During an interview with Xbox UK, Phil Spencer has shared more intel about where he wants the platform to move in the future. According to Microsoft’s executive vice president at gaming, Xbox has to push a lot more on role-playing games, and that has started again with Obsidian and inXile joining the family.
Spencer said he is “really proud that I see now is how RPGs are stepping up for us,” and he recalls that he was there when the publisher had lots of exclusives in that genre.
“When I think Mass Effect 1 which I worked on, Jade Empire, Fable… I remember we really staked out RPGs as something that was important.”
The Xbox boss still thinks “first-person and third-person shooters have been strong.” However, things like The Outer Worlds releasing and having such a great critical consensus surely has the merit to make the execs at Microsoft re-think about it and share their library of titles in that direction.
“But it’s also, as we’re watching Xbox Game Pass grow and grow, we’re seeing more genres enter, and whether it’s genres that used to be popular and coming back or creators trying new things because they have an audience that’s always there and they can think how to deliver stories to those people…,” he added.
“But I do think RPG is an area that we should focus and I think X0 will be fun around that news as well.”
So maybe that’s an area where the company will want to have a more significant presence whether it’s with a push from existing Xbox Game Studios or acquiring some other teams – Spencer’s always said he’d like to have more and particularly from Asia.