Microsoft working on exclusives with “a couple” of unannounced first-party studios

Phil Spencer says we don’t know all of Microsoft’s first-party studios.

Microsoft has a couple of unannounced first-party studios working on exclusives, recently promoted Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has said.

Spencer said on Twitter that he still believes that exclusive content is a key to console success, and that Microsoft expands its lineup of first-party studios when it has a great idea to build. “We’ve been doing this with a few things lately,” he said.

New Microsoft first-party studios that are developing games for the Xbox One include Team Dakota, currently at work on Project Spark, and Black Tusk Studios, which has taken over the Gears of War franchise Microsoft acquired in January.

Spencer also mentioned Lift London, another first party developer that we last heard was working on four, free-to-play titles for "connected platforms.” Spencer added that there are also “a couple” of unannounced studios.

He previously said that Microsoft’s 90-minute E3 presentation will focus on games, so we might find out who these studios are and what they’re working on then. E3 2014 runs June 10-12 in Los Angeles.

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551 comments
gf61
gf61

"Phil Spencer says we don’t know all of Microsoft’s first-party studios."  

and we never will cause....


there in the clouds!

kane6911
kane6911

the Ps4 is not worth owning period. the x1 is the better console hands down. the game choices that are better on the x1 as well as multi-player games on line. sony frame rates drops and graphic drops below 1080 and 60 frame per second when you get on line to play multi player games. the x1 is a Juggernaut of a console. all my freinds who have brought a ps4 just sits back and let it collects dust. Microsoft may not have gotten it all right but trust me they did better than sony again. even with the graphic diff that no one can see. the games are better the controller is cooler the system is built better and it blends it well with all the other electronics in home.not to mention the media functions are wicked awesome as well. so to hell with sony they will bankrupt soon enough. 

chrisx2k3
chrisx2k3

Here's my summary...In terms of overall features/functionality, comparing the XBO with the PS4 is like comparing an iPhone to a standard flip phone back in '07. I'm very happy with my XBO purchase. Maybe I'll pick up a PS4 next year though.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Yea the Exclusives they already have suck. They have nothing that can stand between Sony and it's juggernaut PlayStation of consoles. Titenfall doesn't even run at 1080 HD on Xbone or 360. It's all bout PlayStation now.

chrisx2k3
chrisx2k3

The truth is...The only people knocking the XBO are those that don't have it, or aren't taking advantage of all of it's features...It's a groundbreaking console (software wise), no exaggeration. Don't listen to the haters, they don't have a clue.

sgtpepper1806
sgtpepper1806

Make one of them Crackdown 3 and the other a GOOD Banjo Kazooie and I'll buy an Xbox One tomorrow.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

I hear they have some new platformer game coming up, whose main characters are like maintenance workers named "Lario" and "Muigi".  They could probably crank out 70 games over the next 20 years with that IP.

Pupchu
Pupchu

Call of Duty 11 announced

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Well as long as the E3 MS Stage show 'DOES'NT' open with the next instalment of CoD its all good!!

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

here is what i guess : Forza Horizon 2 and Crackdown 3 . which will be so cool . or maybe they making some of unsuccessful xbox 360 Titles alive again , like Too Human which had a really good potential ... 

and they probably gonna show some Halo ( Halo 2 remake or Halo 5 ) , Gears of War and Fable . I hope Quantum Break , Sunset overdrive and D4 get a release date . 

and a bunch of multiplatform titles .

overall , I feel Great about xbox one . many great games coming ^_^

scraper2k
scraper2k

@kane6911  Omg you talk so much sh|t lmao, I have both consoles and no way is the xbox one built better... The PS4 joypad destroys the Xbox One pad. Xbox Ones pad feels like its made of recycled plastic and its all clicky and loose.


Both systems dont have many games out and all at the moment are not great, even your over hyped titan fall. Im no fanboy like yourself because i can prove it with gamertags from both consoles (my friends have this bla bla) Xbox One is a poor machine that dont feel next gen, ffs Titan fail runs better on the Xbox 360 than it do on Xbox One... lmao

kyelo
kyelo

@chrisx2k3  your making a summary/comparison without owning both consoles? Genuine, top notch advice right here folks!

hystavito
hystavito

@chrisx2k3  I'm not really one of those people knocking the Xbox One, but I have one and barely use it.


I don't use my PS4 much either, but it is getting more use than the Xbox One.  In general I prefer the PS4 UI, and although they aren't all great I have enjoyed some of the PS+ freebies for it.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Xbone has no features. No games worth buying a Xbone for.

