Kris Graft of Next-Gen Writes: In a one-on-one interview between Microsoft Game Studios VP Kim and New York Times reporter Seth Schiesel during the DICE Summit in Las Vegas, Schiesel pointed out how Xbox 360's 2008 software lineup pales in comparison to a year that saw BioShock, Mass Effect, Halo 3, The Orange Box and other heavy hitters.
The 2008 games lineup just doesn't seem as "stacked" as last year, Schiesel said.
"I think the pipeline is very stacked. You just don't know about it," Kim laughed coyly.
Is Microsoft losing control of its gaming library?
"It is a very fluid industry," said Shane. "…When these things happen in rapid succession, we can't control the actions of other publishers."
While that's true, how could Microsoft let go of Bungie, which was a wholly-owned internal studio?
"You had a group of enormously talented and creative individuals. ... The bottom line was that they wanted to return to their independent roots. … [The split] was in our best interest [too].
But there will be stiff competition from the white-hot Wii and a PlayStation 3 that is gaining momentum.
"I'd say that the generation still has a long way to go. It's way too early to declare a winner here. We still have tremendous momentum here," said Kim.