Microsoft has now added SEVEN studios to its first-party portfolio in 2018. So are they done shopping? IGN’s Xbox crew debates the possibilities and comes to a unanimous conclusion.
there is still plenty of talent with former Telltale guys
And I'm sure playground could use the talent of former evolution studios chaps. Could you imagine a spiritual sequel to motorstorm done in an open world like horizon??? Sumo digital would be a nice fit as well.
it would be something like Rage combined with Fallout
I'd buy that for sure.
Microsoft should just buy the entire industry.
No doubt. Just from a story and cinematic perspective, they definitely have talent worth looking at.
Yeah I think The creators of Cup Head and Ori would naturally fit in Microsoft Studios. Microsoft should invest in those two studios as well.
Flashpoint: alternate history of what should have happened Microsoft comes off of xbox 360 on a high. Perceptually going toe to toe against Sony. Preparing for the next fight with Sony, and deliver a major blow, MS invests in Epic games for an undisclosed amount, beating out Tencent,Disney and others to the punch. With Tim Sweeny still in control. Not only does it give Microsoft Geow, but Unreal Tournament and other properties and also direct control of Unreal Engine 4. Which would give them continued revenue and tools for 3rd parties. A megaton move. Bigger than Mojang. At E3 2013, 2 action games are announced to be in development: The Samaritan as a launch title https://m.youtube.com/watch... And the Infiltrator as a future title https://m.youtube.com/watch... With Geow and Halo following soon after, and Forza Horizon as their racer, a new title that was in development called Fortnite brings a new style game:battle royal. Microsoft's 1st party is on a roll. But The Flash ran back in time to see his mother and the current DRM time line was formed with Microsoft getting dominated in the console arena... Oh well. At least Caitlin became Killer Frost. Lol! If only Flashpoint didn't happen. Where would Microsoft had been with all that money they have. We'll never know. But they definitely wouldn't need to buy struggling companies trying to stay afloat that will be used for Game Pass.
You are a very sad person.
Corporate slaves are starting to come up with fantasy fairy-tales to make them feel better. How cute.
wtf did I just read lmao
What did I just read? This was hilarious 😁😂
Lmao agreed, with all this “promise” lately, I’m sure there will be another alternate history we can look back on in 7 years time after Microsoft have fucked this up once again. If you were smart you’d know it’s true😂
What a dream you have there friend.
My alternate history of them buying a company on a high after 360 is better than their currently failing this Gen. Instead of buying Geow,they should have bought Epic. Epic helped them last Gen. Now they suck this Gen. Buying companies about to fold is not great for them.
The issue was that mid, if not before then, the 360's success MS promptly sat on their @$$.
What the actual F...?
When you can't say anything bad about what's actually being done now I guess you can always resort to complaining about the past...
Well let's see, currently, xbox one still doesn't have any new IPs to speak of. And a lot of you are hoping for the future. So, does that make it current for you?
Even if MS secured Unreal Engine Sony would just end up licensing out Decima engine to Japanese devs that keep their games exclusive to PS4. While this would impede on some games like KH3/FFVIIR's development(we wouldn't get either even started until PS5 launched, and might not get them until PS6), Sony would still have an ace up their sleeves and recover. It certainly would be interesting to see how this would affect games though with each console having a major engine, but then again it never happened and PS4/5 will have the upper hand regardless. In short, MS could have made a lot of good moves. Whether it be not burning people out on Gears of War/Halo last gen, buying more companies, not canceling games, and investing in an engine, but they didn't.
I have been wondering for years why on Earth wouldn't Sony task their ICE team to make the best engine available and get into the game engine licencing business... Sony is baffling sometimes.
They better hurry, THQ Nordic is picking up all the remaining scraps from the ground. Might be too late, are there any other struggling studios out there, willing to get thrown (their ips) under the gamepass bus?
THQ is amazing how its back from the grave.
Always open, not always interested. Also depends on what Xbox's budget for investments were and how much, if any, is left.
A couple come mind. Turtlerock would be a good fit since they don’t have a MP dedicated game. They could also make a spiritual successor to L4D. Moon studios would also be a good grab. I was also thinking iron galaxy due to the remake of KI but since they own the ip they could probably just contract it out to them again. And a Japanese studio. Either bought or built from the ground up.
These podcasts are terrible. A lot of people talking, but just not really saying much worthwhile. If I were to make a prediction for a final studio purchase, it would be Remedy.
Remedy probably isn't going to sell their studio to Microsoft. just off seeing how poorly their last few games done on xbox in term of sales is probably one of the reasons Remedy went back third party in the first place.
