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Submitted by Abriael 729d ago | news

Phil Spencer Wants No Man's Sky, More Platformers/Adventures on Xbox One; Hints at Diablo III

Microsoft Game Studios Head Phil Spencer is always on the lookout for new games for the Xbox One's portfolio, and today he mentioned what he'd like to see on the console. (Diablo III, No Man's Sky, Phil Spencer, Xbox One)

Update Spencer further clarified that he "knows nothing" of Diablo III's plans. We have no reason not to believe him since he denies so vigorously. It may still have been a slip, but the official word is no.

xX-StolenSoul-Xx  +   729d ago
Platformers are always welcomed. Story driven games are also great when done right. I hope more developers take notes from Uncharted, The Last Of Us, and Bioshock Infinite, those were easily my favorite story driven games for the past gens and their were plenty of good ones.
Nero1314  +   729d ago
Red dead redemption had a good story too :)
TomShoe  +   729d ago
That's cool if he wants them on XBO, but I better not see any moneyhats flying.
Neixus  +   729d ago
RDR is probably the best story driven open world game, Far Cry 3 had also a very good story.
jukins  +   729d ago
Red dead had an awesome story I was excited when at the end when you take over as you know who,those that finished know, that the story would continue but sadly it didn't.
ovnipc  +   729d ago
Best story on games from 2013 the last of us and metro last light, ryse was decent im getting beyond two souls next week for the ps3 i want to play that game so bad. I loved heavy rain one of my favorite games ever.
WalterWJR  +   729d ago
Metro last light had no story. You literally had no care or connection for anyone.
InMyOpinion  +   729d ago
Telltale's The Walking Dead had the best story in 2013.
s45gr32  +   729d ago
For me personally it was "To The Moon" that brought a gut wrenching story about marriage, love, and drama. Is an interactive experience worth diving into. Uncharted for me personally felt like the perfect popcorn flick. The storyline was okay it was the gameplay mechanics that attract me the most due to be able to shoot from any ledge, tree, go from hand to hand combat into shooting without delay. Able to play during the spectacle like a crumbling building that is awesome. Also check out "The Walking Dead" one of the rarest game were it doesn't hold back.
-Foxtrot  +   729d ago
He talks about platformers and yet I don't seem to remember any AAA platformer games for the Xbox 360 over the recent years.

Halo, Gears - Shooters

Fable - RPG

Forza - Racing

Alan Wake - Story based game with third person shooter elements.

I think Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts is probably the closest they got to one...and they messed that up.
Abriael  +   729d ago
Well, in his defense, how many "AAA" platformer games have there been overall in the recent years?

Almost only Nintendo makes them.

edit: to the disagrees, do make some names please, and remember that he said "AAA."
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ziggurcat  +   729d ago
I didn't click disagree, but... LBP? or is that one not considered a AAA?
Abriael  +   729d ago
That's defininitely one. But I didn't say "only Nintendo Makes them" I said "almost," because the examples are really, really scarce.
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Irishguy95  +   729d ago
Supermeatboy was awesome, although it certainly wasn't triple A, it was also on PC as well. Definitely the most fun i've had with a platformer in a long time though.

Really, nintendo are the only ones with a decent amount of AAA platformers. Other than that X360 had alot of Indie ones and Sony kinda did too.
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ABizzel1  +   729d ago

I'm disappointed in you.

LittleBigPlanet, Ratchet & Clank, Sly, Jak, Puppeteer, all great platformers on PS3.

Banjo was the only thing I could think of on 360, had to look up Crash of the Titans, and Spyro (how two former PS mascots didn't see PS releases is beyond me Activision).

But you have Rayman, Sonic, and all the indie platformers.

OT: More power to them, it's sad, but Platformers aren't popular genres on XB and to an extent PS either. But diversity is key to making a console a worldwide success.
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scott182  +   729d ago
Ratchet and clank, Sly Cooper and little big planet if we are talking only first party, not sure if Puppeteer could be included(is it AAA?). They could use Jak and Daxter in the future and I'm sure I'm forgetting some.

I agree that Nintendo makes the most though for sure.
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hellzsupernova  +   729d ago
there have been plenty. especially on the competeing platforms and a ton on nintendo platforms.

Microsoft know that thier customers are mainly violent shooter/NFL fans that is why you do not see anyhting like platforming etc come out on an xbox platform very often, and when they try and be creative it flops sales wise so they should know better by now
ziggurcat  +   729d ago
@ abriael:

"But I didn't say "only Nintendo Makes them" I said "almost," because the examples are really, really scarce."

Oh, I wasn't challenging that statement at all, I was just giving an example of (what I though was) a AAA platformer to have come out in recent years. (edit) I only asked whether it was AAA because I wasn't sure if ti was (because I know that AAA status is based on the game's budget).

