Xbox Boss: "I Know We Have To Take Risks" After Scalebound Cancellation

Xbox Boss: "I Know We Have To Take Risks" After Scalebound Cancellation

Phil Spencer admits that Microsoft may have faltered, but promises to right the ship.

After Microsoft and Platinum Games announced the cancellation of Scalebound, Microsoft's head of Xbox took to Twitter to tackle fan complaints about the move. For many, it was the latest in a few interesting projects that Microsoft had shuttered over the years. Spencer admitted that Microsoft needs to be better about bringing new and interesting games to Xbox One, outside of Halo, Gears of War, and Forza.

Phil Spencer onstage at Xbox E3 2014.

"It hurt me as well and to the community, I apologize. I want everything we start to turn out great, to take risks, create diversity," said Spencer on Twitter.

"I know we have to take risks," he added. "I realize right now probably sounds hollow, but I agree."

Spencer said that internal studios are "critical" to Microsoft, but the division won't stop giving projects to independent studios. He also tackled the idea that offering a certain amount of money will simply result in a finished, great game.

"I won't abandon signing independent studio projects, but I agree first party internal studios are critical," he explained in a few tweets. "There isn't a pour in $X and get game. Much more iterative and organic than that."

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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