Xbox One boss promises new IP and sequel announcements at E3

But it's not all about next month's show, as Phil Spencer teases, "May should be a good month for news."

With just one month to go before the 2014 E3, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has revealed a slew of new details about what you can expect from Microsoft's presentation at the event.

Asked if gamers will see new IP announcements at the show from first-party Microsoft studios, Spencer replied: "Yes, we'll announce both new IP and new sequels at E3." That's just one interesting piece of information that Spencer revealed last night during his tweeting spree.

We've rounded up what you need to know below, based on his Twitter comments from overnight.

  • Microsoft is focusing on hardcore gamers for the show.
  • Some announcements will be made in May, ahead of E3. "Yea, you'll get a couple of things before. May should be a good month for news. Took me a month to get plans set," Spencer said.
  • Microsoft will announce new studios it's working with.
  • Spencer is not allowed to talk about anything related to what Halo studio 343 Industries is working on.
  • Microsoft's overall goal for 2014: "I feel like what we will show this year is stuff we are committed to, from top studios, for this year and future."
  • Don't expect a Microsoft-made gaming handheld anytime soon. "I don't think we'll do a dedicated handheld gaming device, rather just focus on [Windows Phone], tablets, maybe with controller support someday," Spencer said.
  • Spencer wants Microsoft's E3 2014 showing to be more "fan focused."
  • Microsoft thought about using the voice of Cortana for their E3 show, but Spencer did not like this. Asked if the Cortana voice search functionality could come to Xbox One someday, Spencer said, "I like [Windows Phone] feature but don't want to overdo it."
  • Gamers won't need to wait until the Tokyo Game Show (September) to learn about new Japanese Xbox One games.
  • Microsoft is close to finalizing a release date for the Xbox One version of Minecraft.
  • The Lost Odyssey rights are "a bit complicated," but Spencer would like to see the 2008 role-playing game come to Games on Demand some day.
  • Details about external storage support for Xbox One are coming later.
  • Why there hasn't been a Battletoads sequel: "Just time, lot's of things we want to build, all the teams are full right now and a long list of what they'd want to do next. You want to spend time because you want things to be as good as they can be, I don't want to do cheap ports," Spencer said.

E3 2014 runs June 10-12 in Los Angeles, California. Microsoft's media briefing is often held on the Monday before the show kicks off, which would be June 9. GameSpot will be in attendance at E3 2014, bringing you all the news as it happens.

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Discussion

986 comments
barrica
barrica

i love the e3, one day i want to go there! In August i will purchase my next gen console, im still undecided hopefully after the e3 il make a decision. Yesterday i saw something crazy at GAME UK store both xbox one and ps4 had the world cup game but there where four people on the xbox one and no one playing on the ps4. Should i take this as a sign that most gamers really dont care about graphics that much and the xbox controller is what most people get atrakted to microsoft. I have noticed that in second hand shops, ps4 games are a bit more expensive. Hard to understand when most people are getting ps4s than xbox juans. Coming from xbox 360 the xbox 1 remote feels good, but i dont have a problem to get a ps4 and use an xbox one remote either. My issue is one, online gaming. I want the one with the best servers, matchmaking and a good stance against cheaters, im not goin to spend money to then feel frustated after a busy day at work. Im looking for intertainment!

ABIBASS
ABIBASS

goes back to the office and says, i have just promised a new title so come up with something today and we start developing tomorrow and kick it out of the door next week. 

xrizz1066
xrizz1066

Gota admit Philip trying really hard to turn things round. It better be amazing or things will only get worse. Sony's not exactly just gona sit there and not up there game at the same time

pedrovnone
pedrovnone

Sequels: Banjoo, Conker, Perfect Dark, Halo, Ryse and Gears of war.


New IP: Japanese game, kinect game.


Others: Sunset, Minecraft, Quantum Break, etc.


Arcade: Below, Super Force, etc.



and TV series.....

ziseknsa
ziseknsa

Great!! MS is aligning all their artillery, they are going to bombard E3 with games, new IPs and sequels!!! =)


Can't wait!!!, I've had a blast so far with my Xbox One + Killer Instinct, Forza V, DR3, Blackflag, BF4 and Titanfall, All the monthly updates are great and it is only going to get better and better!!


Great job Phil!!!!

rasterror
rasterror

I'm very excited to see what MS and Sony brings to the table. I'm looking for a good reason for Sony to make me buy a PS4. Sony I have the money. i just need you to make me want one.

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

This is going to be the best E3 in years can't wait, Just wish GS still had the achievements for watching the shows :(

KilltheFANBOYS
KilltheFANBOYS

It's a fatal four way match.

On one side we the the ultra green, the third of it's kind, the Xbox One.

On the opposite side we got the super blue, the fourth generation, the Playstation 4

On the other side we got the powerful P, the PC

On finally we got the newest successor to the legend, the Wii U.


The fight is on. Who will win?


(After the match)

And winner are:

THE GAMERS.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Its good to know that the runner-up console, will at least have a few games to play or should I call them apps.  Lol where is Halo, Its the same as Nintendo without Mario, WTF Microsoft.

isane-bishop
isane-bishop

If Microsoft can get Perfect Dark 2, Banjo 3 and some how. get Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox One. I'll buy a Xbox One TODAY!!!

