Just Cause dev: Xbox always been a gaming platform, won’t change with Xbox One

Friday, 31st May 2013 11:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One is both mainstream multimedia hub and gaming consoles, Avalanche Studio’s chief creative officer Christofer Sundberg has stressed, explaining that if Microsoft where to call the console a pure gaming device it would lose the interest of mainstream media.

Speaking with Edge, Sundberg said, “Microsoft has said that it wants to make the Xbox One an entertainment center. If it was dubbed the ultimate gaming machine at this point, Microsoft would lose the attention of general media.

“This way, they are grabbing mainstream attention first and can focus entirely on gamers at E3. After that they’ll have both in their grasp. The Xbox is and has always been a gaming platform, and I don’t see that changing with the Xbox One.”

Sundberg also applauded Xbox One’s connectivity across separate devices. He continued, “More connectivity is obviously fantastic. It enables us to develop online features that enhances the open world gaming experience without limiting players by having to stay connected.

“I think Journey and The Walking Dead were great examples on how to use connectivity to make the experience more interesting, with the anonymous connection to other players in Journey and the decision feedback in The Walking Dead.

“We were a little late using all the fun metrics we’ve gathered from Just Cause 2, to make the game better and interesting for our fans, but in futures game we are using player patterns to a larger extent.”

Yesterday Sundberg shed light on Avalanche’s experience of developing on Xbox One, calling it an impressive machine in the process. Check out what he said here.

Thanks OXM.



  1. dex3108

    Avalanche is talking too much lately but they didn’t announced anything. First show something and than talk about current situation. I have feeling that Avalanche is developing Xbox One exclusive title.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Irani

    Xbox always been a successful platform , and sony loser , Viva Microsoft

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    Based on the amount of positive quotes Just Cause people have been giving about Xbox One, I have become certain that they have something exclusive for the system / expect stage presence during MS E3 conference.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ps3fanboy

    what an idiot, must be bought by micro$haft… or lived under a rock and haven’t seen the worst console reveal in history. anyway i am NOT gonna buy any games from this guy ever again…

    #4 2 years ago
  5. _LarZen_

    Been seeing this interview with Christofer Sundberg from Avalanche Studio on many sites these days. But I cant say I have seen any other developers going out praising the Xbox One.

    Many developers has praised how the PS4 architecture and how easy and good it is to develop for it.

    One must wonder why developers are not going out saying the same thing about the Xbox One?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheBlackHole

    So that’s practically confirmed JC3 as an XB1 exclusive then? ;)

    That and Mirror’s Edge wouldn’t be a bad start.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. MadFlavour

    Microsoft plan to use kinect to take seedy pictures of your children.

    I have the documents.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. polygem

    mirrors edge2 and JC3 as exclusive xbox games? really sounds like a possibility…not a fan of both though. not saying bad games but not games i am really interested in, the quantum xmedia game didn´t look promising to me either artworkwise, ryse kinect from crytek…hmm could become a surprise hit if the combat will be intense – like a fps dark souls, but i´ll doubt it, we´ll see, then we have forza…for now not much to get excited about imho but if i have counted that right there are still 10 more exclusives to show.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Tech-N9ne


    They are praising the PS4 architecture and ease to develop for as compared to the difficulties of the PS3.

    The XBox 360 always had a PC like architecture and was easy to develop for. The same goes for the XBox One, so what the point praising that again.

    The funny thing is PS4 development, is now done using Microsoft’s Platform and Microsoft Visual Studio, and people are here saying crap about XBox One development.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. wowtgp

    #10 2 years ago
  11. _LarZen_


    Ah yeah…I did not think about that :)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. hitnrun

    “The Xbox is and has always been a gaming platform, and I don’t see that changing with the Xbox One.”

    I don’t think anyone cares about this abstract crap. The suspicion of the Xbone comes from their specific policies and dubious features, not what it’s “about” or its “focus.”

    And the outcry over what the console is “about” will be raised over – for example – its interface, not its marketing.

    Incidentally, how awful do you think the Xbone interface will be? I think the over/under is the current 360 interface, with the smart money on the over.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. manamana

    Of course MS will show games at E3. And so will Sony. But what’s that babling about media attention? My impression after the PS4 reveal was that Sony had tremendeous amount of media attention. Without having a motion-Ad-spy sensor, without a new TV series and without some crude sportsgames and marketing suits talking about being kinected all along.

    They got the attention as a gamers console for gamers.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. pw38

    what an idiot, must be bought by micro$haft… or lived under a rock and haven’t seen the worst console reveal in history. anyway i am NOT gonna buy any games from this guy ever again…

    Aww, did he hurt your feelings? Also, pretty sure Sony’s E3 2K6 was worse. Here, take a look in case you’ve forgotten:

    #14 2 years ago
  15. lookingglass


    Sony had far less media coverage than the Xbox has had so far. You frequent games sites so it seems like a different story. Broad tech sites are very positive about the console.

    And thus the crux of the problem reveals itself. PS4 will not expand the relatively small gaming market with its “focus” on games. It will make gamers happy, but non-gamers won’t care about it. The Xbox One can actually bring new consumers to gaming. If it’s bought for multimedia, the person may throw a game in it for kicks at some point thus a new gamer is made.

    It isn’t all doom and gloom. Xbox is going to be able to do some cool stuff with Kinect and smartglass for games on top of the other multimedia features. And PS4 will have some great indies/exclusives and games will look moderately better. It’s a good year for consoles.

    #15 2 years ago

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