Xbox Exec Defends Line-Up of Exclusives – IGN
“You bet” Shannon Loftis would love more exclusives.
Microsoft Studios Publishing’s general manager, Shannon Loftis has defended the Xbox One’s line-up of exclusive games, and indicated that unannounced exclusives are in the works.
Speaking to GameSpot, Loftis said, “I think our offering is good and it is solid. I definitely hear that gamers want more. […] We do have more coming; more that are in the works that we’re not talking about now. But I feel good about what we have to offer for the launch [of Xbox One X].”
Addressing the criticism that many of Xbox’s exclusives (such as Forza 7 and Cuphead) are also available on PC through the Xbox Play Anywhere programme, Loftis was more bullish:
“I may be out in left field but I do not see how offering games on more platforms to more gamers is a bad thing necessarily, particularly in a multiplayer scenario.”
Loftis did however acknowledge that the studio would like more exclusives on its books – but stopped short of saying exactly what’s caused the perceived shortfall right now: “Would we love to have two-dozen more super-strong, absolutely exclusives? You bet”.
It’s been a tough couple of years for Xbox exclusives – Microsoft has canceled both Scalebound and Fable Legends, and delayed the long-awaited Crackdown 3 into next year.
It’s clear there’s been something of a problem with Xbox’s first party properties – here’s how our own Ryan McCaffrey would fix that.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he wouldn’t say a word if Microsoft just rebooted Scalebound. Go on guys, we’ll all pretend we didn’t notice that cancellation. Follow him on Twitter.
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