Microsoft Game Studios: "We Need to Step up" PC Gaming Efforts

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 24, 2010 6:01am PDT Microsoft Games Studios' general manager Dave Luehmann has addressed criticisms of Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming in an interview with MCV, saying that "It is our job to lead the way on PC" but conceding "we need to step up."

"There's been a fair bit of criticism aimed at Microsoft that we were spending a lot of our focus on console, and we need to be putting resources behind PC as well," Luehmann said. "Other companies should look to Microsoft for leadership, but I'm not sure they do. It is our job to lead the way on PC. And in some ways we are doing that and in other ways we are not. So we need to step up."

"We are putting some real investment and big IPs behind the Windows platform," he insists, including the PC port of Fable 3 as well as recently-announced Microsoft Flight and free-to-play Age of Empires Online. "However we are not going to stop there."

While Luehmann's sentiments are welcome, it's difficult to feel reassured when one of the three games he mentioned, Fable 3, was delayed indefinitely on PC only last month. MS promised news on its release date "soon" but this has still yet to arrive.

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  • The only time ms will do anything good for pc gaming is if another operating system looks like it's going to take the crown of "best gaming OS". with steam ported to mac it might be a start but the shitty video cards will probably make that go nowhere. there's been a lot of work on implementing dx11 in linux so *maybe* in 5-10 years that will go somewhere but i wouldn't hold my breath. There really isn't any reason otherwise for MS to do anything other than what they have been doing, it's not like getting into windows gaming will be some massive cash cow for them.

  • You guys are all dreaming about what Microsoft says, I would like Halo 3 or I want Fabel 3. Truth is Microsoft doesnt give a rats ass about PC games anymore, look at them Since the Xbox just come out and you will see they cared less and less about the PC ,before that we got great games now Crap with GFWL. They do this every six months put an article in the Press saying "we still care and We havent forgot about you guys because if it wasnt for PC and PC gamers we wouldnt be the Billionaires we are now" then after this artice they will forget again till some new Xbox 360 game gets mentioned and lo and behold no PC mention of it, well back in the Press again and saying "we still care and We havent forgot about you guys because if it wasnt for PC and PC gamers we wouldnt be the Billionaires we are now" then two days later someone mentions about "what are we going to do with the PC market" the rep replys " PC? oh you mean my Penis Cream, no just throw it away and leave me alone so I can play my Xbox 360 with Kinect, Wow this is going to sell like crazy. weee look at me flail playing Dance Central and looking like im having a seizure and playing with my little baby tiger in Kinectimals. Give me a freaking Break Microsoft. Put up or Shut up.

  • Note that their "huge PC game initiative" consists of two franchises wrenched away from studios that Microsoft closed down (Microsoft Flight and AoE Online), and a game with a big history on XBox, led by a developer known for hatimg the PC platform (Fable 3, and they can't even commit to a release quarter, let alone a release date). And all of these are, at their hearts, efforts to market GFWL, as they all require GFWL. Nothing original, nothing new, and little recognition of what true PC gamers are actually seeking (hint: it's not cheevos).

  • I think MS kind of waited too long, and gave too many AAA titles to XBOX-only. They've really pissed off (on?) PC gamers the world over. Admitting they have a problem is a good first step (if long overdue), but most people are tired of hearing excuses and PR bullshit. The only way they can fix their broken relationship with PC gamers is to just put their money where their mouth is and bend over backwards to get developers to make games for them.

    I'm willing to maybe forgive them because of the unmitigated stumble/ failure that was Vista -- but now that they have the generally applauded Windows 7, it's time to build on it with some good apps. Apple is stomping all over them with the AppStore -- I know it's for a different platform, but give Apple some time and they'll bring all 8 million games (at that point) to their desktop and in one fell swoop have more games and content than 25 years of Microsoft combined. It just seems to me that Microsoft is letting themselves get left in the dust when it comes to content and innovation.

    I don't think it would be a stretch to say that there is some deep incompetence at the executive level at Microsoft at the moment. I reserve some hope for them because, well, it's either that or the world turns to Apple (just thinking about such a world makes the bile rise in my throat).