Xbox says it will release at least 5 first-party games in the next year
Microsoft expects to match or exceed the previous 12-month output
Microsoft has said it’s “on track” to release at least five first-party games in the next year, which would match or exceed its output in the previous 12 months.
In a briefing to media outlets this week (including VGC), the company noted that it released “five new games” across console, PC and cloud during its last fiscal year, which started on July 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2022.
Those games were Microsoft Flight Simulator, Psychonauts 2, Age of Empires IV, Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite.
“We are on track to meet or exceed that amount in the next fiscal,” the company said.
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So far, Bethesda’s Redfall and Starfield – which were recently delayed to “the first half of 2023” – are the only titles officially confirmed for release during Microsoft’s next fiscal year.
That leaves at least three first-party Xbox games set to release before June 30, 2023.
Assuming Microsoft’s definition of “new games” is only relevant to Xbox platforms, two additional titles from Bethesda, Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, could also release for Xbox within the next year, when their exclusivity deals with PlayStation expire.
Xbox Game Studios has a multitude of other announced games without confirmed release windows, including Obsidian’s Avowed, Ninja Theory’s Hellblade 2, Turn 10’s Forza Motorsport and Undead Labs’ State of Decay 3.
Other announced games including Rare’s Everwild, Playground Games’ Fable and The Initiative’s Perfect Dark are understood to not be close to releasing.
Microsoft’s Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase will be held on Sunday, June 12. “This show will feature amazing titles coming from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and our partners around the world,” Microsoft said when announcing the event.
Microsoft will also hold an Xbox Games Showcase Extended stream following the main showcase, it announced this week.