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Mattrick departure unrelated to Xbox One woes, analysts say

Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 02:18 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Analysts have weighed in on former Xbox boss Don Mattrick’s departure form Microsoft, noting that the company’s Interactive Entertainment division is in safe hands.

“Don’s been an industry pioneer and a key catalyst to Microsoft’s success in video games. He’s leaving behind a well-crafted and very skilled team of executives that are perfectly capable of carrying the torch,” EEDAR’s vice president of Insights wrote in response to our request for comment.

“Microsoft is in capable hands moving forward and I don’t think anyone anticipates Don’s departure to impact the Xbox One’s launch.”

The Xbox One DRM scandal probably had nothing to do with Mattrick’s departure, he added.

“It can take months from initial engagement to when an executive decides to leave a company to join another. Any near-term events were probably unrelated to his decision, but we’ll truly never know.”

Divnich said that Microsoft’s reversal of licensing policies as rapidly as it did “speaks a lot to Don’s integrity and work ethic”.

“A lessor person may have kept these issues unresolved or passed them along to his successor or subordinates,” he said.

Colin Sebastian of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated had a similar stance.

“Mattrick’s departure unrelated to recent Xbox One issues. We note that Mr. Mattrick’s departure creates some uncertainly for Microsoft ahead of the Xbox One launch, and IED leadership will now report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer,” Sebastian wrote.

“However, we believe most of the major strategic decisions have been made, and the existing Xbox team will manage the day-to-day business and launch.

“Per our E3 conference wrap-up note, we believe that consumer sentiment has improved, but remains mixed on the Xbox One, in part due to the higher price point vs. Sony’s PS4. Nonetheless, multiple Xbox One titles look promising, including Ryse, Quantum Break, Titanfall and the next Halo, which should generate healthy core demand.”

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  1. torjs99

    yeah

    #1 1 year ago
  2. actuallyisnotafox

    Mattrick departure related to xbox one woes actuallyisnotafox says :p

    This guy was the face of xbox one, in my opinion you dont just up and let go your guy

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DSB

    “Analysts speculate”, really :P

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Useful Pseudonym

    Some people lie in order to keep their Microsoft stock high says analyst of analysts

    #4 1 year ago
  5. zme-ul

    Mattrick’s departure unrelated to recent Xbox One issues
    O’really ?!? so why didn’t he left before the launch, or even before the reveal

    remember that piece of rumor stating Mattrick was to be promoted? http://allthingsd.com/20130603/microsoft-ponders-major-restructuring-amid-renewed-wall-street-focus-on-stock/
    if he was to be promoted, why did he left a big paycheck, secure job for a position as CEO of a crumbling company

    that promotion did a 1-80 and got him fired :)

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Silent Killer01

    Does anyone care what analysts have to say?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. ps3fanboy

    yeah riiiiiiiight, LOL… more lies and fud spreads by a analysts that is payed by micro$hafts. this is a pretty poor attempt in damage control.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    “multiple Xbox One titles look promising”… Which were they, then? Did they show some good games behind closed doors, instead? Quantum Break, of which I’ve so far seen a 360 degree rotation of a paused still. And Sundown Overload or whatever it was that looked a lot of fun in its trailer, from Insomniac. They looked smart. Also, MGS5 looked interesting. Can you really do anything in that huge space. Well, it looked spectacular.

    As for Titanfall, I didn’t think it looked all that great. And besides, the whole man-in-mech malarkey has played out as part of Killzone 3′s multiplayer. The verticality element looked interesting, though. KZ3 also featured infantry jump packs, although it included no parkour/wall-running influence in the mechanics.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Citrus raptor

    @4 Good one. ^__^

    #9 1 year ago
  10. bradk825

    Personally I’m thinking Bill Gates was equally upset by the “if you want an offline console there’s Xbox 360″ comment. As if gamers who want to go next gen but dont want to have to do online gaming and DRM would stick with 360 instead of switch to PS4.

    Very glad they reversed the DRM, I had thought of switching to PS4 prior to that, and of course prior to Sony lied their asses off about MS’s used games policy and revealed that they are doing nothing new or interesting, just souping up the PS3 and offering an optional EYE that’s not worth having strictly because it’s optional. Nobody making an exclusive title is going to invest in building a game for a peripheral that 30% of the fan base can play.

    My hope is the next guy can properly communicate, clearly and openly what MS is planning for this generation and show us the value of the bundled Kinect and the aps they are adding. Enough with the slow trickle of unclear info. Give us the info we need.

    #10 1 year ago