Microsoft hasn’t had a very busy year when it comes to first-party releases, but Xbox users can expect 2023 to be a big year for the console and the brand, according to Phil Spencer. In an interview on the Same Brain videocast, Microsoft’s head of games admitted that while 2022 had been a pretty quiet year, 2023 is shaping up to be a successful season for Xbox.
“One thing we’ve definitely heard loud and clear is that it’s been too long since we’ve delivered what people would say was a big first-party game,” Spencer said (via VGC). “We can have our excuses with Covid and stuff, but ultimately I know people are investing in our platform and they want to have great games. And as an industry we have fewer games these holiday than we’ve had in a while when you just think of launches Call of Duty is coming God of War is coming – which is great – Nintendo had a good year But overall I would say we’ve been a bit light.
La pandémie de Covid qui a commencé en 2020 a eu un impact important sur le développement des jeux car les studios ont dû faire face à de nouveaux défis, mais Spencer a expliqué que ses développeurs avaient mis ces jeux sur la bonne voie et prêts pour 2023. “Nous sommes ravis de 2023 et nous avons parlé des jeux à venir”, a déclaré Spencer. “Ces jeux se déroulent bien [and] we are outside of what Covid has done to the production schedule.”
2022 will end with five games published by Xbox Game Studios, with Obsidian Entertainment’s Pentiment being the only new game this year that was developed in-house. For 2023 though, Microsoft’s big hitters include Arkane’s co-op vampire slayer game Redfall and Bethesda’s highly anticipated space odyssey Starfield.
In other Xbox news, it was confirmed last week that Game Pass subscriptions on Xbox consoles have started to slow down and a new UI in development looks like a big billboard for the subscription service. . Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard is also being scrutinized by various regulatory bodies. It’s more mobile-focused and doesn’t aim to make Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive.
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