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Microsoft Game Studios Vice President Expresses Interest In Free-To-Play Games and Virtual Reality For Xbox One

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Phil Spencer, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, has expressed interest in both free-to-play games and virtual reality for the Xbox One during a fireside chat event at GDC.

The PlayStation 4 has been home to quite a few free-to-play games including Warframe, Blacklight: Retribution and soon Planetside 2, and it seems like Spencer wants to add this business model as well for the Xbox One. When speaking to Gamasutra’s editor in chief, Kris Graft, Spencer stated that he wants to bring the free-to-play format to the console, but they are trying to figure out how to establish a system that doesn’t mislead people into paying too much for each game’s content.

In addition to free-to-play games, Sony is ahead of Microsoft for recently announcing Project Morpheus, a virtual reality headset powered by the Move technology for the PlayStation 4 as the Xbox One has nothing official as of yet. However, the vice president has confirmed that they have “been playing with virtual reality” and he personally thinks it “can be really compelling” when “there are other really immersive games where [players are] actually […] able to completely, both audio and visually, immerse a user in an experience.”

It seems that both free-to-play titles and virtual reality could hit Microsoft’s console. Do you want to see free-to-play and virtual reality on the Xbox One?

Sources: Game Informer and Xbox Achievements

Chris Penwell is an editor who loves an engaging story and interesting combat within games. Previously writing for PlayStation Euphoria, Chris is a fan of most Sony Computer Entertainment titles including Uncharted, The Last of Us, and even White Knight Chronicles but he is open to all platforms. His ultimate goal is to go to E3 and interview the developers who have created the games he has loved throughout the 15 past years of his gaming experiences. His most anticipated games include Kingdom Hearts III, Beyond Good and Evil 2, The Division, Final Fantasy XV, and Destiny.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Will Have Witcher-like Expansions

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CD Projekt Red’s UI Coordinator, Alvin Liu, spoke with Prima Games about the future of Cyberpunk 2077 and the possibility of post-launch expansions.

During E3 2019, co-founder of CD Projekt Red, Red Marcin Iwiński, briefly touched upon the existence of DLC plans for Cyberpunk 2077 by disclosing the project’s roadmap. Liu, however, now confirms that there are talks happening within the company about expansions despite the main focus still revolving around the base game. Liu also promises that Cyberpunk 2077 will have a satisfying conclusion that resolves the conflicts presented within the story and that nothing is being intentionally withheld in order to add it as DLC later.

“We want to make sure everything’s complete, but we also want to build open worlds. I know when I was playing The Witcher 3 and I finished everything, I still want to know what everyone was up to,” Liu said. “I think we’re going to have opportunities like that as well for Cyberpunk 2077.”

Liu explains that the expansions for The Witcher 3 helped flush out the open world by focusing on secondary characters from both the books and previous games. In terms of scale, the second and final expansion for The Witcher 3 was as big as the entirety of The Witcher 2, so the possible scope for Cyberpunk 2077‘s post-game content is limitless.

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