And you're right - there's certainly one thing Nintendo does well, and it's platformers.

It's a smart move for Spencer to want to have a more diverse game library as it'll only make the system more attractive to gamers.
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Abriael  +   729d ago
@ABizzel1: i's say of the ones you named only LBP qualifies at AAA, which is mostly a matter of budgets, not quality. They're all great, just not AAA.
scott182  +   729d ago
Just curious, what platformers from Nintendo are AAA? It seems like Jak and Ratchet at least would require as big a budget as most the platformers Nintendo makes. I would like proof that the platformers Nintendo makes use a significantly greater budget, or bigger at all.
s45gr32  +   729d ago
mainstream platformers well very few like

Little Big Planet
Ratchet and Clank series
Sonic the Hedgehog Episode 1 and 2

That's about it really I mean Nintendo has Mario and does it. Now indie action platformers a shit ton and some of them are puzzle platformers.
JohnS1313  +   729d ago
What exactly is a platformer anymore? Sony has had a lot of platformer games on the PS3. On Metacritic you can look up the games on each console by category. I looked up the PS3, 360 and Wii. The Wii only has one screen of games. The PS3 has three. And the 360 has four. I'm not sure how many are AAA games. Sony makes a lot of platformers though.
4ShotKing  +   729d ago
VIVA Pinata and let's not forget Xbox Live Arcade, so many amazing platformers debuted on Xbox 360 (e.g. Braid, Fez, Super Meat Boy, Castle Crashers, etc)
LAWSON72  +   729d ago
I dont really think Castle Crashers (it is a side scroller beat em up with rpg elements) is a platformer and I know for a fact Viva Pinata is not a platformer (it is a simulation game), and none of the others are exclusives.

The only MS 1st party title is probably Nuts and Bolts, which IMO was a great game though was not really the Banjo Threeie we all really wanted.
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stamps79  +   729d ago
Let's not forget Kameo. :)
MRMagoo123  +   729d ago
I think 4shotking needs to look up descriptions of genres and what they are lol.
4ShotKing  +   729d ago
lol whoops, VIVA Pinata ain't a platformer, but replace that with Kameo, Battleblock Theatre, Jet Set Radio, Splosion Man 1 and 2, Banjo Kazooie and Tooie HD and there were a ton of platformers that came out first on XBLA like I mentioned before but also including N+, Mega Man 9, The Maw, Limbo, Outland, etc. Can hardly say Xbox doesn't have it's fair share of platformers, whether they were exclusive or not, they did arrive on Xbox first.
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Gamer1982  +   729d ago
@4shotking - People did mention AAA games here none of those you listed are AAA. Not to mention there either indie or remakes. No disrespect to the indie games but only a few out of the thousands released every year actually are decent.. People think theres loads of good indie games lately and theres a huge boom but don't realise just how many bad indie games there are too. It's like the apple store when it comes to indie games.. Thats due to development time being a lot smaller than full games.

That being said Nobody can defend Xbox here for platforms. Out of all those sales of 360 not many bought for adventure/platform/strategy/si mulation/younger audience titles. The Xbox 360 was the FPS console of choice last gen and although Sony had Killzone and Resistance the sales of Halo and Gears blew them out the water. So for FPS and even racing games (if you like forza) Xbox was the place to go. For platformers Nintendo was the best, sony 2nd. For everything else there's mastercard.. I mean playstation lol. It really had at least one AAA in every genre except strategy and simulation where PC will always be king..
Kribwalker  +   729d ago
Kameo was a fantastic platformer, really wish they would let rare make a sequel
DoubleM70  +   729d ago
I love it guys keep posting so they can listen. I'm glad you all want to make the XB1 as good as it can be.
DOOMZ  +   729d ago
And it looks like he WILL get it!
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Eonjay  +   729d ago
All sounds good. Everyone wants No Man's Sky and I know Diablo on 360 sold alot so I imagine that Xbox One gamers would enjoy the title as well. If there is one thing that is missing from their lineup I would agree that it is a good action oriented platformer. Wii seems to have that on lock with PS4/360 really only having Rayman: Origins and Knack on PS4.
Lucas22  +   729d ago
is ps4 getting no man's sky?
Abriael  +   729d ago
Most probably. No news though. They didn't confirm platforms yet.
TheForwardUnto  +   729d ago
Hello Games (No Man's Sky Dev) studio was flooded.
jgrigs09  +   729d ago
Microsoft has given them the money to rebuild the studio
midget_gem  +   729d ago
Twice. Didn't stop them though did it.
WeAreLegion  +   729d ago
It would be a lot easier to like Phil if he didn't look like such a douche canoe. I guess you can't help how you look though.
Abriael  +   729d ago
he's the best they have. He could look like a banana, and I'd still like him :D
lets_go_gunners  +   729d ago
All the guy does is answer people on twitter about where he wants his console going for the next half a decade and to you he looks like a douche. Wow...
mkis007  +   729d ago
1. Phil Spencer's face pisses me off so much! During the Xbox One reveal conference I was imagining punching him over and over.

