Console exclusives have long been used as a means of arguing why one is better than another. There’s no denying that certain franchises define their consoles after so many generations of exclusive titles.
It’s these games that win us over and bring us from one side to another. Microsoft has a nice library of titles, both past and present, that would work really well on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. Today, we’re going to take a look at the franchises exclusive to Xbox systems, and what form they could take on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio).
13 Exclusives You’ll Most Likely See on Project Scorpio (Xbox 2)
Some of these titles are a given, but others come from deep in the vaults of Microsoft. With the recent cancellation of Scalebound, Microsoft has axed one of their precious exclusives. It was shaping up pretty well, but the hammer came down anyway.
Are any of these games safe? In some cases, the answer is a definite yes, but in others, the future could be uncertain. It’s worth noting that, even if these games come out on Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio), they won’t be exclusive to that system unless they’re in VR.
Microsoft has said already Scorpio won’t have any exclusives, save for these virtual reality experiences.
So, most likely you’ll see these titles in some form on Xbox One as well, but odds are they will shine best on the new console. Let’s look at the lineup!
1. Gears of War
While Microsoft has a lot of AAA exclusives, nothing hits quite like Gears of War. The first three games in this franchise were powerhouse examples of what could be done on Xbox 360. Gears of War 4 looks and plays great on Xbox One, but it wasn’t the revival I wanted from the series.
Even so, there’s no doubting that the series will continue on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. It will most likely be used to showcase the 4K power of the system to great effect. Not only that, but if Microsoft lets developers harness the power of the system beyond a resolution boost, we could see a knockout performance from then next Gears game. This one a definite, though, because we know they are creating a new trilogy for the beloved series.
2. Phantom Dust
My first experience with Phantom Dust came from an impulse buy at Walmart in the original Xbox bargain bin. Man, was it a hidden gem, though. This game combined customizable attacks with an amazing combat system that randomly deployed attacks in your “deck” three at a time.
So, let’s say you got a shield, a projectile, and a melee attack. You could map those on the fly to your character and then come back when new ones spawned to change up your arsenal in the middle of battle. Such a cool exclusive, and Microsoft even announced a remake at E3 2014.
Since then, they have seemingly canceled the project, but have also said that it’s still going to come out at some point. It’s confusing, which makes this one a “maybe” in our book. Even so, this is such a unique franchise, I’m really hoping it sees the light of day.
Ah yes, good old Master Chief. He’s been a flagship representative of the Xbox brand since the days of the original Xbox. We’re up to Halo 5 now, but don’t expect this series to go anywhere. Halo 6 is guaranteed, and I’m sure we’ll see something past that.
At the very least, spin-offs like Halo Wars keep the series alive and fresh. Halo 6 will conclude the second trilogy for the series and I guarantee you it will be yet another major selling point for owners of Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio).
Since we’re also expecting VR on Xbox Two, I would also submit that Halo will get the virtual reality treatment in some form. Depending on how successful VR is, it will either be a “Halo experience” or a full game in VR, but mark my words, it will happen.
4. State of Decay
State of Decay is one of those games that I have in my library that I keep saying I’ll get around to. It’s a pretty good zombie apocalypse title that combines an open world with unique survival mechanics.
At E3 2016, Microsoft announced a sequel in the form of State of Decay 2. Since the series is seeing another iteration, I think we have a new exclusive franchise on our hands. While the zombie thing has been done to death, this could be another title that would make a great VR experience. At the very least, we will see them expand on the survival mechanics and possibly take the whole thing online DayZ style.
I absolutely loved the first Crackdown on Xbox 360. It somehow managed to nail the open-world feeling while also providing a compelling reason to collect a whole lot of orbs. The way your character felt physically more powerful as the game went on was amazing and addicting.
Then Crackdown 2 came along and kinda messed things up. The switch to zombies made next to zero sense, and the repetitive cycle they came up with gave my nightmares akin to the ones I have when I think about the original Assassin’s Creed.
I thought the series was done, but Microsoft announced Crackdown 3 and everything suddenly came back to me. The game has made waves since a demo was shown behind closed doors that gave the press a look at how Microsoft is finally using the cloud to do some pretty amazing stuff.
With Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio) we could see the cloud finally become utilized in the way that Crackdown 3 does in the multiplayer mode. For this game, the city in multiplayer is 100% destructible and it stays that way across sessions thanks to the cloud technology.
