This week's big Xbox games showcase event, scheduled for the morning of Thursday, July 23, promises a first look at Halo Infinite and other games headed to the Xbox Series X, but beyond that, details remain sparse. In a couple new interviews, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has made some intriguing comments around what we'll see later this week: namely, he says there will be a ton of variety in first-party offerings, and it seems we may get a look at new collaborations with Japanese studios.
First, in a new interview published at Polygon today, Spencer makes a big claim about the first-party titles we'll see on display in Thursday's showcase. "[A]s I've been sitting back and watching the narrative unfold, is it's got to be the most diverse collection of first-party games that we've ever had, when I look at art style and size," Spencer says. "I mean from some big, big, big teams and big, bombastic overtures to smaller, more bite-sized things—and I think that's our strength."
Also, in a new video interview with Jeux Video (via VideoGamesChronicle), while discussing the July event Spencer gives a small update on Xbox's initiative to work more closely with Japanese developers. "I'm proud of what we're going to show on the 23rd," says Spencer, "[and] I like our roadmap of working directly with Japanese creators to build great Xbox games: you'll hear more about that in the future."
Of course, Spencer could just be referring to plans with Japanese studios that we'll be seeing after July's showcase. Alternatively, it's possible that we'll see more details on an already announced partnership—like how Sega is bringing Yakuza: Like a Dragon to Series X as a launch title—during the show.
Still, with Spencer making such a big claim about the variety of titles lined up for Thursday, that suggests it'll be worth tuning in to the show even if you're not too excited about Halo Infinite or the other titles we know that Xbox Game Studios developers are working on, like Psychonauts 2 or Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2. Certainly, revealing new partnerships with Japanese studios could widen the show's breadth, but there are other ways Microsoft could show range, too (it's a long-shot, but don't count out the revival of a classic franchise or two just yet).