I see a lot of discussion surrounding Xbox First party and how it isn’t enough. Now, you can try to blame covid for last year, but this goes way deeper. Let’s just take a look.
Rare Most recent release: Sea of Thieves Year: 2018 Announced Game: Everwild Release date: 2024? 2025?
Estimated time between releases: between 6 - 7 years. Possibly longer with a studio of over 250.
The Coalition Most recent release: Gears 5 Year: 2019 Announced Game: None Release date: Again, we don’t know. 2025 seems to be realistic but really who knows.
Estimated time between major releases: Another studio with 6 - 7 years between games. Estimated 350+ devs that could take the majority of a decade between games.
Compulsion Games Most recent release: We Happy Few Year: 2018 Announced Game: None Release date: ??
Estimated time between releases: Could be another 6-year development cycle for a smaller studio. Longer is definitely possible.
Turn 10 Most recent release: Forza Year: 2018 Announced Game: Forza Release date: Early 2023 Time between releases: 5 Years for 150+ devs
Ninja Theory Most recent release: Hellblade Year: 2020 Announced Game: Hellblade 2, Project Mara Release date: ??? Estimated time between releases: 6-7 years.
Bleeding Edge was a huge flop by a small team that released it to die without any support. . Before that they had Hellblade come out in 2017 with the sequel coming out at least 6 years later. 150+ devs.
The Initiative Most recent release: None Year: NA Announced Game: Perfect Darik Release date: ???
The Initiative was founded in 2018 and have had a rough go of it so far. We are looking at 6 years or so of dev time for Perfect Dark.
Undead Labs Most recent release: State of Decay Year: 2018 Announced Game: SoD 3 Release date: ??? Estimated time between Releases: 6 years or longer. Over 100 devs working on Stat of Decay 3 for going on 5 years and no end in sight.
Seven studios that at best have six years between games. Well, at least the other teams are making up the slack, right?
343i Most recent release: Halo Infinite Year: 2020 Announced Game: None
They took six years between Halo 5 and Infinite, yet Infinite was still unfinished. Now we don’t have any indication as to what is next for them outside of Infinite updates and we all know how smoothly that’s been going.
More than 700 employees and they might release two games in 15 years.
Mojang Most recent release: Minecraft Dungeons Year: 2020 Announced Game: Minecraft Legends Release date: 2023
Three years between games for a small team supporting Microsofts largest IP. Still no next gen updates to OG Minecraft for some reason.
Playground Games Most recent release: Forza Horizon 5 Year: 2020 Announced Game: Fable Release date: ???
Forza Horizon is a testament to how efficient development cycles are done. Three years between with DLC thrown in for good measure.
What about Fable? Announced in 2020 that doesn’t look like a lock for 2023 or maybe even 2024. Are we looking at 4 to 5 years between announcement and release? That’s a whole God of War dev cycle! We had rumors of it being in development as early as 2018 as an action game unrelated to Fable. Could this be another six year game?
Obsidian Most recent release: Pentiment (GOTY) Year: 2022 Announced Game: Avowed AND The Outer Worlds 2 Release date: ???
Obsidan are a large team of 250 or more that just know how to make games. Outer worlds in 2019, Grounded early access 2018, and Pentiment this year. Grounded getting updated and hitting 1.0 this year plus having a huge variety of genres they speak to. The only “issue” is we have no idea when Avowed is or TOW2 will come out. Still, great stuff.
InXile Most recent release: Wastland 3 Year: 2020 Announced Game: None Release date: ??
Small but solid studio. They are unlikely to take 6 years to make whatever is coming next, but who knows.
Double Fine Most recent release: Psyconaughts 2 Year: 2021 Announced Game: None Release date: ???
Considering they are coming off an incredible release last year they have time to breathe before we would expect an announcement. Still, will whatever they do next be out before 2027?
As you can see with XGS (not Bethesda yet but we can revisit that) their biggest problem is cadence. Just about EVERY studio is on a 6 year development cycle between games. That just can’t work.
We all understand that games take time, but their closest competitor is pumping out games much faster with fewer developers. It’s becoming inexcusable and frankly embarrassing for their management.