I can't explain this irrationality!!!
I mean I've tried asking myself if he worked at Sony if I would feel the same way, but honestly I think I would hate him more!
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Abriael  +   729d ago
You can't explain it irrationality?

Try rationally. Maybe that way you can.
mkis007  +   729d ago

"You can't explain it irrationality?

Try rationally. Maybe that way you can. "

I don't think you read what I wrote right. I was writing that I can't explain my irrational desire to punch this man, who I don't really even know, in the face.You assumed a typo where there was not one.

irrationally is not equal to irrationality.

Crossingeden You are absolutely right! I am not that kind of person! But I still have that desire! Probably some sort of psychological disorder. I already have ADHD so why not just pile it on. Maybe it was his smug demeanor during the xbox one reveal.

I only replied because I found it funny I was not the only one who had this problem with Phil.
CrossingEden  +   729d ago
Because looks are all that matters. Stay classy Sony fanboys. Didn't know that the console race had a beauty pageant section.
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@mkis007. Usually people who say "Oh I wanna punch this guy so bad!" would do anything in real life. Most likely you're one of those people.
Tedakin  +   729d ago
Look at Mark Cerny.... He is straight up creepy.
Nocando  +   728d ago
You don't like "douche canoes"? Your avatar says otherwise.
4ShotKing  +   729d ago
Phil Spencer is the only Microsoft employee I like, he's honest and he really is a gamer. Hopefully he can deliver on his promises, if he wants more platformers, I really hope that means Castle Crashers 2, Conker and Banjo 3.
Hicken  +   729d ago
Shouldn't he have been talking like this BEFORE the XB1 hit the market? Coming from Phil, I believe it, but it's a little hard to really take St face value at this point, after so much other stuff has gone on.
DigitalRaptor  +   729d ago
This is what i'm thinking. Where was this attitude and care for the smaller guys and the diversity in games in general, earlier? Was he talking like this on Twitter many months ago, to years?

Seems like like a recent development - not that it's a bad thing - but difficult to take it seriously when it's sounding dead-on reactionary, and not genuine.
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maniacmayhem  +   729d ago
Who was talking about the Xbox One before it hit the market?

Before the reveal MS was denying that it even existed.

I guess to a lot of people anyone at MS shouldn't even talk about games or game related issues or will get the nay sayers and Debbie downers throwing their spin in as usual.
Hicken  +   729d ago
... did you really just say that?

The XB1 was revealed on May 21st. It hit the market SIX MONTHS LATER, on November 22nd.

What the hell is there to spin on this? The only spinning I see is you trying to spin that, somehow, the XB1 reveal equals the XB1 being on the market.

Anyway, Microsoft- including Phil Spencer- had exactly six months between reveal and launch to talk up their desire to bring more games, to talk about how many people they wish they had making games, and so on. We all know what they did, instead.
k3rn3ll  +   729d ago
Phils talked like this throughout the time leading up to November. If u go back at his tweets you'll see. The thing is it didn't get as much coverage as now because if it wasn't a story that talked about how underpowered the xbox was, it didn't make it up to the top on sites like this. It r eally got quite annoying if u were actually looking for Xbox one news in that time period
Prototype_79L  +   729d ago
I agree with hicken, What we can say about Sony is that they absolutely were not the reaching into my pocket for console exclusive guys, so there was no paying offs from Sony during PS3 era. Yet Diablo 3 became console exclusive on PS3.

MS was stubborn and indies had to face serious restrictions. The same goes for bigger titles too, like FFXIV - ARR, Square Enix wanted to go multiplatform, but MS did not allow that Xbox players would be playing on the same servers with PC and PS3 players. PS3 and PC players play together now.

It was all their doing.
maniacmayhem  +   729d ago

Not even Sony talked up how many games or what games they wanted on their system between reveal and launch for their PS4. Hell, Sony first said they would reveal their next system after MS before moving that up and surprising everyone.

How come you expect all these unrealistic terms for MS but for Sony nothing.

If MS doesn't talk about games, then your on this site complaining and posting that MS doesn't care about gamers or their core.

If they DO talk about games then you're complaining that they aren't showing enough, it's PR talk or now your latest excuse they didn't talk about games soon enough.

When should Phil and MS talk about games they want on their new system Hicken, the system that has JUST released to the public.