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@xrizz1066  As for Sony, looks like all they have to do is just keep up with console production around the world. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@xrizz1066  They are getting off on the right foot this year by focusing on games, games, and more games. The message last year was this box does everything and can even play a game I hear, that is not a message for hardcore gamers or early adopters. If I was microsoft - I would start with a "yes we frigged up, now look at these games" I would fire anyone that said multimedia this and social that- stay laser focused on games. Whether the xb1 can ever play games in 1080p 60fps natively, doesn't matter when your machine hosts some of the most compelling games of the 8th gen. I wish the xbox 1 could go into a low resource mode that allowed more power to go towards games then its OS and hundreds of social apps, multimedia apps. 

Also a straight clean clarification on whether xbox1 will allow publishers to implement anti used games measure on their system as well as what rights customers have in regard to digital sales or "licensed leases" would be very welcomed. I would prefer a price drop immediately if possible too.  

xrizz1066
xrizz1066

Bot off, same cut n paste as other sites. M$ don't be so obvious

Vylsith
Vylsith

@ziseknsa Honestly, I think this is more of a case of "Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed."  Everyone promises big at E3.  Sony hasn't lost E3 for 3 years straight.  Props to Microsoft if they can turn the trend around, but Sony has few next gen games announced, all of their studios working on them, and a lot more studios than Microsoft.  Don't want to rain on your parade or anything, but there's little chance that Microsoft will win E3.

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

@rasterror  The only game I can say i'd like to play on ps4 is deep down, nothing much interests me so far and the rest  I can get on xbox won.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@Gatman32 No thats PC.  Let a normal non gamer chick catch a dude PC gaming and see if he can still get play...lol.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@adambigc Frigging 12 year olds who stick to pony...lol.  Why not...Phonies, Lonely s, Jabronis, Bolognas, Lamestation fan, gaystation fan, nobrainstation fan...Frigging XBOTS they make me sick and deserve the title....XBOT.

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

@Tiger_Ali  You talk a lot of dripple don't you, ps has been out longer than xbox and has been milking some its games since ps1, I don't see you crying about them. Ponies lol clowns.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Final Fantasy XIV is not coming to X1 and will never come to X1. It is exclusive to PS4. MLB The Show comes out this week too. What's coming out on Xbox One this week? This summer?

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@LiquidGold @rasterror  What both of these consoles need is a western or traditional RPG, the fact there is no REAL strong RPG like Fallout, skyrim, or lost odyssey, final fantasy, or dragons age. And I do not mean a indie or rpg maker rpg I mean a full on large scale high production one. 

RPG can sale systems and always have, problem is that it takes too much time, talent, money, and leadership to make it happen. 

rasterror
rasterror

@LiquidGold @Tiger_Ali Please don't bother yourself with him. He's a poor Sony fanboy that reviews games months before they come out.

rasterror
rasterror

@eternal_napalm I would play FF XIV on my PC seeing that it's better but I can't be bothered. And sure the PS$ has MLB but I could care less about baseball. It's the usual summer drought so no worries. I just got BF4 and will be getting Plants vs Zombies tomorrow So I'll definitely be plenty busy. Plus I have my PC, 360, Wii U, and 3DS to keep me covered.

rasterror
rasterror

@Tiger_Ali You also gave GT6 a review score of 10 in august even though it didn't come out until December.....Seems legit.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Lol the link you provided doesnt show a date just a well deserve review that goes without saying.

rasterror
rasterror

@Tiger_Ali @rasterror@LiquidGold Or someone that reads someone and calls them out for their lies. you still haven't told me how you were able to play Forza 5 well enough in August to give it a review?

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@rasterror @Tiger_Ali@Cowboy-BebopNot at all I can multi task.  Why dont you go preach about how I reviewed forza 5 before it came out.  Lol you nincompoop, i review games on metacritic.  Paste the link that will show me when I reviewed forza 5 last august before it caame out lol lol lol LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.   And that word was you in one sum...Douchebag.

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

@rasterror Trophies? Really? That's what your coming back with? Ah, so your one of those kids who gets the participation trophy. Your really not helping you stance. 


Most gamers don't like companies that pass off broken games to meet the bottom line. That shows that you don't care about gamers. Most gamers don't care for micro-transactions especially if the game is designed to frustrate gamers into buying the next level instead of earning it (AKA participation trophy winners) and most gamers don't care for EA. If you need to verify it, you can check any gaming site for all the criticism EA gets. They don't make games for gamers. They make games for shareholders. Oh and EA wouldn't have kept the micro-transactions a secret until after the first month to get sales. Again, be part of the solution.

rasterror
rasterror

@Tiger_Ali @rasterror@Cowboy-Bebop I guess all of the trophies from all of the gaming tournaments I've won, all of the consoles I own, and me being on gaming blogs doesn't make me a hardcore gamer? 

rasterror
rasterror

@Cowboy-Bebop @rasterror Describe what a hardcore gamer is. So i got a game through Gamefly oh my gosh i must be a terrible person. If I don't like it and it doesn't work then I'll return them. Heaven forbid I I make my own decisions and not let people dictate what I get or don't get. I get "true" hardcore gamers act like lemmings. And what type am I/ One that is willing to try what they like? If I was using your money then you can tell me what to do. But since it's my money you go somewhere else. And with the comment you posted you seem young and immature. 

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

@rasterror You got a game with broken servers and horrible game issues and a "screw gamers" micro-transactions game. Awesome. So your the type of gamer that hardcore gamers can't stand. Do you proudly fly that EA flag? Maybe be part of the solution not the problem.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Damn, no games coming out for Xbone? That sucks. But hey, at least you can watch tv :P