With so many multiplayer adventures hitting consoles these days, there's been a lot of chatter about just what the future holds for single-player focused games. Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Project Scarlett (opens in new tab) is due to release Holiday 2020, and thoughts have already started turning to what Xbox’s future games library will look like. Thankfully, Xbox head Phil Spencer is helping alleviate any fears players may have about upcoming Xbox releases after responding to a question about whether any single-player games will be landing on the console in the years to come.
Yes, I can confirm. With the additions to XGS we have a lot of teams that have built strong SP focused games and we want that to continue.August 7, 2019
As you can see in the above tweet, Spencer gave his reassurances that Xbox is committed to continue bringing strong single player focused games to its console in the future. In the tweet Spencer refers to the additions to Xbox Games Studios, as Microsoft brought several third-party studios under its umbrella last year - including the likes of Ninja Theory, Playground Games, and Compulsion Games. With the success of games like Apex Legends (opens in new tab) and Fortnite (opens in new tab), and the growth in live service experiences, there's been more and more discussion surrounding the future of single-player titles.
Upcoming Xbox exclusive titles like Gears 5 (opens in new tab) will include a single-player campaign alongside multiplayer modes. Halo Infinite is the other big upcoming Xbox exclusive in the pipeline, but we don't know what its campaign will be like, and how focused it'll be on the singe-player side of things. Lots of multiplayer games have come under fire in recent years thanks to the use of microtransactions and loot boxes, and the hunger for single-player titles appears to be increasing even more.
Want to know more about the next Halo? Here's everything you need to know about Halo Infinite (opens in new tab).