Microsoft Xbox head hints strongly at new RTS Xbox One game reveal

Microsoft Xbox leader Phil Spencer is continuing to be pretty open to speaking with members of the gaming community as he dropped some hints Saturday about what the company plans to reveal at E3 2014 in just over three weeks.

Spencer used his Twitter feed to make some quick comments to fans on Saturday evening. One response was particularly interesting. When asked by a fan "which now-marginalized genres do you think might see a resurgence this gen?," Spencer answered with, "RTS on console." Microsoft recently posted an open position on its careers page looking for someone to help lead a new team to make a AAA game "within an established and well-loved strategy game franchise."

Another fan asked Spencer if he had thought about reviving some of the FASA game franchises, to which he responded, "Yea, amazing IP at FASA, Jordan Weisman created some great worlds." Microsoft published a number of FASA games based on MechWarrior, Crimson Skies and Shadowrun for the original Xbox, Xbox 360 and PC.

Spencer also offered an update on getting the Xbox One controller to work consistently on the PC, stating, "We are making progress. I also play on PC and want the same feature, team gets the feedback from me."

Microsoft has already announced some major news prior to E3, such as the $399 Xbox One without the Kinect sensor and Halo 5: Guardians. On Saturday, Spencer wrote on his Twitter feed that we can expect some more pre-E3 2014 announcements from the Xbox team, saying, "Show is getting set so easier to see what we want to talk about prior."

Source: Phil Spencer on Twitter | Image via Microsoft

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Hah, Red Alert was on the PSX, quite fun to play. But horrible to play compared to Red Alert on the PC. (In a time where analogue stick were non-existent, but even with analogue sticks it was quite horrible).

Why not start focusing on PC gamers Microsoft...... Always that Xbox focus....A RTS title would be perfect for the PC gamers. But no they will do it for the worst RTS platform of all time.

If SteamOS gets some traction, with Microsoft absolutely failing to cater the PC gamers, I can actually see it taking off. Even I'm currently willing to consider ditching Windows and going Linux, only because Microsoft fails to deliver.
If Linux gets used by a decent proportion of PC gamers, many titles will be made to work with Linux.

Since Halo 5 will not be out until Fall 2015, what else will drive Xbox One sales? I think not having real launch titles is hurting Xbox One. Either that or the console business is dieing.

Nope. RTS doesn't work with a controller. Microsoft seems to have forgotten they have another gaming platform that does RTS much better.

Lord Method Man said,
Warcraft 4 X1 exclusive.

Yup! Blizzard is going to throw away all of the eSports potential and make a game for kids that requires 10 APM.

Shadowzz said,
Warcraft 4 is never going to happen, they can earn more money with abusing it in WoW etc.

Or, they don't want to compete with SC2.

Big ol' meh for me. Still waiting for the PC announcement; will be disappointed if it's just a half-baked effort yet again, especially after months of wait since their initial statement of having something in the works.

I hope they make a good MechWarrior game. MechWarrior is so good, IE11 spell check automatically capitalizes it.

with the power of Kinect 2.0, it could be just as good at PC. Assuming your hand movement replicates the mouse movement and you can use voice commands for right click menus, there's no reason they couldn't do it well.

macrosslover said,
with the power of Kinect 2.0, it could be just as good at PC. Assuming your hand movement replicates the mouse movement and you can use voice commands for right click menus, there's no reason they couldn't do it well.

Could Kinect register 200+ APM?

macrosslover said,
with the power of Kinect 2.0, it could be just as good at PC. Assuming your hand movement replicates the mouse movement and you can use voice commands for right click menus, there's no reason they couldn't do it well.

Have you actually tried using the cursor function in Kinect? It has a hard enough time with the giant tiles.

macrosslover said,
with the power of Kinect 2.0, it could be just as good at PC.
That's hilarious. I have the Leap Motion, which is very similar to the Kinect, and I wouldn't even consider playing an RTS game with it, let alone suggest it is better than mouse and keyboard.

RTS games on console are simply terrible.

theyarecomingforyou said,
That's hilarious. I have the Leap Motion, which is very similar to the Kinect, and I wouldn't even consider playing an RTS game with it, let alone suggest it is better than mouse and keyboard.

RTS games on console are simply terrible.


Leap motion is terrible and I wouldn't compare the two.

siah1214 said,
Leap motion is terrible and I wouldn't compare the two.

The Leap Motion is cheaper and more accurate. If it is terrible by extension the Kinect is even worse.

My point is that waving your arms about is not an accurate or practical way to control an RTS game.

theyarecomingforyou said,

The Leap Motion is cheaper and more accurate. If it is terrible by extension the Kinect is even worse.

My point is that waving your arms about is not an accurate or practical way to control an RTS game.


How is leap more accurate? At the appropriate range Kinect is infinitely better... Which one is being used in space stations and which one is a failed product doomed to the dustbin of failed tech ideas? I'll take Kinect any day. Leap is a frustrating pile of crap.

siah1214 said,
How is leap more accurate? At the appropriate range Kinect is infinitely better... Which one is being used in space stations and which one is a failed product doomed to the dustbin of failed tech ideas? I'll take Kinect any day. Leap is a frustrating pile of crap.
Just out of interest, have you used both the Leap Motion and Kinect?

theyarecomingforyou said,
Just out of interest, have you used both the Leap Motion and Kinect?

Own a Kinect, used Leap Motion for a few days after it came out, got frustrated and sold it on Ebay. Still use my Kinect a lot.

siah1214 said,

Own a Kinect, used Leap Motion for a few days after it came out, got frustrated and sold it on Ebay. Still use my Kinect a lot.

Have you tried emulating a mouse with Kinect for Starcraft 2? Were you able to build 5 workers before getting destroyed?

elenarie said,

Have you tried emulating a mouse with Kinect for Starcraft 2? Were you able to build 5 workers before getting destroyed?


No Mr. PCGAMERMASTERRACE, and I bow before you and your liquid cooled uber gaming PC.

I think it's a great concept and something that should be explored. With the finesse available with the Kinect 2 (that hasn't been explored yet) I think it's a great idea.

Sorry for thinking something was a good idea.

siah1214 said,

No Mr. PCGAMERMASTERRACE, and I bow before you and your liquid cooled uber gaming PC.

I think it's a great concept and something that should be explored. With the finesse available with the Kinect 2 (that hasn't been explored yet) I think it's a great idea.

Sorry for thinking something was a good idea.

It is not going to work unless it can detect 200 APM, just by scanning one's hand, and react to those actions just like a keyboard.

It is like saying that we should use touch for RTS just because it works. If it works, it doesn't mean it works alright.

Maybe... just maybe... or not... nope, definitely not.

RTS success check:
Targets PC gamers -> as good as StarCraft 2 -> go for it.
-> not up to today's RTS standard -> don't bother.
Targets console gamers -> don't bother.

Why as good as Starcraft, I'm a huge RTS fan, and Starcraft is quite low on my list of all time favorites.

CNC(old ones), Dune, Tiberian Sun (originals), Total Annihilation, Supreme Commander... All surpass Starcraft IMO.