Xbox promises one new first party game every quarter from now on

Microsoft has laid out its agenda for E3 2021, stating its plan to release new games every quarter and acquire even more developers.

The Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 showcase scheduled for Sunday is set to be one of the most important moments in Microsoft’s history, when it comes to its aspirations in the games industry. To emphasise that point Microsoft boss Satya Nadella and Xbox head Phil Spencer have teamed up to discuss their plans for the short and long-term future of Xbox.

They touched on a number of subjects but the most important was probably the promise to release one new first party game every quarter (presumably organised into the standard January to March, April to June, July to September, and October to December periods – although they didn’t specifically say that).

What they also didn’t say is when this would start but the assumption is it will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, with the release of Halo Infinite.

‘Role-playing games, shooters, strategy titles, adventure games, and more are all being built by our first party teams to ensure that there is a steady stream of compelling exclusive content to explore’, states the Xbox Wire blog.

Of course, every first party game will also instantly become a part of Xbox Game Pass, which already has 18 million subscribers and over 100 games.

Ensuring a steady supply of new games is not easy though and paying for third party titles like Outriders and MLB: The Show to be on Game Pass from day one is likely to be prohibitively expensive.

That’s why Microsoft has spent the last few years buying up independent developers to become first party studios, which culminated in the $7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda last year.

Microsoft has already indicated this process is ongoing, with Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty this week stating that, ‘We are growing our studios organisation through acquisition’.

‘We know that a thriving entertainment service needs a consistent and exciting flow of new content. So our portfolio will continue to grow as our service grows.’

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