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Spencer: We Have Just Signed Exclusives That Won’t Be Ready for 2-3 Years, No Point in Showing Them

Xbox and, by extension, Head of division Phil Spencer have been criticized (even here on Wccftech) for the limited first-party content they were able to output this generation.

E3 2017 didn’t really change that, but Spencer still wanted to reassure fans that Microsoft does indeed have plans to invest more in first-party exclusives. In an interview with VICE’s Waypoint at E3 2017, he explained that the team focused on hardware first, then Xbox Live, and now it’s doing the same with exclusives.

When I started this job three years ago, hardware was a real focus for us because I thought we had more work to do there. Xbox One S shipped last year, the X is shipping this year, I love our hardware line. Xbox Live was something I wanted to focus, coming on Android, iOS, Windows PC because I really want people to play games on the place they want to go play.

Our first party is a critical part of that equation. Yesterday, I know people want to see what we’re investing in new.

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.

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.

What would you like to see? A brand new IP or a revival of some old ones? Personally, I hope one of those will turn out to be a full reboot of Fable.



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From the looks of it this might be the worst line up theyve eber had from laat year to next year. Its looking bad when youre competition is killing it game after game. This years Halo War 2, Forza, Crackdown and indie Cuphead is just weak

Preston Scott

Clever. Now when you cancel something, no one will care because there was no hype.

Also does that mean there will be no new exclusives for 2 or 3 years?

Stop signing contracts for exclusives. Build up your own studios spencer or be dominated by your competiton. Still has yet to figure out that what makes Sony and Nintendo development so special is that they have dedicated studios that fans depend on by name on their own.

Makes sense. Like I said in the other thread, every pub and console company has things they haven't announced yet.

S.T.A.G.E. said:
Stop signing contracts for exclusives. Build up your own studios spencer or be dominated by your competiton. Still has yet to figure out that what makes Sony and Nintendo development so special is that they have dedicated studios that fans depend on by name on their own.

Looks like they will never learn.



Bandorr said:
Clever. Now when you cancel something, no one will care because there was no hype.

Also does that mean there will be no new exclusives for 2 or 3 years?

There will still be Microsoft/Console Exclusive but there will never be Xbox One exclusives.

S.T.A.G.E. said:
Stop signing contracts for exclusives. Build up your own studios spencer or be dominated by your competiton. Still has yet to figure out that what makes Sony and Nintendo development so special is that they have dedicated studios that fans depend on by name on their own.

He said hes building up the first party in an interview with gamespot.



Radek said:
S.T.A.G.E. said:
Stop signing contracts for exclusives. Build up your own studios spencer or be dominated by your competiton. Still has yet to figure out that what makes Sony and Nintendo development so special is that they have dedicated studios that fans depend on by name on their own.

Looks like they will never learn.

Seriously. They are like a spoiled rich kid who cheats on tests and has a mental breakdown if they have to do their own homework



jason1637 said:
Bandorr said:
Clever. Now when you cancel something, no one will care because there was no hype.

Also does that mean there will be no new exclusives for 2 or 3 years?

There will still be Microsoft/Console Exclusive but there will never be Xbox One exclusives.

S.T.A.G.E. said:
Stop signing contracts for exclusives. Build up your own studios spencer or be dominated by your competiton. Still has yet to figure out that what makes Sony and Nintendo development so special is that they have dedicated studios that fans depend on by name on their own.

He said hes building up the first party in an interview with gamespot.

Yeah and signing exclusives sounds like commissioning new ips from outsiders.



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S.T.A.G.E. said:
jason1637 said:

There will still be Microsoft/Console Exclusive but there will never be Xbox One exclusives.

He said hes building up the first party in an interview with gamespot.

Yeah and signing exclusives sounds like commissioning new ips from outsiders.

Well does it really matter who makes them? We are still getting games and if its a hit MS could just create a Studio like they did with Halo, and Gears.