What you need to know

  • Microsoft's "spending spree" to acquire more teams for Xbox Game Pass isn't over.
  • The company is following a similar model to Netflix.
  • Japanese games aren't that common on the Xbox One.
  • Head of Xbox Phil Spencer would love to acquire a Japanese developer.

At Microsoft's Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, the company revealed a number of Japanese games like Elden Ring. While all of them appear to be multiplatform, many gamers have been asking for exclusive titles from Japanese developers for quite some time now. The Xbox 360 received a number of excellent exclusives from the country like Lost Odyssey, but the Xbox One has been severely lacking in this area.

At E3 2019, Microsoft revealed that it had acquired Double Fine Productions, the team behind the beloved Psychonauts franchise. It seems like the studio acquisition don't end there, because Head of Xbox Phil Spencer admitted to GamesIndustry that the "spending spree" isn't over. The outlet said there "is no acquisition quota... to hit. Instead, the aim is to find developers that can add something different" to Xbox Game Pass.

Since Japanese role-playing games aren't that common on the platform, buying an established team in Japan would be a great investment. Spencer agreed when he was asked about the possibility. Keep in mind that there are rumors floating around that Microsoft is in talks with PlatinumGames, the makers of Bayonetta and other experiences. He said the following to GamesIndustry.

I think it would be nice if we found an Asian studio, in particular, a Japanese studio, to add to our studios. I liked it when we had some first-party capability in Japan. We have a small team there, but I think we can do more. That said, through our trips to Japan, I love having Phantasy Star back on our stage with Sega – I thought that was fantastic. Miyazaki-san, before with Dark Souls and now having Elden Ring on our stage... the Japanese creators have shown up more and more.

Microsoft should also try to pursue an acquisition of FromSoftware, the team behind games like Dark Souls, Elden Ring, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. That studio is by far the most prominent developer out of them all in my opinion.

Whether a Japanese studio joins Xbox Game Studios will have to be seen. It's good to know that it's not outside the realm of possibility. Acquiring a team like FromSoftware or PlatinumGames would be on the level of Obsidian Entertainment or Playground Games because they're experienced developers who have a reputation of making stellar titles.

A new fantasy world

Elden Ring

From George R. R. Martin and FromSoftware

Get ready to die a lot in Elden Ring, the newest venture from Game of Throne's creator George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware's Hidetaka Miyazaki. Maybe this'll tide you over until the next Dark Souls or The Winds of Winter.

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