My biggest complaint in my Xbox One X review was the lack of first-party exclusive games for the Xbox One. And I’m not alone, with many other reviewers criticizing the current and upcoming lineup. It’s pretty bare, so in a solid PR move on the eve of the Xbox One X release, Phil Spencer has a plan to change that.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Spencer said that the company plans to increase investment in first-party games, whether that’s by starting new studios or acquiring existing ones. There’s also plans to invest more in developing in-house games from studios that Xbox already owns.
“We need to grow, and I look forward to doing that,” Spencer said. “Our ability to go create content has to be one of our strengths. We haven’t always invested at the same level. We’ve gone through ups and downs in the investment.”
This news comes just a day after Shannon Loftis, Microsoft Studio’s general manager defended the Xbox’s line-up of exclusive games and it’s Xbox Play Anywhere program. I will say Xbox Play Anywhere and Xbox Game Pass are great features but they still need more exclusives to entice gamers and really show off the true power of the Xbox One X.
In terms of exclusives that we know about we might finally see Crackdown 3 in 2018. State of Decay 2 and The Last Night are set for next year and will most likely release in spring. PUBG is set for December 12th of this year which will be a huge seller, and Sea Of Thieves somehow still doesn’t have a release date. I also wonder when Xbox will announce new titles, as E3 is quite a ways off. I’m thinking their own conference to start the year or possible at CES. Hopefully, we will learn more about Halo 6, Forza Horizon 4 and a whole slew of new titles soon enough.