by Aaron Greenberg, Common Supervisor, Xbox Video games Advertising and marketing at Microsoft •
I’m impressed by the dedication and extraordinary work throughout our many gifted artistic groups inside Xbox Sport Studios to launch a report variety of first occasion video games this yr. Along with a record-breaking yr for video games we’ve launched, many of those titles have earned sturdy essential acclaim, in addition to spectacular engagement from our followers:
- 15 Xbox Sport Studios video games launched to-date* (10 of that are model new titles) and lots of extra to come back, a report for Xbox.
- 1.66 billion hours performed by our followers and counting, probably the most ever year-to-date for Xbox Sport Studios titles.
- Microsoft Flight Simulator, our longest operating franchise, returned with an total Metacritic rating of 92, a top-rated PC sport this yr.
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps was the highest-rated Xbox sport we launched this yr with a median Metacritic rating of 90.
- Grounded, a brand new launch from Obsidian, shortly exceeded greater than 1 million gamers, whereas Sea of Thieves has now surpassed 15 million gamers so far.
- Wasteland 3 not solely was a fan-favorite and beforehand gained the award for greatest RPG at gamescom, it additionally had a median Metacritic rating of 86.
- In July on the Xbox Video games Showcase we introduced 5 new titles from Xbox Sport Studios.
We stay in awe of every part our gamers have finished, as we’ve seen some unbelievable in-game stats as effectively:
- Microsoft Flight Simulator gamers have already logged over 26 million flights and greater than a billion miles flown, which averages out to fifteen instances greater than the variety of real-life flights taken globally every day in 2019, and sufficient miles to circumnavigate the globe over 40,000 instances.
- Minecraft Dungeons has grow to be a co-op favourite, with 6.9 million multiplayer classes over the previous two months, practically two-thirds of which (4.4 million) have been sofa co-op.
- Greater than 500 million bugs have been squashed in Grounded, however there are over 10 quintillion bugs on the earth so we’ve solely exterminated 0.000000000005%.
It’s been an incredible yr up to now, and it’s going to get even higher with the launch of Xbox Sequence X and Xbox Sequence S on November 10. Throughout 4 generations and hundreds of video games playable this vacation, this would be the largest launch lineup within the historical past of gaming. We’ll be sharing much more particulars on each sport being absolutely optimized this vacation for the launch of Xbox Sequence X|S later this month, in addition to displaying extra gameplay from these titles, so keep tuned for extra.
Between our rising Xbox Sport Studios groups, the large inflow of high-quality content material from our new companions at Bethesda, and lots of extra unannounced video games in growth, the long run has by no means been brighter for Xbox avid gamers!
*Age of Empires III: Definitive Version (Releasing on Oct. 15), Battletoads, Bleeding Edge, Gears Techniques, Grounded, Halo: Fight Advanced Anniversary on PC, Halo 2 Anniversary on PC, Halo 3 on PC, Halo 3: ODST on PC, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Minecraft Dungeons, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, The Bard’s Story Remastered, Inform Me Why and Wasteland 3