Over the weekend, two inactive Twitter accounts were found that seemed to be placeholders for upcoming Xbox Game Studios projects, but now Microsoft says it's typical for them to secure handles like that and people shouldn't read into it.
"I’m not sure who discovered the @fable and @PerfectDarkGame placeholders, but a Microsoft Xbox employee is following one, and the other is registered to a Microsoft email address"
As many speculated whether it meant anything for Xbox's upcoming first-party games showcase scheduled for July, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg extinguished some of the intrigue with a reply.
"I know everyone is hungry for news, but sorry to get your hopes up. These accounts have been inactive for years, it’s standard practice to secure social handles for our IP."
So, according to Greenberg, the accounts do very much belong to Microsoft, but they've set them up simply to plant flags on the Twitter handles, the same way a company may do with a domain name for a website. It makes sense, and yet due to the flurry of rumors regarding both games - Fable in particular - we'd be surprised if these handles weren't both getting some use soon.
Microsoft has yet to reveal the air date for its digital showcase focusing its first-party lineup, though earlier in June they said it's still on track for July. The same event is also expected to unveil the rumored second SKU for Xbox, the Xbox Series S, a smaller, less capable, but cheaper version of its next-gen hardware. We will likely find out very soon when that show will be.