Microsoft's Xbox boss Phil Spencer announces that the company still plans to "take risks" following the surprise cancellation of Platinum Games' Scalebound.
For those unaware, many Xbox fans might still be reeling from shock at the moment, as it was announced just a couple of days ago that the highly anticipated action-RPG from Platinum Games known as Scalebound officially got cancelled. While many lamented the video game's cancellation, Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, assured fans that although it was a "difficult" decision to cancel the project, it was a choice that ultimately results as being "better for Xbox gamers."
Despite the setback that has been brought about with Scalebound being cancelled, Phil Spencer recently took to his Twitter to respond to some fans' reactions to the decision to scrap Platinum Games' work in order to listen and offer positive support. One fan in particular was upset by Scalebound being taken out of the development process, but pledged his faith in the company, which led to the Xbox boss insisting Microsoft will still "take risks" in order to achieve success and please the company's fan base.
Spencer went on to write another tweet in response to a fan who insisted that Microsoft focus primarily on first-party support of its games, which prompted the Xbox boss to respond in agreement that first-party internal studios are "critical," but he went on to promise he would not "abandon signing independent studio projects." So, while third-party software is still a go for Xbox, fans should also expect to see plenty of first-party titles in the future of Xbox.
Although Spencer now has to turn his focus back toward running Microsoft's Xbox division as efficiently as possible, the company's executive did express some remorse about having to cancel Scalebound. As a matter of fact, the Xbox boss wrote in a tweet, "It hurt me as well and to the community I apologize. I want everything we start to turn out great, to take risks, create diversity." Spencer's expression of regret follows Scalebound's director Hideki Kamiya's personal statement and apology for the game's cancellation.
it's really anyone's guess at this point in time as far as what Microsoft's next move will be regarding the rest of its exclusive titles slated to come out this year. The video game release schedule for 2017 is chock full of titles that look fantastic – with Sony's line-up of exclusives appearing rather juicy too – so one can only hope that Microsoft manages to maintain a solid foothold in terms of sales and fan engagement with its games for this year.
One of Microsoft's next notable exclusive releases for Xbox One is Halo Wars 2, which is set to launch on February 20, 2017 for the console and PC.