Develop's Rob Crossley writes, "Microsoft has quietly overhauled its London studio – with a development team now working on full Xbox games, Develop understands."
How bout Microsoft actually putting together/buying another studio to make good AAA first party games instead?
Its a shame, because had it not been for the RROD incident, not only would MS not have had to close all of those studios (Ensemble, Digital Anvil, FASA, ACES), but they would have had the budget to possibly buy BIOWARE. Microsoft really should focus on their studios for some core games.
RROD had nothing to do with those companies being closed, they were closed because they didn't fall in with the company direction. Screw the million sellers like Flight Simulator, let's get god damn Kinect Sports out the door.
XBOX 1 had was fresh in the minds of MS and its investors, which had reportedly lost about 8 BILLION dollars. Then the RROD happened, and they were gonna lose 2 to 5 billion more (There still paying on that, btw). Investors got pissed, and some were calling for the whole XBOX project to be scrapped so that they could focus on their true business, WINDOWS. Microsoft staved that off, but they had to cut some budget money from somewhere..... All those studios became a casualty Those studios were cut because of the "bottom line"......for that period of time, MS games was running out of money....and investor patience.
Family games...lol MS has seriously lost their way.
Yup, all you have to do is look at Rare and see what became of them.
I'm actually hoping that because Microsoft is getting some family game studios, that it will free up Rare's hands to let them go back and make more traditional games.
frankly those b titles are what made Xbox what it was originally.
But MS already opened a studio that catered to family games... MGS Family: http://123kinect.com/xbox-3... Now SOHO is going to develop family games? Two studios catered to making Family games? o_____O I just don't understand...
Plus Rare, Big Park and Good Science all on casual Kinect games... very odd.
Microsoft has gone from being my favourite of the big three at the beginning of this gen to my least favourite. It's a shame that they just don't care about the hardcore gamer anymore.
I agree. I liked how it was kinda straight to the point. I miss the original dashboard. MS will never steal that family market away from nintendo. Just like nintendo will never steal the hardcore market way from the PC,xbox and PS3.
Well said man/or woman.. 2005-2008 were the good old days.
WTF. Make AAA Titles
Its a rumor that i hope is fake. If its not i wouldn't be surprised at all so until the facts are available ill hold my tongue
How people still defend them is beyond me. This proves that they have plenty of money to fund/set up/buy studio's to create AAA core content exclusively for the 360, but instead they throw it at a crowd that at the end of the day, belongs to Nintendo. The way MS are ignoring the fanbase that was basically their life support up until now is a disgrace.
Noone here is looking at the bigger picture but I honestly cant be bothered too point it out. Below.. Please hold your tongue.
Whos bigger picture. Theirs or your own. Ms has been a huge sucess from a finacial standpoint so surely they can throw a couple bones in the way of their foundation. My personal preferences or core gaming needs didnt just dissappear because ms wants nintendos market. I know multis are there but people already have their excuses as to why ms cant/wont or shouldnt buy studios or make the few studios they do own work on the games most people who visit sites like this enjoy and crave after. Yes, even if this rumor is untrue their direction over the past couple of year is evident. Yes its understandable that ms want to be as profitable as possible and going after the family is a surefire way of achieving that but what about us. Multiplatform games have always been important but so are games made especially for a system. I enjoy both. I dont have kinect so what are you suggesting to the core 360 fans who are a little miffed as to why rare is making the next kinect sports instead of the next killer instict?
Most people can't be bothered to care when someone is too pretentious to actually make a remark with substance.
Well said Kwiet
true...i think somebody missed your point Kwiet
It's ironic that MS is improving in things like windows 8 and windows phone but just kinda going the way I don't really want with the more casual games. But at least they are coming out with a few good things for kinect such as child of eden and fruit ninja and I really hope ryse is good. Its not like what they are coming out with is what terrible but it isn't what gamers want. but to be honest kinect sports and adventures can be fun with friends as well with kinectimals and dance central but it is sort of stupid fun. But they can be more fun than some of the best games out there like uncharted or halo when you add a little something something (if ya now what I mean). But those games also get tiring quickly.But yeah, at least I have my gaming PC and a bunch of good arcade games to get me through the core game drought.
I like what ms are doing at the mo. Ok this year they have not got as many core exclusive games as the ps3 but they have enough with halo cea gears 3 and forza 4 to keep fans happy as well they have a massive 3rd party games lineup like mw3 bf3 f1 2011 me3 ect plus quite a few kinect games too so even though ms don't have many core games as years before they have a wider range of games on there console than at any time this gen which the 360 needed to keep up with nintendo and sony. But also adding xbox live to windows phone 7 is another plus point to having a windows phone and if they add xbox live to windows 8 this will be even better and will open the door to alot of new types of games across all 3 of there devices.
yeah, hopefully when they sort out their ecosystem they'll start working more on core games. Because if the want a good ecosystem they are going to need more people buying more phones, 360's and PC's and they are going to have to get the casual to join in if they want more people to be part of it. But I wouldn't say I am loyal to any company. If Microsoft doesn't offer what I am looking for then I'll move to nintendo or sony. I used to be all nintendo and Sony but the wii did not satisfy my wants so I got a 360 and when I had the money I also built a gaming PC because I wanted something new. Right now I am thinking of getting the Wii U.
I agree with you I am not one sided and each Gen I've liked different consoles snen ps1 dreamcast/xbox and 360 this Gen. But I also have a windows phone 7 and kinect and from a user of windows phone 7 mango beta i can say that this with some killer devices from Nokia HTC and Samsung will start having good sales next year as out of the box the phone will offer alot more than iPhone and android and now its got more or less 12 months under its belt the app store has some amazing apps too. Them kinect for me anyway as got me into some games i would of never played with a controller. Dance Central, your shape, kinect sports are all fun games to play with the other half and family and that is a big thing the 360 has been missing this gen. But i am sure once things settle down under MS new system we will see more and more core games but i still don't think the console is short of them this year just a little short of exclusive games but more than enough to keep our hobby happy.
How can anyone still be "loyal" to them after this is beyond me. It's not about being a fanboy now, it's about looking at the facts and not being blind I hate the 360 fanboys who try and have this optimistic outlook on the situation pretending that Microsoft isn't doing anything wrong just because they can't face the truth
Over big time they know since all the core gamers have a 360 they are focusing a lot more on family and kiddie games. Also Microsoft have lost studios this gen, lost exclusives, not bothering to buy studios, not buying new serious IP's and instead buy Skype for $8billion wow what an awesome strategy *rolls eyes*. It is clever what Microsoft is doing they are holding onto the core gamer by throwing out a couple of Halo games and once we have latched onto that they move onto the shitty stuff. If Sony had an online service like Microsoft's and had the same or similar controller then I would go PS allday even though I own both (want proof send me a friends request its the same name as on here) I dont game on my PS3 I use it for movies mainly although I have had games on it in the past I favour the 360 more for tons of reasons. But unlike many on here at least I can give an constructive response without being a fanboy of either, if I was a fanboy my replies would be extremely childish, make no sense and be utterly stupid on a level below that of a 3yr old's.
even though i've owned both the original xbox, and now 360 to go along with my other two systems i've never been loyal to microsoft myself. they've always been about making money and there's nothing wrong with that, but lets look at how they operate. they had a chance to purchase bioware but didn't, they turned rare into a complete casual game puamaker now, the studios they supposedly opened up are again for casual family games. instead of pushing they're studios towards creating new interesting IPs they have just pulled a nintendo, and just run the same IPs over, and over, and over.
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