Recently Microsoft has cancelled some of their biggest exclusive titles. This makes us evaluate the status of this company and how they’re standing to each one of their exclusive games for their latest console Xbox One. Let’s take a look.
A multiplayer survival game from Press Play, Project Knoxville saw players dumped into an arena filled with enemies. Your goal was to survive long enough to escape.
Project Knoxville was cancelled when Microsoft closed Press Play in March last year.
Lionhead was trying a lot of new things for the studio with Fable Legends: it made the RPG multiplayer-focused, it was to work as an evolving ‘service’ game rather than a straight release, and it was most infamously going to be free to play. Microsoft closed up the Studio last march.
An exclusive for the original Xbox, Phantom Dust was due a new lease of life on the Xbox One. In early 2014, Microsoft contracted Darkside Games to make a multiplayer version of the game to be released in 2015. Though it later added a singleplayer campaign and a tie-in mobile title. The project was cancelled without going into full production.
Scalebound was an action-RPG built around controlling a normal-sized human character who fights alongside a massive dragon. The idea was that combat switches between phases, with the player and the dragon working separately at times and coming together for sensational team-up attacks – forming a bond with the beast and tailoring how it fought with you was part of the game’s arc.
Sea of Thieves
Although Crackdown 3 has a release date for the end of 2017, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen anything of the game in action. The last bit of substantial news posted to the game’s site was seven months ago and that was the one saying it would be out in 2017.
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State of Decay 2
Here are all the Microsoft-published exclusives that have seen release since the console launched in 2013:
- Crimson Dragon (Grounding, Inc)
- D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (Access Games)
- Dance Central Spotlight (Three Fields Entertainment)
- Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver)
- Dead Rising 4 (Capcom Vancouver)
- Forza Horizon 2 (Playground Games)
- Forza Horizon 2: Presents Fast & Furious (Playground Games)
- Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games)
- Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10 Studios)
- Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios)
- Gears of War 4 (The Coalition)
- Gear of War: Ultimate Edition (The Coalition)
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection (343 Industries)
- Halo: Spartan Assault (343 Industries/Vanguard Entertainment)
- Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries)
- Halo Wars: Definitive Edition (TBA)
- Kalimba! (Press Play)
- Killer Instinct (Double Helix Games/Iron Galaxy Studios)
- Kinect Sports Ribals (Rare)
- LocoCycle (Twisted Pixel Games)
- Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 – (Stainless Games)
- Max: The Curse of Brotherhood (Press Play)
- Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
- Powerstar Golf (Zoë Mode)
- Project Spark (Team Dakota)
- Quantum Break (Remedy Entertainment)
- Rare Replay (Rare)
- ReCore (Comcept/Armature Studio)
- Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek)
- Screamride (Frontier Developments)
- State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Undead Labs)
- Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games)
- Voice Commander (Microsoft Foundry)
- Xbox Fitness (Sumo Digital)
- Zoo Tycoon (Microsoft Studios)