Where Are Our Exclusives? Grievances Of An Xbox One Owner

So I looked at the upcoming console exclusives for the Xbox One. The pure console exclusives, not the ones you can play on the PC as well. Currently, there are about five games waiting to be released. Of those five, I’d heard of none of them. Of the games that have already been released, 35 are true exclusives. With those 35 games, Rare Replay and Sunset Overdrive were the only ‘full games’ that weren’t either an indie / arcade title (though the indie titles have been pretty solid, so far), or a Forza or Halo title.

Granted, if you cast the net further. Perhaps start looking at games which release on the PC or are exclusive to the platform. Then the list starts to look passable. But there’s nothing that’s really new. At least no new AAA looking titles. And there’s only one or two that really grab my interest.

Will there be many Xbox exclusives in 2017?

There are a few I’ve been looking forward to for a while now, like State of Decay, Cuphead, Below and Sea of Thieves. But the release dates for them are sketchy at best. Maybe they’ll be out this year, maybe they won’t. But when you look at PlayStation’s line-up, it’s a different story.

State of Decay 2 is a hotly anticipated Xbox Exclusive

You’ve got a new Crash Bandicoot, Days Gone, God of War, The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, and Deep Down on the way. That’s just the games exclusive to the PlayStation 4, though. Open the net out and you’ve got a tonne of games, waiting to be played. Alex and I discussed it in this week’s GG EZ Live Show, on Facebook. You can check that out here (it’s from about the 10 minute mark).

Where are our exclusives?

So I’d like to know, where are our exclusives? I mean, some of the good ones have been cancelled already. Scalebound and Fable Legends are both gonners. What’s next? Below’s looking pretty ropey and Undead Labs have gone rather quiet about State of Decay 2 (though I’m relatively confident we’ll be seeing it late this year or early next year). It just feels like the Xbox One is lacking excitement at the moment. Though that’s not to say that the PlayStation is killing it with their exclusives – they’re just doing a slightly better job.

But what do you think? Do you wish that the Xbox One had better, or more, exclusives? Or are you happy with the big titles – your Halo Wars, Crackdowns and Forzas? Let me know in the comments below!

Oh, and before you say it. Yes I do realise that I brought this on myself by buying an Xbox One – cheers.

  • DrunkSuperman

    where are they? simple, they are most likely being pushed towards the Scorpios library

  • Snagg Dadon

    lol i have all console you sir are a liar ps4 exclusives are awesome right now!!!! check metacritic or sumtn ….i wanted xb1 to be better but i have no games for it…

  • GamingOnForLife

    Wait…did you just cite Deep Down as an upcoming game…? DEEP DOWN? That game has not been seen for years. No guarantee it will ever come out.

    You’re also dreaming if you think Last Of Us 2 is out in 2017 or even 2018. God of War 4 is a coin toss as to whether it will be 2017 as well. You look at how Sony positions their releases, favouring spring time so 2018 looks likely. So this year you’ve got the excellent Horizon Zero Dawn, Nioh, GT Sport, Nier and potentially Detroit.

    Conversely on Xbox you’ve got Crackdown 3, Forza 7, Sea of thieves, State of Decay 2 and Cuphead. That’s not bad.

    And why are saying State of Decay 2 has gone quiet? Check their twitter, they are regularly posting concept art and teasing their full reveal and release date at E3.

    People are quick to forget in 2016 Xbox had Quantum Break, Recore, Forza Horizon(GOTY contender) Gears 4 and Dead Rising 4 alongside a number of indie games. Xbox user got to play Ark Survival Evolved first. Astroneer first. Will be getting Conan Exciles first and has had We Happy Few first and Elite Dangerous first.

    • J.j. Barrington

      So much wrong with this comment.

      Like Dead Rising. Do timed exclusives count? You say “a number of indie games,” but don’t seem to count those towards Sony’s library. And yes, that matters, because it’s an obvious comparison.

      There are games left off your Sony exclusive list, like Spider Man, Dreams, and whatever Sucker Punch is working on.

      For your Xbox list, Crackdown has been coming out for forever, so has Cuphead. Forza’s yet another Forza, and that’s part of the problem.

      Simply put, when you look at the number of big exclusives on either console- and Recore’s price alone tells you it’s not in the argument- there’s no comparison.

      So what are you so bothered about?

      • GamingOnForLife

        The overwhelming sense of panic the author presents is what gets me. A great game came out on PlayStation, good for PS4 owners. Doesn’t mean the sky is falling and you just forget the games you have literally just been playing on Xbox all year around.

        I get it’s easy to dismiss Forza because it’s a racing game and it may not be your thing but if your criticising it for being a sequel then could we not say that about God of War 4(technically game 5), Uncharted 4(technically game 5)? I’m not attacking those games, as Forza, GoW and Uncharted are all acclaimed games. Horizon and Motorsport also cater to two very different groups of gamers.

        You call out Crackdown for ‘coming out forever’ but then name drop Dreams? Pretty sure they’re close in when they were announced. I’ll take SpiderMan though, that one I did miss out.

