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Xbox Game Studios in execution mode but still acquiring, says Spencer

While Xbox Game Studios is largely in "execution mode", developing new games for the likes of Xbox Series X, Phil Spencer told Stevivor that it still has gaps and the need for "new points of view".

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Spurg14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

Keeping acquiring....they need a foothold in Japan. Xbox games studios currently have more studios that Sony.
The Initiative will release the great new IP for Xbox that was sorely missing for the Xbox One.

Sciurus_vulgaris14d ago

Microsoft published and ownes Ori and the Blind Forest, a very well received game that was a new IP. Microsoft, produced and published good games this gen. However, they didn’t produce or publish a new ip that had similar impact to Halo (6th gen) or Gears of War (7th gen).

neutralgamer199214d ago

Blady

Even Nintendo doesn't take chances like Sony with new ip's

King_Noctis14d ago

“ Even Nintendo doesn't take chances like Sony with new ip's”

Tell that to games like Deadly Premonition 2, No More Heroes 3, and Astral Chain.

Spicyram14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

King Noctis

O yea, No more Heroes 3 (three a.ka the third game in a franchise) - definitely a new Ip.

O yea Deadly premonition 2 (Two a.k.a the SECOND game in a. franchise) - definitely a new ip. Wow, such risk taking. Many new.

King_Noctis14d ago

@Spicyram

How about Daemon X Machima? Ringfit Adventure? Arms? The aforementioned Astral Chain? Or smaller IPs like 1-2 Switch, Snipperclips, and Little Town Heroes?

O yea, those aren’t new IPs. Wow Nintendo sucks.

CaptainHenry91613d ago (Edited 13d ago )

Last time I checked my little brother played Ori on the Nintendo Switch

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Thundercat7714d ago (Edited 14d ago )

"Xbox games studios currently have more studios that Sony."

This is not a matter of quantity boi this is a matter of quality and Sony also totally dominated Microsoft on that.

"The Initiative will release the great new IP"

Total assumption because you don't know if their game is going to be good or not.

Also, thinking that 1 game is going to magically turn things around for Xbox is very ridiculous don't you think?

RpgSama14d ago

And let's not forget that even if numerically MS might have more studios, some of Sony's studios are separated in 2 internal studios, for example Naughty Dog and they are doing the same with other teams like San Diego and Insomniac.

blady_man14d ago

@thundercat77

''This is not a matter of quantity boi this is a matter of quality and Sony also totally dominated Microsoft on that''

Going by your logic then nintendo dominates sony dont forget that.

Godmars29014d ago

@blady_man:
Think at this point Nintendo is outside the console war.

Spurg14d ago

"Total assumption because you don't know if their game is going to be good or not."

It's clear that you don't keep up with the goings-on of the studios. They have a lot of staff from SSMS, the writer from Red Dead Redemption, the studio head was the in-charge of crucial dynamics...they have created a world-class team.

"Also, thinking that 1 game is going to magically turn things around for Xbox is very ridiculous don't you think?"

Xbox: Created the Halo franchise
Xbox 360: Created the Gears of War franchise
Xbox One: Created the best open-world racer Forza Horizon 3-4
Xbox series X: The Initiative IP will be the next big franchise on the same groundbreaking level as Halo, Gears, and Forza Horizon.

"This is not a matter of quantity Master Spurg, this is a matter of quality and Sony also totally dominated Microsoft on that."

Yet Sony has failed to rival the quality of the Halo and Forza Horizon franchise.

These are high-quality studios:
Obsidian entertainment
Ninja Theory
Playground games: Forza horizon team
Playground games: RPG team
Double fine production
Inxile
343 industry
The Coalition
Turn 10
The Initiative
Mojang

Studios that still need to prove themselves:
Compulsion games
Undead labs

Godmars29014d ago

"Xbox: Created the Halo franchise"
MS bought Halo along with Bungie.

"Xbox 360: Created the Gears of War franchise"
MS commissioned Gears. Bought it when the franchise was either going to be shuttered or made multi platform.

