This is Microsoft's current relationship with Japanese developers as they try to finally become popular in the region.
It mostly likey going to be Capcom or sega.
No way MS can buy Capcom...Cap is huge in Japan with Mon Hun series...would be the worst financial decision to get exclusively binded on Xbox ...
Why would it, capcom games do very well on xbox.
Phil said a couple of days ago that they won't be buying any Japanese devs.
Also their laws forbid it
That's funny because ms said they were looking for Japanese devs to buy.
Buying Capcom doesn’t really benefit anybody because Capcom isn’t struggling. That’s why even as an Xbox fan I wasn’t a huge fan of the Bethesda acquisition. I preferred when they were going for smaller studios that had untapped potential weather because of lack of funding or staff. That way Microsoft gained a studio and the studio didn’t have to worry where the next check would come from. Win, win. If they do try for a Japanese studio I hope it’s from the ground up or heavily build up a smaller existing one.
Not that easy. A foreign company can't just buy a japanese one. There laws in Japan that forbid it.
I seriously doubt SEGA would let themselves be bought out my MS and be forced to limit their Japanese games to a non-Japanese console. SEGA might not make huge money right now, but they'd be really limiting their audience, and that, too would hurt sales even more. At least that's how I see it.
Unlike Western developers (except WB), Japanese "studio" always a part of a lager corporation. Even if MS buy Sega, it may not hold the right of Sonic, Sukura War, Yukaza series, etc.
I'd rather they not buy any Japanese Studios...
Phil already denied rumors that they are looking to acquire Japanese studios.
lol... yeah because he is going to spill the beans on a podcast of all their inside business dealings.
He could have just said no comment if that were the case.
They are not going to just come out and say what there tactics are ahead of them making the purchase are they, that could be disastrous that a competitor comes in and buys what they want to buy. No one seen the Zenamax buy right?? It just came out of the blue, that's because if there strategy to keep these moves concealed, they all do it.
I personally would like to see Microsoft make their own new Japanese studio over buying a studio. I also would like to see Microsoft look at setting up studios in Taiwan, Hong Kong or South Korea too.
There are still those that wish for this company to win and become the market leader by acquisition than by effort, risk taking and quality output. The console industry would definitely benefit from that./S Surely after almost 2 decades and being worth a TRILLION, you'd expect better than this. Especially with a company like Sony being a template for success. Ghost of Tsushima is a Japanese game made by an American company that has just recently sold over 5 million under Sony. You'd think Microsoft has enough money to do the same. I guess a TRILLION dollar worth isn't enough to do the same. Pity.
More money than sense. It's how they behave in any market they're in. Sony identified what it takes to be successful and went for it. Imagine taking on Nintendo AND Sega - both juggernauts, one at home the other at home AND Arcades. Why ms didn't just follow Sony's lead all those years ago is mind numbingly stupid.
Yeah. Makes you wonder what were they thinking about. Was it to make the game industry better and to grow the market? Or just profit from it? You and I know the answer to that one. After what Sucker Punch did, we can clearly see that buying a Japanese Studio isn't even necessary. It's that effort and risk taking that produced that quality title they built.
Yep - Sony had plenty of failures but also successes at the same time. They matured and grew and are now releasing some of the best games of all time.
Oh come on Sony pushed Sega out of the business and aided in the end of Sega as console developers by buying up everything. So until MS came along Sony had time on there hands with only Nintendo as competitors, they swallowed up a lot of talent, the timing was right for them. What you dont hear about is all the talent they swallowed up and then got rid because it didn't suit Sonys needs. MS have had to come in and build up when a competition ie Sony is already doing very well. So of course for a long time it's going to be a long slog for MS but eventually Sony should be very cautious of. You make it sound like Sony never had to spend a penny in all this or the other competition didn't fall behind the times and failed to evolve somewhat.
Davezero - You're joking aren't ya? Sony entered a market DOMINATED by 2 companies, both with different strengths. Sony partnered with NAMCO and produced 'System 11' an affordable plug and play arcade board - much like the old JAMMA boards. The reason SEGA went belly up was mainly due to the high costs of the arcade machines they were producing and the falling in popularity of arcades. That gave them 'arcade' quality games and they acquired Psygnosis who had roots making great games for AMIGA, and would turn them into Liverpool Studio. ND & GG had made games but never set the world on fire, now they are both respected as some of the best devs going around. None of this was by chance, Nintendo stung Sony and PlayStation was born. SCEJ produced some fantastic and some not so fantastic games, but you've gotta have a crack, learn and grow. Sony killed off Atari, SEGA, 3DO and Apple (not that Pippen had a chance). All duds apart from SEGA. ms just had to tempmate laid out by Sony.
How about no! This is what happens when a company has no creative vision or talent, they don't add to a community they just take.
