In the middle of Thin 2022, Microsoft says that 50 games will come to Xbox next year

In the middle of Thin 2022, Microsoft says that 50 games will come to Xbox next year

A graphic shows a bunch of games coming to Xbox 2022 and 2023.

Microsoft released this graphic at its annual Xbox press conference.
Screenshot: Microsoft / Kotaku

Six months into the year, Xbox’s release calendar looks slim. Healthy from the heels an absolute banger 2021Microsoft has not released a single first-party tent pole in 2022. But that is clearly changing, Microsoft assured viewers today during its big splashy marketing showcase about big splashing games on the horizon.

Halfway through today’s show – which offered long-awaited game spreads for feverishly long-awaited games like Starfield and Redfall—Xbox Manager Phil Spencer showed a graphical indication 50 new games would come to the Xbox within the next year. Xbox’s official social media feed tweeted a slightly changed version of the graphics after the showcase ended:

There are some minor discrepancies between the two. The graphics that were broadcast during the show mention Hi neighbor 2 and Lightyear Frontier coming out this year. The graphics published on social do not mention either, replacing the two games with Gotham Knights and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

The picture is not misleading about the Xbox lineup, per se, but it is filled with methods that are really … curious. To be clear, Xbox, which has more than two dozen first-party studios in its portfolio, will not make 50 games next year.

First, Microsoft has included expansions here, including those Forza Horizon 5s Hot Wheels cooperation, The Elder Scrolls Onlines trip to the High Isle kingdom, and Fallout 76s raid in Pittsburgh along with complete releases. For another, the graphics also list several third-party games — such as Gotham Knights and Callisto Protocol– developed independently of Microsoft. Sure, they’re coming to the Xbox. They will be everywhere else as well.

Microsoft has also included a number of free-to-play games on the list, even if it counts Halo is endlessupcoming third season. (Halo is endlessThe second season added some cosmetics, a handful of modes and two maps to the shooter’s free-to-play multiplayer mode, which was released in November last year.) The version of the graphics broadcast during the showcase was also included Sea of ​​thieves‘seventh season on the list.

The graphics also seem to indicate STALKER 2, which is currently being developed in Ukraine, has been further delayed. (Developer GSC Game World previously delayed the game from a release on April 28, 2022.) But STALKER 2 is listed under the 2023 column in Today’s Graphics, current store pages for the shooter say it will be released on December 8, 2022. Representatives of both Microsoft and developer GSC Game World did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One last observation: After Microsoft scooped up Zenimax, the parent company of Bethesda, for a gazillion dollars, a ton of ZeniMax portfolio became available on Game Pass. Activision Blizzard’s biggest game on the horizon—Diablo IV, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare IIand Overwatch 2– are not listed as planned titles for Game Pass. (Overwatch 2 will be free to play.) In April, Activision Blizzard shareholders voted overwhelmingly to approve Microsoft’s small-European country-GDP-large acquisition of the troubled studio. But the deal still needs to be approved by the authority.

Anyway, here’s the full list of games planned for an Xbox 2022 release, with Game Pass-focused games marked in parentheses:

  • Naraka: Bladepoint (Game pass)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle
  • When dusk falls (Game pass)
  • Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels
  • Somerville (Game pass)
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Game pass)
  • Valheim (Game pass)
  • Warhammer 40K Darktide (Game pass)
  • Based (Game pass)
  • Fallout 76: The Pitt (Game pass)
  • Overwatch 2
  • High on life (Game pass)
  • Contempt (Game pass)
  • Atomic Heart (Game pass)
  • Gotham Knights
  • Violence again (Game pass)
  • Persona 5 Royal (Game pass)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  • Pentiment (Game pass)
  • Halo Infinite: Season 3 (Game pass)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator: 40th Anniversary Edition (Game pass)
  • Hogwarts heritage
  • Party animals (Game pass)
  • Slime Rancher 2 (Game pass)
  • Callisto Protocol
  • Hi neighbor 2
  • Lightyear Frontier

And here is the list for 2023:

  • Diablo IV
  • Redfall (Game pass)
  • Starfield (Game pass)
  • Forza Motorsport (Game pass)
  • Minecraft Legends (Game pass)
  • Ara: History Untold (Game pass)
  • Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (Game pass)
  • STALKER 2 (Game pass)
  • Flintlock (Game pass)
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Game pass)
  • League of Legends (Game pass)
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift (Game pass)
  • Valorant (Game pass)
  • Teamfight tactics (Game pass)
  • Legends of Runeterra (Game pass)
  • Sheet 2 (Game pass)
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Person 3 Portable (Game pass)
  • Persona 4 Golden (Game pass)
  • Replaced (Game pass)
  • Ereban: Shadow Legacy (Game pass)
  • Ravenlok (Game pass)
  • Dead space
  • The last case of Benedict Fox (Game pass)
  • Cocoon (Game pass)

We will return in a year.

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