Shane Kim and Phil Spencer of Microsoft are excited about this year’s line-up for the Xbox360 with Gears of War 2 and Fable 2 in the pipeline.
Though they admit “it’s easy to look back and go ‘you can’t possibly be as strong’,” referring to last year’s star studded guest list of COD4, Mass Effect and Halo 3.
Spencer and his crew will have to execute in the face of stiff competition. As momentum for the rival PlayStation 3 builds, 2008 is yet another year that the Xbox 360 must be ready for Sony exclusives such as LittleBigPlanet, Gran Turismo 5, Resistance 2 and the recently-released Metal Gear Solid 4. (Not to mention the Wii, whose successful strategy has shot off in a decidedly different direction.)
Unsurprisingly, Spencer is backing Microsoft in the software battle this year, particularly during the ever-important holidays.
“I feel very good about our lineup,” he says. “I think if you look at the inception of the 360 and our contributions at Microsoft Game Studios, this holiday looks to be in my mind another great holiday for us.
“…The lineup that we have both this holiday, and looking into the early concepts and prototypes to come, I think it lines up against any competitive lineup that I see out there.”