It has now become undeniable how strong of a lineup the Xbox One has for the rest of this year and into 2016, with games like Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Quantum Break and Scalebound all slated to launch before the end of next year. Microsoft has been shelling out great exclusive after great exclusive, but among their upcoming exclusives will be some brand-new IPs, which do come with their own risks.
Creating a new IP has always been a risky endeavor for developers and publishers, but Microsoft has not shied away from continuing to build them so far this generation. In an interview with GameSpot, Xbox One boss Phil Spencer spoke about creating new franchises and how there is just as much knowledge to acquire from a new IP that succeeds compared to one that fails.
“The thing with new franchises is that they’re difficult. This is going to sound funny, but you want to fail, because when you fail, it means you’re pushing the boundaries of what’s expected. So, you kind of need to know what the boundaries are of what’s possible,” Spencer said.
Spencer comments are interesting, yet accurate from the standpoint of pushing the boundaries of what a new IP can be. The more gaming can step outside of its comfort zone in the type of games that are released, the better of we all are. Granted, taking risks with new IP can come back to haunt a publisher, it’s still great to see new series come to light, especially since we are still in the early days of this console cycle.
As this cycle becomes older and both IP and new hardware progress, it’ll be interesting to see how the frequency of new IP changes one way or the other. Spencer went on to talk about the risk involved with new IP, as well as his thoughts on the two new Xbox One IP Microsoft showed off to start their briefing last week.
“When you’re starting new games, in terms of new ideas and mechanics, your fail-rate is much higher. That’s why the ratio of new IP [versus old] is not going to be much higher. But I’m so proud we opened the show with Quantum Break and Scalebound, and I know it’s not a new IP, but I’m so glad we closed the show with Halo Wars 2,” Spencer said.
Microsoft has set up a magnificent lineup of exclusive content coming this holiday season and into 2016. Xbox One exclusives that have already been released are titles like Rare Replay and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be next in line. Forza Motorsport 6 releases on Sept. 15, Halo 5 will launch on Oct. 27 and Rise of the Tomb Raider will release on Nov. 13.