Microsoft had a great year in 2016. More information on Project Scorpio was released, the Xbox One S was sent out, and great deals were to be had as well as numerous releases. Sales for their console were up compared to Sony, and overall sales were great for the company. So with 2017 coming around the corner – can Microsoft still do well without any news of releases for their flagship titles and series?
In 2016 we saw releases for the new Forza games and the 4th game in the Gears of War series. Halo 5 was released last year. So what do we have to look forward to in 2017? All 3 of these franchises are big earners, and generate a lot of fan fever – but isn’t it nice to take a break? There are many games featured to come out next year, many new IPs, a few sequels – but are they the caliber of the AAA titles?
That coupled with Project Scorpio launching, I think Microsoft will do ok without a new game from the big 3. Even better would be an announcement at next year’s E3 for an upcoming sequel or new game. Traditionally we see a 1-2 year gap between sequels, so at best we could expect Halo 6. They did state Halo Wars 2 will be released Q1 – so that will hold fans over. Microsoft unfortunately has a giant to go up against with Sony.
Sony’s list of releases next year rival past years. Traditionally it seems that Sony goes full on ahead the first 2 quarters of the year, and seems to slide into second the last 2. That might be the trend for 2017 as well. However, without a blockbuster release from Microsoft, Sony might be able to capitalize and take the entire year with exclusives. Without firm release dates as of yet, we could possibly have many blockbuster titles release next year, including The Last of Us Part II, the new God of War, Spiderman, Death Stranding, Days Gone, the next Ace Combat – the list goes on.
2017 might even show the much awaited Final Fantasy VII remake. With most of those games TBA – they could become peppered throughout the year, and not focused on Quarters 1 and 2. The list of Microsoft games in 2017 for exclusives seems to be filled with secondary titles, like the next Crackdown – but mostly Indie games. That means Microsoft will have to stand on the profits from multi-platform releases like Mass Effect Andromeda, RE7, Prey, Red Dead Redemption 2 and For Honor.
The deal could be sweetened with exclusive DLC or new maps, skins the usual to entire folks to buy Xbox instead of Playstation, but that only goes so far. Giving fans an extensive list of games, over multiple genres is the way to make gamers happy and increase profit margins.
What are your thoughts and predictions for 2017 – Do you think Microsoft can stand a chance and show an increase in sales over this year? What games are you looking forward to next year? Make your comments below. And as always follow ThisGenGaming on Twitter @TGGamingReviews for all the news, reviews and commentaries in the gaming industry.