Microsoft has a lot to prove if it wants to grab a fair chunk of the PlayStation market and in a bid to do that the company is going to spend a good 90 minutes on stage at the E3 2017 for its presentation – most of which is likely to be dedicated to Xbox Scorpio.
Microsoft’s presentation begins at 2pm PDT on June 11 and we anticipate a lot of details being thrown at us during that time. We could get to know the Xbox Scorpio price, release date, games, and a new name if the console as got one. At E3 2017 Microsoft is expected to finally tell us how much the Xbox Scorpio would cost (some reports claim $399), when you can buy it, and what games you can play on it.
With Microsoft’s conference being 90 minutes long, expect a large chunk of it to focus on Xbox Scorpio, and perhaps its VR and AR capabilities too. Xbox Scorpio isn’t for gamers alone and it’s a bit of a sticky topic for some.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer stated that story-based, single-player titles don’t have the impact they used to have. Granted, Spencer did backpedal later, but keep in mind that Halo 5’s micro-transactions such as REQ packs have ensured a consistent stream of revenue. So much so that they’ve brought more money in six months than any previous Halo DLCs, and Halo 5 had more players playing six months down the line than any other Halo game. Halo 5 also sold as well in that time frame as Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4. That’s outstanding when you consider franchise sales tend to dip with each passing entry.
All this means that you shouldn’t be surprised to see any new games announced to be launched with an online component of some kind, and microtransactions to go with it.
Like clockwork, you can expect another entry in heralded racing franchise. Although 2016 saw the superlative Forza Horizon 3, don’t expect another open-world entry so soon. Rather, Forza Motorsport 7 will have more in common with Forza Motorsport 6’s adherence to simulation, rather than the crazy arcade free for alls the Horizon series of games tends to offer. Developer Turn 10 has already ported the Forza engine to Scorpio so don’t be surprised to see Forza Motorsport 7 spearheading the console’s launch.
Crackdown 3Little has been said of Crackdown 3 in recent memory. Much like its predecessors, it’s an open-world action adventure with an emphasis on destruction and over the top abilities, putting you in the role of a super cop in a dystopian future. With development headed up by Reagent Games – a studio run by Crackdown creator David Jones – and support from Dead Island 2 and Snake Pass developer Sumo Digital, E3 2017 is the perfect stage to show off some actual gameplay and hopefully a release date, after its last public outing at Gamescom 2015.
Multiplayer open-world pirate adventure Sea of Thieves was announced at E3 2016 along with a cringe-worthy gameplay trailer. Developed by Kinect Sports studio Rare, a Sea of Thieves release date as well as some of its gameplay aspects could be a focal point for Microsoft.State of Decay 2Like Xbox Scorpio, State of Decay 2 at E3 2017 is a surety. Scheduled for a 2017 launch and powered by the Unreal Engine 4, this zombie survival game with co-op elements should have a wealth of gameplay footage at E3 2017 as well as details as to how it differs from the first game – this is crucial considering how many me-too open-world zombie survival clones have crowded marketplaces like Steam since then.
The Xbox One isn’t doing too well outside of the US. Like the Xbox One S, Xbox Scorpio probably won’t release in every market at the same time. Having said that, it would be nice of Microsoft to let those of us outside the US know when to expect the console.