No Gamescom conference says Spencer, but more to come in 2016

Gamescom 2015 was a big deal for Microsoft and Xbox – the premiere European event of the season showcased “the greatest games lineup in Xbox history” and the 90 minute briefing was jam-packed with Xbox goodness.

Xbox supremo Phil Spencer has confirmed there’ll be no similar briefing at Gamescom (Cologne, Germany, 17-21 August) this year – but there will be a Sea-of-Thieves-galleon-sized boatload of games to play, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3Halo Wars 2, ReCoreWe Happy Few, Everspace, and Cuphead. With six stands across three areas and two halls, Microsoft’s presence will be anything but low key.

Mr Spencer’s also confirmed that although a big briefing in August is off the table, they will have plenty to say as the year rolls on.

“We’ll find the right times.” Does this mean Phil’s looking to stage his own event or briefing? It’s certainly been done in the past. Phil elaborates:

So it’s certainly a possibility. As Phil acknowledges, the X0 events that took place at the height of the 360’s dominance might be something they revisit.

So what does this mean? That all the big announcements for 2016 are done already? Seems unlikely. Oh, and Phil, if you want to visit fans you haven’t visited before, I’ll put the kettle on. Bring a Scorpio.

For now, we’ll leave you with the Gamescom 2015 Xbox intro – still gives us chills (zip to the 27 minute mark if the video doesn’t take you straight there).

(It’s interesting to compare that opening with the very similar TV spot that aired a couple of months later – omitting Fable Legends a full five months before Microsoft pulled the plug on the ill-fated project…)

What do you think Microsoft might announce between now and year end? Let us know in the comments!

With thanks to WCCFtech.

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Stacey

Amazingly, prone to intermittent fits of unexplained optimism. Lived alone and liked it so much he bought the company. Wouldn't mind being a little less clever and a little more handsome. Arranges words into painstakingly grammatically correct order for a living. Likes: Sunshine, TV, couch, cats, games. Dislikes: Rain, people, arranging words into painstakingly grammatically correct order. #ILHIMH

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