Starfield was probably the great RPG hope for 2022 for many Xbox fans, but the game has now been postponed to 2023 along with Redfall. In plain language, this also means that not a single exclusive title from Xbox Studios has been announced for 2022. This is made even more curious by the fact that the PlayStation Studios released a game on the Xbox this year.
Xbox lacks the exclusives, but Xbox boss promises improvement
As fans in the PlayStation forum resetera noticed, Xbox Game Studios 2022 has not yet brought a game to the Xbox consoles – in contrast to the PlayStation Studios. We’re talking about MLB The Show 22, which was also released for the Xbox and Game Pass, even if the decision probably didn’t come from Sony, but from the MLB itself. (via Dualshockers)
And that’s not all, as fans also note, in the last 9 months Xbox has released as many Xbox Studios games exclusively on their own platform (Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5) as time-exclusives on PlayStation (Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo) . Of course, that was probably due to existing deals before Bethesda was bought by Microsoft, but the situation is a bit amazing and funny.
Phil Spencer promises improvement: Of course, this shouldn’t be a rule, and the decision to postpone Redfall and Starfield was certainly not an easy one. In the case of the latter, there is even talk of employees being afraid of a cyberpunk situation during the planned release:
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Starfield release in 2022 made staff nervous and stoked fears of ‘cyberpunk’ situation
Now Xbox boss Phil Spencer has also spoken out about the shifts. So while he supports giving development teams the time they need to get their games out when they’re ready, he doesn’t want to ignore community feedback either: “Delivering quality and consistency is expected, we will continue to work to to meet those expectations.”
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June’s Xbox event could deliver announcements
Of course, the year is not over yet and accordingly there are also hopes that there will still be unannounced releases in 2022. Microsoft could show them at their big showcase in June:
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Huge Xbox/Bethesda showcase will take place in June – probably with more information about Starfield and Co.
Actually, there was great hope for new Starfield material here, since Bethesda is also represented in the showcase. That could still come, but of course we already know that at least it won’t be a 2022 release anymore. But who knows, maybe Xbox still has a few games up its sleeve.
How do you feel about the postponements, are you disappointed that nothing more is coming from Xbox Studios in 2022, or do you prefer to wait longer for the games to get better?
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