Xbox’s Phil Spencer says “2022 was too light for games”


Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has admitted that 2022 was “too light for games”.

Xbox gamers were somewhat disappointed with the output last year, especially after anticipated titles like Star field and redfall were postponed to this year.

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Speak against IGN, Spencer reflected on the momentum going into 2023, explaining, “Our commitment to our fans is that we need a steady release of great games for people to play on our platform, and we haven’t done enough of that in 2022. doubtless. And fundamentally, that’s up to me. I am the head of the company.

“The commitment we have to our customers to continue delivering great games is something that I take seriously, the teams take seriously, and 2022 was too light for games,” he added.

redfall
redfall. Credit: Arkane Studios

The Xbox boss went on to say that they are “excited to go into 2023,” and said of the games on display at Developer Direct, “I felt really good about the games that we showed.

“And know that too Star field is a game that we could highlight on its own show and then just start 2023 with good momentum, and like you said, I think we needed that.

Another expected game is the eighth Forza Motorsportwith Spencer assuring fans that it will definitely drop in 2023.

“We will undoubtedly come out with a date when we are a little closer. But we just wanted to reconfirm to people that this is a 2023 game,” he said.

Forza Motorsport. CREDIT: Run ten studios

The businessman added, “Showing great games, showing gameplay for those games and giving solid data that I thought was important this early in the year.”

Elsewhere, it was confirmed earlier this month that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has delayed plans to publish its final report on Xbox’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

The CMA previously confirmed that the $68.7bn (£57.9bn) acquisition had entered a second phase of investigation due to numerous antitrust concerns, while the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement last month saying that she hopes to block the deal.

Phil Spencer from Microsoft
Phil Spencer from Microsoft. CREDIT: Getty/Christian Petersen

Speaking of the proposed acquisition, Spencer said in the new interview: “My confidence remains high. We’re actively working with regulatory bodies around the world to approve this, and it’s been a learning experience for me.

“A lot of time spent, a lot of travel, a lot of conversations, but they are conversations where I can talk about our industry and the work we do and why we do it.

“I think the more regulators are informed about what gaming is, how the business is running, who the players are and what our ambition is, as Team Xbox is just a good thing for the industry itself.”

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