What a critical comment by Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox himself.
His interview with Kotaku was already discussed partially before, but there’s still some quotes to mention. Let’s see what Spencer said: „One of the nice things I loved about the E3 2019 Xbox Briefing, was the things that we didn’t show. I think about of the 14 first-party games, 12 are shipping in the next year. We were really able to focus on what’s coming now, which I think is awesome. And then I think about the studios — where was Initiative? Where was Turn 10? Where was Playground’s second team? This hasn’t always been the case with our first-party line-up — where we’ve had the ability to not show everything all the time.” The Initiative is a new studio in Santa Monica (the same city as the devs of God of War!?), Turn 10 is making Forza Motorsport games (and they likely will have a new one as a next-gen Xbox launch title…), and PlayGround Games, aside from Forza Horizon, they are very likely to make a new Fable game, which would also explain their opening of the second studio.
Spencer thinks more studios will result in higher quality games: „We did reach a time in our first party, where the number of games and studios that we actually had […] put a lot of pressure on everything. And it became more difficult to manage a portfolio when you kind of needed everything […] to hit the date that it had picked three years ahead of time [and deliver a] very high level of quality. The support that we’re getting now and we’ve had over the last couple of years has allowed us to invest in our first party, adding eight new studios and really create room for us to focus on quality.”
While Xbox is talkative, Sony is dead silent since Death Stranding’s launch date reveal…