Forbes: “Yesterday, Polygon ran a lengthy piece about the struggles of the Xbox brand to produce must-have exclusives while its rivals, Sony and Nintendo, continue to shine that area. Microsoft acknowledges this problem (unlike many of its most die-hard fans, I might add), but it will take some time to fix it, as these kinds of games take years to develop.
But what if they didn’t?
One idea the piece puts forward is that Microsoft may be in the market to acquire other publishers to expand their games roster instantly. The Polygon piece says a “reliable source close to Microsoft” told them Electronic Arts itself has recently been considered for a purchase, and everyone took off running with that rumor.
This has resulted in a number of breathless gasps among the community (and even a tick up for EA stock), but before that gets too out of control, it should be noted that A) the idea of “looking into” an acquisition like this is not terribly unusual and B) in this specific instance, it’s probably not going to happen for a number of reasons.”