UPDATE 21/12/22: We knew it was doing properly, nevertheless it seems Excessive on Life is doing actually, actually properly.
In a brand new weblog, Microsoft introduced Squanch Video games’ comedy-shooter is Xbox Recreation Cross’ greatest launch of 2022. Not solely that, it is usually the largest third-party Recreation Cross launch ever, and “the largest launch of a single player-only sport within the service’s historical past”.
Talking on this information, Squanch Video games COO Mike Fridley said the studio was “blown away by the response” from gamers, whereas Xbox’s Matt Percy stated Excessive on Life was a “distinctive title” the corporate had been “enthusiastic about for a very long time”.
“It is incredible to see so many Recreation Cross members leap into it at launch to expertise Squanch’s story for themselves,” he shared.
The unique story continues beneath.
ORIGINAL 20/12/22: Regardless of combined critiques and launch day technical points, foul-mouthed shooter Excessive on Life has screamed to the highest of Xbox Recreation Cross’ most performed checklist.
Squanch Video games and Justin Roiland’s effort is now the most well-liked sport in Microsoft’s subscription – in each its PC and console catalogues.
On Xbox consoles, extra individuals are enjoying Excessive on Life by means of Recreation Cross than different common titles similar to Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, FIFA 22 and Rainbow Six Siege. Certainly, it’s presently being performed by extra folks than any first-party Microsoft launch, together with Minecraft, Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite and Sea of Thieves.
On PC, it is a related story. Excessive on Life is dominating the entire identical video games, in addition to PC stalwarts like Microsoft Flight Sim and even… Microsoft Solitaire Assortment.
After all, Excessive on Life has the benefit of being a brand new addition to the Xbox Recreation Cross catalogue – nevertheless it has been attention-grabbing to see it steadily climbing the service’s Most Well-liked rankings over the previous few days since launch.
Is it the time of yr, with loads of youthful gamers on vacation eager to play that naughty new shooter with the Rick and Morty grownup humour? (Excessive on Life is rated a PEGI 16 for “robust violence, intercourse, medication, horror and powerful language.)
Is it the very fact Microsoft does not actually have a lot else new to place in Recreation Cross itself? (Pentiment, this yr’s sole new Xbox first-party launch, doesn’t appear to have sparked an identical response.)
Regardless of the purpose, loads of individuals are seemingly giving Excessive on Life a go, no matter the way it sat with most critics. (Its Xbox model presently sits with a 63 rating on Metacritic.)
“A depressing cocktail of concepts from different action-platformers and the worst elements of Rick and Morty,” Edwin wrote in Eurogamer’s Excessive on Life evaluation, which advises you keep away from the sport. “It is a vapid motion sport and an empty, ramshackle satire locked in a defensive crouch of indifference in the direction of each your and its personal existence.”
Excessive on Life is out there on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Sequence X/S now, and launched by means of Recreation Cross.