"Yet Sony has failed to rival the quality of the Halo and Forza Horizon franchise."
Halo? While Sony certainly tried and failed with Killzone, with the likes of Uncharted or Last of Us, do they really need to?

As for Forza, Turn 10's been chasing after GT since...starting that stupid rivalry. If they've finally gotten a decent racing game on Xbox, that's all they've done.

"Studios that still need to prove themselves"
All of them, every game company in the industry, with each game released.

ImGumbyDammit14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

@RpgSama
Most Xbox Studios have multiple teams working on different projects at the same time as well.

P_Bomb14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

“Yet Sony has failed to rival the quality of the Halo and Forza Horizon franchise. ”

What are you talking about? What about the Halo franchise?

Halo Anniversary 2011...82%
Halo 4 2012...87%
Halo Spartan Assault 2013...53%
Halo MCC 2014...85%
Halo 5 2015...84%
Halo Wars Definitive 2017...81%
Halo Wars 2 2017...79%

Halo’s highest output and lowest numbers have all happened in the modern era.
2000-2010 = Samson.
2011-2020 = Samson post haircut.

The Wood14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

Spurg

What are you smoking..

You know how many genres MS doesn't even have a horse in.. How many game of the year awards or even nominations did MS muster this gen, How many quality new ip's...?? Do tell.

My gosh, some people say some delusional things. Produce >> Promise

AngelicIceDiamond14d ago

"Total assumption because you don't know if their game is going to be good or not."

That same logic applies to any new IP genius.

nucky6414d ago (Edited 14d ago )

i have to agree. when i had heard MS aquired Rare, i thought i might end up getting an xbox to play a next-gen conker......i'm still waiting.

at blady, below - not really. nintendo has the same basic releases every gen. "quality" isn't just about the games being good - it's also about new IPs and variety - nintendo strikes out in both areas. really, though - nintendo has their audience and that's it. their days of being relevant in total sales are long gone. switch and wiiu sales combined still fall WAY short of ps4 total sales......nuff said.

Obscure_Observer14d ago

@RpgSama

even if numerically MS might have more studios, some of Sony's studios are separated in 2 internal studios

"And let's not forget that even if numerically MS might have more studios, some of Sony's studios are separated in 2 internal studios, for example Naughty Dog"

False. ND do not have multiple teams working on multiple projects, same as San Diego! Insonmiac, you´re correct.

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Atticus_finch14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

Most of Sony studios have 2 or 3 teams plus the unannounced acquisitions. Hence the reason why Xbox is in desperate need of more developers.

Spurg14d ago

Microsft studios have multiple teams as well. Obsidian, Playground games, 343i, the coalition, Ninja theory, has multiple teams.

Az1ner14d ago

Desperate? They have 15 studios with multiple teams within. Clearly Phil is not desperate when he stated we are comfortable releasing games ahead of the series X launch.

Godmars29014d ago

@Az1ner:
How are they not desperate while buying studios? Needing to put out games for the XB1 which has been dependent on 3rd party rather than 1st?

Obscure_Observer14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

@Atticus_finch

"Most of Sony studios have 2 or 3 teams plus the unannounced acquisitions. Hence the reason why Xbox is in desperate need of more developers."

Which ones? How many studios at Worldwide are working on multiple projects? While you´re at it bring actuall proof that Sony has actual studios acquisitionsto make. Please, enlighten us.

@Godmars290

"How are they not desperate while buying studios? Needing to put out games for the XB1 which has been dependent on 3rd party rather than 1st?"

You asked for it! More studios. More new first party games and IPs. Now that MS is on an unprecendent and never seen before agressive acquisition of studios and industry talent its suddenly become a bad thing? Desperation?

Seems to me that Xbox getting better make you somehow feel unconfartable.

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King_Noctis14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

If they are interested in Japanese’s studios, I hope they acquire Nippon Ichi. The studio is both a developer and a publisher and I think MS would want that. Plus, they make alot of good niche games.

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King_Noctis14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

“ Explain to me how this actually about wanting the games and isn't just about keeping games off PlayStation?”

