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Submitted by Abriael 743d ago | news

Microsoft Wants to Fund Games to Own their IP; Denies Existence of Osaka Studio, Talks on New Games

Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer had quite a bit of information to share on what’s going on with the teams under his watchful eye today, and he seems to have changed his mind about a rather relevant detail: funding games in order to actually own their IP. He also denied the existence of the rumored (but never confirmed) Microsoft Game Studio in Osaka. (Phil Spencer, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

The_Infected  +   743d ago
So he wishes he funded Titanfall so he could own the IP am I correct?
Abriael  +   743d ago
The_Infected  +   743d ago
Wonder if he will fund Titanfall 2 then? I'd say he'll put up more than EA would offer.
loulou  +   742d ago
hmmm mattrick becomes head of xbox in 2010, the year the games dry up
Modi1984  +   742d ago
Shenmue on the news lately! .. thats good :)
TomShoe  +   742d ago

I think that's one of the reasons Respawn went with EA, because they wanted to maintain control of their own IP.

I don't know if they'll stick with EA for the next iteration of Tfall, Zampella seemed pretty upset with the exclusivity twist when it came out.
ShinMaster  +   742d ago
They should be making their own games, creating new studios instead of paying for third-party exclusivity or "funding".
darthv72  +   742d ago
Sounds allot like what sony did when they were starting out. You fund the studio in exchange for publishing rights and then ultimately the IP itself.

That isnt a bad thing unless you dont intend to do anything with the IP once its been obtained. Hopefully MS has been watching the success sony has had with this strategy and in turn makes something out of these IP's they help fund/buy.
GameNameFame  +   742d ago
annnnddd why would EA or Respawn take up on this?

lol. EA can fund a game and expect two times the sale.Only way Titanfall 2 become exclusive is if MS pays for profit lost on PS4.

Since PS4 is beating Xbox One is sales, that profit lost is bigger. Well. you get the point. LOL. nope.

And buying an IP without a good studio? MS had Halo and lost Bungie. Look what happened. Massive drop in review score.

Now they are going from Gears IP with Epic to some no name poor track record studio called Black Tusk. LoL this is going to be worse than transition.

At least Sony keeps and buys studios on top of IP, MS is doing opposite. LOL
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Eonjay  +   743d ago
I think they contemplate too much on risk. I believe it was Phil who complemented Sony on their willingness to do experimental projects that other studios may find risky or outside of mass appeal. Hence Titanfall's appeal to people that play COD. I'm sure that a project actually funded by Microsoft such as Quantum Break will be a quality product though.
Kingthrash360  +   742d ago
true, thats a way of going about gettin great ip's. but they dont fund many games or devs. thos devs/ games have to be a proven success. quantum is made by a proven dev, gears/ halo are proven titles also..and the strategy works...hek even tf is made by proven devs so you can bet your ass ms will try to fund tf2..
the problem with this way of getting exclusive ip's is its too far in between...think the last years of the 360, nothing but halo,gears..and kinect games. and people were like man sony has new ips like tlou, puppeteer, and beyond 2 souls that hit last year..tlou taking goty here on n4g and other last NEW GREAT exclusive ip on the 360 was.....alan wake may 14, 2010. almost four years ago. lets hope no repeat of that bs.
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truefan1  +   742d ago
The battle to keep Titanfall exclusive will be interesting, but the ball will be in Respawn's court. Outside of this I love what I am hearing from Spencer, he is showing great interest in bringing quality games to XB1. As for the rumors, yea they kind of killed his announcements, but nothing to be ashamed of. Halo 2 if left alone, will bring back a lot of old players. The remaining games are going to be darn good as well. Keep up the good work MSFT, keep bringing the games.
DoubleM70  +   742d ago
I can't be believe you got all those disagree about a hobby we love as gamers and enthusiast. We want the industry to keep growing and not get stagnated on one company. We truly need for all of these companies to do well. New IPs and bringing back old IPs is a good thing.
showtimefolks  +   742d ago

respawn own the IP(TitanFall)

