Microsoft, still meticulously navigating its way through the legal red tape required to seal its Activision Blizzard acquisition, has once again insinuated that it will not make the publisher’s games exclusive. Earlier in the year, it was very clear that “great titles like Call of Duty will continue to be available on the Sony PlayStation”. It even suggested it wants to expand the horizons for said brands, inferring some entries could also come to Nintendo Switch.
As part of a media briefing, it’s reiterated that point: “If we acquire a game that comes with a big community across a number of platforms, the last thing we want to do is take something away,” Xbox Game Studios bigwig Matt Booty declared. “If anything, we feel that it's our job to be caretakers, to be shepherds, to continue to build and nurture that community, not to cut it up into pieces and try to take some of it away.”
Of course, the caveat here is that you could argue there are large PlayStation communities for, say, The Elder Scrolls – but Microsoft has confirmed that the next entry in that series will be exclusive, whenever it actually arrives. The same, to a lesser extent, could be said of Hellblade – the original of which released first on PS4, before coming to other platforms. Its successor, however, will be exclusive to Xbox Series X|S.
So it seems like, while there will be a continuation of Activision Blizzard’s games on PlayStation, it’ll all be on Microsoft’s terms. Which makes sense, given that it’s spending near-$70 billion on the publisher, but it’s still potentially a bit of a bummer for those who prefer to play on PS5 and PS4. Would a new Crash Bandicoot game, for example, come to Sony’s consoles? Based on Booty’s comments about “big communities”, we’d assume so, as the character was formerly the PS1’s mascot – but it’s still very much up in the air, isn’t it?
Where mah Hellblade 2 on PS5, Xbox? I'll pay full price.
Starfield. That is all.
EDIT: Actually it's not. I understand the importance of exclusives in getting users to choose one ecosystem over another, but you can't say something like this, then do the absolute opposite and expect people to swallow it. Buying up studios everywhere and then not publishing the games from those studios across platforms. The same goes for Sony or anyone else by the way. But the difference is they don't come out with this BS that they 'don't want to take games away from players' when that is EXACTLY what they are doing. Two-faced.
@Voltan in fairness, they haven’t got on Xbox yet neither 😉
They dont WANT to do it but the WILL anyway
I want new Crash Bandicoot / Spyro / Skylanders games on PS5.
Microsoft would never make back their $70b if they left a monster series like CoD off other platforms. Bethesda games? They may recoup that investment keeping it exclusive. What they're saying is just PR gobbledy gook, but the reality is just straight good business sense.
Utter crap, there a company that is aggressively trying to change the entire industry to suit themselves but now come out and claim that there playing nice.
@themightyant I suppose you could argue that Starfield doesn't have a "big community" as it's a new IP.
That's kinda what I mean in the article, though — this is obviously all up for interpretation, which is intentional of course.
@get2sammyb I see your point but that is like saying Elden Ring didn't have a "big community" because it is technically a new IP. Millions bought that Day 1 because it is the natural successor to their existing games. Same with Starfield. These studios games come with a HUGE following despite technically being new IP.
EDIT: Just find it all very two-faced. Will we see Hellblade 2, Doom 3, Outer Worlds 2, FONV2, Elder Scrolls VI etc. all on PS5/6 all these game series were on PlayStation before and have a 'big community' on other platforms outside Xbox?
While it doesn't affect me directly as I have an Xbox, this sort of lying-to-your-face PR just makes me mad. Do or don't is up to them, but don't give us lies.
What a load of B.S as per usual.
So why isn't the next elder scrolls, doom and fallout not coming to playstation? Where's starfield? No outer worlds 2 or hellblade 2 on playstation either.
What they really mean is any multiplayer games they can make millions off playstation players via micro transactions will stay.
Yet certain people will read this and paint a halo over Phil and Co
Pile of *****. If it were true Elder Scrolls, fallout ans others would remain multiplat. And they started this arms race because they cant make or manage anything themselves
@AdamNovice 100% this they're so full of s**t
I'm tired of all systems having all the same games.
I would argue taking Elder Scrolls away from Playstation really splices up the community since Elder Scrolls has a massive player base on Playstation...but it was originally exclusive to Xbox with Elder Scrolls 3. So....I can see them taking it back.
This is where I get wary of an EA acquisition because you know Microsoft would happily make Mass Effect an Xbox exclusive again and take away Dragon Age.