To boost their Game Pass service? Why did Sony buy Insomniac? Explain to me how this actually about wanting the games and isn't just about keeping games off Xbox and Game Pass.

P_Bomb14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

“To boost their Game Pass service? Why did Sony buy Insomniac?”

Insomniac has been making exclusives (key word) for Playstation since before Xbox even existed. Long history across 4 generations:
Disruptor
Spyro
Spyro 2
Spyro Year of the Dragon
Ratchet & Clank
Ratchet&Clank Going Commando
Ratchet & Clank Up your Arsenal
Ratchet & Clank Deadlocked
Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Ratchet & Clank Quest for Booty
Ratchet & Clank A crack in time
Ratchet & Clank Into the Nexus
Ratchet & Clank Full Frontal Assault
Ratchet & Clank All for One
Ratchet & Clank Collection
Ratchet & Clank 2016
Resistance
Resistance 2
Resistance 3
Marvel’s Spider-man

It’s not like they bought Bungie. You can’t miss what you never had and those games were never going to gamepass. Sunset Overdrive was already free on GWG. Ship sailed.

King_Noctis14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

“ Insomniac has been making exclusives (key word) for Playstation since before Xbox even existed. ”

And you conveniently forget that Insomniac had made an exclusive game for MS as well. And what does this have anything to do with acquiring studios? Or are you seriously saying a publisher can’t acquire a studio if those studios haven’t made tons of games for them?

P_Bomb14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

I didn’t “conveniently forget” anything. I acknowledged Sunset Overdrive in the last paragraph. It was free April 2016 https://majornelson.com/201...

“Or are you seriously saying...”

I’m not saying anything, I’m just answering your question. Sony didn’t buy Insomniac to keep R&C off GP. They already owned it before the deal https://mobile.twitter.com/... . Spider-man and Resistance were never multiplatform.

It’d be like, if Sony bought Quantic Dream. QD hasn’t had a game on Xbox since 2005. You wouldn’t have even noticed.

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crazyCoconuts14d ago

Even as a fan of what Sony has done, I won't deny that MS is doing what they need to to have a fighting chance at keeping up. Bought some good studios and have a good shot at making some good games. Fingers crossed to see them back in the fight!

Spicyram14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

"Xbox games studios currently have more studios that Sony."

You wanted to bring sony into this. Well, Microsoft sure as hell doesnt have better games than Sony, currently. Also, that doesn't mean they will make better games than Sony in the future. What is the point of even mentioning that?

RosweeSon13d ago

They don’t need anything in Japan why worry about a market that literally doesn’t care what they do. Focus on your markets that actually still buy your products as way it’s going I don’t see why they would going forward.

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AngelicIceDiamond14d ago

Phil mentioned a Japanese studio acquisition. That'll be good for JRPG'S. Hopefully another lost Odyssey game.

galmi14d ago

would love to see Hironobu Sakaguchi do something awesome

aaronaton14d ago

For any Japanese Studio to succumb to a Microsoft acquisition, you can only assume that it will be a struggling studio.

Battlestar2314d ago

Wonder if the rumor of them buying Sega is true?

Allied14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

I doubt that. Sega makes more games for the Playstation and the Nintendo Switch then they do the Xbox that would be an odd move.

NeoGamer23214d ago

Rare was all Nintendo before their acquisition.

RedDevils14d ago

Rare turn out good isn't it? /s

neutralgamer199214d ago

Sega has been doing better lately so I doubt it

King_Noctis14d ago

I believe Sega is too big for the acquisition. But who know, we might see soon enough.

fathertime446413d ago

Don't care if the rumors are true or not, but Microsoft could buy sega, sony, and Nintendo and still have enough money left to still be a multi trillion dollar corporation

WiiU-Dude14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

I have always wished Microsoft would buy Sega. That has been talk since the Sega Saturn days. Another MS should have scooped when they were wobbly was Capcom. I know those bigger studios are more entrenched and difficult, but MS could if they wanted. Buying Sega and/or Capcom would have given them an instant presence in the Japanese market. If ...IF they had our ever do buy such a studio as Sega or Capcom...leave them be as much as possible. Don't meddle in their thinking and developing methods!!!!

