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Xbox chief Phil Spencer feeling “very good” about 2017, promises more first party games than last year

Xbox fans are eager to have more exclusives on the Xbox and, according to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, they’re going to get just that.

Last evening on Twitter, Spencer responded to the inquiry with a very confident nod.

Starting off the year right, Microsoft and 343 Industries will be kicking off with Halo Wars 2 in the next couple of weeks. The popular franchise most associated with Xbox is returning with a top-down sequel to the RTS 2009 hit title. Even though its global release isn’t until February 21st, early access Ultimate Edition owners will be playing as soon as next Friday, February 17th.

Spencer’s mention of the new IP Sea of Thieves is also bound to shake things up. Conceived by British game studio Rare, the Xbox Play Anywhere title has already built up a significant hype with merchandise cropping up over a year before release. Since then, Microsoft have further reaffirmed their confidence in the first person pirate experience with a gameplay reveal at E3 2016. Sea of Thieves enthusiasts can even join in on their own exclusive Insider program. for insights to the development.

Of course, that’s not all that’s coming to Xbox this year. Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2 are both expected by the end of the year with Gigantic releasing on Xbox Live as well. Even the elusive Phantom Dust is rumored to be looking good for this year’s lineup.

If the lineup for 2017 First Party exclusives is going to be larger than last year’s five retail releases, perhaps we’ll see some reveals in the not too distant future.

Want to see which Xbox games we’re most excited about for 2017? Check out our list here at OnMSFT.

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What do you think about 2017 for Xbox?