If there's something for which Microsoft has been heavily criticised over the last few years, it's their lack of first-party exclusives. With all of their recent studio acquisitions, including the most recently revealed Double Fine Studios, it seems like that's something they're determined to solve. In a interview with IGN, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty revealed they're aiming for a rate of one high quality first-party title released every three months on console and/or PC.
With Xbox Game Pass being such a success for the company right now, the aim is to use the programme as a driving force on PC and console, but that will only happen with the support of new game releases from the Xbox Game Studios developers. As Booty explained:
I think about like how long you spend with a game and just sort of the cadence of discovery there. So if you can do a game every three months, and if a game takes somewhere between two years and four years... I mean, just think about things that have come out recently, you know, things like Red Dead and God of War need to be getting into five, six years. But let's just say for the sorts of studios like a Ninja Theory or a Double Fine, that two, three years starts to be the cadence. Then if you've got a game a quarter and you're taking two to three years, you can kind of back into the math and say, well wow, you probably need somewhere between 10 and 12 studios.In terms of first-party games, the team has plenty in the works right now. In the latest trailer showing off their new games, we see Microsoft Flight Simulator, The Outer Worlds, Wasteland 3, Minecraft Dungeons, Bleeding Edge, Gears Pop, Halo Infinite, and Gears 5, as well as plenty of upcoming third-party titles:
But... making games is not yet a perfect science, right? There's no creative endeavor that is, so there's going to be things that take longer. There's going to be some things that we start and say, hey, great idea, but it just isn't, you know, the Jello doesn't want to set. So I think we need some buffer in there. So... that's kind of my basic answers. We'd love to be feeding a high quality game into Game Pass about every three months.
Of all of these upcoming titles, which are you looking forward to the most?