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.


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.

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xX-StolenSoul-Xx1766d 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.

Nero13141766d ago

Red dead redemption had a good story too :)

TomShoe1766d ago

That's cool if he wants them on XBO, but I better not see any moneyhats flying.

Neixus1765d ago

RDR is probably the best story driven open world game, Far Cry 3 had also a very good story.

jukins1765d 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.

ovnipc1766d 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.

WalterWJR1766d ago

Metro last light had no story. You literally had no care or connection for anyone.

InMyOpinion1765d ago

Telltale's The Walking Dead had the best story in 2013.

s45gr321765d 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.

-Foxtrot1766d 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.

Abriael1766d ago (Edited 1766d 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."

ziggurcat1766d ago

I didn't click disagree, but... LBP? or is that one not considered a AAA?

Abriael1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

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

Irishguy951766d ago (Edited 1766d 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.

ABizzel11766d ago (Edited 1766d 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.

scott1821766d ago (Edited 1766d 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.

hellzsupernova1766d 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

ziggurcat1766d ago (Edited 1766d 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.

Abriael1766d 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.

scott1821765d 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.

s45gr321765d 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.

JohnS13131765d 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.

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4ShotKing1766d 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)

LAWSON721766d ago (Edited 1766d 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.

stamps791766d ago

Let's not forget Kameo. :)

MRMagoo1231766d ago

I think 4shotking needs to look up descriptions of genres and what they are lol.

4ShotKing1766d ago (Edited 1766d 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.

Gamer19821766d 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..

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Kribwalker1766d ago

Kameo was a fantastic platformer, really wish they would let rare make a sequel

DoubleM701766d 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.

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DOOMZ1766d ago (Edited 1766d ago )

And it looks like he WILL get it!

Eonjay1766d 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.

Lucas221766d ago

is ps4 getting no man's sky?

Abriael1766d ago

Most probably. No news though. They didn't confirm platforms yet.

TheForwardUnto1766d ago

Hello Games (No Man's Sky Dev) studio was flooded.

jgrigs091766d ago

Microsoft has given them the money to rebuild the studio

cyber_daemonx1766d ago

Twice. Didn't stop them though did it.