January 25, 2023

Last week it was The Game Awards. This annual event is a chance for developers and publishers to showcase their upcoming lineup of games, with a few prizes thrown in too.

After this year’s show, however, many noticed that Microsoft’s offerings seemed remarkably sparse.

In fact, we only got a little “games here and games coming in 2023” teaser from the team, but nothing out of the ordinary. While this is the ideal opportunity to do so, we still haven’t announced specific release dates for Starfield or Redfall – two of Xbox’s biggest upcoming exclusives.

Eurogamer Newscast: What did we think of The Game Awards 2022? The good, the bad and the Keighley.

This left many feeling short-changed, especially after Sony’s relatively bumper year.

Xbox has now addressed those feeling a bit let down, promising that despite appearances, 2023 will be an “incredibly exciting year” for its fans.

Xbox exec Aaron Greenberg, once again sharing Microsoft’s Game Pass promotional role, stated that the team has “a lot planned to show and share” for next year.

“Esteemed people are eager to learn and see more,” he wrote. “Timing is always key, but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait too long for the next step from us.”

Part of Microsoft’s muted presence at The Game Awards may have something to do with its continued push to buy Activision Blizzard.

Microsoft has repeatedly downplayed its importance in the market over the past 10 months in an effort to appease regulators. As recently as November, Microsoft admitted that Sony has more exclusive games that are “of better quality” than Sony’s.

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