Phil Harrison has commented on the first-party exclusive lineup for the Xbox One. According to a report from Gamepur on April 16, the corporate vice president behind Microsoft was asked if his company’s stance on exclusive games is different when compared to Sony. Although Sony is focused on publishing first-party PS4-only titles, Microsoft has been partnering with third-party companies with releases such as “Dead Rising 3” and “Titanfall.”
Phil Harrison reassured fans that his company is still very much committed to first-party development. He first mentioned that critical and financial success of “Forza Motorsport 5,” which came out at the launch of the Xbox One. Along with the tentatively-titled “Halo 5,” Microsoft is also planning to release “Fable Legends” and “Quantum Break” for the next-generation console. Finally, the recent acquisition of the “Gears of War” franchise, which is now being developed by Black Tusk Studios, should bolster the lineup as well. You can find his comments from the Xbox Achievements interview below:
I'd like to think we do both. I'd like to think we have incredible talent in Microsoft Studios building unique, exclusive franchises for Xbox One, whether it's Forza 5, which has been one of the highest rated games on the platform, selling incredibly well. Whether it's Kinect Sports Rivals from the team at Rare, whether it's Fable Legends coming from Lionhead, whether it's Quantum Break coming from Remedy. We have just announced that we acquired the Gears of War franchise and are bringing that to Xbox One with one of the most talented teams that we've ever seen together in our industry.
The biggest first-party franchise for the Xbox One is still “Halo,” however. Microsoft announced “Halo 5” during their press briefing at last year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Although the company has revealed very little information since, Phil Spencer did teased that new details will be coming at E3 2014.
Aside from “Halo 5,” “Quantum Break” is probably the most standout exclusive to be shown off so far by Microsoft. The third-person shooter, which is being developed by the creators of “Alan Wake” and “Max Payne,” uses live-action videos along with time-manipulating powers. You can find a photo of one of the development team members talking about the Xbox One video game from the official Remedy Games Twitter page with the image attached to the top of this article.
“Quantum Break” is expected to arrive before the end of this year. On the other hand, several reports mentioned that “Halo 5” won’t be coming out until 2015. Microsoft is expected to fill the gap with “Halo 2 Anniversary,” a remake of the second game from the popular first-person shooting series.