Over the past year, Microsoft has seen growth across several areas of its gaming division, pushing the Xbox brand further across consoles and Windows 10 PCs. Following the launch of the Xbox One X to positive reception, the brand is in its strongest position yet, at least from a platform perspective. However, despite these strengths, a single narrative has dominated Microsoft's efforts – a lack of first-party exclusive games.
First-party exclusives are the heart of any gaming console, offering unique experiences built alongside the platform holder. Gears of War, Halo and Forza are all examples of franchises built to a high standard, delivering consistent experiences developed with Xbox in mind. Some of the console's most experimental games such as Sunset Overdrive and Quantum Break are also examples of these investments, shaping the console into a much more appealing package.
However, Microsoft's first-party efforts have been troubled in recent years, with multiple cancellations, delays, and a general lack of momentum exhibited. And with the future still not looking bright, Microsoft clearly has to make some strong moves to secure its place in game development.
This discussion recent arose over on Windows Central's forums, via community member Duvi. Discussing how Microsoft should overcome this flaw, it has been suggested that Microsoft should create new studios for game development, or acquire existing successes in the space.
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