Microsoft's game lineup is just as diverse as Sony's, creative director says

"Absolutely," says Ken Lobb when asked if Microsoft Studios offers the same breadth of diversity as Sony does.

Microsoft Studios, the Xbox maker's game division that includes studios like 343 Industries (Halo), Turn 10 Studios (Forza), and Lionhead Studios (Fable), has a game portfolio that's every bit as diverse as Sony's, according to creative director Ken Lobb.

"Absolutely," Lobb told Edge in a new interview when asked if he felt that Microsoft Studios offers the same breadth of diversity that Sony offers with its own game lineup.

Some of Microsoft's first-party games include mature-themed titles like Gears of War and Halo, as well as more family-focused offerings like Kinect Sports Rivals. Sony follows a similar path, catering to action fans with games like God of War and Killzone, while also releasing titles like LittleBigPlanet.

Lobb went on to say that Microsoft does not "slot fill," meaning the company does not seek out specific games to fill certain genres only as a means to compete with other companies.

"It's not a game we play. I want to go and find developers that want to make a game that they think is perfect, and then we'll decide if that is something that's interesting to us from a business perspective and also from a portfolio perspective. [But it's] not, 'Gee, I need a fighting game. I should make one of those.'"

Lobb brushed aside a suggestion that Microsoft formed Forza developer Turn 10 Studios as a means to compete with Gran Turismo outfit Polyphony Digital. "You can look at the business [side] and say that Turn 10 was built to compete, but the reality was that we had a bunch of car fanatics who really wanted to have a go at making a racing game," Lobb said.

"It wasn't leadership coming down and saying, 'We must build Polyphony. Let's create a team.' It was from passion first. That's where Forza came from," Lobb added.

Microsoft's game lineup is expected to grow next month at E3 when the company announces both new IP and new sequels, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Microsoft's E3 2014 press conference, called "Xbox: Game On," is scheduled for June 9 at 9:30 a.m. PDT.

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Discussion

422 comments
jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

What will sell systems and what both console makers need to add to there library is some RPGs - I mean real honest to god hard core western and or JRPGs, like a skyrim, fallout, lost odyssey, maybe a dragons age, or even a final fantasy. The fact that both consoles launched without a rpg was pretty sad, as just about every game contains rpg elements now. 

I know rpg are hard to make, it requires much more labor, skill, talent, and TIME, but there is always a huge uptake of systems bought with a final fantasy game or a elder scrolls or mass effect. 

While a ni no kuni white witch, might not sale - sony needs to get on it and bring us some 8th gen updated Jrpg to its system. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

Big news. What the fuck you expect him to say? Oh no, Sony's lineup is much better and more diverse? Nothing but flamebait, once again Eddie......

mattress805
mattress805

Diversity like their May exclusive...Kinect Sports. Lol. No thanks

maggon_rohit
maggon_rohit

Diversity is a great word for Microsoft to defend their statement.


What they lack are choices in that so called "diverse portfolio". For every Halo and Gears of War, Sony had everything from:


Uncharted

Last of Us

Infamous

Resistance

Killzone

God of War


Serious regrets supporting Microsoft in last gen. Missed out on a lotta great stuff which only PS3 had.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

microsoft's game lineup might be just as diverse as sony's, but it will never be as good. 


naughty dog > epic games

SOE > Microsoft Game Studios

Don't get me started with lionhead studios. terrible voice actors, very dull games (seriously, what people see in fable I will never know).

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Here is what I want to see: Project Beast / Souls exclusive (Praise the Sun!), Uncharted and The Order 1886 (the lore, art and premise in The Pledge trailer was sweet!) gameplay reveal, Guerrilla Games' hotly rumored massive open world RPG announcement, Syphon Filter reboot (Kill Strain?), God of War, THE YEAR for The Last Guardian :), Destiny multiplayer reveal, rumored violent action game that is smooth and fluid as butter and puts The Division's graphics engine to shame, and the big secret we know nothing about yet. 


Oh wait, oops!

wallacom
wallacom

All they need to do is announce Halo and Halo bundle. Xbones will fly of the shelves.

justinneveritt
justinneveritt

I think if we're talking about games in general (including 1st, 2nd and 3rd party as well as indies) they're fairly equal. If we're taking straight up (console?) exclusives, it's a little more diverse on the Sony side. Hopefully MS continues to close the gap though. The only thing more games hurts is our wallets!

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

MS has it covered with plenty of diversity. We got TitanFall, CoD, Halo, Gears AND BF4. What else does a human being need?

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

He is right. They both have no games.

playstationzone
playstationzone

Well hopeing for LBP3 and lot great sony games and mirosoft fans should see great games for xbox1 only.

lubbalots
lubbalots

can't wait for the Evil Within!

