Xbox boss Phil Spencer has admitted that the gap between the launch of major first-party Xbox games has been too long.
With Starfield delayed from November 2022 to first half of 2023, with Redfall also suffering a similar setback, Xbox chief Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft’s first-party Xbox game production was “a little light” this year. However, the Xbox boss is excited about what’s to come next year.
Talk with the same brain podcast, Spencer said: “One thing we’ve definitely heard loud and clear is that it’s been too long since we delivered what people would say was a big first-party game. We can have our apologies on Covid and stuff, but ultimately I know people are investing in our platform and want to have good games.
“We’re excited about 2023, and we’ve talked about upcoming games, and those games are going well, we’re kind of outside of what Covid has done to the production schedule. As an industry, we have less games this holiday that we haven’t had in a while when you only think of launches Call of Duty is coming God of War is coming which is great Nintendo had a good year but I would say in Overall, we’ve been a bit lighthearted, but I’m looking at 2023, and there’s a great lineup of games to come that I’m excited about. Getting our first real Xbox games out of Bethesda, getting them shipping with Redfall and Starfield will be a lot of fun. “
In June, Microsoft announced it was “on track” to release at least five first-party Xbox games in the company’s current fiscal year, which began July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022. So far, Microsoft has launched Grounded and will also launch Pentiment in two weeks. Early next year we have the console edition of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Minecraft Legends, and both Starfield and Redfall. Forza Motorsport and the console release of Age of Empires IV are also confirmed for 2023 so far. Of course, all of this will come to Xbox Game Pass, which you can see in our long come to Game Pass article.
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