There’s a new leader of the Xbox team, and his name is Phil Spencer. The news of the Microsoft executive’s fresh position broke today, but instead of sitting around and basking in the green-tinted glory, Spencer has spent the day explaining his vision for the brand to any outlet that will listen. Speaking to Polygon, Spencer revealed that the biggest request he hears from Xbox owners is the return of Shenmue. That’s right – it’s only day one for the Xbox boss, and he’s already talking about Shenmue 3.
"The big Shenmue contingency," he laughed. He did, however, admit it’s managed to grab his attention.
Does that mean we’ll see a sequel this year? No. It really doesn’t. But his focus is one games, and if he continues to hear the demand for this particular property, something might appear.
"We're early on in the console generation, and obviously Sony's having a great launch," he said. "Console gaming is doing incredibly well right now. Six months ago, everybody wondered if console gaming was dead… but this is a long, multi-year generation and my fundamental belief is that great games create the best platforms."