2016's Xbox One Lineup To Be Huge

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2016's Xbox One Lineup To Be Huge

With December now about a week down and Christmas approaching--surely the JibJab Year in Review can only be a few days away!--it's about time to start looking back at 2015 and forward to 2016. We'll do both right now after word from Microsoft's marketing department personified by Yusuf Mehdi.

Mehdi--while at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference--offered up some interesting word about Microsoft's 2016 in games. Mehdi called 2016's lineup the "best lineup" that would be seen, though admittedly, Microsoft hasn't had any shortage of winners lately. Halo 5, Fallout 4, Just Cause 3...these are just three of the heavy hitters we saw in 2015, and 2016 will, by Mehdi's figures, be better still.

That's a tall order. Granted, some exciting titles are on the slate. Crackdown 3, Scalebound, and Sea of Thieves are all set to hit, and this alongside Recore and several others. Last report suggested that even Dead Island 2 would finally be finding its way to us in 2016, but that's a bit of a long shot. That's just the games we know of, too; there will almost certainly be new announcements. After all, the next E3 is only a few months away, and announcements aplenty will be on hand.

Admittedly, it's a good stretch. Two sequels and some stuff that's been in the pipe since the last E3 is really no shortage of games. And there are certainly plenty of games that were supposed to hit in 2015 that aren't exactly looking like they'll ship in a timely fashion, either. That's a lot of potential fodder that could get bumped back to 2016 without incident. considering that we heard similar noises out of Aaron Greenberg, also an Xbox marketeer, the idea that this could be a big deal could be the real thing. Of course, it could also be some carefully-crafted marketing speak to draw more attention to Microsoft, which is lagging Sony by a pretty healthy margin this go round, by some reports.

Knowing what we know so far, though, suggests that we may well have a really impressive 2016 to come in Xbox One gaming. Microsoft could use an impressive year after the last couple, which have been good, but not as good as Sony has had.

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