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Microsoft Plans to Release a 1st Party Xbox Game About Every 3 Months With XGP Being This Timeframe’s Main Driver

Jun 11, 2019
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According to Microsoft’s head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, his team is planning to release a first party Xbox game about every three months with the Xbox Game Pass being this timeframe’s main driver.

That’s what Booty told IGN’s Ryan McCaffrey when asked about the timeframe of Microsoft releasing its first-party titles. According to Microsoft’s Game Studios Corporate Vice President, the team wants to secure a steady steam of games being added to the Xbox Game Pass.

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"I think about like how long you spend with a game and just sort of the cadence of discovery there," the executive told McCaffrey. "So if you can do a game every three months, and if a game takes somewhere between two years and four years, I mean, just think about things that have come out recently, you know, things like Red Dead and God of War need to be getting into five, six years. Right? But let's just say for the sorts of studios, like a Ninja theory or a double fine that two, three years starts to be the cadence, right?

He continued, "So, then if you've got a game a quarter and you're taking two to three years. You can kind of back into the math and say, well wow, you probably need somewhere between 10 and 12 studios. But... making games is not yet a perfect science, right? There's no creative endeavor that is. So there's going to be things that take longer. There's going to be some things that we start and say, hey, great idea, but it just isn't, you know, the Jello doesn't want to set. Right. Um, and so I think we need some, some buffer in there, right? So the first, that's kind of my basic answers. We'd love to be feeding a high quality game into game pass about every three months."

The Xbox One has been falling behind in exclusive first-party titles this generation and Microsoft is keen to take a different route this upcoming generation.

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios currently has 14 development studios, including Psychonauts developer Double Fine which was recently acquired by Microsoft.

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