For Christopher Dring of GamesIndustry, Xbox is the publisher of the year thanks to the quality of its titles and looks good for next year too.
Xbox is Publisher of the Year for Christopher Dring of GamesIndustry, a well known name in gaming journalism for his analysis of our industry in the UK. His motives are quite predictable: in the last six months he has launched some great games, more than any other publisher in the industry. Basically, Xbox Game Studios didn’t miss a beat, despite a very weak start to 2021 in terms of releases.
Dring’s analysis is actually more complex than that. The journalist analyzes the state of the Xbox starting from the Xbox One generation, to note how many of the releases of 2021 are still new chapters of already established franchises. What is missing, for now, is the confirmation of the goodness of the acquisitions made, which for the most part have not yet launched major titles (think of Bethesda).
That said, there is no doubt that Xbox has held its own in recent months, flexing its muscles with exclusives such as Microsoft Flight Simulator , Age of Empires IV , Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite . Cross- platform games, or games released on rival platforms, such as Psychonauts 2 and Deathloop , also proved to be great. Most of these titles have a Metacritic above 85, so to speak. In the meantime, a service like the Xbox Game Pass has been greatly enriched, becoming more and more irresistible, thanks to a truly exceptional curation.
The excellent result, however, is also a burden for Xbox, which must demonstrate that it can maintain the same quality level even in 2022, a year in which it will have much more competition, especially from Sony.