Godmars29014d ago

@WiiU-Dude:
"Don't meddle in their thinking and developing methods!!!!"

Then MS would be buying current Capcom/Sega. And when they meddled with them, they'd likely force them to add multiplayer to everything.

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Dovergamer14d ago (Edited 14d ago )

And here you have it. The daily puff piece of this talking head pulling off more pulp fiction. Microsoft algorithmic generator working in full force. CHECK.

"Xbox games studios currently have more studios than Sony."

But you are not going to release exclusives later on 2022 right Microsoft?
https://n4g.com/news/231917...

Is this more of your pulp fiction? Since you are not interested in the delivery of exclusives why all of the sudden you are interested acquiring studios? Is this your new "wait for E3" strategy trying to fetch clueless early adopters like you did with the XBONE? Oh wait, Sony is not going to attend the next E3. ^^.

King_Noctis14d ago

What the heck are you on about?

ImGumbyDammit13d ago (Edited 13d ago )

Don't mind him. He is still overwhelmed about the logo reveal.

galmi14d ago

cuz it takes time to make AAA games?

Dovergamer14d ago

Microsoft had the XBONE without a single great AAA game in a span of almost seven years. The crutch of "Wait for Next E3" will not work this time.

Sony sent devkits in 2017 for a reason. At the end of this year developers got almost four years to bring in exclusives for the PS5.

In who do you trust? On someone who flunked selling lies with the cloud and NO DELIVERY or on someone who has the best exclusive portfolio of games?

jznrpg13d ago

They had all generation . Need to wait 2 more years into the next one for the new console? Pass

Dovergamer13d ago (Edited 13d ago )

"In fanboy World it should take no less then 6 months to deliver games."

Microsoft can't commit to exclusives because they don't believe in them. Sony dedicates time to these because Sony considers them as investments. Microsoft marked exclusives as "non profitable" in their bull headed mindset. No wonder why they sold less than the 360. No wonder why Crackdown 3 was less than joke in the delivery? Microsoft IS NOT INTERESTED IN QUALITY, it is interested in PROFITS throughout services.

Sony is INTERESTED IN QUALITY BECAUSE THAT IS THE WAY SONY MAKES PROFIT. They do them showing off lots of top quality EXCLUSIVES. Wait, so you are expecting in such "fanboy world" that Microsoft acquires studios and all of the sudden plug a triple A successful exclusive? Looks like Microsoft is interested in the money that consoles does, right? But they don't want to invest, right?

"Then I wanna see Insomniacs New game up and running at the PS reveal."

In your XBONE you have not a SINGLE exclusive whatsoever to be proud of for a span of seven years. You dare to ask Sony do their job to your liking because MS was not even capable of doing it? What? Do you want them to pull off an "Activision" spewing a refurbish of Call of Duty each year? Really?

Don't blame team Sony for your lowering of standards and paying more for a lot less. LEARN TO LIVE WITH YOUR CHOICES. We chose PS consoles because WE KNEW what we were getting.

Simple.

MajorLazer13d ago

What is wrong with most people on this site? If you're a PS fan wtf are you bothered about what Xbox does?!

Dovergamer13d ago

In every positive Play Station article that is legit such as game reviews and and proof of concept we have a set of people who comes as complete trolls. They can't stick to their own threads because they despise the idea that we are having fun with our console and exclusives. It's envy and the inability of them to live with their choices.

Many realized and noticed what is Microsoft true power. It is PR spinning and software monopolies. Look what they did to the XBONE. Microsoft has done so much spinning and damage control that somehow they have managed to put fans in a perpetual hypnotic trance up to the point of complete denial.

Microsoft relies on 'yellow press', 'hardball', puff pieces, bullying and even delinquency to achieve their money. This is why the community calls them out.

manabyte7713d ago

Microsoft buying another multiplat developer and taking games away directly affects PS.

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