‘I’ve Learned Things From The Scalebound Experience,’ Says Xbox Head Phil Spencer

‘I’ve learned when we try to do something ambitious with a new team, or a new IP, I’d rather not run out there and put a target on it too early.’

Posted By | On 02nd, Mar. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


The Scalebound cancellation was one of the most public, high profile, and devastating game cancellations for Microsoft in a generation full of high profile game cancellations. It left Microsoft’s game output significantly diminished, and left questions about where Microsoft’s first party and exclusives portfolio goes from here.

Speaking on IGN’s Unlocked podcast, Xbox head Phil Spencer tackled the issue of Scalebound’s cancellation head on. ‘I will say, because I don’t want- I have learned some things from the Scalebound experience,’ Spencer said. ‘You’d think I would be smart enough to remember the learnings I have gone through every time, but sometimes when we start something new, we talk about it too early. People remember when we announced Ryse, when it was called Codename Kingdoms or something.

‘But then you go through this process in the public, of what does it mean to try to ship something, and everybody’s asking, because you’ve asked them to ask, because you’ve announced it. And, I’ve learned when we try to do something ambitious with a new team, or a new IP, I’d rather not run out there and put a target on it too early. I’ve learned that, and like I said, I should be smart enough to remember that, but if I take- Scalebound specifically, I love Kamiya-san, I love Platinum, I’d work with them in a second, I think they do great work. What we were trying to do didn’t work for us, and I think it’s a collective us. But the thing that caused me the most consternation about it was that we just put it out there for everyone to watch, when we start things in the background all the time. Like there was that Halo Kids project, what was that?

‘And, you know, game development is about creative push, and finding where the line is, and knowing what’s going to work, and what’s not going to work. So, investing in new first party stuff, absolutely. I’m probably going to be a little more careful about when we announce things- I know people will want a roadmap for the next three years, so that they feel proud of it. I’ll balance that a little bit.’

I do hope that he does balance it out a bit- Microsoft is on the cusp of announcing a brand new console this year, and you don’t sell a console on the promise of just the immediate games that it is launching with. Microsoft needs to come out with everything it’s got, to assure people that Scorpio will be home to the kinds of experiences that people can’t get on their PS4 or Switch- otherwise, those people will simply not want to buy one, because there will be no reason to.


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  • Davey681

    He learned that Sony was too stupid to cancel no mans sky.

    • kma99

      Huh?

    • Davey681

      It was dumb, fixed it

    • The truth-ier

      games get cancelled, it happens.

  • The truth-ier

    this site always puts little shots, you would think MS as a company was as weak and hurting like Sony. The X1 is selling better then the 360, but nobody considered the 360 a failure. Its true the ps4 is selling well beyond good, but that does not make the x1 a failure, or sinking ship. Its the lack of substance, and intelligence in this site that kills me.

    • Davey681

      Considering that Sony had to write off $1 billion last quarter and posted a decline in hardware sales year on year. While Xbox outsold PS4 NPD for the entire second half 2016 and showed an increase year on year hardware sales…you would think that even the Sony fanboy journalists could write an unbiased article…guess not.

    • Rikarudo

      Sigh. Facts people use them. Don’t just count the last half month in the US sales for overall sales of two consoles. But if you are, make sure to say Xbox came first in sales during 4 months out of 6 of the last half year of 2016, but missed the biggest two months in America which are November and December and even though they reported having the best January since they launched the Xbox1, Sony still won the npd January. Just facts here.

    • Davey681

      Please advise me how Sony writing off $1 billion last quarter is not a fact. Please advise me how Xbox outselling PS4 NPD for second half 2016 is not a fact. Please advise me how Xbox hardware sales increasing year on year while PS4 hardware sales decreased year on year are not facts.

    • Rikarudo

      hmm.. i never mentioned the 1 billion, i responded to your outsold for the entire second half thing. the wording should be correct when stating those, like this is an exclusive, or this is console exclusive or this is a remake and this is a remastered.

      because it came first during those months. if you have solid numbers i would happily want those, i like numbers =)
      but NPD doesnt do numbers, they do who “won” right?

    • Davey681

      Bwahahahaha
      Little backtracking twit

    • Rikarudo

      Fine would you like to talk about that as well when I didn’t answer that particular thing? Monkeys love cheese.

      Be warned. You need to reply with both yes and a link to why monkeys love or don’t love cheese for your reply to be valid. Or I will act like a indecent human being and retort with blaaaaaaah. =)

    • Lawrence Hargraves

      Rikarudo, I am more Xbox than PlayStation, but facts are facts. I read the same thing you read and what you wrote is facts not opinion. Xbox people need to realize that PlayStation is better this time and Xbox has to bring more to the table with the scorpion. You win this argument, they need to let it go.

    • Rikarudo

      X1 is not selling better than the 360. Come on man. I know right. Intelligence can’t be bought.

    • Davey681

      Oh yes it it little pony twit…I’ll wait for your link

    • Rikarudo

      wow, so hostile, this is where yoou reply with your link. otherwise you will go yes, i will go no, you yes, me no. yes. no. yes. no. then someone gets tired etc. its all downhill from here. OR… if you are right, then i will well goddamn son! and say, thats a great job MS….

      so how u wanna play it?

    • Davey681

      ” Xbox One is doing better than its predecessor, the Xbox 360, at the same point in its life.”
      Eurogamer
      Prior to Xbox one S launch which outsold Ps4 NPD after launch.
      And later confirmed by MS more recently.
      Pony twit losing argument about “facts”

    • Rikarudo

      See that’s the thing. I would love to read this and reply with what you wrote. But I can’t shake that feeling that even if I give you right. That you won’t care or deny that I am in your eyes not a member of your society. Just build the wall then….

    • Holeybartender
    • Miguel Azevedo

      Sorry to tell you but right now the X1 its not selling better than Xbox 360 anymore.Actually the X1 sales are seeing an heavy slowdown since the beginning of the year.Something that was not predicted.

    • Davey681

      Bwahahahahahahahaha
      I’ll wait for your link
      Pssst I bet Scorpio sells a ton better than PS4 “pro” too

    • Mr Xrat

      The Xbox brand is a failure, deal with it.

  • Mr Xrat

    Not surprised, we all knew MS blew their loads too early in 2014 because Xbone was such a joke. We pointed it out but the Xgimps were all the same, “Nuh uh! I believe in Phil Spencer! There’ll all be out in 2015!” Three years later one is cancelled and one is still being made. Xgimps are always stupid.

  • Yoshazo .

    Kill yourself, Phil.


 

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