E3 Predictions: Microsoft

E3 Predictions: Microsoft
 
 

Welcome to the fourth and final predictions article for this year where I discuss what I hope, and think will turn up on stage at E3. In my first piece, I talked about what I thought would hit the stages of the major third party publishers’ conferences (EA, Bethesda, and Ubisoft), the second saw my guesses for Nintendo, and the third looked at what I thought Sony might show us. Now, I’ll delve into the last of the big three – time for my Microsoft predictions!

Everything that follows is based purely on my personal wish list of stuff I want to see, mixed with a little guess work. For the more “out there” hopes and guesses I’ll do my best to give some thought as to why I think it’s time for that entry.

With all that said, let’s jump into my predictions for:

Microsoft

Conference held on Monday 12th June @ 9:00am NZ Time

Hopes and Wishes!

  • I think it's time for MS to reintroduce their Family Game Sharing plan. My guess is that it will be revised a bit, reduced from 10 "family" members to 5 (family members being Xbox accounts you have added to a changeable family group - they don't have to be actual relatives).
    • Why do I think that this could be a thing? Because it's possible that there are going to be a few people these holidays who now have three or more Xbox One consoles in their home and will want each to have access to their game library on all their devices.
    • An alternative to this would be a Digital Game Lending plan that allows you to transfer the licence of a game to anyone on your friends list for a selectable amount of time, at the end of which the licence is reverted back to you.
  • New or reimagined AAA titles.
    • Shadowrun - No, not the first-person shooter version, I'm talking about a modern 3D, 3rd person-isometric, party-based role-playing game set in the Shadowrun universe. Full cyberpunk/fantasy-meets-Dragon Age. MS owns the licence, and it's been a few years since Harebrained Schemes and Cliffhanger Productions worked on their Shadowrun line of PC RPG games, so why not bring the franchise back to consoles in a way that RPG fans would love?
    • Outwars - As a 3rd-person sci-fi action title with a Starship Troopers-like campaign taking you from planet to planet to combat a galactic infestation of sentient hive-mind giant bugs-like aliens. Give me an awesome story with the campaign, and bring back the jetpacks and gliders, and I'll be a happy man.
    • Deadly Tide - As a 1st-person underwater and space on-rails shooter or "flight" simulator (with VR support on PC/Scorpio). Think the Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR mission, which was both on-rails and gave you the freedom to fly where and how you want in certain sections.
    • Freelancer - As an optional 1st and 3rd person space flight simulator with the ability to walk around space stations to interact with NPCs. Lots of professions available: from trading and transportation of passengers, to bounty hunting and serving in the military to combat hostile human and alien threats.
    • Age of Empires/ Age of Mythology/ Rise of Nations - Pretty much the same games, but basically a historical real-time strategy game that has you progress through the ages, and fight with forces going from the stone age right up and into the future.

  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is coming to Xbox One, Scorpio, and PC in 2018, and will be a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program.
  • Below release date
  • Cuphead is available now! (or at least an official release date)
  • Sunset Overdrive 2 announced
  • Ryse 2
  • Supermassive Games (the folks behind Until Dawn) come out and announce their next game, and that it will be coming to Xbox One.
  • Fable 2 Anniversary Edition revealed as a 2018 title alongside the announcement of a new Fable franchise focused studio that is made up of ex-Lionhead employees.
  • Let’s see a new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 – would love to get a late 2017/early 2018 release date too.

What I think we’ll actually see

  • Sea of Thieves open beta announced
    • Game gets new trailer and a Q1 2018 release window
  • Crackdown announced as a Scorpio launch title
  • Forza Motorsport 7 announced as a Scorpio launch title
  • State of Decay 2 release date announced
  • Halo Wars 2 DLC
    • Hopefully not just Blitz or Multiplayer content, but a campaign expansion that has you playing as The Banished
  • At least 3 unheard of, new AAA titles.
  • The Xbox One Scorpio info dump
    • We obviously get its name, but it will also be the first major thing that Microsoft talks about, and they will have some kind of marketing push
    • October release date
    • VR support - It will work with both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
    • The 1TB Xbox One Scorpio will be announced as being $449 USD ($600 NZD - not an actual conversion, just what I think the NZ price will be).

 

So those are what I think Microsoft will showcase on their E3 stages, and that concludes my series of E3 2017 prediction articles. Did you Agree? Disagree? Or have your own thoughts? Can’t wait to read what you all think is just around the corner, so sound off in the comments below, and lets all get excited about the coming week of awesome!




 

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Comments Comments (17)

 
Posted by BlakeyNZ
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 2:10 PM
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Not bad predictions. Im expecting a new ninja Gaiden game to be in there
 
 
 
Posted by 163Battery
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 2:22 PM
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I'm hoping there will be a dump of good backwards compatible games. They have been a bit quiet on that front lately.
 
