With E3 just days away, and all of the hype that comes with it, it may come as a surprise that Microsoft announced that several of their exclusives won’t be making an appearance at E3. And this is despite Phil Spencer’s claim that “this year we have the greatest games lineup in Xbox console history.” So whatever it is that they have planned for the Xbox event, it sounds like it will be good. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, had this to say:
“E3 is just the beginning. Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be sharing many more of our plans for 2015 and beyond. Having a jam-packed lineup of games to show at E3 means that there simply isn’t enough time to give each of our upcoming titles its well-deserved time in the spotlight. We’ve decided to save some of our most eagerly-awaited future titles for gamescom in August. Rest assured that titles like Crackdown, Quantum Break and Scalebound will be front and center at gamescom along with new game reveals for both Xbox One and Windows 10.”
As it stands currently, the aforementioned Xbox exclusives won’t see the spotlight next week; if Xbox isn’t as concerned about showing off their exclusive games it makes me wonder what they’ll be planning on focussing on. We’re already aware that we’ll be seeing games like Gears of War and Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as multi-console games like Fallout 4. As far as I could guess, it sounds like Xbox will be showcasing various games with a predominant focus on the consoles capabilities for the future. I would imagine that we’ll be hearing more about it’s partnership with Oculus and the consoles upcoming changes with the release of Windows 10 that will bring greater interactivity between console and PC.
Xbox may be planning on only revealing games that are set to be released sometime this year, or early next year for their E3 show. It seems to be a strange strategy, as far as I’m aware, each team comes to E3 with everything that they’ve got to wow fans. But, at the same time, it will be nice to have each title that is actually revealed given a decent amount of viewing time. In any case, if they’re actually holding some of their reveals back the Xbox team must be confident that they can put on a good show with what they have.