Xbox is looking to make some “positive changes” to its E3 press conference at this year’s event, according to comments from Xbox head Phil Spencer.
Spencer appeared on Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb’s most recent podcast episode and talk turned from 2017’s Game Awards to E3 2018. Apparently, internal discussions about Xbox’s next E3 showing started in December, despite the show not opening until June 12th. Mentioning the content at this year’s press conference, Spencer said that “some of the plans” include “changes for us this year, which I don’t think we’ve talked about yet, but I think will be some positive changes at E3.”
What that could mean is anyone’s guess, but 2018 is already looking to be a better year for Xbox in terms of exclusives, with games like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3 all slated for releases in 2018. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which launched for Xbox One at the tail-end of 2017 and has already brought in 3 million console players, will probably continue to do well for Xbox as new content is added.
Last year’s Xbox E3 briefing focused heavily on the Xbox One X and then assaulted audiences with the reveal of 42 “console launch exclusives,” so now that the new Xbox is out, Xbox might shift to focus more deeply on a few games. Cyberpunk 2077 is rumored to show at E3 2018, and if CD Projekt Red continues its previous relationship with Microsoft, the highly anticipated sci-fi RPG could see a large showing at Xbox’s E3 presser.
While Microsoft’s top brass remain supportive of Xbox, according to Spencer, this could be a big year for the console team, with true exclusives finally making their way to gamers.
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