Microsoft’s already slim Xbox Series X and Series S launch lineup suffered another casualty. CrossfireX, the upcoming competitive first-person shooter for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, will miss its originally scheduled 2020 release date. It will now release next year instead. Developer Smilegate blamed the coronavirus pandemic (what else?) for the delay.
“After extensive deliberation, and given the challenges faced by the Smilegate development team due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of CrossfireX to 2021,” the studio said. “Moving our version will allow us to deliver the console Crossfire experience that our team set out to create.”
The delay also means people will have to wait to play the single-player component of the game, which Control developer Remedy Entertainment is working on it. Either way, it’s a setback for Microsoft. CrossfireX was one of the few exclusives Xbox Series X and Series S owners could expect to play in 2020 after Microsoft pushed Infinite Halo back to 2021, and indie studio Bloober Team delayed The way to avoid sharing a release date with Cyberpunk 2077. With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Zenimax Media, the X/S series will finally be fine, but the start of the generation is going to be difficult.
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