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Xbox boss on Uncharted: I wish we had an action-adventure game like that, but we don’t

Phil Spencer opens up about the Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity deal, explaining that it fills an Uncharted-size hole in the Xbox line-up.

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imt5581216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

@christocolus

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OT: I believe over time MS will have this genre covered its inevitable as Phil keeps making references to UC and Tlou . Phil will assemble a team to start work on their own adventure ip.

Problem is, first Uncharted came out a 7 YEARS AGO. MS had plenty of time to buy some small studio and invest in that studio to make some new action-adventure IP. I'm pretty sure that in 7 years that studio and new IP would be pretty established. Naughty Dog bring 3 Uncharted games on PS3 and MOST IMPORTANTLY, the new IP - The Last Of Us. WHO WOULD KNOW THAT The Last Of Us BECAME SO SUCCESSFUL!

Microsoft doesn't have guts to make new in-house IP. Yes, that takes some time. But instead, they will spend money on some 3rd party game exclusivity and cut-off other platforms. NICE!

@christocolus

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There are numerous devs out there all looking to show case their talent. MS needs to get the right team together under the right conditions and give them the right budget to suceed and you'll see results. The main reason why most games fail aint because the devs were all lazy, part of it is the way they are managed, the budgets they are given to create these games and the unrealistic dead lines. An example of this is the batman games and the spiderman games.one is painstakingly created while the other is a horrid mess with a much smaller budget and that's due to the way activision has poorly managed the spiderman franchise all these years.

After this Tombraider deal,i bet we will see a new ip from MS challenging the next uncharted. Phil has stated their need for an exclusive adventure game on xbox and im most certain they've started working on it already.

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uptownsoul1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

And Xbox can never buy an action adventure game as good as Uncharted…Because 2 words: "NAUGHTY…DOG"…ND is currently the best development studio in the Action/Adventure genre.

SoapShoes1216d ago

Well they have copied every other Sony franchise that is successful so eventually they will have something like Uncharted.

MurDocINC1216d ago

MS had their chance with Rare but they blew it.

christocolus1216d ago

@imt558&uptownsoul

There is nothing wrong in owning studios and working out deals with third party,MS direction in the last seven years aint same now. Nadella wasn't running things then and Phil wasn't the head of xbox and most importantly MS actually does'nt need naughtydog to create a good adventure game similar to how Crystal dynamics didn't need ND to create the amazing tombraider reboot also Ms didn't need polyphony to create a good racing game( forza) and in the absence of bungie MS got 343 to continue Halo and BT to continue Gears both series will keep going on without Bungie or Epic.

All phil needs to do is get the right talent together& create a team like they've done in the past.

Truth is im actually Glad Phil is in charge now.its good to have a game dev/gamer in charge of the games division,he has stated his belief in owning ips and funding them,in his interview with cvg after gamescom he said they would start funding less 3rd party exclusives to better focus on 1st and 2nd party.this aint even the first time he has said this.some months ago he talked about building games similar to tlou and uc and pushing story content,so for all we know Platform Next or LXP could be working on an adventure ip. anything is possible.there are numerous ips still unannounced.

Uncharted is great but saying ND are the only devs who can create good adventure games aint right.Tomb raider is an example and i know lots of gamers who prefer Tombraider reboot to uncharted. There are numerous devs out there all looking to show case their talent. MS needs to get the right team together under the right conditions and give them the right budget to suceed and you'll see results. The main reason why most games fail aint because the devs were all lazy, part of it is the way they are managed, the budgets they are given to create these games and the unrealistic dead lines. An example of this is the batman games and the spiderman games.one is painstakingly created while the other is a horrid mess with a much smaller budget and that's due to the way activision has poorly managed the spiderman franchise all these years.

After this Tombraider deal,i bet we will see a new ip from MS challenging the next uncharted. Phil has stated their need for an exclusive adventure game on xbox and im most certain they've started working on it already.

therevolution1216d ago

So I guess you'd consider Quantum Break more of a third person shooter then? Not trolling, just checking for consensus. And while MS doesn't own the studio, I believe they do own the ip.

