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Microsoft to focus E3 on first-party games

Phil Spencer reveals strategy heading into annual LA expo, says this year's show might have a different feel than usual

Expect Microsoft to put a strong emphasis on its own lineup of Xbox One games at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently discussed his focus for the show in a handful of posts on Twitter.

"We should have new exclusive IP at E3. I'm trying to make this E3 more about 1st party than past E3s," Spencer told one user, adding, "And to be clear we will have 3rd party deals, it's just, imo, important to focus on and support our 1st party."

Spencer went on to say this year's show will likely have a different feel as a result, but he added it might also be the company's best ever for first-party content. In addition to any new announcements on the first-party front, Microsoft should have Halo 5 and the free-to-play Fable Legends on hand for the show.

Since the Xbox One's unveiling, Microsoft has pushed the system with a parade of exclusives developed by other companies. The system's 2013 launch was accompanied by Capcom's Dead Rising and Crytek's Ryse: Son of Rome, and Microsoft has since banked heavily on external exclusives like Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall, Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive, and Square Enix's upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider.

E3 2015 will take place June 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Latest comments (5)

Pete Thompson Editor 5 years ago
I can't help but get the impression that Xbox news of the positive kind pains the writers. Shame!
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 5 years ago
I'm guessing that we'll see a new Battletoads because of the recent shirt drama. What I'd personally like to see is a new Alan Wake, a new Perfect Dark, a port of Metal Wolf Chaos, a new Otogi and something completely out of left field like Titanfall(doesn't have to be a shooter though).

On top of that I'd like to see an Xbox One remaster collection of Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic 1 and 2 with achievements, updated graphics and new DLC content. Finally, to really bring the house down I'd like them to announce Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic 3 being made by Bioware or Obsidian and being published by Microsoft as an Xbox One exclusive(not timed but permanent). That would be one of the biggest announcements ever but it also means I would have to kiss my free time and social life good bye. That's a fair trade though.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 21st April 2015 11:05pm

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Joe Winkler trained retail salesman, Expert5 years ago
Battletoads is a good bet. But I still hope for a new Conker game. Since they implemented his character and some others from Conker: Live and Reloaded in Project Spark the glimpse of hope still rises. Perfect Dark would be great as well not to forget that Rare has a lot of other IPs (Kameo, Sabrewulf) that are great. I think a new Blast Corps with the licensed Frostbite 3 Engine would be a lot of fun. Let's hope Nintendo doesn't hold much of those IPs.
They really need some fresh or refreshened Ip fo this years E3. They have Halo comming but since we won't see Qunatum Break at the end of 2015 (more like holidy '16) Microsoft still needs more exklusives.
I know that compared to Sony and Nintendo (both Zelda and Uncharted are delayed) Microsoft still has Halo and Forza but those alone won't be enough for christmas.
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 5 years ago
Quantum Break got bumped for crowding reasons, and of course because Re edgy aleays needs more time. I'm hearing March-May for it. Alan Wake HD is apparently as much a "do people care" test as anything.

Me, I care, very much :)

I think the real moral of the story is that exclusives are valuable for about six months, after which those who were going to buy your console for that game, have. If you're going tom pay for IP, own it

I'm sure Spencer has set up a pretty diverse portfolio for the next two years. Buy back the FASA license, new Crimson Skies! I still can't believe they let that one go
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
@Paul: Well, Metal Wolf Chaos would need to be completely remade from the ground up as it's one of those games that didn't look that great on the original Xbox (but man, was it hilarious to play over and over!). But yeah, that would be awesome, as would the KOTOR games. And Battletoads? It better be a thing, as it's about damn time we saw that game again after far too long.
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