Perfect Dark and Fable are just two massive franchises that are coming back to life with Xbox Game Studios. The reception to both announcements has been immensely positive, but what helps Xbox choose which games to reboot?
Game Pass, of course.
In a lengthy interview with Kinda Funny Gamescast (transcribed thanks to VGC), Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked whether the number of players diving into old games encourages the company to reboot older titles. In response, Spencer said: “Absolutely it does", claiming Xbox Game Pass is a "great source" for this information.
“Absolutely it does. Take Prey, which I think was an amazing game when it came out but a lot of people missed. Seeing more people playing something like Prey, or Dishonored or going back to Fable and [that] you can talk about those games, for us as we sit back as a creative organisation and watch what people are interested in, it gives us more data to think about things that we might pick up and take forward with new ideas and new teams that might want to go do that.
“So yeah, Game Pass has definitely been a great source… It was amazing when Bethesda came in and we were able to put so many of the ‘old new’ games into Game Pass and going back with the legacy that we have with some of the IP… even thinking about Rare Replay was a really interesting thing for us to go do and letting people go and experience some of the old Rare IP.”
It's a perfect example of Xbox listening to the community through player engagement. Clearly the success of Fable has prompted another entry, and there must be something in the numbers for Perfect Dark to have made a return.
Personally, we would love to see Banjo-Kazooie return one day, especially considering the platforming genre is coming back with a vengeance. While it may be a pipe dream, we can still hope. But if everyone wants to get online, download the game and sink some hours into it to show how popular it is, we wouldn't complain.
Are there any classic franchises you'd like to see get rebooted? Let us know in the comments below.