Sevir1216d ago

Thing is Uncharted is a Brand that anything adventure will be compared to. No one took uncharted seriously until it released and became a cult hit. They called it Dude raider, then it sold 5 million and Then Uncharted 2 came out and changed the adventure landscape and genre all together. Suddenly it became an industry standard that everyone tried to mimic with big action set pieces and narrative heavy focus.

Tomb Raider as an IP became stale, generic and lost its relevancy, Crystal Dynamics had to reinvent it just so they could compete, and they managed to do a pretty remarkable job. Tomb Raider has taken heavily from What Uncharted has established. Since there isn't anything in MS's line up that will go tooe to toe with Uncharted 4, this move was done to fill a void on Xb...

Uncharted is a massive elephant of an IP, and its bound to sell bucket loads more now, given its PS4 exclusive and the Uncharted Fan base has migrated to said platform as well as having Xbox and Wii owners who never played Uncharted before.

jetlian1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

sevir please stop. uncharted 1 didnt sell 5 million and people took notice. it hardly sold 1.5 million the year it came out.

I remember it selling just a little bit more than heavenly sword and saying sony would choose it because shooters have a higher chance for sales.

After uncharted 2 came out people went back to uncharted 1. tomb raider was going through to many changes and gaming changed. Main problem with TR was shooting was still lock on.

TRlegends released in 06 sold 4.5 million TRA 07 sold 1.3 million and TRU 09 sold 2.6 million. After that they went back to the drawing board

"Uncharted is a massive elephant of an IP" lol

"Since there isn't anything in MS's line up that will go tooe to toe with Uncharted 4, this move was done to fill a void on Xb..." lol

halo 5 will be bigger than uncharted i'll bet money on it

TKCMuzzer1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

@jetlian

Halo will be bigger because it has it's die hard fanbase who would buy it no matter what, plus by then it will be one of very few exclusives releasing for the Xbox One so you virtually funnel your customer into buying it (Cough, Halo 3)
Sales do not indicate the quality of a game, just how main stream it is, how appeals to the masses because it sits in the comfort zone and is a FPS, a bit like COD.

Would Microsoft have the balls to allow a dev to make something like "The Last OF Us"? I'm not sure they would.

KirbysDump1216d ago

please, so righteous, spare us this bitter rant

FanboyKilla1216d ago

@uptownsoul to me the last tomb raider was better than any uc i played. sorry sony fans its my opinion. tr was dark and gritty, there is no way a pg13 game can even be compared to it. ms did a hell of a job on that deal. ms didnt make a adventure game better than uncharted, but someone else did. so they got that game kudos.

so i guess its all how you look at it.

Deividas1216d ago

@jetlian

You do realize that Halo and Uncharted are not even in the same genre right?...

And I actually think that Uncharted would be bigger than Halo 5 anyways. Plus due to the shear number of PS4's out there compared to Xbox Ones....you can bet Uncharted will beat it in sales, especially after how well the Last of Us sold on the PS3 and the PS4...and how well ND is being recognized everywhere.

DVAcme1216d ago

@Sevir

"Uncharted is a massive elephant of an IP, and its bound to sell bucket loads more now, given its PS4 exclusive and the Uncharted Fan base has migrated to said platform as well as having Xbox and Wii owners who never played Uncharted before. "

True that. And don't be surprised if Sony actually does release a remasters bundle of the PS3 Uncharted games close to the fourth one's release, which would mean the players who jumped ship from Microsoft or Nintendo to Sony would get to enjoy all four games.

ShinMaster1215d ago

""I wish we had an action-adventure game like that, but we don’t. So we must take.""

deno1215d ago

Beautiful post my friend. I believe they already have that game. Alan Wake is a wonderful series that needs more investment.

ShinMaster1215d ago (Edited 1215d ago )

@ imt558

""They gave the NFL more money for a fantasy football app than Take 2/Rockstar spent on Grand Theft Auto 5. Let that sink into your head when you excuse their lack of first party studios""

Goddamn.
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@ jetlian

The Uncharted games have sold 5 to 6.5 million each.
Those pretty big numbers no matter how much you try to spin. It is a huge IP for Sony.
Just because it's not the best selling franchise of all time and games like Gran Turismo sell more, doesn't change the fact that it's still a pretty major and successful IP.

