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Kotaku Rumor: Microsoft 6 months behind in game production for Durango


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#1 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:27

We've heard from other sources that Microsoft is not where they want to be at this point in the pre-launch development of Durango. A reliable source—one who was not part of our reporting about the Respawn game—tells us that Microsoft is as much as six months behind in producing content for the new console, despite an expected late-2013 launch. Another tells us that Microsoft recently cancelled several internal next-gen projects because they were not coming together as hoped. These sources have told us that, comparatively, Sony is in better shape and further along with hardware and software development for PlayStation 4.



We'd also heard from an industry insider that Microsoft was aggressively trying to sign exclusive games for Durango. Given the lack of internal development at Microsoft—their internal studios, while talented, are outnumbered by those of Sony and Nintendo—and given some of the apparent recent stumbles and slowdowns internally, signing an exclusive Respawn-EA game would suit the Durango quite well.



This is just a trainwreck waiting to happen, I really hope all these rumours are false because its all Sony needs to start being complacent again.

Typical Microsoft though throwing money about to try and save themselves, its what they get for shutting a lot of their internal dev teams.


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:37

Seems highly unlikely. MS has been very strict and rigid about their launch deadlines on console launches and they know what it takes to develop. especially when you know how much can be done in game development in 6 months.

third party exclusives is a good bet though, especially since it's already known MS is tying down a lot of exclusives for launch, rumored to get a bunch of timeds for EA and respawns new game is supposed to be xbox only. Same strategy they employed with the 360, buy a lot of exclusives early in the life of the console.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:39

There is anecdotal evidence all over GAF, a poster who is in the industry has a dev friend who is working on a Durango title says that the dev kits run really hot, Microsoft is struggling to get the hardware tied down properly, that coupled with games behind schedule is why they haven't said anything and why the reveal was pushed back.

Black Tusk who used to be MGS Vancouver is rumoured to be working on Ryse with Crytek is way behind schedule.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:46

So far everything everyone posts is "anecdotal evidence". we like to call him click farming.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:48

He is a "respected" poster who has given us a lot of correct information on Durango and PS4 before the actual hardware leaks. He isn't advertising anything, he is under NDAs himself.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:49

I mean seriously, and I think they mean a poster who says he is.

There is anecdotal evidence all over GAF, a poster who is in the industry has a dev friend who is working on a Durango title says that the dev kits run really hot, Microsoft is struggling to get the hardware tied down properly, that coupled with games behind schedule is why they haven't said anything and why the reveal was pushed back.

Black Tusk who used to be MGS Vancouver is rumoured to be working on Ryse with Crytek is way behind schedule.


Ryse has been behind schedule for 1-2 years already, it was supposed to be an early 360 kinect title.... so that doesn't mean the new next xbox version is behind.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:52

Scheduled yes but Black Tusk was only formed late last year, if its not Ryse whatever game they are working on is way behind schedule. Ryse has rumoured to have gone from kinect only to a full AAA title.

A couple of other known third party developers on GAF are corroborating the information, its supposedly well known within dev circles about overheating dev kits.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 08:56

Scheduled yes but Black Tusk was only formed late last year, if its not Ryse whatever game they are working on is way behind schedule. Ryse has rumoured to have gone from kinect only to a full AAA title.


that's what I meant with when they changed from 360 kinect to next xbox.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:01

"Other sources", "Industry insider"...

As soon as I hear such terms I completely disregard an article.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:04

NeoGAF is a little different, there are numerous first and third party developers as well as other people attached to the industry that have a proven track record of giving out correct information.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:25

Sorry, disagree. Yes they have a good track record, but without a source, a quote is meaningless to me!

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:35

Microsoft will just throw money at the problem if anything; they've done pretty well with that before.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 09:50

It's still only a kinect only title though, and it was a AAA title before as well.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:02

It's still only a kinect only title though, and it was a AAA title before as well.


New rumours suggest it's not Kinect only.

As for respawn rumour it's going to take more than yet another MP FPS game to get a lot of jaded gamers excited. I wouldn't be throwing all my money at the dudebro generation.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 10:07

NeoGAF is a little different, there are numerous first and third party developers as well as other people attached to the industry that have a proven track record of giving out correct information.


Problem is that people give you 20 pieces of information, 3 of them turns out to be, well mostly true. at that point the other 17 guesses are forgotten about and the user is considered an insider genius who knows everything....

New rumours suggest it's not Kinect only.

As for respawn rumour it's going to take more than yet another MP FPS game to get a lot of jaded gamers excited. I wouldn't be throwing all my money at the dudebro generation.


we don't even know what game it will be yet. and I like how you take the claim that Sony says we won't have just FPS games(wow... captain obvious wants his uniform back) to mean that the xbox will have only FPS games. despite having the largest library of JRPG's last gen, simply because the first 3-4 year they bought every JRPG exclusive there was.

but yeah, I'm sure MS. who has been the one to show most interest in diversifying is going to be releasing only FPS games next gen.

the may announcement and E3 is going to be pretty awesome this year I think. holiday season and 2014 is going to be massive for gamers I Suspect.



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