Microsoft Considers 'Breaking the Bank' for E3 2009

Microsoft is looking to break the recent E3 trend of showing only products that are on the near horizon, according to recent comments made by Microsoft Game Studios head Phil Spencer.

"The last two E3s at least, if I use that as a proxy for what's coming, we've talked a lot about what [is] coming in the next five to six months after E3," said Spencer on the Major Nelson podcast, as transcribed by videogaming247.

"And we've had some pressure that maybe we want to think a little broader about what we want to say at E3, a little further out in the future."

"I came out of an E3 planning meeting just about an hour ago, and we were looking at some of the plans for the future and things that we might want to tease, and it's very exciting," he continued. "There's a lot of stuff on the docket, and maybe we'll break the bank a little bit and talk about things that are further out, which will hopefully get the community excited."

After heavy industry criticism of the smaller E3 show format, E3 2009 will see a return to larger crowds, with planners expecting the event to be "twice as big" as it was in 2006--the last year of the traditional E3.