E3 2018 saw Microsoft making its strongest pitch to date: that it offers value to those who prefer to play their games alone.
Huh? We happy few has been out for a while, Hellblade is out on multiple platforms and Halo is Halo... How do they get "MS cares about single player" from this?
Studios are great, when they release games that's even better. There is at least a promise of more value, nothing more, for now.
They bought 5 studios that will begin working on games that will undoubtably release on the next gen Xbox.. so current Xbox one owners are excited about....? We will all judge the next gen games when they release and will decide to buy the next Xbox or PlayStation based on the offerings. I think what people fail to realize is Microsoft is calling it quits on current Xbox one and investing into the future. Feel bad for current Xbox owners as Microsoft is doing his on the backs of the poor current Xbox owners that will blindly also buy the next gen console
Dirk you're making assumptions about when games will be released to be critical of Microsoft by using the assumption that it is for next generation. But what makes your failure complete is your need to bash Microsoft made you forget a few things. One is that Microsoft stated years ago that all Xboxes would be compatible going forward from Xbox One. Any new Xbox will still run Windows and we've known since the 360 they can update the kernel to fit future os changes. You also apparently didn't really watch the conference because there was an announcement about a streaming service that works on phones, pcs and....Xboxes. This is why fanboys shouldn't type. You're also assuming none of these developers has already been working on new games. Btw, have you finished the Final Fantasy VII remake that was announced 3 years ago. What about Shenmue? Wasn't Spider-Man announced three years ago?
I'd love to see the strong single player offering Microsoft has and is bringing to gamers. Some fanatics can be very silly. Microsoft acquiring studios doesn't mean much without actual games. Microsoft had studios previously which didn't materialise anything of substance. Where are the games
dc yes I'm speculating reading between the lines and I think your doing some speculating as well. I'm not a fanboy but I do genuinely feel bad for current Xbox owners as Microsoft is using that money to buy these studios and release games on the next gen Xbox so these guys who are forking over money now are getting taken advantage of. High quality games take many years even 5 plus years to make so these games from these studios will most likely be on next gen console
@dirkdady Hahaha you don't feel bad for Xbox gamers you just love to talk sh#t. Get over yourself!
@dirkdady I feel as though you are overestimating the importance of first party games. Yes, they are important, but they aren’t always the reason people choose a platform. I bought an Xbox to keep my 360 library relevant and a PS4 to game with majority of my friends.
No amount of acquired developers big or small, can help the Xbox brand from dying a slow painfull death unless the Xbox leadership changes from inside. These acquisitions is no different from the series of 180s the Xbox brand has taken to due to unfavorable consumer reception since 2013! The very important thing Xbox os lacking is "genuine love for the game" because they are after the money more than the industry. They need execs who will do it for the game not the money.
Great to see some people with good foresight. M$ did not say anything about xbx1x games just bought the studios not feasible to release the games within this gen as it is already coming to an end. If you're m$, would you take the risks? The answer is pretty clear. Also knowing m$ and the recent $150 price cut of xbx1x, the future is not looking good for current-gen xb1x1x owners. Da 'x' is really a paper-weight as predicted by many. I feel pity for those who actually bought it because of all those empty promises but then I don't feel sorry. Their in deep self- denial.
Lol @ JaguarEvolved calling other people fanatics. He's the biggest fanatic on this site. EDIT:Although SuperSonic91 certainly has issues as well. It's disturbing how some people worship corporations and pieces of metal and plastic. Some people just have emptier lives than others I guess.
Dirk, They don't need the money from X1 users; they have plenty of money. Also, it's a good sign for the future of xbox, no matter how anyone wants to spin it. Will it work out? Maybe not. But, right now - it's a good sign that they are investing in studios. That's what everyone complains about.. exclusive games. Why are people so mad/cynical/dismissive/etc. that they are investing? That's what everyone wanted! @Jeff; A lot of people can't, or don't want to, admit to that. They both have their strengths. Xbox has a better UI, online and infrastructure. Sony has better, and more, games and great studios. I bought my xbox to play the majority (3rd party) of games with friends and the PS4 for their games.Can't we all just get along and enjoy games and gaming? :D ... sadly, no.
Not current titles. Future titles from those newly bought studios.
That needs to happen first.
