In case you haven’t heard, Bethesda announced this week, the delay of both Redfall and Starfield. Not only were they two of Bethesda’s biggest titles but also two highly-anticipated Xbox exclusives. Their delay to the first half of 2023 has left a gaping hole in the Xbox release calendar, which is now lacking a blockbuster exclusive for the holiday season.
Now Xbox is hosting its annual summer games showcase next month on June 12 so it’s possible some surprise announcements could be made. But right now, there’s not much in terms of Xbox first-party exclusives, which is disappointing considering the spending spree Microsoft has gone on to bolster its Xbox Game Studios portfolio.
We know Obsidian is working on The Outer Worlds 2 and Avowed, but neither has an official release date. It’s possible Grounded could leave beta and officially launch in 2022. The Coalition is supposedly working on Gears of War 6, but that’s likely years off. The Initiative is making a Perfect Dark reboot but that’s also not expected to launch this year.
There are many games confirmed to be in development at Xbox Game Studios, but none of them have a firm release date right now. And as we just learned from Bethesda, even having announced a release date doesn’t really mean much these days.
Let’s be clear, it’s not like there are no games coming to Xbox consoles in the latter half of 2022. But most of them are from third-party studios and are multiplatform. We’ve got The Quarry and Sonic Origins in June, Saints Row in August, and Gotham Knights in October.
But there’s a gaping hole in Xbox’s first-party lineup for the holiday season. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is coming in September followed by Scorn sometime in October. These are Xbox console exclusives but, again, not first-party titles.
With Starfield and Redfall both delayed, hopefully, Microsoft has some big surprises in store for its games showcase in June. Otherwise, it’s going to be a gloomy winter for Xbox gamers.