August 23, 2004
XBox Benches Several Sports Titles
Ever hear the term "Barriers of Entry?" We all knew Microsoft had an uphill battle by trying to take on software giant, Electronics Arts. The result: Microsoft recently shut down its Sports Game Studio in Redmond, Wash., signalling an end to the "NFL Fever", "NBA Inside Drive" basketball and "NHL Rivals" franchises. You may have seen this coming by the way, since EA and Microsoft had already reached agreements to allow EA's sports franchises to be playable on the XBox Live online gaming experience. In related news, Microsoft's separate studio in Utah that develops individual sports games, such as the "Amped" snowboarding title, is not affected by the staff cuts.
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From the article: "Microsoft, which produced the biggest Xbox hit to date with the original "Halo," has attempted to beef up its in-house game resources by buying up major developers, such as Britain's Rare."
I remember when Microsoft did this, and effectively halted any Rare development on the Nintendo Gamecube. This is typical Microsoft reaction: Can't be the best? Buy it and make ourselves the best.
Posted by: Tighr at August 23, 2004 08:19 AM
Sounds like the Yankees.
Posted by: Doug Kaplan at August 25, 2004 10:16 PM