        On Recore, the price of a game is not an immediate indicator of it’s quality. I happened to enjoy that game as I’m sure PS4 users may have enjoyed the Order or Knack. I might add though that those two games scored lower in reviews than Recore but did cost more.

        • LordCancer Kain

          the sky fell on 360. there is no sky for one, just nothingness.

        • J.j. Barrington

          “Doesn’t mean the sky is falling and you just forget the games you have literally just been playing on Xbox all year around.”

          It’s been coming for years. Since last generation. It’s not just “a great game” that came out. It’s multiple such titles. It’s not just Horizon: Zero Dawn, not just about the first party, either. It’s about the overall gap in libraries.

          “I get it’s easy to dismiss Forza…”

          Dismissing it, as you call it, because it comes out every year. Even if you split Horizon and Motorsport- and Xbox fans sure don’t; nor do prospective buyers, as they’ll just see another racer- that’s still an entry every other year, which is just TOO frequent. Not strictly because it’s a sequel, but because it’s already caught its biggest rival in numbered titles, and it’s like a decade younger.

          “You call out Crackdown for ‘coming out forever’ but then name drop Dreams?”

          Crackdown AND Cuphead. Previously, I would have added Scalebound to that list, but… I’m sure we could list other titles that have just taken a long while to come out on Xbox. There aren’t so many of those on PS4, particularly that Sony has any control over(since you’ve already mentioned Deep Down). And I think we’ve seen far more of Dreams than of Crackdown at this point.

          “On Recore, the price of a game is not an immediate indicator of it’s quality.”

          Wasn’t speaking of the quality, but rather the status. Simply put, it’s not one of the bigger releases on either console, and the price reflects that. The asking price of all the other titles we’re talking about is full, quality aside.

          ” I might add though that those two games scored lower in reviews than Recore but did cost more.”

          I might add that in both cases, reviewers seemed to want something in the games that was never meant to be there. But that’s a whole different story.

    • MiamiBeachMedMan

      To be fair, the author only mentioned a few games, but for Sony, my personal list looks like this…

      Currently playing – Gravity Rush 2, Yakuza 0, and Nioh.

      Soon to be playing – Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier Automata, and Persona 5.

      Will play later – God of War 4, Uncharted the Lost Legacy, TLOU Part II, Detroit Become Human, Wild, What Remains of Edith Finch, Spider-Man, Dreams, Gran Turismo Sport, Death Stranding, Days Gone, Hellblade, Ni No Kuni II, Gang Beasts, Nex Machina, the list goes on and on, and hopefully one or two games soon to be announced we don’t know about, certainly Sucker Punch’s unannounced title.

      For Microsoft?

      Currently playing – nothing. Halo Wars II is not my taste as I’m not an RTS fan.

      Soon to be playing – nothing.

      Will play later – Crackdown (I can only hope development for this one is going smoothly), Below, Cuphead, State of Decay, and hopefully one or two games soon to be announced we don’t know about.

      So while this list caters to my own personal taste, even considering tastes of various gamers, it’s not really a fair fight, and it has not been a fair fight for quite some time now. That much is hard to dispute, and only someone with a closed mind to the reality of the industry at the moment would even try. And I’m not suggesting that is what you’re doing, but I have seen others feebly attempt to pretend like somehow Microsoft is “winning”, or producing better content for consumers. That notion is laughable.

    • Yannick Lapointe

      16 exclusive games in barely 3 months isnt enough for you?

      Nioh, Yakuza 0, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier Automata, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 & 2.5 ReMIX, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Gravity Rush 2, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone, MLB The Show 17, Danganronpa 1•2 Reload, Psychonauts in The Rhombus of Ruin, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, Persona 5, Tales of Berseria

      • Mr World Peace

        There but 90% of those are third party Japanese niche titles, those company’s could easily release on Xbox one, the reason they don’t it because of how Xbox one is doing in japan , so really if you took away all those niche Japanese titles then Sony would nothing

        • J.j. Barrington

          The reason they don’t is because those games don’t do well on Xbox, which is why Xbox doesn’t do well in Japan.

  • Daniel Long

    another bullshit article with no research, what were the media saying when Sony had no games 2014/2015/2016 shit all they were stone cold quiet, typical Microsoft released 5 tripple a titles last year compared with Sony’s like 2

    Xbox has already released Rise and Shine and Halo Wars 2 and coming soon

    Crackdown 3
    Cup head
    Graveyard Keepers
    Tacoma
    Below
    Phantom Dust
    Killer Instinct Season 4
    State of Decay 2
    Sea of Thieves
    Voodoo Vince
    Ion from Dean Hall
    Path of Exiles
    Conan Exiles
    Beacon
    Ashen
    Raiden V
    Forza 7
    Halo 6 (i think this will release this year)
    A new Joanna Dark game (rumored)
    Fable reboot (rumored)
    Pit People
    Cities: Skylines
    The Culling
    New game from Mahgong?
    New game from Rafien games? (made crackdown 2)

    Most of these will release this year

    LMAFO of at this article

    • Ziege

      “that’s not what real gamers care about”? What games that continually scoring high review scores?
      Nioh
      Gravity Rush 2
      Yakuza 0
      Horizon Zero Dawn
      Nier Automata
      All killing it.
      8 out of 10 highest rated games this year are available on PS4 but not xbox. Sony are miles ahead.

