Xbox One Has Many More Exclusives Coming, But They Won’t Be Ready For 2-3 Years, Says Phil Spencer

And so, no point in showing them, he feels.

Posted By | On 15th, Jun. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


The one thing above all that Microsoft has been criticized for, repeatedly, over the last 16 years that they have been in the gaming industry, has been for their repeated failure to invest in a stable state of in house exclusives and first party content. When you buy a PlayStation and Nintendo, you can be assured of quality exclusive content coming for those platforms- in fact, the exclusives are why you buy them. With Xbox, there is no such assurance.

This was most apparent at Microsoft’s E3 conference this year, where there was the announcement of one new exclusive, in Ori and the Will of the Wisps (technically two, since Forza 7 hadn’t been announced previously, but come on now). However, speaking to Waypoint, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that there are many more Xbox exclusives incoming- they’re just 2-3 years away, and he doesn’t feel like there is any point showing them this early.

“Our first party is a critical part of that equation. Yesterday, I know people want to see what we’re investing in new,” Spencer said. “We are investing in new things, we signed things just recently that I thought, ‘Hey, from a PR standpoint it would be really easy for me to put a trailer on screen’, but then I know the game is not coming for another two and half or three years, so I didn’t want to do that.”

He also pre-empts the argument that knowing there is a stream of exclusives coming would breed and engender confidence in the Xbox as a whole. “I understand some people would say, ‘Hey, that would give me confidence in the future of Xbox’… This is a cheesy line, but I’ll just say, trust that this is important to us as a platform. From the top CEO of the company down, if you talked to Satya [Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO] he would say ‘I understand, we need to invest in content in the gaming space’.

“That is important and we are going to invest. We have Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Lucky’s Tale, Ori and the Will of the Wisps…But I know what you’re asking about. Big, triple A console games, I hear that and I’m committed to that. Today I wanted to talk about things that if you’re going to buy the console you will be able to play, but I’ll continue to work to deliver games. We did on hardware, we did on platform and [backward] compatibility and we will do this on first-party as well. It is critically important.”

See, there are multiple factors at play here. While I definitely believe that one should not be in the habit of announcing games that are years away (which is a problem Sony and Square Enix above all seem to have), I do think that for systems to maintain momentum, it is important for people to feel confident and excited about their future prospects- as an example, if Nintendo had not announced Metroid Prime 4 or Pokemon for the Switch, would you feel its future was anywhere near as assured as it is now?

The second problem is with Spencer’s assurances- we have heard them before. We have heard them from him, and from his predecessors. Microsoft has sworn up and down that first party is important to it, and that it will be doubling down on it- but here we stand today with the most diminished Microsoft’s first party has ever been. So I understand that people aren’t willing to trust him yet.

Mr. Spencer, it is now time to put your money where your mouth is. If first party content for Xbox is indeed strong, it is time to show us your hand- if only a little.

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  • Mike Clyne

    He’s full of it.
    Article is right, even if far away if you truly have big games coming other than Halo and Gears, a trailer only helps the pathetic Xbox brand. It’s library of first party is truly pathetic conpared to Nintendo and Sony and always has been.
    Trust them….based off what? All they ever do is lie. Trust is earned.

    • usherjerksoffsonyfanboys

      Wow, that was dumbass comment Mike. Spencer is probably the most down to earth guy we got in the gaming world.

      I hate it when a game trailer pops and the game isn’t coming out for years, that’s dumb. But I guess you are just one of the brainwashed fanboys with the mindset “Greatness Awaits”. And thanks for you opinion but tons of people love Halo and Gears, just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean the xbox brand is pathetic. PS exclusives are pretty good, but I played the Last of Us for week, and Uncharcted for maybe 2…..I’ve been playing gears and halo for months. Sorry I just like more bang for my buck.

    • Riggybro

      If Mike Clyne and Phil Spencer had a baby it would be Mike Spencer.

    • Troy Marcel

      That’s what Sony does, announce a game that’s not coming out for a couple of years. MS had been showing games that’s due within a year for a long time, sure there’s been some exceptions but calling them lying, you’re full of it you sad pony.

  • Dougdec92

    ‘Hey, from a PR standpoint it would be really easy for me to put a trailer on screen’, but then I know the game is not coming for another two and half or three years, so I didn’t want to do that.”

    Sorry phil but you announced crackdown 3 with all its cloudiness on e3 2014, spare me with not wanting to announce games 2-3years away…or your are afraid they will be like scalebound?

  • Gamez Rule

    We signed? ….We?… Are they not first party then?

    Phil & MS made deals for games to be on his console and not the others, didn’t Phil Spencer say that he was against that?

    Typical Phil, instead of building first party studios making true console exclusives they’re just signing deals instead. And lets be honest here, in 3 years time surely the next gen of gaming consoles would be released already leaving yet again Xbone gamers ….waiting.

    Who remembers this back in 2013 ….”Microsoft Investing $1 Billion in Exclusive Xbox One Titles”…. well 2017 is here and what have we seen? In fact where are the games promised by Albert Penello when he state this ages ago…….”We have a great exclusive games lineup. We’re getting tonnes of developer support”?

    That was posted a while back now, so where are these *great exclusive games & this games lineup with dev-support*? And wouldn’t Phil’s view on exclusives conflict with what Albert stated when talking about exclusives?

    Complete joke, this yet again is all PR talk just to keep MS gamers waiting.

    Where is VR that was bigged up with Scorpio?
    Where are these new IPs?
    Where is this tonnes of dev support?
    Where are these exclusives?
    Where is this games lineup?
    So far in 2017 we have had nothing in the way of full console exclusives, we have had no games released that cannot be played on PC and in some cases PS4, we have seen lack of developer support on Xbone throughout 2017, and that’s why I believe that this news of Phil and MS signing deals is just another PR stunt.

  • crazy_black_man- ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “But I know what you’re asking about. Big, triple A console games, I hear that and I’m committed to that. Today I wanted to talk about things that if you’re going to buy the console you will be able to play, but I’ll continue to work to deliver games.”

    Phil is the joke of the industry.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/37fe0e73af34008f3fe43097742d385966df2fe29415d5fba81d9c05a3d83984.jpg

  • Dougdec92

    lo, Phil is just a hypocrite, i still stand by the fact that i only liked xbox when they made me envious with the release of ryse…but knowing them Ryse 2 may as well release on the ps4 too.

  • Mr Xrat

    It’s OK, Xgimps. Wait for E3!

    • Gamez Rule

      I waited for E3 and still thought after watching it……OMG these games are coming all over to PC and most of them going to PS4 too, so why do I own an Xbone.

  • Ocelot forgot his meds

    Excellent Xbox already has the better offerings and won E3 by significant margin…
    https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/xbox-beats-playstation-at-e3-2017/
    Not to mention the best looking game of E3
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=swWEL4BcQ_Q


 

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