By your definition, Wii Play and Wii Fit are bigger and better IPs.
lol gtfo

jetlian1215d ago

deividas genre or not halo sells more. shear numbers may effect uncharted sales but its doubtful. Halo is a bigger series.

Shinmaster there is no spin from me your spinning and so was sevir! 5-6 million isnt equal to halo.

if your talking about sales wii fit/sports are bigger ips. Better that depends on who you talk too. point I made was sevir tried to say MS had no answer to uncharted and thats clearly not the case

Deividas1215d ago

@jetlian

"genre or not halo sells more"

Ummm actually genre matters quite a lot actually because you are comparing an action adventure to a shooter....how about you compare a shooter to a shooter? So lets say Halo compared to Call of Duty...who wins now?

And not to mention, Halo hit its stride when Shooters were the kings of gaming and thats all people were playing

jetlian1214d ago

call of duty does and? is COD coming to xbo yea so what of it?

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nunley331216d ago

Maybe microsoft should have bought this game instead to compete with Uncharted and fill it's uncharted size hole in it's library. http://youtu.be/BkvRgmjncME

Elimin81216d ago

Buy one. You seem to be good at that.

otherZinc1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

M$ doesn't want this, he's just being competitively polite. M$ has the Gears of War series, that's far more popular & sells more than Uncharted.

He's only answering questions posed to him.

Sony continues to capture the FPS genre to complete with Halo & fails hard all the time: Killzone & Resistance ring a bell...As "Halo Killers"? What a "Swing & A Miss" that was.

insomnium21216d ago

Holy shite you sound like a fanboy.

kenshiro1001216d ago

This article has nothing to do with sales or anything you just spewed out of nowhere but keep trying.

Have fun in delusional land.

3-4-51216d ago

If dev's were smart they would look to fill that void with their new IP.

Basically that market is bare, and there isn't much competition, especially on the XB1, it would be a safe bet at this point.

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THC CELL1217d ago

Can't get uncharted got tomb raider, that's what hero's do

zsquaresoff1216d ago

This is what you do when you don't have a choice.

MRMagoo1231216d ago

they have a choice, they could use all the money they spend on buying third party games and put it into a studio to make their own game, but I dont think that will happen any time soon.

nypifisel1216d ago

Magoo is right. They should've invested in a talented team to create an exciting new action adventure IP. But that demands long term investment, something Xbox and MS wont do.

Silly gameAr1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

Hero's pay to keep multiplat games off of other systems? He's no hero. Just likes people to think he is. Sadly it's working.

warczar1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

It's easy to look like a hero when you've replaced complete and utter shitheads. If Microsoft is this software giant why do they have such a hard time creating there own software?

MysticStrummer1216d ago

Today's TR is no UC, and neither one is as good as classic TR imo.

Highlife1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

Completely disagree. Go back and play the original TR it's terrible.

MysticStrummer1216d ago

I'll agree that controls and graphics have evolved since then, but that's about it. When UC came out I was hoping for an updated TR but that's not what it was. Then when the last TR came out I was hoping for an updated TR but that's not what it was either. Too much action. Not enough puzzles, and the puzzles in both games are stupidly simple.

TR 1-4 > the most recent TR by a mile

My mistake was that UC was never trying to be like old TR, but new TR still bears the name so it should at least try. Instead it's trying to be UC.

mediate-this1216d ago

Yeah ok buddy, uc blows classic tr out of the water and into the moon, two different games in the same genre.

MysticStrummer1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

They aren't that much alike imo.

I love UC, and it does what it does better than most similar games, but I'd rather it was more like classic TR. Modern TR does a bad UC impression as well as a bad TR impression.

mrpsychoticstalker1216d ago

In the long run more devs will come to MS, classic and non classic

So in the long run, where that franchise goes and everything else, that'll be theirs to drive. But this was an interesting opportunity for us. So when they came to us with the opportunity to do something, absolutely it was something we looked at hard and it worked out, and I'm glad it did.

