Phil Spencer recently took some time to sit down with the lads from IGN and speak about what’s coming, what’s happening and what to expect from Xbox in the future.
After the strong E3 showing from Microsoft, many were left wondering where Twisted Pixel were and what’s going on with the studio and its new Xbox One game. When asked why Twisted Pixel’s new game wasn’t given a bit of time in the sun during E3, Phil Spencer explained that “you wanna make sure showing withe the full promise of what the game is, is critical to the game’s success.”
Sounds fair enough, really. Why show a game that isn’t even ready to be shown yet? Oh, wait. Crackdown? Yeah, we’ll let that one slide.
Phil was also asked about the possibility of a third Forza franchise. Yes, a third. His response wasn’t so clear, but after stating that he was especially pleased with Forza Horizon 2 he said that “I think… I dunno, maybe the team has some ideas.”
When Phil took over as the head of Xbox, he stated that he wanted to win the console race by bringing the best content to Xbox and making customers happy. When asked if this is still his view, this is what he said:
“Making sure we have as many Xbox and Xbox Live users engaged as we can is critical to our success both for our gamers, because it allows for more content to be created in the ecosystem as well as just giving you games to play and friends to play with. so having as much success with Xbox one and Xbox live, including the work on Windows 10 is definitely critical to us. It’s the 100 focus of the team.”
The Xboss then goes on to state that he won’t let others dictate who “wins” the console race.
“That said, I’ll definitely define winning on our own metric and I won’t let the press define what winning means or competition defining what winning means. I say – we’re delivering a great exclusive games for Xbox one customers.”
He concludes with the very customer-friendly statement:
“There’s a win in just delighting your fans and customers and growing that base.”
Sounds like a plan to us. First rule of business: keep your customers happy and give them what they want.
Second rule of business? Make money, probably.