Schatz concurs and notes that it speaks to Microsoft's overall philosophy. "The reveal didn't talk about much that is relevant to indies," he said. "It's a little premature to say what they will or won't do in terms of game development since they've held so much back for their E3 presentation. That said, it's clear that their priority competitors are Apple and Google rather than Sony or Valve."
There's hope for the best at E3, not just for the indie sector, but also for interesting games, in general. According to Fouts, the time is now to combat ideas like franchise fatigue. "I think the sports games, movies, and Call of Duty focus leans towards their core demographic for the Xbox 360, at least, the early adopters," he said. "That makes sense to aim for them. This is obviously only based on what little I've seen so far, but the problem is what they're showing, I feel, doesn't look so amazing that most gamers will naturally be compelled to want it, but they'll buy it because extensions of franchises are simply stopped on the 360, and now on the new one. Ready for E3 to prove me wrong and this thing to knock it out of the park for consoles. I love console games! Let's have new, good, and interesting ones!"
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