Microsoft’s latest console generation has started slowly, with delays leading to a paucity of key exclusives in 2022. However, there appears to be hope for Xbox in 2023, with a solid lineup to kick off the first half of the year.
We’ve learnt in recent weeks that Microsoft has established a new production studio, which will apparently be utilised for Microsoft’s own Direct/State-of-Play-style announcement streams. The first of these streams is expected to begin in January, spanning a variety of games set to release in early 2023.
Xbox PR Director, Aaron Greenberg, foreshadowed this a little bit earlier in the month, saying that “we have a lot planned to show and discuss about a tremendously exciting year ahead for 2023”. Greenberg adds that while he sees the hunger for Xbox game news, “timing is always critical”. Microsoft is believed to have cancelled planned surprises for The Game Awards this year, which should result in a more interesting display in early 2023.
Bethesda’s Starfield and Arkane’s Redfall, both of which should have been published this year, will be two of Xbox’s biggest exclusives in 2023. In the first half of 2023, there will also be a new Minecraft game and a new Forza Motorsport. We don’t know what Microsoft’s major Christmas season title will be just yet.