With Starfield and Redfall postponed to 2023, what games does Xbox have for 2022?
In a surprise announcement, Bethesda revealed today that Starfield and Redfall have been delayed from 2022 to 2023. Starfield, in particular, was set to be a big seller and a major driver for Xbox Game Pass. With Starfield and Redfall now out of sight until the first half of 2023, Xbox fans may be wondering what to expect for 2022.
In short, not much – at least not much that we know of so far. As for new first-party releases confirmed for the rest of 2022, Xbox has none.
It is expected that the next Forza Motorsport game will launch this year, but this is unconfirmed. The series had been on the release schedule every two years since the franchise launched in 2005. Microsoft gave Turn 10 more time with the next game, but it’s been five years since Forza Motorsport 7, so it’s time for the next all-new entry, we imagine.
Looking at other first-party studios, Obsidian is working on a pair of new RPGs, including The Outer Worlds 2 and Avowed, but neither have an official release date yet. Obsidian’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-meets Rust, Grounded game may exit beta and officially launch in 2022.
Then there’s Gears of War studio The Coalition, which should be working on Gears of War 6, but it’s unclear if it’s real and set to launch in 2022. The Coalition is also developing a second project, but everything what we do know is that this is not a Star Wars game.
One of Microsoft’s newest studios, The Initiative, is doing a new Perfect Dark reboot with the help of Crystal Dynamics. However, its development has reportedly been “heavily affected” by recent sales, and the title is not expected to launch this year.
As for the UK, developer Rare is creating a new IP called Everwild (in addition to its continued support for Sea of Thieves), but this project has reportedly undergone significant upheaval and therefore should not be published soon. Microsoft’s Playground Games, meanwhile, is creating a new Fable game, but it doesn’t yet have a confirmed release date. All we’ve seen so far is a brief CG trailer and no actual gameplay or concrete details. Playground is probably making the next Forza Horizon game now, but we don’t expect it until 2023 or 2024.
Then there’s Ninja Theory’s Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, another high-profile Xbox game that also has no release date or release window. Some behind-the-scenes footage has been released, and it looks impressive, though.
Another first-party studio, Wolfenstein developer Machine Games, is making an Indiana Jones game with production from Bethesda’s Todd Howard, but it’s not expected to launch anytime soon.
As for third-party studios, Microsoft has partnered with studio Just Cause Avalanche for its new game, Contraband, but that title doesn’t yet have a release date. Then there’s Ark: Survival Evolved 2, starring Vin Diesel, which is coming to Xbox as an exclusive for the console launch – and this one is actually slated for 2022.
In June 2021, Microsoft committed to releasing a new first-party Xbox game every three months. However, it’s unclear if this was more of a soft ambition than a concrete commitment, and as always, any plan in place one day can change the next for whatever reason. After all, Todd Howard said he was sure Starfield would launch in November 2022, and now it doesn’t. So far in 2022, Microsoft hasn’t released a new first-party game.
Microsoft is expected to provide clarification on its upcoming release schedule during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on June 12. at the showcase or a day earlier (or later) remains to be seen. The Xbox and Bethesda showcase could also offer surprises, potentially including new 2022 releases (like Halo Infinite’s rumored new mode), so Microsoft’s 2022 lineup as it currently appears might not tell the whole story. the story.
As for the competition, there are a number of Switch exclusives coming this year, including Bayonetta 3, Mario Strikers: Battle League, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Splatoon 3, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3. , among others. PlayStation, meanwhile, has God of War: Ragnarok on tap for 2022, as well as Forspoken, and potentially the Last of Us remake for PS5.
Another factor at play here is the Xbox Game Pass. The service currently has 25 million subscribers, creating an ongoing revenue stream for Xbox regardless of when Starfield and Redfall release. The service should not slow down in 2022, even without these games. Some are speculating that Microsoft may strike new deals with third-party publishers to offset any potential impact of the Starfield and Redfall slide, but that’s just guesswork at the moment.
That said, we saw big-name third-party games launch for Game Pass on day one, including Outriders, MLB The Show 22 and 21, and more. So it’s not inconceivable that Microsoft might try to target some of the 2022 releases to fill the Game Pass holes left by Redfall and Starfield.
Either way, Microsoft plans to expand Game Pass with a streaming dongle option and working with TV makers to put an Xbox app directly on connected TVs. According to a story from VentureBeat, Microsoft could launch these deals within the next year, and these moves could be a big deal to help grow Xbox Game Pass and further grow the subscriber base.
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