Phil Spencer has provided a first hint at Microsoft’s plans for E3, which should include several big announcements.

Speaking to Larry Hyrb during the latest Inside Xbox showcase, Spencer indicated that his recent visit to Japan and Korea involved speaking to developers who may be interested in showing their games during Microsoft’s presentation.

While Spencer did not name any studios, he did hint that he views companies such as Square Enix and Namco Bandai as partners, citing previous reveals of Kingdom Hearts III and Jump Force.

As for internal studios, Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds will make an appearance, while others—likely including Ninja Theory and The Initiative—will be “starting to show what they’re building.”

Curiously, Hyrb mentioned that Microsoft has “brought more [studios] into the fold since [last year’s E3],” but whether that refers solely to Obsidian and InXile or other, unannounced acquisitions is not clear at present.

Spencer said that the company feels a heavy burden this year, needing to “represent gaming” to the wider world given the lack of a live stage presentation from either Nintendo or Sony.

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