Five Things Microsoft Must Do At E3

-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.

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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.

 

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2 thoughts on “Five Things Microsoft Must Do At E3

  1. Honestly, exclusive new IPs will make or break them this year, especially considering they’re going on about Scorpio so much. A new Halo would be fine but I think 343i have already said they aren’t going to show Halo 6. The only exclusive they have on the way that I’m even remotely interested in is Cuphead as it happens.

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  2. I’d say your headers are correct, but I don’t completely agree with the details contained within.

    Sony is definitely working on the PlayStation 5, just as Microsoft is working on continuing the Xbox brand, but I don’t think that there’s another PlayStation on the horizon for at least another 4 years or so. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have bothered with the PS4 Pro at all.

    I do agree that Xbox needs a some fresh IPs to tease, but they also have some great exclusives in their past, as well as more than just the “grey shooters”. Sea of Thieves, Crackdown, State of Decay 2, and others are on the way. Microsoft could also pull out the big guns and dig into older IPs. Halo 6 would be nice to see some info on, but it wouldn’t be entirely necessary.

    As for XBLA, I say let it rest. ID@Xbox exists as a replacement in terms of their relationship with indie developers, but with Sony pursuing exclusivity deals with publishers and indies on the level that they are, it’s unlikely that Microsoft is going to be able to make much of a dent there.

    I’m in the wait-and-see camp for E3. I know that Sony is going to blow everyone away, but the real surprise will be if Microsoft pulls out all the stops.

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