Microsoft: Xbox reveal to ‘lay down the foundation’, ‘tons’ of exclusives to be announced at E3
posted on 05.17.13 at 06:34 PM EDT by (@salromano)
'We're telling one story across two events.'

Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business chief of staff Aaron Greenberg is teasing “tons of exclusives” and “world premieres” for Microsoft’s E3 next-gen Xbox showing.

E3 will be “all about the games,” he promised on the latest Major Nelson podcast, while Tuesday’s May 21 reveal event will ‘lay down the foundation’ for the new console.

“We’re really going to tell one story across two events,” said Greenberg. “So we’re going to start on the 21st and really that’s about revealing the next Xbox platform, really our vision for the future of games, the future of entertainment. We definitely have a lot of surprises planned.

“I know everyone knows the Infinity Ward team is hard at work on world premiering the next Call of Duty: Ghosts, so we’re going to see what that looks like for the first time. People are going to get a great inside look at really the making of the new platform and the team that’s brought it to life.

“I mean, to be honest, it’s really about the team, the people here, that’s why we’re inviting people to campus, we’re going to bring them behind the scenes a little bit. We’ve never done this before and so it’s really exciting to be able to do that. But I think it’s a lot of laying the foundation, probably the best way to describe it, and then just a couple of weeks later we go to E3.”

He continued, “E3 is all about the games. At E3, I mean, if you’re a gamer, it’s going to be tons of exclusives, world premieres, and obviously even beyond that we have a lot to share between then and this holiday.”

E3 runs from June 11 to 13. Microsoft will hold its press conference on June 10.

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  • Prodigy-X

    Thank God, they have “tons” of exclusives but lets just hope these aren’t kinect 2.0 and downloadable games.

    • Locksus

      Yep, I’m sure Microsoft thinks that they will sell a brand new console relying solely on arcade games and Kinect titles.

      • Skeletor

        Ummm they thought that for 6 of the last 7 years.

        They thought Halo, Fable and Forza would sell the original xbox.
        This gen they added Gears, Kinect, and apps.

        Tell me again how you are so confident MS is focused on hardcore gaming??

        Greenburg all but confirmed that the 21st is about apps, services and the multiplat CoD.

        E3 is about the exclusives.
        Yep, like Ryse, Halo 5, Forza 5, Fable MMO, Gears 4, dance central 4 and well…..I wonder if the inevitable Taco Bell app will count as a game?

        Lets not pretend MS has ever had an interest in providing good games.

        • Locksus

          Oh, I don’t know? If you had been paying attention to news, you’d know that MS has opened several new studios and in the last few years, and only one of them has confirmed that they’re working on a brand new IP for the nextbox.

          • Vidya1

            That one new IP is probably Kinect shovelware.

    • Peacenutman

      Or some useless (timed) exclusive DLC, remember when they announced Tomb Raider exclusive DLC? A mp map, lol.

      • Prodigy-X


  • Raiyu

    Games you say? I’m all ears.

  • dior

    Wow I forgot all about this reveal to be perfectly honest. Was way too excited about Sony stuff.

  • kenshee

    They got me to buy a 360 instead of a ps3 many years ago because they had exclusive JRPGs from studios I love and (probably) paid off some others to secure at least multiplatform releases.

    Hate microsoft all you want, I feel they did do a serious effort to grab that market. It’s a shame it didn’t work for them, as in the later years it’s very clear the best setup is a good gaming pc + a ps3 for all console games.
    However, in the first few years, I honestly feel 360 was more relevant to me as an RPG fan.

    If they have both a mistwalker and a tri-ace exclusive Jrpg within the year that the next xbox is released, they’ll have sold me a console. (and both companies have been relatively quiet lately…)

    If you think I’m an xbox fanboy, I’m really not. I’m an RPG fan. I grew up with ps1 and ps2 and at the time I wanted to move to this gen 360 was a ton cheaper and had at least 4 exclusive Jrpgs I wanted already out and wasn’t missing any of the ones ps3 was getting!

    So yeah, PS4 has got me hyped because ps3 has now proven itself. It has much more than caught up.
    The next xbox has some bad rep to blow away to convince me, since my 360 has become very dusty. They need to prove they’re more than a shooter box again like the 360 was in it’s prime.

