#E3 2017 is quickly approaching and every studio is getting ready for the big day. Nintendo is putting the Switch front and center, Sony has a strong portfolio of exclusives to showcase, and Microsoft has the Scorpio.
That said, it's no secret that Xbox hasn't been doing as well as Microsoft would have hoped in recent years. With major exclusive games being canceled (R.I.P. Scalebound), they really need to come away as the winners from this year's E3, but how?
Here are 11 games that will give the #XboxOne a fighting chance at wowing gamers and turning the tides in their favor.
1. Sea Of Thieves
This is a game that was revealed at last year's E3, but after a year of gameplay demos the excitement has never been higher. #SeaofThieves is a game with a unique premise and a beautiful environment, throwing players together in a pirate-themed co-op adventure.
It will offer gamers a great time with friends and an experience that promises entertainment for more than just a few hours. Add in the proud history of its developer, Rare, and Sea of Thieves could be a game that sets Microsoft back on track.
2. Crackdown 3
The #Crackdown franchise has been around for nearly ten years. Two games have been released in that time, which were largely received well and even won a few major awards.
The third installment is shaping up to be something special. It plans to give the gamers the opportunity to shape and destroy the world in a true sandbox style. In the Crackdown 3 gameplay trailer released in 2015, Reagent Games established that gamers will be able to "play with 20 times the computational power of your Xbox One." Just imagine what is possible with 20 times the computational power of the Xbox Scorpio. A console that is set to be the most powerful ever.
3. Phantom Dust 2
The free remaster was recently released on the Xbox One and Windows 10 for #PhantomDust. Is there a better opportunity to raise the exposure of a potential sequel than by releasing the original for free? The next installment in the franchise was announced at last year's E3 and it would make plenty of sense for the sequel to be shown in full at this year's event.
4. Sunset Overdrive 2
The first game was fun, action-packed, and wonderfully over the top. For many, it was one of the first Xbox One exclusives that really captured the curiosity of gamers everywhere. Unfortunately, any sequel that is announced wouldn't be developed by Insomniac Games as they're locked away developing the PS4 Spider-Man game. That said, if the new studio can capture the same energy and style, a sequel would be just as brilliant.
5. Conker's Bad Fur Day 2
#ConkersBadFurDay was a title released by Rare in 2001, but most recently it was brought back to life as one of the games featured in Rare Replay. Conker's Bad Fur Day was well loved when it was first released, and Rare Replay was also received with open arms. With those two things in mind, it is clear that there is still a very large audience eagerly awaiting games like Conker's Bad Fur Day and other Rare classics.
As IGN put it in their 2001 review of the game, which received a 9.9 out of ten:
Rare's twisted, deliciously witty 3D platformer is just as deep in design as Conker is in feces.
#Cuphead is one of those games that we've seen ever E3 the last few years and every year we hope it's the last time we see it at the show. Not because the game it bad, but because we really just need to play it! The studio behind it, Studio MDHR, plans for a mid-2017 release and, not-so-coincidentally, E3 takes place right in the middle of the year.
This series is beloved by many fans and the fact that this game never made it to the shelves disappointed many Banjo lovers. Hopefully, all of the buzz that was generated by Yooka-Laylee is enough to show Microsoft and Rare that fans would love another entry in this series. It's not unreasonable to expect that Rare will have another game to show this E3, and Banjo-Threeie would be a hell of a reveal.
8. State Of Decay 2
This game was first announced at E3 2016, but this year expect to see some more gameplay of the upcoming game that plans to build upon its predecessor. State Of Decay 2 will offer more maps and variation amongst the survivors.
9. Forza 7
#Forza began all the way back in 2005 and with each console upgrade that Microsoft rolls out it seems that Forza is the game they use to showcase the power of their new tech. Forza Horizon 3 was announced at last year's E3 and, being that it is a yearly title, one could assume Microsoft will look to hit a home-run at E3 with the upcoming Forza game. Especially when used to highlight the power of the Scorpio.
No, I'm not referring to a remaster of #Fable, Fable II, or Fable III. What I am referring to is a Fable game in which Microsoft finally delivers on the promises that they'd made in the past. In recent years there were attempts to revive Fable, but none of them landed.
The Fable series was one of such tremendous potential, but as the games went on it became clear that the potential was never quite realized. If Microsoft were to unveil a reboot, a fresh start, that would certainly go a far way in winning E3 this year.
11. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
It's been rumored that the next game in Square Enix's Tomb Raider series won't be revealed at E3 2017, mostly based off this quote from Tomb Raider's Senior Community Manager, Meagan Marie:
This will be a quiet E3 for Lara, but we’re looking forward to catching up on her new adventure later this year.
But quiet doesn't mean silent.
And we might not see any gameplay footage, but who's to say that there won't be any concept art revealed? It has been two years since Rise of the Tomb Raider, and four years since the original reboot. If Microsoft has scored another exclusivity deal with Crystal Dynamics, E3 would be a great time to boast about it.
(Not So Much Of A) Surprise, The Scorpio
If Microsoft can successfully pitch and launch a console that is more powerful than the PS4 Pro, and even capable of rivaling high-end PCs (for now, at least), it would go a long way.
Exclusives are certainly going to be huge for both Microsoft and Sony, and with this line-up it's quite possible that Microsoft might come away as the winner in a department they have struggled with since launch: software. Add in the tremendous potential of their Scorpio console and they've got enough to get gamers excited for the future of Xbox.
What would you like to see Microsoft unveil at this year's E3? Let me know in the comments below!