Fares suggests it should’ve been called the Microsoft Box (Pic: EA)
Never one to hide his feelings, director Josef Fares calls Microsoft’s decision to name its new console the Xbox Series X a total mess.
While some are likely familiar with director Josef Fares’ work on innovative co-op games like Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons and A Way Out, he’s arguably just as well known for being very outspoken and honest with his opinions.
At The Game Awards 2017, Fares overshadowed the new trailer for A Way Out with an infamous and swear-filled rant against the Oscars, and now he’s done something similar about Microsoft.
During an interview with IGN about his work on A Way Out and the upcoming It Takes Two, Fares mentions that he doesn’t particularly care about consoles, though he is happy with how powerful the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 are.
However, this quickly leads into a sudden rant about the Xbox Series X’s name, and Fares doesn’t hide how ridiculous he thinks it is.
‘That’s a f**king confusing name. What the f**k’s going on with Microsoft? They’re losing it, man. What the f**k is going on? Like Series S, X, Mex, Next. I mean, who knows this? Come on. Madness. Call it the Microsoft Box and that’s it. I don’t know. It’s a total f**king mess. Trust me, even them, they’re confused in their offices. What is this X, S… I don’t know, what the f**k.’
The name didn’t stop the console from selling out almost immediately (pic: Microsoft)
Fares isn’t the first to criticise the name, though. When the console was first unveiled in 2019, one of our readers believed it to be the worst name for a console ever.
But then Microsoft seems to be pretty bad with names in general. It’s cloud gaming service was codenamed the rather cool sounding Project xCloud, but its official name is Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is such a mouthful most still refer to it as xCloud.
Fares’ new game, It Takes Two, is scheduled to release this year on the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5, as well as the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
It puts players in control of two parents who are about to separate, only to be turned into dolls and sent to a strange, fantasy world. To get home and return to normal, they’re forced to work together and potentially salvage their relationship.
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