Don't forget Elder Scrolls 6 (announced June 2018) and Indiana Jones (announced January 2021). With TES 6 we are already at 5 projects announced more than 3 years early within Xbox's current 1st party.
TBH I didn't include Bethesda cause I think it's a bit early to blame any Bethesda problems on Xbox management. But yeah... also Forza Motorsport was announced in June 2020, didn't include it cause it's not "TBA" but that'll be over 3 years from announcement to release.
They just didn't have anything ready for the Xbox Series for whatever reason and so had to splurt out a bunch of announcements far too early to try and get interest in their new console. Don't think I've really seen anything like it. Sure other companies announce stuff way too early too but it's not usually basically your entire line-up of games.
Yeah. A big part of the problem is that Xbox let their first party get too small under Mattrick's poor vision from 2007-2014, and then those early Phil years where he had to close 1st party studios that were struggling like Lionhead, Team Dakota, and Press Play, and then Twisted Pixel asked to be allowed to go independent and Phil allowed it, so by the end of 2017, Xbox's 1st party had shrunk to just 5 studios (343, Coalition, Rare, Turn 10, and Mojang). Phil just didn't have the budget to expand until he convinced Satya to give him more budget in 2018. Then the studios they acquired since 2018 had other projects they had to finish before they could start working on their first Xbox exclusive. inXile had to finish up Wasteland 3, Compulsion had to finish up We Happy Few DLC, Arkane Lyon and Tango had to finish up Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo, Double Fine had to finish Psychonauts 2, Obsidian had to finish up The Outer Worlds and it's DLC, Ninja Theory had to finish up their work on 3 different VR games.
Meanwhile Xbox's 2nd party division dropped the ball hard in the latter half of last gen by making very few AAA deals like we had got in the first half with Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break, and Ryse, pretty much all of their 2nd party deals after that were small fry, Battletoads, As Dusk Falls, Tell Me Why, ReCore, etc. Xbox should have had the foresight to make some huge AAA 2nd party deals to compensate for their lacking 1st party in the first half of this generation, but they didn't do that early enough, so the first AAA from 2nd party this gen, Contraband, will come just as late as most of their 1st party games will.
On top of that we had developmental struggles at 343 on Halo Infinite, Rare on Everwild, Undead Labs on SoD 3, Obsidian on Avowed, The Initiative on Perfect Dark, and also some issues at Playground with Fable. Meanwhile over at Bethesda in the years before Xbox acquired them, BGS was failing to reorganize in the way they needed to reorganized to handle working on 3 huge IP at once (Starfield, Elder Scrolls, and Fallout), while Starfield also had some development issues behind the scenes. Seems like Machine cancelled or put Wolfenstein 3 on hold to focus on Indiana Jones only in late 2020. Just so many issues across both Xbox and Bethesda studios. It's going to take the rest of this gen to get the first party into the state it needs to be in at the rate things are going.
So because of all of the above, Xbox was forced to announce loads of 2024-2026 games with CGI teasers on their shows from 2019-2022, just to have enough announcements to build up any hype at all for Xbox Series.
Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 20 March 2023