No publisher should ever be "done"...
I don’t think so. Right now they have studios specialized in RPG, FPS, TPS, racers, cinematic game, and live service game. But there is one area they sorely lack, and that is JRPG. If they wish to compete with Sony, they need to cover all their ground. So I think (and hope) that at E3 next year, they will announce something regarding this.
M$ and EA have bought and closed down so many studios that there aren't many left.
Of course if you are purposely ignoring Sony has closed just as many studios as Microsoft this gen. Even more if one were to include the infamous game studio blood bath Sony created in 2011.
Sony has closed the same amount of studios this gen than Microsoft. Sony-Guerilla Cambridge, evolution, BigBig Microsoft-Lionhead, pressplay, big park
You can't be serious. There are still so many many talented studios out there. And it is so convenient for you to omit Sony out of that list of your as they had also closed down multiple studios before such as 989 Studios, Bigbig, Zipper Interactive, Guerrilla Cambridge, Evolution, Incognito Entertainment, and Studio Liverpool.
LOL. Some of are acting like Sony closing their studios was for the same reason MS closed theirs. Sony has games new Ip's MS has virtually nothing and the whole reason they are even in this mess is because they rather throw money at a problem instead of building their own studios and nurturing their own talent.
Don't speak any truth realms, they might think you're dreaming or a fan boy. My above comment and my real comment below are better choices than what Microsoft are currently doing. But they're too embarrassed to admit that a former xbox fan is right. And, instead of expecting better from Microsoft, they settle for companies on the verge of bankruptcy with some that released below average games. It's sad.
As long as people are doing stuff better than them they will continue to buy studios, let them die and then perform necrophilia. Ms can only solve problems the American way (throwing lots of money at it)
What an ignorant comment. Are you really claiming Americans don't make good decisions and simply throw money at any problem?
You forgot the /s star child.
Bro thats Arabs not Americans
Always keep a look out for good talent, but to say that they’re done looking wouldn’t be a smart choice for them.
7 more studios . I bet two weeks pay all games be some sort of military, open world, zombies , sandbox games. How about a game you are able to walk around your OWN neighborhood. pass up your house, neighbor, wave at them. jump in car drive down the street, go to work in PJs . no need to get off the couch . yes this ALL sound dumb but hey it's Open World gaming.
I’ll take that bet. I’d bet my house that ninja theory isn’t making an open world, military, zombie or sandbox game
Are you NOT tired of open world military games yet?? Sheesh. I have sooooooo many I'm Bored.
Can they do, will they allow, anything creative with what they've got? Will what they do just be expressions of their services policies?
It doesn’t matter if you buy 30 studios, it’s what you do with them. Let hope we get some AAA games next gen.
This is one of the reasons why MS is behind this generation and why they will likely never dethrone Sony, you can throw money into these studios but it won't be as good as developing your own talent by giving them creative freedom. Time will tell but only a handful of theses studios have a legit shot of creating some cool games and that's only if MS can manage to not medel in the development process.
You think Sony developed Naughty Dog? Nope. They bought them. And MS have said multiple times now that they intend to give all their new studios autonomy and creative freedom so there goes both your points.
All this wishing and speculation on who they might buy next is laughable. I'm sorry. That's why I did an alternate universe post earlier. You got guys hoping they buy scrub companies on the verge of bankruptcy. Or filing chapter 11 like tell tell games. It's crazy. They should have bought Epic. They would have had gears. They should have bought bioware as they would have had mass effect. And not the poor version from EA. They should have allowed bungie to to make other stuff and maybe destiny would have been exclusive. They already had turn 10 and would have had playground games making forza horizon. They should have given mist walker money to stay making FF level rpgs for Xbox. They should have funded and managed lion head better. That's another rpg. But instead, they're buying average to low average companies to make up for their stupidity in letting all that talent go. And all the hopes and dreams of xbox gamers are relying on companies like we happy to fill in that huge space. I'm sorry, it's laughable. Those commentators in that video were lopsided and unknowledgeable with no counter point. A pitiful video from ign. The old ign before their souls sold out to advertising would have called it like I see it. Shame.
Lmao. Go get your juice box kid, nobody has time for your alternate history nonsense
Since you can't come back and counter what they should have done, you resort to pitiful name calling. The sign of limited intelligence and wet behind the ears experience. But it's expected from a group of fans that don't want better. You just hope for better from a company capable of buying or creating new development houses but doesn't. Maybe you're not worth it and deserve mediocrity. And the sad part, is that you enjoy what you get in these below average games from rare, compulsion, undead labs, etc. You enjoy the fact that Microsoft hasn't created any new IPs this Gen. You should feel embarrassed.