    Tbh, I really hope both consoles blow me away. Nothing would make me happier than to have 2 consoles fully worth their price sitting next to each other on my shelf fighting it out with exclusives every year :)

    • HeatPhoenix

      Missing out on a Wii for Nintendo exclusives! I’m a Wii + PS3 + PC guy myself. PS3 did prove itself, but I hope the thing that happened to the PSP in Japan won’t happen worldwide with the PS3: Sony not just killing it. There’s so many PSP games coming out and nearly none for the Vita. Though it can be argued that if Sony cut-off the PSP they’d just launch those games on the 3DS…

      • MogCakes

        That’s the situation with the Vita…3DS is pretty close to PSP in terms of development leap, unlike the PSP to the Vita, and as a result more developers flock to it because it’s just cheaper to develop for. The lesson here is that developer accessibility is in fact the most important factor of any console, which unfortunately means the less powerful competitor usually wins out. (See: PS1 vs N64 vs Dreamcast, PS2 vs Gamecube vs Xbox, Wii vs PS3 vs 360, GB vs every handheld in its time, NDS vs PSP).

        • HeatPhoenix

          I agree with you partially, but not entirely. I think the reign of the PSP also has to do with the installbase of the 3DS in the west thanks to Nintendo games early on, same with the Wii. The Wii got sold due to the game by 1st party devs, it got nearly no 3rd party support even though it was the weakest machine.

          • MogCakes

            Ninty’s 1st party titles are a huge factor yeah, but the 3DS does remain the most accessible portable for handheld devs (not including smartphones).

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      I agree with you 100%.
      Everyone is always surprised to see I have an xbox when I’m such a JRPG fanatic. But they forget how many awesome exclusives Microsoft has from that genre. Tales of Vesperia (My favorite game of this generation, across all consoles), Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, The Last Remnant, Infinite Undiscovery, Eternal Sonata (originally xbox exclusive) are all excellent games.
      I really hope Microsoft does great at this reveal event. Right now it looks likes I’ll be sticking with Nintendo and Sony this next generation, but I’m very much open to Microsoft changing my mind. The Xbox 360 has some really awesome exclusives; it’s just too bad hardly any of them are made by Microsoft.

      • EspadaKiller

        Very much agreed with you. Was shocked that Microsoft managed to grab many JRPGs early in Xbox 360’s early days. But after like 3 – 4 years…and till now…nah.

        Will be looking out if Microsoft really delivers, but I won’t get my hopes up. It’s Microsoft after all.

    • kiri25

      I knew from the get go that 360 wouldn’t hold the jrpg for long, so it was clear to me that ps3 was the best console for jrpgs. It’s for this reason I bought a ps3 for 600 and even tho I had so few jrpgs to play on ps3 I had a plenty of ps2 RPGs I could play on the ps3 till the RPGs started to come and I knew they would.

      If your going to rush in for a few exclusive jrpgs that will either be ported (tales of vesperia, eternal sonata, star ocean) be my guest but I prefer to spend my money on the console that is gong to deliver me jrpgs through out iit’s life not just its 1st yr or 2. Also xillia is in my opinion better than vesperia and valkyria chronicles I still think is one rare gem and hate how SEGA reduced it to psp.

      • kenshee

        Well, you’re not wrong and it’s up to everyone to make these choices for themselves but …

        I never buy a console based on promise. I buy a console based on the games that are out. (and maybe those that will come out in a few months, not any later) So as I said, the 360 had enough games I needed to play at one point. If there wasn’t a single game after those I still wouldn’t have regretted my purchase.

        The ps3 has now done well for itself over the years, however for games relevant to my interests (of course, 100% subjective and a bad argument, so I’m just clearing up my reasons), it has taken them up until 2013 to have enough games that I’d buy first-day to warrant a purchase. (ni no kuni, tales of graces f (released 2012, I know), tales of xillia (and 2) and ff vs XIII are examples of what I look for in games)

        Ps3’s future is looking good, but it’s taken them until now to get games as relevant to my interests as for example lost odyssey, the last remnant and infinite undiscovery.

        Once about 4 of the type of games I mentioned are out here in Europe, I’ll go out and buy my ps3. (I owned a used one and played ni no kuni and disgaea 3 before it YLOD’d. My fault I know, shouldn’t have gotten a used one)

        And again, if games like uncharted and ratchet and clank are of any interest to a person, the ps3 is a goldmine compared to the 360. However for people who play strictly rpgs (like me), this gen has been incredibly mixed…

        Last point I want to make quickly is this:
        You say you’d rather spend 600 on a ps3 since it’ll have more games you want over its entire life cycle.
        That’s good, however why not spend 300 on the 360 when that had more games, and spend 200-250 on a ps3 in 2013 and suddenly have access to it all?
        I always knew I’d get a ps3 afterwards, I’m just STILL waiting for that time to come…
        If ps4 has a practical system to play ps3 games I might never get one though. (practical: not streaming 720p video for hours every day, that’s not happening with my internet download restrictions, lol)

        • kiri25

          well for starters the 360 was not 300, at launch it was 499.99 with HDD. as to why spend 600 its because i mainly only play jrpg’s and i have a ton of ps1 and ps2 games that i wanted to play on my ps3, since my ps2 was close to dying.

