Xbox’s Phil Spencer: Bought Rise of Nations for “Future Work;” Talks Steam, Patch Notes and More

on May 31, 2014 3:04 PM

The new head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division Phil Spencer took to Twitter today to give some more information about the acquisition of the Rise of Nation IP, and a few more interesting tidbits:

Really happy with the #RON IP acquisition. We kept quiet for awhile on this. I game I worked on long ago, we’ll do more with IP.

Steam is a great place to sell Win32 games. We acquired the IP for future work, I’m a big fan of the franchise.

He also  explained his plans about PC gaming more in general:

I agree that MS needs to up our gaming presence on Windows. Part of my XBOX role is to bring back our Windows gaming focus.

In addition to this, Spencer answered two questions about whether indie games will have achievement on Xbox One, confirming that they will, and about the possibility of implementing the possibility to read patch notes of games and apps like on PS4.

Good idea. I haven’t done this on my PS4, does this work for all games? I’d like to see how they implemented.

As a PC gamer I’m actually quite intrigued by the idea that Spencer’s role at Xbox involves bringing back the focus on Windows gaming. After the sinking of Games for Windows Live, it’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft will attempt some other form of integration of the two platforms.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.