- Oct 29, 2017
My hopes for Microsoft E3:
- Nothing about next-gen hardware.
- No next-gen title, so nothing about Fable, neither new games from first party studios.
- Every game shown during the conference will be available before Summer 2020.
- New first party studios.
- A complete redesign of the Windows Game Store, more Play Anywhere games and the official launch of Xbox Game Pass on PC. Since then, every game available on Xbox Game Pass on Xbox will also be available on PC.
We all know it's coming in 2020. They have E3 to themselves. Nobody will be talking about PS5 in the media cycle. E3 is precisely where they need to reference next gen.
MS 1st party had to expand precisely because it was so weak. If they rely on IP from pre-acquisition MS, they're in big trouble. Sony would "win" 2019 without even being there because their "anticipated" 2019 games are so high profile and not all continuations of things done before.
Once 2020 comes by I think MS will be in a stronger position to hold reveals until games are nearly ready, but if you want people to buy into your eco-system NOW, you should tease them with amazing stuff coming down the road. Because BC is happening for both Sony and MS next gen, every gamer that invests into Sony NOW because of future things like Death Stranding, will be that much harder to dislodge come next gen.