Head of Microsoft Game Studios Matt Booty said that there are no plans to steer any of the acquired studios into certain portfolio objectives or change their work culture.
Until they do not make enough money and it will be hands on.
That's every company. Sony and Nintendo do the same. When a company of theirs starts losing them money they have to be more hands on.
Did I say it was not? It is business 101. The issue is MS is making a claim they will have a very hard time keeping and when they do become more hands on; they will open themselves to speculation.
^again like every company
Yeah if a studio is failing it would be time for leadership to step in. Who wouldn't want that? If you had an employee doing jack all and not getting their work done to an acceptable standard you would just let them continue to do whatever? On the other hand if they get their work done why mess with them. Same applies for almost everything. Its a management style but no management style I have studied say let something that is failing continue to fail because, reasons.
Your wisdom is not wanted here, allow the people to blindly throw feces in order to see what sticks!
I'll see and find out
I still don’t have faith in Compulsion or Undead Labs producing exceptional games.
Seriously. Those two are dire need of a change of culture. Ninja Theory and Playground, on the other hand, know what they are doing. I think the Initiative will be fine with the incredible talent they are hiring.
Why you got downvoted for speaking the truth is beyond me... NT and Play, as you say, know what they're doing. I think what makes Compulsion interesting is their Tim Burton-like We Happy Few. It's an eerie game that has a distinct theme - despite the gameplay and performance being below standard. UL on the other hand, I think everyone enjoys their SoD games, but it would be nice to see something a bit more high quality next time around. Initiative and NT have most of my interest. Unpopular opinion but DmC was fantastic. Initiative's talent will speak volumes. We'll just have to see what happens, but if MS are actively looking for studios that put out quality games on a three-year basis, it's safe to assume we'll be seeing most of their work at the dawn of the new gen.
Meh.....I don't concern myself with downvotes. I just think first party games should be held to a higher standard whether they are AAA or AA.
The only bad thing that I hear about State of Decay and We Happy Few are their bugs and lack of optimizations. With more manpower, more resources, and more dev time all those things can be solved. This is where MS comes in.
The irony is that most of the bugs in state of decay have now been fixed. I have about 80 hours of gametime and the changes are evident. Of course a few bugs still exist, but they are far fewer than many other games. The problem with the internet is people form opinions without trying things for themselves.
@ sd11 no way have the bugs been fixed. I'm playing it right now on a 1X. There's input lag. Driving fast causes the framerate to dip into the low 20s. Mission NPCs get stuck in walls or under buildings preventing dialogue/advancement of said mission. I shouldn't have to fire up another side quest, do it quickly, and toggle original side hoping NPC is unstuck so I can deliver materials. I've even had infestations unable to clear due to a screamer/zombie in a wall. That being said the SoD series is still one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I really dig the walking dead vibe with the community recruiting & crafting system so I'm hoping the acquisition enables UL to deliver a far bigger, better experience.
History is saying otherwise.
Yea, I don't believe that. All publishers control developers.
not totally bro
Well all of the studios they bought (with the exception of Ninja Theory) already make games MS prefers anyway so this isn't much of a surprise.
Compulsion doesn't make games MS prefers and we don't even know what The Initiate is going to be doing.
It's amazing how some people try to give credit to something Microsoft says. Is there still someone who believes?
Wtf where’s the big news? They said they had big news for today, did they not?
It was more controller colors. I think Aaron showed them on his Twitter. Not the supposed new elite controller afterall.
Are you serious?
In the world of a xbot gamer this is huge news lol. What were you guys expecting a game announcement. Who needs games when you can get new type of elite controller that costs $150
I believe so. I went back to the original post and people were responding to others that asked the same thing. Most either said they didn’t see anything or that it was the new controller colors. So more than likely the latter of the two.
Wow... what a let down again... Ms has that design lab thing, which I think is cool but in real need of more customization... so why make it out to be like its big news?! Ms is making it real hard for me to support the next box, and I always support all 3 but next gen might be different..
Just checked out the design lab, you are right it’s new colors! And it’s extra money for cameo and shadow colors... and they didn’t even bother to add new basic colors.. Like I said I like the design lab and was considering on getting one even after spending money on an elite but f that now! Makeing that out to be big news is a major turn off now. It needs features like sending in my controller for a new paint job or some kind of add on like grips different style joy sticks etc.. ugh... so disappointed.. More money for a color scheme! In joes voice, you done ducked it up!
You may as well take what Microsoft says, with about as much faith as what EA says. Their words, are practically meaningless.
Wait. And. See...
MS I gotta see it. Talk is cheap, I wanna see the studios you bought create what they wanna create.
Oh you didn't hear that Ninja Theory is working on Gears Pop!? Playground Games new IP is actually a Halo rally kart racing game. Compulsions next game will be Fable mobile. Undead Labs is making State of Decay 2 since 2 was really 1.5. And The Initiate will be making a Tomb Raider rip off but instead of Lara It will be Cortana.
Yeah we have heard this before, than not too many years later the studio is shut down
This is only for the Xbox crowd , they lost so many customers they are just preaching to the choir not that they need to be told much
We'll see. Microsoft isnt far off from EA in my eyes
Yeah this generation was confusing but some of this is probably because of last gen what kind of lunatics buys rare or aquires a game that's already reached the unpredictable god like numbers (Minecraft) for billions of dollars? Not to mention all those exclusive games and even DLC we saw on the 360 costed them as well. I think this generation they aimed to recoup from all that now that we are getting closer to the end they are gearing up for the next generation by purchasing these devs for what we should just call the Xbox One.2. They are making there money from streaming services and whatnot and have stuck to that so far. This is all just theory of course but the shift we have all seen from 360 to this makes me wonder. I still prefer to game on Xbox so whatever amd Sony can't seem to get there OS and Online service right to save there lives.
They're going to stop doing what they've always done?
Umm it doesn;t work that way lol. You never try to do it ..it happens automatically regardless. A big corp like MS buying you is going to change your makeup sooner or later. MS culture will seep it...thats the big diff sony has a creative/freedom culture, they are used to working and cultivating creative talent. MS is not it's not who they are...you cannot flip a switch and change that. All these Sound bites from MS reek of pushing a message too hard. Telling people what they want to here..we have been here before. Actions > Words.
ms is good at flipping switches
It's the "XBOX FANBOYS" that will make these devs change their culture.
Every member of Rare right now must be goddamn livid right now.
Lol both ninja theory and microsoft have said this, but people want to believe the narrative they want to believe.l
BS We all know, all this needs is time.
Their culture? So if a company wants to make a game, with a sexual Female lead, you wont say anything? Or did you not allow a team like that in the first place?
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