@UltimateOtaku91 I forgot about The Outer Worlds 2! Yep, a fair shout, I suppose...
It would be stupid from them because you would loose a very large user base.
I’ll believe it when I see it. Would be interesting to see a trade-off where PS get Elder Scrolls and stuff while Xbox get Spider-Man and Destiny 3.
Truly hilarious coming from the company that snatched up Activision/Blizzard…
It is pretty annoying how wishy-washy these comments are. Not trying to sound like a fanboy but I appreciate Sony being pretty upfront and clear about where Bungie stands in regards to exclusivity. I wish Microsoft would do the same in regards to Activision's and Bethesda's games.
I'm making an assumption that when they say "big community" they mean online/service games and the overall playerbase community, not single player games. Otherwise the statement makes no sense at all. Same with PS and Bungie/Destiny.
I still don't really like exclusivity, it's mostly silly today. This isn't 2009 where to make a Cell processor shine a game has to be designed entirely around it, these consoles are just custom PCs, on purpose, to avoid that. They should be selling their consoles based on which platform offers features and services people liken not which one buys up games that can't appear on the other. Especially when most of the most played games aren't even exclusives. But as long as one does it, both have to do it, so there's no way around exclusives for now. Statements like this just come across as entirely two-faced, if they don't really mean online service/multiplayer games with a big community split between platforms.
@get2sammyb Given what's happened since the infamous "legacy" comments about Bethesda, what I think is happening is platforms with "legacy" get ports and remasters meanwhile new games are PC/Xbox.
So like Quake Remastered came to PC/PS/Xbox/Switch, when Goldeneye gets announced it comes to PC/Xbox/Switch, CoD remasters would come to PC/PS/Xbox/Switch, etc. but new games like a new Fallout would be PC/Xbox.
That's what he has to say until the acquisition has gone through I suppose. Can't blame him but don't expect us to believe it.
This is why Sony trying to make they’re own successful multiplayer games for Microsoft can’t take them away like can with third party ones.
It's the last thing they want to do, meaning they want to take games away from PS4 and PS5, there's just other things they want to do first.
They will now announce they've bought naughty dog or something. Seriously its always suss when any major company comes out and says something like this.
“If we acquire a game that comes with an established revenue stream across a number of platforms, the last thing we want to do is reduce our profits,” Xbox Game Studios bigwig Matt Booty declared. “If anything, we feel that it's our job to be caretakers of our shareholders, to be shepherds, to continue to build and nurture that community, not to reduce dividends and let some of it slip away.”
Lies, always with the lies.
"Xbox on Acquisitions: The Last Thing We Want to Do Is Take Games Away from PS5, PS4"
Is this a joke? That's exactly what they want to do!
Who did they get to write this stuff, Vladimir Putin!
They didn't lie yet, I will give them that.
Respect to Microsoft if they keep doing that.
I dont mind you buying them but dont come up with this PR nonsense just be blunt and say we want to starve the competition.
I mean they say that now but who knows what their position will be next week lol
🎶“…this is my last resort…” 🎶
Key words "last thing we WANT to do"
The complete list of things they want to do in order is:
1) Buy Publishers for their IPs.
2) Put the games on Game pass.
3) Increase the game releases output.
4)Take away games from Playstation.
So yes, they're not lying actually. 🤷🏻♂️
@lolwhatno It doesn't usually matter what MS say today, they will actually DO something different tomorrow and what they did said will just have been taken the wrong way 😆
I get the feeling that Big Green views their acquisitions as grist for the subscription mill, so this approach wouldn’t surprise me. Regardless of the system, if an MS published game sells, its just a nice extra bit of revenue to add to the service/subscription haul.
Alright. So, this means that the first thing they want to do is take games away from ps5,ps4.
People also said, they won't build a wall.
Let's wait what will happen in the upcoming years with Activision games
This is about as true as me saying I'm the President of Zimbawe
"Oh no,no,no...the last thing we want to do is take games away & split communities!",uh huh,sure Jan! Like you did with cancelling Starfield & Elder Scrolls PS5 games the moment the ink dried on the Zenimax ownership transfer papers.
More PR doublespeak whilst the Sauron like gaze of the U.S. FTC is gazing at the buyout, & the COD contract is still ticking down more likely!
