With Crackdown 3 being delayed and with Scalebound cancelled altogether, many fans and critics have raised concerns about the upcoming lineup of Xbox One exclusives, or the lack thereof. But Microsoft is adamant that there are plenty of strong exclusives coming down the line.
In an interview at Gamescom 2017, the head of Xbox games marketing Aaron Greenberg revealed that Microsoft has “so many big exclusives” and Xbox One fans can expect “all different types of games, all great exclusives.” Greenberg specifically name checked PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which is now being published by Microsoft on Xbox One as well as Super Lucky’s Tale, State of Decay 2, Forza Motorsport 7, and Sea of Thieves.
While Greenberg is technically correct in referring to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as an ‘exclusive,’ as the Xbox One is the only console that it will be available on (for now at least). But some fans will still be dissatisfied by these comments and will wonder where Microsoft’s major first-party releases are. Crackdown 3, Forza Motorsport 7 and Sea of Thieves are a good start but players are clamoring for more of these sorts of experiences, and not just third-party content deals.
Positively, the Xbox marketing boss did shed a little light on that front, as Greenberg revealed that Gears of War developer The Coalition is working on “something” and Halo developer 343 Industries “is there” too. 343 Industries is developing a Halo VR experience and Halo 6 is also in the works at the developer but Greenberg didn’t offer any specifics about these projects.
If recent comments by Microsoft Studios publishing general manager Shannon Loftis are to be believed then it could still be a while until a new Gears of War or Halo 6 are announced. Loftis also confirmed that Microsoft has several projects in development that the company isn’t ready to talk about just yet. The Xbox One platform holder is cautious about announcing games too early as they may need to be delayed further down the line.
It is a strategy that makes some sense as Microsoft doesn’t want to disappoint players, but in the meantime, will the teases from Loftis and Greenberg be enough? There could be a long wait until Microsoft makes good on these promises of exclusives but fans will have their fingers and toes crossed that it will all pay off eventually.