Microsoft Wants New Exclusives For Current, Future Xbox Generations

NowGamer: Platform holder looking to add 'new blood' to AAA stable.

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Hands Up For Games2525d ago

Get on it MS, the more (quality) Dev houses you have, the better the Games you can make.

It really is as simple as that.

NukaCola2525d ago

1. Don't put restrictions or stipulations on your devs.
2. Let devs be creative, even if it seems like a bad idea or your marketing gurus dont agree. Creativity is the answer.

Game13a13y2525d ago

I'm sorry to point this out, but MS and "creativity" have never really belonged in the same sentence, MS and "immitations" might sound more coherent

ApplEaglElephant2525d ago (Edited 2525d ago )

thats almost laughable as MS telling us how Kinect is hardcore.

yep. MS did actually tell us Kinect is hardcore.

Also, Gears 3 isnt owned by MS. EPIC owns them. MS just got exclusivity deal for first 3 Gears game.

Epic can now do w/e they want including making it multiplat.

snipes1012524d ago

Like I really have no idea where MS's head is at. Why the hell has it taken them so long to decide "y'know, maybe we will stand to benefit from more exclusive titles that aren't kinect related."

Good lord. I love their system but get real.

Skip_Bayless2524d ago

There needs to be more exclusives in general. I beleive all games should be exclusive to one system besides sports games. It makes for better games and increases system sales. The only benefit for multiplatform is the developer and publisher makes more money.

More money doesn't mean better games. It just means they get more complacent like Modern Warfare, Assasins Creed, Resident Evil etc. Instead of getting a 9 rating game we get a 8 rating game.

ZippyZapper2524d ago

@Game13a13y you mean like Sony imitated Live, achievments, video/music/game marketplace, arcade, dlc, in game texting (can't do cross game chat) Uncharted (Gears clone) and live console updates?

Gamer19822524d ago

Maybe they should finally pony up and talk to Sony? Imagine a console by both them companys? Somebody needs to take on the juggernaut that is Nintendo. They worked with big companys in the past like Nokia for example. They provide the software and Nokia the hardware. All Ms do with 360 is provide software they don't manufacture it. All hardware is from various other companys which Sony could provide. So then we could have 2 consoles. One for hardcore and one for the family gamer.

The problem right now is 90% of games released are on 2 consoles looking practically the same so consumers are going for the cheapest in most cases especially in US that's why MS sell so much. However without competition from Sony they could sell at reasonable price and not have to keep selling lower than ps3 just to keep up sales.

AngryTypingGuy2524d ago

Gears going multiplatform could happen but MS will most likely make it very worth their while for Epic to keep it exclusive.


Creativity maybe is the answer for us, but not for MS. MS isn't really good in maintaining studios, just look at their backgroud this generation. What they are really good is at taking a game that someone else is doing, make an agreement for exclusive, market it, sells millions, order sequels... Rinse and repeat as far as it profitable.

When MS looks for new exclusives it doesn't mean they are going to invest in new studios, contract some key artists to realize their visions, nothing like that... It means Gears is now out of contract and MS is again on the hunt for publisher-free developers with potentially successfull game projects going on that they can buy exclusive distribution rights.

I'm not saying this is a bad business model or that MS is evil or whatever... As far as we know their extra support and budget for funding third party exclusives can very well improve a game's qualities... Just saying, don't expect MS to take the risk of a real creative route, it's not their stuff and it's better this way.

I mean, the problem with MS is that they never throw devs a bone... Look at Bungie, MS landed their eyes in Marathon in 1999 and they bought Bungie right away. Not long after that, Bungie would be creating Halo, which was basically an spiritual successor of Marathon. 10 years later and Bungie never got to work in anything else than Halo... Before MS came in, Bungie were a developer who worked not just on Marathon, but in many other franchises in multiple genres.

At least when MS buy exclusive rights to ONE game franchise, they are buying exactly what they want and the devs are free to do what they want the rest of the time. When MS buys a studio, this devs are forced to do only one game over and over again and the moment MS feels like the one game is no longer worth it, they close the studio (again, just look at MS background)... The only exception is Rare, which have varied games around, but 99% of their attention is in Kinect, which require a different approach, they probably would still be doing Perfect Dark games otherwise.

Silver_Faux2524d ago

I prefer my ps3 these days but you should never forget, Microsoft were involved with some truly fantastic games back in the day. Age of Empires and my personal favourite FREELANCER come to mind.

