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Microsoft's special Xbox's 20th anniversary broadcast goes live on November 15

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What you need to know

  • Xbox and Halo both hit 20 years old this November.
  • To celebrate, Microsoft is planning a broadcast to look back at Xbox's two-decade history on November 15.

This year, Xbox is hitting the grand old age of 20, and Microsoft is gearing up to celebrate.

I think it's fair to say Microsoft has had one of its best years ever for gaming. Huge drops into Xbox Game Pass, massive audience milestones with Minecraft, and continued success with the Xbox Series X and S consoles, where supplies can't meet demand. Going into 2022, Microsoft is capping off the year with some major game launches across its platform portfolio, and Xbox Game Studios lead Matt Booty took to the Xbox Wire blog to give us an update.

"This has been a remarkable year for Team Xbox and for you, our fans. We welcomed Bethesda to the family, announced a new slate of games together in June, and launched Psychonauts 2 and Microsoft Flight Simulator, two of the highest-rated games of the year, into Xbox Game Pass. Twenty-five million players have now joined us in Sea of Thieves and your passion for Series X-shaped appliances has made the "Mini Fridge" a real thing. Our players are at the heart of everything we do and we couldn't be more thankful for your incredible support."

Booty lauded the imminent launches of Age Of Empires IV, Minecraft hitting Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Minecraft Dungeons' big new Seasonal Adventures update. He also reminded us that Forza Horizon 5 will drop on November 9, alongside Microsoft Flight Simulator's Game of the Year Edition, which includes a range of free updates that include new airports, planes, and much more.

Forza Horizon 5 Preview Screenshot (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Halo Infinite (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Age of Empires IV Gameplay Reveal (Image credit: Microsoft)

Source: Xbox Game Studios and Microsoft

Grounded will also get its biggest update yet, called Hot and Hazy, and Halo's Master Chief Collection gets its final season ahead of Halo Infinite itself, which drops on December 8.

Microsoft also revealed that on November 15, 2021, there will be a special broadcast event that looks back on the past 20 years of Xbox and Halo. Booty emphasized that there won't be any new game announcements at the show, but I think there's a good chance we could see updates on some of the best upcoming games heading to Xbox and PC in 2022 and beyond. Crazy idea: maybe we'll even see some Halo Infinite campaign gameplay, who knows?

Matt Booty didn't note exactly where the broadcasts will take place or the timing, but it's a pretty safe bet that you can expect it on Xbox's Twitch and YouTube pages on November 15. You can expect more details will follow in the coming weeks.

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

  • Oddly, this is getting me nervous about Xbox's slate for 2022. It's too late to announce anything for spring. So that means we have one confirmed game set for mid-year and one for 'Fall' (November is essentially winter where I'm from). That's a lot of empty space. And with supply chains Hopefully clearing up next year, people are going to look at the new games coming to each console. I see Zelda and Kirby for one both huge mascots. I see God of War and Horizon for another. Both huge mascots. Xbox has un-named space person and bunch of early twenty somethings. Granted I kkow publishing should fill in the gaps, but assuming we have to wait until e3 or a mid spring event for release dates, I'm not seeing much that will pull people in. Long story short Xbox has a mascot problem. Master Chief can't carry it all.
  • Regarding mascots, that's a pretty... different take, Nintendo aside. Kratos and Aloy are great characters, but even Kratos hasn't been seen or used as the 'face' of Playstation, and Aloy just isn't there. You can say that Halo as a series has a lot of ups and downs, more recently downs with 4 and 5, but Master Chief is a pretty iconic character that many people who don't game or are less familiar with gaming can name, even it's just as "that xbox character". regardless, Playstation has thrived without an obvious mascot for a long time. I don't really see why it matters.
  • Yes, but they are making Aloy into a mascot. She's on the back of the ps5 box, she's in crossover games. And they are succeeding.
  • I know this might seem juvenile, but is nobody going to talk about the fact that this guy’s last name is Booty??? I mean, he gets to say: “I am Mr. Booty”!! I am very jealous right now. Anyways, congrats on 20 years Xbox!