“Not all games that are releasing this year have been announced”, revealed Jason Ronald, director of project management for Xbox, in an interview with the Iron Lords podcast team on YouTube.
In addition to this revelation, the executive also said that he is very excited for the next games that will be available for Xbox throughout this year, but without giving a clearer clue of what is on the way. Further announcements should probably appear at an online event.
You can check out Jason interview in full below, and his reveal was past the 2:01:30 timestamp:
Although Ronald did not refer specifically to games from Xbox Games Studios, the question remains as to whether he is referring to games from Microsoft's in-house studios or games from studios such as Bethesda, which was recently integrated into the group - or games from third-party publishers of which he has some advance knowledge.
The Xbox family consoles will get some big games this year, such as Halo Infinite and Psychonauts 2, as well as other titles already announced by Microsoft, by third parties, and some by leaks, such as Tomb Raider Trilogy Remaster.
The executive's comment is noteworthy because it runs counter to a recent statement by Xbox division marketing chief Aaron Greenberg, who said there would be "nothing coming soon that would feature game announcements".
Just to set expectations: this is not happening. There are always things we have in the works, but nothing coming soon that would feature game announcements or world premieres like this. https://t.co/nO868SCbpZ
— Aaron Greenberg ??♂️?U (@aarongreenberg) February 28, 2021
But, to further mess with Xbox owners' anxiety, Ronald's statement goes in the same direction as Windows Central journalist Jez Corden. “I know of at least two games, big games, that aren’t on that list that are coming from Xbox in 2021”, Corden said back in January of this year during a podcast. The list he mentions is a blog post from Xbox Wire earlier this year.
This is great news for fans who have been hard on Microsoft for not focusing as much on exclusives. Bets are high on Forza Horizon 5, but with the recent acquisition of Bethesda, the scenario and predictions change drastically, with some waiting for a new Wolfenstein game.