Recently, Xbox head Phil Spencer posted a new update on Xbox Wire laying out the company’s strategy for the upcoming year.
Spencer talked about their plans for 2017 saying:
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.
He went on later to talk more in depth about Xbox’s first party games while also teasing some potential new reveals at E3.
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.
The latter portion of Spencer’s post talked about the return of both Voodoo Vince and Phantom Dust in 2017 while also mentioning new independent developed games like Cuphead, Below, Tacoma, We Happy Few, and Ark: Survival Evolved. He also touched on third-party games like Mass Effect Andromeda, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, and For Honor. Lastly, he made sure to briefly state that Xbox One’s backwards compatibility list will continue to grow throughout 2017.
Spencer ended his post saying, “With such a broad and varied roster of games and first party exclusives on the horizon, continuous improvements across Xbox Live, and the upcoming launch of Project Scorpio, 2017 is going to be an incredible year for Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers.”
Xbox has been lurking for quite some time and has laid low since their showing at E3 2016. Their E3 showing this year, which was recently announced to be on Sunday, June 11, will be a vital moment for the company. Project Scorpio has a chance to completely flip the industry on its head and it will be quite interesting to see just what their new device is capable of when they formally reveal it to the world.