Microsoft Open To Double Fine Releasing More Multiplatform Games After Psychonauts 2

Head of Xbox studios Matt Booty talks about what Microsoft's studio acquisitions means for Double Fine and Obsidian's The Outer Worlds.

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XiNatsuDragnel412d ago

Beginning of a new future perhaps

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Obscure_Observer412d ago (Edited 412d ago )


"Read the article before you comment. They are talking about Switch and PlayStation."

Pherhaps you should listen to your own advice. Regarding Playstation and Switch they were specificly talking about a potential Psychonauts sequel.

The Outer worlds sequels will become exclusive to Xbox goin foward.

About Halo on Playstation, from the article:

"But he also stressed that there are big franchise like Forza, Halo, and Sea of Thieves that are designed around being Xbox experiences."


bluefox755412d ago

@Obscure Not anywhere near that explicit, it sounds like they're not ruling it out at the very least.

IRetrouk411d ago (Edited 411d ago )

we asked Booty whether Microsoft would be open to Double Fine releasing more multiplatform games after Psychonauts 2.

“Yeah, I think we would,” says Booty. “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?’ 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 [into it] and making sure that our platforms, things like xCloud, Game Pass, and Xbox Live are really leaning in to support the game.”

Not just talking sequels to Psychonauts from what i can read.

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fr0sty412d ago

It's a sound strategy, if they do not pull ahead in the hardware game (this is the third generation in a row they failed to capture the top spot, and with all the billions the Xbox brand has lost, the system itself hasn't proven to be profitable (though the services it supports have). So, should their shareholders say "that's it, you're out of the hardware game", they own a plethora of good studios they can start cranking out PC and console multiplats from and keep making money in the gaming industry without having to compete in the hardware game. Software has always been their strong point, after all, it would make sense to put the eggs in that basket just in case.

When Sega stopped making hardware, they didn't have that advantage. They had their games for the most part, and that's why they're not as big as say, EA or Activision. If Microsoft went software only, they could easily compete with the big boys, especially if they keep acquiring top studios.

XiNatsuDragnel412d ago

True, xbox as a software company would be better

Spurg412d ago

Yeah, having watched the interview it clear that Matt was trying to humble with his answers. This is clear throughout the whole interview he didn't always give a clear answer. He use Minecraft as an example with was already on other platforms. If its a big game like Minecraft then it would make sense to be multiplatform but smaller so game like psychonauts, the other world and other will in the future be exclusive to xbox.

porkChop412d ago

Likely Xbox, PC, and Nintendo.

Sciurus_vulgaris412d ago

Gears 5, 480p undocked and 560p docked at 25-30 fps on Nintendo Switch.

porkChop412d ago

What does Gears have to do with Double Fine? DF isn't known for graphically intensive games.

Sciurus_vulgaris412d ago

I was joking. However, I think Matt Booty is referring to keeping potential The Outer Worlds and Psyconauts multiplatform

Obscure_Observer412d ago

Only Psyconauts. The Outer Worlds will become exclusive Xbox franchise goin foward.

Silly gameAr412d ago


Which would be a pretty dumb idea. If the game does well multiplatform, do you honestly think MS would restrict the game to just their systems? If that's the case, they might as well make it exclusive now.

Obscure_Observer411d ago

@Silly gameAr

"Which would be a pretty dumb idea. If the game does well multiplatform, do you honestly think MS would restrict the game to just their systems?"

Yes. The Outer Worlds is a AAA SP Only game that would attract Playstation gamers to Xbox.

Simply strategy

Ricegum411d ago

I can see Outer World's future installments staying multiplatform, we may be beginning to see a different approach from Microsoft. From a business standpoint this could be huge for them to release their games on competitor's hardware.

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Abnor_Mal412d ago

So third party publisher like many were saying.

TheGamez100412d ago (Edited 412d ago )

Mcsfts been very ok with their studios making games on other platforms which is good but pretty much has me thinking that theyre just getting ready for a consoleless future for them. Theyll still make xbox as long as theres still the demand and will just keep up with playstations hardware. If xbox ever dies and fails, theyll be prepared to go third party I guess. They just be playing it safe. Just a theory of mine and will stay that way until they make great quality singleplayer games exclusive to xbox....but pretty much all their games are on windows so....

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