Microsoft delayed Crackdown 3 to next year, and the publisher doesn’t have a lot of other releases from its internal studios to fill in the gaps for its upcoming holiday season. On this week’s episode of the GamesBeat Decides podcast, managing editor Jason Wilson, reviews editor Mike Minotti, and I (PC gaming editor Jeffrey Grubb) try to figure out what the hell Microsoft is doing.

The Xbox One X is launching November 7 for $500, and Microsoft is focusing on what the upgraded console will do for your existing library. The company doesn’t have a choice when it comes to that pitch because it is only publishing four games in all of 2017. Those include Halo Wars 2, Forza Motorsport 7, Super Lucky’s Tale, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for Xbox One. We explain some of the reasons why Microsoft has retreated from making its own games, and we talk about why it is probably still important to have a strong first-party lineup.

Additionally, we talk about the news and how Sonic the Hedgehog was never good regardless of Mike’s confusion.

Games discussed:

  • Sonic Mania
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Neverwinter

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