Xbox’s Shannon Loftis defends Play Anywhere program and exclusives line-up


6, 2017

Shannon Loftis, Microsoft Studio’s general manager of first-party publishing, has once again come out to defend the brand’s line-up of exclusive games and its Xbox Play Anywhere program. Speaking to GameSpot, she acknowledged fans’ concerns surrounding the subject but said that she believes offering games on more platforms is a good thing for players.

“Regarding [Xbox Play Anywhere] and games being available on PC, I may be out in left field but I do not see how offering games on more platforms to more gamers is a bad thing necessarily, particularly in a multiplayer scenario,” Loftis said.

While touching on players’ concerns regarding Xbox’s line-up of exclusives, she said, “I don’t want to disregard the feelings of the people that care deeply about exclusives for Xbox …” Still, Loftis thinks positively of what Xbox has to offer, both right now and in the future.

“I think our offering is good and it is solid. I definitely hear that gamers want more. Would we love to have two-dozen more super-strong, absolutely exclusives? You bet. We do have more coming; more that are in the works that we’re not talking about now. But I feel good about what we have to offer for the launch [of Xbox One X].”

While Crackdown 3 won’t make the Xbox One X’s launch like previously planned, the holiday looks good for the system with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds coming to Xbox Game Preview on December 12.

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