Nier and Hellblade are in, the others multiplataform too and coming more single player console exclusives with the 5 new studios......how many exclusives mp are coming to ps4?
@2pacalypsenow Not just Hellblade, but We Happy Few has been on the Playstation store for god only knows how long now.
Premature hype. People don't learn.
Gotta see it to believe it.
See what? When Phil Spencer said on numerous occasions that they were and will investing in 1st party, ppl on n4g said "I'll believe it when I see it", now they have made good on those promises and spent a shit ton and doubled their 1st party studio portfolio, doing something that is unprecedented by a platform holder, you STILL say the same, tired old rubbish? It goes to show ppl on n4g will bash ms whatever they do.
“How do they get "MS cares about single player" from this?“ Maybe because most of the studios the acquired make single player games?
2 make SP games, one makes MP games, the last makes a SP game with a strong MP component. The new created studio we don't know about yet. The only 2 SP focused ones, one is not interested in making AAA titles(Ninja Theory), and wants to keep it in the high end mid tier range. The other is a higher than average indie dev who's only game came with mixed reviews. Had an interesting concept, but failed in some execution.
You do realise that these studios will have had other projects ongoing even b4 their acquisitions? NT for example has more than one team. Many of these studios are known for SP games. As NT said, ms has given them the true creative freedom and resources to realise their visions. People asked ms to expand their studio portfolio, they did just that yet n4g still complains. This site is no longer about the love of gaming, it's about bashing any console (or game) that isn't your chosen platforms. The creation/acquisition of 5 new studios in one move is unprecedented, and just because they announced it now, doesn't mean they just happened. Ms doubled their 1st party studios with this move. How is it a bad thing?
MS acquired 4 studios and built one all in one year. If they keep this up I wanna see how many they can get next year, if that's what MS going for. I think that's the most impressive part about all this. Everyone always said they need to do something with all their money.
There is more future potential now. But at this moment they do not offer strong singleplayer value.
ummm isn't this article jumping the gun a bit? How do they know the future?
😂 That’s all I got. Single player value sounds funny when talking about MS
We Happy Few has been in Early Access for a while
I don't think they're offering it yet. They're promising it for the future, and acquiring a couple SP focused studios doesn't make it a strong value, just means they'll have more than they have now.
My thoughts exactly
Because they acquired studios that make Single Player games?
"Microsoft is Finally Offering Strong Single-Player Value"... Where??? did I miss something during these days? Is there a strong SP title that moved xb1s/x consoles and gained marketshare for MS?
Because of the studios; one is known for making good single player titles.
No.. they aren’t. It’s one thing to aquire 5 new studios, it’s another for those studios to deliver on good games.
Ok that's the goal for every publisher who makes single player games.
It’s more about earning trust. Now i’m glad that MS bought these studios for their next future. But MS really need to get rid of their micromanage and focus what developers want. I’m still neutral about MS bought Ninja Theory. Because before MS buy NT, Hellblade is very disturbing game and it’s about mental health problems. Ninja Theory didn’t hold back on that game. MS have their sensitive side. If Ninja Theory create another dark,gritty and brutal game, MS would not like that and they don’t like people get offended. In my previous statements, MS had the problem with Quantic Dream about kidnapping scene and they did tried to censor it but QD refuses that and switch to Sony for better results.
I bet youre fun at parties
“No.. they aren’t. It’s one thing to aquire 5 new studios, it’s another for those studios to deliver on good games.“ Hellblade was one of the best single player games I’ve ever played. It was also made on a very limited budget. Now they have far more resources to make their next game.
Every studio aquired except for Playground will be releasing their new games next gen. It's way too early to tell if these new studios will provide Xbox with single player games of value.
And Hellblade was dark,brutal and disturbing. Hellblade didn’t hold back. If Ninja Theory create another game that is so dark,brutal and gritty, MS wouldn’t like that. So MS really let these developers do whatever they want with their vision. MS really need to get rid of their micro management.
How many mp exclusives are coming for ps4?
LMAO. That's not the point
Yea, that's not the point jajaja
Single player? If the games they showed were their push for SP, then PS4 and PC must clearly be doing even better since almost all were multiplats.
The article is talking about future single player titles from those new acquired studios like I said up top. Obvious not the multiplat games., MS doesn't make those. Use your brain.
