Phil Spencer Wants “To Take Risks” Despite Scalebound Cancellation
If it’s any consolation.
The cancellation of Platinum Games’ Scalebound has resulted in quite the backlash towards Microsoft. Xbox boss Phil Spencer tried allaying fears about the Xbox One’s 2017 line-up and has spoken further about taking risks with future games.
Spencer said on Twitter that despite the cancellation, “I know we have to take risks. I realize right now probably sounds hollow but I agree.”
He also noted that this wouldn’t stop Microsoft from investing in third party titles though the focus was still on its own studios. “I won’t abandon signing independent studio projects but I agree first-party internal studios are critical.”
Spencer also apologized for the cancellation, stating that, “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.”
And in case you’re wondering, it wasn’t a case of Scalebound needing more money. “Apologies but this isn’t how games get built. There isn’t a pour in $X and get game. Much more iterative and organic than that,” said Spencer.
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