Perhaps one of the biggest concerns that has been noted around the Xbox One of late is the distressing lack of games. Indeed, the early launch topics didn't seem to have a whole lot to do with games at all, a development that had many on edge. But new reports suggest that those who thought that a note of patience was in order may be about to be vindicated.
The newest reports suggest that Microsoft
is looking to lay fully $1 billion into game development, using that nine-figure wad to not only put some studios into play but also to obtain exclusives. The first year of retail alone is set to be marked by fully 15 exclusive titles, as well as eight properties that have never before been seen. What's more, some familiar names are set to come back as well, including word from Rare, who says that it will be going back to an older franchise. Some are already talking about a possible "Killer Instinct" redux, and that's some very happy news indeed. I always did enjoy fighting with Spinal.
There's also more afoot, as Lift London is set to offer some smaller cloud titles, and Black Tusk
--formerly Microsoft Vancouver--has something big in mind as well, being referred to, specifically, as "the next Halo." There's a new "Call of Duty" in the works, or so the reports go, as is "Forza Motorsport 5," "Quantum Break," an array of EA Sports games
Some have even wondered if there might be another Fallout on the early-term horizon, and though that's strictly speculative, there have been some interesting reports to suggest a distinct possibility in the works. There's even some possibility of an E3 announcement.
It's hard to argue with a billion dollars' worth of resources going into play, and that's quite a bit of support behind gaming. Indeed, the idea of an impressive new E3 showing is now much more likely than it was. It's still early, of course, but now the onus is clearly going to be on Microsoft to try and cash that monster check it's about to write. Putting a billion bucks on the line is no mean feat, but just what does that billion buy any more? Will it produce a line of exciting games we can't wait to play? Or a load of garbage no one wants to touch?
Only E3--now about a week and a half away--will finally tell the story.