Whilst I don't especially care for COD,& fear what Diablo IV will emerge as,it would be sad if no more Crash bandicoot, (or even as an example, GUN ever coming as a PS2 classic on PS Deluxe).
But Gamer Phil Spencer is the golden child of the mainstream games media,so it's not like they'll say a bad word against him!
@Futureshark Todd Howard. "You'll be able to climb that pile of games on PS5"
@UltimateOtaku91 I used to like Uncle Phil. But he seems to buy into his own BS alot now-a-days.
@render Saving this, I will come back and apologize for being wrong if they ever do exactly that.
He's making the right noises so the deal will go through - after that, expect PS platforms to lose a lot of titles unless it's something they bolster with micro-transactions.
That said, they have kept Minecraft multi-plat so who knows? Expect the big Bethesda titles to go fully green though.
TBH, they had to do something as coming third in generation after generation wasn't good (for them).
Xbox isn’t just one opinion. That’s what confuses me when everyone responds saying he’s lying or whatever. Like Xbox made the acquisition but Matt Booty is saying we don’t want to splinter these big communities. Those 2 things can both be true.
Also it seems like everyone here wants Xbox to have Xbox games and Playstation to have Playstation and Xbox games. Bit silly when Final Fantasy looks to be going the way of having their community cut too.
In my opinion i’m just happy these are all still within this gaming community of PS/Xbox/Nintendo and not elsewhere.
Clearly he's not "lying", but he isn't telling the whole truth when he says this. In his head, he is thinking Live Service games.
It's safer to assume that single player games, like Hellblade and Fallout are going to stay exclusive, while the massive MP online titles like Minecraft and COD will continue to be available to their massive PS audience.
The Xbox execs are only saying this to get the deal through the FTC. Once the deal is complete I think it'll be a different story
Cool.crash bandicoot belong on a PlayStation.i still remember playing crash bandicoot on ps1.it was a instant hit. With me.legendary games.word up son
I’ll believe it when I see it! Until then I’ll play the other 12 Bethesda games I’ve bought and never played. 😅
The huge annoying possibility of me not being able to carry on with sequels from Wolfenstein, Evil Within, DOOM and couple others after putting a lot of time and money into these games on PS4 is a joke. These games are communities too on Playstation. Putting all these games on Game pass and new IP exclusive to Xbox makes a lot of sense. It's almost like none of the existing Xbox studios before these 2 huge purchases couldn't come up with any brend new fresh IP of their own so just spent many billions on IP instead. Sucker Punch gambled on new IP Ghost of Tsushima, Naughtydog gambled on new IP The Last of Us, Guerilla gambled on new IP Horizon Zero Dawn, Bend Studios new IP Days Gone, Insomniac gambled on Spiderman
@Richnj I can't stand Minecraft so I know relatively little here, but while that supports multiplayer/coop I thought it was mostly a single player game?
@The_Flash If you look at all the Sony publisher they bought they had deep relations with or made game exclusively on their platform with Sony funding them to make the titles. So yeah your kind barking up the wrong tree. What are you going to do if MS buys a publisher like Bethesda wait? They are probably not going to stop soon its the MS way or better said the US way.
This is demonstrably untrue. They might allow PS players to play multiplayer online games so they can get money from them, but they have shown this won’t happen with single player games. Not unless Uber profitable on the platform already (like Minecraft) or unless Sony commit suicide by putting Gamepass on PlayStation anyway.
@The_Flash and that was a real tragedy to the millions of fans of the studio.
@NEStalgia It supports big servers, microtransactions, skins, all that in game economy crap. There's a lot more going on there.
Phil Spencer is the biggest hypocrite ever. Yes, they do want to take games away from others. Not that it matters, they still can't release games anyway, even with all the studios they purchased.
Just words for the legislators, they are pretty clear about their real intentions. They have never been a company that shies away from screwing the little guy or breaking promises, anyone thinking differently obviously hasnt got a good handle on their history of anti consumer practices and anti trust suits.
Phill has been allowed to 'play the good guy' while they build loyalty for the gaming devision, but if the big bosses pull that leash they would happily sell us all out.
It would be nice to think theres some truth in it, but even in this article Sammy has pointed to the contradictions of what they are stating....
The only reason they're making statements like this is because of the FTC investigation in to the Blizzard Activision deal. Microsoft has a history of unethical business practices going back decades, if they could continue to buy up entire publishers and gatekeep their ip's without pushback they absolutely would.
