It's a big year for Xbox. Not only is the company launching new hardware this year in the form of Project Scorpio, but Microsoft plans to have more Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusives this year than last. Now, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has weighed in with his thoughts on what he believes will be a momentous year for the Xbox brand.
"2017 is shaping up to be one of the "most exciting" years ever for Xbox gamers," he said in a post on the Xbox Wire. "We are preparing to launch the most powerful console ever made this holiday--Project Scorpio--along with a diverse lineup of games. In fact, we are committed to delivering even more exclusive games for both Xbox One and Windows 10 this year than we launched in 2016.
"I was very proud of our first-party lineup in 2016 and I am encouraged by an even bigger and more differentiated first-party lineup in 2017, starting with today's launch of Halo Wars 2."
Halo Wars 2 is available today through the $80 Ultimate Edition and the $350 1 TB Xbox One S Halo Wars 2 bundle. It launches for everyone on Tuesday, February 21.
In terms of first-party Xbox exclusives for 2017, there is Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and Crackdown 3, in addition to Halo Wars 2. Spencer said State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 are "looking and playing great." He teased that Microsoft will have "more in store for [fans]" at E3 2017 in June.
"With such a broad and varied roster of games and first party exclusives on the horizon, continuous improvements across Xbox Live, and the upcoming launch of Project Scorpio, 2017 is going to be an incredible year for Xbox One and Windows 10 gamers," Spencer said. "On behalf of everyone at Team Xbox, thank you for your continued passion and support."
Microsoft's E3 2017 briefing this year takes place on the Sunday before E3 week instead of the usual Monday.