-by Dylan DiBona
I’ll be blunt, I don’t care about Microsoft in the video game industry. After supporting them all last generation and loving the Xbox 360, I just don’t see a need for them in the console marketplace, and especially in the software marketplace. But alas, they’re Microsoft, they have tons of money and can hire all sorts of geniuses to dig them out of their third place spot in the video game world. So what five things can win them the hearts of fans again?
1. Only Tease the Scorpio
There are these insane rumors that the untitled Project Scorpio console from Microsoft will be ridiculously powerful, the best console ever made. It’d be a terrible idea for the company to officially announce the new system, give it a release date and all the rest. This would give Sony a chance to sit back, analyze competition and make a PlayStation 5 that will win next gen as well.
Microsoft needs to say “Hey, don’t worry. We’re still working on our behemoth of a system and it’s going to be amazing.” Maybe give us a title to hype the crowds up, just don’t jump the gun- make Xbox One buyers feel like they didn’t throw their money away by giving them some more games first.
2. Announce A New IP
Let’s be honest here. Nintendo equals Mario, Zelda, Pikmin, Smash Bros, Fire Emblem– the list goes on. Sony equals Uncharted, The Last of Us, Crash Bandicoot (I can say that again!), Ratchet & Clank, and again the list goes on. Microsoft equals Halo, Gears of War…oh, that’s basically it. There may be a few one time exclusives for an Xbox system like Sunset Overdrive, but Microsoft still hasn’t even come close to competing in the exclusive IP area.
Microsoft needs a new series, a new cast of characters that can really draw people towards their system. Enough with these gray shooters, give us a truly new and unique product.
3. Reveal At Least Three Exclusives
Even though I brought them up in a somewhat derogatory fashion last segment, one-time exclusives aren’t bad; and the Xbox One needs more of them. Part of the reason the Sega Dreamcast is still a loved and sought after system is because of its interesting exclusive games.
So Microsoft, where are the exclusive titles? Try not to shoot too high like with Scalebound, just give the people fun.
4. Announce a New Halo
It’s been two years since Halo 5 and Halo Wars 2 just dropped earlier in 2017, it seems likely that a Halo 6 announcement will happen, and you know what? That’s great. Nothing hypes up the Microsoft players like a new Halo; it may seem like an easy move (and it kind of is) but it certainly works in everybody’s favor.
5. Cuphead Release Date
5. Prioritize Xbox Live Arcade Again
Okay I won’t lie, this one is a bit personal; the only exclusive I’m interested in from Xbox is the digital only game Cuphead and it’s has been in development limbo forever. Part of my best memories from the Xbox 360 era were the digital games, Castle Crashers, Super Meat Boy, Apple Jack, Minecraft– just release Cuphead already!
Microsoft needs to bring back the amount of focus and love to the digital marketplace that they once had. Maybe the Xbox One can be looked back on fondly if it had a strong digital exclusive library.
Any die-hard Microsoft fans here? What do you think they need to do to win this years E3? Let me know down below and I’ll try my best to reply! As always, thanks for reading.