How could they talk about the future if they don't even know what the studios will end up making
@Thatguy-310 You know you actualy said that outloud don't you?
@Guy It would be strange if Ninja Theory made MP games. Compulsion games Happy few is single player only one could guess their future game will be SP also. Plus Phil said hes dedicated to SP experiences. @Space comment still made no sense when he said multiplats. Like why did he mention multiplats?
....WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING FUTURE WISE! You guys really are something. Those studios need to prove their worth before crowning Microsoft as a single player supporter.
Probably not atm
Before acquisition single player, after acquisition multi-player. Rare is the perfect example.
They've made ONE multiplayer game after making Banjo, Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero and 2 Viva Piñatas all of which are single player games and now suddenly they are a multiplayer studio after acquisition?? And they are making Battletoads too! Get out of here with your tainted ass BS logic.
firstly..do we even know if Rare is making Battletoads? I know its Rare's IP ..but it could be similar situation like it was with newest Killer Instinct, which was developed by Double Helix (I think?) ..not that I am not excited by Battletoads..
Go watch the teaser, Rare appears on the bottom left so we know they are involved.
That's funny because Rare was ones of those studios to do as they please after Phil came on bored and ditched kinect. Rare themselves said they wanted to do pirate type of game.
But how is turn out ? Sea of Thieves wasn’t critical success.
This is astoundingly lame. The new studios are yet to release their first game, and you are jumping to conclusions
Compulsion Games has released one game, Undead Labs two, Playground three games. Ninja Theory four. They're proven teams who have made much enjoyed, if not always strongly reviewed, titles. Only one is untested. Do you really think that being under the Microsoft umbrella is really going to make them turn away from what they've done in the past? If so, then you're blind to the fact that MS has shown a concerted effort to cultivate studios into doing what they best over the last few years.
You never know what's going to happen. Neither of our claims arr concrete. So let's just wait instead? And imo, MS still doesnt offer SP value AS OF NOW, as compared to ps4. Let them get a few IPs, then we will be talking. I myself want MS to excel, and my Xbox one to be worth something.
Yeah I mean look at Rare. Used to make the best games in the business even rivalling Nintendo on their own systems and now, well nothing since sea of thieves, making a new battletoads but hang on that’s not even being developed by rare so are they making anything, maybe they’ve been sent back to work on Kinect games. Maybe they in the middle of being cultivated. MS has done them no favours since buying them.
The Ninja Theory add was certainly good for those who care about SP games. The video Ninja Theory released should also put any worries to rest about MS ruining the studio.
As true as that is because they are keeping creative freedom. At the end of the day there's a budget that has to be greenlit. If anyone is able to work under a budget it would be NT.
Very true. Can't wait to see what they are able to do with a bigger team. Like he said in the video, they will be able to go from a 20 person studio to a 100 person studio right away, which was their long term goal. They will also not have to worry about Marketing and stuff that just gets in the way of making a game.
"Microsoft is Finally Offering Strong Single-Player Value" There is no "finally", there is a "maybe" in the future. Very misleading article that make it sound like right now MS is offering single player value.
Agreed it makes it sound like they dropped all the games over night and now it has a plethora of games to play on all pushing x to its limits or even at all, let’s face it 360 OG Xbox games ain’t gonna make it struggle and literally 90% of the games were 2019 so how are they now offering strong single player content when the games haven’t even released yet not to mention crackdown is highly likely to be very average at best after all this, hype?... delays. 2019 could be interesting but as it’s stands it’s the same as it has been last 3/4 years pretty average great it you wanna play old games and you’ve sold your 360. Otherwise not much point in my opinion all available elsewhere
The author of the article will be eating a large heap of crow if the next game by ninja theory is a multiplayer game. Microsoft never said they would focus on single player and i think that is the problem.
Not yet they aren't. They're on the path towards that, but they are not "finally" offering it. They need to put out the games first.
Agree. They are finally heading in the right direction with actions rather than words, but there is still more to do.....like more games. All the fluff and hub-bub of E3 doesn't mean jackshit without producing quality games at the end of the day.
All we Can Do now is wait and see. I will say I'm excited about this new Halo and what these studios are going to make happen for this and next generation.