Xbox E3 2018 Briefing Will Show Support For Games From Japanese Publishers, Spencer Says

"It's important to us."

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E3 2018 is coming up relatively soon, and now we've learned more about what to expect from Microsoft's Xbox briefing at the big-time gaming show. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said on Twitter this week that you can expect Microsoft to show off some games from Japanese publishers on its stage. That's the plan right now, but Spencer noted that plans can change.

"As of now, yes," Spencer said to a fan who asked if JRPGs would get stage time. "Things can change, but like last year, I wanted to make sure we supported our Japanese publishers on our stage and this year we are working to do the same. It's important to us."

That's all he had to say on the subject. It's not much, but it's nice to see Microsoft's commitment to talking about and showing off Japanese games during the year's biggest show. We will of course have all the news from E3 in June as the show unfolds. Last year, Microsoft's E3 briefing included games from Japanese publishers such as Code Vein and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Also on Twitter this week, Spencer said Microsoft's post-E3 plans this year will be "a bit different" than what fans have become accustomed to. "I think people will like it assuming it lands," he said, offering no further information or teases about this.

Following E3 is San Diego Comic-Con in July, where Microsoft typically has some kind of presence one way or another. Then in August it's Gamescom in Germany, where Microsoft usually goes big; and then it's Tokyo Game Show in September. Microsoft doesn't always attend that show.

Microsoft's E3 2018 briefing takes place on Sunday, June 11, starting at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Whereas last year we knew that Xbox One X (then Project Scorpio) would be a major highlight, this year's show remains more of a mystery.

In January, Spencer said that there would be some "positive changes" at E3 for Microsoft, which could have been a reference to the company's decision to hire out the Microsoft Theatre. One possible announcement from Microsoft this year is Halo 6, which has been discussed but not formally revealed. Microsoft is also said to be working on a PlayStation Now-like game-streaming service.

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