They are with EA under partner's program meaning they own the IP. After the way activision kicked them out of the company and COD brand i don't see respawn giving up their freedom

just like i believe its a far gone conclusion than TitanFall will end up on ps4 in 12 months. Days of permanent 3rd party exclusives are dead


think about it for last 3 plus years MS haven't really released any exclusive besides the same sequels. So how can this guy say he wanted to fund games to own IP's

MS doesn't know what to do with Ip's

crackdown IP should be very valueable but not so much

Alan wake same thing

Fable again same issues

Besides halo,gears and forza MS really doesn't know what to do with IP's
UnHoly_One  +   742d ago
"Just like i believe its a far gone conclusion than TitanFall will end up on ps4 in 12 months."

You realize they announced that isn't happening, right?
JEECE  +   742d ago
Man, Alan Wake was so good. I hate that you are right, and they aren't doing anything with that IP. If they aren't going to use it, I'd like to see a third party buy it.
showtimefolks  +   742d ago

talk to me when ps4's install base could reach 15-20 million within first year and half. I will see it to believe it that EA/Respawn are willing to let that big piece of pie slide
come_bom  +   742d ago
"Microsoft Wants to Fund Games to Own their IP"

Smart move. Sony does the same thing. Microsoft should learn a few things from Sony. They fund 2nd/3rd party games and stay with the IP.
Prime157  +   742d ago
That is the basic principle of ms... control.

Ownership implies control. I've hated that since windows 3.0.

Be wary of the rumored disc-less x1.
DeathOfTheFanBoy  +   742d ago
I'd put money on not seeing any Titanfall games on PS this gen.
3-4-5  +   742d ago
Is he saying " Microsoft wants to own all the IP's, or that they are trying to make it easier for Dev's to own THEIR own IP's ?

It's worded oddly.
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XiSasukeUchiha  +   743d ago
Wished to fund some games be proud!
AngelicIceDiamond  +   743d ago
"Probably a change from the past but I’m more in favor of funding our games. I like growing base of owned IP."

And with that being said that's why Sony has some of the best exclusives of all time.

I'm sure he'll shape up MS game Studio's this gen.

I'm glad fans are hammering down MS this gen and making sure they don't pull off with what they did in the latter half of 360.
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bobsmith  +   743d ago
this where xbox live money goes toward making games like titanfall exclusive
ps plus goes towards giving tons of new free games, ill go with ps4...
AceBlazer13  +   743d ago
Or just create your own? But hey that's just me.
4ShotKing  +   742d ago
Does this means MS want to fund more IPs? So more exclusives I'm assuming?
The_Infected  +   742d ago
They just bought the Gears IP so I'd say yes they're going to buy more exclusive IP than ever before.
4ShotKing  +   742d ago
Well that's good to hear, the stronger the competition, the better. MS just handed the console war to Sony the past 3 - 4 years.
Hicken  +   742d ago
Buying established IPs isn't the same as creating and funding their own, which is what I think Phil was getting at.

I also think it's one of the things people want to see out of MS: them taking risks on new IPs, and not just relying on old faithfuls.
BG11579  +   742d ago
So buying exclusives and funding studios is the same thing now?
CrossingEden  +   742d ago
Yes. Yes they are. Either way it's them giving a studio money for game development. -_-
BG11579  +   742d ago
So following your logic crowfunding is the same as buying a game.
You see the difference there?
air1  +   742d ago
Why does it matter to you?
BG11579  +   742d ago
It's called stating an opinion about an article.
People read articles and state opinions.
It's something normal that happens in the internet.
air1  +   742d ago
Where is your opinion? All I see is a question..

All I asked was a question to understand your angle but it looks like I struck a nerve..
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ninjahunter  +   742d ago
Article title seems somewhat biased for something all the big players do in the gaming industry. I think its nice that microsoft is funding a lot of stagnant older IP's, some publishers have been pushing it and have lead to a lot of the best games of the past several year. Tomb raider, Hitman, Deus ex and killer instinct to name a few.
Abriael  +   742d ago
I'm not sure how it's biased? It doesn't say it's a bad thing in any way. It's as neutral as it can be.
air1  +   742d ago
Did we read the same thing? At the very end the guy says he wants to move forward and not go back to last gen games..

