In an interview published today, Microsoft Games Studios’ general manager Dave Kuehmann commented on some criticism that PC gamers have been sending towards the gaming giant, pertaining to their commitment to develop games on the platform. According to Kuehmann, “It is our job to lead the way on PC” but admitted “we need to step up.”
To be fair, I probably should list the full quote. He said, “There’s been a fair bit of criticism aimed at Microsoft that we were spending a lot of our focus on console, and we need to be putting resources behind PC as well. Other companies should look to Microsoft for leadership, but I’m not sure they do. It is our job to lead the way on PC. And in some ways we are doing that and in other ways we are not. So we need to step up.”
Of course Kuehmann is optimistic. He went on to say, “We are putting some real investment and big IPs behind the Windows platform,” mentioning Fable 3, Microsoft Flight, and Age of Empires Online. “However we are not going to stop there.”
As a PC gamer, I have to say that I’ve heard this all before. Microsoft has periodically told the PC gaming market that it has not forgotten about them, but continues to save their “core” games for the Xbox 360. Last time they said this, their big present to PC gamers was Games for Windows Live, a horrible redundant shell that does nothing but get in the way of gamers playing their games. Now I don’t mean to be so harsh. I hope with all my heart that Microsoft finally comes back to PC gaming. However, until I see some legitimate proof of Microsoft’s “Triple-A” PC titles, I still hold onto my right to be skeptical.
What do you guys think? Is Microsoft serious this time? Do you guys think I’m being too harsh on them? Let us know what you think with a comment below.