Xbox One indie titles Cuphead, Inside and Below are still on track to release in 2016, Microsoft has confirmed, despite the three games failing to appear in the platform holder's 2016 update.
Speaking to Gamertag Radio, marketing exec Aaron Greenberg confirmed that all three games are due for release this year, and that each of them will have "some level of exclusivity", either by launching first on Xbox One or, in the case of Cuphead, remaining exclusive to Xbox for the entirety of its lifetime.
"Those are three huge ID titles," Greenberg said. "If you played Limbo you're definitely excited to see what Playdead's bringing next with Inside. We know the guys at Capy make incredible games and Below has been a title that's been anticipated for a very long time. And then Cuphead is a console-exclusive for us. Lifetime exclusive. And so that's a big title that we've bet on.
"None of these titles do we want to rush but [Cuphead] is one of the big exclusives we're looking forward to for 2016 and the game is fantastic, and we'll want to make sure it's released when it's ready. But it's absolutely planning to come out in 2016 and as we get closer to timing we'll share more details."
Microsoft revealed more details on Xbox One's 2016 line-up earlier today, confirming that Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Quantum Break, ReCore, Sea of Thieves and more are all still on track for release this year.
Scalebound, however, has slipped into 2017.
Earlier in the podcast, Greenberg revealed that Microsoft expects to sell more copies of this year's titles than it managed with Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, which all sold over 1 million units each.