Opinion: The Xbox exclusive game drought is almost over

I’ve been waiting for a long time to say this with confidence: Microsoft finally – Finally – Set for last-party success. The Xbox Studios paper portfolio concludes with the release of The Game Awards’ fascinating Perfect Dark, reviving the beloved N64-era franchise that has been dormant for 15 years. Outsourced to Microsoft’s only new homemade studio, The Initiative, in Santa Monica’s development hotbed, it has a talent with an impressive resume. For example, Perfect Dark’s director is Drew Murray, who directed the sublime Sunset Overdrive, but let’s back up a bit first. The story of the disastrous launch of the Xbox One is well known at this point, but I argue that Microsoft’s failure in the first-party / exclusive games division over the past generations has hurt the brand. .. so. Interestingly, the Xbox One had limited editions that corresponded to fairly solid launch windows, such as Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Titanfall. However, the wells have dried up year after year since they started quite powerfully in terms of software. And there were some gems, but they were overshadowed by studio closures, franchise failures, attention-grabbing cancellations, and even more attention-grabbing delays.

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You know the story of the recent Xbox. Acquisitions in the studio, purchase of Megaton Bethesda, the rise of the Xbox Game Pass, and the release of a great new next-generation console on the Xbox Series X. Puzzles have always been first-party and exclusive games, but they are also the most time-consuming problems to solve. Even if you pay $ 7.5 billion, you won’t get a monopoly on major system sales overnight.

Even if you pay $ 7.5 billion, you won’t get a monopoly on major system sales overnight.


Now you have a complete picture of Microsoft’s first-party roadmap and are truly excited about what we see.

  • Halo Infinite
  • Perfect dark
  • Fable
  • Starfield
  • The Elder Scrolls VI
  • I swore
  • Saga of Senua: Hellblade 2
  • Everwild
  • Forza Motorsport
  • State of collapse 3
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox series X version)

This is a terrible and impressive list and does not include unreleased but unavoidable sequels such as Forza Horizon 5, Gears 6, Fallout 5, Doom 3. Machinegames (Wolfenstein) and Compulsion (We Happy Few) are not yet available. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also inked a few third-party console launch-only products, such as the Warhammer 40,000: Darktide and Vin Diesel’s vehicle Ark2.

The bad news is most of them yet Quite far. Sure, in 2021, there aren’t many heavy hitters, but there’s still a lot of exclusive land in the game pass. The console releases for Medium, Scorn, CrossfireX, Psychonauts 2, Warhammer, 12 Minutes, The Ascent, and Flight Sim are all appetizers for Halo Infinite, the main Xbox course in the fall of 2021.And look, no one says these games are “better” than the PlayStation monopoly. Sony has earned the highest reputation among gamers for consistently offering great first-party games. I’m not writing this as a comparison. Frankly, Microsoft needs to set up its own home before worrying about Sony. For that to happen, all of these games need to be good as well as really good.

Microsoft needs to set up its own home before worrying about Sony.


But there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel for Xbox gamers. First-person “more than a shooter,” according to The Game Awards, Perfect Dark gives Microsoft the opportunity to do things that aren’t possible with the new IP. Take advantage of the swell of nostalgia to revive your favorite franchise. The way the Xbox has never actually done it before. This could be a perfect complement to the rest of the new and impressive first-party roster. I hope Microsoft can do it all and the Xbox first-party issues are finally a thing of the past.
Ryan McCaffrey is the preview editor of . Follow him on Twitter @DMC_RyanCatch him with unlock and dropship Taylor ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible.


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