Several big late-2017 releases are being linked with Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio, a significant upgrade of the Xbox One that will offer 4K resolution gaming.
“Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Forza Motorsport 7,” “Star Wars Battlefront II” and “FIFA 18” are among the games intended to demonstrate Project Scorpio’s capabilities.
“Forza Motorsport 7” will be the console’s “headline title,” according to a list obtained by Windows Central, which bases its report on marketing materials said to be produced in relation to the console.
Other Microsoft-exclusive titles named are “Crackdown 3,” which builds on a popular franchise featuring super-powered police officers and, in this iteration, destructible city architecture, and zombie survival scenario “State of Decay 2,” whose predecessor was a hit on Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
The list extends to cover a number of titles developed outside of Microsoft Studios, indicating who Microsoft’s key partners may be during the lead up to the release of Project Scorpio.
Cowboy western action game “Red Dead Redemption 2” is highly anticipated and comes from the studio group behind the “Grand Theft Auto” franchise, and Activision’s next “Call of Duty” is suspected to revert to a World War II theme after genre rival “Battlefield 1” dove back into the trenches in 2016.
Electronic Arts has recently announced “Star Wars Battlefront II” for late 2017, with a trailer set for April 15 at Lucasfilm’s annual Star Wars Celebration.
It’s also the publisher behind yearly iterations of the “FIFA” soccer and “Madden” NFL franchises, and has collaborated with Microsoft in bringing its subscription-based EA Access membership program to Xbox One in 2014.
The Scorpio console is expected to undergo a rebranding over the course of the year, just as Sony’s Project Morpheus became the PlayStation 4 prior to release. Scorpio represents Microsoft’s efforts to get back on top following the greater success of the PS4 when it debuted alongside the Xbox One in 2013.
Scorpio’s marketing campaign is to get underway in the “next few weeks,” per Windows Central, and Microsoft can be expected to continue with an emphasis on “true 4K” gaming, differentiating its late 2017 machine from Sony’s impressive but comparatively less powerful PlayStation 4 Pro, which launched late 2016.