ByDustin Murphy, writer at Creators.co
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There's no doubt in anyone's mind that the Xbox One has a lackluster exclusive line-up. Even if the games have been relatively strong, there's still that missing AAA X-factor. While games such as Halo 5, Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, and Forza Horizon 3 have certainly grabbed fans by the wrists and danced with them, the entire list of exclusives runs approximately 10-15 games. It's tremendously less than Microsoft's wide-array of Xbox 360 games that kept us fascinated for the 10 years prior.

But I'm inclined to believe that Microsoft has held off so that they could prepare for the Xbox Scorpio. What if Microsoft decided to show one of the biggest poker faces ever and let everyone think that Sony had a Straight Flush and decided to hold off to show their Royal Flush until the very end? What I'm saying is that Microsoft has been pretty quiet so far in 2017, and that only means they're gearing up for a bit E3 — probably with loads of exclusives that will take advantage of the Scorpio.

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Xbox Scorpio Coming, Let's Talk Likely Exclusives

Phantom Dust Still | Courtesy: Microsoft Studios
Phantom Dust Still | Courtesy: Microsoft Studios

When we look at Microsoft's past, their development teams have been the kings and queens of exclusive titles. They are outstanding at keeping in tune with what their fans want and ensuring that they get just that. The strides they've made in the past prove that they always have some sort of impressive system-selling backup plan in development. Now that developers can see what Microsoft is doing with the Scorpio, they'll adopt the 4K resolution, and bring in a high-end gaming experience.

However, what exclusives can we expect since some of the Xbox Ones biggest hits have been lackluster to fans or have simply been cancelled all together? First-off, Halo 6 is very likely in development and will usher in an era of Spartan Locke and the Master Chief adventures.

But, if we just look at existing properties alone, the list of possible Xbox exclusive games might look something like this:

  • Advent Rising Reboot
  • Alan Wake 2
  • Forza Motorsport 7
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears of War 5
  • Halo 6
  • Jade Empire 2
  • Phantom Dust
  • Quantum Break 2
  • Ryse 2
  • State of Decay 2 (Confirmed)
  • Sunset Overdrive 2

While the list certainly is speculation — Jade Empire 2 might be a pipe dream — I wanted to show that Microsoft does have quite a bit of existent IPs that they can work with in order to broaden their exclusive library. Under no circumstance does it actually mean that Microsoft will be throwing in their cards to ensure we see any of those games.

Let's just keep our fingers crossed that their E3 press-event will be bigger than last years. It's time to see some major hitters that can compete with exculsive games like the PS4's Horizon: Zero Dawn and the Switch's Breath of the Wild.

Waiting For Xbox Scorpio Was Probably Strategic

Sure the had some decent games. I'll admit that I spent numerous hours watching the Quantum Break episodes between each chapter, and enjoyed the games tie-in show immensely. I'm also one who ran through Gears of War Ultimate Edition and enjoyed the newly remastered visuals with awe. We even purchased many of the consoles exclusives as they launched in order to enjoy them while waiting on exclusives to launch.

Waiting for the launch of Scorpio was actually quite genius on Phil Spencer and Microsoft's behalf. It has, hopefully, allowed them to prepare their lineup, to provide high-end gaming experiences that players want, and demand from developers as well as console makers.

Microsoft needed something new and flashy and shiny to get fans re-excited for the Xbox, and the Scorpio is doing that. Even those who see the Xbox One as a failure are now excited to move on to the Scorpio, even if it is the exact same software.

E3 Will Confirm This Theory

Courtesy: Inquisitr
Courtesy: Inquisitr

While E3 is certainly just around the corner, we can only expect to see what exclusives it will have and what third party developers are up to for the console itself. Lets just hope is going to be filled with the two titans of the gaming industry trading blows once more while Nintendo sits in the corner enjoying their Nintendo Switch game reveals from the Nintendo Treehouse.

What do you think of Scorpio's future? Do you think it will set Microsoft up for a successful future with exclusive titles?

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