Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg has stoked the coals of the hype train a little more by suggesting that Microsoft have tons of exclusives" to show off at E3 this year, also hinting that the next-gen console, codenamed Durango, might emerge this holiday season.
"We’re really going to tell one story across two events,” said Greenberg, speaking on the Major Nelson podcast. “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.”
Of the E3 presentation in a couple of weeks' time, Greenberg said that there would be “tons of exclusives” and “world premieres”, also noting that Microsoft has “a lot to share between then and this holiday.”
This has long been our biggest worry with Microsoft, given that they're terrible at nurturing in-house talent and have proven themselves somewhat short-sighted in the past beyond single-project contracts. Still, we'll soon find out what Ballmer and co. have been reaching into their pockets for.