Point is all you do is find something new to complain about MS or the Xbox One. It's fairly obvious from the NUMEROUS articles being submitted to this site that MS has a good focus on bringing more games to the platform.

And wasn't that your original complaint about MS, not talking or bringing the games. I guess that has changed recently too.
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assdan  +   729d ago
I'm hoping this game goes to all platforms. This game could be amazing, and as many people should play it as possible.
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jdktech2010  +   729d ago
They could use a couple, even if they aren't exclusive. There's a great list above of exclusive platformers for the PS3 like Sly, Jak and Daxter (HD remake), Puppeteer, etc.

The last AAA platformer on multiple platforms was Rayman Legends (which I hear is fantastic).

I would love to see more adventure games too. While PS has god of war, Infamous and even Knack counts, the first xbox action/adventure game that I think of is Kameo and that's like 8 years ago.

I'm looking forward to getting my xbox one when titanfall comes out and then playing quantam break, sunset overdrive and halo but those are ALL shooters. I love the genre but I love variety too, it's good to hear Phil Spencer sees it the same as I do.
AutoCad  +   729d ago
get it done phil
MasterCornholio  +   729d ago
The part about Diablo 3. They already announced and demoed the PS4 so why didnt blizzard do the same with the Xbox One version?

I just find it odd that I'd Diablo 3 is coming to the Xbox One they haven't announced it yet.
palaeomerus  +   729d ago
It's nice to want things. I'm not sure it's news though.
aondaatje  +   729d ago
I agree on everything he said but leave diablo on pc and last gen. No need for it on current gen
christocolus  +   729d ago
Its safe to take this as a confirmation cos going by recent turn of events it seems most of the games phil likes usually end up on the xbx one i.e phatumdust2, forza horizon2, crackdown3 and gears of war and this isnt the first time he has made mention of no mans sky.its very likely we will see these games on xbx one.

Rare will churn out more platformers this gen(new and old ips) Kameo, conker,banjoe and blinx could make a return, the part about story driven adventure games makes alot of sense too and im sure we will see some of those on the xbx one including a sequel to ryse.
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4ShotKing  +   729d ago
The thought of Banjo 3 or even a new Conker game has me excited :)
ZeroChaos  +   729d ago
Not disrespect Phil in anyway but I've seen loads of articles about him "wanting" a title on their system. Seeing him like this is very disconcerting.
GodGinrai  +   729d ago
How so? He wants more variety and quality on the X1, much like the kind of library the playstation has always enjoyed. Is that really a bad thing?
s45gr32  +   729d ago
I understand what you are saying the problem lies with Microsoft bullied indie game developers for one only 10mb games only to 1gb to 2gb only to finally no space restrictions. Charged indie game developers for patching/updating say games, no support and no help when it came to advertising. Well now, they are paying the price due to indie game developers are the only ones that make platformers plus adventure games. Mainstream game developers make mega franchise games like Uncharted and that's it if not a new ip based on a mega franchise
sebzhd  +   729d ago
Hey Phil, stop dreaming, just try to sell xone. In 13 days, PS4 will kill one, forever.
GodGinrai  +   729d ago
Can I quote you on that, in 13 days time?
sebzhd  +   729d ago
Of course, the day after japan day one, I'll be here.
FreakyFox  +   729d ago
No Man's Sky is a game that needs to be on every platform possible, so people can see what sort of scale a game can be played, because i have not seen a game that you can fly down from space through the atmosphere land the craft get out walk around and do things, then take a dip in the ocean, that is what i call game immersion.

But if a company makes this an exclusive, less people get to see what this game is trying to do, so the demand for it will be alot lower.

If Phil Spencer just wants exclusive content like Planet Xbox that is fine, but don't cut of folks who cant afford/justify multiple consoles and a PC.
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Nocando  +   728d ago
The game called "Breed" that came out about 10 years ago tried all of those things, didn't execute them very well but they were there.
s45gr32  +   729d ago
The xbox 360 for a brief time was the go to place to play indie platformers. Keyword indie ; the games ranged from braid, outland (never came to PC damn it), Limbo, N+, Fez, etc. The problem began with Microsoft charging indie and mainstream game developers alike to patch/update their own games. Buried the xbox arcade section under ads (McDonald's commercial not game ads) and multimedia services. No longer supported indie game developers and left them in the cold. With that in mind notice more and more indie game developers are willing to port PC indie titles to PS4 but not xbox one well Microsoft is paying the price for bullying indie game developers the only ones willing to make platformers/adventure games.
GentlemenRUs  +   729d ago
Get the blank check out!

Oh wait... Why ruin it for the rest of us?
Morgue  +   729d ago
I'm sure MS has some good things for the X1. It's just unfortunate for them they co(k blocked a lot of people when they first announced it.

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