Guiz we need to seriously talk about how atrocious MS's First party has been. I've been meaning to make a thread about this after my Lionhead comments. After I got banned I kinda lost focus but the recent news about TP going free the nipples has once again reminded me that MS's first party is... a joke. It's pretty simple. Of Course Twisted Pixel is just a lil Indie-like studio so it's not a major loss but at this point I think even an indie studio is a pretty decent hit to MS's first party. Before this gen started there was a bunch of mystery studios that I was optimistic for, I figured one or two of them would be a new AAA game studio. Sadly NONE of them were. I will not turn a blind eye towards MS's First party, and the fact that their biggest studios are "one trick ponys" (I don't like that term but... so let me rephrase this.... the fact that their biggest Studios are only focused on ONE IP really sucks. For the record, I don't think Sony's and Nintendo's first party is perfect by any means. I'd say they're slightly better than MS's. If people want I can breakdown their first party as well.
Disclaimer: This contains opinions, yeah OPINIONS. Have your own? Post them
343 Industries - Halo slave studio, though they seem to like that. They've done a decent job so far with Halo (aside from MCC MM). I'd say their MS's best studio but this can be debated. If MS gave them freedom from Halo or even let them branch out into other genres like making a Halo RPG they might just be MS's ND
Decisive Games - Working on a Strategy game... Might be AAA? New IP? This might be a promising studio
Good Science - Studio is pretty much died, probably working on Hololens...
Speaking of HoloLens, let's just get these studios out of the way. The 5 studios we got excited for that turned out to be HoloLens studios...
Leap Experience Pioneers
SOTA (State of the art studios)
Yupp ALL HoloLens Studios
Kids and Lifestyle Entertainment - Makers of Xbox Fitness, doesn't seem to be doing much...
Launchworks - Still around, looks like they only assist other studios now...
MS Casual games team - Makers of Bingo, Solitare, Minesweeper.... Yeah nothing to see here
Microsoft Garage - Barely can be called a studio... made Voice commander for Xbone
Team Dakota - Made Project Spark.... yipeee
Turn10 studios - Forza slave....
Well let's see if the Europe studios are doing any better
Lift London - Mobile and F2P games in development... yayy
Lionhead Studio - Supposed to have a new AAA game in the works... yet I'm still waiting. Fable Slaves, and in my honest opinion an average studio at best.
Rare LTD - Working on that Pirate game, it's not what I wanted but it's something. I think Rare still has talent, we'll see where they go in a few years.
Press Play - A nice smaller Indie studio, whose to say they wont up and leave MS like TP did considering they have the same deal in place.
Mojang - Minecraft moneyhat... Nothing really exciting here. Considering their games are on all platforms it doesn't do much for Xbox. A solid purchase for MS though
Last but not least, the land of ReimTime (aka Canada)
Coalition - Not a fan of gears so... mehh another Studio that is a slave to one IP, plus I much prefered their Black Tusk name.
BigPark - Totally forgot this studio even existed, another dead studio. sweet
I'll give them a 5/10 for 343i, Rare, Decisive, Turn10, Coalition, and Lionhead (eventhough I'm not big on Forza, Gears, or Fable)
This is just sad, please rate and share your thoughts on the sorry state of MS's first party
I apologize for any errors and typos, I'll try to fix them later.