          Also PS3 started its JRPG dominance in 2008 only 2yrs after its release. Of course i could name on the jrpgs for ps3 and tell u when they came out, so the fact u say it took them up to 2013 is rather strange seeing as the early 360 jrpgs titles in my opinion were not that great aside from vesperia and lost odysessy.

          Well this all just my opinion but for me a few good rpg’s is not enough for me to purchase the system when i know where all the jrpg’s will eventually land. So unless MS can gain some support in japan dont expect the 720 to be any better than the 360.

          • LordKaiser

            Sadly we cannot do the same trick with PS4 and it don’t run anything except PS4 games and movies.

            If Nintendo decided to be fierce they could take the RPGs back but they blew their chance by launching a weak console.

            IMO The WiiU should never exists.

            • kiri25

              I have to disagree with you here.
              A console is not about power its about the games. Tho it maybe true the WiiU is weaker than the PS4 and 720 if no games that power is useless.

              In my opinion the Wii is a better console than the 360. It offered some great RPG’s including one of the best this gen Xenoblade and its 1st party lineup Mario, Zelda, and smash bro just to name a few Fire Emblem are all class A games.

              The WiiU is shaping up to be even better with a very unique ShinMegami/Fire Emblem RPG and scoring Bayoneta 2 and get Yakuza 1 and 2 on the WiiU is pretty huge especially considering Yakuza has always been playstation.

              As long as Nintendo can keep up 3rd party support and not give up like MS then the WiiU could become a force to be respected. Also lets not forget the Xbox 1 was more powerful than PS2 yet PS2 was King and PS3 was more poweful than 360 but the strong linup of games in the 1st few yrs is what lead to their success.

              • LordKaiser

                Yet those Wii games look better on HD. Hardware not only limit graphics but performance as well.

    • Budgiecat

      It was a stupid move by Microsoft and by those studios that played along with them. Why?

      Because Japan is the primary market for JRPG’s and the Japanese do not care for Western made consoles. They are Xenophobic like that.
      So they basically helped kill the home console JRPG market 1 year early in time for four years later when S-E would later seal the coffin with the god awful FF XIII that was influenced by Call of Duty and then sacrificed gameplay to be able to be played on the XBox 360

      • kiri25

        Was not a stupid move by MS.
        They knew if they wanted to get a foot hold in Japan they needed JRPG’s, so it wasnt stupid for them to at least try.

        However ur right japanese mainly only buy japanese and its for this reason the 720 wont be the console for JRPG’s unless something changes in Japan, and who knows maybe Lost Odysessy 2 is in dev. for the 720 and that’ll give it some ground. Tho the likely hood of that happening is slim seeing as the 1st one, Tales, FF, and even Monster Hunter couldnt help the 360 in Japan.

        All in all tho this gen has been a real let down in JRPG’s from the major RPG devs in my opinion. Square Enix this gen has been more about porting older games to new consoles/handhelds, Atlus only brought us 2 games Catherine and Persona Arena niether one an RPG (tho hopefullyy P5 is coming) and Namco Bandai was screwing everyone with the tales series by placing them on different consoles only to re-release on PS3 with alot more content.

        Tho despite the major players failures we thinkfully have NIS, GUST, Level 5 and FromSoftware who delivered some truly awesome RPG’s for the PS3. It is also worth noting that SEGA has also done well by creating unique RPG’s this gen with Resonance of Fate and one the best RPG’s this gen Valkyria Chronicles, just sadly SEGA moved it to PSP.

        • Budgiecat

          It was a stupid move by MS.

          XBOX1 was comatose in Japan from day one.

          They should have known they never had a chance in Japan.

          And now we all pay the price for their blundering.

          Sakaguchi of Mistwalker was NOT happy with the way Microsoft handled his games, pretty vocal about it, so NO there will NOT be a Lost Odyssey 2 or any of his other titles. He will be working with Nintendo from now on.
          Just wish he’d also bury his grudge with Sony since the guy he hated (Ken Kuturagi) has long been gone from the company.

