Originally Posted by maverick40
The OP is grim reading for sure.
So basically their top 2 studios were created for the sole purpose of shitting out Halo and Gears titles?
Add in Forza with Turn 10 and you have the same 3 games every 2 years.
Not good at all.
Halo and Gears peaked years ago so it will be interesting to see where they go from here.
Good to know that games people have been enjoying new releases of for years now have peaked. It's not like the change in development studios have brought in opportunity to explore new avenues with the IPs and spread out into interesting territory.
Originally Posted by Darksol
Seeing them all together like that really shows how anemic their studio output going forward will be.
Anemic for who? Define your limits on what is or isn't anemic for this context.
Originally Posted by killer rin
To be fair, Microsoft's approach to Xbox is the same approach they take to everything they do. They create a platform, have a few key pieces of software for it; then let their Dev-Tools do the talking as third party takes it from there.... maybe add in in some financial incentive every now and then in the form of Second Party as well.
This is logical, practical, and for the best. Having a large stable of studios not specifically focused on creating and maintaining a platform and highlighting its features isn't what Microsoft wants, and they've proven this time and time again.
Originally Posted by Lord of Ostia
Fine, let me rephrase. I would like for them to fund a AAA Western RPG. There's not a lot of companies with the ability to make such games, and I really enjoy them.
A triple-A WRPG with drop-in, drop-out co-op in singleplayer and an online pseudo-MMO component would be cool.
Because in all likelihood that's what it's gonna be if they ever entertain the idea.
Originally Posted by wapplew
MS never really strike me as they are in it for game making business. They are in for gaming platform business, gaming infrastructure business, never in for game making.
Their games always used as tools to chase whatever cooperate goals of the time, like the TV show thing with QB, multiplayer focus to push engagement and live subscription, release games on PC to push Windows store etc.
I don't feel they are committed to make games anymore. I really missed the MS studios of PC era.
Every console maker is in it for the business. The fact of the matter is, each one approaches it differently, and it's difficult to asses any situation as matters of black and white when said approaches are often at odds with each other.