Microsoft would be on the way to begin to monetize its large investments. A few days ago, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming and the Xbox brand, Phil Spencer, gave an interview to IGN where he talked about Microsoft and Xbox, as well as the games that have been released or will be released soon.
In addition to talking about the upcoming release of Starfield, the new Bethesda-developed title, Spencer also briefly discussed Microsoft and Xbox’s plans for their own game releases, confirming that Microsoft will release at least 4 first party games per year.
In the interview, IGN mentioned to Spencer past statements by Xbox Game Studios CEO Matt Booty, in which he promised four first party games a year. After being asked if Microsoft is “on track,” Spencer not only stated that this year that number would be met, but exceeded.
“More than that this year. If we start with Hi-Fi Rush, Minecraft Legends, Redfall. […] Starfield, Forza, we just released Age of Empires 4 for consoles last night. Impressive,” said the executive.
Moreover, Spencer wanted to guarantee that this figure would not only be met this year, but also faithfully taken into account for years to come: “And next year, no doubt. We’ve talked about it as an aspiration, now we’re talking about it as our plan.”
Even more briefly and succinctly, Spencer also spoke about the cold reception of Redfall, one of Microsoft’s great promises that ended up being a big disappointment for critics and gamers. “Maybe people don’t want to give us credit for Redfall, I get that, but I understand.”
Be that as it may, gamers are already seeing the results of Microsoft’s billion-dollar investments in game studios. In recent years, the company has bought major video game companies, such as Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, and ZeniMax Media, an amalgam of studios including Bethesda, id Software and Arkane (Skyrim, Doom, Dishonored…).
In addition, Microsoft is going ahead with its intentions to complete the purchase of Activision Blizzard King for 68.700 million dollars. An odyssey that Microsoft embarked on in January 2022 and that, to this day, has not yet ended due to the refusal of British regulators.
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