Microsoft won't be bringing every big Xbox One exclusive to E3 2015. Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that three major releases for the console will be skipping the convention altogether.
In an announcement about E3 on Xbox Wire, Spencer said that Quantum Break and Scalebound will be no-shows at E3 along with the new Crackdown. We'll get to see them two months later, though.
E3 is just the beginning. Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be sharing many more of our plans for 2015 and beyond. Having a jam-packed lineup of games to show at E3 means that there simply isn’t enough time to give each of our upcoming titles its well-deserved time in the spotlight. We’ve decided to save some of our most eagerly-awaited future titles for gamescom in August. Rest assured that titles like Crackdown, Quantum Break and Scalebound will be front and center at gamescom along with new game reveals for both Xbox One and Windows 10.
Scalebound is a brand-new game being developed by Bayonetta studio PlatinumGames. All we've really seen from that game thus far is a CGI trailer that showed a knight fighting giant monsters. It looks like it'll be the sort of fast-paced hack-and-slash game that Platinum's now known for.
The new Crackdown was likewise announced last summer with a CGI trailer. Like the previous two games in that series, the new Crackdown will put players in the shoes of super-powered, heavily-armed agents cleaning up the streets by any means necessary. We've yet to see any actual gameplay, though.
Remedy Entertainment's Quantum Break is by far the most known quantity of the three. Break, the latest game from Alan Wake's developers, is a cover-based shooter that lets players manipulate the flow of time. It was one of the first games revealed for the console back in 2013. Remedy shared gameplay demos at Gamescom and VGX so it seems further along than the other two games skipping E3.
It's not surprising that Microsoft would hold off on showing these games at E3. The only one with a firm release window is Quantum Break, but even that one won't be out until 2016. Microsoft probably decided to use their press conference to instead show off games coming in 2015 such as Halo 5, Forza 6 and Fable Legends. And I imagine they want to make use of the huge amount of media attention to reveal some unannounced projects.
E3 2015 will be held next week. Gamescom 2015 will run from August 5th to August 9th.