I wrote that after the Xbox Series X came out in November, I thought the shortage of games on Xbox would be almost over. The remake of The Perfect Dark was announced at The Game Awards. The mood was positive, but it was short lived; If we rewind to just before E3, there was a great silence on the Xbox front. The games did not come out and the drought continued.
But E3 2021, which I think is the best Microsoft presentation ever, has arrived, and we can now officially say that Xbox’s shortage of games is over.
This presentation was more than just an effort to end the lack of console-exclusive games. From what we’ve seen, they are clearly ending this shortage. My point is that forward-looking chess moves are finally paying off.
FirstlyThe question of whether Microsoft’s collaboration with Bethesda will lead to exclusive games has been clearly answered: Starfield will be an Xbox exclusive game and will be released on November 11, 2022. Interestingly, this is the same day as Skyrim, which was released by the same team 11 years ago. In addition, Arkane’s Redfall will be released in the summer of 2022. Microsoft has paid well for Bethesda and there is no longer anything to suspect. Their games will be released for Xbox, PC and will not come to any other console.
Xbox Game Pass remains the best membership system for your wallet.
The second point is Xbox Game Pass remains the best membership system for your wallet. This year they already brought big games like Outriders and MLB The Show 21. Turtle Rock’s anticipated Back 4 Blood (which is considered a spiritual sequel to Left 4 Dead) will also be $60 for PS5 and $0 on Xbox Game Pass on October 12. STALKER 2 comes in the same way. Same goes for Contraband. 12 Minutes will also arrive two months later as another Game Pass exclusive. From the developers of Limbo and Inside comes somerville, the puzzle adventure game. I could go on: A Plague Tail Requiem, Atomic Heart, The Ascent, Scorn and Replaced; they will all be included in Microsoft’s Game Pass membership. If you weren’t impressed by it, I can’t tell you enough.
Third; Microsoft’s exclusive games are starting to come to the fore. Just take a look at Microsoft’s plans for the second half of 2021: Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life on June 22, The Ascent on July 29, the console version of Microsoft Flight Simulator on July 29, 12 Minutes on August 19′ Also, Psychonauts 2 will be out on August 25, Sable on September 23, Forza Horizon 5 on November 9, and Halo Infinite in winter.
Starfield, STALKER 2, Somerville, Party Animals, Plague Tale, Replaced and Redfall will come next year. Also coming in 2022 is Forza Motorsport’s remake, Hellblade 2 and more.
The Xbox-Bethesda presentation was, in my opinion, Microsoft’s best presentation so far. In previous presentations, the presenters pretended to look at the other presenter next to them and read the texts from the prompter. It was as if humans had taken the place of robots reading texts from the prompter this time. The other part that has developed is that they seem to have kept the balance between the data information in the game presentations and the information given in the trailers of the games. A new quest trailer and multiplayer gameplay video came out of the disappointing gameplay footage from Halo Infinite 2020. Forza Horizon 5 was a surprise when it debuted so early, and the arrival of The Outer Worlds 2 on Xbox has caused excitement.
It’s also worth mentioning that although the Xbox didn’t show Perfect Dark, Avowed, Fable, State of Decay 3 or Hellblade 2, it had a great conference. We still don’t know what Compulsion or id Software will do.
To sum up, by filling the rest of 2021 and introducing exciting titles in 2022, Xbox has finally done what gamers have been waiting for years: ending the shortage of games.