Microsoft can't buy FromSoftware, they're already owned by someone else. They can't buy Capcom or SEGA either, simply because of the fact that neither would want to sell on the fact that Microsoft is american and they don't matter in Japan, plus their games don't sell on Xbox in the west. As for Koei Tecmo? They're smaller, which means their games are more niche, which means they won't sell either because without Playstation and Nintendo to drive their sales, they'd die almost instantly on Xbox. No japanese developer would want to sell to Microsoft. Microsoft are too small in Japan and they know their games sell a lot better on either Playstation or Nintendo in the West.
FromSoftware is owned by Kadokawa which I think is run or backed by the national bank of Japan I believe. Kadokawa is a huge publisher in Japan and Create anime, manga, videogames, light novels, toys etc. Heck Kadokawa owns 51 percent of Yen Press in North America which releases a bunch of their properties in English over here. They don't need any help with anything they got their own distribution , funding etc.
Which means it's impossible for Microsoft to buy Kadokawa itself as well. They could, but they'd be stuck with a lot of crap they don't want just to get a game studio. Not that it matters, Kadokawa wouldn't want to sell just like any other publishers.
Umm. They have laws there that make it impossible to be just bought by a foreign company. Microsoft simply can't buy a company like Sega etc.
I like it. Something the EU should apply as well.
Plus why would Sega who makes the vast majority of their money on Playstation and Nintendo want to be tied to Microsoft? They would 100% lose out and alienate their biggest fanbases.
This isn't true. Sega's biggest money maker this year has been PSO2 NA (currently only available on pc and Xbox) and their free to play mobile games. The Total War series and Football Manager series do well on pc too. Persona 5 Royale is probably the only game owned by Sega that has done really well after being exclusive to Playstation in recent times. Yakuza went under the radar for years on Playstation, and is now doing much better after going multiplatform. It's still more popular on Playstation than it is on other platforms, but it's getting marketed a lot better since it went multiplatform. Nintendo's Sega games have been a bust. Bayonetta's popularity is fizzling out because it's become a Nintendo exclusive and the Sonic games that have been Nintendo exclusives have all been failures. There is a reason why Sega has been vocal about putting more of their titles on Xbox and especially PC, it's because they do well on those platforms and their games are getting advertised better than they were when they were exclusive to Playstation or Nintendo. This isn't me saying I want Microsoft to own Sega either, I want Sega to stay multiplatform.
@Segagamer Nah get your facts straight, Persona was their 2nd best game behind Total Wars. Phantasy Star online is not their most profitable game. Mario and Sonic was their 4th best selling game. So according to you "Nintendo's Sega games have been a bust. " quote is straight up a lie. Nothing in the quarterly report supports you BS Xbox is doing well for Sega at all. Don't believe me? Look at the last quarterly report in unit sales. Phantasy Star isn't even mentioned in their profitability. https://www.gamasutra.com/v... If you think Xbox has been doing well for Sega, then go back and check Valkyria Chronicles and Sonic sales again. 😆. You think Yakuza which according to the creator himself would NOT exist without Playstation does better on Xbox? Seriously what are you smoking? https://www.gematsu.com/202... https://amp.reddit.com/r/Ga... https://www.google.com/amp/... So if you want to thank anyone for Yakuza then thank Playstation fans because when they localized them initially they were ONLY on Playstation in North America when they started to localize them.
Shame they didn’t buy mistwalker back in the 360 days and kept them on the path they were on with big open world JRPGs. If they do but anyone, it’s unlikely to be a giant like capcom or sega.
After Zenimax deal goes through... assuming it will they will have a Japanese studio. Tango Gameworks... They could grow that studio if they choose to maybe 2 or 3 teams to increase their presence in Japan. If they are able to grow that and maybe snag 2 mid-size developers in Japan they might even have a reason to start showing up to TGS again... lol...
Why are people this stupid to want MS to buy up major publishers? Are you asking for a monopoly, are you asking for escalation? Also do you really want MS who only ever push Halo, Gears & Forza, the same MS that bought RARE and made them develop Kinect games. Just no
I doubt any of the Japanese companies mentioned as possible targets by MS are actually available or would want to be. Microsoft has a habit of buying successful studios and then trying to get them to conform to MS's own ideas of what gaming should be and this has resulted in very poor results to date. The last generation was the worst yet for Xbox and in case you have either forgotten or just ignored the following fact, let me repeat it - Microsoft is launching a pair of new consoles without having a single exclusive homemade launch title. It is relying on multi-platform titles or buying timed exclusivity for what was previously a strong Playstation seller, Yakuza. This is the Microsoft way and gives no confidence to any potential Japanese studio.
Why border? This "MS buy Japanese Studio" things has been talked more then a decade now. Buying one (or many) studio will not change the preference of Japanese consumers.
Rather see microsoft fail and leave the industry instead of ruin it by buying everything.
Fromsoft seems very unlikely, but I also would’ve said the same about buying bethesda. So who knows. I’d imagine Microsoft will target smaller devs in Japan that could use more capital and grow those studios.
Only way for ms to be relevant in japan is that they buy nintendo.
And Nintendo's not for sale. MS just needs to cut their losses and stop annoying the nice people across the pond who don't care about them.
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