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Microsoft planning to bring more first-party titles to PC

#1SolnotPosted 11/7/2013 11:28:29 AM
http://www.pcgamer.com/2013/11/07/microsoft-planning-to-bring-more-first-party-titles-to-pc/

I've always found it a bit weird that the ancient PC game publisher and OS manufacturer Microsoft - custodians of venerable series like Flight Simulator and Age of Empires - would let some new upstart company, the one responsible for the Xboxes and Zunes and tile-based operating systems, also be called Microsoft. Surely that's grounds for- wait, what do you mean they're the same Microsoft? How does that make any sense?

Oh, right, apparently the two Microsofts really are one and the same, meaning that the decline, neglect and - in the case of Games for Windows Live - open hostility to the PC as a platform was some bold form of marketing strategy. But now, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer wants to reconcile the two images, and again start bringing their first-party games home.

"I think it's fair to say that we've lost our way a bit in supporting Windows games," Spencer told ShackNews at an Xbox One preview event, deftly demonstrating his mastery of understatement. "But we're back."

"You'll see us doing more stuff on Windows, he said. "We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we've had in ten years at Microsoft Studios." It's a promising statement, although Microsoft seem to pop up every year or so to reaffirm their PC commitment, often with little result.

Spencer clarifies that he's talking about 'core' games, in contrast to the lighter, more casual line-up that launched with Windows 8's store. That said, one of the few Microsoft developed Xbox One games confirmed for PC, Project Spark, is a Windows 8 exclusive, which could be a crucial caveat to Spencer's comments.

Even so, I'd be prepared to forgive Microsoft a lot of their former crimes if they'd just bring some Forza our way.
#2kelemvorPosted 11/7/2013 3:05:58 PM
Maybe they are worried about the Steambox bringing more gamers into the Linux fold. Also, maybe they are worried that the Xbox One isn't going to meet expectations and they need a fallback plan.
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#3luigi33Posted 11/7/2013 3:08:32 PM
Who cares about 'Halo' on PC?

We already have actual good FPS games.
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#4AlleRacingPosted 11/7/2013 3:21:04 PM
I'm not counting on the biggest Xbox exclusives getting Windows release, but I am hoping this means a revival of Age of Empires.
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#5PepsiWithCokePosted 11/7/2013 3:47:31 PM
This had better mean a Forza port.....
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#6ggf162Posted 11/7/2013 3:49:18 PM
How about a new Flight Simulator? It's literally been 7 years since it's last release.
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#7AsellusPosted 11/7/2013 3:51:59 PM
I'd be more impressed if they actually named a title or two but I suppose Microsoft acknowledging they have a conflict of interest supporting both pc gaming and their own console is something.
#8FenriswolfPosted 11/7/2013 3:53:14 PM
luigi33 posted...
Who cares about 'Halo' on PC?

We already have actual good FPS games.


LMAO, what's the last time PC had a good exclusive FPS outside of mods? What's funny is that COD and Battlefield are some of the most played FPS on PC, despite neither Activision or EA care about PC gaming.
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#9luigi33Posted 11/7/2013 3:59:53 PM
Fenriswolf posted...
luigi33 posted...
Who cares about 'Halo' on PC?

We already have actual good FPS games.


LMAO, what's the last time PC had a good exclusive FPS outside of mods? What's funny is that COD and Battlefield are some of the most played FPS on PC, despite neither Activision or EA care about PC gaming.


Counter Strike GO?
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#10xanthan1Posted 11/7/2013 4:31:00 PM
Fenriswolf posted...
luigi33 posted...
Who cares about 'Halo' on PC?

We already have actual good FPS games.


LMAO, what's the last time PC had a good exclusive FPS outside of mods? What's funny is that COD and Battlefield are some of the most played FPS on PC, despite neither Activision or EA care about PC gaming.


ARMA 3. Try again later when you've actually got a point.

PS
Going "popular games are popular" is stupid. Whats next, you gonna say the sky is blue or that you need to work on your bias?