11 Franchises to Revive Xbox’s 1st Party Lineup.

By John Wahl

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Microsoft has an incredibly strong catalog of first party video game properties. With 14 internal studios, and decades of experience, Xbox Game Studios has a plethora of tried and true franchises to work with. You wouldn’t necessarily know that from looking at the Xbox One generation though.

There have certainly been stand outs such as Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon, Ori and the Blind Forest (and it’s sequel), and Gears 4 & 5. But for each success there have been once great franchises that have lost momentum (Halo 5), new IP that failed to reach commercial success (Recore), and series that have laid dormant for years (Fable).

Microsoft has stated repeatedly that with the upcoming Series X, they are committed to avoiding the mistakes of the past. With multiple studio acquisitions and the…

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