Xbox 'Fails To Qualify' As Metacritic Reveals 2023 Game Publisher Rankings
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We were taking a look at the new 2023 Game Publisher Rankings over at Metacritic earlier today, trying to figure out where Xbox Game Studios had landed in the list of 45 different publishers, and then we realised... Xbox isn't there.

The reason? Well, these rankings are actually based on all of 2022's releases, and because Xbox Game Studios didn't release enough games last year, the publisher simply "failed to qualify". Here's what Metacritic said about it:

"This year, Sony had no problem taking the top spot in our rankings—and not just because Microsoft failed to qualify (by releasing an atypically low four distinct scored titles, falling one title short of our five-game cutoff)."

If you're interested, here's the full top ten:

  1. Sony
  2. Paradox Interactive
  3. Activision Blizzard
  4. Focus Entertainment
  5. Take-Two Interactive
  6. Capcom
  7. SEGA
  8. Annapurna Interactive
  9. Humble Games
  10. Devolver Digital

Now to be fair to Microsoft, the company came out as #1 on this list last time around, and 2023 is already looking like a much, much better year than 2022 for new Xbox Game Studios (including Bethesda) releases, so hopefully this list will look considerably different by the end of the year.

For the time being though, the new Metacritic roundup serves as quite a harsh reminder that 2022 definitely wasn't the most fruitful period in the history of Xbox Game Studios, even though we were still treated to some gems such as As Dusk Falls, Pentiment and the full release of Grounded. Fingers crossed for a busier 2023!

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