Microsoft might spread out 2015 games

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I have been ranting and raving about how stupid the end of year release calendar is each year. Gamers aren’t all children – they can buy games at any time of year, not just wait until the holiday season. It seems Microsoft has woken up to this, and might just be changing up their plans for 2015.

Speaking to Major Nelson (as transcribed by VideoGamer), Xbox boss Phil Spencer explained that they’re evaluating how things are lining up for next fall (or spring for us in the Southern Hemisphere).

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.

We don’t have the full lineup for 2015 from Microsoft, but we do know that Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo 5: Guardians, Quantum Break, Scalebound and Crackdown were probably all going to fall within that period. Spreading things out would be a good idea to give each game its own chance to shine. Spencer notes that there are enough hours in the year for gamers to play great games, but that they want to play things that are current.

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.

Yes! I’m so glad that someone agrees with what I’ve been saying for a while. It would be so great to have more excellent games release during those dry months in the year, instead of everything being grouped around September, October and November. There are so many excellent games coming out at the moment, they inevitably get lost in the shuffle. By spreading them out throughout the year, it gives each game a greater chance of getting noticed, and ensures that gamers don’t get bored during the rest of the year. Of course, it also gives us less time to tackle our backlogs, but none of us mind, right?

Last Updated: November 4, 2014

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