It’s really no secret at this point that the Xbox brand and Japanese gaming have not mixed at all at this point. All of the Xbox consoles have sold poorly in Japan, and there has been very little support from Microsoft for Japanese games on Xbox consoles. However, this is something that could be remedied in the future, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer is teasing just that.
Spenser recently took to Twitter to shed some light on what everyone can expect from their E3 2018 press conference, while answering some questions from fans. When someone asked Spencer if we might see some JRPGs on the Microsoft stage, he replied with “As of now, yes. Things can change but like last year I wanted to make sure we supported our Japanese publishers on our stage and this year we are working to do the same. It’s important to us.”
Now, things can change (and they certainly have in the past), but Xbox having JRPGs at their E3 2018 press conference would be a big deal. If they could announce some big games that really got everyone’s attention (and maybe even an exclusive or two?), this could possibly start turning around the Japanese gaming drought on Xbox. This is wishful thinking at this point, but hopefully it pans out.
We’ll just have to wait and see how things go when E3 2018 rolls around this June. If anymore information breaks on this topic in the meantime, then we’ll be sure to bring it to you.