I have been a huge Microsoft/Xbox fan for years now. The Xbox 360 had arguably the best collection of games during the last generation. Moving from the original Xbox to the Xbox 360, Microsoft saw that they were seen as a shooter console and focused on separating themselves from that label. The Xbox 360 had great games like Lost Odyssey and the first Mass Effect that fed a different type of audience. Now we have the Xbox One that has a good library of games at the moment but I feel like there is something that I still want. People will always be excited for games like Forza, Halo, and Gears of War. These are pillars in the Microsoft game catalog and I don’t want to see them go but I have one question. Where is the creativity and variety that I saw with the Xbox 360? Is Microsoft afraid of new ip?
As we marinate in year two of the console’s life cycle, I see a strong line up for the holiday. All of those pillars that are a part of the Microsoft camp will be hitting the market. The Xbox brand has experienced a huge upswing under the guidance of Phil Spencer. He is a guy that is a gamer and he listens to what his audience wants. Unfortunately it seems like the consumer is excited about the old stuff, and there is nothing wrong with that.
A part of me understands why Microsoft is not as ambitious with the type of new IP they go after. Last year Microsoft partnered with Insomniac games, a studio that was at one point synonymous with Sony, to release the game Sunset Overdrive. Sunset is a game that feels like a mix of Jet Set Radio and Dead Rising. The game gives me a feeling that I don’t feel too often on the Xbox platform. Despite the great ratings, the game didn’t sell like everyone expected. I am almost certain that if Sunset Overdrive was released as a Playstation exclusive that it would have done big numbers. Microsoft put down big money to have Insomniac create this game for them and they didn’t get the response they expected. This would leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth.
I fully understand if Microsoft is hesitant when it comes to new IP but they won’t give up. Gamescom is around the corner and they are bringing games like Scalebound, Quantum Break, and Crackdown (of course I know this is not a new IP). I have faith in Microsoft and the future that Phil Spencer envisions for the Xbox brand. Even though this year is full of old faithful titles, the coming years are going to bring a lot of new heat. I only hope the gamers support the developers and companies when the games are released. If we want to see more new IP, we have to buy it. Vote with your wallets people.