I think Microsoft is thinking that in the long term, they will pull out of the hardware business altogether, and as such, are making an IP grab so their cloud/service business will continue to serve without fading away when everybody else comes out with their own services.
As for the exclusives argument, Sony aren't innocent, but outside of a handful of cases, their studios have historically made games primarily for PlayStation. With Microsoft, that is true of 343, Playground and a couple others, but most of their purchases in the last few years have been definitively multiplatform.
Blah blah blah. Don't tell me, show me
You know, it is just possible that he speaks the truth. Shocking, I know, but hear me out; 70 Billion is a huge sum of money, and to recoup it without remaining multi-platform is a stretch, to say the least. It's literally just been announced that Modern Warfare 2 will be going to Steam. First one in 5 years, and you can bet that Microsoft played a part in that.
What people are forgetting (wilfully, or otherwise) is that Microsoft can have its cake and eat it. How? Simple. You sell each and every game from the AB acquisition on the PlayStation, clawing in £70 for each and every CoD, Crash, Diablo and Overwatch 2 sold. Meantime, over on the Xbox, you stick everything straight on the Games Pass Day One. Net result? You can potentially spend hundreds buying these games on the PlayStation, or you can simply buy an Xbox, and join the Games Pass bonanza.
I accept that this is not what happened with Bethesda, but then I don't recall Microsoft making a big thing about having the games on various platforms. Indeed, I seem to recall them just not answering questions regarding the likes of Starfield. Also, 8 Billion is far more easily recouped even with having exclusivity.
Ultimately, it is a case of wait and see, but Phil Spencer doesn't strike me as a liar. If he says the games will be multi-platform, I tend to believe him. Of course, if he were to move on, and a different boss were to replace him, then I guess at that point, all bets are off...
@Richnj Huh, I thought it was just digital legos, you run around in a void and build junk, or maybe do it with a friend.
I actually bought the Switch version years back out of curiosity, and never even noticed that other stuff. But, then, I didn't play much either because I just can't stand it much.
I like DQ Builders though...
@Fiendish-Beaver Yeah that's the thing with MS. I do think Phil is respectable. Some here, and even on PXB don't, but I think his intent is pretty much what he says it is, and he genuinely tries to promote an equitable environment for customers. And I also know that when he's gone and the suits move in, and they get another Matrick/Ryan/Furukawa type in there, it'll be another dark era where everything sucks.
All 3 of them do it. They have good leaders that build a great audience, then they replace them with a suit that just chases the dollar and destroys all the loyalty.
We have an XBX and a Ps5 in this house so it’s no big deal if they do 🤷🏻♂️
Great! So, Starfield on PS5 when, Microsoft?
Oh wait, silly me. It's a complete load of rubbish to get the Actiblizz deal to go through.
Oh, what's that? You really mean it? Ok, so I guess you'll be announcing Goldeneye for Xbox and PS next week too huh because you don't want to take games away from everyone else.
I don't think they were ever going to pull the community based games from PS, Call of Duty, Overwatch, because as others have said it makes no sense and also it cuts off a big source of revenue.
it will be the single player games like Crash and Spyro which will be the ones to watch I think. There is a good chance they go exclusive. Maybe Blizzard's new unannounced title too.
Exclusives will always be part of the industry, no matter how much we hate at times and both sides are culprits in it.
As a ps5 owner I have paid for doom eternal, psychonauts2, prey, quake and Dishonored. I think it's safe to say I've actually put more money into Microsoft's pocket than the average Xbox user(gamepass included). Make quality games and I buy. Simples.
Meh, I'll miss Bethesda studios like id and Tango but I stopped enjoying the BGS open world games after Fallout 3. Right now, all I care about is actually a few of Activision's games like Crash, Spyro, Tony Hawk and any potential Guitar Hero. I honestly still enjoy CoD but I can live without it but not the old school franchises.
@Korgon It much easier to be upfront about a single game and developer vs being up front about an entire publisher and multiple studios especially since these teams seem to be operating as their own company along side xbox. Sony also have backtracked on a lot of things they've said this generation, so I would definitely take the Bungie thing with a grain of salt.
Give me Elder Scrolls or give me death!!
😔 I hate you, Xbox
What a load of BS :-/ As soon as Microsoft gets Activision & the deals they have struck with SONY have ended they WILL stop all Activision games coming to PlayStation. Can't believe anyone believes a word Microsoft says :-/ Oh well.
