Xbox Says It Finally Hit Stride, Doesn’t Need To Rely On Halo & Forza Anymore

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  • Xbox has previously been accused of relying too much on Halo, Forza, and Gears.
  • Matt Booty states that the team has finally escaped this criticism, with the recent showcase being proof.
  • He hopes to put on an even better showcase next year.

Xbox has plenty of momentum after delivering this year’s biggest showcase. Plenty of new games have been revealed, Call of Duty is finally headed to Game Pass, and Microsoft is going all-in on first-party support.

Elaborating further on this success, Matt Booty has stated that the gaming giant has finally hit its stride. He also teased an exciting lineup for the future.

Why it matters: Microsoft’s first-party lineup was mostly dry in recent years despite the incredible potential shown in 2020. The gaming giant is finally realizing this potential today.

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Speaking to Variety, Matt Booty, the Head of Xbox Game Studios, described Microsoft’s latest showcase as having led to plenty of excitement.

The gaming giant saw the culmination of its past acquisitions during the showcase as it unveiled games like Doom: The Dark Ages and Black Ops 6. Commenting on this showcase, Matt Booty noted that Xbox is finally beginning to find its rhythm.

He also noted that Xbox did not need to rely on Halo or Forza this time. The gaming giant has commonly received criticism for sticking too close to the Halo, Forza, and Gears trio in the past.

It didn’t depend on those things that we historically go to (Halo and Forza), I think it’s a good indicator that we’ve hit that stride.

-Matt Booty

According to the executive, there is still a lot more to come.

He states that Xbox has an exciting lineup for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025. Notable games in this lineup include Indiana Jones and potential releases like Doom: The Dark Ages, Fable, and South of Midnight.

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Matt Booty is now looking forward to Xbox Games Showcase 2025. He expects the teams to put on just as great of a show next year, with the combined forces of the first-party studios providing incredible gaming experiences.

Overall, the next year should prove to be a special one for Xbox as it moves toward new first-party releases, potential announcements for the rumored handheld console, and more.

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