“Sorry to get your hopes up,” says Xbox marketing GM Aaron Greenberg.
With Microsoft now having an impressive number of big studios under their first party umbrella, there have been quite a lot of questions about what these developers are working on. There has, of course, been speculation, and that speculation has brought up revivals of two Microsoft-owned IP in particular- Fable and Perfect Dark, developed, supposedly, by Playground Games and The Initiative respectively.
Recently, journalist Tom Warren discovered locked placeholder Twitter handles for both properties, with one being followed by an Xbox employee and the other being registered to a Microsoft email address. That, as you may imagine, kicked the speculation regarding both into hyperdrive once again. Microsoft, however, states that these handles don’t mean much.
On Twitter, Xbox’s GM of marketing Aaron Greenberg clarified that these are just placeholder accounts made to “secure social handles for our IP.” Greenberg said that it’s standard practice, and the handles have “been inactive for years.”
“I know everyone is hungry for news, but sorry to get your hopes up,” he said.
That doesn’t, of course, necessarily mean that those games are not going to be revealed- it just means that these Twitter accounts don’t have much to do with that possibility. With Microsoft’s first party event planed for July, we’ll know soon enough if they do get revealed, so stay tuned.
I know everyone is hungry for news, but sorry to get your hopes up. These accounts have been inactive for years, it’s standard practice to secure social handles for our IP.
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️❎ (@aarongreenberg) June 28, 2020