If you poked your head into the deep recesses of enthusiast gaming social media this weekend, you’ll have no doubt discovered avid discussion about the potential of a high profile Xbox first-party game coming to rival consoles. While the discussion has largely occurred in riddles – as is so often the case with this industry’s so-called “insider” information – it appears that Microsoft is plotting a port of rhythm game Hi-Fi Rush for at least Nintendo Switch, and potentially the PS5 as well.
The origins of the story trace all the way back to a podcast, where a notorious tipster known by the name Nate the Hate hinted at the unexpected conversion. This then prompted further discussion on the ResetEra message boards, where other supposedly reliable sources reinforced the speculation. Windows Central has since followed up with a feature, where it claims to have heard from “very trusted, proven sources that Microsoft has been exploring bringing some of its back catalogue to other platforms”.
So, where does this leave us? Well, to be fair, Hi-Fi Rush is a Bethesda game, and Microsoft did say all along that it would determine multiformat releases from the acquired publisher on a “case-by-case” basis. Undeniably, the game would reach a much larger audience on multiple platforms, and while its situation is admittedly different, we’ve also seen the announcement of former console exclusive As Dusk Falls for PlayStation recently as well.
To be honest, this all remains social media scuttlebutt right now, so it’s probably not worth paying too much attention to it – but it’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft really is considering bringing more of its games to Sony’s systems moving forwards.