@AverageGamer except its written into the contract. Sony bought skills and quality devs, not a game.
I don’t buy this.
In a way a statement like this could bite them on the butt big time in the future. If they say this now and don't commit to publishing a reasonable set of titles on PlayStation after the acquisition is complete then the FTC will likely be less trusting to allow any future big acquisitions pass for them in the future. They'll likely attract anti-trust legislation.
So they won't get EA, WB or Ubisoft etc.
@Titntin Have you seen their contract? Do you have proof that can back it up? You have to be crazy to think that Sony just bought Bungie cause of the skills and quality devs, not also because of the Destiny IP. An IP that been synonymous with the Playstation brand since the launch of the PS4.
Translation- we like money. Give us money.
@GADG3Tx87 Bud you're giving the FTC way too much credit lmao as if they give a crap about video games....the only thing they care about is market protection
Even if MS bought Embracer Group and made their games exclusive they still wouldn't control 20% of the market even with Bethesda and Activision
Did you know that in the 90's they had deals blocked by the FTC due to anti-trust legislation regarding Windows software? It's happened before. The FTC had doubts about letting the Actiblizz deal go through due to CoD being one of the biggest franchises until Phil stated it will continue to be a multiplat. They're not doing that out of kindness because they know it would attract a major portion of consumers to their platform if they had the chance.
The market share percentage itself is irrelavent. It's the effect of the case.
@Titntin They did actually buy the IP of Destiny too in the takeover. Meaning they'll now be earning money from Xbox sales.
" Microsoft can have its cake and eat it."
So can Sony...so can Nintendo...where is Spiderman on Xbox and where is Zelda on Playstation?
All 3 of these guys recognize the value of exclusive content...
" If he says the games will be multi-platform, I tend to believe him"
The problem is he (nor anyone at MS) have ever said this. Matt Booty says he doesn't want to split up communities...yes multiplayer communities. There's no doubt COD will continue on Playstation but considering that Elder Scrolls 6 is to be exclusive then logic dictates that games like a new Crash or Spyro, or the new Blizzard IP, or Diablo 5 whenver it comes out would be Xbox/PC/Game Pass exclusive
@GADG3Tx87 Not really....there were some lawsuits that were settled like Netscape in 2001 but the FTC has never stopped MS from buying another company.
In fact the FTC rarely ever stops a merger, they didn't stop Fox/Disney but Disney had to sell off Fox Sports because they already owned ESPN
They did stop Nvidia/Arm but that's because that was actually a major threat and would of given Nvidia control of 90% of the chip market
Neither applies here, and no the FTC has never had doubts, you've just had political grifters and losers like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Pochohantas Warren grand standing asking the FTC to scrutinize it as if they actually give a crap, they don't.
The deal is absolutely going to go through and if MS wants to make COD exclusive, they'll make it exclusive. Of course that would be terrible from a business and PR standpoint so they clearly won't do that but they'll absolutely us COD as leverage, maybe they'll tell Sony to ease off the third party money hatting.
But that is not quite right, @kpenders. As I said, the fate of Starfield and all the other Bethesda games was left unsaid whilst the acquisition was going through. That meant they were not going back on their word when they then made them console exclusives. However, this time, whilst the commitment is not explicit, it is heavily implied that games with large fanbases on other platforms will continue to be on those platforms. Any comment from Microsoft relating to the fate of games acquired from AB will have been approved by Spencer, even if not directly seen to be said by him.
You have to look at what was/has been said in both instances, rather than simply say that because they (Microsoft) did it before, that is what they will do again. Without doubt, the circumstances are different this time. What is being said, is different this time. The scrutiny is different and far more intense this time. Thus it is highly likely that the outcome will be different this time...
Microsoft lost the anti-trust case in 1998 that forced their hand regarding browser monopoly.
If they trigger anti-trust legislation over acquisitions they can easily be blocked from a buyout due to unfair competition since no one else can match that spending power. They were/are already being scrutinized for Actiblizz and while it will go through it's been a bumpy road. It wasn't until they said some games will remain multiplat that it looked like a sure thing and if you followed the months and months of articles surrounding it you would have seen that.
Unless I'm misinterpreting your tone you sound like you're fanboying with your comments.