 
 
Posted by dontboszit
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 2:53 PM
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Not bad... but Microsoft have come out and said that they are skipping VR this year... same goes with Halo but that's probably the core games. (meaning no Halo 6)
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 2:58 PM
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9 June 2017, 02:53 PM Reply to dontboszit
Not bad... but Microsoft have come out and said that they are skipping VR this year... same goes with Halo but that's probably the core games. (meaning no Halo 6)
I thought they had said that we wouldn't be seeing THEIR VR headset... not necessarily not referring to any other headsets compatibility with Scorpio.
 
 
 
Posted by NZBuc
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 3:54 PM
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I'm hoping you're right for a few of these! - Especially game sharing/lending
 
 
 
KatalystaKaos
Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 3:55 PM
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Will be waiting with crossed fingers for some mind boggling Scorpio games, VR support with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive would be icing on the cake.
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 5:23 PM
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I'd live to see Supermassive announce a new game. Same with Gearbox tbh.
 
 
 
Posted by Outlaw213
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 5:45 PM
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Hmm what will they call Scorpio.
 
 
 
Posted by ptys
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 9:25 PM
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I'd put money on Alan Wake 2 announcement... female lead? Tomb Raider China also announced at the press conference, everyone will moan but then later is revealed to be multi platform. Maybe some SEGA exclusive like Virtual Fighter to show they are hardcore... no wait Killer Instinct 2 for sure.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 9 Jun 2017 11:19 PM
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I want xbox to "win" e3 Sony needs a good kick in the ass.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Saturday 10 Jun 2017 12:17 AM
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a lot of people seemed to really dislike ryze, but i really enjoyed it.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Saturday 10 Jun 2017 12:18 AM
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10 June 2017, 12:17 AM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
a lot of people seemed to really dislike ryze, but i really enjoyed it.
Ryse* f**king edit,
 
 
 
Posted by Nibblo
On Saturday 10 Jun 2017 12:42 PM
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I just bought a new 4K TV so am super looking forward to the Scorpio release, hope it's below $500 USD. Would love to see a new studio opened for Fable or at least one new studio doing something different. We already know State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, Forza 7, Cuphead and Crackdown will be there so also hope to hear of Below and what's happened to it. Don't' think there will be a VR announcement as they have said there won't be and talking about 2 pieces of hardware one of which is a new console in one conference is a bit much (don't count last year as the slim and project were separated by so much time).
Roll on Monday.
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Saturday 10 Jun 2017 1:16 PM
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10 June 2017, 12:42 PM Reply to Nibblo
I just bought a new 4K TV so am super looking forward to the Scorpio release, hope it's below $500 USD. Would love to see a new studio opened for Fable or at least one new studio doing something different. We already know State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, Forza 7, Cuphead and Crackdown will be there so also hope to hear of Below and what's happened to it. Don't' think there will be a VR announcement as they have said there won't be and talking about 2 pieces of hardware one of which is a new console in one conference is a bit much (don't count last year as the slim and project were separated by so much time).
Roll on Monday.
Niiice - I just picked up a new 4k monitor for my PC, so I'll be streaming the 4k stream via Mixer on that (https://mixer.com/xbox).

For the VR support, I think it'll just be mentioned that the Scorpio will support them, and then some games will mention being VR compatible. I don't think there'll be any dedicated VR titles announced, just that the headsets will be supported for devs/games that want to make use of the tech - maybe ;)

Biggest hope though is, like I mentioned, I'd love at least 3 new IPs - who will be developing these titles? No idea, but fingers crossed MS has some newly created or acquired teams up their sleeves to announce on-stage :)

Ahh to dream :P
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Saturday 10 Jun 2017 4:57 PM
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10 June 2017, 01:16 PM Reply to LukeB
Niiice - I just picked up a new 4k monitor for my PC, so I'll be streaming the 4k stream via Mixer on that (https://mixer.com/xbox).

For the VR support, I think it'll just be mentioned that the Scorpio will support them, and then some games will mention being VR compatible. I don't think there'll be any dedicated VR titles announced, just that the headsets will be supported for devs/games that want to make use of the tech - maybe ;)

Biggest hope though is, like I mentioned, I'd love at least 3 new IPs - who will be developing these titles? No idea, but fingers crossed MS has some newly created or acquired teams up their sleeves to announce on-stage :)

Ahh to dream :P
"mixer" still can't get over their horrible naming sense :D
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Saturday 10 Jun 2017 7:02 PM
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10 June 2017, 04:57 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
"mixer" still can't get over their horrible naming sense :D
A omen of things to come?
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Sunday 11 Jun 2017 1:26 PM
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Would like a halo wars style gears of War game.