Xbox boss and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer recently talked to Axios as part of a new interview, and some quotes that didn't quite make the cut have been doing the rounds since then, courtesy of reporter Stephen Totilo.
One of them is that Spencer wants Bethesda's Starfield to be "the most-played Todd Howard game ever" — Todd Howard being a Director and Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios. Here's what Spencer had to say:
“I love the Forza 5 and Halo stats... I love how many people played Psychonauts 2 vs. Psychonauts 1. So, when I look at the teams, when Todd and I talk about Starfield, it's: 'How do we make sure this is the most-played Todd Howard game ever?'"
"... Forza and Halo the last releases — those are the most played games in those franchises because we made them available on more screens than we ever have, through more business models than we've ever made them available."
It's not just Starfield, either. Spencer also went on to discuss the recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard and how Microsoft is hoping to make the likes of World of Warcraft, Call of Duty and Candy Crush more accessible in the future:
“Yeah, I want more people to be playing WoW in five years that are playing today. I want more people to be playing Call of Duty in five years, more people to be playing Candy Crush in five years, because we've made it more accessible to more people.”
It's going to be a tough task for Starfield to surpass the likes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in terms of player count, especially considering it's not coming to PlayStation as well, but it sounds like Spencer is up to the challenge!
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