More Single-Player Games Headed To Xbox Going Forward

Single-player games aren't dead at Xbox Game Studios.

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Microsoft's Xbox platform may be synonymous with multiplayer offerings, but the brand is looking to diversify its portfolio in the years to come. It seems more single-player titles are in the works at Xbox and its umbrella studios.

Xbox head Phil Spencer responded to a tweet asking if more single-player games are headed to the platform. "Yes, I can confirm," Spencer replied. He did not specify how many single-player games are in development or what developers are working on single-player titles at the moment. However, Spencer assured that, with the new Xbox Game Studios additions, the brand has "a lot of teams that have built strong [single-player] focused games and we want that to continue."

It's unclear if Spencer is referring to first- or third-party titles. One of the most anticipated single-player games, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, is headed to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 15. And Remedy Entertainment's Control, a single-player action game featuring space-altering supernatural abilities, launches on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 27.

Alongside 343 Industries (Halo), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few), Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice), Playground Games (Forza Horizon), The Coalition (Gears of War), and more, Xbox announced the acquisition of Double Fine Productions during E3 2019. In November 2018, Xbox also picked up Wasteland 3 developer InXile Entertainment and The Outer Worlds creator Obsidian Entertainment.

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Yipeeeee, MechAssault 1 & 2 please bring it back or remaster it. MechAssault 3 would be heaven single player alone, but I won't complain for multi in the mix either.

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It may be one game for all we know. Or it'll be something like Ori, which is good, but not a big budget game. MS has mostly been all about sharing and caring lately. Like a great big Care Bear that you wanna rip the stuffing out of.

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I'll believe it when I see it. Obsidian will be churning out MMO-lite forced multiplayer live services with 5 years.

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The promise is great. I just hope they live up to it instead of what Bethesda did: an expensive trailer then shat over the premise with Fallout 76 and... other projects. My money only goes to single player releases, too few free time to put it at stake of other gamers being good sports (or lack of thereof).

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It'll be DEER games all over again smh

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This is great given that they'll be Day 1 on Gamepass, as my only gripe is that of purchasing a SP game to complete it a few times then discard it. This is the strength of MP / Shared world genre'd games as they generally have much greater longevity.

Ultimately, im not bothered what they bring out so long as they're of good quality and have not been prematurely pushed through the launch door.

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@thenephariouson: Then why are you using Gamepass to continually pay for SP games if you discard them? The far more intelligent (and cheaper) option is to not use an anti-consumer service like Gamepass...

Can't wait to play these games on PS4/5!

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@reznik00: My Point being, that regardless of the fact i enjoy both SP & MP games, i am more inclined to 'purchase' MP games than SP games due to longevity, which is why i am happy to have GP which receives all 1st Party SP games anyway, thereby not having to purchase them.

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@reznik00: That literally doesn't make sense. SP games don't last as long as MP games, so how GP offering him more SP games for one price can be seen as more expensive is beyond me.

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@reznik00: He's saying he could play MORE single player games in one month as opposed to just buying ONE and making it last for just a month . Gamepass isn't anti consumer if you play ALOT of games.

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i love Xb Game pass for PC soo many good games to play.

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Why is it so hard to understand that Phill is aiming for what Sony is doing. Great first-party single-player games. That's why they bought those studios. And those studios aren't known for their multiplayer games. Me as a PC gamer fully believe that Phill will deliver next-gen.

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@nsa_protocol44: indeed these are good news. Just don't look up for Ninja Theory next project (it is MP I'm sorry)

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@santinegrete: What about the other 7 studios? All MP? Don't think so. And Ninja Theory isn't known for their multiplayer games. So yeah that makes my point.

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@nsa_protocol44: Nobody said anything here was hard to understand.

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@Mogan: Then go read again, and this time put your Destiny glasses down. LOL, nah joking.

Seriously there are some users that are thinking Phill is lying etc etc. SO yeah hard for them to understand.

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Guys, be nice to Jeremy. He's actually reporting video game news, and on new games.

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@Barighm: He's alright in my books :)

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@davillain-: yall are nice. be kind to yourselves <3 :)

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Its hopeless, and even if they did focus on SP games Sony and Nintendo are way ahead with these and have established a very strong following through their offerings over the last 5 years or so.

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@berrlett: Making games isn't like... that. Even if Sony and Nintendo have done good exclusives in the last 10 years, during the next 10 years they can only make X amount of games. And Microsoft can do that same amount. Few more or few less. They might be better or worse.

No one cares if a console has 5 year old exclusives

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@PrpleTrtleBuBum:

You know for fact more people will go out and buy a sequel to excellent, very well received commercial hits such as Zelda, HZD, GOW, Super M, Super Smah Bros, Marvel's SM and so on. This is ....... what I mean by a gap created as MS didn't really care much for these nor about their quality whenever they had any. Of course people care if a console has/had exclusives this is what makes it special/unique its a marketing technique and it showed in current generation hardware sales charts..... worldwide.

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@berrlett: Yes, except if i understand the abbreviations you mean Horizon, Spiderman etc. 1 part games that were super hits a short time ago, and now have a following.

Yes, especially Nintendo has some speciality here since Mario, Zelda, Pokemon etc. are going on for way over 10 years. But Sony mostly relies on Detroit, SM, and games like Last of Us aren't that long multi-sequel games either. We have games like PUGB, Fortnite, Overwatch that just sprung up without any prior fanfare.

It practically takes MS a month to release a super game and have following interested in sequels. The tricky part is creating that/those super game(s). They even kinda did that with Sea of Thieves as lots of people jumped right in to try it, but unfortunately it wasn't so great.