6. Sea of Thieves
Microsoft’s ownership of Rare Studios has been something they rarely take advantage of. Prior to games like Rare Replay, they were only working on Kinect titles. Thankfully, that is no longer the case.
Rare is working on a new franchise called Sea of Thieves that has had some truly impressive showings at gaming conferences. This online pirate game allows you to set sail on open seas and fight other players as you journey with your friends into the unknown.
This is something that will most likely hit shelves shortly after Project Scorpio (Xbox 2) releases, which puts it in the perfect place to take advantage of the new hardware. A massive world like this could greatly benefit from the aforementioned cloud technology that Crackdown 3 is using as well.
Perhaps with the release of Xbox Two/Project Scorpio, we’ll see the cloud revived as well.
7. Indie Darlings
Microsoft has been showing indie titles a lot of love, and why not? They tend to have unique ideas and interesting stories to tell. There’s also some exclusives happening with games like Below and Cuphead.
Microsoft will absolutely continue to embrace the independent developers in the industry with Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio). Running simpler games in 4K is something the system should be able to do without breaking a sweat. It will be a great source of native 4K content for the console.
8. Quantum Break
Remedy is responsible for games like Max Payne, Alan Wake, and of course, Quantum Break. This incredibly unique shooter combined live action episodes with gameplay in a way that made it feel like an interactive TV show.
I really enjoyed it, and I’m not the only one either. With the strong reviews and sales, Remedy is bound to come back to this universe on Xbox Two (Project Scorpio). We’ll hopefully see the return of the live action episodes in glorious 4K and improved graphics as a result of Scorpio’s hardware.
9. Lost Odyssey
Sony has been killing it with the RPG selection on PS4, but Xbox is looking a little light in this regard. During the Xbox 360 generation, the tables were turned when Microsoft had games like Blue Dragon and of course, Lost Odyssey.
Lost Odyssey has a special place in my heart as one of my favorite RPGs. I would absolutely love to see Mistwalker return to this universe with a gorgeous 4K RPG on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio. Will it happen? It’s hard to say, but Microsoft did recently make the classic RPG backwards compatible with Xbox One, so there’s still interest in seeing it come back.
One of the first things you think of when Rare shows up, is Banjo-Kazooie. While we did get a new title in this series on Xbox 360, it wasn’t really what people wanted, or needed for that matter. We wanted a classic platformer, and we still do.
Once they’re done with Sea of Thieves, I wouldn’t be surprised if they leapt on a project in this franchise to compete with Sony’s announcement of Crash Bandicoot being remastered.
Fable has had a rough ride, courtesy of series creator Peter Molyneux. He tends to make promises and checks that he can’t cash, which gave the Fable series a very muddled image in the mainstream gaming world.
An old co-worker of mine used to call it “The Fisher-Price of RPGs” which is a little harsh, but not entirely off the mark. It offered an approachable option in the genre and, while it didn’t meet all expectations, it’s still a series I remember fondly.
We thought it was coming back with Fable Legends, but that was unfortunately canceled. Even Lionhead studios was shuttered after this as well, but I have faith that the Fable brand won’t fade into history.
It will return in another form, with a new developer. Mark my words.
Forza Motorsport is one of the most successful racing franchises ever, and it continues to smash records every year for Microsoft. Whether it’s the traditional series, or the Horizon spin-offs, this one isn’t going anywhere.
When it comes to games that can and will benefit from Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio), this is a no-brainer. It will be a glorious entry into the 4K lineup.
13. Perfect Dark
Last up is another Rare classic. Perfect Dark has had its fair share of ups and downs, but it was always remembered fondly by fans. The Xbox 360 entry is something we don’t talk about, but the HD remaster available in the Rare Replay collection reminded me that we need to see this series come back.
In a market dominated by Battlefield and Call of Duty, a unique first-person espionage shooter like Perfect Dark would find a comfortable place on Xbox 2/Project Scorpio.
Over to You, Fellow Gamers
Project Scorpio, A.K.A Xbox Two, is coming in holiday of 2017. The games that Microsoft plans to bring to the new console will be gorgeous and exciting. The prospect of VR titles is even more amazing, especially given this lineup of exclusive franchises to choose from.
We can only speculate for now, and hope that our favorite franchises can come back from a hiatus and be reborn in glorious 4K or VR. It’s only a matter of time, my friends, before we see some of these names on the big screen again.
Which exclusives do you want to see on Xbox 2 (Project Scorpio)? Let your voice be heard in the comments!