Oh, you thought we were done with this? Ha.
Photo of head of Xbox Phil Spencer.

Microsoft had a major spotlight shown on them today after several court documents made their way online via a little whoopsie by Microsoft themselves. We had the mid-gen Series X|S refresh info, Bethesda's release schedule, next-gen Xbox, and even word that Phil Spencer wanted to buy Nintendo and other studios.

There were even some leaks we didn't share with you today. Leaks like how Microsoft was (or is) planning a mouse and keyboard for Xbox, or how there was a Red Dead Redemption 2 next-gen version possibly coming by late 2022. As it's now nearing the end of 2023, it sure seems like the plans have changed regarding that next-gen Red Dead update. There was even another 2020 Phil Spencer email where he talked about how Xbox has the hardware and software advantage over PlayStation 5.

With all of these leaks, it's no surprise that Microsoft issued some sort of a statement today. That statement comes from none other than head of Xbox Phil Spencer in a tweet posted on Tuesday afternoon.

This wasn't the only statement issued by Spencer today. The Xbox chief sent out an email to Microsoft employees that offers some additional information about today's leaks. Of course, like everything else related to Microsoft today, that email was also leaked online. The full memo sent to Microsoft employees was first shared at The Verge.


Today, several documents submitted in the court proceedings related to our proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard were unintentionally disclosed. I know this is disappointing, even if many of the documents are well over a year old and our plans have evolved.

I also know we all take the confidentiality of our plans and our partners’ information very seriously. This leak obviously is not us living up to that expectation. We will learn from what happened and be better going forward. We all put incredible amounts of passion and energy into our work, and this is never how we want that hard work to be shared with the community. That said, there’s so much more to be excited about, and when we’re ready, we’ll share the real plans with our players.

In closing, I appreciate all of the work that you pour into Team Xbox to surprise and delight our players. In the days and weeks ahead, let’s stay focused on what we can control: continuing the amazing success of Starfield, the upcoming launch of the incredible and accessible Forza Motorsport, and continuing to build games, services and devices that millions of players can enjoy.

As noted in each prior story about these leaks, much of the information is possibly several years out of date at this point. Plans have undoubtedly changed, dates shifted, and games delayed or cancelled.