Everything is coming up Xbox lately, they have undoubtedly grabbed the console momentum. The momentum really started with E3 2021, when they showcased Halo, Forza Horizon 5, a massive slate of games coming to gamepass and huge new exclusive Xbox games including Redfall, Starfield and The Outer Worlds 2. The momentum continued all throughout the summer with a really good slate of Gamepass releases including standouts Knockout City, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Death’s Door, The Ascent, Twelve Minutes, Sea of Thieves: A Pirates Life, Hades and Psychonauts 2. The excitement around all of these games coming seemingly every other week this summer kept Xbox at the top of all the gaming conversations this summer.
According to a blog post from Xbox, they are going to keep bringing that heat on gamepass, saying “With more than 23 studios worldwide creating games for Xbox, our goal is to release at least one new, first party game into Game Pass every quarter”. Combine all those first party games that will be releasing every quarter with the initiatives ID@Xbox has and their partnerships with publishers including EA and it is clear that new content will be flooding gamepass.
That flood of content will be very evident this upcoming holiday season with a trio of huge first party games launching Day 1 on Gamepass with Age of Empires, Forza Horizon 5 and Halo. They won’t be holding down Gamepass alone though. Back 4 Blood, Crossfire X, The Gunk, Scorn and more are also joining the service Day 1 this fall/holiday.
With all this content coming to Xbox and Gamepass, they realized they have enough content to spread out between multiple game shows and even have separate showcases for their Indie titles. This year Xbox has already had two separate 60+ minute Indie focused title showcases. What this has done is keep Xbox in the news constantly. It really shows Xbox fundamentally understands how to maximize everything Xbox’s many teams are doing and that’s powerful as it will keep their momentum train going consistently in the future.
The content and momentum is set to continue well into the future as Xbox is releasing two major Bethesda games, Redfall and Starfield, next year in addition to the major 3rd party exclusive STALKER 2. Knowing that there’s tons of other Xbox teams working on games that will be coming in the next couple of years means that the momentum this Xbox train has developed won’t be stopping for anything and may in fact pick up especially when they acquire more studios and Phil and Satya have been stating for a while.