Celsius765
Celsius765

I wouldn't say Microsoft's line up is diverse, but rather the 3rd party line up is diverse. As of right now what MS lacks is 1st and 2nd party support. All they really have is 4-5 franchises and a few kinect games. Honestly if you can get it elsewhere without the live gold shackles then you most likely won't by it for xbox. If you take away the multiplats and the 5 or so franchises they have what else is there to play on xbox

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@maggon_rohit I know alot of my friends who went from 360 to ps4 immediatly wanted also a ps3 to play all those true exclusives all ms has nowadays is payouts for third partys that make the games look better on ps4 due to graphical experience

Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

@maggon_rohit   Also add Beyond Two Souls, Rain, Journey, Flower, and Unfinished Swan to that list.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@maggon_rohit  

So you list two third person shooters (Uncharted & Last of Us), two first person shooters (Killzone and Resistance) and two action/adventure games (God of War and Infamous), then proceed to call that a diverse lineup? I think you need to look up what that word means in the dictionary. 

justinneveritt
justinneveritt

Epic's not an MS studio and truthfully, unless Microsoft pays them a LOT, their next isn't going to be an exclusive.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@justinneveritt  You can see it in the leadership of Xbox at the time. Peter Moore was running the show at the beginning and the 360 had some of their best years in existence. Then when Don Mattrick took over you can see the quality of the games fall apart. There was a increased focus on DLC and MTs. The X1 was going to be his money grubbing crowning glory but the gamers wouldn't stand for it. Now with new management Xbox is again back on the right track. 

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@eternal_napalm cod and bf4 are on ps4 with better graphics titanfall will be on ps4 in better graphics and we havent even heard from epic games about gears there making a whole different game called fortnite also halo has become cod with energy shields

franken_stein
franken_stein

@eternal_napalm A fail at sarcasm but A+ for effort.  Go play your wonder gizmo PS4 and stop reading MS articles if your so anti XB1 and MS. There is also, (and this list is actually incomplete, the actual list is longer).


Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
Below (Capy Games, Microsoft Studios)
Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
D4 (Access Games, Microsoft Studios)
Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft Studios)
Destiny (Bungie, Activision)
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix, Disney Interactive)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare, Electronic Arts)
Dying Light (Techland, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
EA SPORTS UFC (EA SPORTS, Electronic Arts)
FIFA 14 (EA SPORTS, Electronic Arts)
Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix, Square Enix)
Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Rare, Microsoft Studios)
Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix 1st Production Department, Square Enix)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
LocoCycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
Mad Max (Avalanche Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
Madden NFL 25 (EA SPORTS, Electronic Arts)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions, Konami)
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition (Mojang Studios, Microsoft Studios)
Mirror's Edge (DICE, Electronic Arts)
NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
NBA LIVE 14 (EA SPORTS, Electronic Arts)
Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PopCap Games, Electronic Arts)
Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
Project Spark (Microsoft Studios)
Quantum Break (Remedy, Microsoft Studios)
Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE, Electronic Arts)
Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games, Microsoft Studios)
The Crew (Ivory Towers, Ubisoft)
The Elder Scrolls Online (ZeniMax Online Studios, Bethesda Softworks)
The Evil Within (Tango Gameworks, Bethesda Softworks)
The LEGO Movie Videogame (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – North America)
Thief (Eidos Montreal, Square Enix)                                
Tom Clancy's The Division (Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft)
Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (MachineGames, Bethesda Softworks)
Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)

blackace
blackace

@Celsius765 They have more then 4-5 franchises. Crackdown, Kameo, Banjo Kazooie, Fable, PGR, Forza, Gears of War, Halo, Perfect Dark, Quantum Break, Ryse, Conker, Sunset Overdrive, Dance Central and a slew of other titles. There are moreNew  IP's coming at the E3.

maggon_rohit
maggon_rohit

@dlCHIEF58  I just wanted to call out the number of IPs available exclusively for the PS3. Having one exclusive in every genre is also diversity, but Sony has more number of choices even within a genre.


Add Demon Souls and MGS also to that list.

lim30041982
lim30041982

@eternal_napalm Comment of the day. Yup when "TITAN" was announced they say XB1 selling will go sky rocket. I think many people including me suprised that titanfall almost dont have an impact to XB1 sales.(yah it got XB1 sales increased but infamous do it for PS4 too and other "decent" games will help rise any console sales number , but like i said dont "significant")

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@bunchanumbers @justinneveritt they need bungie back but there american selfishness and overly greedy ness threw them away and sony has them making full dlcs that wont even be on the xbox. Destiny should've been an xbox exclusive 

justinneveritt
justinneveritt

I like Phil Spencer. I think he's what Xbox needs and deserves. I would like to see more Xbox exclusives though, as opposed to "console exclusive" games like TitanFall. I think that's where the real divide between the two is.

lim30041982
lim30041982

@franken_stein If im buying consoles not for indie , if i want play indie  no consoles can win PC (steam every one). Thats why now is not a good time to buy PS4 and XB1.