"However, this time, whilst the commitment is not explicit, it is heavily implied that games with large fanbases on other platforms will continue to be on those platforms."
Um...no it isn't...and even that was the case the only game that has a large community on other "platforms" from Activision is COD which they've pretty much implied would stay multiplat at least for the foreseeable future
Do World of Warcraft/Hearthstone/Starcraft have large communities on other platforms? No..they have communities on PC/Mobile...does that mean Starcraft 3 would be multiplatform if they made it?
Diablo? We know Diablo 4 is a lock for multiplatform because its already been announced as has Overwatch 2, does not apply to future games in the series
"Without doubt, the circumstances are different this time"
Not really....the biggest difference between ActiBlizz and Bethesda is that ActiBlizz has massive properties like COD and Candy Crush which aren't fundamentally going to change. COD being multiplatform does not in any way shape or form indicate other games being multiplatform
Right now what you're doing is called "mental gymnastics" they clearly said today that brand new games would be exclusive but somehow you're tying this back to Call of Duty which we've already established will likely stay multiplat
So I have no idea where you're going with this.....
Of course mate, and its a great IP that makes money, and no doubt a big part of what they bought.
But they made it clear why they were buying them, and clearly were not spending 7 billion on a single IP.
Did you see what square got for selling all their non jap ips... and they were not small ips. Sony clearly paid for the talant pool, which is why they provided so much cash for boneses to aid staff retention. You take a big bonus like that and there will be a clause saying you pay it back if you leave the company in next 12 months.
Sony are many things, but they are not stupid.
"Microsoft lost the anti-trust case in 1998 that forced their hand regarding browser monopoly."
It helps to actually read the article you posted ...this case involved primarily the DOJ and not the FTC...this entire case was regarding MS giving away Internet Explorer for free with Windows undercutting Netscape....again nothing of this suit can apply here so I have no idea why you're bringing it up
"They were/are already being scrutinized for Actiblizz and while it will go through it's been a bumpy road."
See..you keep repeating yourself when this isn't the case...
In fact they literally said the opposite
""It’s moving fast, at least fast enough for an acquisition of this size."
Its moving fast for an acquisition this size...but according to you its been "bumpy"
Jesus Christ talk about copium
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Oh if only I bookmarked the articles I'm referring to then I could show you how bumpy things were going in the early stages. I wish I did now. The article you posted here was months after the ones I'm referring to and was after the statements from Phil.
You seem to be getting pretty aggressive in your posts here and are clearly showing your major bias. Giving your very small comment history, several removed comments by mods and yet an account that has existed for five years shows you've probably been elsewhere and came here to aggregate and troll. PureXbox is that way. 👉
@Titntin Nah, they said there was more IPs coming out of Bungie, so yeah, they also aquired the talent too. Companies tend to when buying studios.
I do think that activision-Blizzard games have more chance of staying on PS5 though, mainly because they put out mainly MP games that can exploit the PS userbase. But I'd still be surprised if they did, considering they don't really have 1st party studios that ate decent (in my opinion) since EPIC and Bungie left them.
To me it means those Active 'online' Gaming Communities that want to continue playing those games with their Friends/Family and even want to unite those Communities through Cross-play on whatever platform they prefer instead of splitting them up by platform choice.
That's why games like Minecraft, ESO, fallout 76, CoD, Overwatch etc will continue as multi-platform games - expanded to 'every' platform they can.
However, there is NO active online Community to Elder Scrolls 6. There may well be PS fans of Skyrim or Hellblade, but that's not the same as a Community of gamers who all play those games together. They are Single Player solo experiences so are Exclusive to Xbox platforms. Its like Destiny remaining multi-platform to keep that 'sizeable' community who all play together able to 'keep' playing together.
Being a 'fan' of a game is not the same as being part of an active Community that you don't want to 'split'...
If it's multiplayer and something like COD, expect it on Playstation. If it's something like Crash, Spyro, and Tony Hawk getting a new game i'd also expect it on Playstation since the series started and has brand recognition there.
If it's something like Elder Scrolls, DOOM, or Fallout which aren't necessarily multiplayer or synonymous with Playstation that's when i'd get worried.
At least that's how i'm interpreting all this, who knows if i'm off mark or not.
It makes sense that Microsoft would want to continue bringing games to the PlayStation and Nintendo. In the pc realm, Microsoft makes MS Office for Mac (and they did make it for Chromebook, too), so why—in the video game console market—wouldn’t they make software for Sony and Nintendo systems?
