As gamers know by now, the Xbox One X is going to debut this coming November. The system’s launch date is Nov. 7 and it’ll debut alongside Super Lucky’s Tale. Originally, Crackdown 3 was supposed to release on the same day, however, its delay has kicked it from the Xbox One X launch.
For those who look at the upcoming lineup of games for Microsoft this fall, the lineup is small. While the first half of 2018 does look much better, the Xbox One X launch won’t be as traditional as previous ones. Usually, first party companies like to have at least a trio of exclusives for new hardware.
However, Xbox One X will be bucking that trend with a small lineup of titles. In October, Forza Motorsport 7 will launch and then Super Lucky’s Tale on Nov. 7. A new expansion for ReCore is coming and that just about rounds out Microsoft’s lineup. Xbox’s Mike Ybarra tried to justify the currently thin lineup of games for the first few months of Xbox One X’s life.
“What Phil [Spencer] said is right on this – it’s additive to the family we have. Our volume seller will be Xbox One S – it’s $249, it’ll be the thing most people buy. X is designed for the hardcore gamer who wants to play the best versions of those games. When I look at the Xbox family I don’t feel like we have to come out with six new games just for X, it’ll play everything that’s come out, back [compatibility] will work on it, elements like that.
“I don’t know if we’re still in the world of having to have big, exclusive titles just for one box, versus the promise that games you buy will work and look even better on X. It’s up to the user to choose. And for us it’s more that choice element, rather than holding an exclusive and throwing it out with a console there,” Ybarra told Eurogamer.
Companies always have answers to justify their actions, but anyone that knows gaming, understands this is not how Microsoft wants the launch of Xbox One X to go. In a perfect world, a small handful of exclusives would launch alongside the system. They would also be able to show the system’s true capability.
However, this is one of the problems with the mid-generation console. Developers can’t turn around new software like they tend to do when a new generation debuts. It feels like a generational leap is happening. However, it is really just a new car with a bigger engine and the same speed limits. The Xbox One X launch will happen this coming Nov. 7. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Xbox One X.