But I'm quite sure the writer will get all gitty when Sony announces uncharted 4 or the last of us 2
stamps79  +   742d ago
MS buy Remedy Already you know you want to, Make a new 1st party studio and let them make Blood Wake 2 & Crimson Skies 2. Split Rare into two groups Rare Kinect and Rare , let Rare bring back Kameo 2, Perfect Dark, Conkers, Viva Piñata, Banjoo & maybe some of there canceled IPs. Double Helix did a great job with KI, sign a new extended contract with them or bring them on board, KI still needs more modes, fatalities, story feature, characters and so in.
4ShotKing  +   742d ago
I agree, buy Remedy, they could be MS Naughty Dog, they are extremely talented. Quantum Break and afterwards Alan Wake 2, that would be amazing! I think what you said about RARE has already happened, there are a number of RARE studios, so hopefully we can expect some controller RARE titles. Double Helix did do a great job, more content for KI would be sweet as!
Tedakin  +   742d ago
For the sake of the Xbox One MS dropped the ball a bit, not funding the game AND not making it exclusive to that one console.
TheKayle1  +   742d ago
with all the money they have..damn phil make us gamer dream cmon!
tigertron  +   742d ago
If Microsoft create and fund their own first party studios to make compelling AAA games then that would be brilliant, because the last few years the 360 was a barren wasteland with the exception of Halo 4 and Gears Judgment.

Hopefully MS have learned from their mistakes and will be more supportive of XB1. Maybe if they utilised Rare more and got them to stop with Kinect projects then we'll see a difference.
Mikefizzled  +   742d ago
Mike Ybarra the studio manager at Xbox was in Osaka a few days back so I still holding out hope. But then again both Platinum Games and Access Games are also in Osaka so it might be that.
Prime157  +   742d ago
Seriously? I've been saying that they want to control [everything]. Drm? E3? Duh, control the consumer is the ultimate IP. However, controlling consumer's favorite ip is the beginning, that's why pc gaming used to be solely Windows around the 3 (and on) generation(s).

Ms is good at that.

What's the fundamentals of this? Intellectual property. Ip. Owning the ip is more important to MS than owning the studio that started it. As an example, black tusk's new ip is put on the backburner because their new ip is worth less than their awesome reputation in addition to gears...

Money is relative to ownership. Ownership creates more money if you aren't completely dumb. That's the theory of many people who think money begets money (it takes money to make money).
KingKevo  +   742d ago
"Luckily Rare does exist"... well, not luckily. It's not the same Rare and it's time for people to understand that. They just kept the name, but MS managed to destroy the studio people used to love. It does exist, but personally, I'm not expecting a lot of great stuff to come from them.
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Obscure_Observer  +   742d ago
I like Phil Spencer. Such a respectful and honest gentleman. He respect MS competitors at the same time he is keeping a close eye on the game community, he knows that we want Shenmue. All of us.

Like Sony, he´s goin and try to bring Shenmue to X1.

Wherever Shenmue goes, i go!

No brand can take Shenmue away from me! ^^
kewlkat007  +   742d ago
Take the good ol days..
PixelNinja  +   742d ago
Props to Phil Spencer, he is the savior of the Xbox Division.
MadMax  +   742d ago
I swear, Microsoft has just got to be one of the worst companies! They are all about greed and could care less about their consumers! I will never give those crooks another dime!
BOLO  +   742d ago
That's why there needs to be tough competition. Can you imagine a world with only one choice as a gaming platform? If Sony went along with the DRM plans M$FT had we as consumers would be taking it deep.
MadMax  +   741d ago
Well, I'm into competition too, but damn is Microsoft one hell of a greedy company! I've been through 3 Xboxs that MS flat out wanted money to repair. One of the worst customer service I've ever experienced too. They were rude, and not to mention very unintelligent.

I was the sucker to keep giving them my money I guess, but I learned my lesson. I went with a PS4 this time around and have absolutely zero regrets. Sony and Nintendo's customer service were a million times better!
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