Reviews for Sony’s God of War came out yesterday and, to little surprise, the game was met with critical acclaim and currently sits at a 95 on Metacritic based on over eighty reviews. It’s been hailed as one of this generation’s greatest games, and it left Xbox fans wondering… where’s theirs?
Sony by and large has more studios to pump out high quality single-player exclusive experiences like The Last of Us, Uncharted, God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn. Xbox, on the other hand, seems to be investing more on services and multiplayer experiences. Things like Xbox Game Pass, Sea of Thieves, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. This has caused some fans to question Xbox’s commitment to first-party single-player games like Sony. While Xbox has a few, many of these games just don’t measure up to what Sony delivers in some people’s eyes. Xbox head Phil Spencer has now commented about this on Twitter.
Our hardware took time, our service/platform/BC took time and continuing to grow our 1P will take time. A high quality and diverse 1P (yes, with SP) built the right way is our goal and what our customers deserve. We can have similar results to what we've seen in hw and platform.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 13, 2018
Replying to IGN’s Ryan McCaffrey, who tweeted that it would take time to build the type of first-party portfolio that players are asking for, Spencer stated that the company is indeed growing their first-party output, but it takes time. Spencer reiterated a commitment to high quality single-player games as those are what Xbox consumers deserve. But Xbox also wants to offer a diverse array of experiences. And that’s where Games-as-a-Service titles that can evolve over time and other subscription services come in to play.
E3 2018 is on the horizon so there’s a chance we could see some big surprises from Microsoft in the form of these single-player games that people are clamoring for. But again, these things take time. Rest assured that Xbox is working to please its fans.