          Baba has gone on record recently about now trying to put more effort in localizing Tales games quicker.
          And don’t remind me about Valkyria Chronicles fiasco still pissed about that.

          • kiri25

            If you’re viewing it as a consumer sure its easy to say it was a stupid, but as a business is was not. The reason as to why the xbox1 was comatose as u put it, is because MS didnt really try to go after Japan

            So with the 360 it only made sense as a business to try and expand in to new areas, thus MS attempted to gain a foothold in Japan. However this is where we see the differents in Sony and MS. MS is a company that will abandon anything they view as a failure, amazing how fast the xbox1 died after the 360 released and the JRPG’s didnt help them in sales fast enough in Japan so they abandoned JRPG’s. Sony on the other hand knows that patient is rewarding, as we can see with the PSP and PS3 both started off slow and became very fruitful(and the vita will do the same).

            If say MS had focused on aquiring more JRPG exclusives and even new ip’s they could have bulit on that and helped the 720. However because they abandoned we now know the 720 is not the going to be the home for JRPG’s because they’re is nothing to look forward to. The PS4 however we can expect Disgaea 5, Demons Souls 2, FFXV, Tales, Atelier, and many more to be on PS4 because Sony has shown over 3 systems and 1 handheld that JRPG’s are home to playstation.

            Of course its this attitude from MS to abandoned anything that does not bring quick success that will eventually lead to there downfall, but they were not mistaken to try and gain a foothold in japan, the stupid part on MS was thinking that they could do it within a few yrs.

  • Al Buns

    yeah we heard this before with Kinect and look what happened. Notice he says exclusives which could mean anything or just exclusive world premieres for games like COD which are multiplat.No hate, but MS really has never delivered on their promises. Look how they ruined Rare. People should not get to excited since their focus is obviously on the new Kinect and illumniroom.

  • bloodiOS

    Tons of exclusives? Games or DLC? Timed or permanent? Core or Kinect?

    • Kurisu Makise

      Million dollar questions, needless to say I’m curious to see what Microsoft does on the 21st and at E3. The initial bad run of rumours really dampened enthusiasm, along with their decisions in the latter half of the gen but new console, new start.

  • Willgaea

    I hope they do well making the other two companies strive to become the best.

  • Jerry Jcwgpii

    Yes, tons of Kinect 2.0 Games. And 1-2 core Games like Forza or Halo. No Microsoft i past, i buy a PS4.
    They better show somthink on 21.05 so i buy both consols.

    • Namekaze_Minato

      you forgot Fable MMO… forget I said anything.

      • Budgiecat

        Too late. I heard about that from a clerk at a store today.

        He also said Nintendo might buy out SEGA….

  • Elvick

    Only thing that would tempt me to buy the Nextbox is Kameo 2.

    Otherwise, nothing. Not even Halo. I’m happy with CE, 2, 3, ODST and Reach. And I can eventually add 4 to the list (haven’t felt the desire to buy it or play it really).

  • Auragar

    I am sticking to my PS4… sorry Microsoft.

  • Paul Rodriguez

    If by tons of exclusives they mean 3rd party exclusives, then yes, the next Xbox is going to need tons of exclusives. Their first party studios are in shambles and have nothing to offer, unlike Sony and Nintendo.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Lets wait and see i could be good,then wtf do i know. But one things for certain “FF Versus XIII” i mean FFXV is being Co-Developed by SCE of SONY

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    I get the feeling SONY also has some serious Aces when it comes to next gen. A console war is like a bunch of poker ges or a lobg term tournament. When MS gets a huge exclusive its like them taking an Ace of Hearts sometimes. When the deck is reshuffled then SONY also gets the Ace of hearts to give them an edge.
    Console wars can be equated to multiple Poker tourneys.

  • Budgiecat

    Shooterbox 720 – Spin around 2x and shoot yourself in the face twice. Now with Kinect!

  • Budgiecat

    And most Western XBox fans now hate JRPG’s and would rather just have Shooters and WRPGs

  • Namekaze_Minato

    Halo 5; Ryse; more kinect games and Fable are all that pop up in my head in terms of exclusives.

  • artemisthemp

    Gonna have to see, those tons of exclusives, before I believe it.

    Had it been Sony, I would have believed, but not Microsoft.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    great more shooters, crapass Kinect and COD timed exclusive maps