Sevir1216d ago

I'm sorry but Classic TR is on Xb360 and was done by silicon valley, they were great by design standards on PS1 and PS2... Lara in her current form is WAY WAY WAY MUCH BETTER, than that concrete killer from classic TR. That design philosophy and game mechanics don't stand today. TR>TR1-4 by a landslide . And Uncharted series TR. There's a reason why the IP was irrelevant for years till the reboot. Plainly put it was using archaic gameplay designs and silly pulp fiction tropes under shiny graphics and no one was buying it. This is why TR being timed exclusive to XBO was such a sting and a big deal because the rebooted IP ticked all the boxes of what's relevant to the genre in gaming today, deep story, great characters tha feel real, and better mechanics that aren't wild and crazy. Summersaults and crazy flips while shooting and getting shot simply isn't believable or fun in a modern action game selling believability.

windblowsagain1216d ago

@highlife. It's not terrible. It's just old.

I played that game on the PS1 the day it came out and it blew my mind. Never had seen anything like it. I could not get enough of Tombraider.

As for Uncharted. The Original was fantastic and still is, Uncharted 2 is as well. 3 was very good.

MS are not interested in gaming. With the billions they have, They could have hired the best and had an Adventure game long ago.

They just buy DLC, I couldn't give a shit about DLC on any platform. Even MP maps have got out of hand. Don't give out enough and then pump out the DLC.

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SliceOfTruth8881216d ago

he has stated that they are....

Kayant1216d ago

What interview where you reading.... Because that was not said at all.

-Foxtrot1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

No...he pretty much give the impression that they would rather buy third party games like Tomb Raider instead

For a guy who is "all about the games", why is it he can't get a studio to make a game like Uncharted.

With how much power he apparently has being the boss of the Xbox branch why can't he get a studio or even make a new one and say "You see Uncharted....make something better then that. I want an "Uncharted" game for the Xbox One to rival it"

SaveFerris1216d ago

The article indicated that they have tried but currently don't have one, so instead they buy Tomb Raider.
It is likely that anything they release will just be compared to Uncharted anyway and won't be as good, so they canned it.

SoapShoes1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

@Foxtrot, because he's a phony. It's just a persona that Microsoft told him to put on because they knew they had a perception issue. He was originally a big supporter of DRM and the X1's original mission. He can say it hurt him all he wants but if he really didn't like the direction of a product he was involved with he should have made his voice heard to his bosses, move to another area in the company, or find another job but he didn't and supported them.

DOMination-1216d ago

They want something to compete with uc4 in 2015. They can't just make a game with that quality in one year.

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kenshiro1001216d ago

They would rather waste money buying multiplats. They've been doing that all generation.

Consoldtobots1216d ago

this is why people talk about better competition for Sony than what MS brings to the table. EVERYONE is in this business for the money but what sours gamers is that MS is in it SOLELY for the money and couldn't care one iota about dragging creativity and competition down. I will make an analogy to music and see if it catches on. You don't hire accountants to make music, you hire artists who love their craft.

user3672721216d ago

"Phil spencer is a man"
I certainly hope so. :)

zsquaresoff1216d ago

How did you ever come to that conclusion?

MysticStrummer1216d ago

Breaking News…

"Phil spencer is a man"

Boody-Bandit1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

Personally he sounds and acts more like a PR robot.

On topic:
Purchasing TR as a timed exclusive doesn't help you obtain games like Uncharted or the TLOU. That is only done by partnering, creating or purchasing studios to create exclusive games for you.

Purchasing timed exclusive rights to TROTR was a waste of money. It will have zero impact other than further dividing consumers. Consumers want true exclusives, new IPs and not timed deals or DLC.

I really wish MS would get it together. This whole deal with Tomb Raider has me scratching my head wondering WTF they were thinking.

fhizikz1216d ago (Edited 1216d ago )

Lol the comments were awesome.funny bubbles for all

mediate-this1216d ago

They all sound like robots, what do you expect they work for multibillion dollar corporate entities. Cerny to phil to anyone in between sound like this.

DarkBlood1216d ago

Hes no woman hes a man man baby.

wait wrong quote

BiggerBoss1216d ago

Or maybe he's man bear pig

SmielmaN1216d ago

Negative, he is a puppet for MS

MegaRay1216d ago

And you come up with that how exactly?

poor_cus_of_games1216d ago

Is he a man? Really? I'm not too sure about that.

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