Level Up: Xbox’s focus on live services is a blessing and a curse for next-gen

This week’s Xbox Games Showcase provided an exciting glimpse at the future that awaits us in the Xbox Series X, and a blunt reminder that Microsoft is jumping into the live service market with no hesitation. Which in many ways, is a blessing and a curse.

Halo Infinite and Forza Motorsport are both reinventing their respective franchises as long-lasting platforms which will be iterated upon and added to over the coming years. 343 Industries and Turn 10 have said as much, with Infinite set to be the series’ last numbered entry for the foreseeable future. I’ll definitely miss the hype and anticipation that comes with awaiting traditional entries, knowing they’ll likely be replaced by major expansions and updates in a similar vein to Destiny 2. 

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