Matt Booty’s long interview with Kinda Funny Games microphones offered a lot of insights into Xbox projects in the pipeline. The head of Xbox Game Studios talked about the success of PlayStation and the need for Microsoft to create triple-A games of the same level.
In fact, in a passage of the interview, Matt Booty returned to talk about Microsoft’s strategy and the importance of the now famous Xbox subscription service: “the cool thing about Game Pass is that it’s got room for everything from Halo to smaller games like Grounded”. Asked about the PlayStation line-up and the need for Xbox to have “a game of that kind” in its catalog, the boss of the Green Cross studios said:
“First, just to bring it up, hats off to Sony and their studio system and the leaders that they’ve got there, I mean it’s fantastic,” he said. “You can’t argue with the quality and the craft and the games that they’ve delivered, that they’re working on now and the stuff that we’ve seen so far, so just kudos and hats off to them.
“I tend to come at that, less of ‘one of those’ and more making sure that we are paying attention to fan expectations. I think that there’s a certain kind of game that generates an anticipation that kind of becomes this big tentpole moment, it’s a game that fits that intersection that everybody can play and it’s also a big world that you feel like you can inhabit, and I think those kinds of games are important.
“And certainly, it’s been a place where we have not been out in front, we haven’t really had the sort of one to one with Sony there,” Booty acknowledged. “I don’t necessarily want to get into, ‘what’s our Uncharted? What’s our Horizon Zero Dawn? What’s our this? What’s our that?’ I don’t think that does anybody any good.
”But you hit on a great point which is, what I take away was, what are those game that have got universal themes, that have got a big world that people want to get lost in, that have really well realised characters and really high production values? That is absolutely what we want to go after.”
Matt Booty finally concluded: ” Have you hit the point, what remains, which game addresses those universal themes, which has a world where people want to get lost, which has well-defined characters and high productive values? This is what we want to pursue. “. In short, Microsoft seems willing to recover the lost ground also on this side. Meanwhile, Phil Spencer said Xbox is still looking for new teams to join.