Six months into the year, Xbox’s release schedule looks slim. Refresh from the heel of a complete blowout in 2021Microsoft hasn’t released a single first-party ad in 2022. But that’s all set to change, Microsoft assures viewers today in Its massive marketing showcase about the big games on the horizon.
Today’s show is halfway through — where it delivers the long-awaited gameplay, reveal for highly-anticipated games like Starfield and Redfall— The boss of xbox, Phil Spencer, showed an image showing 50 new games coming to Xbox in the next year. Xbox’s official social media feed tweeted about a slightly altered version of the graphics after the rollout ended:
There are some slight differences between the two. The image broadcast in the program refers to Hello neighbor 2 and Lightyear Frontier as expected this year. The image published on the social network also does not mention it, replacing those two games with Knight of Gotham and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.
The image isn’t misleading about the Xbox’s lineup, but it’s created using methods that are certainly… curious. It’s clear that Xbox, which has more than two dozen first-party studios in its portfolio, isn’t going to make 50 games next year.
For one thing, Microsoft has included expansions here, including Forza Horizon 5‘S Hot wheel cooperation, Scrolls onlinetrip to the High Isle territory, and Fallout 76entered Pittsburgh with the full release. On the other hand, the graphic also lists some third-party games — like Knight of Gotham and Callisto . protocol—It is being developed independently of Microsoft. Sure, they’re coming to Xbox. They will also be available everywhere else.
Microsoft has also put some free games on the list, even counting Halo Infiniteupcoming third season. (Halo InfiniteThe second part added some cosmetics, several modes, and two maps to the shooter’s free multiplayer mode, which was released last November.) Sea of Thieves‘season seven on the list.
The picture also seems to indicate EXPERT 2, currently under development in Ukraine, has been further delayed. (GSC Game World programmer previously delayed the game from April 28, 2022, released.) EXPERT 2 listed in the 2023 column of today’s graphics, the current store pages for the shooter say it will launch on December 8, 2022. Representatives from both Microsoft and developer GSC Game World have announced did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
One final observation: After Microsoft bought Zenimax, Bethesda’s parent company, for a million dollars, a ton of ZeniMax’s portfolio Available on Game Pass. Activision Blizzard’s biggest games on the horizon—Diablo IV, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare IIand Overwatch 2—Not listed as expected titles for Game Pass. (Overwatch 2 will be free to play.) In April, Activision Blizzard shareholders overwhelming vote to approve Microsoft’s struggling studio acquisition in a small country the size of Europe’s GDP. However, the deal still needs to go through regulatory approval.
Anyway, here’s the full list of games scheduled for Xbox release in 2022, with games targeting Game Pass highlighted in parentheses:
- Naraka: Bladepoint (Game Pass)
- The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle
- As 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)
- Base (Game Pass)
- Fallout 76: Pitt (Game Pass)
- Overwatch 2
- High life (Game Pass)
- Scornful (Game Pass)
- Atomic heart (Game Pass)
- Knight of Gotham
- Gunfire Reborn (Game Pass)
- Persona 5 Royal (Game Pass)
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
- Idea (Game Pass)
- Halo Infinite: Part 3 (Game Pass)
- Microsoft Flight Simulator: 40th Anniversary Edition (Game Pass)
- Hogwarts Legacy
- Party animals (Game Pass)
- Slime Rancher 2 (Game Pass)
- Callisto . protocol
- Hello 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: Untold History (Game Pass)
- Wo Long: Fall of the dynasty (Game Pass)
- EXPERT 2 (Game Pass)
- Flintlock (Game Pass)
- Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes (Game Pass)
- League of Legends (Game Pass)
- League of Legends: Wild Rift (Game Pass)
- Valuable substance (Game Pass)
- Total Combat Tactics (Game Pass)
- Legend of Runeterra (Game Pass)
- Box 2 (Game Pass)
- Resident Evil 4
- Persona 3 Portable (Game Pass)
- Persona 4 gold (Game Pass)
- Replaced (Game Pass)
- Ereban: Shadow Legacy (Game Pass)
- Ravenlok (Game Pass)
- Dead space
- The Last Case of Benedict Fox (Game Pass)
- The cocoon (Game Pass)
We will check again in a year.