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Microsoft started off the first Monday of 2016 updating their 2016 schedule of games coming to Xbox One and Windows 10. They’re still advertising the “greatest games lineup” especially after the successful holiday season with Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider, but despite some changes, 2016 is still looking good for Xbox One owners.
Gears of War 4 headlines the lineup with a Fall 2016 release and a multiplayer beta in the Spring. Remedy’s Quantum Break is still on track for April 5th while Halo Wars 2 is coming out this Fall for both Xbox One and PC.
One of the more notable details in the Xbox Wire article linked above concerns Crackdown 3. Crackdown 3 is slated for a Summer 2016 release, but only the multiplayer for now. It has been known since Gamescom that the multiplayer would be the primary focus first especially with the cloud-based technology the developers are using, but no clarification if this is a beta, early access or a full-fledged launch yet from Microsoft themselves.
Other changes on the Xbox One’s first party lineup for 2016 are that ReCore is also coming to the PC sometime this year instead of the original Spring window, Rare’s Sea of Thieves is also slated to be out before the end of the year and Fable Legends will have it’s open beta in the Spring.
The big game missing from Microsoft’s 2016 lineup is Platinum Games’s Scalebound. Platinum did announce today that the game is delayed to 2017 so they can have more time working on the feature set and polishing up the experience. It’s definitely a bummer for Platinum fans and coming from that Gamescom demo, Hideki Kamiya and his team clearly need more time to iron things out like the performance issues.
The window is open for more first party games to be announced by Microsoft for 2016 such as Forza Horizon 3, but they mentioned that Minecraft will be updated on a regular basis throughout the year. Of course there’s also HoloLens but they’ll save that for CES later this week.
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