Following Microsoft’s unveiling of the Xbox One, a majority of gamers were disappointed by the lack of focus on games for the Xbox 360’s successor. Only two first-party titles were shown off for the next-gen box, but the conference itself held a greater focus on the television and sports aspect of the new console. This lead many to believe that the house of Bill Gates was losing touch with what gamers really want from a video game system, but apparently Microsoft is investing an unprecedented sum into just the kind of content it was sorely lacking during the reveal.
Speaking with Microsoft’s president of Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick, Official Xbox Magazine learned that Microsoft has invested a jaw-dropping $1 billion into the development of software for the Xbox One. With this money Microsoft will net the previously mentioned 15 exclusive titles for its new platform (eight if which are new IPs) in its first year on the market, followed by even more titles in the years proceeding the system’s launch.
“We just ran through our script and counted the number of exclusives, and looked at the amount of money that we’re spending and the deals that we have, exclusive windows and [things to create differentiation]. I think, candidly, people are way, way under-indexing how hard we’re punching.”
“We’re going to come out with detail on things and people are going to go, ‘oh my god’. Like, ‘they were focused, they made this a core goal, core activity.’ There are great hits, there’s innovation, and there are world class creators plugged in. You know, I keep track of it all, and I hope everyone here does – we kind of look back at all the different years and at what we shipped, how many units have sold. There’s a lot of hyperbole about things, but I think we’re going to deliver.”
Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer also chimed in during the interview, stating that Xbox One will feature a multitude of options for gamers that want to jump in to the console. Whether it be a gamers who “want to play a game for two minutes,” two hours, or with twenty other people, there will be games on the next-gen format that cater to every user’s preferences.
“When you look at all forms of content, across all devices, games always pop right to the top of the app stores that are out there – they’re a form of content everybody loves. If I want to play a game for two minutes, or I want to play a game for two hours, or I want to play a game with twenty other people, all of those opportunities are available on the platform we’re putting forward. I see our creators really taking that opportunity to think about their games in a more granular way.”
The only known exclusive titles in development for the Xbox One are the previously announced Forza Motorsport 5 and Quantum Break, but Microsoft has assured gamers that it’ll have a lot more to look forward to during E3 2013. Thus far, we know that Rare will be resurrecting a “historic” franchise on the console, but other than that no one is sure what to expect from the conference.
There are still seven new intellectual properties that haven’t been announced by the company, and six returning franchises that have yet to be seen, but there is mounting evidence of Crackdown 3 and a new third-person Halo title. Whether these games will be shown off during E3 2013 is unknown, but with Microsoft’s press conference scheduled to be held on June 10th, fans won’t be waiting too long to find out.
What do you think of Microsoft’s $1,000,000,000 commitment to exclusive Xbox One software? What announcements are you hoping for at this year’s E3?
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