“We’re really going after PC” – that’s the message from Microsoft as it (once again) pledges itself to PC gaming.
“So we love PC,” Microsoft Studios partner creative director Ken Lobb told Rock Paper Shotgun. “It’s obviously a source of huge revenue for Microsoft.
“The reality is that in years past we were the Xbox division. Although many of us love playing on PC, we can only make so many games. We can only do so much. Now we’re one [unified] Microsoft. I don’t see this as pressure. I see it as an opportunity.
“We have more support internally to support PC more. That’s great! My only expectation would be, please let us continue to do that over a five-year period so we can have real impact. That’s how it feels right now. We’re getting very strong support internally. So we’re really going after PC.”
However, when asked whether Microsoft has any major PC games or exclusives on the horizon, Lobb offered a slightly less convincing “I can’t make any announcements but we are very dedicated to that space”.
The assurances follow confirmation this morning that Jason Holtman, who joined Microsoft from Valve just six months ago to front its PC games efforts, has already left the company.
“[I want to make] Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment,” Holtman stated upon his appointment. “I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I’m excited to be here.”