Phil Spencer: Our Goal is to Release 4 or 5 AAA Games Every Year on Xbox - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 01 March 2020 / 6,083 Views
Microsoft in the last few years has increased its number of first-party video game studios.
At E3 2018 the company announced the of Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games, and the formation of developer The Initiative. In November of the same year Microsoft announced the acquisitions with Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment.
With Xbox Game Studios now having 15 studios Phil Spencer in an interview with jeuxvideo revealed the goal is to release four or five AAA games on the Xbox and Game Pass every year.
He is giving their studios creative freedom on what they want to develop. An example of this is Obsidian Entertainment that recently released the AAA RPG, The Outer Worlds, and at X019 announced survival game Grounded. The latter is being developed by a small team.
"Having a steady stream of great outgoing games on our Xbox platform as well as on the Game Pass is essential for us," said Spencer.
"Our goal is to be able to bring four or five new big games to the platform every year. (...) We do not have an imposed formula in terms of team size, style of play, ranking or genre. We give our teams a lot of creative freedom on what they want to create."
"We let our studios decide which franchises they want to work on," he added. "More and more, the leaders of our teams meet and discuss opportunities between studios, so that, perhaps, a certain franchise belonging to one studio is taken and assumed by another. These are opportunities we want to seize without feeling forced."
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