Unless you have been living under a rock or have been held in captivity, gaming news sites, social media and N4G have exploded over the past few days from incoming rumours to the realisation of Scalebound being cancelled by Microsoft. Confirmed by Microsoft to Eurogamer "After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound. We're working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and other great experiences. For more information on our 2017 plans, please visit: http://bit.ly/2i1E5bV.”.
From the above statement and the games mentioned, most of them have also suffered delays in development since their E3 reveals. I see articles on the front pages of N4G posted the past few days relating to the big news of the cancellation of Scalebound, articles questioning the decision by Microsoft, articles predicting Microsoft's next move etc, but no 'xbox has no new games' articles.
With what is coming up from Mircosoft's first party studios and exclusivity deals, new Halo, potentially a new Gears, Forza 7, Cuphead, and the games mentioned in the above statement to Eurogamer, then what? Adding the fact that those 'exclusives' are also available on PC via Windows Store, Xbox gamers are getting worried about the situation of games with Scorpio incoming, some citing E3 as critical to Microsoft's future in the console business. After all, what is the overall point of a gaming console? To play games. A gaming console can have TV capabilities, movie streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime etc, ESPN and Sports, even a 4K UHD Blu-Ray player, but if it doesn't have the supply of games to match then it defeats the purpose of a gaming console. I remember the backlash from the media at the launch of the PlayStation 4, articles like how after launch there were no first party games for many months before InFamous Second Son released, but the situation for Sony has been drastically overturned with such a large diverse range of IP's already released and with more incoming over 2017 and nearing the end of it's generation life cycle. From recent history of game releases the majority of Microsoft first party games turn gold and are released during the holiday season, but with the impending worry from the fan base Microsoft may be forced into changing their strategy for the Xbox One to potentially save it and Scorpio, or be forced out of the gaming console business.