Kooken58
Kooken58

@chrisx2k3 I knock cuz I want to try to make you "consolers" realize that there are better alternatives (PC) Cuz I love you and dont want to see you suffer through having to pay microsoft more money for content you should get for free (Xbox Live).


And the fact that you are missing out on great things such as mods. If it weren't for greedy developers and their love of shoving microtransactions down your throats, im sure we would see more developers support mods. Just look at some of the great content we have gotten from user generated.


In the end you are welcome to play on whatever system you want to, but I wish people wouldn't just sit idly by throwing money over to greedy companies.  Other than the occasional exclusive, little innovation seems to ever come out of the consoles.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@chrisx2k3 I think I would hate it even more if I had one, because then I would have wasted 500 bucks.

se007
se007

@sgtpepper1806 No, release quantum break, and make it good and innovative, then I'll think of getting xbo.

rasterror
rasterror

Nintendo: You want a Mario game well here are a few that you're looking for. Mario Party 37, Mario Tennis 93, Mario and Sonic equestrian, Mario synchronized swimming, and finally, and it's a big one, Mario Subway Sandwich Making. Also we're releasing a remake of the Zelda CD-i game.

rasterror
rasterror

If they released a Too Human 2 I will lose it. I'm one of the very few that still love the game and people still play online. I wish theyd buy the series and continue the story. It's a really good story and retelling of Norse mythology.

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@kingcrimson24 japanese ip
,and funny thing is both halo 5 and 2 remake are being rumored by MS themselves

Vodoo
Vodoo

You talk quite a bit of shit yourself. The XB1's controller feels like recycled plastic?! Are you serious? That killed any credibility you had right there. The only thing "clicky" on the XB1 controller are the shoulder buttons, but NOTHING is "loose."

The PS4 controller made bigger changes and is much better than the DS3, so now it's on-par with the Xbox controllers... not better.

The PS4 JUST got its first good game, Infamous. The XB1 LAUNCHED with 3 good games and then Titanfall, all exclusives. And Titanfall is an excellent game. There's a reason why it got super high review scores everywhere. Whether you like it or not, the XB1 has the better games.

I own both consoles myself and have only recently have had a reason to play my PS4. Infamous is a good game (I just got Platinum on it), but it's the only good game. Give credit where credit is due.

mike468
mike468

@sladakrobot @BryanParksSuper  

Funny, since I found Infamous more repetitive than titanfall. I:SS has no replay value outside of a second playthrough, and they give you same repetitive 3-4 task to d through 13 different districts. It gets boring about 3/4 through a single playthrough.

se007
se007

@Kooken58 @chrisx2k3 Yeah we also missing a whole plethora of bugs, hardware incompatibilities, buggy drivers, and necessity to constantly upgrade hardware.

chrisx2k3
chrisx2k3

@Kooken58 @chrisx2k3  That's where you're completely wrong. Alot of innovation has already come out of the XBO. I can tell that you don't own one, or haven't spent a significant amount of time with one. Get back to me after you do, seriously. I would like to hear from you then.

chrisx2k3
chrisx2k3

@Tiwill44 @chrisx2k3  You're the typical idiot I was talking about. You have no clue at all what using one is like. Not to mention, you prick, that you can get one for $450 from Target, with a game and 1 year subscription to Live...You're completely ignorant.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@rasterror So, they all contain Mario. Why is that a problem? They're all completely different games. You want them to make Mii Party instead? These games don't have a story, so replacing Mario with another character wouldn't change anything, it would just kill the charm.

scraper2k
scraper2k

@Vodoo  Looks like talking shit is what we have in common then. Infamous is not a great game just like titanfall, you must be easily pleased. I did try Xbox for a bit but Ryse sucked big time and was fed up of the glitch poorly made game dead rising. Forza is always a good game but had more issues.


After the fail of them games and sluggish looking dashboard (windows 8 flop) i started to go PS4 and aint got off it since.

chrisx2k3
chrisx2k3

@SIDEFX1  How does that enhance your experience with Second Son?...The sales? I'm confused by this.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Yet Infamous Second Son sold more than Titanfall and helped to sell more PS4s than Titanfall did for Xbox One. Suck that.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@chrisx2k3 Oh, it's that big black box that allows you to yell "XBOX TV" at your TV in order to watch TV, right? I've heard you can also order pizza with it too. That's cool and all but where are the games?

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@chrisx2k3 "Using one"? It's a game console with no games, so how would I use it?

rasterror
rasterror

The point I'm trying to make is that sequels aren't so bad if done right. CoD sells well because there are a ton of people that live the game apparently. I love Mario and wished they make a Wii U Mario Galaxy. I would love e to for my Wii U. The point is sequels are only made when the previous game sells well and people ask for it.