Xbox Plans To Ship 4 First Party Games Each Year
Xbox plans on shipping a total of 4 first party titles each year, according to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer.
Speaking during an interview, Phil Spencer was asked about the statement from Head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, in which he had promised 4 first party games from the console maker every year. Spencer responded by stating that there will be more first party Xbox games next year in 2024 than there are this year.
Spencer reminded how 2023 began with Hi-Fi Rush, Minecraft Legends, and then Redfall. He did admit, however, that people may not give Microsoft credit for Redfall, and that he totally understands. He further mentioned Age of Empires 4, which was released on Xbox consoles just a day ago, and then went on to mention major upcoming releases, namely Starfield and Forza Motorsport. I’m going to play that.
Regarding plans to release 4 games each year, Spencer clarified that him and his team at Xbox had previously talked about it as an aspiration, but they now talk about it as their plan.
Arguably the biggest Xbox first party release in 2023 is Starfield, an upcoming action role-playing game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game was announced in 2018 during Bethesda’s E3 presentation. It is set in a space-themed environment and marks Bethesda’s first new intellectual property in 29 years. Starfield is slated for release on September 6, 2023, and will be available for Windows and Xbox Series X/S platforms.
Previously, it was revealed by Starfield Design Directors Will Shen that the game features a jail system, and that it will let players purchase multiple homes across different cities. Regarding the acquisition of property, Shen mentioned that there’s housing in different cities that the player can get. Some of them will need to be purchased by players while others will be given as rewards for specific quests. As for the jail system, Shen stated that players who don’t abide by the law will have the option of being sent to jail or paying a fine upon getting arrested. However, there’s also the possibility of resisting arrest and making an escape.