“It’s going to be really interesting to have those team showing up this year and starting the show with what they’re building for us,” says Spencer.
Microsoft recently confirmed the exact date and timing of their E3 press event this year- June 9th is going to be a big day, because Microsoft have re-iterated time and time again that they’re going to go big at E3 this year. It seems like the right time for a proper unveiling of the next Xbox, especially in light of the recent blowout of information on the PS5. But according to Phil Spencer, head of gaming and Xbox at Microsoft, there’s going to be plenty more to look forward to as well.
Recently, while speaking on the latest episode of Inside Xbox (which you can view below), Spencer got to talking about what people can expect to see from Microsoft at E3 2019, and one of the more interesting things he mentioned was that the lineup of new studios they have recently acquired over the last year will have some stuff to show at the event.
“Our new studios are going to have things to show, which is going to be awesome,” said Spencer. “Some new things that nobody has seen before, which will be fun. Obsidian had a great show at the at The Game Awards with The Outer Worlds, and we’re going to see more of that.
“It’s been nice starting to work with these studios. They came in and I think they’re starting to see how big of a deal E3 is for our platform, and I can see them getting excited about that. It’s kind of different than being an independent studio. It’s going to be exciting to see the studios.”
According to Spencer, though it’s going to take some time for the new studios to fully integrate with the Microsoft infrastructure, E3 2019 is going to be a great time for them to take a huge step in that direction. “It’ll take kinda years to really have them fully integrated in and delivering the same way all of the teams do,” he said. “That’s because different teams are in different parts of the development cycle, but I think it’s going to be really interesting to have those team showing up this year and starting the show with what they’re building for us.”
Which of the new studios will have something to show at E3 is anyone’s best guess at this point. A recent rumour indicated that alongside the new Xbox reveal and a lot more info on Halo Infinite, Microsoft will also be bringing Ninja Theory’s next project to their show. Meanwhile, inXile is at work on a new game (that isn’t Wasteland 3) that Microsoft is “quite keen on”. There’s also Playground Games, whose next project has been rumoured to be Fable 4 for a long time now– but that’s a game we probably won’t be hearing anything about for at least a couple of years yet.
Either way, E3 2019 is Microsoft’s to lose, and it’ll certainly be interesting to see what they bring to the table come June.