Shane Kim To Retire From Microsoft

Microsoft exec Shane Kim, formerly the corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios and current corporate vice president of Strategy and Business Development for the Interactive Entertainment Business, will leave that verbose title behind later this year. He's retiring. » 9/14/09 6:20pm 9/14/09 6:20pm

Don't Expect 360 Games On Demand To Arrive Same Day As Retail

Later this year, Microsoft will be launching a "Games on Demand" service, where users can download full, proper retail games to their 360s. Exciting! Just don't expect to do it on the same day a game's out at GameStop. » 7/30/09 10:20pm 7/30/09 10:20pm

Microsoft Handheld A Matter Of "When"

While there's always been a lot of chatter surrounding the possibility of Microsoft entering the handheld gaming space, Microsoft themselves have always been rather evasive on the subject. Which is why these comments from Shane Kim are so surprising. » 7/17/09 10:20pm 7/17/09 10:20pm

The Great Chain Interview, Part 4: Xbox Guy To Ex-Xbox Guy To That…

In yesterday's Chain Interview installment, Sony's Scott Rohde wanted Microsoft's Shane Kim to say if Microsoft would get back into making sports games. Kim answered. Then things got...interesting. » 6/18/09 7:00pm 6/18/09 7:00pm

The Great Chain Interview, Part 3: Sony Questions Sony, Who Questions…

The cliffhanger at the end of yesterday's Chain Interview had Xbox exec John Schappert wanting to know what a Sony exec thinks of Xbox Live. Let's get past the halfway point with an answer. » 6/17/09 4:00pm 6/17/09 4:00pm

Microsoft On Metal Gear: Mission Accomplished

So far this hardware generation, we've seen the number of third-party exclusives on any platform shrink to almost zero. The last major series to come around? Metal Gear Solid. » 6/16/09 9:00pm 6/16/09 9:00pm

When Will It Be Wrong To Call The Xbox 360 A Game Console?

Kotaku recently asked Microsoft if the flourishing of non-gaming features like Netflix, Facebook, and Twitter on the Xbox 360 will someday invalidate the classification of the device as a gaming console. » 6/12/09 1:40pm 6/12/09 1:40pm

Natal Launch Will Be As Big As 360's

On that day in the future when Microsoft launches its E3-darling Project Natal no-touch control system, it will feel like a console launch, a company exec told Kotaku. » 6/11/09 1:40pm 6/11/09 1:40pm

Microsoft: Xbox Live Is Like An MMO

Given Microsoft's demonstration of Avatars gathering in a shared virtual movie theater at E3, it seemed that Xbox Live could be going in a PlayStation Home direction. Not quite, we were told. » 6/10/09 6:00pm 6/10/09 6:00pm

Microsoft "Cautiously Optimistic" About Its 2009

Given Microsoft's recent Black Friday sales boasting, we'd think that the Xbox 360 team's egos are severely bloated. Not so. Shane Kim says the company is, somewhat distressingly, "cautiously optimistic" about next year's sales. » 12/03/08 9:00pm 12/03/08 9:00pm

Shane Kim Promises More New IP For The 360

So far this generation, Microsoft's lineup of exclusives has done a pretty good job! Gears of War, Project Gotham Racing 3, Halo 3, Project Gotham Racing 4, Forza 2, Ninja Gaiden 2...all big sellers, all great games. Thing is, aside from Gears, those are all sequels! And Microsoft's two biggest games in 2008 are more… » 8/01/08 3:30am 8/01/08 3:30am

Shane Kim On MMOs: "We Haven't Been Able To Crack The Code"

Making an MMO can be hard » 7/29/08 7:30am 7/29/08 7:30am. You can put into developing not just the game, but the necessary infrastructure, only to launch it and have it die within weeks. Sure, Blizzard know how to do it, but few other developers have managed. Microsoft certainly tried, and tried twice (Marvel Universe, True Fantasy). They also…

Shane Kim Explains the 360 Menu Redesign

Why bother redesigning the Xbox 360's interface? Shane Kim is here to tell us. Oh and Kim totally gets in Sony's face. No, not really. He does talk a minute amount of smack, but no gang signs were thrown. » 7/21/08 5:00pm 7/21/08 5:00pm

Phil Spencer and Shane Kim Talk Halo

Halo, Halo, Halo! What's going on with the movie? What about Halo Wars? What about Peter Jackson? How bout the Halo no show at the big press conference. No real answers from head of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer or newly minted corporate vice president of Strategy and Business Development Shane Kim, but plenty… » 7/21/08 1:40pm 7/21/08 1:40pm

Shane Kim Wants Nintendo's Big Blue Ocean Too

Microsoft's E3. Was it fun for everyone or fun for just casual gamers? I think it was more about the casual gamer, Shane Kim? Not so much. Kim also isn't a big believer in Nintendo's big, blue ocean, it seems. Why stick to your own slice of the Pacific, when you can have it all. » 7/21/08 12:00pm 7/21/08 12:00pm

Shane Kim: Japan's A "Long-Term", "Challenging" Market

It's hard to tell whether these quotes - from a recent interview Shane Kim had with - are genuinely new, or just pulled from a stock template Microsoft's had ready since 2002. Because when asked about how Microsoft are doing in Japan, their thoughts, etc etc, he says "We've been very realistic about our… » 6/13/08 7:00am 6/13/08 7:00am

Jeff Bell Departs Microsoft, Shane Kim Gets Promotion

Microsoft Game Studio's head Shane Kim is getting bumped up to corporate vice president of Strategy and Business Development, a new position in Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, and Jeff Bell is leaving the company, Microsoft announced today. » 6/12/08 2:26pm 6/12/08 2:26pm

Even Final Fantasy Probably Can't Save Xbox In Japan

Okay! Make-believe time. Let's say that Microsoft had a lot of money to burn. No wait, start over. Let's say that Microsoft was able to convince Square Enix to give it Final Fantasy as an exclusive. Like, Final Fantasy XIII is only on the Xbox 360 and wouldn't be on the PS3. Would large numbers of Japanese consumers… » 5/22/08 8:40am 5/22/08 8:40am

We Can Imagine A World Where Turn 10 Develop PGR5

Speaking last week with Kikizo, Microsoft's Shane Kim has been asked about the future of the Project Gotham Racing series, now that creator Bizarre have up and left. His response should help out any 360 racing fans who are yet to put 2+2 together: » 5/22/08 4:30am 5/22/08 4:30am

Think by this stage we've all stopped imagining it, and are just…