Xbox will still keep taking risks says Xboss Phil Spencer

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2016 was a fantastic year for Xbox. With an initiative put in place years before to help bring more exclusive games to that console, the effort was paying off. We got the likes of Forza Horizon 3, Quantum Break and the stupidly-enjoyable Dead Rising 4 last year, amongst other fantastic games that made Microsoft’sbig black box a winner. One game that we didn’t get however? Scalebound, Platinum’s long-in-development swords, sorcery and dragon epic.

Having been cancelled this week, Scalebound is no more. It’s a pity, because it very much looked like the kind of game that would give the Xbox One another edge in the race for exclusives. And that news was a bit of a bummer to start 2017 on, but current Xboss Phil Spencer says that Microsoft will still be open to taking risks on big budget projects such as Scalebound in the future, according to his Twitter comments:

So what’s on the Xbox line-up for 2017? Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 should be dropping later this year, as will Halo Wars 2. E3 will as usual be the scene where Microsoft pulls out their big guns as last year’s event was noteworthy for the fact that the majority of the games announced were for release in 2016, a fresh departure from press conferences of years past. More of that please, Microsoft.

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Last Updated: January 12, 2017

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  • MonsterCheddar

    Xbox for life!!!!!!


  • What ever happened with Quantum Break? Just seemed to go silent suddenly.

    • Hammersteyn

      It didn’t do very well on PC for one. They even released it on Steam and the number of players are laughable

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        Even Angry Joe hated its guts…

        • Hammersteyn

          You, forgot about that.

        • Hammersteyn

          I give it Nissan / 10

      • All the hype.

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      TV, TV, TV just wasn’t enough!

  • HvR

    “Yes we will take more risks!!!”

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  • 40 Insane Frogs

    It’s almost like Microsoft has lost their will to fight. It’s almost like the last three years have been far too traumatic for the Boner team. Seriously, Phil Spencer… what happened? When did the saviour of the Boner just decide to give up?

  • HairyEwok

    Xbox: We want to take risks, just not yet.

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    I certainly hope so, because their exclusives list is pretty slim pickings at the moment. It’s almost as if the Spencer regime suffers from a lack of self-esteem. They’re actively hiding FROM risk. Say what you will about Don “The Jacket” Mattrick but he wasn’t afraid of taking a risk. Sure, it didn’t pan out, and yes he left with his tail between his legs, but the man had balls – MASSIVE GREEN AND GOLD BALLS!

    Phil Spencer needs to up his game! There is life after Gears of War, Forza and Halo….

    Incidentally, this is Sony’s lineup for the PS4 for 2017:

    13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Accel World vs. Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight, Ace Combat 7, Akiba’s Beat, Anonymous;Code, Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue HD Edition, Atelier Firis: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Journey, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, Birthdays the Beginning, Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusions, Chaos;Child: Love Chu Chu!!, Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku!, City Shrouded in Shadow, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Danganronpa 1•2 Reload, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Dark Rose Valkyrie, Days Gone, Death Stranding, Detroit: Become Human, Digimon World: Next Order, Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories, DJMAX Respect, Dragon Quest Heroes II, Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time [Console Ver.], Dreams, Earth Defense Force 5, Farpoint, Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Four Goddesses Online: Cyber Dimension Neptune, God of War, God Wars: Future Past, Granblue Fantasy Project Re: Link, Gran Turismo Sport, Gravity Rush 2, Gundam Versus, Happy Manager, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Hotch Kiss, Itadaki Street: Dragon Que, st and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary, Killing Bites, Kiss Bell, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue , Knack 2, The Last of Us Part II, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, MLB: The Show 17, Moe Moe Niji Taisen 3, Musou Stars, New Game! The Challenge Stage!, New Hot Shots Golf, Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon, NieR: Automata, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, Nioh, Persona 5, Re:Zero – Starting Life from Zero- Kiss or Death, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII with Power-Up Kit, Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru, Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash, SG/ZH School Girl/Zombie Hunter, Shenmue III, The Silver Case, Song of Memories , Spider-Man, StarBlood Arena, Sudden Strike 4 , Summon Night 6: Lost Borders, Super Robot Wars V, Tales of Berseria, Tokyo Xanadu eX+, Touhou Genso Wanderer, Toukiden 2, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Urban Legend in Limbo, V! No Heroes Allowed! R, Warhammer 40,0000: Deathwatch, WipEout Omega Collection, The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2, Yakuza 0, Yakuza: Kiwami, Yakuza 6, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world., Zero Escape: The Nonary Games!

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