Red Dead Redemption 2, Battlefront II Could Help Scorpio Upon Launch

Rumors suggest that Red Dead Redemption 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II are two of the first third-party titles to be unveiled in 4K on Project Scorpio.

The first games to run modified versions on Project Scorpio are expected to be demonstrated soon, based on marketing materials acquired by Windows Central. Several first-party titles are proposed to be part of the hardware’s demonstration line-up including Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, and State of Decay 2, but third-party titles Red Dead Redemption 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II are also mentioned to be shown off in true 4K, along with titles from other popular series like Call of Duty and Madden.

The report further claims that the Project Scorpio’s 4K–compatible library will be larger than just the games that launch with the support. The system’s “change resilience” will reportedly allow games that run at 900p or 1080p on Xbox One to scale up to 4K on Scorpio. Of course, fans wanted to hear what Xbox’s Phil Spencer had to say about the Project Scorpio 4K rumors. Spencer played it coy as usual, although he did verify that he was happy with what both first and third-party developers had in store for us.

Spencer has teased that we may learn more about Project Scorpio prior to this year’s E3, and this 4K support reveal could be what he was referring to. Neither Red Dead Redemption 2 nor Star Wars Battlefront II have official release dates, but recent leaks may have revealed when Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch. Star Wars Battlefront II is also dropping this fall, with its first official reveal coming later this month.


Microsoft’s Forza Tops Sales At $1 Billion

The Xbox racing game franchise Forza joins games such as Halo, Minecraft, Gears of War and Age of Empires in Microsoft’s billion-dollar club.

The Xbox exclusive racing series in December topped $1 billion in lifetime sales since the first game’s release in 2005. Turn 10 Studios, a Microsoft owned company, released Forza Horizon 3 last year, the ninth game in the series. The original Forza Motorsport was released with the launch of the Xbox 360 console.

Racing games have become a staple of game consoles, an accessible genre that can appeal to casual gamers and hard-core racing fans alike. They are typically used to push the limits of the graphical realism that console can produce. Microsoft’s billion-dollar club is led by Halo who has grossed more than $5 billion and been the poster boy Xbox game since the release of the original game in 2001.

Microsoft’s Age of Empires franchise, usually a computer game series, also has sold more than $1 billion. In 2014, Microsoft bought two franchises with more than $1 billion in sales: Gears of War and world-building game Minecraft.