What you need to know
- In an interview on the Ion Lords Podcast, Jason Ronald from Xbox shared that not all games coming in 2021 have been announced yet.
- Jason Ronald never explicitly mentions Xbox Game Studios or that these unannounced games are Xbox exclusives, but speculation has begun.
- 2021 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for gaming, and it's almost certain that Xbox has some cards hidden up its sleeves.
- In other news, the Xbox and Zenimax acquisition recently overcame the biggest hurdle obstructing its completion: EU approval.
2021 year has already been a fruitful year for video games, and could be the year the newly released Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S hit their stride and truly shine. We already have a comprehensive list of all the major game events happening in 2021, where we expect to see announcements, reveals, and updates from all kinds of companies and on all manner of video games.
Now, we may have reason to believe that Xbox Game Studios, the first-party collection of studios directly under Xbox, hasn't revealed everything that's being released in 2021.
In a recent interview on the Ion Lords Podcast (you can watch the exact part above), Xbox's Director of Program Management Jason Ronald was asked what game coming this year has him the most hyped. In response, Ronald says, "Not all games that are being released this year have been announced."
While this response doesn't explicitly mention upcoming projects from Xbox Game Studios, or even that these games will be Xbox exclusives, it's still telling when the information comes from an Xbox team lead. Nothing is set in stone yet, but Ronald's comment has unsurprisingly set alight the fires of speculation once more. Will there be more releases from Xbox Game Studios in 2021 than we already know of?
Xbox continues to fight the narrative that their first-party exclusives are lacking in some ways with aggressive pushes. We keep an ongoing list on everything Xbox Game Studios are working on right now, and the list continues to grow. Microsoft's acquisition of Zenimax and Bethesda recently gained EU approval, as well, marking an imminent completion of one of the biggest purchases in video game history.
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