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Phil Spencer thinks console exclusives will finally go away

Phil Spencer thinks console exclusives will finally go away


Xbox CEO Phil Spencer believes that console unique video games will sooner or later stop to exist. 

Speaking with Bloomberg concerning the nonetheless in-progress acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Spencer talked about how video games made for one system will turn out to be a factor of the previous, thereby “decreasing friction” for gamers of various consoles. “Making individuals really feel secure, safe after they’re taking part in, permitting them to search out their pals, play with their pals, no matter what machine,” mentioned Spencer. 

Since Microsoft will quickly personal Activision Blizzard, and extra particularly, Call of Duty, Spencer has mentioned that the large shooter franchise will stay multiplatform for the following a number of years. In reality, to date, there is not an incoming Activision Blizzard sport popping out that is not multi-platform. 

However, Microsoft will proceed to maintain some video games and franchises in its personal remoted household, reminiscent of Bethesda’s Starfield. But even that technically helps Spencer’s level, because it’ll be releasing on PC and Xbox Series X|S

Spencer acknowledged that some firms would not be into the concept of non-console unique titles, however is hopeful that the majority will come round. ” I believe in the long term that’s good for this trade […] I believe as we recover from the hump and see the place this trade can proceed to develop, it proves out to be true.”

If a future with out console exclusives is coming, it will be awhile. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all have huge console unique titles releasing in 2023, together with the aforementioned Starfield, Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, and Final Fantasy XVI on the PlayStation 5. 

In 2017, former Sony govt Phil Harrison admitted that there is no a lot sense in making first-party titles nowadays. Because improvement prices have gone up, mentioned Harrison on the time, releasing a sport on a number of platforms have turn out to be the easiest way to generate profits. “I’m not saying they do not work however they do not work in as many circumstances as they used to.”



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