Mr. Nicholas announced a variety of statistics in regards to Xbox One’s performance during 2015. Though there are too many to list, two in particular stood out.
The Xbox One is outpacing the Xbox 360 at the same point in the Xbox 360 console cycle, which makes the Xbox One the fastest-selling Xbox console in history. Furthermore, Microsoft’s 2015 holiday lineup — Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Forza Motorsport 6, Halo 5: Guardians and Rise of the Tomb Raider — all sold over one million units. This is particularly good news for Rise of the Tomb Raider, which was released on the same day as Fallout 4, and there has been constant speculation on the internet over whether or not the game was a commercial disappointment.
Along with promising updates to every version of Minecraft in 2016, Mr. Nicholas revealed the following titles to be released in 2016 for both Xbox One and Windows 10:
- Gears of War 4 (Xbox One) – Multiplayer Beta in Spring 2016/Launch in Fall 2016
- Quantum Break (Xbox One) – April 5, 2016
- Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One & Windows 10) – Fall 2016
- Crackdown 3 (Xbox One) – Multiplayer in Summer 2016
- Fable Legends Open Beta (Xbox One & Windows 10) – Spring 2016
- ReCore (Xbox One & Windows 10) – 2016
- Sea of Thieves (Xbox One & Windows 10) – 2016
- Gigantic (Xbox One & Windows 10) – 2016
- Killer Instinct: Season 3 (Xbox One & Windows 10) – March 2016
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Windows 10) – Spring 2016
- Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (Xbox One & Windows 10) – Spring 2016
- Cobalt (Xbox One, Xbox 360 & Steam) – Feb. 2, 2016
Though a lot of these dates and release windows have been hinted at numerous times, it’s always a good sign to have a compendium of dates announced from Microsoft themselves. Notable release dates include the Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta slated for a Spring release and Quantum Break’s April 5 release.
Perhaps the most interesting portion of these announcements is that the multiplayer for Crackdown 3 will be release in the summer — not the single player, just the multiplayer. Will the singleplayer be sold separately? Will it come as downloadable content (DLC ) on a later date? How will the two sections be priced? That information is still to be announced.
If Microsoft can deliver on the release dates outlined above, the Xbox One is looking to have a stellar 2016.