1 vs. 100-style experience coming to Xbox One
Polygon‘s Brian Crecente writes that Microsoft is interested in bringing something similar 1 vs. 100 to the Xbox One. Dave McCarthy, general manager for Lifestyle Entertainment at Microsoft Studios, revealed in an interview that Microsoft “will do something in the future for Xbox One that is like that [1 vs. 100], because spiritually we thought it was a pretty cool experience ourselves.”
McCarthy goes on to say that “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.”
XBLA Fans wrote last year that 1 vs. 100 was in many ways ahead of its time, one of the only experiences on the previous console generation that truly fulfilled the promise of integrated and accessible massively multiplayer gaming. This type of game — with its live programming joining the 1 vs. 100 game to create an emerging form of entertainment — speaks directly to the interconnectivity promised by the Xbox One.
1 vs. 100 is one of the few “casual” games that is remembered fondly by all types of players and was a critical success despite its inability to become profitable for Microsoft. It’s no surprise that Microsoft is looking to replicate the unique community experience that it briefly achieved with the game. A lack of advertising revenue sealed its fate in 2010, and there exists a much more stable infrastructure by which to attempt to fund such a venture in this next generation.