Last week was The Game Awards. This annual event is a chance for developers and publishers to showcase their upcoming games, with a range of awards there too.
After this year’s show, however, many couldn’t help but notice that Microsoft’s offerings seemed remarkably sparse.
In fact, all we really got was a little “game here and game coming in 2023” teaser from the team, but nothing concrete. Despite this being the ideal opportunity to do so, we still haven’t announced specific release dates for the likes of Starfield or Redfall – two of Xbox’s biggest upcoming exclusives.
This led to many feeling short changed, especially after Sony’s relatively great years.
I would like to understand the thought process of not having to show anything at one of the biggest gaming events of the year. You could say that Xbox was at least consistent in 2022, ending the year with yet another disappointment.
— Klobrille (@klobrille) 9 December 2022
Xbox has now addressed those who feel a little let down, promising that despite performances, 2023 will be an “incredibly exciting year” for fans.
Sharing Microsoft’s promotional Game Pass rollout, Xbox CEO Aaron Greenberg stated that the team has “a lot planned to show and share” for next year.
“Appreciate that people are eager to learn and see more,” he wrote. “Timing is always key, but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait too long for what comes from us.”
Part of Microsoft’s muted presence at The Game Awards may well have something to do with its ongoing attempt to buy Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft has repeatedly downplayed its importance in the market over the past 10 months in an attempt to appease regulators. As recently as November, Microsoft admitted that Sony has more exclusive games that are “better quality” than its own.
We have a lot planned to show and share about an incredibly exciting year ahead of 2023. Appreciate that people are eager to learn and see more. Timing is always key, but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait too long for what comes from us. 🙏🏻💚 https://t.co/d1dca2i2Nt
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️💚U (@aarongreenberg) 9 December 2022