I don't have time to counter alternate realities because I live in this one. I also have had a marvelous time enjoyin g old and NEW IP's this gen like Ori and the Blind Forest, Sea of Thieves and ReCore. I don't have time to argue with a child whose only tactic in positive articles is drudge up the past. So like I said, nobody is interested in your alternative history. Go grab your juice box and keep mum.
They should have what? Who told you that those studios wanted to join MS 1st party? You think that all it takes is for a publisher to want studios to join their 1st party and it just happens? If it was as simple as you trying to make it sound Insomniac would have joined Sony's 1st party a long time ago. Also EPIC? Do you really believe that Epic of all studios wants or wanted to be owned by a publisher? LMAO talk about living in an alternate reality. Also, YES it's great news that MS is acquiring some of these studios that were struggling. What kind of an idiot wishes for talented studios like Obsidian to shut down? Btw I read your comment above where you claimed to be a former xbox fan and I couldn't stop laughing. I've been coming here for 11 years and never have I pegged you as xbox fan. More like a PS fanboy and lately someone that is being paid to promote PSVR around here.
I stopped being a fan of microsoft after I knew that they were looking for annual revenue from services over giving gamers what they really need. They show you each time what they are about. XBL paywall. F2P paywall, game pass drm, EA access subscription to help kill used games. Are there any other services like EA access on xbox? Nope. Why is that? You guys talk about choices but only one third party company is allowed. The same company that was there in 2013 with microsoft's DRM. How coincidental. And xcloud will just be another service paywall that will probably require XBL to play online. That's their MO. Besides the RROD, the expensive overpriced peripherals during 360 like the HDD and the wifi adapter, they don't even try to spend real money making games or take risks. But they are one of the richest companies in the world. Any new IPs this Gen? Nope. And you got switch above naming off indie games NOT made by microsoft proving the very thing I'm saying. would some of those companies have agreed to be bought? Who knows. But they were sure bought by EA. A company with less money and a poor rep for destroying companies and games. They were able to buy Geow. They could have tried for the company. Mist walker was making games for 360. Both good rpgs. What happens? They didn't spend the money to keep them. And, instead of giving Bungie freedom to make games, they had to run from the constant halo making and buy themselves out and leave. But now you guys put your trust in lesser companies making major IPs that were borderline bankrupt. But bioware, bungie, epic, lionhead, mist walker, playground, turn 10, etc Sounds better than compulsion, undead labs, rare, inxile, obsidian, ninja theory,etc. Like I said, lowered expectations. My liking VR has nothing to do with the fact that Microsoft continues to fail this gen while your hoping for next gen to make it better. What about this gen? You look for them to hopfully, deep down, to buy a better company than the ones they announced. I can tell. comments on the video are hoping for something bigger. It's sad because they took this long to do something. And that something is below average response to Sony owning them. You can't counter me because Sony and even Nintendo are doing well in catching them. So the usual deflect is "you're just a kid or fanboy." Typical.
Deflection? Counter? Do me a favor and don't give me your argumentative clichés. I adressed what you said but you didn't answear my question maybe because you were focused on telling everyone how much you don't like MS. Let me ask you again and see if this time I'll get an answear: who told you that those studios wanted to join MS 1st party? "Should" is not the word that can be used in situations like these or do you think that publishers can acquire every studio they want and damn well please? In case you didn't noticedI adressed what you said in a comment above and I couldn't help myself and had to mention it because you're full of shit. Posing as a former xbox fan to make it sound as if you had any sort of credibility http://www.reactiongifs.com... You like PSVR? Yeah well I like many things as well and I still say you sound exactly like a corporate mouthpiece and I told you that before. In fact I find it ironic that you're here trying to sell us the idea that the track record of studios like InExile, Ninja Theory or Obsidian isn't the best when you come here every day to promote VR and its never ending crappy tech demos.
