Future Xbox Games Will Be Multi-Platform If It “Makes Sense For The Franchise”
Microsoft's first-party studios boss Matt Booty has said that new Microsoft series may be multi-platform where, in the past, they would have been exclusive.
While talking about newly-acquired studios, such as Obsidian, Double Fine, and Ninja Theory, Booty said Microsoft would consider releasing their games on other platforms. "I think that the question is less binary about, 'should it be on Switch, should it be on PlayStation?' and more, 'does it make sense for the franchise?'," Booty told Game Informer.
"In other words, is it a kind of game where it would benefit from the network effect of being on a bunch of different platforms, or is it a game where we can best support it by putting resources and making sure that our platforms, things like xCloud and Game Pass and Xbox Live, are really leaning in to support the game?"
Sea of Thieves, for instance, is likely quite reliant on Microsoft infrastructure and not a game that would come to other platforms. But future games from Rare might be multiplatform. Whereas The Outer Worlds, which Obsidian was working on with publisher Private Division when it was acquired by Microsoft, is now a Microsoft series that is also being released on PS4 and Switch.
Minecraft is a good example of Microsoft's platform agnostic approach. The game has continued to be supported across all the platforms it's been released on - PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and mobile.
This generation Microsoft has been proactive in breaking down some of the walls of platform exclusivity. Microsoft pushed for cross-platform play on Minecraft, for instance. Though Sony initially pushed back against the idea. And Microsoft and Sony recently signed a deal that will see Sony use Microsoft's cloud infrastructure in future.
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While this isn't a sign that all console exclusives are going to start becoming available on every other console, it's certainly a shift from how the platform holders have have behaved in previous years.
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