Microsoft cancels 1 vs. 100, Xbox Live's first game show

In an unexpected move, Microsoft has pulled the plug on 1 vs. 100, the television-style game show that aired on Xbox Live. The cancellation comes just two seasons after it debuted last November.

The game was downloaded over 3 million times during its 13-week pilot season and attracted thousands of players. According to Microsoft, 114,000 Xbox Live users in the United States and 81,000 users in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland played the game during its time in Beta. The game even managed to win a Guinness World Record, but that didn't seem to be enough for Microsoft.

Speaking in an interview with Kotaku, Microsoft Game Studios manager Dave McCarthy said the decision was made to put the team on new projects rather than pursue another season of the game show. "When we started on this journey, we knew we were creating an entirely new genre of entertainment that would be a continually evolving concept.”

Regardless of the company's decision to cancel the game, McCarthy said that Microsoft is still interested in applying the concept to future projects. "We're very proud of the '1 vs. 100' team and their accomplishments, and are excited to apply what we've learned to future programming."

Microsoft said the 1 vs. 100 developer team is now "focusing their skills and applying the technology used to develop '1 vs. 100' to new projects that will be unveiled in the future."

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BOOOO! Microsoft. honestly. that game ruled and was one of the few that the entire family could enjoy and participate. we looked forward to every tue/thurs for that reason. for shame microsoft... for shame...

0sm3l said,
What the...? Really Microsoft? Something is a success and you kill it? Hmmm

If I'm one of that game's developers, I wouldn't want to be stuck developing that game for the rest of my life.

thenonhacker said,

If I'm one of that game's developers, I wouldn't want to be stuck developing that game for the rest of my life.

Well, if you ask one of the hundreds of Microsoft employees that were let go, I am sure they would be happy to work on 1 vs 100 for a while.

http://www.neowin.net/news/mic...globally-across-the-company

Trust me, despite the spin you apply, this isn't something that Microsoft is doing as a 'favor' to the game developers.

markjensen said,
Well, if you ask one of the hundreds of Microsoft employees that were let go, I am sure they would be happy to work on 1 vs 100 for a while.

http://www.neowin.net/news/mic...globally-across-the-company

Trust me, despite the spin you apply, this isn't something that Microsoft is doing as a 'favor' to the game developers.

Considering the link says the hardest hit department was marketing, i'm not sure who would be developing the game.

Auzeras said,
hmm, only thing keeping me on xbox live was that and a few minimal features. time to jtag the 2nd xbox

Ah. So I'm sure the whole "playing games against other people around the world" part never meant anything to you and your $50.

Oh well. Enjoy your piracy.

Not played it but looked interesting in the youtube vids i saw, maybe they will do some for special occasions like xmas? Never anything to do then part from watch crappy repeats anyway lol

WTF? Something that actually was original and had potential and they d/c it? Is Microsoft using one of those booths that blows money everywhere to decide on what to do next?

soLoredd said,
WTF? Something that actually was original and had potential and they d/c it? Is Microsoft using one of those booths that blows money everywhere to decide on what to do next?

They'll be using the concepts but going in a new direction - breaking away will allow them to use the best bits but apply ideas that sticking with the same format would not allow, as is said in the article....

"Regardless of the company's decision to cancel the game, McCarthy said that Microsoft is still interested in applying the concept to future projects. "We're very proud of the '1 vs. 100' team and their accomplishments, and are excited to apply what we've learned to future programming."

Microsoft said the 1 vs. 100 developer team is now "focusing their skills and applying the technology used to develop '1 vs. 100' to new projects that will be unveiled in the future.""

The Teej said,
No idea what the hell Microsoft are smoking over there, they're acting pretty erratically.

Yeah, I loved the concept. I really wanted to play it but the schedule was always tough for me... Now I really feel like I missed out.

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, I loved the concept. I really wanted to play it but the schedule was always tough for me... Now I really feel like I missed out.


I loved this one too, but I do agree the scheduling wasn't great. Hopefully they use what they've learned to come out with something even better!

Skullpture said,
I actually liked that game.

I know, that was the only game that made me think, "I wish I had an Xbox so I could play that".

PS Home has a somewhat similar type of game in it though.