Do Launch Games Really Matter?

Uncle Chaws

By now, we’ve all heard the news – Halo is delayed and will not release alongside the Xbox Series X. Following the announcement were many articles about why it’s damaging for the brand and what it means for Microsoft going forward. I’m here to say – no one really cares.

No one buys a console solely on the games released during a console’s launch. We buy them for the future. For the games we know are right around the corner. Neither the Xbox One nor PlayStation 4 had launch games worth writing home about. But we bought them anyway based on trailers and demos shown at trade shows like E3. We knew an investment now would pay dividends later, and a weak launch lineup was a small price to pay.

We also live in an age where consoles can improve on the previous and current generation games. For example, my…

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