Microsoft teases Monday Xbox game announcement [UPDATE 2]

Ruffian and Xbox team say to expect "busy morning"

Microsoft will make a new Xbox game announcement on Monday, the firm's corporate VP of Microsoft Studios has revealed.

UPDATE 2: Microsoft has confirmed the news - has acquired the Gears of War IP and will make a new Gears of War Xbox One game.

UPDATE: Crackdown 2 studio Ruffian has further fanned the flames with a new tweet pointing towards an imminent announcement.

The Scottish studio is currently working on self-published PC title Tribal Towers, although recent job listings have revealed the company could be working on a second game due for release this year.

During Microsoft's Xbox One reveal event in May 2013, the corporation sent gamers into a frenzy of speculation due to the appearance of a Crackdown agility orb on the Xbox One dashboard. Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer later claimed the move was deliberate.

Spencer later tweeted that Crackdown was important to him and "given the right team and time" he'd like to see it return.

ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: Phil Spencer tweeted on Sunday that he was "looking forward to a games announce coming early [Monday] morning." He concluded: "Fun part of the job."


Xbox Live's director of programming, Larry Hryb fanned the flames by tweeting: "Looks like I've got a busy morning coming up tomorrow :)"

Spencer oversees Microsoft's first-party creative teams and development partners including Rare, 343 Industries and Lionhead.

In the recent past the exec has teased franchise revivals for the likes of Crackdown and Gears of War.

Xbox One's next big exclusive release, Respawn's Titanfall, is set to release on March 11 in North America and March 13 in Europe.

This month Microsoft announced it had shipped 3.9 million Xbox One units into retail globally before the end of 2013.