Vault-Tec Seal of Approval
- Oct 25, 2017
Great fit for both parties!
Yes I'll admit Xbox/Microsoft hasn't done well in the past. I could see why people might be worried. But now that they place more importance on Xbox Live accounts and GamePass I think things will be much better. They know they can't run a subscription service on multiplayer GaaS type games alone.Or, that maybe people are still hesitant about MS as a publisher?
They screwed over the developers for the Phantom Dust reboot, as well as SWERY with D4.
They abandoned a lot of developers to help pay for Kinect marketing (Aces, Lionhead)
They pushed for everything to be GaS - Fable Legends, Halo series, Forza, etc,
Under their care, a beloved studio floudnered, and made basically nothing worthy of note for like 20 years (Rare)
They shut down Ensemble because they were "the RTS studio", and that wasn't the direction they wanted to go, despite not letting Ensemble work on anything but RTSes (They had pitches for everything from racing to MMOs)
They have studios that exist to to never work on new IPs, just like EA's sport studios (343i, The Coatillion, Mojang, Turn 10, Undead Labs)
They basically have an almost EA track level with studios. When a studio gets bought by MS, I generally consider them to have an expiration date, unless they work on one series for the rest of their time. So basically, I just don't trust MS as a publisher. While Phil seems to be saying the right things, it'll be a while until we see results, and if he retires, or otherwise leaves, it could mean a huge disaster, since it seems like he is the only one pushing for things to not be as horrible.
Insomniac will continue to make additional projects outside of Spider-Man. They're not going to turn their satellite studio in Durham into a secondary resource factory for Spider-Man only. Honestly, I think the more likely scenario is that their Durham studio will make some flagship PSVR / PSVR2 titles...like Ratchet & Clank (ala Astro Bot).
That's heavily reductive. What about Obsidian and Inxile?
They are a top quality studio with a fantastic track record. It's more than worth it IMO.
Well they bought a studio that was basically just making exclusives for them already. This is most similar to Microsoft buying playground games. It seems unlikely that this will result in more PlayStation games from Insomniac.
Is this a serious post?
They don't really have "3 AAA" teams. They have two studios, and those studios juggle projects fluidly. Most of the NC Studio is working on VR titles and has been for some time. The Burbank Studio has historically juggled multiple projects, but it isn't necessarily segmented into teams. Usually they have the majority of their studio working on whatever their current production is, with a smaller "team" working on whatever the next title will be in pre-production (prototyping, concepts, etc).
I agree that as long as they are focused on XBL and Gamepass, we'll see less terrible publisher things from them. I just hope that the people championing such things don't leave the company or anything. :/Yes I'll admit Xbox/Microsoft hasn't done well in the past. I could see why people might be worried. But now that they place more importance on Xbox Live accounts and GamePass I think things will be much better. They know they can't run a subscription service on multiplayer GaaS type games alone.
Though I wouldn't blame Rare's problems on Microsoft alone. Since they joined Microsoft they did release another Conker, Banjo, etc. Them sucking had nothing to do with Microsoft. And their refusal to do sequels and constantly try out new genres has been Rare's big thing since long before Microsoft joined the video game market.
Also they haven't just floundered. Viva Piñata was a huge success for them. So is Sea of Thieves. Not that I care about a pirate GaaS.
And conversely you didn’t see anyone complaining about Playground games being acquired by Microsoft. So you were in that thread criticizing the “cheerleading” too, right?I don’t even own an Xbox. My only console is a Switch. It’s just funny to see the different tones in the studio buy out threads.
When Microsoft bought Double Fine and Obsidian you had people complaining in the threads about these companies becoming Xbox exclusive. But here it’s nothing but cheering.
God, the mods really need to pull the sticks out of their ass. Is it really necessary to ban people for harmless posts like this? No fun allowed at this place...
Never even played a single game from both of them, to be honest. Their track record is not really impressive in my opinion, especially their more recent projects. These studio's are also not super well known (yeah here they are) or famous. Sure, Pillars, Fallout NV and KOTOR apparently are good, but for the rest?