And from the list u provided it will just make XB1 more shamefull. Why ?? because many of that game play better in PS4 (like i said not included indie).

Now just remove all the indie from that list and the game that is not out yet , then add PS4 Exclusive and compared it and see which consoles is better.

For example :

 

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)  ; PS4 VS XB1 (winner PS4)
Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft Studios) ; (Winner XB1 , because exclusive)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare, Electronic Arts) : PS4 VS XB1 (Winner dont know yet so just remove it)

Kill Zone Shadow fall ; (Winner PS4 , because exclusive)

Thief ; (Winner XB1)

etc

etc

and what i mean by winner for multiplatform game is (better resolution , better fps , etc). And dont u dare say that is not matter (between XB! and PS4 version). Off course it is matter because u buy the game in same store with the same price with the same ugly clerk store why u cannot get the same quality ??

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@blackace @Celsius765 sony has 10 platinum franchises microsoft has 1

halo

is the only one and isnt made by the developers that made it a platinum serries no more

maggon_rohit
maggon_rohit

@dlCHIEF58 Mr. Dictionary has a hard time reading the entire comment before responding. I'm talking bout choices rather than diversity from the start.


In any case, apologies if I offended you  

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@maggon_rohit  

So you add a game whose spiritual successor had 2 iterations as multi-platform titles (Demon/Dark Souls) and another franchise that began on Nintendo consoles and is now mult-platform (MGS). LMAO - you really do need a dictionary to look up "diversity". More of the same does not equal diversity. 

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@Aaronp2k @bunchanumbers  I did say consistently. That indicates that there were some weeks where Infamous won. And on the X1 numbers alone Titanfall has outsold Infamous. 

As of April 19, 1.56 million. 

Infamous SS 1.15 million. 



thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@bunchanumbers Considering it's on 3 platforms, it's not that impressive since many were assuming it would pull off Halo sales in the same amount of time. .  

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@bunchanumbers  thats a huge lie. infamous has sold more than x1 version of titanfall in some weeks as well. also titanfall is on 3 platforms whereas infamous is on 1. the fact that titanfall has to compete with infamous despite being on 3 platforms says a lot. also the only reason x1 has been outselling ps4 is because there is no ps4s to sell coz they already sold out lol. most of the xbox one's on store shelves are probably stocked from february. the rest will be titanfall bundle's.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@lim30041982 @eternal_napalm  Titanfall did help raise Xbox One sales. Over almost the last month now X1 has been outselling ps4 in the US. Not only that Titanfall has been the number 1 selling game for the 2 weeks ending on April 19. And Titanfall has been outselling Infamous consistently since the week after its launch. 

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@justinneveritt If there lineup was as good as you say i wouldnt be looking to sell my xbox one sorry man but the japanesse dudes just put more heart into it

justinneveritt
justinneveritt

True, it won't be an easy road for them. I do have confidence that Rare will deliver with Quantum Break, 343 with another Halo (4 was pretty legit), even ex Sony darling Insomniac looks to have a pretty nice game on the way with Sunset Overdrive. No doubt it's a steep slope, but if they can stay focused and deliver what their players want, games, they should be able to right that ship.

lim30041982
lim30041982

@justinneveritt It will very hard for XB1 to back to the right track . thats because their "first step" is screwed. When ur machine cannot support or have limitation compared to the competition ur only chance to "win" is the exclusive.


And like we know in this time all publisher/develepor is going for the money and thats mean multiplatform. Look at last 5 years AAA game (well at least close to AAA) is multiplatform.


Exclusive games like Halo,Killzone,etc,etc, is very rare to non existent.

justinneveritt
justinneveritt

I disagree. What I like about Spencer is that he is first and foremost a gamer. Beyond that, he's said the right things thus far and until MS either follows through with those things or flounders as they did under Mattick we can't really call what will happen. Who knows! I personally don't own an Xbone and never owned a 360. So saying that only fans are excited for what he can bring to the table is incorrect. As a gamer, I look forward to what he may potentially bring to Xbox in hopes that it will help further gaming as a medium.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

@justinneveritt  I think bone owners would love any new dude ecksbawks put out (although the booing scene last year was funny). What MS is trying to do is mention this dude so much and have their advertising buddy mention his Twitter so much that it creates a hype train, but there is none outside of Xbone fangirldom.