433% increase in new announcements at Microsoft E3 2017 conference

Chris Stead 12 June 2017 NEWS

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Microsoft’s E3 2017 E3 press conference has just wrapped. How did it compare to E3 2016's Microsoft conference?

As Xbox fans around the world are no doubt aware, the E3 2017 Microsoft E3 Press Conference has just wrapped. Obviously, the official naming and reveal of Xbox One X, previously known as Project Scorpio, was the biggest deal. It’s out November. But as we all know, a console needs games. Prior to the show, it was revealed was revealed only 9% of the games shown at Microsoft E3 2016 press conference were new projects. As in, games we didn’t know about prior to the conference.

After a 12 month period that was the worst I can recall in Xbox’s otherwise excellent history, Microsoft really bounced back at E3 2017. A steady of stream of new announcements, many of which are exclusive to the format, littered the conference. Even Cuphead got a date – September 29, by the way. It’s given fans and those sitting on the fence reason to believe again in a rich and varied future ahead for Xbox and its consoles.

Everything from Micrsoft at E3 2017

Plus, some of the company’s biggest IPs – the likes of Halo, Gears of War, Dead Rising, Alan Wake and Project Gotham – remain on ice, ready to add to the list in the future.

So just how big an improvement was E3 2017’s conference over E3 2016? We recently published a complete overview of every announcement from E3 2016, so we can do a direct comparison. Here are the figures and how they change year on year between the two conferences:

  • Games shown up 127% (from 33 to 42)
  • Newly announced games up 433% (from 3 to 13)
  • Number of Indies in showcased games down 1% to 69%
Micosoft Titles Announecd Newly Announced Indies
E3 2016 33 3 23
E3 2017 42 13 29

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