Cuphead, the baby game 2D side scroller has kept me at a lost for words. Microsoft basically has zero to offer me for exclusives but Forza 7. For others PUBG will rule the console world this holiday. Mark my words right now! So basically for others Microsoft will be just fine this holiday if you stop and think about the weight of a success like PuBG. They have at least two blockbusters AAA’s and one baby game for this holiday.
As it stood for months, I have had a big problem over the fact that Microsoft has vowed to focus on games like Ori and Cuphead for their exclusives. Phil Spencer, who is now VP of gaming, has even more power now to make sure his vision comes to life. He was the one that pushed for this vision of social games exclusives over open world and action/adventure games. This not the direction I wanted nor any hardcore fan and I for one have not been able to understand this move and direction before this morning.
It was like a lightbulb moment. For the first time I see what they are doing. It’s a risk but it just might work. So, what does Nitendo do well in? Baby games and cartoon social type gaming. What do they lack? Power, which results in lack of real heavy hitters from being pushed to their system, preventing hardcore fans from going over.
Then we have Sony, who’s exclusives are action/adventure, sports with MLB, and open world games. They have the power but the one thing they are doing is focusing on duplicates. Third party games already have open world, action and adventure types sowed up. Sony is basically pushing more of what is out there already. Which Microsoft sees as a over saturation.
Microsoft is trying to do something similar to Nintendo but include the power and at the same time becoming the master of third party games like Sony was. They are focusing on the exclusive genre of games that developers aren’t already saturated in for third party games and allowing the open world and action/adventure to be handled by third party makers, while assuring the power to make it the best version of that game, therefore creating exclusives by default.
Yes, it’s a gamble! Could it pay off? That’s the million dollar question. Personally, I don’t believe they have enough time before Sony reacts to the Xbox one X to matter much. The gamble is that if even one of these areas of risk fails the whole things fails. Yes, right now Microsoft has done it’s job. It finally has the mindshare. Mindshare can make or break the efforts of a company’s product. And kudos to them for turning around the mindshare for their company. Media and even Sony fanboys are starting to finally come around. I’m starting to see more and more Sony owners planning to buy the Xbox one x for third party advantages. And I’m definitely surprised over all the media hype backing on the XOX, especially Digital Foundry. But once the PS5 hits, how long will it be before Microsoft has to do this all over again with yet another “most powerful console ever made”? Very soon afterword, is what I am thinking. So basically, I believe consoles are heading for a 3 year max shelf life before a new one hits the market. This could be good or bad news for us, depending on your point of view. But what is certain is that the rat race is in full effect now and where this leads us is most surely down a rabbit hole.