Partially due to its acquisition of ZeniMax/Bethesda and the efforts it’s made to build up internal development through buyouts of other studios, Microsoft now has 23 internal game developers.
This massive uptick in teams working on Xbox games means Microsoft has a surprising new goal. The company announced it wants to launch at least one new first-party game on Xbox Game Pass every three months.
These games will be from a variety of genres, including role-playing games, shooters, strategy titles, and adventure games. Microsoft stated the goal is make sure there is a “steady stream of compelling exclusive content to explore.”
Of course, Microsoft has been criticized for not having enough first-party games, but this appears to no longer be the case.
Now, not all the games that Microsoft has given the green light too will come to the market–that’s just how the industry goes. But Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty said he’s happy with the output coming from the Xbox Studios going forward.
“Games take up to four or five years to make, and the reality is that not every project we start will make it to launch,” he said. “But if you add all that up, that’s how we’ve gotten to our state today, with two dozen studios making games across a variety of genres. And we know a thriving entertainment service needs a consistent and exciting flow of new content. So our portfolio will continue to grow as our service grows.”
We already know that Sony has a staggering 25 new games in development, half of which are new IPs.
Microsoft’s E3 2021 briefing is scheduled for this Sunday, June 13th, so it’s likely we’ll hear more about some of these titles there.