Times are different now than they were in the 1990s and early 2000s. When the very first XBox was released in November of 2001, Microsoft was new to the console market. They didn’t have an established footprint with loyal console customers. Their stronghold was on pc operating systems, pc games, and pc applications. In 2022, XBox is established and solid. The XBox isn’t dying anytime soon, and neither Sony nor Nintendo are struggling for sales. Makes sense to capitalize on both the Sony and Nintendo customer base by selling software on their platforms.
I don't believe a word that comes out of these people's mouths
@Sakisa Well, look at Rare's Banjo Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Killer Instinct, well known Nintendo 64 games, stuck on Xbox now with their remakes/sequels. Crash and Spyro had games already on Xbox after PS1 era. Despite the remake's success on PlayStation unless they have the microtransactions in their future games, we won't see them anymore on PlayStation.
I'm kind of confused, here, @kpenders. I said that games with a large fanbase (community) would likely continue as multiplatform. I then gave 4 examples of games that are likely to continue to come to the PlayStation (CoD, Overwatch 2, Crash and Diablo). You then appear to have agreed with my thoughts in your last post, but then thrown it back at me. I confused, because, just citing those 4 games, we appear to be in agreement, yet I'm sensing hostility. It's as if I'm not entitled to an opinion.
Games such as World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Starcraft are not currently available on a console. I do believe that Microsoft may well try to bring them to the Xbox, but I'm not so sure that they will to the PlayStation. However, whilst they may bring them to the Xbox, they would continue on the PC, and so would not be limiting the community, but adding to it. I don't see how anyone can be upset when something that is not, and never has been, available on the PlayStation, remains as such. It's not like AB were ever going to do so were it not for the Microsoft buyout. AB have had these franchises for years and they have remained staunchly PC games.
Ultimately, I don't know what the future holds. No one does outside Microsoft management. But my 'mental gymnastics' are no different from yours; they are best guesses. I think the real difference, however, is that I do not have an inherent bias towards either Microsoft or Sony. What I am doing, is looking at what has been said both in relation to Bethesda and AB, and making some educated deductions. I know no better than you, but I am willing to give Phil Spencer and Microsoft the benefit of the doubt, whereas, it would appear, you are not...
What a load of BS! They took games away that have been on ps for decades I really don't want to hear it anymore when they said this many times and I'm tired of Sony making pc ports when we console players have to pay 70 bucks for inferior verison.
It shows they're unable to deliver a clear statement and just play with words. F#*#'em
Save ur money and buy a Xbox an all win win
I'll believe what they are spouting as soon as they allow their games on PlayStation...
It doesn't really matter does it? If PlayStation has such wonderful first party titles (every single one of which was bought, and is only called 'first party' because Sony bought the developer) then why worry?
Microsoft have been far more open to cross platform games than Sony ever will. Sony (under Jim Ryan) pretends to be some kind of shining beacon of morality and virtue. He reminds me of Boris Johnson in that he lies constantly and somehow gets people to continue to follow him.
Sony are only concerned about legacy games via the new PS+ because Microsoft forced them to with their amazing work with backwards compatibility.
Anyone with a laptop or phone can play Xbox games. Sony ties everything to their hardware and ecosystem.
I don't blame them. Playstation is doing same thing and its only reason ps5 is being superior console.
Currently I am 0 motivated to buy xbox, I wish them good luck in making this games out and with 9+/10 rating , if they make just 1 game worth it I may buy whole console same as I do for nintendo's few games on switch.
Somehow I don't expect much from any of the titles from companies bought, they just ride on past glory. But who knows.
@__jamiie "He reminds me of Boris Johnson in that he lies constantly and somehow gets people to continue to follow him"
That right there is basically describing Phil
@UltimateOtaku91 Not really. Phil doesn't lie about his intentions.
@__jamiie he lies when he said he doesn't want to take games away from playstation etc
Also in 2020 he gave an interview to say that Exclusives are "Completely Counter to what Gaming is about", yet he buys out Zenimax just 2 months later, and in xbox's show there were a lot of timed exclusives.
@UltimateOtaku91 Timed exclusives aren't exclusives. More games from Xbox studios will be available on PlayStation than the opposite. How many studios have Sony bought that will never make a game for Xbox? Quick clue, it's all of them.
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