Xbox skipping The Game Awards could be a good thing

Xbox Direct?

Welcome back! It’s another Tuesday, which means tonight there will be a new episode of the Spot Dodge Podcast exclusively on Destructoid. Topics: Tonight the crew discusses all those crazy announcements from The Game Awards. From Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon to Ken Levine’s long-awaited return with “Judas“. Let’s get into it!

One thing that can’t go untalked about is Xbox’s absence from The Game Awards. This is really surprising considering the company is coming off of an extremely lackluster year of first-party content. Not only that, but Xbox has three major AAA games launching in the first half of 2023. With Starfield, Redfall, and Forza Motorsport on the horizon.

Sure, Game Pass definitely delivered the goods throughout the year, but the first-party waiting game is getting a bit redundant. I’m truly hoping Xbox has something special up its sleeve after having such a quiet year. Aaron Greenberg hinted the publisher has ‘something’ coming soon. But that doesn’t change the fact that Xbox’s presence at The Game Awards was sorely needed.

My hope is that Microsoft has an “Xbox Direct”-style digital presentation planned for early next year. A new showcase following the likes of Nintendo’s Directs and PlayStation’s State of Play events. A one-stop-shop for all things Xbox, Xbox Game Studios, and Game Pass. If this is the case, then that’s a-okay with me. I’ve been longing for Xbox to follow the leader in this department. If not, well damn.

Our lovely cast from around the web: Brett Medlock (me) and Mary Stowe from Destructoid, John Friscia from The Escapist, Greg Bargas from PC Invasion, and Brett Larsen, our extra special guest. Behind the scenes, Gamurs’ Eric Weichhart is live-editing this week’s show. Let us know in the comments!

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Brett Medlock
Head of video at Destructoid