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egidem2525d ago

Why didn't they do this SOONER THAN LATER???

palaeomerus2525d ago (Edited 2525d ago )

Because it makes virtually no difference in sales. It's a waste of energy and resources to chase exclusives that might sell around 4 million IF you are lucky and are more likely to fight to get to one million. Exclusives are only good news for console fanboys and exclusivity nerds and press guys who need to have something like this to argue about to fill space on game sites and get requoted to the blogs.

Everyone else just wants good fun games to buy and doesn't get any enjoyment whatsoever from what platforms they conspicuously aren't on.

kikizoo2524d ago

yeah right paelomeryq, and without exclusives, it's probably smarter to buy a console without bluray, with no free online, etc ?

your statement is good, if only one console it's on the market (but i undertsand, like all the xfanboy since a few years without great exclusives, you have decided that it's not [email protected])

Biggest2524d ago

You asked and palaeomerus gave you the perfect example. Xbox fans don't care about exclusives. Why give them anything more than they want? Feed them sales numbers to ensure they feel validated in purchasing a console that has yet to match the value of a certain competitor. Afterall. . .

"Exclusives are only good news for console fanboys and exclusivity nerds and press guys who need to have something like this to argue about to fill space on game sites and get requoted to the blogs." Exclusives are not good news for gamers according to Xbox fans.

Why o why2524d ago (Edited 2524d ago )

Perfect pale...... Laud what you have, downplay what you dont. You are not ms or one of their shareholders so your angle of desire should be games.... question is are you a gamer or an accountant that trolls on game sites.

This is good news for ms. Its never too late to increase your capacity to make more games. Only a dcikhead would act like they dont want more...we all want more, its human nature. Furthermore what's wrong with wanting more of what makes us gamers. Some people baffle me

P_Bomb2524d ago (Edited 2524d ago )

Good games/good IPs are never a waste of energy & resources. They're what it's all about.

If you want a game on another system bad enough, you'll probably find a way to play it eventually, be it a friend's house or whatever. If not, you can still respect the dev's contribution to gaming.

Exclusives aren't all mad gambles either. Multiplats bomb all the time, critically and/or commercially. Most don't sell 4 mil' if they're lucky either. Neither Mass Effect game has done 4 mil' on *any* console. Should BioWare dump Mass Effect? Hardly. And neither should 1st party devs retire their LBPs or Forzas.

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Venjense2525d ago

I think I remember Cliffy B saying that he wanted to makes multiplats now which makes sense. I doubt a guy like that wants to be tied to one series for another 3 games.

JellyJelly2524d ago (Edited 2524d ago )

Looking at the sales and reception of Gears of War I wouldn't be surprised if he'd be pretty happy to continue.

gotgame19852524d ago

every interview i seen cliffy B in he always say in doesn't know what microsoft next move is so the don't know what theres will be, so that alone tells you that the two still have somthing up there sleeves. i think the game sony was making with them was canceled then again maybe not.

lategamer2524d ago

In the past five years, Epic (the company Cliff works for) has worked on the following games:

*Gears 1-3
*Unreal Tourny 3
*Infinity Blade 1 & 2 (with Chair Entertainment)
*Shadow Complex (with Chair Ent.)

Epic, and Cliff are not "tied to one series". Furthermore, Gears is a very high profile title for the 360, and in collaberation with Microsoft (marketing, promos, etc.) the series (Gears) has sold over 6 million (Probably closer to 9/10 actually).

skyward2525d ago

Not sure about Ryse - although we haven't seen much of it to be fair. Do they need more shooters though?

iamnsuperman2525d ago

The thing about Ryse is all we have seen is a CGI trailer. Big questions like is it on rails? how well will the control be? have yet to be answered.

I think Microsoft need to deviate away from their traditional games. It is nice they want to make games for their fans but it would also be nice to expand.

egidem2525d ago

I love shooters, but please, god forbid the next gen isn't full of more generic shooters after shooters!!

WitWolfy2524d ago

"this is a shooter"

There fixed it for ya!

Noticeably_FAT2525d ago

Microsoft should do their own modern day first person shooter. I mean it would definitely sell. They bought Twisted Pixel recently, not sure there is a ton of inventive studios out there at the moment, but I wouldn't mind something new for the next generation. I don't think we'll get that this current generation though.

StrongMan2525d ago

"Microsoft should do their own modern day first person shooter."

Noticeably_FAT2525d ago

That's something with Kinect that was done by 505, I was thinking more along the lines of Modern Warfare type of game.

gotgame19852524d ago

you know I really have a feeling that twisted pixel will become Microsofts Naugthy Dog, 343 without a dout
will be there new Bungie. and one of the new studios they open up will also become big for them as well.

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