking a community-oriented approach that lets players participate in the development process, and both State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 are looking and playing great. And of course, we’ll have more in store for you at E3 2017 in June.”
Meanwhile, Nintendo are on the verge of releasing their latest console, the Switch which may or may not impact the sales of Xbox and its software. Sony have a list of new and exciting IPs as well as returning favourites including Crash Bandicoot and Parappa the Rapper. It will be an interesting year, and a competitive one for the corporations.