Microsoft has been heavily criticized for not securing the marketing rights to as many high-profile 3rd party titles as Sony has in recent years, but that may be changing if new rumors are to be believed. According to a report from Rectify Gaming (whose website is currently down but you can view a cached version of the report here), Microsoft will have the marketing rights to quite a few highly anticipated games at E3.
According to the report, these are the games that Microsoft will have marketing rights to:
- Splinter Cell
- Metro Exodus
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Borderlands 3
- Battlefield 5 WW 2
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Elder Scrolls 6
- Madden NFL 19
Rectify Gaming believes this information to be true as they have received accurate intel from their sources in the past, such as the name of the Xbox One X when it was known as Scorpio and ReCore Definitive Edition getting a 4K makeover on the console.
Over on the thread on ResetEra discussing this very topic, reputable insider ZhugeEX appeared to corroborate this information by stating, “This is list is pretty much accurate. But not 100%. As far as I’m aware.”
What makes the list look far-fetched is the inclusion of The Elder Scrolls VI. Yes, it’s expected at some point from Bethesda, but many believe its eventually release to be a ways away. And Todd Howard has mentioned that he likes to reveal games closer to their release.
A few of the games listed haven’t even been officially revealed yet, though they are likely to be in development like Borderlands 3 and Battlefield V. As for Splinter Cell, an Amazon listing has indicated that a new game was in the works for this year.
The rest of the games have already been confirmed. Cyberpunk 2077 has been in development for years now, with its Twitter account finally becoming active again this January after five years of silence. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was recently revealed by Square Enix, and both Metro Exodus and Anthem showed up on Microsoft’s E3 stage last year.
Take this information with a healthy amount of skepticism. Nothing’s confirmed until it shows up at E3. Should this report hold true, it would be a huge win for Microsoft to promote these games on the Xbox One X.