Sooner or later, Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer will drunkenly Tweet something like "Hey @AvalancheSweden great work on #Crackdown3 you guys" followed by "DISREGARD LAST TWEET, PROBLEM WITH PHONE KEYBOARD #oops" and I, ladies and gentlemen, will be there, embedding that noise like there's no tomorrow. Until then, we have stuff like the below. Seems Black Tusk's urban action game for Xbox One is shaping up nicely.
Spencer's also confirmed that there will be "new content" and "new builds" at the Tokyo Game Show, which begins 19th September. Here's the list of already-revealed games you'll find at Microsoft's booth - there will also be "announcements", hopefully of the exclusive and locality-tailored variety. Xbox One could do with another Japanese exclusive. I wonder what Platinum's up to nowadays?
@Steverulez Collaboration between Black Tusk and MS Research is leading to very interesting gameplay mechanics. Gameplay is looking great.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 10, 2013
@HatsuneMikuV01 Meeting with a number of Japanese developers while I'm in Tokyo. Plus have D3, Crimson Dragon and some others.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 11, 2013
(Yes, he means D4.)
@matteo131991 @majornelson @aarongreenberg No press conference. Playables on the floor and we'll be at booth doing press. New content.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 11, 2013
@Nicodemus9 @Josephs512 Honestly it will be a mix. Some studios bringing new builds, some using Gamescom builds as they final their games.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 11, 2013
There's also this on the prospect of first-party reboots, from a few days ago. This is the second time Spencer's mentioned Rare's 1991 brawler BattleToads in public, to my knowledge - he mentioned the game in our chat about Xbox One exclusives, too. "People ask me about Rare and I always go back to, like, Battletoads, but there aren't many people from those games that are still around."
@DonJuanG13 Great topic, what Rare could do next? KI reaction has been nice which should make us think. I'm still partial to #BattleToads.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 8, 2013
What are you hoping for from Black Tusk's game? Here's the E3 teaser trailer. The absence of a red-haired woman aside, it isn't worlds away from Perfect Dark.