Sorry bud. I have an original Xbox since it launched before all the nonsense started from them. I used to buy all the systems. My Xbox and its games are sitting in the closet right next to two Dreamcasts just in case one dies, my Ps1, my Ps2, my Ps3, my Sega Saturn, and every other blah blah system. But Microsoft showed their true colors right before Xbox 360. I used to sell it when I ran a franchise million dollar store separate from any corporate store. And watched as Microsoft sold broken systems that would come back to me. They took those refurbished broken systems.and instead of recalling the whole thing, sent them to other victims. While still putting up paywalls for things like Netflix. Then 2013 happened. They love gullible suckers that I wasn't going to be a part of. Microsoft didn't even try to buy those companies during their success on 360. But other companies bought them or invested in them. That means they were interested in being BOUGHT or invested in if the terms were right. Duh! That list of game companies are better than what they are buying now. As for VR. Sony is releasing and supporting VR better than Microsoft's first party. That's another stack of exclusives on top of their flat gaming exclusives that Microsoft doesn't have on Xbox. Astrobot alone reviews better than 90% of Microsoft's first party games. That's hilarious. And the games keep coming like Beat Saber today and In Death next week. With more games coming like Sairento, Ace Combat, Borderlands 2, Blood and Truth, etc. Even PSVR in its niche, is embarrassing Microsoft. I'm just enjoying the medium and hope it does well on PC, stand alone, console, etc. Its just so happens that PSVR is doing what Kinect can't do this Gen. Another embarrassment. You would think that Microsoft would learn from being in the console business after 15 years. But they keep losing. Because they don't care as much as you think they do. Not unless it's easy profits like Minecraft. It's not my fault. I'm just pointing out theirs. All those companies they are buying are free to make anything they want....as long as it supports Game Pass. Another service for annual revenue and royalties from third parties if a game is sold. Ask yourself this, why couldn't they have made a Japanese development company to make games to support the Japanese game community and help sell Xbox one? Because they don't care to.
Again, no answear to my question. Publishers can't just acquire the studios they want to and its much easier to do it if they're struggling or have to go through hell and back to fund their projects however that doesn't mean that some of the studios that MS acquired are average or below average. The game's industry is a cut-throat industry that is dominated by publishers that can fund games with presentation and production values (+ advertising campaigns) that eclipse most Indie games (and ironically VR games). Independent studios struggling must be the norm aside from a few exceptions like Insomniac that are independent in great deal due to their partnership with Sony that since the PS1 days has been constantly giving them the budgets to differentiate themselves and achieve a status in this industry that most independent studios will never reach. The studios that you mentioned, for one reason or another were in the same boat as Insomniac is today so even if MS approached them to see if they were open to join their 1st party they could have said NO. Epic for example would NEVER be open to be acquired by a publisher. I don't see MS approaching Mistwalker because well, Xbox is dead in Japan and contrary to your BS narrative they tried with 2 games from this company: Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon. It didn't work so what would be the point? Bungie wanted to be independent and the talent that didn't, went to 343. Bioware joined EA that allowed them to be multiplatform. Lionhead was closed so why even mention them? MS acquiring studios that could have been struggling and not the studios that you mentioned to me is something completely normal and "should" is not a word that can be used in your fairy tails. Now I know that you like to throw every jab you can at MS but you might be throwing them to soon. Hold your horses and wait to see some of the new MS 1st party studios will do. Ninja Theory and Obsidian already showed us what they can do with or without AAA budgets with the likes of Heavenly Sword, Hellblade, Pillars of Eternity and Fallout New Vegas and Inxile although I believe never having those AAA budgets already showed that they have the talent. "Sony is releasing and supporting VR better than Microsoft's first party." Right... right... FH4 alone blows every VR game in terms of quality and the only reason why it's not in the running for GOTY awards on equal terms with RDR and GoW is because it's a racing game but the quality to match these 2 games is there. I would much rather play any of these 3 games over any VR game so I don't and most likely will never care for your VR promotions so don't waste your time on me but hey if Sony is paying you https://media1.tenor.com/im...
Depends what the big wigs at Microsoft say before they sign the cheque to buy another studio. I wouldn't be surprised from the big wigs train of thought let's see what our 7 new studios produce before we snag up more.
I don't think they are done. But its not just about the new studios they're acquiring, they have been picking up huge gems over the past year and adding them to their existing studios as well. Just look at the pick up 343 made in getting Naughty Dog's senior artist to join their team. We hear now that InXile is hiring and getting bigger now. It can't be overlooked that Microsoft is also wooing top talented individuals that have worked on many AAA games from other platforms and getting them to work on AAA and AAAA games of tomorrow for their own platforms. Exciting times.
If they are investing in new studios like this it is scary to envision what type of power/specs the next Xbox will have. You don't spend money on artists without giving them one hell of a canvas to paint on. That thing has to be a super beast.
Nah, expect two more at E3, because they will fill the games on types of games that no other as.
N4G is a community of gamers posting and discussing the latest game news. It’s part of NewsBoiler, a network of social news sites covering today’s pop culture.