    • Tomaterrrx

      Don’t think we’ll get Halo 6 this year.

    • J.j. Barrington

      Half of what you list is speculation. The rest is DLC or not even exclusive. That’s horrible.

      • Daniel Long

        Are you alright man, 20 out of the 25 games I listed are confirmed, and what DLC I have listed, and most of these are exclusive to console on Xbox One do your research before running your mouth

        • J.j. Barrington

          Lol, all that “at this stage” stuff is hilarious. It’s still sad that you list DLC like it’s a full game. The TR game is barely a rumor, let alone exclusive. You just listed developers like that confirms anything. There’s NOTHING to go on for Ion. Conan and The Culling are both multiplats. That’s almost half your list.

          And you seriously think Voodoo Vince is gonna do better than even Gravity Rush?

          You would have been better off NOT defending this garbage.

          • Daniel Long

            Okay then you enjoy all those Japanese niche titles that none of you play station fans will buy, and enjoy your best Tripple A game that will release this year in Horizon,

            nearly forgot about Grand Turismo Sport, how long has this game been in development, since the start of the PS4 cycle, Turn 10 will release Forza 7 this year making that including Forza Horizon games 5 Forza games they will have released this gen, and Polyphony can’t even release 1 GT game.

            your the one wasting his time here, I need to get back to finishing mass effect 3 via backwards compatibly before Andromeda comes out, which I will be able to play a week early thanks to EA Access, thanks for telling Sony that you don’t need EA Access, wait it was Sony telling you, don’t need it just like you don’t need Back Compat, LOL

          • Tomaterrrx

            Fanboy comment of the day goes to you lol.

          • Gamez Rule

            “Turn 10 will release Forza 7 this year making that including Forza Horizon games 5 Forza games they will have released this gen” = Milking big time IF that is five titles in one gen.

          • Tomaterrrx

            That’s nice to know. If the games were getting worse then I’d have an issue with them milking the game. But Forza games aren’t getting worse (not by a lot anyway). I’ll continue to let MS take my money as long as the games are good. FH3 is arguably the highest rated racer this gen and it’s amazing.

          • J.j. Barrington

            “all those Japanese niche titles that none of you play station fans will buy,”

            Right, cuz Raiden, Ion, Beacon, Graveyard Keepers and so many other games on that list are big sellers.

            “enjoy your best Tripple A game that will release this year in Horizon,”

            Dude, “triple” is a word you learn to spell in elementary school. Not that hard. That aside, there’s already been Nioh, Gravity Rush 2, and Yakuza 0, and I’m probably missing a few. GT Sport IS coming up, and so are Persona, Valkyria Revolution, Crash Bandicoot, FFXII, Hellblade… yeah, nothing of quality to play there. /s

            “how long has this game been in development, since the start of the PS4 cycle”

            Possibly, but I don’t see how it’s a negative that they don’t rush out a game every year or very other year.

            “Turn 10 will release Forza 7 this year making that including Forza Horizon games 5 Forza games they will have released this gen,”

            Ah, so it’s better to run a franchise into the ground having a release every year? I get it.

            “I need to get back to finishing mass effect 3 via backwards compatibly”

            What? No current gen games to play right now, and your next current gen game is a multiplat? Yeah, I’m really jealous of you.

            ” just like you don’t need Back Compat”

            Well, since I still have a PS3, I actually DON’T need BC. And while there are still plenty of older generations titles that I like to play, I’ve got a backlog of current generation games to get through, too.

            Man, I know you won’t get it, but you just argued against yourself, there.

  • I own both PS4 and XB1. I’ve been gaming since Atari. Never in my life have I hated an actual console until the XB1. Biggest purchase regret I’ve ever made.

  • Gamez Rule

    Yet again within this generation Sony has shown that they still continue to bring a stronger first party support system on PS4 than what Microsoft offers for the Xbone. MS’s first party efforts have always paled in comparison to Sony’s and it looks like nothing has changed that view either.

    IMO from being an Xbone owner I believe it’s getting worse for the Xbone supporters, I mean where are our TRUE exclusive games for Xbone and NOT network exclusives that we are being shown all the time, because at this moment where is the incentive to purchase the Xbone if you already have a PC? At least PC users don’t have to pay to play online using the same games Xbone users do.

    Just look at Quantum Break, I bought the Xbone version which at one time was a classed as a FULL exclusive title for Xbone only, then within weeks of release it become a network exclusive ( Xbone & Windows 10 ), then it was released on Steam in which I bought from their myself too. Why not just make FULL exclusive titles on Xbone like we see on PS4 like *Horizon: Zero Dawn.

  • Pingback: 5 Xbox One Exclusives To Look Our For This Year | IM PLAYIN()