‘Something like’ Xbox 360’s multiplayer trivia experience 1 vs. 100 is on the way to Xbox One, Microsoft has promised.
Speaking to Polygon, lifestyle entertainment manager Dave McCarthy said Microsoft Studios won’t just abandon the formula pioneered by the unusual Xbox 360 title.
“It has a good image here. The approach is something we really enjoyed. We will do something in the future for Xbox One that is like that, because spiritually we thought it was a pretty cool experience ourselves,” he said.
Microsoft looks “fondly back on 1 vs. 100”, he added, but the experiment didn’t quite work out.
“The notion of bringing a large number of people together in both a social and let’s say a more casual gaming format is something we believe in a lot,” he said.
“In some ways 1 vs. 100 was a little bit ahead of its time. From a production perspective it gave us a few challenges in terms of the sheer effort to bring that to market on a regular basis.”
1 vs. 100 was a massively multiplayer live trivia contest for the Xbox 360, which was downloaded over 3 million times in its debut season and attracted concurrent user peaks of over 114,000 while still in beta. McCarthy announced its cancellation in 2010, but said at the time that Microsoft Studios was working on “entirely new genre of entertainment that would be a continually evolving concept” and would use the tech developed for the title for future concepts.
This is at least the second time a Microsoft staffer has mentioned a return to the format.