Details about Project Scorpio were released by Digital Foundry yesterday, who visited Microsoft’s Redmond HQ to test the console out. They revealed a lot of major hardware details, including the console running on 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, and having a custom built CPU. It’s shaping up to be the most powerful console over, which is what we all assumed it would be anyway. Yet Microsoft have been silent on a few key features, including price, release date, and, most importantly, games.
E3 is just around the corner of course, and the Xbox team are probably looking to build hype prior to the June event, when they’re more than likely announce the rest of the important details. But with cancelled exclusives such as Scalebound and Fable 3 still looming over the company, it’s difficult to see exactly which first-party titles the console will be able to show its horsepower off with. There are some undeniably big Xbox titles realising later this year, but as cross-platform games, many will be left wondering why they shouldn’t stick with the more affordable PlayStation 4, with access to a whole host of exclusives.
There may still be hope for Project Scorpio however, with certain exclusives that are tipped for release around the same time as Microsoft’s latest machine. Bearing in mind this is all speculation, we look at three games that could quite possible be Scorpio-exclusive launch titles.
1. Sea of Thieves
Rare, the golden developer of the SNES and Nintendo 64 generations, has struggled to find form since being bought out by Microsoft. The closest we’ve seen to the likes of Banjo-Kazooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day is Yooka-Laylee, a game developed by members of Rare’s ‘90s team. Sea of Thieves feels different, however; it’s an action-adventure game set in pirate-infested seas. It may still be a long way off their classic 3D platformers, but the trailers have enough charm and charisma to instil hope in long-term Rare fans. Set for release later this year, it wouldn’t be surprising if Microsoft aimed to make it a Scorpio launch title.
2. Crackdown 3
We’ve known about Crackdown 3 since 2014, so there’s a chance it could be delayed even further past 2017. The open-world game will feature Microsoft Azure, its cloud-based service, and everything in the world will be destructible, so it would be the perfect game for Scorpio to show off in 60 frames per second and 4K. The game will return to the series’ dystopian setting, controlled by secret organisation ‘The Agency’. Play as a super solider against all manner of enemies, including terrorists and zombies. Slated for release later this year, Crackdown 3 could be the first game to really showcase Microsoft’s new piece of hardware.
3. State of Decay 2
There’s certainly no shortage of zombie games on the market, and things don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Days Gone, a PlayStation exclusive, has seen a huge amount of hype building towards its 2017 release, but could State of Decay 2 match that for Microsoft? It’s similar in many ways; State of Decay 2 is a third-person survival game, set in a vastly open world. If it’s anything like the first in the series, then it will rely heavily on the player’s decision making, which will affect the way the game plays out. It would be a smart moving releasing it in time for the Scorpio launch, by not just proving the console’s graphical capabilities, but giving fans a series and genre they want too.
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