Microsoft has bought lots and lots of studios, but still, let’s face it, we believed that this year the Playstation would be the headliner as it looked like it was off to a weak start for the Xbox. It turns out that, despite having 23 studios and several development teams, it seemed that the COVID-19 pandemic had affected the green side too much, but that’s not what happened.
Well, here came the Xbox presentation at E3 2021 and recent Playstation news that caused a turnaround. A lot of Sony’s console games have been pushed back and basically they don’t have anything else to show this year, while Microsoft – which has already shown a lot – will still come up with Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, The Gunk, Scorn, CrossfireX and more!
Sony just finished that postponed God of War Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon Forbidden West for next year, which will play against Stalker 2, Redfall, Forza Motorporst (unconfirmed), Grounded and Starfield. Of course, more games can be announced yet, but it won’t be easy to face the team of creators of Fallou 4 and Skyrim.
Going back to 2021, on the Xbox side we had games like 12 Minutes, The Ascent, Psychonauts 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Death’s Door. Xbox Game Studios games are rated higher on Metacrict than Playstation exclusives, and one of them, the most highly rated (I’m sorry Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart), is Arkane’s Deathloop from Xbox Game Studios.
Because of all of this, IGN’s Destin stated the following on Twitter:
I was very surprised to see a simple fact that the Xbox released more exclusive titles in 2021 than PlayStation, and 2022 is looking like a strong line for both of them, that pissed off a lot of people.
In particular, Psychonauts 2 was a memorable game for me and as a Grim Fandango fan I now believe more than ever that Double Fine can make a worthy sequel to the game. But, of course, the Xbox big names for the year are coming in the coming months, and they are two very strong franchises that should close 2021 with a flourish, as well as several third-party franchises.
What do you think?