Considering that MS bought those some companies, which have been quite quiet, I could see them revealing some sort of mass launch (Scarlet games?) so anything can happen. If the games are great, MS gets a huge leap, but of course they can also be crap.

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@PrpleTrtleBuBum:

Sony's Uncharted series for example, the Infamous series the Yakuza series there are some that made a considerable commercial success and a solid fanbase. what am trying to say is Sony & Nintendo have been tested and they passed their tests with customers and that's why they have a huge following, unlike MS and as much as I hate saying it, they realized they couldn't compete with Sony & Nintendo first party offerings so they turned the attention 360 degrees to focus on multiplat visual qualities and on-line features that saw their hardware sales in decline compared to the others. Now you/MS have to deal with 2 factors, 1 is what you mentioned above they have new studios which have been dormant lately and they could well be working on a project or 2 but, are these projects exclusive to MS ? are they actually a good quality to compete with whats on offer in the exclusive market by others ? and 2. After the monumental success of Mario Maker, Zelda, God of War, Marvel's Spiderman, the last of us, bloodborne, pokemon etc what can MS put on the table exclusive to their platform to lure away consumers to their side when just the mere mention of a new installment to any of these games become an instant headline in the world gaming community ?

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just don't buy the season pass version of control for Xbox one/ X as Sony has exclusive timed deal for any DLC post release. It may only mean 30 days but who knows at this stage. Personally on multiplatform games i wish they would quit doing this regardless whether it is Sony or Microsoft responsible for it.

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@deviltaz35: Of the 3 consoles, Sony is really the only one doing this with any regularity or maybe the only one at all. Seriously pizzes me off. I didn't buy a PS4 to watch my friends get mad at all this exclusive DLC and timed exclusive DLC. The PS4 is the second best selling console in history. Do they really need stupid exclusive DLC at this point? Nobody buys a console for it's times exclusive DLC deals. At least I hope not. They even had timed exclusive crap for a LEGO game. A freaking LEGO game. What a waste of money. Paying a developer to make you an exclusive game? Fine, no problem. But paying a company to tear out part of their content and make it exclusive to your console is stupid and annoying as hell. PS4 owners aren't getting extra content, everyone else is just getting an incomplete game.

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@deviltaz35: I've been following Control for a while and not once have I seen Remedy talk about a Season Pass let alone post release support.

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Its Phil, only idiots and blind fanboys believe him now.

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@sakaixx: I agree. Phil is full of half truths. He doesn't lie but....

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@sakaixx: What has he lied about?

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@sakaixx: I see a cow (Sony fanboy) got loose from the paddock known as System Wars and wandered over here lol.

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@sakaixx: except he's actually been delivering on his word over the past 2 years or less......

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Give Remedy the green light to make a Quantum Break sequel, if you still have the rights to it. Pretty obvious one

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@Spartan_418: That game was amazing. It ended up running really well and looking great on Xbox one X as well after a few patches.

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I really hope that this is true, but at this point, I’ll believe it when I see it.

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It’s been long overdue but I’m starting to think Microsoft is finally getting the hint.

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Hey, better late than never.

-SINGLE PLAYER 4 LIFE NINJA APPROVED-

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It's been the Xbox weakness for a long time, good to see that they want to change it

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@barcaazul: Personally aside from maybe Alan Wake with no sequel i have never really missed single player content. I got bored really quickly of Sony's offerings despite all the praise. I just couldn't get into God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman and just found them really boring. I did enjoy the earlier games a lot though such as Infamous Second Son.

I am really enjoying Detroit: Become Human though , aside from rubbish controls too often it is a brilliant game.

I know Sony has been praised a lot for single player games of late yet i found games such as Hellblade much more compelling than anything they released first party anyway aside from Detroit which personally is just on another level compared to any other game for visuals and interaction just fix the damn controls lol.

I would take a massive new RPG such as Fable if Microsoft are wanting to go down that avenue but i just hope they do something other than a superhero or godlike creature as that has been done to death already.

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@deviltaz35:

Everyone is different I suppose. I love single player games and loved both GOW and HZD. Also loved RDR2 and still playing it to get 100%. It is my favourite game of all time by far and I've been playing for about 40 years

I had the original Xbox, and played in a 360, but I was never into FP shooters that much and there was little for me. It's great that everyone is different though

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@deviltaz35: wow never seen this take before lol calling GOW boring but calling Detroit and Hellblade... not boring ... bro what?!?!?

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Sounds good to me.

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Although MS does have a strong online component and has many titles that are multiplayer, Microsoft's Xbox platform has never been synonymous with multiplayer offerings. All systems have multiplayer now; all have had them for decades.

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@gatsbythepig: every first party game on X1 is basically co op and online

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@Ansem_Rev: Quantum Break, Ori and the Blind Forest and Halo Wars have Co-Op? ??

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@sephirothswing: i know quantum break (which was a pretty fine game i enjoyed) and ori (another /damn fine/ game) don't have co-op, but i believe halo wars has co-op? maybe just online multiplayer? i've only played the first one and that was years ago, so my memory's foggy there.

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Geforce RTX ray tracing looks really amazing, and they recently lowered the system requirements for the game, so that's all good news for PC Gamers.

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@lonesamurai00: Lowering system requirement just means it would run but not well lol. Best to give ray tracing at least another year before taking the plunge as the only decent card is the 2080ti that utilises it currently.

That one is out of most gamers budget though seeing it is so insanely priced for just a video card for gaming.

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