Next autumn’s line-up of Xbox One games is looking so “crazy” that Microsoft may have to “purposely try to move some things out” of the window to give them room to breathe, Phil Spencer has said.
Speaking with Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, Spencer explained that “looking at production schedules and how things are lining up, next fall is just crazy.
“I mean, this fall from a 1st-party/3rd-party standpoint is great. Next fall, I don’t… Honestly it’s not hype at all, I honestly don’t know that we can actually ship all the stuff that thinks it’s trying to ship next fall. It just might be too crowded and we might purposely try to move some things out to spread it. You have to [give them some breathing room], you have to do that.”
Microsoft has yet to announce its full Xbox One line-up for 2015, but has confirmed that Rise of the Tomb Raider and Halo 5: Guardians will both go on sale next autumn. Time-bending third-person shooter Quantum Break is also due next year, with Scalebound and Crackdown yet to be dated.
Spencer goes on to explain how February and May have proved to be good release windows for major releases in the past, citing the success of Red Dead Redemption and God of War.
“It’s nice as an industry that we don’t all have to get on top of each [other], just clobber ourselves and compete against one other, because there are enough hours in the year for a gamer to go play great games, but people want to play the things that are current,” he continued.
“And I think as publishers and first parties have success at multiple points of the year it’s just a good thing for us, because having three/four great games ship all in the same week at the end of October, while maybe on some forecast somewhere it feels like that’s the right thing to do, just as an industry I think it’s much more healthy if we have more beats throughout the year where people can ship great games.”