This year's E3 Microsoft review lacked some things some people might have expected. Forza Motorsport developer Turn 10 did not show his new game, while Microsoft's new studio, The Initiative, also did not show up during the event. Some also expected to see the new Fable game from the second team of Forza Horizon developer Playground.
Now, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has explained why Microsoft has been more focused on the games that will be released in the near future than those that may come out later.
Spencer told Kotaku that he was proud to announce that 12 of the 14 first-party titles that Microsoft demonstrated at E3 would be delivered the following year. "We really focused on what's coming now, which I think is great," he said. "And then I think of the studios: where was initiative? Where was [Forza Motorsport studio] Turn 1
Spencer said it feels "nice" not to have to show all the first party games at the show. He said teams like 343 Industries (Halo) and Turn 10 (Forza Motorsport) have "time" to develop new games that really excite people.
"We have given them time – we have what, four halos in four years – to give them the opportunity to really think and act creatively at startup." Tenth year is similar I would like to give them time to plan their plans
I love what but you need to be able to listen to your studios when they need time, and they want to focus on more things, and if you have more content, you can do that, " Spencer added.
The executive continued that quality for first-party games was "very important." He acknowledged that in the past, it had become "more difficult" to align the first-party Xbox portfolio with the release dates set years prior to release. Now that Microsoft has more studios – there are now 15 studios – the company can "make room to focus on [Microsoft] quality".
"I find it well what Rod [Fergusson] did [at Gears studio The Coalition] what Bonnie [Ross] did [at Halo studio 343 Industries] what Alan [Hartman] did with Turn 10 and what Helen did [Chiang] with Minecraft. "
For Halo and Forza Motorsport, the Waiting for a new release is already longer than usual – and as Spencer says, this is intentional. The release of Halo Infinite in Holiday 2020 will be approximately 5 years after the release of Halo 5 in 2015, which is longer than the average interval between the previous major releases. In the meantime, the Forza Motorsport series (without Horizon) has been released every two years since the first game in 2005. The latest episode, Motorsport 7, was released in 2017.
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List of Xbox Game Studios Developers
- 343 Industries
- The Coalition
- Compulsion Games
- Double Fine
- Microsoft Studios Global Publishing
- The initiative
- Ninja theory
- Playground games
- Turn 10 studios  Age of empires