Phil Spencer: ‘Xbox must strive for quality and consistency’
Phil Spencer, big boss of the Xbox division at Microsoft, believes there should be more continuity in game releases from his own studios.
The delay of Starfield and Redfall meant that 2022 would also be a meager year for first-party games from Microsoft.
Starfield should have been the biggest hit of this year for Xbox. The action RPG’s release date was announced early, and director Todd Howard announced last November that he was confident it would be met. But this week, news broke that Starfield – along with Redfall – has been delayed to 2023.
Xbox owners seem to be complaining that it’s been sparse in terms of first-party games for a few years now and it’s certainly not going to change this year. Microsoft has attracted a few developers but in terms of games, nothing to see. Spencer reported on Twitter that he realizes gamers have been disappointed with the Xbox and are eventually seeking regular ‘home-grown’ releases of new games.
The Xbox boss really wants this to be put to effort by the studios and of course the company itself. Spencer states that Xbox wants to give their teams space to simultaneously produce the best product possible. This also means that if more time is needed to do so, they will comply.
“These decisions are tough for the teams making the matches and for our fans. I fully support giving the teams time to release these great games when they’re ready, but we’re getting feedback. Quality and consistency are expected, we’ll work to better meet those expectations We will continue.”